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Foundation Stout - Badger Hill Brewing Company

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49 Ratings
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.28%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Badger Hill Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: doucmehu on 11-17-2012)
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Ratings: 49 | Reviews: 15 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by tempest:
Photo of tempest
3.29/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

tempest, Nov 29, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

pat61, Sep 18, 2014
Photo of IchLiebeBierZu
4/5  rDev +8.4%

IchLiebeBierZu, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of kristenrae8
4/5  rDev +8.4%

kristenrae8, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of morimech
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

morimech, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of jds16
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

jds16, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of ddavison
4/5  rDev +8.4%

ddavison, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of TooGood
3/5  rDev -18.7%

TooGood, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of bigbeers84
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

bigbeers84, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of MN_Beerticker
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

MN_Beerticker, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of MNAle
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

MNAle, Oct 14, 2014
Photo of drop6301
3.24/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

drop6301, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of Bilco
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Bilco, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of minneapolitanjim
4/5  rDev +8.4%

minneapolitanjim, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of AnitaBrewski
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

AnitaBrewski, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of krl2112
1.75/5  rDev -52.6%

krl2112, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of jcparish88
4/5  rDev +8.4%

jcparish88, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of sparx1100
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

sparx1100, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of doucmehu
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

doucmehu, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of KarlHungus
4.53/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a near black color. The head is half an inch of light tan foam that recedes quickly into a small cal of lacing. The aroma is quite bold for a beer of this size. There is a lot of roasted malt, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and hints of graham cracker and licorice. The taste is similarly bold. It has everything the aroma does with a moderate bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a chewy texture, and appropriately light carbonation. The mouthfeel of this beer is truly excellent. Overall, this is one of the better regular stouts I've tasted in a long time. I will certainly drink this beer again.

KarlHungus, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of koes0024
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

koes0024, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of Bravak
4.7/5  rDev +27.4%

Had nice sample at Lucid Brewing tour (where Badger Hill also brews). Fresh stout bottled the previous day.

A-Dark chocolate, medium carbonation with thick, off-white solid head that stayed in place throughout.

S- Subtle but present dark roast (like a teasing of fresh roast coffee). Dark chocolate and pleasant hints of burnt caramel. Stout like for sure. Hint of hops?

T - Wow. Just an incredible blend of roast, dark sweetness, like semi-bitter chocolate, yet smooth. Smooth isn't the right word, but I don't know how else to describe it. it's like you get all the flavors that a stout could be, but in a way that works awesome. Surprised at how dry the finish is.

M - I had to double check that it wasn't nitro. I isn't. Gentle medium mouth feel, almost like it was "whipped". I was told that oats are used - that would explain.

Overall - Outstanding. I don't know what else to say. This is a "real' stout with nothing adjunct a part of it (fruit, lactose, coffee, etc.). It does not drink like a 6.5% beer either. This has went to the top of six-pack type stouts on my list, only passed by the Speeway and Darkness type RIS that you can get.

Bravak, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of WolfsbaneBloom
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

WolfsbaneBloom, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of zeff80
3.99/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured an opaque, jet black color with a one finger, light brown head of foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of chocolate and roasted malt.

T - Good roasted malt flavor with dark chocolate and a touch of rolled oats.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a really good stout. Wish I had grabbed more while in Minnesota.

zeff80, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of garymuchow
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice coffee and roast aroma- bits of chocolate, not much hops to speak of. Appropriate and enjoyable.
Very dark body with biggish tan head.
Roastiness dries this beer out quite a bit and it lingers with a soft bittering. Flavor is pretty strait a copy of the aroma. Hop real hop flavor that I can detect.
Moderate body and bubbled on the south side of moderate.
Pretty uncomplicated. For my tastes could use a touch of sweetness to balance out the dryness - others may disagree. Nice having a everyday stout in these parts after Schell's dropped the one they have done for a few years. This one will fit that bill.

garymuchow, Dec 30, 2012
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Foundation Stout from Badger Hill Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.