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RATINGS: 159   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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kcorum10 (347) - Idaho, 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.

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jbeatty (1248) - 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.

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Leighton (21285) - 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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czar (9085) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 6, 2013
pours very dark brown, almost black, with a creamy beige head, good retention and lacing. smoked semi-sweet roasted malts, bacon and umami-like flavors, roasted nuts and fruits, coffee, no vegetal character which is nice. moderate carbonation, medium to full body, some sweetness, bold grassy-spicy-resinous finish. somewhat almost balanced too. warming, never boozy. good.

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vtafro (7445) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 26, 2014
Bottle. Black pour with tan head. Smoked, meat, roasted malt aromas. Nice smoke, chocolate, roasted, woody flavors. Finishes with wood and sweetness.

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48FanInCali (851) - California, USA - APR 28, 2014
2013 Bottle - gorgeous black pour with off white head. Some lacing as well. Nose of roasted and smoked malts, chocolate, and maybe a touch of coffee. Taste follows the nose. Smoke is well integrated for a very balanced taste. I wish this was on nitro to smooth out the carb a bit more. Good stuff. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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kermis (13481) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 22, 2015
Bottle shared thanks to Zer0. Pours near black with a small tan head. Aroma of roast, burnt malt, light smoke, licorice, dark chocolate, toffee and caramel. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter with a lingering light smokey finish. Over medium bodied with soft carbonation. Perfectly balanced.

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bytemesis (8423) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 27, 2015
Bottle with thanks to nimbleprop! Pours clear black, medium tan head, dissipates slow, nice residual and lacing. Aroma is smoky, roasty, hints of anise, hardwood smoke. Flavor is light sweet, light plus bitter, nice smokiness, hardwood fires, hints of roast, anise, molasses. Medium body, silky mouthfeel. Tasty beer.

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Stoned99 (1553) - St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, 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 doesn’t bother me at all. Probably because it’s 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 I’ll be in vacation in a day. Anyway, this evening, I enjoyed it and that’s what matters.

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Desverger (11472) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2016
[email protected] Bar, Copenhagen - black pour with tan head. Aroma and taste is medium roasted and sweet malty, solid notes of chocolate, caramel, some nice vanilla nuances, liquorice, some earthy burnt malty notes, roasted into the finish. Gorgeous. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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