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Fear and Trembling was 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 version was a rebrew of Batch #4 in our brewery...and was aged for many weeks in stainless steel. 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 is the 2013 Batch of Fear & Trembling, Stainless Steel Fermentation, Feb ’13.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (4002) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 28, 2013
Bottle shared by Leighton on the bus at RBWG. Another new HF beer and from the dude who now lives across the big pond! I will take it. The base beer for those early baltic porter treatments, I did not realize this beer existed ; so it makes sense that its a new beer as I can see here in the CD. Pours a muddy dark brown with a small yellow tan head, nice lacing as always with HF. Nose is dark chocolate, smoke is there but not overpowering, light roast, coffee. Flavor is similar, more easy drinking and BP-like than a smoke beer which is fine by me (not that i dont like the smoke! I do I do! )

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yourefragile (139) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 27, 2013
750 mL growler. Pours a dark, clearish brown with a light brown head. Nose of smoked malt, cocoa, vanilla; more sweet than bitter. Smooth flavor of a rich porter that is complemented by the smoked malt and not overwhelmed by it. I liked Holger Danske but I’d think if that was too much smoke for someone, this would be an agreeable compromise with the fuller, richer body and sweeter dark fruit and cocoa like flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sledutah (5483) - Utah, USA - FEB 26, 2013
Bottle shared by Leighton during our marathon RBWG bus tour or Jacksonville
Appearance: Dark brown with a medium sized beige head and good lacing
Aroma: Roasted malts and mild smokiness
Taste: Smoky, dark malts, grainy and ashy
Nice and tasty

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Macegan75 (728) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2013
Growler at CAH for bottle day. Nose is burnt sugar, roasted malted and mild maple. flavor is similar with toasted flavors and asky smoke. flavors linger

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dorwart (2409) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2013
Nice strong light brown head of fine and dense bubbles. Head reduces slowly and leaves a nice sheet of lacing. Smoked malts, terriaki sauce, dark berries and some roasted grains. Color is a very dark brown. Wow, very flavorful. Lots of sweet malts, light smoked jerky meat, molasses, mild coffee and some licorice. Mild alcohol presence. Smoke is present but not overpowering at all. Perfectly balanced. Pretty clean finish with some lingering malts and roasted grains. A very good and plesant brew to drink. Thanks to Fredward for this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drowland (6517) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - FEB 22, 2013
2/22/13. Bottle from Leighton during RBWG! Deep brown pour with a nice brown head. Smoke and sweet roasted malts in the aroma and flavor with chocolate. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - FEB 21, 2013
From a growler purchased at the brewery. Black pour with a mocha colored frothy head that lasts throughout the glass. Beautiful chocolate roast and soft but rich smoke lead to hints of brownie, cocoa nib, and bacon. Magical. A thick rich mouthfeel demonstrates a finish that is made satisfyingly dry by the deft combination of roasted barley and great attenuation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Damico (2747) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2013
Wow, wow. Pours thick dark coffee in color with a creamy lighter caramel head. The aroma right away, as usual for HF, is accurate, potent, and pleasant for the style - this time bringingt perfectly balanced smoky notes and a campfire aspect with just a tad of sweetness, so nice! The flavor is quite similar, the balance of the smoked malts on a creamy body is excellent with a pleasant hoppiness at the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
reggiedunlop (3340) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2013
Pours very dark brown with a medium tan head...rich looking...nice lacing. Aroma has wonderful dark chocolate with just a touch of bitter roastiness...almost espresso. Flavor also brings the dark, bitter bakers chocolate and adds nice smokey/roastiness...light burnt/bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium/full and creamy with a roasty/smokey finish that warms pleasantly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdamJackson (3080) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 6, 2013
On tap at the brewery & 750ML growler fill on 2/1/13. Enjoyed in a wine glass

A - Soft black, 1 finger muted head that fades slowly.

S - Rye and Smoke on the nose, hint of chocolate beans and wheat

T - Lovely lightly smoked finish, hint of espresso beans and chocolate kisses. A hint of calcium in the middle of the tongue but it doesn’t linger.

M - Medium body, sharp carbonation that leaves pretty fast but with a tingling.

O - Very decadent and smooth, no alcohol bite or booziness at all, finish is neat and leaves you craving more. I really don’t like any beers with smoke but this really excels.

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