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RATINGS: 155   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Fear and Trembling was Hill Farmsteads 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 Denmarks great thinker: Sren 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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stoned99 (1453) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 17, 2015
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2016 update; drank again, Oct 5h 2016 release. Even better than what I remembered. really really good. If body was a bit bigger, it would be even more perfect. Really good. Will sure go get some more for the winter. Old rating: 500ml bottle from Hill Farmstead. Aroma: roasted grains, smokey, not too much on the bacon, chocolate. Pretty good. App: pitch dark, medium moka head, ok retention and nice thick moka lacing as the head goes away. Taste and palate : full body, medium sweetness, smokey bacon in mouth, much more than in the aroma but it must be really well blended because it doesnt bother me at all. Probably because its smooth. Some chocolate in mouth too. The finish is bitter. Overall: was waiting to open that one since I?m really not a fan of smoked beers. I guess setting my expectations really low helped quite a lot of the fact that Ill be in vacation in a day. Anyway, this evening, I enjoyed it and thats what matters.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drake (13259) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 9, 2015
Bottle shared at the 10th Annual Epic & Unusual Beer Tasting, 11/29/15. Dark brown, thin head. Aroma of smoke, roasted malt, chocolate, mild nuttiness. The taste is roasted malts, chocolate, smoke. Medium bodied.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lefossoyeur (609) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 8, 2015
Pours dark Brown with a thin creamy beige head. Nice seaweedy and light smoke aromas. Medium bodied, really clean, light smokiness. Very quaffable lager.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (6300) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 28, 2015
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2015 Bottled 10/25/15, drunk 11/28/15. Thanks to AdamC as always.
Opaque black body is topped by a well-retained, light tan head.
Smoke and hops combine beautifully in the nose. Light ash, cigar and mild sardine. Not bacony/meaty and nicely dry, seemingly. Very clean, no alcohol. Could use a bit of caramel/toffee but as is, it really highlights the smoke and I suppose caramel and toffee are not exactly a baltic porter mainstay...
Assertive flavor shows a strong hop bitterness, lightly green and spicy. Smoke is ashy, strong and dry. Very, very rich, with a huge body and tons of sweetness. Between the ash, caramel and light booze, it seems the stuff is just too young or too sweet. But I can certainly appreciate the challenging smokiness. Very intense.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (6853) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 28, 2015
500 ml Oct, 28, 2015, thanks to AdamC! Pitch black with slow dying head. Aroma is noticeable smoked malt, mild cocoa, mellow roast.

Honestly Im surprised on how balanced this is. The smoke is not overpowering and the roast, cocoa and earthy malt makes it pretty cohesive. Maybe a mild hint of licorice. I dont like smoked malt in any brew. Body is medium plus with a dry smokey texture. That being said, this has high drinkability.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chalumeaux (1374) - Middleton, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 28, 2015
Poured from bottle thanks AdamChandler October 28 2015. Pours black with a nice creamy beige head. Aromas of smoky malt chocolate and notes of coffee. Taste is well balanced and well done.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WillRunForBeer (2539) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 28, 2015
500ml bottle dated 10/28/15, shared by AdamChandler. Thanks, Adam! Pours nearly black with a beige head. Aroma is caramel, smoke. Flavor is caramel, chocolate, smoke. This has a nice balance of smoke and malt.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Heather_B (253) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 28, 2015
Black with tan head. Smells like smoky wood and chocolate. Flavor ends a bit rough. Not the biggest fan.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2015
Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a frothy, two finger beige head that slowly settles into thick, lasting ring. Really good retention with streaks of soapy lacing left behind. Robust, slightly smokey aroma with hints of burnt wood, charcoal, smoked meat and campfire yet still retains porter characteristics. Not as intensely smokey as I expected but this allows hints of dark chocolate, toast, coffee and oatmeal to come through. Smoke stands out a bit more as it warms but its nicely integrated and not a complete smoke bomb. Viscous and full bodied with a slight creamy texture and a very nice, rich smoke flavor thats decently integrated into the roasted porter notes. Very dry and bitter up front with hints of charred wood, ash, charcoal and barbecued bacon countered by deeply roasted dark chocolate malt, burnt coffee and oatmeal. The ABV is well masked but the malt tastes more burnt than smoked. Lingering acrid bitterness hurts the flavor and drinkability a bit. Theres is a touch of sweetness balancing things out but this beer needs more of that. Im a huge fan of smoke beers but theres something slightly off here. Still, an enjoyable beer that Im glad to have tried.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ctipping (1715) - Florida, USA - NOV 12, 2015
750 mL growler . Originally reviewed 2/11/2013. Pours a deep brown, almost black. Nice khaki head and good wisps that regenerate with every swirl. Aroma is quite smokey, but it has a sweet caramel aroma with it. Deep roasted malt blends with the smoke. The flavor has a pleasant amount of smoke. Caramel sweetness throughtout. The darker malts come through in the back. Bitter and very smokey in the finish. It gives it an interesting finish for a lager, but its rough. Overly bitter. Nice until the very end, but excessively bitter. Missing the HF magic. Never been the biggest fan of smoked beers and while the smoke improves the Baltic Porter, its rough in the end.


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