Fear And Trembling | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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4.23/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
hillfarmstead.com

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Fear and Trembling was Hill Farmstead’s first collaboration—a Baltic-style porter brewed with malt that was hand smoked over maple wood by our Danish friend, and former colleague, Anders Kissmeyer. This batch was brewed with malt that was hand-smoked over a blend of native woods, then fermented in the traditional way, with lager yeast, and conditioned in stainless steel.

Added by MasterSki on 01-21-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,859
Reviews:
80
Ratings:
451
pDev:
8.04%
 
 
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4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

DLD - Bottle share (2017); 5/19/2018

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4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a near pitch black color with 2 fingers of creamy tan head. The head leaves a literal wall of lacing as it settles into a thick blanket of foam.

The aroma brings notes of dark chocolate, smoked dark malts, bacon, wood, and roasted coffee. There's a faint hint of maple syrup on the back end.

The flavor brings notes of molasses and maple syrup, followed by smoked bacon and dark chocolate. Finishes with some roasted coffee and charred leather.

The feel is medium-full bodied with soft carbonation. Very smooth and rich with a dry finish. A bit syrupy.

Overall, a fantastic Baltic Porter that is wonderfully complex, bringing forth an array of flavors and aromas that are somewhat atypical of a porter. Has lots of elements of a German Rauchbier that cannot be ignored.

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4.76/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Purchased at the brewery over a year ago. Such an awesome porter! Oily black with a fluffy, dark tan head. Syrupy smells with maybe a little bourbon. A complexity of flavors with a slight tartness from the wine barrells (?) melding with a soft and smooth bourbon/maple syrup sweetness. Mouth feel is awesome...so soft and excellent. Overall, a wonderful beer.

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4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
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4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
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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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4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
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4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
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4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
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Bottle Date: 9/13/16
Palate Contaminants: other beer

The look is an opaque deep brown. Fair amount of tan head, mostly fine, but with some larger bubbles.

Smell is chicory and non-bitter dark chocolate. And this might seem strange, but I get roasted coffee without the coffee. (In other words, just the roast.) It's somewhat lactic, as well.

Taste is roasted chocolate, if that makes sense. (i know, I keep getting things in combinations that don't make normal sense.) Dark rum. Lots of barrel, but not overly charred, which sometimes drags the whole affair down. Green tree stems. There's some burned coffee, but it's more bitter than acidic, although the bitterness doesn't overwhelm.

The label says it's a niner, but I can't pick out the alcohol. Carbonation is fairly coarse, yet not prickly. In the aftertaste, whatever was burnt recedes back to toastiness.

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4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Fear And Trembling from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 451 ratings