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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drowland (5981) - 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 (2508) - 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
ReggieDunlap (3029) - 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 (2386) - 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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