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RATINGS: 135   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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 stainless steel fermentation, no barrel treatment (released 2013 and late 2015)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (6449) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 27, 2015
Bottle with thanks to nimbleprop! Pours clear black, medium tan head, dissipates slow, nice residual and lacing. Aroma is smoky, roasty, hints of anise, hardwood smoke. Flavor is light sweet, light plus bitter, nice smokiness, hardwood fires, hints of roast, anise, molasses. Medium body, silky mouthfeel. Tasty beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Scotty001 (481) - Portlethen, SCOTLAND - MAY 24, 2015
Deep dark brown, small beige ring. Aroma of dark chocolate and liquorice. Medium body, flavour similar to the aroma. Too much liquorice; otherwise, lightly sweet, moderately smoked.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kermis (9985) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 22, 2015
Bottle shared thanks to Zer0. Pours near black with a small tan head. Aroma of roast, burnt malt, light smoke, licorice, dark chocolate, toffee and caramel. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter with a lingering light smokey finish. Over medium bodied with soft carbonation. Perfectly balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zer0 (1201) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 22, 2015
Bottle shared. Pours dark brown with a light brown head. Aroma is rather smoky, milk chocolate, light coffee and some caramel. Moderate sweet and light bitter. Great smoky finish. Very balanced. Not over the top. Awesome. Medium to thick body with light carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deanso (8458) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 22, 2015
Bottle shared at THT May 2015. Thin creamy tan head. chocolate aroma and aftertaste. Nicely balanced. Very easy easy dribnking despite the 8%. well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
50belair (3315) - Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2014
Bottle. Brown pour with a kaki head. Big coco with just a hint of smoke on the nose. Big toasted malt and coco notes. Hints of smoke and expresso. Good body and mouthfeel. Complex.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
biggsbowler (596) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - OCT 6, 2014
Bottle - pours black with brown hue. There is a nice bacon smell to this beer. It’s not overpowering and just about perfect. The taste is dark chocolate cover bacon, not sweet but more like cocoa nibs. Very good!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
umich03jm (3421) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - OCT 1, 2014
Bottle thanks to mrebeks for sharing. Thick black pour, very little head. Aromas are smoked meat, charred wood, sea salt, and light cocoa. Strong smoked taste. A mix of campfire smoke and peat smoke. Salty too. Some wood and light cocoa. Light bitterness. Medium to full body. Overall, tons of smoke yet still smooth and drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (6377) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - SEP 11, 2014
Courtesy of mrebeks

Bottle: The aroma consists moderate-heavy smoke, light chocolate, caramel, and a hint of molasses. It pours a dark brown with no transparency and a small beige head that quickly fades to a thin film. The flavor starts with a chocolate, caramel, and a touch of molasses. The finish has light-moderate smoke.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - SEP 11, 2014
Bottle: Thanks, Mike. Deep black body, dark khaki head recedes to a silky skin & foamy collar. Aroma has a good amount of smoke, slightly meaty with a light bacon & campfire woodsy essence. Hints of bittersweet cocoa, roasted malt, liquid smoke, & charcoal. Taste is nice & smooth with a brilliant smokiness from start to finish. Liquid smoke with a mild sweetness, light campfire essence, a touch of charred woodsiness, & a small bit of candied, cured meat, Roasted malt, bitter cocoa dust, & a distinct dryness in the finish. I’m generally a fan of smoked beers, & this is a very nice tackle of the style from Shaun.

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