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

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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 161
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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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
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 similar to the other two beers from this series. I get a lot of smoked malt, chocolate, oak and roasted malt. Not real surprises.

The flavor is not surprisingly, a blend of the other two beers. The chocolate is the predominant flavor, but I also get some oak, bourbon, smoke, roasted malt and peet. There is also some dark fruit notes. Easy to drink. The alcohol is fairly well hidden.

Medium to thick mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a dark brown/black just like the other two, head is still small but ever darker and finer. Nose is amazing, it's got the smokiness and bourbon flavors.

Taste is amazing as well, the cab is there up front with bourbon On the finish. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Easily he best of the trio.

Photo of glid02
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 large roasted malts with solid amounts of smokiness. Also present are moderate amounts of tannins, vanilla, and spicy oak, in that order.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though with more influence from the bourbon. Robust roasted malt and smoked malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by moderate amounts of dark chocolate. Midway through the sip mild amounts of vanilla and spicy oak flavors come into play. Near the end of the sip lightly tart tannins come into play, carrying through to a mildly bitter ending.

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

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I thought this was the best of the three in that it was (not surprisingly) the most complex. The barrel-aging was very well done and this beer is worth a shot if you can find one.

Photo of pwoods
3.74/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to rpstevens for this bottle in secret Santa!

500ml brown bottle poured into a snifter.

A: pours pitch black with a bit of viscosity. Tan head on the pour with pretty good retention and some lacing.

S: Huge smoke. Probably too much but not overly abrasive. The smoke definitely does overpower nearly everything. Theres a bit of the Baltic porter left behind everything but it's nearly all smoke and beef jerky like aroma.

T/M: More of the huge smoke but not quite as overpowering as in the aroma. The Baltic porter base sticks out a bit more. If I try real hard, I get a bit ofthe bourbon and possibly some notes from the cab barrel. Body is full with smoothing carbonation.

D: Split this with Kels and that wasnt too much and I think I could have probably done the whole bottle.

Photo of 05Harley
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2010

Purchased @ Hill Farmstead Brewery back in the Fall.

Price: $10.00/bomber

Appearance: Near pitch black with a creamy mocha head that retreats fairly quickly to the outer rim. Held up to the light with a near empty glass, I see some suspended solids. Spotty lacing decorates the drinking vessel.

Smell: My three favorite aromas, chocolate, bourbon and maple in the form of smoke - Nice!! I'm sold.

Taste: Having had all three versions, this one is more impressionable IMO. You get bourbon flavor but it's cut off quickly reminding you of the wine influence. A mild smokiness compliments the chocolate and bourbon. Makes me in the mood for steak..

Mouthfeel: Medium body and smooth. Lite carbonation which adds to the creamy feel. slite bitterness and dry in the finish.

Drinkability: Oh yeah! I got hammered off this stuff during the Fall event, this and Ephraim. Shaun does a wonderful job blending smoke in his beers. Me likes..

Oh yeah, I need to be reminded that this is over 9.0%. I can stay on this all night long!

Photo of nkersten
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into NB globe. Dark brown black with ruby edges, a swirling tan head that fades to a collar. Smokey oak, subtle bourbon, bitter chocolate, a hint of wine, although it is very subtle. Taste is chocolate, smoked malts, slightly sour wine barrel, a bit of oak, some alcohol in the finish. Medium to heavy body with a light carbonation and a strange astringent feel. My favorite of the three F&T, but this one has a strange aftertaste that is putting me off.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.42/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

Photo of Kegatron
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into a couple of glasses.

Pours a black/dark brown in the glass, with a finger of dark mocha. This looks just like the first two in the series, with good retention and lacing. The aroma smells of light smoke, dark fruit, cocoa, caramel and toffee. A touch of sticky charred bourbon hangs on the edges.

The taste is tart dark fruit, sticky chocolate and toffee, vanilla, moderate citrus notes and then some heavier roast towards the backend. Some light smokiness hangs in the finish, where it lingers with some leftover dry oak character. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and feels just like the other two beers, with a solid combo of crisp and creamy with a surprisingly well hid ABV.

I think this one definitely hit the sweet spot of the three beers in this series. You get a little bit of everything here from both the French Oak and Bourbon barrels plus just the right amount of smoke as well. This was definitely the winner of the bunch for me but they were all interesting in their own way.

Photo of thagr81us
4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to beeruser (I think at least) for sharing this one! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured pitch black with a one finger light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount very slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark fruit, smoke, and BBQ. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark fruit, smoke, smoked meat, and subtle alcohol. It had a heavy feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Ovearll this was an excellent brew. The smokiness I got on this one took it to a whole new level. Not sure where it came from, but I was definitely not complaining in the least. Probably one of the best Baltic Porters to cross my palate to-date. Really glad I got the opportunity to try this and hopefully you get the chance as well.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Thanks, once again, to Keith for this brew and the two others I got to try with this one!

