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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 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 (1370) - 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 (6634) - .....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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brystmar (1308) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2013
My disdain for the BA versions of this beer saw me enter into this brew with the expectation that I wouldn't like it, and I'm happily surprised this isn't the case. I generally dislike smoked beers, yet the subtle smokiness here blends nicely with the richness of the malt base. Dry porter yeast concludes the experience on a high note. Quite good, as one would expect from HF.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Reynolds314 (2750) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 2, 2013
This is the best use of smoked malts to date. Really robust rich creamy baltic porter with the perfect amount of roasty smokey malts and a rich lightly sweet chocolatey base porter. Wow I love it and Im glad i bought 6.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ernesto987 (4415) - Arizona, USA - MAR 2, 2013
Perfect blend of smoke and roasted barley, thick rich body and a ashy finish, awesome!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
PhillyCraft (3764) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2013
On draft at Hill Farmstead, this was my favorite beer of the entire vermont trip. Very De Molen esque Pour was dark brown, pretty much black with medium sized coffee head. Good lacing and staying power. Notes were super rich, roasty, peat, chocolate, sweet malts, marshmallow fluff, burnt caramel, and hops. Body was medium to heavy but never overbearing. No booze at all for the alc percentage. Liked this better then the french oak cabernet and bourbon barrel version. Cheers Shaun.

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