Forge | Foundation Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Foundation Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by NHbeerguy on 03-07-2015

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4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Photo of cbutova
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Canned 12/29/15; 3rd can out of the pack so far.

A- Can into a wine glass with a pitch black, yet not oily, body and a very tall light mocha tan cap reaching over two fingers with a fluffy, creamy consistency. Great head retention and lacing is plentiful with thick sheets.

S- Beefy roasted malts and a general decadent sweetness take the majority of the aroma but the hops are also fairly strong for the style. Milk chocolate bars, a touch of dark cocoa powder, dark roast coffee beans, fudge, deep and sweet caramel, toasted nuts and earthy hops.

T- The general balance is for the most part carried over from the aroma with chocolatey roast malts leading to sweet caramelized sugars and then hops. The chocolate balance for me shifts more towards dark bitter cocoa with some residual milk chocolate hints beyond it with the toasted nuttiness, coffee, toffee, raisin and hops. Those hops also gain some ground here with a distinct earthy and floral-citrus profile.

MF- Rich and thick bodied. The pour did not appear all that oily but on the palate it becomes so with a chewy creamy texture. Carbonation on the higher side which allows the hops and dark grains to play better together. Finishes with burnt malt and hopped bitterness, a moderate level.

I am becoming more fond of this beer with each and every sip. Boasting a massive body, rich chocolate flavors from charred grains and a fairly big hop kick the balance is the exemplary trait in Forge. Each sip ends leaving you wanting more. A very fine straight-up RIS.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep, dark and premierely roasty, the Foundation team gets back to basics and dusts off a time honored Russian imperial stout in true British fashion. Larger than life, the ominously dark beer is certainly not shy on complexity, power or richness.

Forge is pitch black with an onyx-like sheen. Its dense blanket of froth skirts the glass like milkshake and overtakes the nose with roasty expresso, savory dark chocolate and a host of burnt sugars. A back note of citrus and grassiness lurks in the recesses as its taste opens with toffee, molasses, brown sugar and those promises of chocolate and coffee.

Rolling onto the middle palate like roasted marshmallow, the beer's seared sweetness slowly relaxes while its espresso, bittersweet chocolates, black walnut and burnt toast properties continue to rise. Firmly bittered, the beer's hop bite trends from citrus and into an assertive bite that's most closely associated with dark roast coffee, bitter chocolate and walnut. Remaining grassy, its herbal finish is dusted lightly with fennel, peppercorn and dark fruit.

Full, lavish and creamy, the beer's velvety textures seem to trend malty dry and apply less weight or thickness on the finish than expected. Arid with char and campfire, the finish is medium long with rolling echoes of roasted sweetness on the back of the throat.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Second can from the ol MLK-weekend Portland trip. Cold and snow in April just shouldn't be a thing so a big stout it's gonna be. Dated 12/29/15.

A - 12oz can to Tree House glass. Pour is black and viscous of course with a good and healthy 2 fingers or so of tan head. A patchy cap+thick ring remain along with some lacy bits.

S - Pretty big roast leaning towards char with quite a nice potent fudgy chocolate presence as well. A decent piny+earthy hop kick and some licorice. Pretty good strength, nice sturdy RIS scent right hurr.

T - Follows the scent in a big roast+chocolate combo, but the balance and potency truly shine here. A bit heavier on the chocolate here which seems to smooth things out a bit, still feeling those hops as well, licorice and some raisin.

M - Really quite spectacular. Very smooth and chewy, nice carbonation level, bold but very drinkable for 10%. Great mix of roast+sweet malts and hop bitterness, satisfying ashy finish.

O - Straight-up no-adjunct RIS seems like a seldom-made style nowadays, and this one goes strong. For really just going down the big black malt+kinda hoppy stout path this is a decadent and very well put together, the feel+drinkability for sure being the highlight for me. I was kind of yearning for a bit more complexity but a flat-out RIS of this quality is something to appreciate, and this has me reminiscing about Old Rasputin, Ten Fidy, Founders Imperial Stout and the like.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a modest tan head that left some lace.
Roasted malt and chocolate aroma. A bit of coffee.
Taste follows the nose. Chocolate/cocoa, some coffee, a bit of char.
Smooth and easy to drink. Dangerous at 10% ABV.

