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RATINGS: 112   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
reggiedunlop (3537) - 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 (8736) - 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 (3688) - 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 (3594) - 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 (1180) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdamChandler (3920) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dorwart (2468) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2013
Nice strong light brown head of fine and dense bubbles. Head reduces slowly and leaves a nice sheet of lacing. Smoked malts, terriaki sauce, dark berries and some roasted grains. Color is a very dark brown. Wow, very flavorful. Lots of sweet malts, light smoked jerky meat, molasses, mild coffee and some licorice. Mild alcohol presence. Smoke is present but not overpowering at all. Perfectly balanced. Pretty clean finish with some lingering malts and roasted grains. A very good and plesant brew to drink. Thanks to Fredward for this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT2 (9412) - Oceanside, 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tkrjukoff (4229) - 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.

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