Fear And Trembling (Bourbon) - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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Reviews by micromaniac129:
4.1/5 rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Even in the darken environment of the blue dog I could see quite clearly that this beer had a garnet brown hue with a light mocha head. The head was tall and dense and lasted along while leaving a fair amount of lacing.
Aroma was smokey of course with a roasted malt bill befitting.
Taste was most good with a smokey roasted malt bill. The smoke was just right in my opinion not overpowering and not weak. You knew it was there. I wasn't aware that it was barrel aged and to be quite honest didn't taste it either.
I did taste a kind of sweetness not like candied sugar just a sweetness of some sort.
It drink real smooth on the palette but also had a flat feel too.
This was good had a real earthy feel and taste that was quite enjoyable. the other aspects were pleasing too.
Pair this beer with a destructive huricane and it's sure to please.
Serving type: on-tap
10-27-2012 20:31:07 | More by micromaniac129
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4.45/5 rDev +5%
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!
Serving type: bottle
07-19-2013 03:22:40 | More by Skrip
4.9/5 rDev +15.6%
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.
Serving type: bottle
03-27-2013 14:15:24 | More by barleywinefiend
4.73/5 rDev +11.6%
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!
Serving type: bottle
11-11-2012 14:39:55 | More by Brad007
Fear And Trembling (Bourbon) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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