Foreign Style Stout - Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

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Reviews: 46
Hads: 138
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 6.5%
Wants: 5
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: emmasdad on 02-14-2011

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Reviews: 46 | Hads: 138
Photo of beergoot
4.22/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an opaque, black brew with a thin, light tan head. Lacing and is minimal and no rings down the glass, but the head sticks around.

The smell is a delicious mix of roasted malt, chocolate, cocoa nibs and rich coffee.

The taste is rich and smooth, much like the aroma. Sweet. The bitterness blends nicely with the robust malt character.

An excellent canned stout... (373 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.21/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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. (1,460 characters)

Photo of kkrez
4.16/5  rDev +17.5%
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. (361 characters)

Photo of allforbetterbeer
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a goblet. Best by date still 6 weeks out.

Pours a dark brown liquid forming a black and attractive body under a thick dark tan head.

Smells of decent roast- chicory, burnt toast, black malt, and a hint of chocolate. A light passing hint of hops makes an appearance. A slight touch of the almost fruity acrid notes that make Guinness Foreign Extra so special. Not as hopped in the aroma as that beer.

The flavor centers around rather big and very darkly roast malt. This takes the form a nearly charred bread (in a good way, like the edges of a toasted English muffin) a bit of coffee bitterness, a brief showing of hop influence, and a clean malty finish. Not much of an aftertaste, which actually works well.

Medium bodied with lower carbonation. I think this works well.

Conclusion: A very good dark beer. I have always liked this style, but often found American versions to be uninspired. I personally think the Guiness Foreign Extra to be an outstanding beer and the benchmark for the style, and although this is beer isn't quite at that level, it is doing its own thing and doing it well. Worth being proud of for Upslope. I could drink this regularly. (1,191 characters)

Photo of Robloc303
4/5  rDev +13%

Pours a very dark black, and smelled coffee right off the bat. The head went away about immediately. The nose has plenty of coffee and chocolate and some toasted walnuts. Flavor is pretty good. Not too bold like other stouts. Lots of chocolate and coffee and for being over 8%, there are no trace amounts of alcohol. Dry finish with lingering flavors of coffee and chocolate. Very good! (386 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.94/5  rDev +11.3%
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 (575 characters)

Photo of mastodonj
3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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
hybrid stout.

The feel is good with a nice alcoholic finish.

try it! (713 characters)

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.91/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with a monstrous brown head that just wouldn't go away and left sticky lacing.

Aroma and taste - a nice blend of roasty notes with a touch of smoke and a little bit of burnt grill. There's a fair amount of sweetness too, giving it a bit of a milk stout character.

Body is pretty thick and chewy, leaving a lightly sweet, roasty afterthought.

As usual, upslope doesn't disappoint. So far upslope is batting 1000, and i have tried quite a few of their brews. Given their record, I certainly expect to keep trying their new offerings and enjoying the old ones. (574 characters)

Photo of claspada
3.87/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (1,183 characters)

Photo of Vonerichs
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (701 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

good stout. not amazing. pours a nice heavy dark roast color with a good creamy almost nitro looking off white head. smells a little more candy-like than a lot of stouts, but the flavor isnt too sweet. just in the nose. also some almost burnt barley type smells, and some definite alcohol. flavor is burnt too, but a nice bitter burnt vibe, hop bitter too, which is nice here. also plenty of mellow flavors, vanilla somewhere, dark chocolate too. mouthfeel is in harmony with the rest of whats going on. full bodied but drinkable, nice bitterish finish, the thing that throws me though is a rubbing alcohol kind of flavor at the end, really makes the mouthfeel kind of tart. just a little off at the end, but aside form that a nice milky thick strong sessionable stout. there is not a bad upslope beer, but they all have that kind of finish. not sure if its the can or what. i love "snowmelt" as the primary ingredient in each of their brews. (942 characters)

Photo of riored4v
3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (619 characters)

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a sixer of this from Supermarket Liquors in Ft. Collins, CO for $9. Into a DFH Signature glass.

A: Pours a nice deep brown in color with a few red/brown highlights when held to the light. A small cream colored head bubbles up to about 1/2 an inch then quickly fades leaving a small ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.

S: Not much going on here, some chocolate and caramel and a touch of roast. Not offensive by any means, just pretty mellow and subdued.

T: A lot like the nose, pretty subdued flavors of chocolate, a touch of roasted barley and a pretty sizable caramel flavor. Pretty sweet beer. As it continues to warm a nice chocolate profile starts to shine. Pretty good.

M: Spot on here, nice amount of viscous body, lower carbonation, somewhat sticky and sweet on the lips and in the finish. Beer as a whole is very slick. Nice here.

