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Foreign Style Stout - Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

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Foreign Style StoutForeign Style Stout

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46 Reviews
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Reviews: 46
Hads: 139
Avg: 3.57
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 6
Gots: 19 | 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

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Beer added by: emmasdad on 02-14-2011

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Reviews: 46 | Hads: 139
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.74/5  rDev +4.8%
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

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Relying on heavy roast and burnt sugars to carry the session, Upslope dives into the taste of Ireland that's build far to strong even for those of their own homeland. Let's see if this ale does what those export versions are meant to do...

The Foreign Stout decants with the darkest brown hues without turning decidedly black. Nearly glass-like in its sheen, the beer is opaque and only slightly translucent. A sheet of foam releases from the beer with excited fashion but only amasses a skirt upon the beer. A collar of foam retains, allowing only spotty lace adhering upon the glass.

High coffee aromas project onto the nose; and does so in the form of French press, bold roast blends. Lightly scorched toffee, twangy malt, grape, and milk-like starch brace against the coffee notes for a latte-like effect. Cocoa, walnut and mild earthen peat offer a damp soil scent that grounds the aromas in rustic character.

While bold coffee roast, chicory, cocoa, and root beer set off the taste, there's a sweeter and softer underpinning that sets in- doing so with powdered sugar sweetness, malted milk, and toffee. Stopping shy of aspartame, the taste takes a turn toward tangy alcohol complements of grape, cherry, and Parmesan. Campfire-like burnt embers are somewhat reminiscent of liquid smoke but is more a testament to roasted barley that commands the taste in finish.

Strong roast commands the balance in body as much as it does at any part of the taste. Near Turkish coffee allows astringent grain compounds to complement scorched earth for a full bodied but medium-dry finish to govern the beer. Alcohol warmth is strong and keeps the beer lightened and dry throughout.

Upslope's Foreign Style Stout does a reasonably good job at replicating the asserted roast character that's displayed in similar version such as Guinness Foreign Extra Stout but it is a little softer on the roast than is expected. Even with the gentle hand, it makes for a very tasty stout that will appease all lovers of the devoted black beers.

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Photo of mactrail
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Low C+

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Photo of russpowell
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
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

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.12/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.21/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Can at Old Chicago.

Pours a black colour with a small off white head of foam.

Things got weird. ..I get no roasted malt, maybe a hint or 2 of chocolate, but the smell I get the most is a fruity tartness.

Tastes like it smells, complete with that fruity tartness.

Good mouthfeel.

I read a few reviews after drinking this limited Upslope brew and didn't see a mention of any tartness. Doesn't fit the style anyways. Infection?

Edit: yep, it is referred to so I guess this is what the brewer intended.

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Photo of rudzud
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of claspada
3.87/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.01/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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

Thanks to pokesbeerdude for this one.

a - popped the can and filled my glass. beer poured a shiny watery black with virtually no head.

s - very nice roasted char malt. chocolate with an irish twist.

t - char malts. some powdered chocolate, but mostly roasted char.

m - char. soft bodied.

o - overall, nice export stout nothing crazy, but nice representation of the style.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.94/5  rDev +10.4%
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

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Photo of Holland
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.27/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of rawfish
3.16/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of beergoot
4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
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...

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.91/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of Rayek
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of spoony
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz can into a snifter.

A-A slightly aggressive pour produces a black, opaque brew. There is no real head, only a thin ring of brown foam.

S-Dark roasted malts dominate the nose giving the aroma of baking chocolate, espresso, and a touch of smoke. This is not a coffee or a bourbon barrel stout, but I still get a decently complex aroma here.

T-The taste is also full of bitter dark chocolate and cold coffee. There is a little char and a touch of raisin or prune. A warm punch of alcohol also pokes through. The taste is a little harsh and simple.

M-The feel is medium to full bodied with a little prick of carbonation. I could have used less intrusive bubbles.

O-This is not my favorite Upslope offering. As noted above, the whole package is a bit simple and the taste is a bit metallic and hot. Perhaps this is the true export style, because I think some time in a cargo hold (or cellar...) might mellow the harsh aspects of this beer.

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Photo of ucsbmullet
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
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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