Foundation Stout | Badger Hill Brewing Company

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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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Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 91
Photo of zeff80
3.99/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
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?

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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.

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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.

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Photo of maximum12
3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single 12 oz. bottle recently. Badger Hill has been making pretty good but not great beers, so hoping one of their efforts really comes on. This one? Lessee.

Pours is black, or close enough to be technical, with minimal carbonation. Nose has enough roast that there's another beer out there missing its roast, along with a shot of sweet milkiness. Smells like morning coffee. Which I like the smell of, but not the taste. So...

Foundation Stout is a roast virtuoso. Tons of roast flow from the nose into the mouth (though not directly I hope), dominating the experience. Quite a hop bite in the middle, enlivening the beer, pepping me up. too. Mild chocolate that's quiet enough to be half-imagined. Nice & creamy, but heavy for a low-ABV stout though, I'm getting full from just a few ounces.

Badger Hill has been inconsistent for me, one good, one not-so-good, to date. If they keep this one consistent, it might be the best beer in their stable. Not a category warper, but a good, soild stout.

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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 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 jera1350
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
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 MattyG85
4.41/5  rDev +9.4%
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 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.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 12 ounce can into a nonic ten ounce glass.

Starts off excellently with a beautiful appearance. Black body with some amber hues. Got all the froth and lace I want from a stout.

Pulling aromas of black licorice, raisin and roasted malt from the nose and some dark bread. I likey. Even a bit smokey and that's just fine.

Nose was honest with me. Tastes exactly how the nose told me it should. Hints of smoke, raisin, dark licorice and rye bread. Dark chocolate begins to emerge as I drink away at this.

Drinks pretty well too. Light in body and smooth, but with a gentle roast and touch of carbonation to offer some presence.

A nice easy drinker with some rich flavors. Good stuff.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Foundation stout pours a black color with a small lacing head. Big bold bitter and black licorice aroma. Taste is also very big with a bitter licorice flavor. Nice body and strong flavors. Overall, its a very bold stout.

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Photo of bsp77
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
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 Mdog
3.99/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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!

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Photo of doucmehu
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a single into a Bad Weather snifter.

A: dark mahogany, 1 finger khaki head.
S: roasted even charred coffee beans, licorice, earthy
T: follows nose, nice mild bitterness on the end.
M: low carbonation, not too thick, not too thin.

Overall: Nice surprise.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Bravak
4.7/5  rDev +16.6%

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 chicksdiggit
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
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 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.

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Foundation Stout from Badger Hill Brewing Company
4.03 out of 5 based on 91 ratings.
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