Fear And Trembling (French Oak Cabernet)
Hill Farmstead Brewery

Fear And Trembling (French Oak Cabernet)Fear And Trembling (French Oak Cabernet)
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From:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
 
Vermont, United States
Style:
Porter - Baltic
ABV:
9.3%
Score:
92
Avg:
4.16 | pDev: 8.17%
Ratings:
88
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Aug 21, 2018
Added:
Oct 09, 2010
Wants:
  136
Gots:
  6
SCORE
92
Outstanding
Fear And Trembling (French Oak Cabernet)Fear And Trembling (French Oak Cabernet)
Notes: 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 French Oak Cabernet 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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4 by CTJman from Connecticut on Aug 21, 2018
 
4 by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania on Dec 03, 2017
 
4.1 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania on Dec 03, 2017
 
4 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts on Dec 03, 2017
 
3.94 by Kelp from New Hampshire on Jun 21, 2015
 
4 by duceswild from Heard & McDonald Islands on Jan 18, 2015
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4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by deebo from Michigan

5 years later still quite smoky nice brew.

Jan 17, 2015
 
4 by mendvicdog from Maryland on Jan 13, 2015
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3.46/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by BarrytheBear from Wisconsin

Hard to tell if a potential loose cap was to blame, or time, or both..but this was oxidized and had seen better days. Still an awesome opportunity...thanks again Mike!

Jan 12, 2015
 
3.87 by oline73 from Maryland on Jan 11, 2015
 
4 by olradetbalder from Sweden on Nov 13, 2014
 
3.5 by goldspire from California on Aug 20, 2014
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3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by corby112 from Pennsylvania

Pours a dark chestnut brown color with dark plum edges and a half finger beige head that quickly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Some spotty lacing left behind. Nice color with decent retention but could use more lace.

Slightly smokey aroma with very strong phenols and prominent roasted dark malt notes countered by vinous fruit. Lots of phenol/band aid along with acrid smoke, charcoal and ashtray. Smoke flavor isn't pleasant but the oak and vinous wine notes are still holding up. Nice red wine character with dark grape, currant and other berries but the smokiness and phenols are overpowering.

Medium body and much more interesting than expected. Lots of interesting barrel character nicely integrated into the smoked porter notes. Sweet and vinous with dark grapes, cherry, fig and dark berries followed by dark roast and great smoke flavors. Charcoal and smoked meat along with a slight phenol presence but it's nowhere near as strong as in the aroma. Not harsh or tough or drink with a nice balance of complex flavors. Aside from the nose, this is a very enjoyable beer.

Aug 08, 2014
 
4 by zestar from California on Jul 03, 2014
 
4.25 by POTABLE83 from New York on Mar 04, 2014
 
3.75 by drewone from California on Jan 24, 2014
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3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by UCLABrewN84 from California

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 wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer 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 wine barrel aged characteristics at this point other than wood qualities.

Jan 20, 2014
 
4 by GRG1313 from California on Jan 20, 2014
 
4 by BARFLYB from Pennsylvania on Oct 20, 2013
 
4 by Lunch from Maryland on Oct 06, 2013
 
4.25 by VTBeerTrade from Vermont on Oct 03, 2013
 
4 by cfrances33 from Illinois on Sep 15, 2013
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4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by SABERG from Massachusetts

Poured into a tulip glass, purchased at the brewery and cellared since. A full pour with some room.

A - Deep dark, lacing is cream colored, balanced carbonation.

S - Ever wake up next to that camp fire you so enjoyed the night before?. Add deep fruit sugar, molasses, currant, and bacon for breakfast! Ya that.

T - Dried fruit, chocolte malt, bakers chocolate, currant, a kiss of cabarnet to round it all off.

M - Thick, lucious, rich. Incredibly round mouthfeel. The time has treated this well. Any alcohol burn is long gone, warming glow to finish.

O - Glad to have had this now, the smoke comes through, the balance is strong. I am not sure if stored any longer will add or diminish. As I see perfect timing.

Great construction in this very fine offering.

Cheers

Sep 09, 2013
 
4 by buschbeer from Ohio on Jul 21, 2013
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4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
by Phelps from Arizona

Sent by sholland119 as part of the Blind Beers BIF, this was reviewed blind.

It pours the color of melted dark chocolate -- brown verging on black. A little thin-looking, though. Half a finger of tan foam fizzles away in just a few seconds.

Holy shit, this aroma. I've had many rauchbiers; I've had beers aged in peat-smoked barrels. This has to be the most fantastic smoky nose I've ever experienced. Bacon, applewood campfire, a touch of tangy fruits, some chocolate, a hint of toasted sourdough. Raisiny, too.

Smoky! Figs and dates drizzled with milk chocolate and smoked over a campfire. Toasted bread, a touch of vanilla, bitter cocoa. The smoke is bigger than these, yet allows them to shine just enough.

