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RATINGS: 95   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
Glouglouburp (6001) - 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 (6306) - 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 (11056) - 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 (13803) - 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 (4467) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
holdenn (2080) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2013
Thanks Andrew. Black brown with a thin head. Super smoked meat aroma. Smoked salmon in the UP or beef jerky or fire on the beach. Smooth slick body. Meaty creamy malt flavors. Lots of roast. Meaty and delicious. 9/4/9/4/17

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
deekyn (1169) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 24, 2013
A- thick syrupy black, with medium tan head that dissipates to a thin characterless skin. S- up front are strong earth notes as well as espresso, caramel, vegetables and medium smoke. Dry and musty oak are also present. The end is more espresso and earth with some chocolate and mild alcohol. M- A medium dense but light body and good carbonation. Intense towards the middle with subtle ending. T- a bitter beginning with strong coffee, espresso and earth - some bittersweet chocolate to follow in the smooth middle. Smoke is quite subtle and more apparent towards the light end and coupled with little pepper spice, vegetable and caramel malts. Grassy and soapy hops start after the chocolate and flourish towards the end. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheAlum (5687) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2013
Bottle shared by Drew. Thanks, dude! Pours a rich deep blackish hue, near opaque, dark and full with a frothy tannish head. Fuller ring laces ok. Aromas are smokey, gentle roasty and coffee element. Some mellow cherrywood, earthy smoke. Faint campfire, some cocoa, toffee and toast. Initial is fuller body, some nice gentle sweetness, cocoa and gentle toffee. Touches of smoke and mellow roast as we round the corner. Some cocoa, silky sweet middle glides over the palate, fairly crushable for what the beer is. A bit soapy, bitter and dry as we start to round the corner. A bit dry, smokey, and bitter. Some roastiness, mellow spice. Really well put together, some good rich flavors, good balance of flavors, mellow spice as we round out. Overall, it’s not a big brooding girthy beer. Instead it thins out a touch, yet doesn’t detract. Really just a well constructed beer.. My only concern (not for this beer) might be that this beer is a touch thin to stand up to barrel aging (having never had any of those versions). Either way, a fantastic beer. Creamy and luscious with a rich and enjoyable smoke presence.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JStax (2960) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2013
Poured from a 500 ml bottle. Pours a dark brown to black with a khaki colored head of foam. Aroma is smoky with a lot of bacon. Its a nice smoked beer, but I can’t get much else. That’s fine though, I love the taste.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rodenbach99 (3138) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - APR 8, 2013
Bouteille de 500ml dont le nectar y a été emprisonné au mois de janvier 2013. Bière brune tellement foncée qu’on dirait qu’elle est noire. La mousse crémeuse et généreuse est brune. Le premier nez est tout en café. La bouche est crémeuse, une sorte de café au lait avec de la crème. C’est riche en titi. La finale chocolatée donne le ton pour la prochaine gorgé. Bravo.


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