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Fear And Trembling | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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4.22/5
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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:
#1,194
Reviews:
76
Ratings:
430
pDev:
8.06%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of Jeffo
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from Rutager in a summertime box. You spoil me man. Cheers!

From a 50cl bottle into a snifter
20.3 Plato

APPEARANCE: A clear, dark brown pour yields a one finger, medium looking, light tan head with good retention. Head fades to a good full wisp and frothy ring. Black body with lower levels of carbonation evident. A splotchy wisp remains leaving some falling dots of lace down the glass.

SMELL: Roasted notes, smoked malts, dark chocolate and hints of coffee as well. Smoked malts are meaty but not overpowering, letting the chocolate and light cream notes play a roll as well. Nicely balanced.

TASTE: Roasted and smoked malts up front with caramel and dark, bitter chocolate at the swallow. Big and bold aftertaste of smoky, roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate, bitter espresso with hints of sweet cream and caramel. Very flavorful and interesting, as well as showing solid balance with the smoked elements.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Very creamy on the palate, velvety smooth, goes down and finishes slightly sticky. A touch light for the style and ABV, but very, very velvety smooth.

OVERALL: Another excellent porter from HF. Complex and interesting, with appreciated constraint with the use of the smoked malts here, too much of which can be off-putting. We had the three barrel aged versions a while back and those were outstanding as well. Finally nice to try the base beer as well. Fantastic stuff Rutager. Thanks again!

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of MarcWP
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage. Exactly one year old. Poured into Russian River glass.


Pours pitch black with little light coming through on the edges. Small, compact dark khaki colored head that lingers for a bit.


Aroma is major dark chocolate forward with campfire, coffee pot, and faint s'mores that rounds off the nose beautifully.


On the palate you get all that campfire, melted chocolate, coffee, toasted graham cracker, and sweetness almost like it was coming from lactose sugars. Perfect interpretation of the nose. And a lot more complex flavor than many other Baltic porters I've had.


The mouthfeel on this is what really showcases the mastery at HF. Definitely a heavier side of medium mouthfeel with an incredible silkiness that carries the flavor well over into the aftertaste. Perfect carbonation with a prickly pickup at the end that contradicts the silkiness but makes the pair harmonious in its affect.


Overall a great beer. I'll be honest, I've never been a big fan of Baltic porters and haven't had more than maybe 6 to 8 beers in the style. But this will stand out in my memory as one that expressed great balance and an incredible mouthfeel. Maybe the year of age on it toned down the typical roasty, smokey characteristics of Baltics and brought out an underlying sweetness that played well with the other nuances. Baltics by nature (at least the ones I've tried) are really dry. This had a milky sweetness that made it more enjoyable for me.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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

big thanks to franklinn for the assist on this one. enjoyed from a hf taster wine glass.

a - brew poured an attractive lush black with a finger and a half greyish tan head that had solid staying power. as i sipped the beer nice chunky streaks of lacing were left in the wake.

s - nose is quite smokey...almost peaty, but not in a bad sense. char rounds it out keeping the campfire, but extinguishing most of the grease.

t - taste is quite incredible. i'm not a huge smoke beer fan, but don't mind smokey beers and this one is really nice. some chocolate and roast behind the char and smoke.

m - all hill farmstead beers seem to have an amazing feel. drinks really easily and is simply smooth and refreshing.

o - overall i dug this beer more than the barrel treatments i had a while back. really enjoyable baltic porter.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.77/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.

Bottled 1/2013.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, smoke, and cocoa aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and smoke flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice smoke presence that is slightly better in the aroma.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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Fear And Trembling from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 430 ratings
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