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

Fear And Trembling (French Oak Cabernet)Fear And Trembling (French Oak Cabernet)

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74 Ratings
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 8.08%


Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
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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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours dark brown with thin tan head. Nose ha smoke, chocolate, and light cab barrel. Smokey flavor, light chocolate, fair. Bit of malt sweetness and ovry cab sweetness flavors. Body is medium, smooth, a touch oily and thin compared to the blend. assertive carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 19:09:34 | More by cpetrone84
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UCLABrewN84

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 23:20:53 | More by UCLABrewN84
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largadeer

California

3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This rare tick was generously provided by bring. Thanks, Barry.

Dark brown, almost black. The body is nearly opaque, and the head retains solidly for several minutes.

The nose is smoky, meaty and oaky. There's a mild vinous character, though the smoke is most prevalent.

It's more vinous on the palate, tannic and oaky, smoky, somewhat meaty. The body is medium, carbonation is moderate. The finish brings roasted malt and more smoke. This is very enjoyable for a smoke beer, fairly balanced and drinkable for the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 05:59:15 | More by largadeer
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womencantsail

California

3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Chris for sharing this, my first Hill Farmstead tick.

A: The pour is almost black in color with a finger or so of a sturdy, soapy, khaki colored head.

S: Lots of smoke to open up the nose, sort of what I expected. Like most smoked beers, I get a distinct salty and meaty aroma, though not as "bad" as some examples. The roasted malt and chocolate aromas are still pretty decent, and there's a bit of wine -bal character, too.

T: The flavor is still quite heavy on the smoke, but the other flavors are allowed to shine through. Good roasted malts, oak, vanilla, red wine, and a slight meaty character. Fairly good for a smoked beer...

M: The body is medium with the carbonation being a bit on the low end of medium.

D: I'm not the biggest smoked beer person, but this was pretty good. I don't think I'd rush out to drink it again, but wouldn't turn it down.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2010 08:42:46 | More by womencantsail
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trappistlover

Arizona

3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(sampled from RBWG). Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma had a nice smokiness that imparted similar flavors including some savory bacon. Medium bodied with a dry finish. This was a nice beer and I'm lucky to try this. Thanks to whomever brought this.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 23:08:58 | More by trappistlover
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mikeyv35

New York

3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Date: 05/11/2011
Type: 500ml. Bottle
Glass: Tulip
Vintage: 2010

Pours a motor oil black in color w/ a 1/2 finger creamy tan head that leaves medium amounts of sticky lacing. Aromas of bittersweet chocolate, molasses, smokiness(big, almost like a campfire), and peat. The taste was of chocolate and huge roasty peat up front, followed by a close of faint bitterness and red wine. Thin bodied, too thin for a Baltic Porter. Finishes pretty dry due to the wine barrel aging and roastiness. Well hidden ABV makes this pretty drinkable if smokiness is your thing.

Overall, for what it is this is a very well put together brew. Way to roasty/smokey for me, but I am not a huge fan of Rauchbiers, which to me this is essentially what this is. Also, would have liked this a little less smoke dominated, and had the red wine notes more pronounced. Anyway, solid brew and worth seeking out if you enjoy Rauchbiers.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 16:47:07 | More by mikeyv35
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BeerFMAndy for busting out the Fear and Trembling trio. Bottle split into tulips.

A: Pitch black, tiny wisp of beige head. A few flecks of soapy lace.

S: Mild smoke, roasted malt, black coffee, just a hint of the cabernet. Traces of barrel wood.

T: Nice rich maltiness. Dark chocolate and black coffee. The smoke is just right. Not too powerful. Slightly bitter finish. Just a hint of the tartness from the wine barrels.

M: Medium to full body. Light carbonation.