A - Black in the tulip with a dense tan head. Great retention with just a smidgen of lace left on the glass.

S - The bourbon from the bourbon blend comes through with notes of vanilla and alcohol with a very mellow presence. Once again the French oak Cabernet is nearly absent. A touch of tart grape on the finish is all. Roasted chocolate malt and mocha. The smoke is the most mellow in this one.

T - Much more Cabernet barrel in the flavor (ironically, more than just the French Oak version), this smoked Baltic Porter has a mellow smoke flavor that lifts up the mocha, light bourbon with woody, vanilla notes all over the place.

M - Smooth and full-bodied with a dry cocoa finish and low acrid bitterness, this one has a very faint alcohol warmth. Very nice.

D - Once again, this guy has good drinkability, just like the last two. A great comparison of all three, I'd have to say that I like this one the best, although not by much over the bourbon barrel version. Ironically the Cabernet comes out the most in this one. I would have loved to see more of it in the Cab. version.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

black as night with a thick oil like look to it and a big tan head that left streaks of lace all throughout the glass, really a damn near perfect look with a wonderful settling.

aroma is deep bourbon, oak, vanilla, hints of dark roasted malts, coffee, bitter ark chocolate and a rich and roasty profile that is cut with a slight touch of alcohol, really very well done here. each sip was better then the one before as the thick liquid coated the tongue and left no room for an error. boozy bourbon and vanilla creep across the palate with hints of molasses and chocolate, chewy at times with a bit of heat left in the finish as well. warming brings out a hint of dark fruit notes that gently graze the palate. smooth and strong finish leaves a long taste that lingers forever.

Photo of largadeer
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks, Chad!

Dark mocha brown, pretty much opaque, though not quite black. A thin tan head forms and slowly settles to a crown.

Smoky, meaty nose. Burnt bacon, vinous fruitiness, dark chocolate. The smoke character is pervasive, but fairly enjoyable.

Rum raisin fruitiness on the palate, smoked bacon, tannic oak, roasted malt, bittersweet cocoa. Medium-light body, fairly dry. Charred, smoky bitterness in the finish. Good, but not a beer I'd want to drink terribly often.

Photo of Blanco
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes, had at capone's during PBW.

Pours a black color with chocolate head. Smells like roasted malts and some odd, hard to make out smells that are either the utopias or cabernet barrels. Tastes extremely fruity with the flavor of dark berries and hints of bourbon, raisins and chocolate. Slightly medicinal in quality. Light bodied. This one is quite unique and another solid offering from Hill Farmstead.

Photo of ShanePB
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of Capone's last PBW event, 5.5 ounce pour into a miniature snifter glass, served a bit cold but let it warm up to a nice tempature.

A: Extremely deep black for being considered in the Porter family, some very faint dark brown hues line the edges with virtually no head by the time it was poured. No lacing or retention here, either.

S: Smoked wood, pecan, vanilla, dry Cabernet, bourbon and a finishing note of some charred coffee beans. Wonderfully complex and inviting, this blending of all things smokey to the subtle fruitiness of a dry wine is outstanding.

T: Lots of hickory smoked wood and bacon notes up front, nuts (almonds, pecans), a hint of chocolate and finishes with some great mellow bourbon undertones. Again, a great blending of varying flavors, smoke seems to be the constant in this beer.

M: Creamy, lower carbonation, a bit chewy for a Porter but I absolutely loved it.

Honestly, I could sit and sip on this beer all afternoon. The flavors are so intense in the correct proportions and diverse that every sip brings something new to your senses. My first beer from Hill Farmstead and what an impression they left.

Photo of Etan
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml into a Zwanze taster glass. Shared generously by Sean9689.

A: Black body, no head.

S: Smoked meat, caramel, some vinous tannins, light vanilla. The smoked malt is the focus here, as it should be.

T: More bacon, light breadiness, wood smoke, vanilla, caramel, light maple. The bourbon is more assertive than the cabernet but there is a bit of a dry vinous note to it.

M. Medium-bodied, light carbonation.

O. A great smoked beer. It's good to see brewers besides the traditional Germans getting balance in smoked beers right, and I suppose it helps that HF sourced very high quality malt.

Photo of ChrisPro
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted blind as part of Blind BIF #6

Blind beer # 10 from sholland119.

500 mL? bottle poured into my Victory tulip.

A - Opaque onyx with a one finger khaki head. Splotches of lacing on the glass, but a nice "oil slick" of bubbles across the top. 3.5

S - Rauch geek breakfast, for sure. Awesome campfire smoke, and some rich spicy coffee behind it. I don't know what coffee it is, but it it reminds me of an earthy African coffee. Hard to get much else beyond that. Seems like there's some oak aging, but I think that's just the smoked malt. 4.5

(my wife's quote after her first sniff: "Damn, I might as well smoke a cigarette!")

