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Fear And Trembling (Cabernet/Bourbon Blend) - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Fear And Trembling (Cabernet/Bourbon Blend)Fear And Trembling (Cabernet/Bourbon Blend)

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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.09%
Wants: 163
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Slatetank on 10-12-2010

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 blended from beer aged in both American Oak Cabernet barrels and Bourbon 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…”
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Ratings: 118 | Reviews: 55
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.82/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A blend of what's still hanging on (the bourbon) and what's going the way of the dodo (the cab). Interesting to have all three at the same time where the dichotomy is in full display. Thanks again so very much Mike.

Photo of oline73
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaasen64
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into HF taster. This is one of the first bottles HF released over 4 years ago.

A- Pours a dark black still retaining a nice mocha head and ample, lively carbonation.

S- A nice strong meaty smokiness is the most prevalent, along with some cocoa, a light syrupiness in the background, and a little bit of dark fruits from the cabernet. Smells pretty good for it's age without too much oxidation and still retaining it's strength other then maybe a little bit of faded barrel presence.

T- Nice cocoa presence with a nice meaty smokiness that comes out a lot more on the finish, some light dark fruits and a hint of muted cabernet presence hiding in the background. Overall like the aroma this is holding up well with strong flavors, little oxidation, and maybe just a little bit of a faded barrel presence as it was fairly hard to detect.

M- This is where this beer really shines through. The beer has the perfect body to supplement the smoky presence almost adding a light chewiness without being too thick or viscous. The carbonation has held up perfectly for the 4 years and is one of the more spot on porters/stouts I've had carbonation wise from HF.

O- We were a little bit worried that this beer had probably fallen off quite a bit by now but we were all presently surprised. The beer didn't show it's age too much besides maybe a little bit of a muted barrel presence judging by the fact it was hard to detect. Other then that this beer is still drinking great and I'm glad I had the chance to finally try it.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.42/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep brown, almost black. Small khaki head. Wispy surface and a chunky collar.

Smell - Some wine, but it's faint. Light smokiness. Dark chocolate. A little sherry oxidation.

Taste - Sweeter than the fresh base beer, which I had just before this. The smoke has faded a lot. A bit of wine presence. Lots of sherry and oxidation. Some bitter chocolate and smoke in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation. Kinda thin. Tasting old.

Overall - It's a good beer, it's just old. Fresh version is a much better beer.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | 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 a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass 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 barrel aged characteristics at this point other than wood qualities

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Skrip
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a Funkwerks snifter.

A~ extremely dark brown with a slightly bigger head then the other 2 versions and a tiny bit of lacing.

S~ mostly smoked meat, bacon, and dark malts. then some sweetness from the bourbon and a tiny bit of wine barrel funk.

T~ bourbony caramel, vanilla up front. followed by smokey bacon, more dark malts and some zesty rye. a tiny bit of wine barrel funk on the finish. bourbon and maple syrup sticks with you for what seems like forever! definitely not a bad thing!

M~ honestly its probably the smoothest of the series. carbonation of the bourbon version, so not bad but it could use a little more. maple syrup thickness from start to finish!

O~ surprisingly not my favorite of the series. i have a feeling this version got more bourbon than cabernet or it could have something to do with the age. the bourbon might have just taken over a bit. no real complaints about that though haha, i was just hoping for a little more funk.

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2.75/5  rDev -35.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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Fear And Trembling (Cabernet/Bourbon Blend) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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