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Fear And Trembling (French Oak Cabernet) | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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88 Ratings
Fear And Trembling (French Oak Cabernet)Fear And Trembling (French Oak Cabernet)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
hillfarmstead.com

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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…”

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
88
pDev:
8.17%
 
 
Wants:
136
Gots:
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Ratings: 88 |  Reviews: 47
Reviews by Skrip:
Photo of Skrip
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of drabmuh
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another bottle shared by Thorpe, thanks.

Beer is brown with a tan head that doesn't stick around long, falls away leaving some lacing. Carbonation appears to be low.

This one has more smoke in the nose as well as some more oak. Much less booze.

Beer is oaky up front but gives way to a dryness and some smoke in the midpalate regions. The smoke and oak in this one is far more assertive than the bourbon, much of that character was covered up by the high alcohol. This one is much closer to the base beer with the tannic character coming through in this one.

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Photo of jh1982
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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

Photo of jamie2dope
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to jleblanc and 6daysbottom ocean for grabbing me a bottle of this at the release. The pour is of a black colored beer, with a creamy, lightly tanned heading. The nose is very smokey and roasted, showing some earthy characteristics. Bitter dark chocolate is also present is the smell. Taste is very similar to the nose in the front, but becomes much more complex in the finish. Here is where the French Oak Cabernet Barrels really start to show their influence. It rounds out the smoke and somewhat acrid beginnings of the taste, and leaves it on a more fruity note. The mouthfeel is medium to heavy for this style, with the alcohol coming in waves. The maple is not very apparent, which surprises me somewhat. That being said, this is one tasty Baltic Porter, and smoked as well, which I love. I can taste the Danish influence in this beer, having had other similar examples. I am looking forward to trying more from this small brewery in Vermont.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In a well executed play Mike (Thorpe429) brought 3 versions of this beer to a little tasting, putting himself in a strong position in the MVP title battle.

This version was first to be tried, aged in French Oak Cabernet. It pours dark brown, opaque except at the edges, with a thin tan foam. Lots of smoked malt in the aroma, hints of oak, and deep sniffs give more oak. First and foremost a rauchbier, but the subtleties behind the malt make this really nice.

Smoked malts dominate the flavor too, but this is far from one dimensional. A little cocoa and oak mix in, with an extremely nice aftertaste of light liqueur or red wine. Low carbonation but that works just fine for this, the mix of rich malt and subtle oak really make this world class.

I wouldn't have thought that this type of beer could get much out the barrel but that shows how little I know. Inspired.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at the brewery two days ago. 500mL brown glass pry-top bottle. No date but recently released.

Let this one warm up quite a bit 60* or so before opening it, per Shaun's request. Pours a gloopy black with creamy cappuccino-colored head that stands up about an inch high

When I first opened it it smelled like someone was cooking applewood smoked bacon in my house! It blew off the beer after a moment a little and became a support aroma. Toasty oak is also present. More smoky on the nose than the bourbon barrel.

Palate is fat and wide with creamy, albeit light, carbonation. Chewy malt with whispers of different types of smokiness: applewood bacon, toasted oak, coffee. The oak seems to affect the mouthfeel more than flavor. There's some sparkly berry notes right up front, but as the malt body kicks in, it fades to the background.

Notes: This was my favorite at the Autumn Harvest Fest release for sure. I like the interplay with the berry notes and the chewy black malt and roasted notes. The bottle is just as good!

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of trappistlover
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(sampled from RBWG). Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma had a nice smokiness that imparted similar flavors including some savory bacon. Medium bodied with a dry finish. This was a nice beer and I'm lucky to try this. Thanks to whomever brought this.

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

Photo of Lunch
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of largadeer
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This rare tick was generously provided by bring. Thanks, Barry.

Dark brown, almost black. The body is nearly opaque, and the head retains solidly for several minutes.

The nose is smoky, meaty and oaky. There's a mild vinous character, though the smoke is most prevalent.

It's more vinous on the palate, tannic and oaky, smoky, somewhat meaty. The body is medium, carbonation is moderate. The finish brings roasted malt and more smoke. This is very enjoyable for a smoke beer, fairly balanced and drinkable for the style.

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

5 years later still quite smoky nice brew.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hugs & Kisses to FooFa for sharing this uber-rare bottle on 2/8/11!

A - Emerged from its vessel as black as the depths of hell and as viscous as an oil spill under a 1973 jalopy Pinto that's been out in the driveway up on cinderblocks for about 17 years. On top is a burnt tan cap that settled into a bubbly patch, then a flimsy film, and some spotty lace.

S - Ooofa! This smells like a pig that got caught in a barn fire. Smokey? Yup. Charred? No doubt. Bacon-y? Uh-huh. A hint of dark fruit tang also emerged from the background to offer up a bit of deviation from the burnt meat-fest.

T - Flavor is really meaty, really smokey and really charred. However, there is a pleasant chocolate character somewhere down there in the depths of Fear and Trembling. Faint oaky notes emerge in the middle, followed by moderate earthy, herbal hop notes and a slight dark fruit tang in the finish.

