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Fear And Trembling (French Oak Cabernet) - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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75 Ratings
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 8.08%
Wants: 144
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Fear and Trembling is Hill Farmstead’s first collaboration – a Baltic Porter brewed with malt that was hand smoked over maple wood by our Danish friend, and former colleague, Anders Kissmeyer. This bottled version was aged in French Oak Cabernet barrels. As a student of philosophy and former resident of Copenhagen, it is fitting that our brewer named our first collaboration after Denmark’s great thinker: Søren Kierkegaard. All three contemplated absurdity, faith, and salvation while wandering the shores of the Baltic Sea…

“…continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling…”

(Beer added by: 6DaysBottomOcean on 10-09-2010)
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Reviews by dougofthefuture:
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dougofthefuture

Minnesota

4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks a ton to a kind trader for including this bottle as an extra! I have been staring at it for a while thinking I would share at a tasting, but tonight the temptation was too much.

A. Pours a dark brown/black with maybe a bit of amber. Minimum tan head for a short period. Seems a bit oily, but not in a bad way.

S. The grape-like wine is very present, with a bit of oak character and a nice helping of smoke. Smells delicious.

T&M. Wow, what balance! This is a beer that could convince anyone to like smokey beers. It fits so well with the oak and wine components. They blend together perfectly. Mouthfeel seems a bit off, as carbonation is a little low. Especially compared to something like smoke from the oak wine, which is the closest beer I have had to compare this to.

D. Balance is the highlight here, and alcohol is completely hidden. This is the best beer I have had in a while, and sipping on this before dinner is a perfect way to kick off a weekend!

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 00:19:00 | More by dougofthefuture
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California

4/5  rDev -5%

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3.74/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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01-20-2014 23:20:53 | More by UCLABrewN84
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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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Illinois

4/5  rDev -5%

09-15-2013 21:07:43 | More by cfrances33
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4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Cheers

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4/5  rDev -5%

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Phelps

Arizona

4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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07-18-2013 18:27:53 | More by Phelps
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Skrip

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass.

A~ very dark brown with a slight tanish head, a little bit of lacing and bubbles that never stop!

S~ whoa! smokey wine barrel funk, crazy different! lots of roasted dark malts, possibly some rye and a lot of oak.

T~ lots going on here! you still get the smokey wine barrel funk from the smell right up front. keeps following the nose with dark roasted malts and heres where it changes, loads of maple syrup, which is my absolute favorite part of Fear & Trembling!

M~ great carbonation, do i even have to say that any more? not as dry as i thought it would be considering the cabernet barrels. also some what thick, which adds to the syrup aspect. also as smoooth as could be!

O~ the complexity here is out of control! this has aged incredibly as well! this is the first i decided to drink of the series, i can't wait to break into the bourbon and then the blend which i'm sure is just gonna blow my mind. i'm very amazed with how high my expectations are yet they still manage to top that! i'm sure the Kissmeyer colab also contributes, older Kissmeyer brews are amazing!

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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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500 mL bottle. Sampled with the bourbon and blended versions. This was my favorite of the 3.

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Fear And Trembling (French Oak Cabernet) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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