Foundation Stout | Badger Hill Brewing Company

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Foundation StoutFoundation Stout

Brewed by:
Badger Hill Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by doucmehu on 11-17-2012

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Ratings: 93 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of Dragon14Breath
5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Daddy really digs the Beer

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Photo of Bravak
4.7/5  rDev +23%

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.

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Photo of Eric_Laine
4.68/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very drinkable stout

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Photo of Tango_Yankee
4.65/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great smooth taste. It's best from the nitro tap at the brewery.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.52/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

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Photo of boogieman
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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.

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Photo of JstrawSavage
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nitro on Tap, fantastic...dark malty chocolate good finish

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Photo of ZAP
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
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 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 takes a lot to get me excited and tell people to try a beer these days but this is one of them.

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Photo of MonkeyPilates
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of Ilafan
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MattyG85
4.41/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours jet black. Moderate amount of bubbles and a solid finger of tan head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A roasty and toasty dark malt driven aroma with a scent of chocolate, coffee, and toast. Dark roasted malt with a scent of chocolate, coffee, toast, biscuit, smoke, oats, caramel, toffee, and nuts with yeast. Sweet hints of vanilla and brown sugar. Good hints of earthy hops. A pretty good roasty aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a roasty and toasty dark malt driven taste with notes of chocolate, coffee, and toast. Dark roasted malt with notes of chocolate, coffee, toast, smoke, biscuit, grains, oats, caramel, toffee, and nuts along with some yeast. Some notes of vanilla and brown sugar sweetness. Slight undertones of anise. Some earthy hop bitterness as well. A very solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, silky, and very smooth.

Overall: A very good take on an American style Stout. Big roast flavors with a moderate smooth body.

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Photo of Cramerican
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dmadsen
4.31/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chicksdiggit
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured center from 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Dark brown color with two fingers of mocha colored head of fine to moderate sized bubbles. Thick retention, thin but sticky lacing. Sporadic slowly rising bubbles around the outside edge of the glass, but most seems to be emanating from the center.

S: Malty aroma with wheat bread grain and a touch of baking cocoa.

T: Malt forward body with baking cocoa, wheat bread, banana bread, a pinch of brown sugar. Lemon and lime citrus hop finish.

F: Zippy on the tongue initially but thick on the palate after. Still easy to drink and the 6.3% doesn't detract from drinkability.

O: Love malt forward beers and this works for me. Good stuff.

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Photo of bsp77
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sweet aroma of chocolate, caramel, cream and coffee. Taste is similar but with some spicy, floral and slightly citrusy hops to balance. Extremely silky and smooth with a mostly dry finish. Carbonation is kept in check, which works for this beer. Drinks like a 4% Stout but is flavorful like a 7% Stout. Great stuff.

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Photo of MNAle
4.28/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of sacrelicio
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of ta_hagen
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ovaltine
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of B-Stad
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SortaAmbivalent
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nmann08
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of morimech
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of RichH55
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Metalsnota
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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Foundation Stout from Badger Hill Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 93 ratings
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