RATINGS: 144   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
charule (2186) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 9, 2013
Taste thanks to guy next to me at Tired Hands. Poure brown with brown head. Nutty aroma. Roasty smokey nut taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
yourilevesque (1496) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JaBier (7146) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dlovell2 (1888) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
zebra (1833) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
thepatrickman (983) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sudz4Dayz (55) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 11, 2016
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. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
neongolden (1285) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 12, 2016
(On tap @ Warpigs HF Day, Copenhagen, May 12 2016) Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of moderately roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, liquorice, earthy touches, light smoke. Flavour is moderately sweet with chocolate core, dark caramel, liquorice, light berry notes, slightly burnt and smoky, moderate bitterness appearing late in the sip with some earthy character. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, no alcohol. Smooth and fairly subtle with the smoke, a bit umami overall I suppose. Very pretty if rather restrained.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
LouisP (264) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 25, 2016
La bouteille verse une bière de couleur noire, avec une bonne effervescence et carbonatation. Odeur de café forte avec un petit nez sucré. On remarque également une grosse odeur de fumee ensuite. En bouche, le fumé part pour laissé place à un porter baltique plus traditionnel, et c’est tres bien. Les saveurs normale dun porter son présentes avec du malt fumé, chocolat, un peu sucré. Bonne mais pas extraordinaire non plus.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daje (4179) - NORWAY - JUL 29, 2016
Hill Farmestad tap takeover at Warpigs may 12th 2016. Black body with a small beige head. Aroma is smoked with herbs, chocolate and spices. Taste of cocoa, light tangerine, peat and hazelnut, mild marzipan in finish, with a sweet coffee and campfire finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joergen (26386) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 1, 2016
Draught at Mikkeller Bar. Pitch black colored with a small beige head. Roasted aroma of caramel and chocolate with notes of licorice and dried fruits. Roasted flavor of caramel and dried fruits with notes of chocolate and licorice. Roasted finish.

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