Foreign Style Stout - Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
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2.23/5 rDev -38.2%
On tap at Vine Street Pub for Stout Month. The beer was served in an 8oz milkshake pilsner glass.
A - The beer is jet black with a solid 1 finger brown head. Decent retention and some lacing.
S - There is an average aroma of roasted chocolate malts, coffee, and a slight alcohol note.
T/M - The roasted grains are prevalent immediately. A mild bitterness follows. The beer thins out very quickly. It has a medium body on the front end but ends thin, watery, and unbalanced. The roasted malt dominates the palette but doesn't seem to mesh well with the mild earthen hop character.
D - Not really.
Overall, this was by far the least pleasing of all the stouts I've had so far during Stout Month at Vine Street. The ability to compare stout to stout to stout really exposes this beer. The flavor is not up to par and is not balanced at all, it's as though it was brewed with a ton of roasted chocolate malt without any other malt. Extremely thin finish - not what I am looking for in a stout!! I will not try this again.
Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 02-15-2011 14:51:50
01-27-2012 14:59:58 | More by hopfacebrew
2.38/5 rDev -34.1%
A - Fell very flat, very fast. Not much in the way of head... Brew is thin black color. When swirled, a decent foamy cake builds, but dissipates rapidly.
S - Not too much. Very smokey and caramel.
T/M - Overly smoked!!! HELP! Very thin and watery, slightly off for the style. This brew has too many off flavors for the style. It's very musty and metallic. It's smooth, but in a chalky way... No hop to speak of either... No heat.
O - Not anything close to what I wanted... I love the can, but could give or take the beer... I know UpSlope is capable of better, so c'mon guys put on those thinking caps and blow me away with your next brew, perhaps it should be your famous Belgian ;)
02-27-2012 00:46:23 | More by chugalug06
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
3/5 rDev -16.9%
I picked up a sixer of this for $10.49 despite my better judgement but I really liked their brown ale. Dark black color witha scant set of bubbles, uh oh. Smells like roasted malt, stout, not bad but kind of average. The taste was a decent stout but nothing that really made me want to reach for another one. I think the big problem with this is that all of my cans seemed pretty flat and it was not reminiscent of cask beer if that is what they were going for. Disappointing.
01-30-2012 02:46:17 | More by ArrogantB
3.08/5 rDev -14.7%
12 fl oz can acquired at Davidson's Liquors in Lone Tree, Colorado, and served into a nonical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I love the style but I've never had a beer from this brewery.
No best before or canned on date.
Served a biteen warmer than refrigerator temperature and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured at a 45 degree angle with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a one finger khaki head of nice cream, good rolling thickness, and pretty good retention for the above average ABV. Colour is a nontransparent solid black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show (and I've seen some in beers of this style).
Sm: Milky notes, a dark berry character, caramelized dark malts, some cream, hints of roast, and a biteen of chocolate. A mild strength aroma. Not as much roast as I'd like and expect in a good example of the style.
T: Nicely creamy on the open, giving way to the pleasant dark malt foundation with hints of chocolate and notable caramelization. Some milky hints. No alcohol or yeast comes through. There's a vague hint of hop-derived berry that I find pleasant but distant. The malts are nicely layered, if simple. Built somewhat simply for the style, but nicely. It features some roasted barley, but nowhere near enough. I like it, but its simplicity holds it back.
Mf: Smooth and wet, but overly so - especially for the style, which demands dryness and coarseness. Pleasant and enjoyable. Complements the flavours decently. Not ideal. Adequately carbonated.
Dr: Very drinkable and enjoyable. A decent little offering in the style from Upslope. I look forward to trying more beers from Upslope. Hides its ABV well. The mouthfeel is downright wrong, but I do like the beer.
05-31-2012 00:47:15 | More by kojevergas
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
3.13/5 rDev -13.3%
Acquired in a trade with SalukiAlum, thanks man.
