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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 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Godofthecellar (669) - 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 (5844) - .....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 (1261) - 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 (2334) - 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 (3714) - Connecticut, 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 (3254) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (3954) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 28, 2013
Bottle shared by Leighton on the bus at RBWG. Another new HF beer and from the dude who now lives across the big pond! I will take it. The base beer for those early baltic porter treatments, I did not realize this beer existed ; so it makes sense that its a new beer as I can see here in the CD. Pours a muddy dark brown with a small yellow tan head, nice lacing as always with HF. Nose is dark chocolate, smoke is there but not overpowering, light roast, coffee. Flavor is similar, more easy drinking and BP-like than a smoke beer which is fine by me (not that i dont like the smoke! I do I do! )

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yourefragile (138) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 27, 2013
750 mL growler. Pours a dark, clearish brown with a light brown head. Nose of smoked malt, cocoa, vanilla; more sweet than bitter. Smooth flavor of a rich porter that is complemented by the smoked malt and not overwhelmed by it. I liked Holger Danske but I’d think if that was too much smoke for someone, this would be an agreeable compromise with the fuller, richer body and sweeter dark fruit and cocoa like flavor.

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