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Foundation Stout - Badger Hill Brewing Company

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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.97%
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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Photo of Bravak
4.7/5  rDev +27%

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 KarlHungus
4.53/5  rDev +22.4%
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 boogieman
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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.

boogieman, Oct 23, 2014
Photo of capuchinpilates
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

capuchinpilates, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of MNAle
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

MNAle, Oct 14, 2014
Photo of sacrelicio
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

sacrelicio, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of morimech
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
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 doucmehu
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


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 pat61
4/5  rDev +8.1%

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 +8.1%

IchLiebeBierZu, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of kristenrae8
4/5  rDev +8.1%

kristenrae8, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of ddavison
4/5  rDev +8.1%

ddavison, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of minneapolitanjim
4/5  rDev +8.1%

minneapolitanjim, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of jcparish88
4/5  rDev +8.1%

jcparish88, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of Scotchboy
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An awesome little diamond-in-the-rough sent to me by Aaron (thanks man!) poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. Love reviewing these smaller breweries that he sends me...

A: Dark brown pour with red highlights showing at the stem of the glass. Light tan head has some small bubbles and recedes pretty quickly but does leave a little lace.

S: Hearty nose of roasted malt with hints of licorice and molasses...maybe some dark chocolate as well as some nuttiness. Hints of an earthy hop profile too.

T: More roast, chocolate, coffee emerges on the palate...with hints of smoke and burnt malt. Burnt caramel? Bitterness on the finish.

MF: Pretty creamy medium body with some viscous notes. Feels like lighter carbonation with some lingering burnt and/or hop bitterness.

O: A really decent standard stout from a smaller brewery - the perfect beer to lure patrons inside during a blustery winter day. Tasty stuff!

Scotchboy, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of zeff80
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
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 Mdog
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black, good head but low retention.

Smell: Interesting coffee and smoke, bit of dirt.

Taste: Nice roasted coffee flavor, not too bitter.

Mouthfeel: Moderate feel, not too heavy.

Picked up a single to try of this stout. It's a pretty solid beer, interesting smoke notes in the aroma that don't really come through in the taste. Tastes pretty standard for a stout, coffee flavored but not too intense.

Mdog, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of garymuchow
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
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
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Solid black, with a tight tanned head of foam.

Mild aroma of roasted coffee and cocoa. Lightly bitter, with a dot of sweetness in the middle. Very nice.

Taste: Bittersweet describes the first hit on the tongue and down the throat. A little bit of complexity in the malt, as it slides down, then softly fades back, leaving hoppy traces in the wake. A little creamy, slightly milky. Smooth, yes, but still interesting, memorable, rewarding, while being an exemplary drinkable stout. Clean, while complex and invigorating. Full-bodied, rich and tasty.

Hops really stick out in this, even though it's only 45 IBU. I'd love this much bitterness in a pale ale or IPA, but I'm liking it less and less in maltier beers. Is my palate changing? My taste?

feloniousmonk, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of jera1350
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Dark chocolate brown colored with a crystally light brown head of foam that is left clinging to the glass.

Nice variety of scents. Malty, hoppy, chocolate, cream, star anise.

Very nice flavor going on. Bittersweet chocolate, cocoa, roasted malts, piney, grapefruit bitterness. The grapefruit really lingers after the finish. Has to be the hoppiest american stout I've had. Has a hint of underlying black licorice in there also.

Feels quite a bit thinner than the 6.3%. The carbonation is soft, but feels a thin also with that weak body.

This is a really hoppy stout that drinks very easily. This could easily fall in the black ipa category. Could be a dangerous one at over six percent because it does not feel and taste like one. The hops are actually quite incredible in this. The only thing lacking here is the body, otherwise a wonderful brewski.

jera1350, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of AnitaBrewski
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

AnitaBrewski, Aug 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

sparx1100, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of koes0024
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

koes0024, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of josephwa
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

josephwa, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of carlmoberg
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

carlmoberg, Aug 04, 2014
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Foundation Stout from Badger Hill Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.