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Fear And Trembling (Bourbon) - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 175
Gots: 9 | 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 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…”

Aged in used Sam Adams Utopias barrels.

(Beer added by: SFLpunk on 10-19-2010)
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olradetbalder, Nov 13, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Dark brown body. Small off-white head. A bit of a collar.

Smell - Smoke is much more prominent than it is in the Blended version. Oak. Some dark chocolate.

Taste - Smoke is still pretty rich. Lightly sweet up front. Some light bourbon, but not a lot. Oak. Very slight red wine acidity. Oxidation is light, but creeping up.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation. Medium body, maybe lacking a little bit.

Overall - This one aged much better than the Cab/Bourbon blend. Less oxidized and the smoke is still very nice.

Alieniloquium, Oct 07, 2014
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4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a Funkwerks snifter.

A~ extremely dark brown with a small tanish head and minimal lacing.

S~ lots of smokeyness up front, followed by dark chocolate malts. all finishing with vanilla, caramel, and extreme sweetness from the bourbon.

T~ the bourbon sweetness really masks the smoke in this version. i mean don't get me wrong the smoke is definitely still there haha. other than the smoke, vanilla, caramel, and bourbon you get some leather, tobacco, and a bunch of burnt coffee.

M~ soooo smooth! nice carbonation but the bourbon definitely dumbs that down a bit. not boozy at all but still a little warming.

O~ this is the second one i've tried of the series following the cabernet version. definitely less smoke here then in the other version. the blend is next! and i seriously can't wait, the aspects and complexity that these both contributed can only lead to one of the most amazing blends in brew history. we shall see!

Skrip, Jul 19, 2013
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look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Poured a deep, deep brown nearly jet black with a nice tan cap which left a slight foamy ring clinging to the glass

S: Nice smoke, chewy leather, chocolate, tobacco, oak, whiffs of vanilla with hints of bourbon and coffee. Out-damn-standing.

T: This beer demands respect from start to finish. I've had some pretty nice Baltic Porters including many Alaskan vintages and this just takes the cake on nose, taste and mouthfeel. Initial roastiness, smoke, leather, tobacco and cocoa blend right up front. Smacks you right in the kisser. A nice warming booziness courtesy of the bourbon peaks upfront and carries on with massive flavor profile from start to finish. The bourbon, wood, coconut, vanilla are very well balanced in this beer.

M: Medium bodied, spot on carbonation with a decadent layers of cocoa, sweetness, vanilla, and lots of other goodness just filling the mouth, coating the palate and providing a nice layers of decadence. Amazing.

O: Besides the head retention and the pour being less than perfect I would dare say this is the best Baltic Porter I have had. The appearance is the only reason why this did not receive a perfect score. It hits every BJCP mark for the style, tastes fine, perfect body, just as it should be and the barrel influence was spot on.

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Fear And Trembling (Bourbon) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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