Foreign Style Stout - Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
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2.9/5 rDev -19.4%
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
3.8/5 rDev +5.6%
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.
02-10-2012 06:32:16 | More by StonedTrippin
3.45/5 rDev -4.2%
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
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
3/5 rDev -16.7%
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
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
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
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
2.23/5 rDev -38.1%
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
3.63/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
01-25-2012 02:55:52 | More by ucsbmullet
3.7/5 rDev +2.8%
Nice to see this style starting to emerge a little more. I like the fact that it walks the line between big and small while having solid characteristics of both.
Brown, pretty much as close to black as you’re going to get without actually being there. No matter how hard I pour it, there’s almost no head. It’s bordering on flat, but there’s a little bit of carbonation to it.
The flavor profile comes across a bit like a kicked up Irish stout. Roasty with notes of coffee and semisweet chocolate. A little bit of vinous character, too, although it definitely isn’t as dry. Alcohol is barely present, though. Hops are more potent than similar beers like Guinness Export or Lion, but they aren’t quite in the range of an American stout.
Texture is thicker than it looks, but it’s still awfully low on carbonation. It’s almost like a hand pull kind of texture, but more still.
A pretty tasty beer that could probably satisfy Guinness fans and LH Milk Stout fans alike.
The low carbonation is definitely something that could be improved upon, but if they can fix that it’s a pretty admirable take on an export stout.
01-24-2012 16:12:50 | More by Domingo
3.55/5 rDev -1.4%
Poured from a 12oz can into a Bruery Tulip
A: Pours pitch black with a very small head that dissipates incredibly quick
S: Sweet like a milk stout with some roasted coffee and chocolate notes. Seems like a nice aroma
T: A bit thin for my liking. Some sweetness like a milk stout coms through followed by roasted notes and some coffee and a slight chocolate. Bitterness from the hops also comes through strong. Something about the hops that Upslope uses is very unsettling. Never liked any of hop profiles on their offerings
M: Not nearly enough carbonation. Almost flat, but the beer still has a touch of creaminess which is nice.
O: A decent stout. Not roasty enough and too flat in my opinion.
01-18-2012 05:44:08 | More by DividedAvery
3.45/5 rDev -4.2%
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
Foreign Style Stout from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
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