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RATINGS: 81   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
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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 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..." **Note: This beer was aged in barrels that previously held Samuel Adams Utopias...


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yourefragile (139) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 10, 2014
Sampled alongside the other two variants, thanks me. Pours a dark, cola brown with a smoked, bourbon and oak nose, slightly meaty. Less smoke in flavor as bourbon barrel sweetness covers up that part of the nose. Caramel, leather, oak and a nice boozy finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (6807) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2013
500 ml bottle via BA trade. Pours a deep, nearly opaque brown color, kind of hazy, with a minimal beige head that settles quickly into a ring. Aroma of smoked and roasted malts, charred oak, dark chocolate, toasted sugar, peat, and vanilla. The flavor seemed weaker initially but eventually outshines the nose as it warms and shows more sweetness, including vanilla and brown sugar. Same smoky, roasty quality, though. Light-medium bodied, with low carbonation. Good treatment but didn’t blow me away.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jredmond (5616) - Manhattan, New York, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Bottle at Eric’s courtesy of Eric. Pours a deep brown with light off white lacing. Aroma is molasses and sweet bourbon. Mouthfeel is medium to full, sticky with notes of molasses, maple, vanilla, bourbon and chocolate.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shigadeyo (3075) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2013

7/13/2011: Hill Farmstead Fear And Trembling (Frygt Og Baeven) Smoked Baltic Porter aged in Oak Barrels (Bourbon)... Aroma: Subtle smoke/char (nothing like what’s in the Cabernet version, unfortunately), charred bourbon barrel with vanilla and bourbon alcohol coming through as well. Appearance: Surprisingly, there is just a slight difference in color and appearance in this version from the Cabernet version, but it’s definitely subtle... Beautiful dark brown, a bit murky; tan-colored head with a touch more yellow to it than the Cabernet version. Flavor: Semi-sweet chocolate; roasted malt, vanilla, barrel char, smooth bourbon; smoky, warm, DRY finish. Palate: Medium-full body; really silky smooth and mellow; Overall: The bourbon comes through but doesn’t dominate; many of the base smoked beer is retained, but the bourbon definitely seems to suppress or subdue much of the smoke that I would love to come through more.

500 ML bottle (9.3% ABV) shared by alexsdad06. Thanks Brad! Rating #78 for this beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (9437) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Dark brown pour, brown head. Smoke, charred oak, bourbon, peat, vanilla, prunes dominate the aroma and flavor. Its obvious that it was barreled, but youd never know it was utopias. Glad to finally have tried all three in this series.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (5867) - Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2012
500 ml bottle from glouglouburp. Pours a clear dark brown color with reddish hints and a small beige head. The aroma is roasted malts, oak, smoke with some bourbon and cherry notes that come through. The flavor is not surprisingly more bourbon with cherry notes than the cab. The smoke has a touch more peat as well. Mouth feel is more creamy smooth than the Cab barrel. Very similar, but just a touch better than the Cab.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (7866) - Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2012
Barrel seems to dominate. The base beer is tasty but not worls class. Tons of caramel.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (11841) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2012
Bottle in NH - massive thanks to Wally for sharing. Pours clear, black-brown with a creamy, tan head. Gorgeous nose with restrained bourbon, rounded chocolate, hints of vanilla and smoke. Medium to big sweet flavor with strong smoke, mellow bourbon, ham, faint minerals, a bit of honey and caramel. Full bodied with fine, chewy carbonation. Robust smoke in the finish, with faint warmth, nice cured ham, background cocoa. Superb balance here. Exquisite beer.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
piscator34 (1995) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 8, 2012
Bottled sample via and shared with oakbluff. Near black in colour with moderate carbonation. Aromas are of smoked meat, fancy molasses, mild bourbon, amd sweet dark caramel chocolates. Super well balanced in the mouth with notes of dark chocolate, caramel, char, and bourbon. Medium bodied and a touch slick on the palate. Great flavour concentration without being out of balance or over the top in any sort of way. My favorite of the three Fear and Trembling variant.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
radarsock (1000) - Vermont, USA - AUG 12, 2012
Bottle from Wally -- thanks! Pours of regular stout with no discernible head. Smells and tastes of molasses, fried blueberries, oysters, cranberries, bacon grease, cocoa powder. Tastes of the same.


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