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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
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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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

10-14-2012 14:26:02 | More by t0rin0
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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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djrn2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

01-13-2013 03:42:11 | More by djrn2
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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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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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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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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

01-13-2013 02:50:06 | More by acurtis
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5%

01-13-2013 21:48:48 | More by spycow
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

01-13-2012 04:18:08 | More by ygtbsm94
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev -5%

01-20-2014 05:45:38 | More by GRG1313
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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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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.25/5  rDev +1%

11-14-2011 17:41:14 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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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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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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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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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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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +18.8%

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

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5%

10-20-2013 21:29:34 | More by BARFLYB
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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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drewone

California

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

01-24-2014 07:06:33 | More by drewone
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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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zestar

California

4/5  rDev -5%

07-03-2014 21:27:21 | More by zestar
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HopHead84

California

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

4/17/2011

Bottle opened by me at Oakquinox, thanks!

A: Dark brown in the snifter with a big creamy light brown head which shows nice retention and leaves lots of lacing.

A: Smoke is pronounced and dominant, redolent of apple wood bacon and beach wood with light oak notes. Roasted malt is restrained and there's a subtle yet complex dark chocolate profile beneath the smoke. There's a very faint vinous note. Smells great.

F: The flavor is noticeably less smoky than the aroma, allowing notes of cocoa, vanilla, and oak to play a bigger role. The smoke is bacon and beach wood, and it's quite delicious. Roasted malt is moderate. I don't pick up wine-like qualities from the barrel in the taste, but this is still quite good. Alcohol is well hidden.

M: Medium in body with a lower moderate level of carbonation. Mouthfeel is smooth and dry.

Overall: A complex and enjoyable smoked beer. Definitely recommended if you're a fan of the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 05:44:24 | More by HopHead84
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Fear And Trembling (French Oak Cabernet) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.