Foreign Style Stout - Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
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3.5/5 rDev -3%
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.
09-23-2012 00:11:52 | More by cosmicevan
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
3.08/5 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
3.35/5 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
3.28/5 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
3.75/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
04-27-2012 00:14:25 | More by tylerprince
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
3.55/5 rDev -1.7%
Black with a thumbs width brown head that quickly dropped to s a slight surface coating. Toasted barley, some chocolate, some sweet dark fruits, and a little bit of metal. Flavor is strong from the roasted barley, a sharp sweetness carries through it, a little dark fruit, and nutty. Thinner in body a stout but it works. Creamy mouthfeel to it. A decent stout but nothing spectatular. I'd happily drink it again but probably won't be seeking this out on my own again.
03-25-2012 23:24:49 | More by denver10
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
3.63/5 rDev +0.6%
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.
03-16-2012 06:15:53 | More by mactrail
3.7/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
03-11-2012 06:54:20 | More by StoneTSR
3.5/5 rDev -3%
Pours a milk chocolate 1/2 inch head, body is black with a hint of brown highlights. Head retention and lacing are barely above average.
Smell is of roasted dark malts, raisin, and some slight copper. Not much else is present, no hops.
First taste is of dry bitter chocolate mixed with dried fig/prune. Metallic bittness comes in and out but is somewhat muted by semi sweet cocoa. As the beer warms, hops come out more and overpower the beer abit. At 7 percent abv, its rather smooth.
Body is alittle lighter than I would have liked. Head died down which didnt help. Carbonation levels were high but not over the top.
Overall this was a decent representation of a foreign stout. I prefer Lion stout more, dont think I'll be buying this one anytime soon.
03-01-2012 21:53:21 | More by angelmonster
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
3.78/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
02-26-2012 19:59:03 | More by pokesbeerdude
Foreign Style Stout from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
82 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.