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Photo of Jcorn
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mhbach97
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am partial to this style of beer and they have brewed a very nice one with Forge. I will look for it to have MORE. Dark look, nice head, great taste and with a swirl before swallowing there wasn't lots of after tastes to deal with that sometimes ruin a good beer for me. Well done.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.46/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into Spiegelau glass

A: deep rich black body with a small creamy off white head that settles to a small film. This beer is obsidian no light escaping the body.

S: get some bitter floral herbal hops, cocoa, anise, roasted malts, dark bakers chocolate

T: so rich and decadant like chocolate layered upon cocoa and roasted malted nuts the hops are there but they are lighter and really support the rich smoothness of this beer

M: nice full heavy body and creamy body really while its not quite chewy it is superb

O: This beer is astonishingly good, it has such an an amazing balance between crazy malty rich chocolate deacadence and the hops plane that field out without giving it a bitter overwhelming feel like Yeti. Or make this beer feel like a black IPA. The body is remarkable as well. Just well rounded full and creamy but not cloying or viscous

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Photo of Ben1313
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mmorris15
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bunuelian
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Blackback Pub, Waterbury, VT. This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a dark hazy burnt brown color with a bartender’s pour of a white little head. Light lacing after the head dissipated. The smell takes in some bitter to roasty sweet coffee beans. Light cocoa powder slides in. Light bitter citrus hops balance in underneath. The taste was mainly bitter and roasty. Coffee and cocoa are on top of the citrus hops. Light roasty cocoa /coffee aftertaste. Light roasty semi-sweet finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. Carbonation runs fairly light allowing a nice smoothness to hit. Overall, I say this was a pretty good RIS. Citrus seems controlled enough for creativity from the brewer but not go overboard. I’d have again.

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Photo of trevorpost
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dvmin98
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Uconnelmo
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of puboflyons
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From the 2017 16 oz. can that has a smudged canning date of November 2017. Sampled on November 23, 2017.

It has a jet black opaque pour with a modest mocha head that fades to a ring. Some lacing.

The aroma runs the gamut with roasted, burnt malts, chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, earthy hops,and a little alcohol.

The body is medium to full but so smooth and easy on the tongue.

It gets better as it warms not that it was bad in the first place. But I like how the chocolate, coffee, and oat characters seem to mellow as the session goes along. Roasted and burnt too. A bit more booze than in the aroma but warming at the end. Moderate bitterness.

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Photo of Peter1977
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of liquorpig
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rjp217
3.64/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Upfront bitterness from the hops. Needs some time in the can to age and smoothen out.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hockeypuck
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Davl22
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Steve_Tkachuk
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 12/29/15 "Putin your mouth" stamped with date, clever little owd to the Russians.

A: Inky pitch black, with real nice one finger mocha head that hangs around for a little while. Decent lacing.

S: I get some chocolate, roasted coffee beans and definitely hops towards the back end, which is a little different than the usual RIS. Very nice smelling stout. I find myself smelling it more that sipping it.

T: Taste mostly follows the smell. I don't get as much chocolate as I would like, lots of toasty malts, with a fair bit of bitter hoppy tang. A very nice imperial stout. The 10% abv is hiden pretty darn well, sneaky actually.

F: Huge for sure, pretty creamy with a kiss of heat. Some lingering bitterness that hangs around a touch too long.

O: A solid Russian Iperial Stout ! With a couple tweaks, it definitely could be a serious competitor.
It may also benefit with age. This was in my fridge for like 1 and half months. I just couldn't wait anymore :-) I Would without question, get more of this. And have a few aged at like 3 and 6 months. Well done Foundation! I hope to grab some more before winter is over.

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Photo of SveNss0N
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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