T - Much sweeter than the nose indicates. Great vanilla and milk chocolate. Not as much coffee as I expected. Hmm...Awesome dry smoke finish. Very little hop bitterness but some nice roasted char. It's definitely a Scandinavian style stout. Slightly tart fruitiness adds a twist as it warms. 4

M - Light carbonation. Very full bodied. A touch of heat, but I'm thinking this is still in the 7-8% range. Slightly dry finish. 4.0

O - Pretty quaffable. On the sweeter side (I like!) but great. This is a pretty complex stout. Tons going on, so I can't tell if there are any flaws, but it drinks so well I don't care! Great brew. 4.0

While the nose reminded me of rauch geek breakfast, there's not as much coffee as I wanted. This may actually just be a smoked imperial stout. Definitely Scandinavian, but on the sweet side.

Final Guess: A Scandinavian smoked imperial stout. Rauch Geek Breakfast is my only guess.

the reveal: Hill Farmstead Fear and Trembling Cabernet/Bourbon blend

This was a HUGE want. Thanks, Scott! Now knowing what it is, I do realize that there was, in fact oak on the nose. And the slightly twangy fruitiness is definitely the cab. Really cool complex brew and one I'm going to savor the rest of the bottle. Thanks a ton!

Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter.

Pours nearly black with a thin tan head and a touch of lacing on the sides. A thin collar around the edges throughout. The nose brings quite a large amount of smoke, though not as much as in the French Oak version. The "bourbon" (actually Utopias) overtakes the cabernet a bit; though the grape character is still there and the two meld with the oak quite well.

The taste reflects aging in both of the barrels, with the bourbon character becoming a bit more prevalent; the cabernet sneaks out a bit more as it warms up. Smoke and chocolate also linger throughout. Mouthfeel is medium and quite smooth. Drinks incredibly well. A very solid beer.

Photo of AgentZero
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | 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. Basically it looks like the one I drank right before this.

S - In comparison to the Cab F&T, the smoke on this one is not as present. Still quite smokey, with some oak notes, and some maple notes.

T - This tastes smiliar to the Oak French Cabernet version. Smoke and sweet, with some maple notes from the utopias. I like this, but not quite as much as the Cabernet version.

M - Smooth and solid.

D - This is a great beer, cab is my favorite so far, but this one is good.

Photo of kels
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It seems I start all my reviews this way...thanks pwoods, for sharing with me! This is definitely not a brewery I'd see without his assistance, so it's cool to get a chance to try.

I can't imagine a beer of this style looking like anything other than this beer. It pours just lovely. Darkest chocolate brown, practically black, and completely opaque, it supports a full finger of chocolate-milk-hued foamy, soft head that lasts until the first drink breaks it. The froth fades into a murky skim atop the beer, and a bubbly ring of lace clings to the side and spreads up the walls in spitty little bubbles.

Smoked is the essence of this nose. The first word that comes to mind is campfire, then grilled meat. The smoke and wood of the roast dominate the aroma, and it takes some time with the beer to start pulling out other notes of sharp alcohol and a sweet cherry-like presence.

Complex, bold, unusual, acquired - these are all words that come to mind while contemplating the first few sips. As in the nose, the roasted grains and the smokiness from their preparation take a significant lead in the flavor. The campfire quality is reinforced in the taste of ash that sits especially long on the tongue. Along with these flavors comes a nice, mellow sweetness that adds some balance. It's like a nice chocolate-covered cherry that I attribute in part to the malts and in part to the bourbon barrels. It has that lingering, warming sweetness of bourbon that's recognizable, yet hard to describe. The best part of this beer by far, however, is the clearly distinguishable cabernet in the finish. Somewhat notable in the taste, it really comes through in the aftertaste with deep, plummy fruitiness and a feel that even mimics the midweight heaviness of a good cab. The feel of the beer overall is moderate with fairly low carbonation. It's sticky enough to have to lick from the lips, but not chewy.

This is definitely a different beer, and not one for everyday. The smell really knocks the drinkability down for me a note. I think it drinks a little too fast once I'm past that, though, because I take drink after drink in order to figure out what's all happening in there.

Photo of beerwolf77
3.77/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again to BeerFMAndy for the third F&T variation. It was nice to compare them all side by side. Poured into a tulip.

A: Pitch black, tiny wisp of mocha head, soapy lace.

S: Roast malt, chocolate, coffee and a solid amount of wine barrel. More cabernet than I would have anticipated. The bourbon and smoke are almost non existent.

T: Pretty much a mirror of the nose. Roasted malts, black coffee and dark chocolate. The smoke and bourbon are very light. Slight hint of the wine barrel comes through in the finish.