D: Overall a very nice Baltic Porter. Smoke is usually something that I can live without. Yet in this beer it fits nicely. I sort wished for more wine flavor but I won't let that affect the score.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 02:08:27 | More by beerwolf77
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FosterJM

California

3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

773rd Review on BA
Bottle to snifter

@Woodshop Classix

App- This was a very dark brown with a bit of amber around the edges. It poured similar to the barrels it came from, like a deep dark red wine. No head, no bubbles. A bit flat.

Smell- True to style this smelled quite nice for a baltic porter. Smoky, bacon, rye and a little bit on the oaky side and a little tannin note.

Taste- This was kind of all over the place for me. It started off with a smoky bacon like note and then moved to the roasty malts and finished with a ton of dark chocolate. A little bit of the oak comes through on the end of the drink. A little tannin as well.

Mouth- Medium bodied and a medium carbonation level. A nice smoky note remains.

Drink- I don't normally like the baltic porters but this had a few nice dimensions with the aging on it in the barrels. Not as harsh and bacony.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 23:07:17 | More by FosterJM
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gford217

Georgia

4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle.

Pours dark, dark brown with a small head that leaves only a trace of lacing and little retention.

Aroma is heavily smoked malts with hints of chocolate underneath. The wine notes definitely come through with a light dry fruitiness and spicy oak.

The taste is very smooth with the smoked malts and chocolate dominating until the finish which is dry and oaky, vinous and slightly tart really which isn't surprising given the barrel I suppose.

The mouthfeel is smooth with solid carbonation and drier than the other treatments.

This is a really nice smoked porter though the straight-up cab version is probably my least favorite.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 02:52:42 | More by gford217
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into a couple of glasses.

Pours a black/deep brown, with a finger or so of frothy mocha head. This stays bubbly and rich, leaving back a decent amount of spotty froth down the sides of the glass. The smoke has been tamed a good bit and relegated to the background by the barrel here, especially compared to the bourbon version, with tones of fruit, oak and vanilla and more malty notes of chocolate and toffee helping bring that peat character down a notch or two.

The taste is similar, with that heavy smoke being cut by sticky notes of dark fruit, oaky vanilla, chocolate and caramel. Roast returns in the finish with a dry and lightly burnt feel, with some extra smokiness and barrel flavors lingering on the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some prickliness on the tongue and then a mostly smooth and creamy feel as this works itself across the back of the palate. Like the bourbon version, the alcohol here is just extremely well hid, which aids in the overall accessibility of this.

It’s funny how this version took the exact opposite approach than the bourbon version, which much more of that French Oak barrel being on display here and much less of the smoked aspect of the base Baltic Porter. The dark fruit and oak flavor here actually gets fairly strong the more this warms. This was solid but isn’t quite there for me yet.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 17:05:02 | More by Kegatron
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks go to Kegatron for sharing all 3 Fear and Trembling variations during our recent gathering. Awesome experience to have these all back to back. 500ml bottle poured into some snifters following the bourbon edition. The brew appears dark brown in color with some lighter brown around the edges. A finger of mocha head sits atop and as it slowly fades, leaves some spotty lacing on the glass.

Just like the bourbon version, this is heavily smoked to then point of being beefy. Cured meat aromatics blend into a touch of chocolate grain, roast and mild raw barrel tannins that is a deviation from the other iteration of this brew. Some alcohol tang with mild dark fruit inclusion blends into an afterthought of smokey pete moss.

The taste is beefy with smoke and roast. A bit almost burnt and ashy with a raw (not necessarily harsh) barrel character that integrates fairly well with the level of bold smokiness. Some tangy alcohol is evident with an increased perception of fruity plum or raisin flavor. The aftertaste includes some earth and chocolate grain quality.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Overall a slightly different example than the Bourbon version with a unique twist and focus on raw barrel character and a bit more depth to the fruity alcohol inclusion. I typically prefer a more mellow and blended barrel inclusion but in this case, the raw tannic nature of this version really worked well with the aggressive smoke profile. I liked this version slightly more than the bourbon one.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2012 18:57:19 | More by stakem
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jamie2dope

