Foundation Stout - Badger Hill Brewing Company

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Foundation StoutFoundation Stout

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BA SCORE
88
very good

18 Reviews
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Reviews: 18
Hads: 67
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 4.96%
Wants: 1
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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Badger Hill Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: doucmehu on 11-17-2012

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Reviews: 18 | Hads: 67
Reviews by drop6301:
Photo of drop6301
3.29/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Based on the other reviews I've seen, mine may have been over carbonated or some how I shook it up a bit when walking from the fridge to the table.

Appearance: Dark brown to black beer resides under a large bubbled light-tan head. This beer poured lots of foam right away.

Smell: This smelled of roasty chocolate with some dark fruit hints. American hops aroma layered in there, which came out a lot more when it warmed up more.

Taste: Roasted malt-chocolate-dark fruit at first. Coffee came out then turned more to burnt coffee mingling with some roasted malt astringency, a little too much possibly for the style. The american hops is ever-presently layered in throughout the beer nicely.

Mouthfeel: This had a foamy, not creamy, effect in my mouth making it difficult to enjoy. Body seemed medium, but again hard to tell with the carbonation. I

Overall: Appearance and smell made my mouth water. Tasting initially was good, but with warming a burnt coffee taste came forward and started ruining what was off to a good start. I have a feeling I may have just gotten an over carbonated batch or bad travel conditions. I will need to try again to reevaluate. (1,165 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of ZAP
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think this is an outstanding stout...maybe the best regular stout in the state....I like a sweeter stout and this has that....milk chocolate, and coffee roast but more like coffee with a lot of creamer in it....touches of caramel as well....

Love this beer....creamy texture.....ABV is much steeper than I would have imagined at 6.3%...it certainly doesn't drink like a 4.5% Guinness (or taste anything like that which is a good thing in my opinion), but I would have guessed more of a 5 or 5.5 ABV....

Aroma has more coffee notes while the taste adds the creamer and caramel to the mix....both have a sweeter chocolate impression..

Well done Badger Hill...it takes a lot to get me excited and tell people to try a beer these days but this is one of them. (760 characters)

Photo of DaftPatrick
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Roasty nose with chocolate and coffee.
Black, brilliant, tan head, very lively, took half an hour to settle down.
Creamy, chocolate, coffee-espresso, lingering coffee aftertaste, lingering roast flavor.
On tap it had medium full body with medium low carbonation. In the bottle the carbonation was high. (303 characters)

Photo of IchLiebeBierZu
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Shawner
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tempest
3.23/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a single at Princeton's Liquor. Poured black with a tall tan head. There's a pleasant bitter mix of cocoa and coffee grounds but the aroma is off. Instead of that tasty black grain mix, this beer smells like a dirty tap line. That's a damn shame, the underlying stout shows a lot of promise, but its going sour. (321 characters)

Photo of kristenrae8
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of morimech
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black color with a massive head that had excellant retention. The head settles to a thick cap after a long time. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass. Impressive looking stout.

Malty aroma of roast, mocha, and a hint of smoke. Some grassy and earthy hops as well. Seems to be some yeast aromas sneaking in. Slightly spicey.

The yeast that I thought I could smell, really show up in the flavor. Has an underlying Belgian quality to it. Could swear this had some spice like cardamon was added. Almost like they took a page from the Lift Bridge recipe book. Good malty flavor with notes of mocha and caramel. Moderate bitterness with some earthy and pine hop flavor. Not the cleanest overall flavor, but I like it.

Medium to full bodied. Well paired carbonation gives a nice silky texture.

Badger Hill's most impressive beer. Plenty of character with its quirks and all. (890 characters)

Photo of jds16
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of ddavison
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of TooGood
3/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of bigbeers84
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of MN_Beerticker
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of MNAle
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a pilsener glass. Approx. 60⁰ F. Pours a black color with a nice brown toward tan head. Moderate carbonation. Bubbly lacing. Head fades within 7-8 minutes. Smell is predominately roasted, perhaps coffee, which remains after the first taste. Smooth mouth feel, almost creamy. Hop bitterness comes through in the middle and remains in the aftertaste. I'm no expert on what stouts are "supposed" to taste like, but I like this beer a lot. (461 characters)

Photo of Bilco
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of boogieman
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Spotted this one on the shelf and bought it on a whim to try it. Very decent price compared to other similar stouts. Was a little colder than room temperature when I drank it. Pours a fairly black thick-looking color and dark khaki head that dissipates slowly over several minutes. Smells like dried fruit, chocolate, coffee, and a little bit of hoppiness. Starts out with a sweet hoppy fruity chocolate taste. Hoppy "mid-flavor" that strengthens and adds strong tones of coffee. Some lingering aftertaste, not as much as I'd like. Creamy mouthfeel, although it has too much carbonation in my opinion. Definitely a good beer. (634 characters)

Photo of minneapolitanjim
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of SpanishUnicorn
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AnitaBrewski
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of krl2112
1.75/5  rDev -56.6%

Photo of jcparish88
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of SweetwaterTuonker
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sparx1100
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of doucmehu
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle.

A: Pretty standard stout fare, deep murky brown with a moderate mocha head.

S: Nice roasted malt and baking chocolate presence, some mild musty earthy hops.

T: Roasted malts dominate throughout without being burnt or acrid tasting, and a bit of smokiness. Bitter chocolate and hints of caramel and toffee sweetness in the finish. Adequate musty hop bitterness helps to round out the finish.

M: This is what really shines for me and my friends. For a single stout, this one has a nice full body and silky mouthfeel with proper carbonation. This is what I expect from a solid stout.

O: Reminds me of a top notch porter as much as a stout. The description describes an English and Irish influence, but this seems pretty straightforward American craft, and fairly well done at that. (801 characters)

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Foundation Stout from Badger Hill Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.