Stouts are not just for winter drinking anymore. There are plenty of drinkable, sessionable stouts that almost qualify as “lawnmower” beers. In my opinion Badger Hill’s Foundation Stout fits the summer bill for craft beer stout drinkers.
This beer pours inky black with a decent foamy soft brown head. A noticeable coffee aroma pleasantly passes my nose as I pass my glass under it. The first sip gives off bitter coffee tones with a hint of chocolate. It reminds me of my favorite mocha lattes. Where the difference really lies in this beer from other stouts is in the feel. Most stouts come off with a heavy mouth feel, this beer has a light-medium mouth feel, and had amble bubbly carbonation. This stout also doesn’t leave the heaviest of after tastes. And has a lingering coffee bitterness with a hint of a sharp citrus hoppiness. As the beer warms up the beer takes on a slightly heavier chocolaty tone, as well as a more fruity ale like flavors.
Overall this is a solid beer, and will be a staple in my beer fridge since I first drank. I give this a **1/2 Rating (Excellent).
So fear not stout and porter lovers, while winter is still a few months away, there are plenty of great stouts to fit the season. So grab the lawnmower, get some yard work and done, and finish off the day with a well deserved Foundation Stout by Badger Hill!