Foreign Style Stout - Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
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4.21/5 rDev +16.9%
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
4.2/5 rDev +16.7%
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...
01-29-2012 21:33:50 | More by beergoot
4.18/5 rDev +16.1%
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
3.93/5 rDev +9.2%
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
3.93/5 rDev +9.2%
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
3.88/5 rDev +7.8%
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
3.83/5 rDev +6.4%
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
Foreign Style Stout from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
82 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.