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
Baltic Porter
Ranked #16
Ranked #2,295
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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Rated: 4.54 by vfgccp from New York

Jun 13, 2021
Rated: 4.59 by Scottsbeer from Florida

Oct 22, 2020
Rated: 4.33 by warrendietrich2001 from Nevada

Feb 20, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut

Aug 08, 2019
Rated: 3.52 by heerboth from Pennsylvania

Apr 18, 2019
Rated: 4.27 by ScottP from New Hampshire

Jan 26, 2019
Rated: 4.52 by NHhomebrewguy from New Hampshire

Jan 04, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by pisano from Massachusetts

Dec 11, 2018
Rated: 4.43 by stevec32 from New York

Sep 12, 2018
Rated: 4.38 by Kurmaraja from California

Sep 05, 2018
Rated: 4.1 by MakeBeerGreatAgain from North Carolina

Aug 25, 2018
Rated: 4.33 by Samact from Vermont

Aug 25, 2018
Rated: 4 by CTJman from Connecticut

Aug 21, 2018
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Reviewed by Stevedore from Oregon

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
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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Rated by spinrsx from Canada (ON)

4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle thanks to Eric
Jun 01, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by MTKATL from Georgia

May 20, 2018
Rated: 3.96 by Sammy from Canada (ON)

Apr 19, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by kylehay2004 from Illinois

Mar 20, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by aasher from Indiana

Mar 12, 2018
Rated: 4.28 by edthehead from Maryland

Mar 03, 2018
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Reviewed by cosmicevan from New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
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
Rated: 4.13 by Resuin from Massachusetts

Feb 05, 2018
Rated: 4.51 by doremite from Vermont

Jan 24, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by petermethot from New Jersey

Jan 17, 2018
Rated: 4.44 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania

Jan 15, 2018
Rated: 4.68 by lupercmda from North Carolina

Jan 06, 2018
Rated: 3.72 by Furlinator from California

Dec 24, 2017
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Reviewed by Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
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
Rated: 4.49 by Run4theRoses from South Carolina

Dec 04, 2017
Rated: 4 by DaveHack from Pennsylvania

Dec 03, 2017
Rated: 4.02 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

Dec 03, 2017
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Reviewed by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
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
Rated: 4.25 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

Dec 03, 2017
Rated: 4 by chippo33 from Vermont

Nov 28, 2017
Rated: 3.97 by Texasfan549 from Texas

Nov 27, 2017
Rated: 4 by kjkinsey from Texas

Nov 20, 2017
Rated: 4.08 by kbuzz from North Carolina

Nov 16, 2017
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
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
Rated: 4.25 by atrocity from Virginia

Oct 31, 2017
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Reviewed by thatche2 from Georgia

4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
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
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