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Fear And Trembling | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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4.22/5
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435 Ratings
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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:
#1,202
Reviews:
76
Ratings:
435
pDev:
8.06%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
103
Gots:
66
Trade:
7
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4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bubseymour
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beermanben
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Eddiehop
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zythophile
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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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Photo of Samact
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CharlesK
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheGeoMurph
4.57/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of johnlatona
4.61/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Stevedore
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle, dated 10.28.15. Served in a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass.

Pours a dark cola brown body, nearly black, one and a half finger thick mocha head, good retention, medium collar that sticks around for quite a while, good retention, not much lacing. Smell is moderate smoke and oak, with a nice milk chocolate sweetness in the background that somehow moderates the smoke. I was expecting a campfire, but this is starting to smell more like s'mores. It's still fairly smoky, and that smooths over on the flavour- which is really, really nice. It tastes like chocolate milk with a nice dose of smoke and oak, with more of the milk than the chocolate. It's got a nice sweetness to it that reminds me of lactose, with a some Ritter sport milk chocolate dunked in there. You know how you take a square of Ritter and just put it in your mouth and let it melt? That's what it tastes like, plus a fair bit of smoke and oak? Nice. The mouthfeel is medium-fuller bodied, creamy, perhaps from the lager yeast, or any particular non-fermentable addition, who knows? This is a delight to drink, and I'm happy to finally tick this one off. I usually dislike smoked beers, but this is perfectly balanced by the grain bill on this beer, plus a nice bit of complexity too. S'mores without going over the top. It'd be even neater if they tossed some vanilla beans in.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kendo
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 9/13/16; consumed on 7/6/17 (I just found this in the fridge in my garage; not sure how it got there, to be honest).

A: Poured into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is black with a 1-finger foamy brown head. Good staying power on that head, and it leaves behind decent lacing.

S: Roasted barley malt, some chocolate malt and a touch of smoke/char.

T: Up front it's big on the roasted barley malt, but that's followed by a bit of chocolatey malt and then finishes with slightly charred wood and a tannic, woodsy bitterness, which offsets the sweeter/roasty malt characteristics.

M: Medium-to-heavy in heft, with good carbonation. Smooth but chewy.

O: Very good. Probably better fresh, but here we are.

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4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2016 version poured into a snifter. Nearly opaque dark brown with a nice, long-lasting tan head. Smoked wood, cedar, coffee, and toast on the aroma. The taste followed with a creamy milk chocolate opening that gave way to a gentle smoke and more bitter notes - char, coffee, toast. My favorite aspect is the light, creamy feel for such a big beer. Only a gentle warming on the finish gives it away. Delicious.

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Photo of kvgomps
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of coz
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2016 batch from a bottle. Pours nearly black with a fluffy head. Smoke flavor is very subdued - lots of coffee and chocolate notes, although neither were used to brew this beer. Feel is super creamy. This is how you do a Baltic Porter. Well done.

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4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mattybuchs
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of arlingtonjoe
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MakeBeerGreatAgain
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of heerboth
3.81/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of professorchow
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark, almost inky, with modest head. Smells of smoke, coffee, chocolate. Taste is similar. The smoke is far from overpowering, but is a presence, making what would already be a pleasant porter much more interesting. You get no idea--none--how much alcohol there is in this. Mouthfeel is smooth as can be. I'll almost always reach for a stout over a porter, but this porter is one I'd drink whenever (at best rarely, alas) it's available.

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Photo of xShoWTeKx
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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