Fear And Trembling | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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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
Ratings:
422
Reviews:
73
Avg:
4.25
pDev:
8%
 
 
Wants:
104
Gots:
65
For Trade:
8
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Ratings: 422 |  Reviews: 73
Photo of missings0n
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of hopley
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of trafficassassin
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of scotv
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tregan_20
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheDoctor
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Service: Bottle
Bottled on: Oct-28-2015


A:
Pours a ruby-tinged jet black, impenetrable. Three big fingers of tan foam-mattress that slowly eases to a healthy film. Good retention; lots of droopy lacing. (4.25)

S:
Rich, toasty coffee and cream, brown sugar, toasted wood, dark fruits, toffee, coffee grounds caramelized wood (?). As it warms the light campfire smell becomes more robust—not to sausage proportions, though, and a slight roast astringency tweaks your nose. (4.25)

T:
Soft sweet beer with a malty wave at the end. Dark berries, baker's chocolate, roasty malts, smoky body—almost peaty, slight char in the finish. (4.25)

M:
Smooth, full-bodied, light carbonation, a bit astringent, lingering peaty finish. (4.25)

O:
Tasty, interesting, well-made beer. It is different, but not in a weird way.
The smoke and the sweet roastiness seem like a really natural fit. Neither takes over completely, but it is definitely a big, flavorful beer. The sweetness is well balanced by the smoke, and it really opens up as it warms. Taste was not as complex as the nose lets on, but very good nonetheless. Would have again; worth trying. (4.25)

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Photo of bkwhoppa66
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of elvisdoc
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dicers
3.79/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mattreitz49
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Marius
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Warpigs, pre-CBC. Dark, with a beige head. Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, cherries. Medium bodied.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Shogun250
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zaximus
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark. Small foamy head with really nice lacing.

The smell on this is off the charts. It's so smokey. Smells like smoked almonds. It's fairly overwhelming.

The taste doesn't quite follow. I don't get much of the smoke but a lot of roasted malt. It's sweet too. Almost too much so. Still, the flavors are vivid. The mouthfeel is rich and creamy.

I've really been impressed with HF's porters. Maybe more so than even their IPAs.

This is pretty delicious and easily drinkable.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. Dark brown color with creamy tan head. Dark malt, caramel, some boozy sweetness. Taste has also dark malt, roasty and a bit astringent, even a bit ashy on the aftertaste. Full bodied, soft carbonation. Quite good for the style.

On tap. Dark brown color with brownish head. Aroma has sweet coffee and roasted malts. Taste follows with the same flavors plus some earthy hops. Medium body and carbonation. Well made beer but it's not a style I enjoy very much. Rating: 3.75/5

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Photo of fosters9
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MarkJC1018
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of masterofsparks
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dvmin98
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BravoDawg_WS
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of benzalman
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle tonight at the tasting at SteveOJ's.. Pours dark mahogany brown with red highlights when held to a light.. meaty smoky notes on the nose translate perfectly to the palate... beef jerky and peat smoky notes.. umami is the name of the game here.... Painfully average, nothing new here.

All 3.5

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Photo of unclejazz
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Bizon
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fear And Trembling from Hill Farmstead Brewery
4.25 out of 5 based on 422 ratings.
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