M: Medium to full body. Mild carbonation.

D: Overall not much differentiates this from the other two. Not a bad beer at all. Just nothing really stands out.

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.7/5  rDev -12.9%
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 orangesol
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle at Capone's during the Hill Farmstead party during Philly Beer Week.

A - Pours jet black with a small half finger tall off white head leaving light wisps of lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of charred wood, chocolate, vanilla, smoked dark malt, and some dulled dark berry sweetness. I only detect the faintest hint of bourbon but I do get a bit more of the Cabernet.

T - Taste is pretty similar to the nose with hints of chocolate, smokey malt, and a very interesting dulled grape/wine taste from the Cabernet barrels. I don't detect too much of the bourbon but I suspect it was swallowed up by all the dark flavors going on in this one. Finish has a good bit of smokey dark malt, lingering for some time. i liked this one, it is complex yet enjoyable.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Rich, full, feel with plenty of lingering smokey roast in the finish. I expected more burn but I didn't get too much. Very nice feel.

O - Pretty good. I have been very impressed with most of the beers I have had from Hill Farmstead so far, and I told Shawn Hill as much. This one was a tiny bit too smokey but the rest of the flavors were spot on and the blending was very well done. Glad I finally got to try one of the Fear And Trembling treatments.

Photo of stakem
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. We drank this blended version last in the set of 3. The brew appears dark brown to black with brown clarity noticed around the edges. Some spotty to patchy lace sticks to the glass and swirl revives a finger back to the surface.

The smell is beefy with smoke but significantly more mild than the individual parts that this blend is comprised of. A mild hint of coconut and toffee is noted from the barrel aging. Some raw oak mixes with tangy alcohol inclusion that is quite reminescent of the cabernet version while the coconut and toffee is what I expected from the bourbon version. The way these two blend together is quite enjoyable.

The taste includes some tangy alcohol upfront with a flavor of raisin or plum that blends into some raw oakiness. Mid palate there is the expected smoke character but it is significantly more mild than the individual parts that comprise the blend. More sips reveal notes of earth, ash, roast and mild vanilla as it warms up.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. The alcohol inclusion is much more forward and pronounced in this blend than the other versions. It displays a bit of crisp quality to the finish. I was really surprised at how unique each of these fear and tremblings were in their own subtle way. Having them all side by side or back to back is the way to do it, else you might not really get the nuances (especially between the bourbon and cabernet versions.) My favorite was this one which which has the least focus on smoke and let more of the barrel quality come forward. Thanks again for sharing Heath!

Photo of HopHead84
4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Thanks! I let the bottle sit out of the fridge for half an hour before pouring the beer into a snifter.

A: Very dark brown and essentially opaque with a large and creamy tan head and scattered lacing.

S: Like the other iterations of Fear and Trembling, the smoke profile is the most prominent aspect of this beer, redolent of beechwood and bacon. Though, I don't find it to be quite as powerful as the other two version. Maybe it's faded a bit since the release, if that even happens with smoke beers. A dark chocolate undercurrent rides the smoky tide. Roasted malt is pretty strong and there's a faint toasted presence. I detect light caramel notes as well as a restrained vinous quality, molasses, and a touch of toasted nut character. The oak is prominent throughout. Amazing aroma.

T: Beechwood and applewood bacon in the flavor with an upper low bitterness and persistent dark chocolate. Vinous notes fade in and out from start to finish. Malt has an upper moderate roastiness. I detect a little plum and caramel, as well as a molasses. Bitterness begins a gradual increase midpalate as the smoke begins to wane. Is that a whisper of Utopias? The finish is smoky with a strong roasted character and accompanying chocolate.

M: Lower full bodied with moderate carbonation that lends a creaminess to the beer. The mouthfeel is dry, smooth, and sticky, with not insubstantial warming on the palate.

Overall: One of the better smoked beers I've had and my favorite of the three Fear and Tremblings.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A pour from a bottle.

Fear and Trembling looks baltic like as it's a very dark ruddy brown that might as well be black. Some nice suds on top of this elixir surprising me as it's a blend from various barrels. No stick though but that could be the glass. Smell is a bit vinious, I get that right up front. It's also smoky as hell from all the smoked malt. Don't really pick up any bourbon, but I do get some wet wood and some chocolate and berry scents. This is one messed up baltic in a good way. I never had the base but would love to try it. Im thinking the bourbon is being masked by everything else but the cab comes through with vinious spirit, berries as well. I cant get around the smoke but it's not killing me, nice chocolate and hits of vanilla. All together though, the roast rules this beer and that's what a baltic is all about. Feel is above medium and the flavors stick around a bit and the red wine especially, the beer is not flat, bubbles are there. I really enjoyed this one.

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Fear And Trembling (Cabernet/Bourbon Blend) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.