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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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (7536) - 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 (4172) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT2 (9340) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAR 11, 2013
500mL thanks to briandot. Deep brown to near black pour. Thick latte foam. Good lacing. Mild soap in the aroma is thankfully volatile giving way to mild but very present applewood smoked bacon, more than its barrel aged counterparts. Rich coffe and dark chocolate are forefront though. Taste is dense, rich, melted dark chocolate bar; heavy near Black IPA density, spruce, obvious hoppy balance, applewood smoked bacon returns. Palate is awesome- silky, dense, mild alcohol warming works perfectly. Really digging this one. Another unsurprising masterpiece from HF.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
davey101 (746) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 10, 2013
Bottled January 2013, 500 ml bottle into a tulip glass. A - Pours a dark, dark brown body. Just a shade below black. Two fingers of mocha foam settles to a one finger cap of long lasting foam. Excellent lacing and moderate retention. S - Smokey malts, ham, chocolate, coffee and a nice mineral bite. The smell is just phenomenal, smokey and rich with just enough sweetness and bitterness to keep things in check. T - Starts off smokey and savory. Smooth milk chocolate and bitter coffee beans come to the rescue to provide some balance. Finishes with lasting ash and sweetness. This is a top notch smoked porter. Very delicious with the perfect level of smoke. M - Medium bodied and creamy. Moderate level of carbonation. O - I’m not a big fan of smoked beers, but this is right up there with Alaskan Smoked as the best I’ve ever had. Really great stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2013
On tap at Hill Farmstead. Nose has a moderate amount of smoke with some nice roast and a hint of chocolate in the background. Beer is flavorful and quite nice, with the smoke not overpowering everything. While i prefer the barrel-aged versions, this turned out quite nicely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beernbourbon (1390) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 8, 2013
Bottle thanks to Blake! Pour is dark brown with thin tan head. Aroma is lightly smoky with hints of cured meat and faintly sweet. Smoked beer for sure. Subtleness lost a little.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Godofthecellar (677) - NYC, New York, USA - MAR 7, 2013
flavor and nose was very smoky. tasted like everett got blazed off two dutchies jam packed with the sour diesel.. BOOOOOOM. all the porter characteristics were there, however i felt this was overwhelmingly smoky. by far my least favorite HF offering.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
summerteeth1 (3) - East Haven, Connecticut, USA - MAR 7, 2013 does not count
Bottle poured...smoke aroma hits ya right away--like my flannel shirt after a -weekend of sitting round a campfire-alcohol is masked by perfectly balanced smokey malt with hints of chocolate. Flavor lingers, yet softly Extremely drinkable. Love it

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (6838) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2013
time to play some rugby! .. . pours out a very dark brown black .. . impressive head on a sloppy pour, lacing is tight, ya’ll .. . touches of smoke, road tar and black grain .. . easy to put away . . i liked it quite a bit .. . . SNEEZE!!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gmoney (442) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 3, 2013
Growler from the brewery..Jet black pour,one finger beige head,good lacing.Aroma of mocha and roasted malt.Malt sweetness and bakers chocolate upfront with a hint of bacon smoke in the finish.Roasted malt dryness and a touch sour.Medium body,carbonation is soft.

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