M - Smooth, oily and actually silky for such a diabolical beer! Carbonation is very mild. Finishes with plenty of smoke, subtle bitterness and a hint of astringency on the palate.

D - Fear and Trembling is ridiculously smokey but it is so damn tasty that it retains its drinkability beautifully. This sucker is delicious!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

stopped by on xmas eve and split this bottle with a good friend while standing around and just hanging out for a few moments for the holidays. his half in a snifter, my in nonic.

pour was jet black with a small tan head that kept a ring around the entire glass leaving a good bit of lacing up and down the sides of the glass that really looked to be quite nice to me. aroma is deep peat and smoke, much more then i really thought it would be, nicely done. warming brings up lots of oak and touches of vanilla in the flavor. the grape and vinous character from the cab barrels is not very noticeable until it really warms and by that time it is still quite light. rich and smooth, with a deep smoke flavor that leaves a long lasting oak note on the palate an a light, but enjoyable finish that really gives a nice rounded profile.

overall very solid and well deserved for the day. cannot wait to try the rest of the set.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4/17/2011

Bottle opened by me at Oakquinox, thanks!

A: Dark brown in the snifter with a big creamy light brown head which shows nice retention and leaves lots of lacing.

A: Smoke is pronounced and dominant, redolent of apple wood bacon and beach wood with light oak notes. Roasted malt is restrained and there's a subtle yet complex dark chocolate profile beneath the smoke. There's a very faint vinous note. Smells great.

F: The flavor is noticeably less smoky than the aroma, allowing notes of cocoa, vanilla, and oak to play a bigger role. The smoke is bacon and beach wood, and it's quite delicious. Roasted malt is moderate. I don't pick up wine-like qualities from the barrel in the taste, but this is still quite good. Alcohol is well hidden.

M: Medium in body with a lower moderate level of carbonation. Mouthfeel is smooth and dry.

Overall: A complex and enjoyable smoked beer. Definitely recommended if you're a fan of the style.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

500 ml bottle into a couple of glasses.

Pours a black/deep brown, with a finger or so of frothy mocha head. This stays bubbly and rich, leaving back a decent amount of spotty froth down the sides of the glass. The smoke has been tamed a good bit and relegated to the background by the barrel here, especially compared to the bourbon version, with tones of fruit, oak and vanilla and more malty notes of chocolate and toffee helping bring that peat character down a notch or two.

The taste is similar, with that heavy smoke being cut by sticky notes of dark fruit, oaky vanilla, chocolate and caramel. Roast returns in the finish with a dry and lightly burnt feel, with some extra smokiness and barrel flavors lingering on the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some prickliness on the tongue and then a mostly smooth and creamy feel as this works itself across the back of the palate. Like the bourbon version, the alcohol here is just extremely well hid, which aids in the overall accessibility of this.

It’s funny how this version took the exact opposite approach than the bourbon version, which much more of that French Oak barrel being on display here and much less of the smoked aspect of the base Baltic Porter. The dark fruit and oak flavor here actually gets fairly strong the more this warms. This was solid but isn’t quite there for me yet.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Thorpe429 for sharing a set of these. Served in a Chouffe tulip.

A - Pours with a finger of tan foam that settles to a thin ring, leaving behind a few spots of lace and some wisps of bubbles on top. The body is a very dark brown color that is a touch lighter at the fringes.

S - Very smoky, dark chocolate, espresso, light oak, and a vinous character that isn't overtly "wine-y" (a la Bottleworks XI), but instead imparts dark fruits, berries, and weight.

T - Taste is very similar, albeit a bit less smoked. Cocoa, smoked malt, and a dark chocolate finish. As it warms more of the dark vinous character emerges.

M - Some carbonation spritz, but thankfully not harsh. Body is surprisingly light for 9.3% and sits in the medium-light range. Alcohol is very well-hidden.

D - This was quite good, and I don't even like smoked beers all that much. It thankfully doesn't veer to much in the meatier side of the style.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of gford217
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle.

Pours dark, dark brown with a small head that leaves only a trace of lacing and little retention.

Aroma is heavily smoked malts with hints of chocolate underneath. The wine notes definitely come through with a light dry fruitiness and spicy oak.

The taste is very smooth with the smoked malts and chocolate dominating until the finish which is dry and oaky, vinous and slightly tart really which isn't surprising given the barrel I suppose.

The mouthfeel is smooth with solid carbonation and drier than the other treatments.

This is a really nice smoked porter though the straight-up cab version is probably my least favorite.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed January 2011.

A: Black body with a medium sized khaki cap. Nice spotty lacing.

S: Mellow. Smoked, roasted, and charred malts. Some oak and dark, vinous fruits.

T: Similar to the nose, there is quite a bit of smoky roasted malts. The barrels do a bit more here to contribute some complexity and depth of flavor. Dark fruits, oak, chocolate, coffee, and all the malts.

M: Mellow, medium bodied. Smooth throughout with light carbonation. Clean finish.

D: Quite pleasant. The best of the Fear and Trembling series.

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Fear And Trembling (French Oak Cabernet) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 88 ratings