Barrel-Aged Stout Of Monte Fisto (Sole Composition Series) - Upright Brewing Company

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Barrel-Aged Stout Of Monte Fisto (Sole Composition Series)Barrel-Aged Stout Of Monte Fisto (Sole Composition Series)

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28 Ratings
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Ratings: 28
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 19.19%
Wants: 25
Gots: 9 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Upright Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.25% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed in May 2011, then aged in three 'Big Bottom' whiskey barrels.

Released October 2011 in 750ml bottles (185, hand-numbered)

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 10-14-2011)
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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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5/5  rDev +35.1%

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3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

#22 of 185 bottles, and for that I can only praise my pal msubulldog25 (see his review below) for securing this ultra-rarity for me. A beer that would no doubt be fantastic one or even two years from now, I just couldn't wait any longer. You other lucky persons age away, I'm poppin' the top right freaking now.

Very timid "ziss" with the prying open of the cap. Poured very slowly to avoid the "glug-glug" that was happening at first. Produces a mocha/tan head, which doesn't last very long but looks beautiful while it does. Color is a deep, dark black, a piece of onyx in the black abyss of an unlighted mine shaft. I mean: BLACK.

Primary aroma is whiskey, with an unsurprising hint of wood in the background, and mild yet assisting hints of charcoal, smoke, coffee and plum. Still, perhaps a little heavy on the whiskey, but that shouldn't be surprising either.

Taste-wise this beer is already gelling more than a lot of younger (ie. under one year old) whiskey barrel-aged beers will do. While the whiskey is clearly a key flavor here, it's not as prominent as in the nose. Equal measures of wood -- younger, greener wood, at that -- all sorts of dark fruits, bitter dark roast coffee, ghosts of chocolate sweetness, big caramel essence and an almost spicy herbal character (hops, no doubt) are swirling around in here to give plenty of complexity and depth. Not ULTIMATE complexity, but what's here is very impressive and enjoyable.

Had the body been fuller and rounder, rather than the sharper, surprisingly lighter texture that I'm finding here, it would have amplified the flavors in the best way. The caramel from the taste is gooey in flavor, but there's little of that "big stout goo" here. Still, the robust and even savory vibe of the flavors cohere well enough to make this a very enjoyable and different sort of stout. I've never had one quite like it, and there you go, it's Upright, who always deliver their own unique twist on things.

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of hopsbreath
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Homer alert! Take this review with a grain of salt. I'm an unabashed Upright fan so I could possibly be swayed by that fact. On-tap at Upright yesterday. TulipSnifter and I split a 10oz pour of this ($3) and bought some bottles to go. Bottles are 750ml and cost $15 each.

A: Very dark brown bordering on black body with clear garnet edges. A good size foamy espresso head made for a difficult pour from the tap but could very well be due to a highly carbed keg. Not sure if that's going to translate to the bottle version. As the head and beer disappear from the glass, good sheets of lacing are left. The body could be darker for a higher score here, but the lacing is exceptional for the style. Let's average the score and call it a 3/5.

S: It was served very cold and I had a hard time picking up the aroma so it took a while to open up as it warmed. When it finally did; Sniff, whiskey; sniff, whiskey; sniff, whiskey. Very hard to pick up much else behind the dose of brown liquor. This is good quality booze though and has some warm spicy notes. I rarely knock a beer for being too boozy so I dig. 4/5

T: There's the heavy hand of spirit up front to be sure. More booze than barrel. Typical vanilla notes from the wood are nowhere to be found. Behind the whiskey comes a deep caramel backbone. Hints of chocolate are nice, but no significant roast character is easily discernible. Of interest is how hoppy this is. Green grass and orange zest is more fragrant following the swallow than physically tasted on the tongue. It's almost like a CDA/Stout hybrid that got barrel aged. I'm sure the hops and heat will fade in time, but for my personal taste it's all working together well right now. 4/5

M: A nice full silky body with a clean finish given respect to the style. I suspect this is highly attenuated for a stout because of this quick finish. At least on tap, the carbonation is low on the palate and in my sweet spot. 4/5

O: Upright as said earlier is one of my favorite breweries. This is due to the uniqueness of what they brew. Every brewery I walk into these days is making an imperial stout it seems, but the distinction between them is lacking. Upright didn't make a 13% chocolate/vanilla/coffee bomb, but instead did their own fresh twist on the style. I personally don't plan on holding onto any bottles past the end of winter since in my opinion it's doing just fine now. 4/5

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4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tapered sampling glass, review from written notes.
Bottle #3/185 if that matters to anyone.

Black body with some dark reddish brown highlights as it's poured. Creamy head of foam, stained a light cafe latte color. Spindly tendrils of lace coat the insides of the glass, and the head remains for the entire glass.

Complex aromas of sweet creme brulee, plums, almond, chocolate brownie, and woody vanilla.

Flavors of bitter roast and unsweetened bakers chocolate, that linger long into the aftertaste. Underlying spicy notes of warming alcohol and dry woody tannins. Unique flavors, and it smells great (aroma was it's best quality). Fairly light bodied, deceptively so. Very smooth with well integrated barrel character, as it warms though it does get a little more sharply boozy however.

Thanks to Eric for sharing this!

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Upright tasting room. Reviewed from notes, which I wish were a bit more detailed.

A - Pours black with some reddish hints. A creamy tan-colored head that seems to dissipate at an average pace. Very good lacing.

S - Since the beer was served rather cold (seems to be a reoccurring issue based on the other reviews), it was hard to smell much. As beer warmed, I was able to finally pick out some aromas. The whiskey and alcohol is what really stood out. I picked out subtle notes of vanilla and roasted malts. I was even able to smell the slightest hint of hops.

