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RATINGS: 104   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   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 the 2013 Batch of Fear & Trembling, Stainless Steel Fermentation, Feb ’13.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (18127) - , Essex, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2013
6th August 2013
Tasting at Bruce’s pad. Thanks to Leighton. Opaque dark brown beer, good pale tan head. Smooth soft palate, semi dry. Sweetish dark chocolate. Obvious smoke, but smooth and not acrid. Light citrus. Smooth finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ineedbeer (1215) - Oakland, California, USA - AUG 24, 2013
Bottled January 2013. Aroma is fairly malty with lots of dark chocolate and roast along with a smokiness that really compliments the malt. Hints of sweet caramel along with some raisin, fig and prune. I cannot really nail the smoke but it definitely isn’t peat and has more of an alderwood or cedar character. Pours black with a fairly thick, creamy looking dark tan head. Head recedes slowly but steadily leaving moderately high lacing and small legs. Head does not recede completely but lingers in the middle and along the edges. Flavor starts with nice sweet dark chocolate notes and light roast. As it progresses you pick up more smokiness in the flavor. Only slight fruit notes, mostly raisin, plum and cherry. Finish has medium low bitterness with some lingering dark chocolate and smoke. Roast is more prevalent as it warms. Only slight alcohol notes. No hop flavor. Sweetness dies down as the taste proceeds. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is crisp but also slightly creamy somehow. The astringency is low but present due to the smoke and there is medium low alcohol warmth. Overall a very nice beer. The smoke character is unique but not overpowering and instead rather complimentary. It has a really nice mouthfeel achieving a silkiness while being crisp. It could perhaps have a bit more dark fruit character but that might clash with the smoke.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Errl (2114) - Plano, Texas, USA - AUG 23, 2013
Bottle (1/2013) thanks to Jstax....Nose is nice smoke, chocolate, smoked meats, campfire..Taste is nice chocolate and smoke, toffee, bacon, spices, sausage, ..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (12695) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2013
Bottle shared at Jack’s Farewell Tasting, massive thanks to Leighton for yet another slice of Vermont’s finest, 06/08/13. Very dark mahogony brown with a moderately sized tan head. Nose is roast malts, light smoked gammon, dark toffee. Taste comprises roast malt, light brown sugars, dark fruits, raisens, dark chocolate. Medium bodied with bite, fine carbonation, dry finish. More solid work from HF.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (8999) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2013
Bottle at Jack’s Farewell tasting, big thanks to Leighton. It pours darkest brown with a small light tan head. The nose is roasty, earth, toast, cocoa, coffee, salted caramel, ash and rocky road. The taste is roasted malt, cocoa, cola, fruit cake, toast, ash, touch of smoke, chocolate gateaux and rocky road. Full body and fine carbonation. Well-integrated flavour and rather tasty stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (13952) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2013
Bottle shared at Bruce’s in London during Jack’s farewell tasting. Pours rich brown with a fine, creamy tan head. Nice peaty, smokey dark malt aroma, dark bread. Medium sweet flavor, lots of smoke, hints of burnt toast, dry ham, subtle brown sugar. Medium bodied with fine, creamy carbonation. Rounded dark malt finish with plenty more smoke, burnt ham, dark bread, hints of milk chocolate, light earth. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hallinghansen (2385) - Odense S, DENMARK - AUG 4, 2013
Rating # 1400.Bottle thanks to Dedollewaitor, thanks. Black body with a medium light brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, toffee, licorice, ashtray. Flavour is chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, dry, licorice notes, smoke. Great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (10279) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2013
Nice dark brown pour, brown head. Flavors of smoke, ham, red wine notes, roasted malt. This is a really nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbeatty (1199) - New York, USA - JUL 30, 2013
Tap at Prohibition Pig, 07/26/2013. Pours near black, creamy light tan head, lacing all the way down. Aroma is smoke, dark fruit, caramel and dark roast. Taste is fruity chocolate, toffee, touch of vanilla, lingering smoke and mild roast bitterness. Creamy, thick body. Very smooth and balanced, nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kcorum10 (325) - Arizona, USA - JUL 30, 2013
Bottle courtesy of Ernesto. Pours black with thin tan head. Aromas of smoke goodness on the nose with some roast. Flavors of smoke up front that fades into a good malt roast.

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