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RATINGS: 158   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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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drowland (8955) - 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 (3736) - 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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mathieuc (4000) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 16, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2013 Bottle thanks to czar, thanks a bunch! Pours a really, really dark brown. The head on it won’t stay and does not leave any lacing (or only minimal), not ugly looking but not magnificient either. Aroma is full of smoke (what did I expect?), hickory-like. There are also a lot of roasted grains aromatics. Taste is quite dry, a lot less sweet than I anticipated. Mouthfeel is just perfect, with soft carbonation. I could see myself drinking a lot of this, even if I’m not a smoked beer fan usually. Balance between smoke and the classic porter components make it quite quaffable. This is not at Everett’s level, but quite close really. God these Hill Farmstead guys know what they are doing!

P.S. Drinks nowhere near that 9% ABV, this is ridiculous!

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hallinghansen (3411) - Odense SV, DENMARK - AUG 4, 2013
Rating # 1400.Bottle thanks to Dedollewaitor, thanks. Black body with a medium light brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, toffee, licorice, ashtray. Flavour is chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, dry, licorice notes, smoke. Great.

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djd07 (15356) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 28, 2013
Bottle thanks to Will. Pours a dark brown with medium frothy beige head. Aroma is smoke and roast. Light mouthfeel with strong smoke, toffee and spice with lingering dry finish. Good.

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jtclockwork (17101) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 8, 2014
Bottle thanks to Dany (and Jay for muling). Pours dark brown with brown head. Nose and taste of smoke, light peat, smoked chocolate malt, roast coffee, toasted nuts and vanilla. Medium-full bodied.

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drfabulous (8489) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 2, 2014
From the bottle. Smokey chocolate taste over a dark body beer. Stout like. Wish I had more. Tasty.

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cfrancis (3539) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 8, 2014
Thanks to Ryan for this. Pours silky black with a small beige ring. Aroma is smokey, roasty malts. Taste is a nice unabrasive smoke flavour with deep, rich roasted malts and some bitter dark chocolate. I usually don’t like smoke but this is divine.

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Drake (14063) - 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.

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Garrold (5519) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2015
Bottle, picked up at the brewery. Very dark brown. Thin, dense, lasting, tan head. Leggy. Viscous. Looks as good as it gets. Nose has savoury smoke. Bit of Kempke bacon in there. Some wood smoke. Vine fruits. Taste is smoky sweet. Pretty bitter, in a fruity kind of way. Soft, creamy smooth palate. 9%? Really? Finishes smooth, fruity, smoky sweet, with a rising bitter close. Nowhere near my preferred style of beer, but this is undeniably good.


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