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

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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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Photekut

Tennessee

5/5  rDev +18.8%

11-18-2011 02:46:27 | More by Photekut
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BrianTheBrewer30

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +18.8%

12-12-2011 10:28:00 | More by BrianTheBrewer30
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jammalamma

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +18.8%

11-29-2011 14:35:34 | More by jammalamma
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New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +18.8%

11-26-2011 23:20:20 | More by Rochefort10nh
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kingcrowing

Vermont

4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a very dark brown to almost black with a small dark brown head that's really light and creamy. Nose is very smokey and oaky, very nice.

Taste is smokey and oaky, the cab flavors are light but there and subtle. Mouthfeel is really creamy, a bit sweet but not too syrupy. Really tasty slow drinker.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 01:03:22 | More by kingcrowing
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ngeunit1

California

4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark black with a thin ring of frothy chocolate head. The head fades fairly quickly with nice lacing

S - Aroma is full of smoke and burnt chocolate malts. The red wine barrel comes though with some oak and a touch of rye.

T - Starts off with lots of smoke, deep roasted bitter chocolate, and some of the red wine barrel flavor. Through the middle some more oak comes through with some dark fruit, a bit of bacon, and some vanilla. The finish is a mix of smoke, burnt malts, red wine, oak, and touch of tannin.

M - Medium-plus bodied with mild carbonation. Smooth with a big smokey warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. The smoke is super strong here, but there are so many other bold flavors that it all works nicely together. The barrel also adds a nice dimension.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 07:28:45 | More by ngeunit1
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In a well executed play Mike (Thorpe429) brought 3 versions of this beer to a little tasting, putting himself in a strong position in the MVP title battle.

This version was first to be tried, aged in French Oak Cabernet. It pours dark brown, opaque except at the edges, with a thin tan foam. Lots of smoked malt in the aroma, hints of oak, and deep sniffs give more oak. First and foremost a rauchbier, but the subtleties behind the malt make this really nice.

Smoked malts dominate the flavor too, but this is far from one dimensional. A little cocoa and oak mix in, with an extremely nice aftertaste of light liqueur or red wine. Low carbonation but that works just fine for this, the mix of rich malt and subtle oak really make this world class.

I wouldn't have thought that this type of beer could get much out the barrel but that shows how little I know. Inspired.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 21:16:04 | More by TurdFurgison
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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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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Review #400! Bottle shared by mikesgroove early on Christmas Eve in a gas station parking lot (hobo style!), thanks Mike! Served from split bottle into a Delirium Tremens snifter. Poured a deep murky brown almost black with a minimal very light tan head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, brown sugar, smoke, and subtle alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, slight brown sugar, toffee, subtle spices, oak, and a touch of vanilla. It had a medium feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this brew was quite excellent. I could honestly see myself getting in trouble with this one at this ABV. Has an excellent aroma and great well balanced flavor going on here. This is a definite must try if you are fortunate enough to do so or track down. I'm sure Mike and I looked like a bunch of hobos drinking this one, but it was totally worth it, plus we had proper glassware. Thanks again Mike for sharing this rare gem!

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 14:03:38 | More by thagr81us
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sisuspeed

New Hampshire

4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Hill Farmstead tasting glass. F&T Cabernet forms a thin ring of tan foam on top of a dark, dark brown body. Light lacing is left behind.

Mmmm... the aroma is exceptional! Smokey and meaty with fruity red wine. Oak and light vanilla mingle with a touch of alcohol. Chocolate, more Cabernet and smoke round things out. This was my least favorite of the three F&T at the release, but after revisiting this a second time with a few friends in a quieter setting I have to say that the nose is perfect.

On the tongue red wine soaked oak barrel infused with chocolate and vanilla mixes well with a good helping of smokiness. The smoke is actually very well integrated and not overbearing, which makes this a much more balanced smoked porter than most of the others I have tried. Fruity tannins add to the mix creating more complexity and deliciousness.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with some oaky tannins. A bit of warming alcohol, but not too much. On the dryer side.

Drinkability is great. Especially for a 9% ABV porter. Besides some light warmth, the ABV is essentially unnoticeable. Complex, tasty and easy to put back. Definitely an awesome cold weather brew. Really looking forward to revisiting the other F&T variations.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 01:17:20 | More by sisuspeed
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

04-06-2012 02:48:42 | More by hoppymcgee
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domtronzero

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

01-16-2013 04:23:09 | More by domtronzero
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

11-17-2011 02:40:45 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hugs & Kisses to FooFa for sharing this uber-rare bottle on 2/8/11!

A - Emerged from its vessel as black as the depths of hell and as viscous as an oil spill under a 1973 jalopy Pinto that's been out in the driveway up on cinderblocks for about 17 years. On top is a burnt tan cap that settled into a bubbly patch, then a flimsy film, and some spotty lace.

S - Ooofa! This smells like a pig that got caught in a barn fire. Smokey? Yup. Charred? No doubt. Bacon-y? Uh-huh. A hint of dark fruit tang also emerged from the background to offer up a bit of deviation from the burnt meat-fest.

T - Flavor is really meaty, really smokey and really charred. However, there is a pleasant chocolate character somewhere down there in the depths of Fear and Trembling. Faint oaky notes emerge in the middle, followed by moderate earthy, herbal hop notes and a slight dark fruit tang in the finish.