T - Lots of alcohol. This beer is quite boozy. The whiskey makes its presence felt along with chocolate and roasted malts. Then the hops seem to finish out the taste. I wasn't really expecting any hops/bitterness to play a role in this beer. But they are certainly there but not in an overbearing way.

M - Medium-bodied with light carbonation. It's a bit boozy but still smooth.

O - This beer was good but not great. I expected a bit more complexity in the taste but I still found it enjoyable. I did enjoy the hoppiness in this beer.

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3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml, bottle #162/185. Got this from googzoid a while back. Thanks!

A: Pours a glassy black wit a nice chocolate-colored head. Great lacing.

S: Plenty of booze, chocolate chip cookie, woody bourbon, soft toffee.

T: Lots of roasted malt, balancing chocolate and caramel sweetness, lingering hop bitterness, plenty of bourbon, oaky and dry finish.

M: Thick-bodied with light carbonation.

O: Interesting stout. I can tell it used to be very hoppy. The roastiness is almost too much, but there's some nice balancing sweetness to hold it back. The bourbon is very present as well.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of sweemzander
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 bottle poured into a tulip. Bottle #81 of 185. Thanks for the bottle Jason!

(A)- Pours a fairly thick pitch black color. Produced a nice cap of tan froth and good retention. Plenty of lacing.

(S)- A nice bready roasted profile. Almost nutty in a woody oak sense. Nice rich bits of molasses and caramel with subtle whiskey notes.

(T)- A nice array of rich flavors in it. The same bready roasted bits with molasses, cocoa, caramel, and that almost nutty wood(oak) bit. Subtle whiskey.

(M)- A nice mellow carbonation level and a good balance to it too. It has a fitting thickness and richness for the style without being overly sweet or boozy.

(D)- Overall, a great stout with all the right flavors and feel. Upright already has my attention with their great saisons and wilds, but based upon this, they sure know their stouts too!

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3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is almost black in color with a tan head. Really, really heavy on the roasted malt. A fair amount of charred oak with some vanilla coming through as well. Some dark chocolate/cocoa and only a mild whiskey aroma. Semi-sweet flavor with dark chocolate, roasted malt, and molasses being the main flavors. A little oak and vanilla and again, a restrained whiskey component. Not an over the top barrel aged stout, but I enjoyed it.

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I missed the bottles, but I had it on tap at the Tasting room on 10.16.2011

A - Pours a deep dark brown, almost black with a small dark tan head on top. The head quickly fads to a thin layer and leaves good lacing on the glass.

S - The smell here is pretty hard to find. It takes a few minutes for it to warm up and shine. I get lots of whiskey, with some slight milk chocolate. The whiskey is so strong, it is hard to find much else.

T - The taste is also whiskey heavey, but I get more chocolate and some slight vanilla as well.

D - Very silky and smooth. This is a bit thin for me. This is a very drinkable stout.

O - I was hoping for more, but I am very happy with this one. Not as complex as it could have been, but goood none the less.

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Jwale73
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to jedwards for continuing to share his Upright beers. Pours one shade shy of black with a quarter inch, mocha-colored head that dissipates into some clustered dollops. Nose expresses roast, as well as some ethanol notes towards the back. There's also a lactose and burnt toast character. Taste is ashy and roasty. Whiskey barrel aging is most definitely present without being overwhelming. There's also a lingering, hoppiness at the finish. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a lively carbonation - just a little too assertive for the style in my opinion. Overall, I found this beer to be somewhat closer to a Black IPA than an American Double/Imperial Stout - generally a style I don't really gravitate towards. However, I thought the whiskey barrel aging was quite good without being over the top.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of msubulldog25
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stout of Monte Fisto is Upright's first foray into the world of Imperial Stouts (following a couple releases of their tasty Oyster Stout). The base beer was brewed in the spring, a portion of which filled three barrels (from Hillsboro's 'Big Bottom' Whiskey).

I had this on draft at the tasting room (notes taken) last weekend and again on Friday at the bottle release event at the Upright tasting room (notes expanded). Served pretty cold both times (each 10 oz. pours); the second time it benefitted from 5-10 minutes of warming before drinking (recommended).

A: Pours close to 'black', just a slight reddish-garnet tinge - it's thick without being impenetrable. Topped with a half-finger khaki head, one that breaks gradually and holds as a thick ring and an ovoid splotch of cream. Lace is brilliant: a sparkling, criss-crossed webbing and countless pinpoints. Would love to see this in a snifter, rather than the tall tapered glassware at the tasting room.

S: As mentioned above, this beer benefits from warming. Early whiffs of a cold pour showed mostly dark malts, a charred and dry cocoa, a hint of tinny metal. Fast forward a few minutes and richer 'whiskey' begins to glow; sweeter chocolate and berry fruit arise. It's all pretty pleasant, just not as complex or robust as I hoped for.

T: Chocolate and coffee roasts are staples with stouts; both are present, but there's subtle vanilla and dark fruit notes that develop as it warms. At times, something reminded me of dried blueberries covered in dark chocolate. Then there's the 'whiskey', not an enveloping flavor but a definite accent; it's warm and spicy and hints as musky woodiness.

M: Love the feel. Silky and velvety, a sturdy stout that isn't overburdened by too much alcohol. Mouthfeel builds steadily from medium to full, but isn't sticky. Yeah, it's a little fresh-faced now, but its whiskey-laced warmth is just that ~warmth~ not a taste bud-pummeling heat. Quite a sipper.

O: Really enjoyable right now - a big beer (but not *too* big) that shows off the benefits of time in a barrel without becoming blatantly boozy. Happy to have had some now and ready to sit on a bottle for a while. Another fine effort, Upright!

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1/5  rDev -73%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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Barrel-Aged Stout Of Monte Fisto (Sole Composition Series) from Upright Brewing Company
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