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Foster - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

142 Ratings
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Ratings: 142
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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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

lovindahops, Mar 03, 2013
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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.

oline73, Feb 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

CypherEnigma, Feb 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Shilt, Feb 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

unclejazz, Feb 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

cameron_chapman, Feb 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

oldp0rt, Jan 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

bahnfire, Jan 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

vtbeerandbud, Jan 24, 2013
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4.35/5  rDev +5.1%

750 mL growler paired with original Nintendo and a wife.

The beer is a deep, dark shade of brown nearing black. The head is wet sand hued, standing in at nearly two inches tall and plastering the tulip glass with sticky lacing.

The aroma offers pine, hops, roast, chocolate.

So fresh and flavorful. While I'm not normally a huge fan of black IPAs, this one is delicious. Hop forward, yet well balanced, offering chocolate, bready malts and lingering resinous pine.

Medium bodied and smooth on the palate. Lightly bitter for the style with an elegant roast character.

While Hill Farmstead Jimmy is undoubtedly my favorite black IPA (though barrel aging certainly plays a role in this instance), Foster stands in second. A great example of the style.

Huhzubendah, Jan 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

starrdogg, Jan 24, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -33.6%

phishbone23, Jan 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

nanobrew, Jan 21, 2013
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4.18/5  rDev +1%

A-dark brown black color with a light tan head and good lacing

S-dark malt, pine, hints of citrus and coffee

T-dark roasted malt, coffee, pine , citrus , nice bitter hoppy finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-a solid black ale with good balance, easy drinking

MDDMD, Jan 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

AdamP, Jan 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Quackus, Jan 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

ahwahoo2006, Jan 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

jderosia603, Jan 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

mklisz, Jan 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

spycow, Jan 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

seeswo, Jan 13, 2013
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Jspriest, Jan 12, 2013
Foster from Hill Farmstead Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.