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RATINGS: 100   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (9461) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2013
Bottle. Poured a black color with an off white head. Chocolate, roast, dark fruits, some smoke and licorice,

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lukaduke (2488) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAY 27, 2013
Draft at Hill 3rd Anniversary. Pours a rich burnt umber color with a finger of khaki foam. Roasty deep dark chocolate malts, dark plum fruit, touches of smoke and licorice. Long earthy finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SrSilliGose (3282) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 26, 2013
tap at hill farmstead third anniversary party. milky chocolate. charred smoke. some roast. somewhat vinous. good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nimbleprop (5419) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 25, 2013
50cl bottle I picked up in Greensboro. Pours a slightly viscous, opaque black with some creamy, off white head. Nose of licorice and molasses, some burnt caramel, some smoke, a little lamb fat, some toasted chestnuts. Flavor is very solid, sweet, black licorice, molasses, some dark bread, a little raisin, some chocolate, more smoke, caramelized lamb fat. Clean, albeit slightly sweet finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmac (4444) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 24, 2013
500ml bottle via trade. Poured a medium density black body with ana verage sized frothy beige head. Aroma is medium smoke with lots of chocolate pudding, touch of soy and cola, touch of raisins and wet burnt toast. Medium body with average carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel that finishes smokey. Flavor is way more smokey than the aroma, burnt toast, slightly harsh, camp fire and some smoked pork skin. Good stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 23, 2013
In short: A well malted and medium smoky black beer with just the right amount of everything.
How: Tap at Prohibition Pig, Waterbury VT. Then a fresh 500ml bottle home.
The look: Very very dark mahogany body (pretty much black) topped by a medium tan head with good retention.
In long: Nose is medium smoky with a smoke character that is part smoked pull-pork and part campfire. Body has a rich malt backbone with a velvety pillow texture with a perfectly levelled medium carbonation. The malts offer flavors of chocolate brownies, caramel, almonds, all-grain brown bread. The smoke is strong part of the flavor spectrum but doesn’t overwhelmed the beer, this is smoky beer, not an uber-smoky beer. Very nice meaty and woody smoke. More hoppy than usual for the style but less hoppy than usual for a Hill Farmstead beer. The hop profile feels leafy, fresh tobacco and even a bit citrusy. Despite a rich malty body the sweetness sensation is kept in check. Very enjoyable offering, I preferred this base beer over all three barrel aged treatments of this beer I had before. And if I ever go missing and the tv says “5 feet 11, long brown hair, was last seen driving a truck full of Hill Farmstead beers”, please don’t look for me, I’m hiding, I don’t wanna be found.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (8136) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 15, 2013
500mL bottle, sent from Glouglouburp (thanks a lot, Dany), pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of light toasted malt, some chocolate / cocoa, and a bit of smoke. Flavour is very robust, especially for a porter, with a wonderful mix of smoked meat, roasted malt and a bit of chocolate. Full-bodied and with a wonderful balance of flavours. Finishes semi-sweet and smoked meaty. Great stuff, but perhaps not on the samel level of most other HF beers.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (11424) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 11, 2013
Dark brown with a lasting tan head. Aroma of dark malts, chocolate, a little smoke and some dried fruit. Sweet roasted flavour with chocolate and smoke. Clean and balanced, good flavour, but a little too sweet for me

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dedollewaitor (14259) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 11, 2013
Trade with AdamJackson. Thanks. Cracked at the Pre C4 Pale Ale Festival Odense, 2013. Pours black with a creamy head and lacings. Nose is roast, meat, hops, coffee and chocolate. Flavor is roast, liquorice, smoke and chocolate. Some salty liquorice. Smooth and dry. :-) The guy is a genius!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
markwise (4587) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2013
Bottle generously shared by a kind soul at RBWG. Pours a hazy brown with an off-tan head. Nose is roasted malts, some smoke, some dark chocolate, some slight bacon. Flavor is similar with roast, smoke, dark chocolate, slight meat, and some earth. Dark and mysterious, medium in body and lingering chocolatey smoke in the finish.


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