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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
50belair (3427) - Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2014
Bottle. Brown pour with a kaki head. Big coco with just a hint of smoke on the nose. Big toasted malt and coco notes. Hints of smoke and expresso. Good body and mouthfeel. Complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
reggiedunlop (3675) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2013
Pours very dark brown with a medium tan head...rich looking...nice lacing. Aroma has wonderful dark chocolate with just a touch of bitter roastiness...almost espresso. Flavor also brings the dark, bitter bakers chocolate and adds nice smokey/roastiness...light burnt/bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium/full and creamy with a roasty/smokey finish that warms pleasantly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (9411) - 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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rodenbach99 (4258) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - APR 8, 2013
Bouteille de 500ml dont le nectar y a été emprisonné au mois de janvier 2013. Bière brune tellement foncée qu’on dirait qu’elle est noire. La mousse crémeuse et généreuse est brune. Le premier nez est tout en café. La bouche est crémeuse, une sorte de café au lait avec de la crème. C’est riche en titi. La finale chocolatée donne le ton pour la prochaine gorgé. Bravo.

   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - JUN 18, 2014
Bottle. Meaty smoke, chocolate, dark fruit aroma. Black with a small brown head. Woody meaty smoke, chocolate, char, lightly acidic, and dark fruit flavor. Smooth medium body with prickly carbonation. Love this one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zer0 (1207) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 22, 2015
Bottle shared. Pours dark brown with a light brown head. Aroma is rather smoky, milk chocolate, light coffee and some caramel. Moderate sweet and light bitter. Great smoky finish. Very balanced. Not over the top. Awesome. Medium to thick body with light carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joergen (26202) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 1, 2016
Draught at Mikkeller Bar. Pitch black colored with a small beige head. Roasted aroma of caramel and chocolate with notes of licorice and dried fruits. Roasted flavor of caramel and dried fruits with notes of chocolate and licorice. Roasted finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
thepatrickman (899) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 13, 2016
Bottle (hand boxed for me by Shaun Hill at the brewery, to my fanboy delight). This is great -- it takes the sweet chocolate of a Baltic porter and adds a very light bit of smoked/roasted flavor from the malt. The mouthfeel is also fantastic, with a medium-full body that doesn’t have any of the thin / acidic flavor that I notice in a lot of dark beers. This is just a killer Baltic porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdamChandler (4540) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 6, 2013
On tap at the brewery & 750ML growler fill on 2/1/13. Enjoyed in a wine glass

A - Soft black, 1 finger muted head that fades slowly.

S - Rye and Smoke on the nose, hint of chocolate beans and wheat

T - Lovely lightly smoked finish, hint of espresso beans and chocolate kisses. A hint of calcium in the middle of the tongue but it doesn’t linger.

M - Medium body, sharp carbonation that leaves pretty fast but with a tingling.

O - Very decadent and smooth, no alcohol bite or booziness at all, finish is neat and leaves you craving more. I really don’t like any beers with smoke but this really excels.

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