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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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fred82 (2093) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 23, 2013
500ml bottle thanks to czar. Shared with MartinT.
Appearance : Pitch black with medium brown head.
Aroma : Rich sweet roasted malt with light coffee and chocolate. Light smokey notes. Very light ashes. Quite complex and rich.
Taste : Still the same malty richness with chocolate, coffee and light smoke just enough to give depth without unbalancing the flavor profile.
Palate : Creamy and silky palate. Moderatly soft carbonation. Nice palate as usual with HFB.
Overall : Really really nice beer. I’m even wondering if this version is not better than the first batch which was BA. Awesome malt complexity that make you fell like there’s no need for any barrel aging to make this a success. Really rich sipper with very faint alcohol notes. Something I’d drink again and again. This one show the same almost perfect delivery of the malt flavors that I got from the better Everett batches.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Minderbinder (1591) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 21, 2013
Bottle 500ml. Pours black with almost no head (beige). Aroma is of roasted malt, smoke, sweet, nuts. Taste is of roasted malt, sweetness, smoke, sligth bitterness, spices. Palate: Good balance. Full bodied. Decent carb. Overall: Soft. Smoke not cloying. Drinkable, alcohol very well hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftycarl21 (2137) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 18, 2013
Thanks to briandot yet again! Another outrageously awesome beer from Shaun. The most nuanced, complex, and beautiful combination of spruce and dank, dark hop character, bitter chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee, sweet smoke, maple, and spice -- everything is interwoven. Rich but smooth on the palate, good carbonation. Awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 17, 2013
My Bottom Line:
The intelligent dosage of peat smoked malts and roasted cereals give this Smoked Baltic Porter an edge throughout its cushion-y, creamy mouthfeel.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy head of foam covers the darkness.
-This may not be the most complex of Baltic Porters, but it is extremely satisfying.
-Alcohol is very well hidden.
-Salty peat is also present in the aftertaste.
-The flavor profile is not too intense, not too shy. This is an elegant desert beer.


   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlovakSniper (2826) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 17, 2013
Une tulipe ténébreuse. Une tête mousseuse qui ne tremble pas. Un profil slave. Des parfums de pumpernickel rôti, de malts chocolatés et de charcuterie polonaise. Un goût viandeux et tourbé. Des houblons transportés par un alcool doux. Une réglisse en latence et d’autres grains noircis. Une bouche moyennement ronde. Un pétillement modéré et une texture crémeuse. Une finale sèche, enfumée et résineuse. Franchement appréciable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tom10101 (2247) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 17, 2013
Bottle (500 ml). Black with a small beige head and some lacing. Aroma is of smoked malt, caramel and slight sweetness. Taste is of smoked malt, caramel, some spiciness. Alcohol is completely hidden, it drinks like a 5% abv beer. Medium body. Slightly dry. Good carbonation. Nice balance which is hard to find in a smoked beer. Another interesting one from HF.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mathieuc (999) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 16, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2013 Bottle thanks to czar, thanks a bunch! Pours a really, really dark brown. The head on it won’t stay and does not leave any lacing (or only minimal), not ugly looking but not magnificient either. Aroma is full of smoke (what did I expect?), hickory-like. There are also a lot of roasted grains aromatics. Taste is quite dry, a lot less sweet than I anticipated. Mouthfeel is just perfect, with soft carbonation. I could see myself drinking a lot of this, even if I’m not a smoked beer fan usually. Balance between smoke and the classic porter components make it quite quaffable. This is not at Everett’s level, but quite close really. God these Hill Farmstead guys know what they are doing!

P.S. Drinks nowhere near that 9% ABV, this is ridiculous!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Huhzubendah (2266) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 15, 2013
New Hill Farmstead beer. I so excite. The beer is dark brown with a small beige head. The aroma brings a huge dose of malt, sausage, campfire. Baltic character. Rauchbier quality. Burnt sausage and bacon with smokey campfire flavor. Delicious. Not for everyone, but if you like smoked brews (and I do), this is for you. Just delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (5878) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 15, 2013
500 ml bottle shared by bsuedekum- thanks a ton, Blake! Pours a deep brown-amber color with a small beige head. Aroma of smoke, wood, (kind of a mellow charcoal character), roasted malts, dust, pork, and some earth. The flavor adds a bit of earthy bitterness to the whole slate of roast and smoke notes. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a smoky, bitter mouthfeel. Really nice smoked porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tkrjukoff (3900) - SWEDEN - MAR 15, 2013
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a nice creamy tanned head. Aroma is very smokey roasted malty a bit sweet and acidy. Flavor is smoked ham a bit salty roasted and has a pleasant bitterness. Finishes biter smokey.

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