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Foster - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

139 Ratings
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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.67%
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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jderosia603

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

01-16-2013 14:18:10 | More by jderosia603
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mklisz

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

01-15-2013 15:34:58 | More by mklisz
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spycow

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

01-13-2013 21:37:16 | More by spycow
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seeswo

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

01-13-2013 03:13:27 | More by seeswo
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xenjoiii

New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

01-12-2013 16:45:36 | More by xenjoiii
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cbeer88

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

01-12-2013 00:58:08 | More by cbeer88
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Jspriest

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

01-12-2013 00:12:09 | More by Jspriest
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MasterCraft

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
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

Serving type: growler

01-11-2013 05:40:55 | More by MasterCraft
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Auror

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

01-09-2013 05:45:24 | More by Auror
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Franch

New York

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

01-09-2013 00:21:13 | More by Franch
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rowingbrewer

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.6%

01-08-2013 22:41:38 | More by rowingbrewer
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cfrances33

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Prohibition Pig in Waterbury. Served in a nonic pint.

Pour: Dark black, splashy body, with a finger of khaki brown head. Head hangs around for most of the glass, and leaves some solid lacing.

Smell: Big bitter pine and some citrus up front, followed by a very enjoyable roasted aspect. Almost coffee like. Some light breadyness comes through.

Taste: More bitter pine up front, that gives way to a melding of roasted malts and citrusy hops. A light floral aspect. Some bitter chocolate, and a very nice fresh bready sweetness. Finishes bitter and roasty.

Mouthfeel: A very, very drinkable Black IPA. Goes down easy. Medium bodied.

Overall: Was really looking forward to trying this, and it did not disappoint.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2013 15:15:06 | More by cfrances33
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BeerCosmonaut

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

01-05-2013 04:48:07 | More by BeerCosmonaut
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: growler

12-31-2012 17:27:15 | More by rlee1390
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fdig23

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.6%

12-31-2012 16:44:46 | More by fdig23
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Schmuckles

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

12-31-2012 01:17:14 | More by Schmuckles
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Horbar

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

12-30-2012 03:09:04 | More by Horbar
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wildcats10

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

12-24-2012 03:55:12 | More by wildcats10
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TWStandley

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.6%

12-23-2012 22:59:02 | More by Massbmx
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UCLABrewN84

California

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to JealousChalice for sharing this one at mrbubbler's "end of the world" tasting.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild roasty and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some nice aromas and flavors.

Serving type: growler

12-23-2012 03:27:18 | More by UCLABrewN84
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SlickestWilly

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

12-23-2012 01:13:46 | More by SlickestWilly
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wesley14

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

12-17-2012 00:50:26 | More by acurtis
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler filled at the brewery yesterday. Poured into HF glass. This is my second time having this beer, first time was at Lord Hobo during Zwanze Day.

A- Pours an opaque dark black with with a finger and a half of mocha brown head that has great retention and slowly recedes to a thin creamy mocha brown head coating the glass in nice layered lacing. Nice consistent rising carbonation.

S- Pine, grapefruit, greeny hops, and roasted malts. Fairly aromatic and very well balanced.

T- Grapefruit, pine, greeny hops, roasted malts, a hint of chocolate and lightly bitter hops on the finish. Lingering aftertaste of greeny hops and chocolate. Extremely well balanced and definitely flavorful.

M- Medium bodied, nice carbonation, very smooth, and highly drinkable.

O- This beer was fantastic for a black ale and quite possibly the best non-barrel aged black ale that I've had. This definitely needs to be drank as fresh as possible, when I had it on tap at Lord Hobo it was good but definitely not as good. Overall this beer was extremely well balanced, very flavorful, and I can't see how this style could get that much better. I highly recommend it.

Serving type: growler

12-16-2012 22:16:57 | More by jaasen64
Foster from Hill Farmstead Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.