M - Smooth, oily and actually silky for such a diabolical beer! Carbonation is very mild. Finishes with plenty of smoke, subtle bitterness and a hint of astringency on the palate.

D - Fear and Trembling is ridiculously smokey but it is so damn tasty that it retains its drinkability beautifully. This sucker is delicious!

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 19:42:06 | More by ffejherb
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

stopped by on xmas eve and split this bottle with a good friend while standing around and just hanging out for a few moments for the holidays. his half in a snifter, my in nonic.

pour was jet black with a small tan head that kept a ring around the entire glass leaving a good bit of lacing up and down the sides of the glass that really looked to be quite nice to me. aroma is deep peat and smoke, much more then i really thought it would be, nicely done. warming brings up lots of oak and touches of vanilla in the flavor. the grape and vinous character from the cab barrels is not very noticeable until it really warms and by that time it is still quite light. rich and smooth, with a deep smoke flavor that leaves a long lasting oak note on the palate an a light, but enjoyable finish that really gives a nice rounded profile.

overall very solid and well deserved for the day. cannot wait to try the rest of the set.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2010 04:28:38 | More by mikesgroove
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 01:39:35 | More by yourefragile
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter.

Pours near black with a single-finger tan head with just a touch of lacing on the sides of the glass. The nose brings forward a good dose of smoke and oak barrel. The cabernet adds a really nice touch throughout.

The flavor pushes the cabernet barrels more toward the front with a really nice complexity. Smoke and oak combine really well with the fruit character. A bit of chocolate and roasted character sit there as well. Medium body with a really nice dryness in the finish. Just a bit of booze there. Drinks quite well. A really, really solid brew and I'm glad I got to brad some of these bottles.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 03:41:40 | More by Thorpe429
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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!

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 03:22:20 | More by Skrip
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!

A: Dark brown hue with a thin, tan head that recedes rapidly, leaving but a little lacing.

S: Roast, bacon, smoke (rauchbier), hints of oak.

T: A very nice beer, though I think the aroma is better than the flavor. The beer has a nice tannic character, with the booze aspect the most hidden of the three variants.

M: Medium to thin bodied with moderately low carbonation.

D: Overall, this was my favorite of the Fear and Trembling beers.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 02:04:05 | More by Huhzubendah
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Verecund

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opened on 01.28.2011.

After the long walk back home, Abraham likely settled down in his tent and drank some wine - after all, it had been a long day, and Melchizedek's profferance of wine (years ago!) had suggested that consumption was acceptable. Especially now. But for days Abraham could not strip the odor of the smoke from him or Isaac. It stuck, covering all, reminding him of the test, the lie to his son, and the subsequent promise that his descendants would number more than the stars in the sky or the sand on the beach. But Abraham didn't care much for the stars in the sky or sand on the beach, which now reminded him of the moment when he unsheathed the knife; he had only wanted his son. In fact, through all the smoke, Abraham usually only saw three stars as it was.

Pours a dark-brown, like charred wood, with mahogany hues about the edges. The bubbles on first pour are large, like arachnid eyes, clinging to the side of the glass.

Meaty smoke. Fresh leather. Some bittersweet chocolate. Sweet, vinous notes. As it opens, the smoke seems to accent and push the wild grape and black currant undertone more to the fore.

The smoke is lessened here. At this stage, the light oak, cocoa, smoke, and dark fruits really coalesce into a fine beer. This version may lack the raw complexity of the bourbon version, but the story it tells is no less interesting.

Slightly thin (medium-light) in body. Alcohol is almost non-existent.

Highly drinkable. Highly enjoyable. Thanks to a generous RB/BA for this.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 02:39:45 | More by Verecund
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brydeen

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 23:19:02 | More by brydeen
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Sean9689

Illinois

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

Bottle shared by Thorpe429, thanks Mike!

A - Pours black, tan head, a nice head and a thick ring around the glass with some whisps on top. Some spotty lacing here and there.

S - Really nice smooth and rich smoke, some oak, chocolate, expresso. The smoke notes aren't overpowering, but you know what this beer is all about.

T - Smoke, oak, chocolate, dark fruits. The sweetness is there but the oak and smoke/roast doesn't make it overly sweet. What a wonderful job here.

M - Medium, smooth & rich, dry finish.

D - Wow, Shaun! I'm really digging this and I can't wait to tick the other two variants here shortly. Once again, HF kills it.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 02:52:04 | More by Sean9689
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SABERG

Massachusetts

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

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 23:35:26 | More by SABERG
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AgentZero

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer provided by Mike, awesome contribution to the Bachelor Weekend tasting.

A - Nice black stout with a small off-white head on the hard pour. Faded to a ring, no lacing or drag on the sides.

S - Smells amazing. Great smoke smell in a roasty porter. The cabernet barrels ad a nice touch of balancing sweetness. Don't think you can get much better smelling than this.

T - The oak age comes across in the beer, and the cabernet definately makes it's presence felt with a nice sweetness. Great smokey taste on this porter, just a touch too sweet for me, but I love this beer and could drink a lot of it.

M - Solid, smooth, full, great.

D - Great beer, I recommend this to anyone. Easy to drink for something at this ABV and body.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 02:56:00 | More by AgentZero
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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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 18:27:53 | More by Phelps
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Fear And Trembling (French Oak Cabernet) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.