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Foster - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

141 Ratings
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Ratings: 141
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 28
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Foster is our Black Wheat IPA…

(Beer added by: Jwale73 on 02-12-2011)
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TheRuss9585

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

11-17-2012 16:44:26 | More by TheRuss9585
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kingcrowing

Vermont

4/5  rDev -3.4%

On tap poured into a tulip.

Pours a dark black color with a small light lacing of light brown foam. Nose is sharp and hoppy, dark malts and coffee.

Taste is bitter and sharp, earthy hops and a coffee bitterness. Mouthfeel is rich and full with a dry roasty finish. Bright and tasty, works really well with seafood.

12-30-2011 23:37:29 | More by kingcrowing
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doremite

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

06-13-2013 20:21:42 | More by doremite
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SPRichard

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

05-11-2013 17:05:54 | More by SPRichard
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

12-17-2012 00:50:26 | More by acurtis
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Griffith

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -3.4%

01-20-2014 15:34:14 | More by Griffith
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -1%

On-tap at the Farm House in Burlington VT. A rye beer? It looked and smelled like a black IPA to me. There was a huge floral hop character in the aroma and flavor, with milder roasty, dark cocoa malt undertones. I loved the piney hops, but wish the malt could stand up a little more. I didn't notice any rye character, but it didnt matter. This is still a heck of a beer and something for hop heads.

01-13-2012 03:17:20 | More by tempest
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PeprSprYoFace

California

4.38/5  rDev +5.8%

Got a Growler of this in the Regional Growler BIF. Thanks baconsausage.

Pours a deep black with a very nice off white head. Nice lacing.

Aroma is awesome. So much hops and a nice roastyness. Smells great.

Taste wasn't as good as the aroma would suggest but still very good. With the roastyness it could use a bit of sweetness. But it's got a nice hop bitterness and bite.

Mouthfeel is dry and good carb. Could use a bit more maltiness.

Overall it's a great beer. My first from hillfarmstead. Can't wait for more.

03-26-2011 06:23:02 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +8%

Brewery filled 2 liter "genie" shaped swing-top growler into a couple of tulip glasses.

Pours black, with a ½ finger of silky looking mocha head. The flare-up on this is rich, dotting the sides with a ton of robust spotty swathes of lacing. The aroma is fresh, floral, and leafy smelling with some underlying bitter citric character. A blend of doughy, spicy rye, coffee, and sweet chocolate malts across the back of the nose really makes this smell delicious!

The taste is full of fresh hop flavor, with a lightly herbal citric bite and a moderate amount of leafy bitterness. This is just wonderfully balanced here by a flavorful backing of chocolate and caramel sweetness, dark roasted coffee, and then a dry spicy bite of rye in the back. The rye is really out there but isn't overdone but it definitely hangs the hardest in the finish, along with some lingering green hops. Very dry and spicy finish here. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a firm crispness that gives way to a silky creaminess that spreads out across the palate. No alcohol presence at all leaves this very easy drinking.

Man, I think I liked this even more than when I had it on draft. Mostly because I got to spend much more time with it here over several glasses. Yeah, I'd definitely say that this needs to be re-categorized as a Black Ale, as the rye isn't the driving force here but instead nicely compliments a very well done example of the style. The mix of citrus, chocolate, coffee, and rye here is just a delicious mix. This is another awesome effort from Hill Farmstead.

03-01-2011 20:32:34 | More by Kegatron
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mobius387

Florida

4/5  rDev -3.4%

12-06-2012 02:54:51 | More by mobius387
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innuendobrewskiman63

New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

07-26-2013 21:42:41 | More by innuendobrewskiman63
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TWStandley

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

12-24-2012 02:11:24 | More by TWStandley
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wesley14

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

12-19-2012 01:32:18 | More by wesley14
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

11-18-2012 22:20:22 | More by hoppymcgee
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rondufresne

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

01-11-2012 19:46:47 | More by rondufresne
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Draft serving into a pint glass for $6.50. BA and HF websites indicate 6.5% ABV while the beer menu I'm looking at says 6.3%. Also, between these 3 references, only BA says Rye Beer. Hill Farmstead's website doesn't mention rye in their description at all. Sampled 1/11/12.

