Foreign Style Stout - Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

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Foreign Style StoutForeign Style Stout

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BA SCORE
82
good

107 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 4
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DividedAvery on 01-18-2012)
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Reviews by tylerprince:
Photo of tylerprince
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a sample from a can my roommate bought. Fresh in Denver.

A: Pours pretty darned close to pitch black, although a fair amount of light shines through. One finger tan head resolves quickly and doesn't leave behind any lacing.

S: Not overpowering. Chocolate and coffee, of course, but with a fair amount of fresh, not-yet-roasted malt smell.

T: Very chocolatey. Leads with dark chocolate, which slowly fades to coffee; the finishing bitterness is pure espresso. A hint of raspberry throughout. Very nice, although certainly not as mature as world class stouts.

M: Smooth and low on carbonation, but not too creamy. I'd like a little more milkiness should Upslope do another limited release stout in the future.

O: A solid stout. Great taste and aromas, but lacking in the appearance and MO department.

More User Reviews:
Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Beaver13
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of wlevando
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

First half of a shared can into an 8 oz. chalice.
Vigorous pour.
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.

Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of chossboss
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of drink-when-dry
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of kkrez
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of R3ason
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of Vonerichs
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of GeorgeH
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of tone77
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of stampfler07
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of LotsofLupulin
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of JordanPP
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of blakelive784
2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of claspada
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of MinorThreat
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of TetonMike
3.8/5  rDev +5%

Photo of DividedAvery
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of ilikebeer03
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of ucsbmullet
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Foreign Style Stout from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
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