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RATINGS: 141   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   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 stainless steel fermentation, no barrel treatment (released 2013 and late 2015)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 14, 2013
500ml bottle, January 2013 release. pours a deep, clear brown capped by a creamy, soft, beige head that leaves tight rings of lace. aroma is excellent with beautiful notes of campfire smoke, grill ashes, smoked meat, and cigar paper backed by cocoa powder, smoked almonds, roasted coffee, and hints of dark fruit. flavor is great as well with the sweet maple wood notes coming through alongside notes of gouda, charcoal, peat, and black coffee backed by subtle dark chocolate, blackberries, and salted caramel. palate is on the fuller side of medium bodied with light carbonation and a dry, ashy finish. overall, another excellent effort from HF.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sperine (283) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2013
Bottle. Wish I could've gotten a few more ounces of this from the shared bottle because I feel like I was still trying to grasp the complexities of this one after my sample glass was empty. However, the glass I had was smoky, smooth, and very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (11609) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 2, 2013
Brownish-black pour with a medium foamy khaki head that recedes slowly. Small patches of lacing on the glass. Campfire aroma with malt and chocolate notes. Medium to full body with flavors of smoked meats, peaty malt and dark chocolate. The finish is smoky with a bacon and malt aftertaste. Enjoyable all around.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
VT (2527) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 27, 2013
500 ml bottle. Pours black with a beige head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, dates, figs. Flavor is dates, dark fruits (blackberry? cherry?), fig, slightly woody and notes of roast. Finish is mostly smokey, but also dark coffee, pure cocoa, earthy, sandy. Very pronounced bitterness. Lingering smoke, wood and dark grapes. Medium body, average carbonation. Surprising, very complex taste. A very solid sipper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (6073) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 19, 2013
(500ml bottle, Jan 2013 vintage, thanks Errl) near black pour with medium tan colored head. Nose is pretty smoky, roasty chocolate malt, some dark fruit in the background, beef jerky maybe. Flavor is pretty smoky too, fennel, roasty, dry bakers chocolate, not as complex or enjoyable as the blended barrel versions but still pretty nice for a smoked beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12756) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 14, 2013
(500ml bottle, Jan 2013 vintage, courtesy of Errl) Pours a black body with a small beige head. Aroma of smoke, roasted malt, grilled lamb, dates, and cocoa. Flavor of smoke, sausage, subtle fennel, roasted malt, and dry cocoa with a bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
charule (2179) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 9, 2013
Taste thanks to guy next to me at Tired Hands. Poure brown with brown head. Nutty aroma. Roasty smokey nut taste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (10644) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 4, 2013
Bottle... This beer rocks!... Pours black with a mid-sized, creamy, lightly-tanned head. The aroma is both smoky and chocolaty. Medium to full-bodied with stinging carbonation. The flavor presents bittersweet dark chocolate and fudge and a light nuance of smoke. Burnt, bitter, black mocha finish. Bottle generously shared by landhoney!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pineypower (3093) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - JUN 3, 2013
Bottle shared thanks to Dave. Pours out a dark brown color with a small off white head. Aroma is of lots of chocolate, light smoky earth notes. Taste is lots of earthy smoke, light wood, chocolate, some creamy sweetness, nice smooth mouth feel with a light amount of lingering alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
j12601 (9565) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2013
On tap at Hill Farmstead during the Connoisseur session of the Third Anniversary Party. Pours a hazed brown to black with a medium to thick sized tan head. Long roastn, lots of dense malt. Loads of roast, cocoa, chocolate. Dense and thick, full of roast and cocoa. Chocolate leads into a long bitterness.

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