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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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BA SCORE
82
good

126 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.91%
Wants: 5
Gots: 17 | 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:
Beer added by: DividedAvery on 01-18-2012

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3.27/5  rDev -10.2%
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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3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
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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3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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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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3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
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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3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Foreign Style Stout from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
82 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.