RATINGS: 158   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)

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Johnsense (1734) - - JUL 24, 2017
Near black pour, larger light tan head, good retention, gobs of lacing. Aroma of smoked malts, black coffee, light woody notes, bakers cocoa. Moderate smoke up front, dark malts, light black strap molasses, strong black coffee. Medium body, very light smoky aftertaste. Pair with a rainy day and some Alpha Tolman.

skrip (227) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 2, 2017
*2/19/2013 550ml bottle poured into a Dogfish snifter. A~ black as night with a sandy colored head. S~ smokey up front, following with dark malts and a hint of vanilla. T~ mmm...! and i’m not one for smoked brews. almost follows the nose, smoke and maple syrup up front, dark malts and some bitterness on the finish. M~ i’m in love with how this feels (no homo lol) amazingly thick and syrupy with a crazy smooth finish. O~ i haven’t had too many darker brews from HF but this one is definitely my favorite so far. and thats really saying a lot cause i normally don’t like a "smoked" beer. i would definitely drink again!

gregwilsonstl (2613) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 6, 2017
Dark brown. Very thick foamy head. Sooo smooth. Toffee sweetness. Sweet and first then becomes quite smokey. Thx Patrick!

beerplace (1932) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 8, 2017
500ml bottle (thx, Nick M.!) that accidentally fallen and opened from the shelf while I was packing the box for Alex G. and Jonathan M, hehe. Bottled on 2015-10-28. Pours an almost black with a dark beige head. Aroma is roasted malt, smokiness, mazut notes, some dark fruits. Taste is similar, moderately sweet. Smokey roasted malt aftertaste. Very good stuff.

ThirstyBird (2992) - Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2017
2016 bottle, Pours a pitch black/brown with a rich tan head. The smell is faint smoke, roasted malt, licorice and molasses. The taste is touch of char, smoke, roasted dark malt, licorice, molasses while ending dry. The body is light/medium with fine elegant carbonation.

Geiserich (4574) - Linz, AUSTRIA - FEB 2, 2017
500 ml bottle, shared by Werckmeister, thanks! Almost black color, brownish head. Aroma is roasty, dark chocolate, toffee, hints of smoke. Flavor is smooth, dark chocolate, coffee, roastiness, molasses. Very nice one.

Sebilinz (2547) - Linz, AUSTRIA - JAN 28, 2017
Bottle. Thanks to Werkmeister. Black body with tan head. Aroma is nice roasted malts with dried fruits and some cocoa. Taste is cocoa chocolate some dried fruits

Saeglopur (2292) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - JAN 28, 2017
500 ml bottle, bottled 9.13.16, shared by Werckmeister, thanks!
Almost black body, with a medium, dense, creamy, lacing, dark beige head.
Aroma of coffee, liquorice, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, ash, subtle dark fruits.
Tastes quite similar, with some more subtle hops.
Medium, creamy mouthfeel, with a moderate carbonation.
Finishes roasty, medium dry, a bit wooden, with liquorice, coffee, cocoa powder, subtle ash.

Really tasty! Very smooth and balanced, with just the right amount of roastiness, dryness and sweetness. Alcohol is almost completely hidden. One of my favourite style examples I’ve had so far!

Werckmeister (3285) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - JAN 28, 2017
0,5l bottle at Linz Tasting shared by me. Bottled 09/13/2016. black color, small coffee-colored head. smells earthy, spices, some smoke, bit milky, chocolate. nice smell. full body, soft carbonation, slick mouthfeel. tastes earthy, smoke, rather leathery, some coffee, roast, light peat. finishes rather bitter and rather earthy with notes of coffee, leather and hints of caramel. Ok, but rather unbalanced, quite leathery / bitter. not such a bit fan.

Adamsville (374) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 27, 2017
Apparence : Pas totalement noire au versement, beau col moka crémeux ayant une bonne rétention et laissant une bonne dentelle, carbonatation moyenne.
Nez : Malt rôti en avant-plan, légers chocolat et sucre brûlé en arrière-plan. Nez tout de même équilibré.
Goût : Malt torréfié, notes de café, finale sur le malt rôti amer et sur des notes piquantes rappelant le bois ou la fumée. Très sèche. Plus elle se réchauffe, plus le chocolat noir prend la place du café.
Sensation : Corps tout de même mince, piquant en bouche, bonne longueur des arômes torréfiées.
Bref : J’aime le profil de cette bière : torréfié, amertume assez prononcée, sèche, aucunement décadente, alternance de café et de chocolat noir. Pourtant, ce n’est pas extraordinaire non plus : les saveurs tardent quelque peu à s’affirmer, la torréfaction prend peut-être un peu trop de place et, surtout, le corps m’apparaît trop mince à mon goût pour une bière titrant 9% d’alcool. Tout de même très agréable.

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