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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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drfabulous (8571) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 2, 2014
From the bottle. Smokey chocolate taste over a dark body beer. Stout like. Wish I had more. Tasty.

4
cfrancis (3573) - 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.

4
Drake (14078) - 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.

4
Garrold (5605) - 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.

4
Boutip (6533) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 16, 2016
Bottle: Poured a deep black color porter with a nice dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with light coffee notes is quite nice. Taste is a nice mxi between some roasted malt, light lactose notes with some nice dry floral coffee notes with light smoky undertones. Body is light with good carbonation. Great beer and nice balance to avoid the smoke notes form overshadowing the other flavours.

4
neongolden (1822) - 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.

4
yourilevesque (1865) - 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.

4
caesar (7277) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - DEC 30, 2016
Fles gedeeld door Benzai, bottled 9.13.16, 25 cl sample. Donkere kleur, kleine schuimkraag. Aeoma is zeker smoked, maar wel typische de "Amerikaanse" smoke en niet de nog betere Duitse rauch. Wel is de geroosterdheid prima jn balans, wat donker fruit erbij. Bitterheid komt van de mouten, wat rook er doorheen. Mooi in balans. Uitstekend bier.

4
Geiserich (4595) - Linz, AUSTRIA - FEB 2, 2017
500 ml bottle, shared by Werckmeister, thanks! Almost black color, brownish head. Aroma is roasty, dark chocolate, toffee, hints of smoke. Flavor is smooth, dark chocolate, coffee, roastiness, molasses. Very nice one.

4
Johnsense (1753) - - JUL 24, 2017
Near black pour, larger light tan head, good retention, gobs of lacing. Aroma of smoked malts, black coffee, light woody notes, bakers cocoa. Moderate smoke up front, dark malts, light black strap molasses, strong black coffee. Medium body, very light smoky aftertaste. Pair with a rainy day and some Alpha Tolman.


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