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RATINGS: 160   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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kermis (14999) - 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 (9516) - 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.

4.1
Stoned99 (1704) - 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 (13759) - 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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dlovell2 (2381) - 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.

4.1
JaBier (8396) - 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.

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Saeglopur (2415) - 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!

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beerplace (2332) - 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.

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drowland (9186) - Georgia, USA - FEB 22, 2013
2/22/13. Bottle from Leighton during RBWG! Deep brown pour with a nice brown head. Smoke and sweet roasted malts in the aroma and flavor with chocolate. Nice.

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Huhzubendah (3775) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 15, 2013
New Hill Farmstead beer. I so excite. The beer is dark brown with a small beige head. The aroma brings a huge dose of malt, sausage, campfire. Baltic character. Rauchbier quality. Burnt sausage and bacon with smokey campfire flavor. Delicious. Not for everyone, but if you like smoked brews (and I do), this is for you. Just delicious.


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