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to jleblanc and 6daysbottom ocean for grabbing me a bottle of this at the release. The pour is of a black colored beer, with a creamy, lightly tanned heading. The nose is very smokey and roasted, showing some earthy characteristics. Bitter dark chocolate is also present is the smell. Taste is very similar to the nose in the front, but becomes much more complex in the finish. Here is where the French Oak Cabernet Barrels really start to show their influence. It rounds out the smoke and somewhat acrid beginnings of the taste, and leaves it on a more fruity note. The mouthfeel is medium to heavy for this style, with the alcohol coming in waves. The maple is not very apparent, which surprises me somewhat. That being said, this is one tasty Baltic Porter, and smoked as well, which I love. I can taste the Danish influence in this beer, having had other similar examples. I am looking forward to trying more from this small brewery in Vermont.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 00:32:16 | More by jamie2dope
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again to Thorpe...Looks like the other Fears, black with an ok head...A really awesome aroma of peat, smoke, and pork, balanced and just awesome. A hint of red wine is great...The taste doesn't translate as well, the front is tons of fresh oak ( a little too harsh for me), oak kills a lot of the smoke and pork, which is my favorite part. More chocolate than smoke. Still good just a disappointment of what I was expecting...This is very good, my 2nd favorite.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 00:11:32 | More by jrallen34
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another bottle shared by Thorpe, thanks.

Beer is brown with a tan head that doesn't stick around long, falls away leaving some lacing. Carbonation appears to be low.

This one has more smoke in the nose as well as some more oak. Much less booze.

Beer is oaky up front but gives way to a dryness and some smoke in the midpalate regions. The smoke and oak in this one is far more assertive than the bourbon, much of that character was covered up by the high alcohol. This one is much closer to the base beer with the tannic character coming through in this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 23:01:39 | More by drabmuh
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Jeffo

Netherlands

4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks goes out to jbeatty for hooking us up with this delicious three beer set. I had almost given up on ever seeing any of these, so I'm absolutely stoked to finally get a chance at the threesome. Cheers man!

From a 500ml bottle into a snifter
This was the first bottle we opened.

APPEARANCE: All of these variants look the same. Pours transparent brown and yields a small, medium looking, light tan head with decent retention. Head fades to a slight wisp and bubbly ring. Black body, relatively clear, with no carbonation evident. Only a ring remains until the end and leaves no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Definite smoke on the nose with some smoked meat, touches of roasted malts, dark chocolate and some wine from the barrel aging. A hint of oak as well, but the smoked aromas are much more prominent on the nose.

TASTE: Smoked malts, roasted malts and some dark, baker’s chocolate up front, all working very nicely together and providing a good foundation for the barrel. This moves into an oaky and wine flavored finish, though it doesn’t overpower the base. Mild yet lingering aftertaste of dark chocolate, smoky malt and smoked meat, and a touch of oak and red wine. Well balanced and surprisingly easy to drink. Much more balanced than the nose.

PALATE: Medium-full body and lower levels of carbonation. Slightly creamy on the palate, goes down nicely and finishes slightly sticky. Goof feel and decent weight.

OVERALL: This was a really nice treat. The nose was a little smoke heavy, with a bit more smoked salami than I’d prefer, but the flavors were really well balanced and the feel solid as well. Lots of going on here; very complex and tasty, and the flavors blend really well together. I doubt this one will get any better with age, so I was more than glad to get the chance to try it now. This whole series is well worth tracking down. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 20:44:00 | More by Jeffo
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle split and poured into a Duvel tulip. 9.3% ABV, no date.

Big thanks to Rochefort10nh for surprising me with this trio of awesome brews! Beerwolf and I gave 'em all a go at once to compare them.

A - Black in the tulip with nice clarity on the pour but almost no head generation. A thin foam of tan bubbles with a well-retained ring. Spotty lace left over.

