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Fear And Trembling (Bourbon) - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 176
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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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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I bought this when Hill Farmstead had their first Autumn Harvest festival 2 years ago. I wanted to save it for a later day. Well, it's cold out and I want something to warm up with.

Pours a dark brown color with a thin brown head into my glass. At first, there wasn't much carbonation but with a firmer pour, the head formed.

Malt still has that smoked maple characteristic that I vaguely remember from a sample pour along with the oak with a tiny hint of cocoa and cream.

I love the way the smoked malt interacts with almost heavenly cocoa and cream flavors. Very chewy. Makes me crave smoked meats. Alcohol has mellowed so much that you can barely tell that it's there.

Finishes surprisingly clean with just the right amount of lingering flavors. Alcohol heat? Nonexistent. Creamy mouthfeel too.

So glad that I waited 2 years to sample this. I'm hoping for a similar outcome for the Daybreak and another porter of theirs. Some beers just taste better with a little age on them. So worth the purchase!

Brad007, Nov 11, 2012
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Fear And Trembling (Bourbon) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.