Fear And Trembling (French Oak Cabernet) - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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3.93/5 rDev -6.4%
Pours a dark chestnut brown color with dark plum edges and a half finger beige head that quickly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Some spotty lacing left behind. Nice color with decent retention but could use more lace.
Slightly smokey aroma with very strong phenols and prominent roasted dark malt notes countered by vinous fruit. Lots of phenol/band aid along with acrid smoke, charcoal and ashtray. Smoke flavor isn't pleasant but the oak and vinous wine notes are still holding up. Nice red wine character with dark grape, currant and other berries but the smokiness and phenols are overpowering.
Medium body and much more interesting than expected. Lots of interesting barrel character nicely integrated into the smoked porter notes. Sweet and vinous with dark grapes, cherry, fig and dark berries followed by dark roast and great smoke flavors. Charcoal and smoked meat along with a slight phenol presence but it's nowhere near as strong as in the aroma. Not harsh or tough or drink with a nice balance of complex flavors. Aside from the nose, this is a very enjoyable beer.
08-08-2014 01:26:04 | More by corby112
3.74/5 rDev -11%
Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.
Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, smoke, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and smoke flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast and smoke bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that doesn't really have any wine barrel aged characteristics at this point other than wood qualities.
01-20-2014 23:20:53 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.38/5 rDev +4.3%
Poured into a tulip glass, purchased at the brewery and cellared since. A full pour with some room.
A - Deep dark, lacing is cream colored, balanced carbonation.
S - Ever wake up next to that camp fire you so enjoyed the night before?. Add deep fruit sugar, molasses, currant, and bacon for breakfast! Ya that.
T - Dried fruit, chocolte malt, bakers chocolate, currant, a kiss of cabarnet to round it all off.
M - Thick, lucious, rich. Incredibly round mouthfeel. The time has treated this well. Any alcohol burn is long gone, warming glow to finish.
O - Glad to have had this now, the smoke comes through, the balance is strong. I am not sure if stored any longer will add or diminish. As I see perfect timing.
Great construction in this very fine offering.
09-08-2013 23:35:26 | More by SABERG
4.35/5 rDev +3.6%
Sent by sholland119 as part of the Blind Beers BIF, this was reviewed blind.
It pours the color of melted dark chocolate -- brown verging on black. A little thin-looking, though. Half a finger of tan foam fizzles away in just a few seconds.
Holy shit, this aroma. I've had many rauchbiers; I've had beers aged in peat-smoked barrels. This has to be the most fantastic smoky nose I've ever experienced. Bacon, applewood campfire, a touch of tangy fruits, some chocolate, a hint of toasted sourdough. Raisiny, too.
Smoky! Figs and dates drizzled with milk chocolate and smoked over a campfire. Toasted bread, a touch of vanilla, bitter cocoa. The smoke is bigger than these, yet allows them to shine just enough.
Body is a bit lighter than expected -- medium-light. High carbonation, poky on the tongue. Just a bit of fizz as it moves. No noticeable alcohol, though.
I love smoke, and this beer is full of it. Great balance of flavors, and the lighter body makes it more drinkable.
I say again, holy shit! My favorite style, from one of my new favorite breweries. Awesome to get to try this one.
07-18-2013 18:27:53 | More by Phelps
4.38/5 rDev +4.3%
A: Pours a dark brown, reminiscent of dark coffee. Thin khaki colored head. Quickly dissipates.
S: Smokey, charred woody aroma. Smells like meat cooking on a smoker. Perfect to pair with the brisket and pulled pork for dinner.
T: Taste mirrors the nose, especially as it warms. Tastes very meaty and smokey. Slight charred flavor, but has a smoothing sweetness as well. The flavors blend together well, with no one aspect dominating the next. Has a hearty richness to it. Definitely a slow sipper.
M: Creamy and full bodied. Very smooth carbonation, with the alcohol very well disguised for a 9% brew.
O: Very nice beer to have with some smoked meat. A treat to drink, and maybe my favorite of the 3 barrel aged versions. It certainly has a lot going on, but they all tie together wonderfully. I certainly hope they choose to make more barrel versions of this beer, because they're all deliciously unique.
06-02-2013 23:19:02 | More by brydeen
District of Columbia
4.45/5 rDev +6%
500 mL bottle. Sampled with the bourbon and blended versions. This was my favorite of the 3.
Pours a darker brown with thin, frothy mocha head that gradually fades away. Mild smoke presence in the nose, with the cab barrels dominating; vanilla, oak, chocolate, fruit, spice and roast. Bitter chocolate and roast malt start flavor with spicy smoke throughout. Slightly tannic finish of red wine and bitter chocolate. Excellent balance and loads of complexity.
01-13-2013 01:39:35 | More by yourefragile
Fear And Trembling (French Oak Cabernet) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.