S - Great peat-smoked malt aroma with notes of chocolate behind the campfire aroma. There's wood in the nose but no real oak stand-out or French Cabernet, that's for sure. While I enjoy the bold smoke, it overwhelms any chance for the wine nuances I really hoped to see here.

T - Tart French oak Cabernet peeks in the very finish with a bit of grape but it's almost all a one-dimensional brew, full of peat smoked chocolate malt.

M - Slightly dry, a bit tart on the finish with a medium-full-body and mild acrid bitterness. Nice feel on this one.

D - Good drinkability for a high ABV barrel-aged smoke beer! Not too strong but I really wish that the French oak Cabernet would have been more present.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 04:47:20 | More by BeerFMAndy
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Mora2000

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle. Drank alongside the other two Fear and Trembling beers.

The beer pours a black color with a tan head. The aroma is pretty nice. I get some oak and caramel notes, as well as some smoked malt. I don't get any real wine notes in the aroma.

The flavor is similar. I get some smoked malt, peet, oak, chocolate and roasted malt. I also get some dark fruit notes, which may be from the wine barrel aging. There is little detectable alcohol. Easy to drink.

Medium to thick mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 19:58:00 | More by Mora2000
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jale

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Bearsonacid for this.

A: Pours dark brown with two quarters of tan head.

S: Smoky peaty with a hint of wine.

T: Sweet malt upfront followed by generous amounts of smoke. Slight wine and mild alcohol heat. A little hops in the finish. When you swish the beer around in your mouth you get all the cab flavors.

M: Medium body with good carbonation.

O: This is my favorite of the three. IMO this is the smokiest and hopiest of the three.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 16:05:37 | More by jale
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maximum12

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to baconsausage for this bottle, from a brewery that I'm growing quite fond of. My second encounter with F&T, the first in a rather epic tasting with good BA friends from near & far. Now I get a whole bottle to myself, as my wife won't touch 'bacon beers'. Her loss, right?

Lovingly poured into my big Terrapin snifter, black-on-black with minimal carbonation. Smell is on the meek side: smoked malt, light chocolate, not much else.

Fear & Trembling from the vine is very nicely put together. Initially this feels like the smoke-trail off a campfire missle: smoked malts. More smoke. And yes, bacon, too. But there are subtleties in the mix, yes, my precious. A dusting of cocoa, a little rump roast, an eyedropper of dark fruits that are doubtless the cabernet. The finish is an exquisite shot of oak barrel that layers well with the smoke.

My only faint complaint is that this is a big, heavy, tummy-filler of a porter, a zing of bubbles would have been appreciated. Still, it doesn't do much damage, I'll have no issue wrapping this one up by myself.

This is a lovely beer. What starts out as a campfire jammed down your throat warms to reveal layer after layer of complexity, & not just for its own sake. Excellent beer. Can't wait to try the blend that's awaiting my pleasure in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 02:44:59 | More by maximum12
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed January 2011.

A: Black body with a medium sized khaki cap. Nice spotty lacing.

S: Mellow. Smoked, roasted, and charred malts. Some oak and dark, vinous fruits.

T: Similar to the nose, there is quite a bit of smoky roasted malts. The barrels do a bit more here to contribute some complexity and depth of flavor. Dark fruits, oak, chocolate, coffee, and all the malts.

M: Mellow, medium bodied. Smooth throughout with light carbonation. Clean finish.

D: Quite pleasant. The best of the Fear and Trembling series.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 03:52:31 | More by callmemickey
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SFLpunk

Vermont

4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at the brewery two days ago. 500mL brown glass pry-top bottle. No date but recently released.

Let this one warm up quite a bit 60* or so before opening it, per Shaun's request. Pours a gloopy black with creamy cappuccino-colored head that stands up about an inch high

When I first opened it it smelled like someone was cooking applewood smoked bacon in my house! It blew off the beer after a moment a little and became a support aroma. Toasty oak is also present. More smoky on the nose than the bourbon barrel.

