Foreign Style Stout - Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
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Reviews by tone77:
3.74/5 rDev +3.6%
Thanks again to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts, some coffee. Taste s slightly sweet, chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, a hint of hops. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.
02-14-2013 00:49:05 | More by tone77
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3.93/5 rDev +8.9%
From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #65 (June 2012):
Very luscious and damn tasty. The balance is there, you just have to see the beer through. Just because a Stout does not have a port-like level of alcohol and 100-plus IBUs does not mean it can’t make some noise. This beer makes us happy.
LOOK: Black, opaque, beautiful lacing
SMELL: Sweet, mocha, soft char, burnt sugar, roasted grain
TASTE: Silky smooth, creamy body, sweetness up front, coffee, unsweetened chocolate, brown malt, soft charcoal, burnt raisins, black currants, faint licorice root, drying sooty finish
11-27-2013 18:17:38 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.35/5 rDev -7.2%
12oz can. Pours a dark brown black with a thin tan head that quickly goes to a thin collar.
The aroma is roasted chocolate malts and a little coffee and bready yeast.
The flavor is sweet chocolate malts, dark fruit, black licorice and dry roast bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and watery.
Overall, a nice dry stout - one of Upslope's better beers.
05-04-2012 02:36:06 | More by Beaver13
3.71/5 rDev +2.8%
First half of a shared can into an 8 oz. chalice.
Slurps alternating with mouthfuls of a poorly done Chicago-style pizza.
Appearance: Nearly opaque, deep, deep brown. Beautiful, creamy-looking head fades over ~2 minutes, leaving a murky rim of off-white ~0.1 mm bubbles.
Smell: Toffee on freshly baked, hearty bread, with pressure-brewed coffee coming up on the other side of the kitchen. Subtle, but welcoming and complex, like familial idiosyncrasies. These subtleties beg from calm enjoyment and immediate reflection, however.
Taste: Initial flavor of milky espresso fades to a mildly sweet, woody dryness. Dryness persists, leaving a bitter aftertaste. Swishes nearly renew the flavor cycle.
Mouthfeel: In the same way as the flavor does, creaminess fades to desiccation. After a swish, the decay of that pleasant initial touch is faster than the flavor decay.
My take: Another great showing by Upslope. I would love to try this beer on nitro; a hardy head seems important to the conveyance of the flavor and mouthfeel of this beer. I look forward to a less bready accompaniment to this beer. A mild cheese (bad provolone? good mozzarella?) would go well with this, as would low-garlic hummus.
01-25-2013 03:19:39 | More by wlevando
3.1/5 rDev -14.1%
Thanks to angelmonster for this one.
A: Pours a dark brown color with a small tan head that reduces quickly, leaving a thin ring on top. No lacing at all.
S: Not a whole lot going on. Some roasted malt and a little bit of chocolate.
T: Similar to the aroma, mostly roasted malt with a little bit of chocolate. There is a hint of caramel in there, slightly sweet.
M: Light to medium bodied. Seemed a tad thin.
O: A decent stout. Surprisingly thin for 6.9%. Nothing wrong with it, just didn't really do it for me.
03-27-2012 03:04:58 | More by mdaschaf
4.18/5 rDev +15.8%
The stout pours a dark brown/black with an off white head.
The aroma is of semi-sweet chocolate, light smoke, and coffee roast.
Taste is similar; semi-sweet chocolate coffee roast, with a slight earthy smokiness, all being finished up by a drying yeast and hop finish.
Mouthfeel is medium which makes this 6.9% beer highly drinkable and pretty sessionable.
01-28-2012 20:00:46 | More by kkrez
3.81/5 rDev +5.5%
Dark brown, letting a fair amount of light pass around the edges. The head and carbonation looked very active.
Some nice aromas coming through. Sarsaparilla, light chocolate, and char. I'm also picking up a faint smoke.
I know this beer has no mention of being smoked, but I'll be damned if I'm not picking up campfire in mine. The roast comes through heavily in the flavor.
Body is thin and carbonation is higher than I prefer in a stout, but somehow seems to fit this one.
It's not a knock-your-socks off stout, but is definitely a user-friendly stout and very drinkable. It comes with a robust flavor but isn't a big boozy carbohydrate packed stout (that I enjoy very much.) I respect that.
05-08-2014 02:36:58 | More by Vonerichs
2.9/5 rDev -19.7%
12 fl oz can served in a snifter, reviewed live:
A - Pours a deep, nearly black/brown color with 2 fingers of creamy chocolate head. Retention is average at best. Mostly appealing.
S - Roasted barley, light roast coffee, light cream and a bit of yeast. It's mild to moderate in strength, and seems a bit standard, though it's not unappealing.
T - Muted roast and chocolate. The cream is the most dominant note, and I'm not sure why. A bit of tart fruit comes through on the climax. The roast character and really, the flavor overall, is entirely too mild and balanced way too heavily in favor of the cream.
M - The mouthfeel, however, is nearly perfect. Full bodied, creamy and silky smooth.
D - It's an average stout at best. The flavors are just too muted and simple.
02-17-2012 02:29:32 | More by blakelive784
3.88/5 rDev +7.5%
Pours a extremely dark roasted coffee bean brown color with a small creamy egg shell head that recedes almost immediately; almost nitro-esque.
