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RATINGS: 158   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.6
Benzai (15586) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - DEC 28, 2016
Bottle shared with Caesar. Opaque dark brown to black color, medium to full sized creamy light brown head. Aroma is malts, smoke. Taste malts, smoke, dark malts, malt bitter. Soft creamy mouthfeel. Solid.

3.7
SHIG (4962) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - DEC 24, 2016
Bottle: Poured a deep black with tan head. Aroma is smoked malts light medicine. Taste is sweet malty roasted chocolate.

4.3
maximet (164) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 22, 2016
Ptch black with a nice little foam. Dark fruit, roasted grain, chocolate milk, burnt sugar. Medium body, slight sweet, bitter in the finish

3.9
Beerman6686 (6607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2016
Piured a darker brown with a beige head. Aroma was dark fruit, campfire, dark chocolate, light coffee. Flavor similar, definitely one of the better smoked dark berrs ive had.

4
yourilevesque (1829) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 30, 2016
Une bière sombre de Hill est déjà un cpup de dés pour moi. Avec la mention ’smoked’ en plus, alord là... Je suis séduit par cette robe mince affichant des courbes féminines et affirmées. Belle coiffure beige pâle et éternellement tenace. Des arômes étonnement très fruités qui passent pour de la framboise. Je suis très étonné et de plus en plus curieux. La framboise, sans s’estomper, prend successivement les firmes du chocolat, de toasts rôties, de grains grillés suite à une longue germination. Ça me plaît beaucoup et ce qui me plaît encore plus, et que la fumée est d’une exemplaire délicatesse. En fait ça ne sent pas la fumée, mais le chauffé, ce qui est bien différent. En bouche le liquide est étroit. Le chocolat apporte une franche amertume. Une très agréable surprise que je revisiterai volontiers à nouveau l’an prochain.

4.1
JaBier (7958) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2016
Bottle shared by a friend. Pours black with a medium tan head. Aroma of malt, roast, dark fruit and chocolate. Malty flavor with rich chocolate before a bitter, roasty finish. Not getting a lot of smoke and I’m okay with that.

4.1
dlovell2 (2132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2016
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is smoke with fresh wood. Flavor is roasted malt with sweet caramel malt, chocolate and brown sugar. Finish is woody and smoky.

5
zebra (2136) - Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2016
500-ml bottle from source. cascading head, ashy malty nose, creamy milky luscious, ashy burnt, subtle smoke, chocolate, superbly balanced. a nice break from fear and trembling.

4.2
thepatrickman (1336) - Jevington, East Sussex, ENGLAND - 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.

3.7
Sudz4Dayz (136) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 11, 2016
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2017 500ml bottle purchased on site at Hill Farmstead. Pours black with an everlasting foamy dark cappuccino colored head. Smells of coffee, cocoa, vanilla and smoked wood. Slightly boozy aroma to it as well. Tastes of cocoa, coffee, malt, vanilla with an earthy smokey finish with a hint of booze. Light mouthfeel, slightly carbonated and a lingering tarty cocoa after taste.


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