Palate is fat and wide with creamy, albeit light, carbonation. Chewy malt with whispers of different types of smokiness: applewood bacon, toasted oak, coffee. The oak seems to affect the mouthfeel more than flavor. There's some sparkly berry notes right up front, but as the malt body kicks in, it fades to the background.

Notes: This was my favorite at the Autumn Harvest Fest release for sure. I like the interplay with the berry notes and the chewy black malt and roasted notes. The bottle is just as good!

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 04:03:50 | More by SFLpunk
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glid02

Georgia

4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Grant - thanks! Tasted side-by-side with the other two in the series.

Pours black with a one-finger brown head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smooth roasted malts with equal amounts of smoked malts and dark chocolate. Also present are faint dark grape aromas and spicy tannins from the barrel.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Roasted and smoked malt flavors kick things off and are joined shortly thereafter by moderate amounts of dark chocolate. Midway through the sip lightly tart red grape flavors come into play. Near the end of the sip the flavor profile dries up a bit with the addition of spicy oak, carrying through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have any problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this was my least favorite of the three, the cab influence was nice but it was too mild. Additionally, I'm not sure the base beer was one that could integrate well with the barrel type. Still, it's a very good beer that's worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 03:25:19 | More by glid02
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6DaysBottomOcean

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a dark chocolate colored head that settles quickly to a cap. Aroma is big on the smoked malt, decadent smoked meats and mocha/chocolate, roasted malt character is also evident. Flavor starts out with sweet dark toffee which quickly gives way to multiple layers of thick smoked character. The smokyness is nicely balanced with oak/tannins from the cabernet barrel, really working well to complement each other. A solid but creamy texture holds the rich flavors together, very well integrated. Tough to say where the base beer flavor ends and the barrel character begins, to me thats always a good sign of a well crafted beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2010 04:03:40 | More by 6DaysBottomOcean
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koopa

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle picked up at the Hill Farmstead release a few weekends ago and shared with some fine folks at the Copper Mine Pub yesterday.

Appearance: Pours black with a 1 finger brown crown that shows moderate retention and lace.

Smell: A great smoke punch that didn't really stand out as much when I tried this one off of the tap at the event. Perhaps the 50 degree temps outside at the release played a part in that. Nice roast malt notes, chocolate notes and earthy barrel notes make an appearance as well.

Taste: Same as nose but with a bit of sweetness and complexity added from the barrel aging.

Mouthfeel: On the light side of heavy bodied with nice creamy carbonation.

Drinkability: Good considering the boldness of this brew. Heck I'm surprised by how a brew this bold also retains some delicateness. Seems the two would be mutually exclusive but this brew proofs that wrong.

Maybe I was just in a smoke mood yesterday but I enjoyed this version slightly more than the Cab/Bourbon blend, yet I had the exact opposite reaction to the draft offerings at the release.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 11:49:14 | More by koopa
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Thorpe429 for sharing a set of these. Served in a Chouffe tulip.

A - Pours with a finger of tan foam that settles to a thin ring, leaving behind a few spots of lace and some wisps of bubbles on top. The body is a very dark brown color that is a touch lighter at the fringes.

S - Very smoky, dark chocolate, espresso, light oak, and a vinous character that isn't overtly "wine-y" (a la Bottleworks XI), but instead imparts dark fruits, berries, and weight.

T - Taste is very similar, albeit a bit less smoked. Cocoa, smoked malt, and a dark chocolate finish. As it warms more of the dark vinous character emerges.

M - Some carbonation spritz, but thankfully not harsh. Body is surprisingly light for 9.3% and sits in the medium-light range. Alcohol is very well-hidden.

D - This was quite good, and I don't even like smoked beers all that much. It thankfully doesn't veer to much in the meatier side of the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 19:42:33 | More by MasterSki
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Fear And Trembling (French Oak Cabernet) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.