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RATINGS: 138   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   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 16/20
GT (9982) - 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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2013
Bottle shared by Drew. Thanks! Pours deep near-black with a dark brown head. Nose is prominent with a peat-like earthy smoke. Tar and anise to go with a rich roast and chocolate profile. Quite clean. On tasting, big and burly with a salty note almost. Persistent earthy smoke and big roast. Pushing into RIS territory but I dig it. super cool beer. Though nothing about this screams "Baltic" porter...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheAlum (6944) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2013
Bottle shared by Drew. Thanks, dude! Pours a rich deep blackish hue, near opaque, dark and full with a frothy tannish head. Fuller ring laces ok. Aromas are smokey, gentle roasty and coffee element. Some mellow cherrywood, earthy smoke. Faint campfire, some cocoa, toffee and toast. Initial is fuller body, some nice gentle sweetness, cocoa and gentle toffee. Touches of smoke and mellow roast as we round the corner. Some cocoa, silky sweet middle glides over the palate, fairly crushable for what the beer is. A bit soapy, bitter and dry as we start to round the corner. A bit dry, smokey, and bitter. Some roastiness, mellow spice. Really well put together, some good rich flavors, good balance of flavors, mellow spice as we round out. Overall, it’s not a big brooding girthy beer. Instead it thins out a touch, yet doesn’t detract. Really just a well constructed beer.. My only concern (not for this beer) might be that this beer is a touch thin to stand up to barrel aging (having never had any of those versions). Either way, a fantastic beer. Creamy and luscious with a rich and enjoyable smoke presence.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
j12601 (9548) - 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.

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adnielsen (10485) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 20, 2013
Bottle @ Armin’s apartment, courtesy of arminjewell. Pours a black appearance with a brown head. S’more, chocolate, marshmallow, cocoa, somewhat smoky aroma. Moderately sweet, burnt chocolate, vanilla, marshmallow, roasty smoky, campfire flavor. Chocolate and a bit of smoke stick around in the aftertaste. Definitely a tasty beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steve_0 (3745) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 20, 2013
Bottle at Armin’s with friends. Pour is deep black with a big cream-colored head and good lacing. Big smoky, bacon, cocoa, somewhat earthy, nutty, roasty, cocoa, and campfire aroma. Taste is big cocoa, roasty malt, coffee, with very subtle smoke, anise, leather, molasses, and earthy with a hint of campfire on the backend. Slick mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Beautiful use of smoke; so well-balanced.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kcorum10 (347) - Arizona, USA - JUL 30, 2013
Bottle courtesy of Ernesto. Pours black with thin tan head. Aromas of smoke goodness on the nose with some roast. Flavors of smoke up front that fades into a good malt roast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbeatty (1244) - New York, USA - JUL 30, 2013
Tap at Prohibition Pig, 07/26/2013. Pours near black, creamy light tan head, lacing all the way down. Aroma is smoke, dark fruit, caramel and dark roast. Taste is fruity chocolate, toffee, touch of vanilla, lingering smoke and mild roast bitterness. Creamy, thick body. Very smooth and balanced, nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (18527) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2013
Bottle shared at Bruce’s in London during Jack’s farewell tasting. Pours rich brown with a fine, creamy tan head. Nice peaty, smokey dark malt aroma, dark bread. Medium sweet flavor, lots of smoke, hints of burnt toast, dry ham, subtle brown sugar. Medium bodied with fine, creamy carbonation. Rounded dark malt finish with plenty more smoke, burnt ham, dark bread, hints of milk chocolate, light earth. Great beer.

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