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Coffee Stout - Upright Brewing Company

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Coffee StoutCoffee Stout

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BA SCORE
82
good

36 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.88%
Wants: 6
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Upright Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Starting with a robust grist of ashburne mild malt, this stout takes an unusual turn using open fermentation, saison yeast, and wine barrel aging before being dosed prior to bottling with a specially prepared cold press from Extracto Coffee Roasters. It starts with an intoxicating aroma that leads through a malty yet dry and tart profile.

(Beer added by: chumba526 on 03-07-2011)
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3.78/5  rDev +5.3%

Thanks to Chris F. for sharing this one at mrbubbler's tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, and earth aromas. Taste is much the same with sour cocoa, coffee, and red wine flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness and a bit of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an interesting mix of coffee and red wine barrel aging.

Serving type: bottle.

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2.96/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Do you like stouts? Check!

Do you like coffee? Check!

Do you like Upright? Check!

Do you like red wine? Sometimes?

Do you like to mix all of those together in a bottle with a great design without mentioning that there is a red wine taste to the beautiful new "Barrel Aged Coffee Stout" that you just paid way too much for? Well, Upright did.

I am sure there are people that would just eat this up, but I did not want a wine barrel aged coffee stout. This was not mentioned on the label and the flavor profile is something that simply does not work well together for me.

It's disappointing, because I can smell and taste a great coffee stout under all of this red wine flavor.

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4.19/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I feel compelled to review this due to the low ratings;it's simply a misunderstood beer. If you think coffee stout and immediately imagine a thick, slightly bitter, chocolatey, roasted brew, maybe even barrel aged, then this will not satisfy you.

But, if one were to look at the world of coffee that perception conforms to a very narrow range of the flavors that coffee has to offer. The traditional dark roasted South / Central American and / or Indonesian blends that defined the better version of coffee from the late nineties to the mid-2000s. Why shouldn't coffee beers take advantage of all the advancements in sourcing and roasting - single farm lots, light roasts, wet processed / dry processed, etc?

This beer strikes me as a profitable collaboration between a great coffee roaster, Coava, and an culinarily adventurous brewer. Is it slightly sour? Yes. Is it fruity - cherry, berries ... maybe over-ripe bluebery - with a fermented fruit note? Yes. Is it vinous? Yes ... probably as much from the wine barrel aging (reviewers - you did note this, right?) and from the coffee varietal. Is this common to dark roast coffee? No. Is it common to Ethiopian coffees, particularly the explosively fragrant wet processed Yirgacheffe? Yes. I wouldn't be surprised if this was brewed with an Ethiopian varietal.

I realize this is less a review of this particular beer than a plea to open your mind and palate to beers that don't conform to your expectations.Upright is one of my favorite breweries for a few reasons - their refusal to conform to stylistic expectations (though it is probably not that much of a conscious rejection) and their culinary sensibilities. This is a beer that I think chefs and coffee professionals may appreciate more than craft beer fans.

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3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Big thanks to AnotherJoe for hooking me up with this. 750ml poured into a tulip. The brew appears black in color with a huge brown head 4 fingers that fades leaving spotty lace on the glass.

The aroma is vinous with minerals, wood, raw oak, earth roast and very faint coffee aspects. The taste is tart and vinous. Earthy and mineral-filled with some citrus and slight coffee notes. Almost briney at times and while very subtle, the coffee only emerges as the brew goes beyond ideal temperature.

This is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. I am surprised to see this as a "coffee stout" its like a tart dark farmhouse ale with huge wine barrel aspects. It is quite good in that sense...but mot really a coffee nor stout brew by any regard other than color. I could easily drink an entire 750ml of this myself knowing what to expect. The people I shared it with were expecting a coffee stout and they ended up hating this for its lack of coffee stout character.

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A - Pours a very dark brown with an active brown-dark tan head that fades fairly quickly.

S - Coffee and some malty breadiness.

T - Coffee, then some tartness, more acidic wood barrel.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Lots of coffee and lots of barrel presence. Not bad at all.

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2.96/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

As other reviewers have commented, this has some sour qualities to it. Not knowing this, I went in expecting a roasty, coffee stout. Instead, what I got was a coffee stout with some slight sour notes. The appearance is fine. Jet black with a fine brown head. Smells like coffee. The taste is sweet and definitely picks up notes from the wine barrel and funky bacteria. That being said, it doesn't totally work. I've had sour stouts from Cascade and The Bruery which have been fine, but this one falls short. It's like it can't decide quite what it wants to be. This kills me because I absolutely love Upright, but this and Billy the Mountain are very big disappointments

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Coffee Stout from Upright Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.