Nearly pitch black with some ruddy highlights when held up to the light. A base of half a finger of head that has such horrible retention that I couldn't even tell you the color. No lacing to speak of.
Roasted coffee, nutty with a tad of astringent dark fruit skins.
Smoked almost burnt malt that gets toned down by some toffee and nuttiness. Dark fruits and acidity. No hop presence, flounders on the tongue a bit with metal, lactic acid and roast. Chocolate comes out as it warms balancing the off flavors just in time to keep this beer from crashing.
Thin, slick, appropriately carbonated for a stout. Acidic and sticky on the finish.
This is the first Upslope that I did not particularly enjoy having. It looks the part smells nice but all down hill with more lactic acid astringency and overroasted malt. Very little coffee or chocolate. If the acidity could be toned down I would enjoy the nuttiness and dark fruit a bit more. As it is right now not worth seeking out.
03-24-2012 04:36:39 | More by rawfish
3.21/5 rDev -11.1%
Can poured into glass. Pours black with tan head that retains nicely. The nose starts with some fruity notes, mainly raisins. This is paired with chocolate, roasted malt, and a bit of creaminess. The taste is fruit forward again with notes of raisin dominating. This gives way to a tangy metallic character that isn't working for me. Some roast appears up front but is ultimately drowned out by fruit and metallic notes. Mouthfeel is light for style with appropriate level of carbonation. Overall, this one just isn't working for me.
03-08-2014 01:14:44 | More by homebrew311
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
3.25/5 rDev -10%
Received this as an extra in a trade, poured into my Duvel tulip.
A - Pours a deep, dark brown almost black with a quick two finger mocha head that fades rather quickly to leave a thin mocha blanket and light side lacing.
S - Hmm, some slightly watery roasted malts, light chocolate. Very soft and light with some slight nuttiness.
T - Taste is rather sweet on the finish. Soem roast upfront along with some like bitter coffee (minus the coffee) though. Not getting much chocolate and there is a slight metallic finish. Almost too burnt.
M - Relatively thin and standard for the style. The roast comes through nicely.
O - Overall this was an average or so beer. Pretty straightforward execution here.
07-09-2012 04:00:20 | More by rudzud
3.28/5 rDev -9.1%
A: black with brown highlights and a khaki head that dissipates quickly, leaving minimal lacing and a ring on the sides of the glass.
S: chocolate, roasted barley
T: heavy on the roasted characteristics with some chocolate flavor, with a bit of malt flavor to back it up.
M: good carbonation and body, with medium both. Right on target.
O: solid, not excellent, but I'd drink this. Roasted characteristics are everything here, and it does it well. Drink fresh, most likely.
05-04-2012 00:37:04 | More by Holland
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
3.45/5 rDev -4.4%
Had this one on tap the other night at the Vine Street Pub in Denver, as part of the stout month celebration. Needed a beer to fill out a taster set and chose this one. Black, with a decent head. Aromas of roasted malt, chocolate and malted milk. Medium bodied, very roasty, with baker's chocolate, malted milk and malt.
02-14-2011 04:22:52 | More by emmasdad
3.45/5 rDev -4.4%
Out of the can and into my Nonic this goes. The beer appears with a deep chestnut hue. An extremely aggressive pour nets a mid-sized soapy tan head that falls away fairly quick to a patchy film. A bit of lace is left behind.
Molasses and baking chocolate do the yeoman's work here. My nose picked up a light grassy aroma too. In the mouth, the espresso notes absent from the nose appear. Bitterness is mild and slightly burnt, with a hint of lemongrass. Interesting. I had multiple cans of this and the one I'm reviewing has a much better carbonation level. It's not as overly fizzy as the other cans, but still a bit much for my liking. The body has a nice heft that isn't too chewy.
Overall, I came away mixed. This particular can is working for me, but the others weren't. Perhaps a quality control issue here? Still, it's a nice little beer that I'm glad I tried.
02-03-2012 21:37:19 | More by Rayek
Foreign Style Stout from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
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