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

Photo of zeff80
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
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 XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
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 -15.4%
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 +4.7%

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 mattmarka1
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of iRun2Beer
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of maximum12
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
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 ovaltine
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 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.

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Photo of jera1350
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
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 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 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 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 Tucquan
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of AnitaBrewski
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of garymuchow
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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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 ONovoMexicano
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
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 Hopstout
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
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 Bilco
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Can_if_you_can
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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Foundation Stout from Badger Hill Brewing Company
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