O: Pretty good stuff, I'm glad I've got 5 more cans of this to dive into. Not something to brag endlessly about, but a pretty solid export stout. (1,015 characters)

Photo of tylerprince
3.74/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (809 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours fudge brown and builds a nice tan head; impressive retention and a reasonable amount of lacing is left behind

Smell: Exceedingly roasty, with chocolate and fruit tones

Taste: Chocolate and coffee forward, with burnt toast flavors building, hints of fruit develop underneath with the roasted flavors returning in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a somewhat over-carbonated mouthfeel

Overall: A bit too burnt and roasty and I also didn't care for the mouthfeel but the beer has its attributes and is worth a try (542 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (314 characters)

Photo of StoneTSR
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE: Stark black. No light penetrates even when held up to the light. I have only seen this in a few beers, one of which was Goose Island Bourbon County Stout. The head is a quarter-inch and slightly off-white, but whiter and thicker than most stouts, it dissipates quickly though, leaving a thin film covering about 60% of the surface of the beer in the middle. No lacing at all.

SMELL: The aroma has a pleasant and mild roastiness along with some dark chocolate and a touch of wood.

TASTE: This is a bitter stout. The roastiness from the nose carries over into some very smoky flavors and some coffee notes add to the bitterness. Dark chocolate tows the line between adding more bitter flavor and balancing with a touch of sweetness while a pleasant woodiness pulls all the way through each sip. The finish has an acidic and citrusy kick that remains on the palate through the aftertaste.

MOUTHFEEL: A nice sparkle up front slowly fades into a tickle. It is a little thinner than I would like for a stout, but on the plus side, the lighter body allows this to at least feel a lot more sessionable than its 6.9%.

OVERALL: This is a pretty solid and easily drinkable stout. It is a nice change of pace for a hop head that loves bitterness even though it doesn’t have the traditional hop bitterness. (1,313 characters)

Photo of wlevando
3.72/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (1,218 characters)

Photo of BeerWizard
3.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tried to do the Guinness-style pour from an upside down can into a mason jar and ended up with half a glass of beer, half foam, and foam all over the counter. Do not attempt the Guinness-pour with this.

Anyway, comes in a slick-looking black and silver can, says "limited release", and boasts 6.9% abv. Pours black with mahogany edges and virtually no head if you take it easy on the pour. Smells smoky and chocolatey, and tastes like chocolate with like a lighter layer of fruit that I can't quite identify. It's good, full bodied, and has a nice balanced finish - not super-sweet, not bitter.

I'm by no means a huge fan of stouts but I do like Upslope and wanted to give this one a shot. I think it's a solid offering and would get it the next time I'm in the mood for the style. (783 characters)

Photo of Domingo
3.67/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice to see this style starting to emerge a little more. I like the fact that it walks the line between big and small while having solid characteristics of both.
Brown, pretty much as close to black as you’re going to get without actually being there. No matter how hard I pour it, there’s almost no head. It’s bordering on flat, but there’s a little bit of carbonation to it.
The flavor profile comes across a bit like a kicked up Irish stout. Roasty with notes of coffee and semisweet chocolate. A little bit of vinous character, too, although it definitely isn’t as dry. Alcohol is barely present, though. Hops are more potent than similar beers like Guinness Export or Lion, but they aren’t quite in the range of an American stout.
Texture is thicker than it looks, but it’s still awfully low on carbonation. It’s almost like a hand pull kind of texture, but more still.
A pretty tasty beer that could probably satisfy Guinness fans and LH Milk Stout fans alike.
The low carbonation is definitely something that could be improved upon, but if they can fix that it’s a pretty admirable take on an export stout. (1,133 characters)

Photo of ucsbmullet
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (490 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black in color with no penetration to light. There's a fingernail of khaki foam in top. Aroma is dark malt with just a trace of sweet molasses. The flavor is initially dak malt and slightly bitter with a rush of sweet dark malt quickly overtaking the palate. The mouth is creamy and lightly chewy.
Best by March 25 so we are a few weeks past that. (351 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours ebony with 3 fingers of mocha colored head. Good lacing & average head retention

S: Cocoa, dark fruit

T: Dark fruit, cocoa & roastyness up front. Dryness, pears, plums, just a bit of iron as this warms, a little bit of fig as well. Finishes dry with dark fruit & just little bit of lactic sourness & leafy hops

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation

Pretty much to style, but nothing too exotic or exciting here (425 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rather sweet at first sip, but it moderates into a big, rich, well-balanced beer. Dark but a hint of chestnut in the color. Nicely carbonated. Some dark fruit mixed with the roasted malt. Currants, a hint of dates, but more dark caramel. Fairly light bodied. Nutty and a little woody. Really quite an interesting stout, if you like the sweeter and richer style.

Can from Denver. Seems to be in great condition. A pleasant quaff, and stronger than it tastes. (458 characters)

Photo of DividedAvery
3.57/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (710 characters)

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Foreign Style Stout from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
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