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

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Fear And Trembling (Cabernet/Bourbon Blend)Fear And Trembling (Cabernet/Bourbon Blend)
BEER INFO

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

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Rotating

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 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…”

Added by Slatetank on 10-12-2010

BEER STATS
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#1,831
Reviews:
64
Ratings:
161
pDev:
9.65%
 
 
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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

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.

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4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to Eric

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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.

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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.

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4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
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Fear And Trembling (Cabernet/Bourbon Blend) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 161 ratings