A: Arrives with 1 1/2 fingers of compact foamy head. Light brown in color, great retention and great stick. The body is extremely dark brown and affords little opportunity to see through the glass. Lacing lays down in continuous sheets.

S: Absolutely bursting with dank pine resin goodness. Grass + orange and grapefruit zest supporting. There is a dark roasty underlying character in the background, made up mostly of wholesome and hearty bread aromas.

T: Big hop presence bites the tongue and provides a firm bitterness from the front of the palate through the finish. Bright orange and citrus punch through at the end. The roasted notes are present but they stay out of the way on the palate for the most part. The wheat in the malt bill adds a little spice.

M: Spot on. Fine fizzy bubbles graze the tongue. The crispy finish is elongated through lengthy flavor duration. Medium-dry.

O: Honestly, not a single mis-step here. Each characteristic of the beer is a half point away from being perfect in my mind - and I don't even know where improvements can be made.

01-12-2012 02:39:19 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.7/5  rDev +13.5%

Glad to have shared this with myself at my nightly tastings in my living room with my wife and my cat.

extremely hazy, and nealy opaque orange. A huge white pillow like frothy head on top did not want to fade, eventually it relented leaving behing a ton of white lace dripping down the glass.Hops Hops and more hops. The smell was just wonderful. Lots of citrus flavors, heavy hints at orange, pineapple and grapefruit with just the slightest hint at some sugar, very nice indeed. Wow is all I can say about that. The bitter hops hit you up close and personal and in a big way. Sweet orange flavors gave way to a nice bitter pineapple front. Small hint at the alcohol hear and a nice dry finish. Very smooth, like silk and very easy going down. Big full flavor and feel. Very nice indeed.

Overall this was awesome and definatly a winner

07-08-2011 01:55:43 | More by mikesgroove
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blackie

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

Draft at Blackback, Waterbury. Foster is black in color with a nice khaki head, depositing some good lacing on the glass. A balanced roasted and chocolate malt body with a low sugar presence and laid over with dense, dark pine hops and touches of acidic citrus rind. Oily and bitter. Moderate in body and dry to finish. Earthy. Enjoyable.

10-08-2013 03:42:36 | More by blackie
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Blanco

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.4%

01-15-2012 02:41:51 | More by Blanco
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rkcrozier

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -27.5%

12-03-2012 15:31:38 | More by rkcrozier
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%

A-Black, two finger brown/tan head with lacing.

S-Roasted malt, coffee with lots of hops.

T-Roasted malt, some burnt, good though, tad vanilla, ends with a nice bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation and a tad creamy.

O-Easily the best Black IPA I've had, great balance, nice bitterness, the flavors mesh well.

12-31-2012 17:27:15 | More by rlee1390
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cameron_chapman

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

02-07-2013 04:34:25 | More by cameron_chapman
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BGsWo22

New York

3/5  rDev -27.5%

06-26-2013 11:46:34 | More by BGsWo22
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oline73

Maryland

3.98/5  rDev -3.9%

Poured from the growler into a goblet.

Pours black with a finger of tan head that sticks around nicely. The smell is a bit strange with the dominant notes being chocolate and roasted malt. There is more roast and bitterness in the flavor than there was in the nose. There is a light bready undertone that backs up the roast. The finish is quite bitter. The carbonation is smooth with a dry finish.

This was a very different beer. The intense and refined flavors worked together, but I'm not sure I got it. Well made but not my favorite.

02-19-2013 00:41:14 | More by oline73
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Binger72

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

11-26-2012 16:16:39 | More by Binger72
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Foster from Hill Farmstead Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.