Body is a bit lighter than expected -- medium-light. High carbonation, poky on the tongue. Just a bit of fizz as it moves. No noticeable alcohol, though.

I love smoke, and this beer is full of it. Great balance of flavors, and the lighter body makes it more drinkable.

I say again, holy shit! My favorite style, from one of my new favorite breweries. Awesome to get to try this one.

Jul 18, 2013
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4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Skrip from New Jersey

500ml bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass.

A~ very dark brown with a slight tanish head, a little bit of lacing and bubbles that never stop!

S~ whoa! smokey wine barrel funk, crazy different! lots of roasted dark malts, possibly some rye and a lot of oak.

T~ lots going on here! you still get the smokey wine barrel funk from the smell right up front. keeps following the nose with dark roasted malts and heres where it changes, loads of maple syrup, which is my absolute favorite part of Fear & Trembling!

M~ great carbonation, do i even have to say that any more? not as dry as i thought it would be considering the cabernet barrels. also some what thick, which adds to the syrup aspect. also as smoooth as could be!

O~ the complexity here is out of control! this has aged incredibly as well! this is the first i decided to drink of the series, i can't wait to break into the bourbon and then the blend which i'm sure is just gonna blow my mind. i'm very amazed with how high my expectations are yet they still manage to top that! i'm sure the Kissmeyer colab also contributes, older Kissmeyer brews are amazing!

Jul 18, 2013
 
3.5 by Quackus from New York on Jun 28, 2013
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4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by brydeen from Minnesota

A: Pours a dark brown, reminiscent of dark coffee. Thin khaki colored head. Quickly dissipates.

S: Smokey, charred woody aroma. Smells like meat cooking on a smoker. Perfect to pair with the brisket and pulled pork for dinner.

T: Taste mirrors the nose, especially as it warms. Tastes very meaty and smokey. Slight charred flavor, but has a smoothing sweetness as well. The flavors blend together well, with no one aspect dominating the next. Has a hearty richness to it. Definitely a slow sipper.

M: Creamy and full bodied. Very smooth carbonation, with the alcohol very well disguised for a 9% brew.

O: Very nice beer to have with some smoked meat. A treat to drink, and maybe my favorite of the 3 barrel aged versions. It certainly has a lot going on, but they all tie together wonderfully. I certainly hope they choose to make more barrel versions of this beer, because they're all deliciously unique.

Jun 03, 2013
 
4.25 by phingdong from New Hampshire on May 15, 2013
 
4.25 by cadaugherty from Illinois on May 08, 2013
 
4.25 by jbuddle from New York on Jan 22, 2013
 
4.5 by domtronzero from California on Jan 16, 2013
 
4 by spycow from Illinois on Jan 13, 2013
 
3.75 by djrn2 from New Jersey on Jan 13, 2013
 
3.75 by acurtis from New Jersey on Jan 13, 2013
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4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by yourefragile from District of Columbia

500 mL bottle. Sampled with the bourbon and blended versions. This was my favorite of the 3.

Pours a darker brown with thin, frothy mocha head that gradually fades away. Mild smoke presence in the nose, with the cab barrels dominating; vanilla, oak, chocolate, fruit, spice and roast. Bitter chocolate and roast malt start flavor with spicy smoke throughout. Slightly tannic finish of red wine and bitter chocolate. Excellent balance and loads of complexity.

Jan 13, 2013
 
4.25 by kspongeworthy from Texas on Oct 22, 2012
 
3.5 by t0rin0 from California on Oct 14, 2012
 
4 by xenjoiii from New York on Oct 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by stakem from Pennsylvania

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 following the bourbon edition. The brew appears dark brown in color with some lighter brown around the edges. A finger of mocha head sits atop and as it slowly fades, leaves some spotty lacing on the glass.

Just like the bourbon version, this is heavily smoked to then point of being beefy. Cured meat aromatics blend into a touch of chocolate grain, roast and mild raw barrel tannins that is a deviation from the other iteration of this brew. Some alcohol tang with mild dark fruit inclusion blends into an afterthought of smokey pete moss.

The taste is beefy with smoke and roast. A bit almost burnt and ashy with a raw (not necessarily harsh) barrel character that integrates fairly well with the level of bold smokiness. Some tangy alcohol is evident with an increased perception of fruity plum or raisin flavor. The aftertaste includes some earth and chocolate grain quality.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Overall a slightly different example than the Bourbon version with a unique twist and focus on raw barrel character and a bit more depth to the fruity alcohol inclusion. I typically prefer a more mellow and blended barrel inclusion but in this case, the raw tannic nature of this version really worked well with the aggressive smoke profile. I liked this version slightly more than the bourbon one.

Sep 19, 2012
Fear And Trembling (French Oak Cabernet) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 88 ratings