Fear And Trembling (Cabernet/Bourbon Blend)
Hill Farmstead Brewery

Fear And Trembling (Cabernet/Bourbon Blend)Fear And Trembling (Cabernet/Bourbon Blend)
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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Porter - Baltic
Ranked #14
Ranked #2,292
4.25 | pDev: 9.41%
Jun 13, 2021
Oct 12, 2010
Fear And Trembling (Cabernet/Bourbon Blend)Fear And Trembling (Cabernet/Bourbon Blend)
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 blended from beer aged in both American Oak Cabernet barrels and 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…”
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4.54 by vfgccp from New York on Jun 13, 2021
4.59 by Scottsbeer from Florida on Oct 22, 2020
4.33 by warrendietrich2001 from Nevada on Feb 20, 2020
4.5 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut on Aug 08, 2019
3.52 by heerboth from Pennsylvania on Apr 18, 2019
4.27 by ScottP from New Hampshire on Jan 26, 2019
4.52 by NHhomebrewguy from New Hampshire on Jan 04, 2019
4.25 by pisano from Massachusetts on Dec 11, 2018
4.43 by stevec32 from New York on Sep 12, 2018
4.38 by Kurmaraja from California on Sep 05, 2018
4.1 by MakeBeerGreatAgain from North Carolina on Aug 25, 2018
4.33 by Samact from Vermont on Aug 25, 2018
4 by CTJman from Connecticut on Aug 21, 2018
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4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Stevedore from Oregon

500ml bottle from December 2016. Served in a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass. Pours a dark black body, cola coloured head which brings out about one finger, with a nice medium collar that has a lot of staying power, good retention and minimal lacing as expected. Smell is rich milk chocolate, touch of smoked wood, mild whiskey sweetness, a bit of cocoa and a nice dark chocolate. A bit of nougat also. Flavour is milk chocolate, caramel-like nougat sweetness, slight smoky oak, light bourbon smoke that certainly complements the intrinsic smoked malt, red tannic character lingering on the backend with a touch of vanillin sweetness. Really rich, complex and fascinating admixture of smoke and barrel. Mouthfeel is full bodied, creamy and soft, one of the more substantial Hill Farmstead stouts/porters I've had. Wonderful silky body with a lot going on the finish, with oak, tannins and vanillins playing around on a background of milk chocolate. This isn't a super smoky beer, similar to the base, and the barrels have a nice interplay amongst each other without overshadowing the base porter which has a lot of chocolate character in its own right.

Jun 15, 2018
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4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by spinrsx from Canada (ON)

Bottle thanks to Eric

Jun 01, 2018
4.25 by MTKATL from Georgia on May 20, 2018
3.96 by Sammy from Canada (ON) on Apr 19, 2018
4.25 by kylehay2004 from Illinois on Mar 20, 2018
4.25 by aasher from Indiana on Mar 12, 2018
4.28 by edthehead from New York on Mar 03, 2018
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by cosmicevan from New York

Recent released version from I think December? Massive thanks to Steve for the hookup. Like most, I am not a big fan of smoked beer but this is about as immaculate as a smoked beer can get. The barrel blends are phenomenal and really dialed in. This is actually thirst quenching. Paint me impressed.

Feb 21, 2018
4.13 by Resuin from Massachusetts on Feb 05, 2018
4.51 by doremite from Vermont on Jan 24, 2018
4.25 by petermethot from New Jersey on Jan 17, 2018
4.44 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania on Jan 15, 2018
4.68 by lupercmda from North Carolina on Jan 06, 2018
3.72 by Furlinator from California on Dec 24, 2017
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4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color porter with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with black chocolate notes with some bourbon and vanilla notes is quite exquisite. Taste is also a mix roasted malt, black chocolate with some bourbon, vanilla notes with oak and subtle smoked presence. Body is full with oily texture and good carbonation with no overly apparent alcohol notes. Quite the complex porter with great drinkability level.

Dec 11, 2017
4.49 by Run4theRoses from South Carolina on Dec 04, 2017
4 by DaveHack from Pennsylvania on Dec 03, 2017
4.02 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania on Dec 03, 2017
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4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

A - Dark brown/black pour, thin creme colored lacing.

S - Some smokiness, chocolate char, red grape skins.

T - Smokey/char, big lingering dark smoked chocolate, cabernat red grape skins.

M - Full bodied.

O - Held up well.

Dec 03, 2017
4.25 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts on Dec 03, 2017
4 by chippo33 from Vermont on Nov 28, 2017
3.97 by Texasfan549 from Texas on Nov 27, 2017
4 by kjkinsey from Texas on Nov 20, 2017
4.08 by kbuzz from North Carolina on Nov 16, 2017
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4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by GreesyFizeek from New York

2017 release.

This one pours a fairly dark black, with a small white head, and not much lacing.

This smells like vinous red wine and dark cherry, with oak, vanilla, fudgy chocolate, and light smoke.

This is aged in a combination of red wine and bourbon barrels, and the red wine comes through a bit stronger for me, as this is fairly vinous and there's some nice dark fruit layered throughout. The chocolate malt aspect of the base is amplified through the time in barrels, and the smoke is definitely downplayed, which is slightly unfortunate. There's a nice spicy oak character, though.

This is medium bodied, creamy, with both a lightness and richness at the same- which obviously makes no sense.

This is a really fun beer. I'm not sure if it's a big improvement from the base- as the base integrates smoke flavor so well into the porter base. Despite that, it's a very tasty beer that shows careful barrel aging.

Nov 14, 2017
4.25 by atrocity from Virginia on Oct 31, 2017
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4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by thatche2 from Georgia

Poured from a 20 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Appearance is jet black with some brown around the edges and very little head. Smell is a good mix of chocolate brownie and bourbon with notes of molasses, oak, and a hint of smoke/roast.

Taste is creamy Chocolate brownie and bourbon up front with some of the smoked wood showing up on the back end. The flavor profile and complexity is very nice throughout. Some red wine shows up on the finish, which I did not get in the aroma. There is a hint of oxidation present, which actually works well. Mouthfeel starts out nice and creamy, but I was searching for more body on the finish. Carbonation was moderate and well executed.

Overall this is an interesting and well executed Baltic Porter. The bourbon barrels are much more prominent than the wine, which works well. The smoked wood notes added a nice element. Unfortunately, the lighter mouthfeel holds this beer back from being great. Regardless, if the opportunity is there, it is a treat.

Oct 30, 2017
Fear And Trembling (Cabernet/Bourbon Blend) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 167 ratings