Aromas begin with some roasted espresso malts, some dark bitter cocoa and some burnt barley maltiness. It lacks the sweet and chocolate malt presence you get in some American/sweeter stouts which is a good thing fotr this style. There is some fruitiess that does emerge as is warms which is hopefully from some English yeast strain.
The tastes begin with some caramelized dark malts, hints of roast, and a bit of dark baker's chocolate. Some light fruity esters emerge but the flavor profile is quite English and clean lacking any abbrassive roasted malts; almost minerally profile.
The mouthfeel is on the heavier side of medium bodied with medium to low carbonation. Finish is clean and crisp which is important for this style but still has the dark roasted malt presence to know your enjoying a quality stout.
Overall this was a solid offering and example of an overlooked style in America. A more drinkable and flavorful version of the most popular example in the world Guinness Foreign extra stout and it's in a can, so I approve.
02-09-2013 19:53:31 | More by claspada
3.55/5 rDev -1.7%
Poured from a 12oz can into a Bruery Tulip
A: Pours pitch black with a very small head that dissipates incredibly quick
S: Sweet like a milk stout with some roasted coffee and chocolate notes. Seems like a nice aroma
T: A bit thin for my liking. Some sweetness like a milk stout coms through followed by roasted notes and some coffee and a slight chocolate. Bitterness from the hops also comes through strong. Something about the hops that Upslope uses is very unsettling. Never liked any of hop profiles on their offerings
M: Not nearly enough carbonation. Almost flat, but the beer still has a touch of creaminess which is nice.
O: A decent stout. Not roasty enough and too flat in my opinion.
01-18-2012 05:44:08 | More by DividedAvery
3.63/5 rDev +0.6%
Poured aggressively into pint glass and got a fingers worth of foam at the top which went away quick.
Decent dark malt notes on the nose.
Smooth mouthfeel, reminiscent of Lefthand's Nitro Milk Stout. But is darker, has more bite, is roasty and smokier with a touch of dark chocolate.
Recommend if you like your stouts on the less sweet and more smokier style.
I know this beer is selling like hotcakes in the Denver area. It didn't blow me away, but is a very solid and drinkable beer.
01-25-2012 02:55:52 | More by ucsbmullet
3.93/5 rDev +8.9%
From a 12 oz can into a diconic...
I've had an entire 6-pack of this over the last several days and it still stands up as a very solid stout that I will continue to seek out. My next task is to get over to the brewery and try it on tap.
A couple of other reviewers have already nailed the way I feel about this so I'm probably not going to be adding a lot here.
Opaque, nearly black with a dark beige head which is quite small and does not produce much lacing at all.
There is a nice nose of malty, roasted coffee.
Full bodied taste with a little bit of spice (no idea what is producing that). The alcohol content is just perfect for this
The feel is good with a nice alcoholic finish.
01-29-2012 00:29:41 | More by mastodonj
3.25/5 rDev -10%
Poured into a balloon glass.
The beer is an espresson bean black, with a cream colored head that recedes to nothing. No lacing.
The beer smells of black licorice.
The taste is of a russian imperial stout. It's got that oily, licorice taste, and not much else.
The mouthfeel is oily and dry.
Overall, just not fun. Not enough taste profiles, and way too heavy.
08-25-2012 23:09:38 | More by JuicesFlowing
3.83/5 rDev +6.1%
Poured into a pint glass. Very thin, tan head. Body poured thin with a nice pitch black appearance.
Aroma smelled pretty good. Nice chocolate and roast. Mild sweetness. Some light, earthy hop notes.
Taste has a medium amount of sweetness upfront. Slightly metallic in the middle then a roasted coffee bitterness. Flavor seemed a tad off for me. Light notes of raisin. Good amounts of chocolate. Mild bitterness
Mouthfeel was medium body with medium carb. Crisp finish that leaves a hint of lingering stickyness
Overall a good beer for me. Good flavors without going over the top. No signs of abv. Good drinkability.
02-03-2012 00:35:18 | More by riored4v
4.21/5 rDev +16.6%
blargimus had sent me a box of CANs and although I was quick to get tone77 his share, I put mine in the reefer to chill and then got caught up with both school and a heavy influx of bottles, all of which are now put to rest.
From the CAN: "Ingredients - Snowmelt, Malt, Patagonian Hops, Irish Ale Yeast, Roasted Barley/Specs - Hand-Crafted, Aluminum CAN, Portable, Recyclable, Good"; "Hand-Crafted Beer"; "Limited Release".
I released it with a mighty Crack, allowing some off-gassing of CO2. The inverted Glug would have made Guinness envious with its pseudo-cascading action. I dislike when I hear people say, "Oh, I don't like dark beer" because color generally has little to do with it, but cases like this one hearten me. It finally settled into a dense cap of two fingers of deep-tan head that sat atop the beer like a muffin top. Color was a deep, dark-brown allowing ZERO light penetration. Nose smelled of dark chocolate, smoky burnt wood, dried dark fruit, charcoal and molasses. Mouthfeel was medium, approaching a fullness on the tongue. The taste was initially very smoky before the dark chocolate broke through. Lacing had already begun to form in the glass. The finish was semi-sweet, quite chocolaty, but with the smokiness lingering after the swallow. Hoo hah! My, but this was good! It was, for me, more of a dessert beer than something that I would put into my cooler. I am glad for the opportunity to have tried it in its limited release.
06-23-2013 17:22:32 | More by woodychandler
Foreign Style Stout from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
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