Foster - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Foster
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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: 27
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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Photo of oline73
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of CypherEnigma
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Shilt
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of unclejazz
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of cameron_chapman
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of bahnfire
4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of starrdogg
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of phishbone23
2.75/5  rDev -33.6%

Photo of nanobrew
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of MDDMD
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of AdamP
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of MasterCraft
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 750ml growler, though I've had this on tap.

Pours black with a nice light brown head

Nose is fruity, tropical hops followed by a little pine, coffee, chocolate, toffee. Very very nice.

Taste is assertively bitter, robust dark malts combine nicely with a hop bite. Coffee, chocolate, orange peel, pine, bread dough. Don't remember the bread dough from having this at bars, but I keep tasting it now.

Mouthfeel is nice, medium bodied, typical of style and nothing to complain about.

By far the best black IPA I've had, and the only one that has made any sense to me. While the flavor profile still looks out of whack on paper, it makes a delicious beer, and one of my favorite semi-regular offerings from HF

Foster from Hill Farmstead Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.