Upright Untitled (Bad Brains) - Upright Brewing Company
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Ratings: 25 | Reviews: 9 | Display Reviews Only:
3.69/5 rDev +9.2%
Everett's, South Beloit
"Upright bottles an imperial dark lager on even numbered years with no official title. The label artwork is inspired by the band Bad Brains, and the beer itself is a mix of classic German styles - pilsener and schwarzbier. It's a characterful bottle conditioned lager with a hop notes that hold up to the robust grist."
This guy sounds like a strange combination.
A quick pour into a pint glass produces a coffee brown body with bright auburn highlights running up the sides of the glass. The head explodes to a generous two fingers worth of bubbly ecru head that leaves sticky, spiderwebbed lacing down the glass. So far so good.
A brown bread doughy maltiness leads off the aroma, and stays at the forefront throughout, with a surprising helping of piney hops thrown in for good measure. Lightly roasted barley brings up the rear and adds a nice layer of depth. This isn't the most complex beer out there but it is inviting.
The roastiness picks up more in the flavor and makes for the prominent malt profile. The piney hoppiness adds a nice greenness and a mellow but lingering bitterness. Brown bread is still present and adds a touch of spice. I have to say, this beer is clean and crisp, which is surprising with the flavor profile. The bitterness seems to stick around and build as I work my way through the bottle.
There's not a lot to mention about the mouthfeel. It's neither good nor offensive. Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation that adds a little fluff.
This goofy concoction from Upright isn't mind blowing but it's certainly unique enough to keep me interested. It's something like a hoppy, rough around the edges schwarz. I'd go grab another of these at the sale price but probably wouldn't pay the $11.99 sticker.
08-24-2013 02:29:13 | More by joe1510
4.01/5 rDev +18.6%
Poured into a wide mouth wine glass and served at 50 degrees.
Appearance: Very dark brown color body with a tall dense 3 finger light brown color head, a bottle conditioned Saison kind of carbonation, light floating sediment and a beautiful looking lacing that sticks after every swirl.
Aroma: Lots of roasted barley & malts, coffee, burnt caramel, big bready yeast, light cocoa, a light nuttiness, lemon citrus and big piney hops. Interesting, I’m getting three distinct characteristics from a two lagers and an ale altogether here.
Taste: Heavy roasted malts, roasted yet bready barley, grainy malts, black coffee, burnt caramel & sweet molasses, bready Belgian yeast with tones of lemon citrus fruits, piney bitter hops, wheat and a slight nuttiness. All of these characteristics work well together and I like how this is complex yet simple at the same time. The roasted qualities are most dominant but the farmhouse, hops and the sweeter characteristics come through and balance out it all out very well. My favorite aspects among these qualities are the bready, yeasty & citrus elements along with the black roasted barley malts.
Mouth feel: Medium bodied, nicely balanced, smooth and sessional medium body and a high, heavy carbonation that really keeps the aroma/flavors moving along and helps cleanse the palate.
Overall: I enjoyed this along with all of their other creations (like their Saison Ales) that are also enjoyable and unique. I’m a fan of the Schwarzbier style lagers and it was nice to try a black lager that is different and unique from all of the others out there. If you’re a fan of the style pick a bottle up for the end of an evening!
08-14-2013 22:49:48 | More by Stoutfan23DJ
District of Columbia
3.51/5 rDev +3.8%
Bottle shared by starrdogg. Thanks Matt!
The beer is dark brown with a thick, foamy tan head. The aroma brings some roast, brown bread, grain. The flavor is alright. Black lager and brown bread with a touch of coffee. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Lingering notes of molasses, maybe a hint of brown sugar. Overall, this was ok.
07-27-2013 22:03:34 | More by Huhzubendah
3.65/5 rDev +8%
750ml bottle into a Teku glass. Huge thanks to bstyle.
A – Pours a dark, red hued brown body. Crazy amounts of dark grey foam. It was a real effort just to get a standard pour it would foam up so much. Crazy lacing and retention, this stuff just clumps onto the glass and stays forever.
S – Some faint citrus and fruity esters, pilsner malt, grass and light charred malts.
T – Faded piney hops, clean pilsner malt and Belgian yeast fruits followed by some lightly roasted malt and a lingering bitterness. Very drinkable yet very forgettable. Mouth feel is creamy and rich, very nice.
O – A very average but drinkable beer. The fact that the label is unbelievably bad ass completely makes up for it though.
04-23-2013 03:52:57 | More by davey101
British Columbia (Canada)
2.81/5 rDev -16.9%
Appearance. Pours a cola brown with half a glass of khaki foam that eventually fades to a flat topped volcano and leaves some chunky lacing.
Smell. Fruity yeast, some darker malts and a bit of caramel and floral hops. Interesting and different.
Taste. Floral hops, almost perfume-like. Some raisins and dark fruits along with fruity yeast esters, a little toasty darker malt and a bit of cocoa powder. Not really feelin' it here.
Mouthfeel. Below medium body, medium-low carbonation. Feels a little watery.
Overall. An interesting beer, but the flavours just weren't working for me.
03-12-2013 01:00:15 | More by Rutager
3.85/5 rDev +13.9%
Poured from 750mL bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: extremely dark brown, near black; brown highlights are visible around the edges. Head pours four fingers is frothy tan foam; inconvenient, but pretty attractive.
Smell: lightly toasty malt aroma with a distinctly lagery character and some slightly funky, slightly spicy notes. An interesting mix, although not one which I usually associate with a schwarzbier.
Taste: flavor is much like the aroma, although with some added chocolatey malt character; the funk and spiciness are also toned down compared to the aroma. Still not very authentic for the style, but it is actually pretty tasty.
Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent level of carbonation and an OK creaminess. Not too bad.
Overall: I like this beer. It's an interesting take on the style.
01-04-2013 18:33:46 | More by flagmantho
3.83/5 rDev +13.3%
on-tap @ Belmont Station.
Black with a foamy off white head.
Light roast notes in the aroma. It is floral and lightly fruity hops in the taste and a slight roast finish.
Medium body wit bubbly, fairly active carbonation.
A well done, slightly hopped up take on the style.
12-31-2012 06:27:44 | More by vkv822
3.75/5 rDev +10.9%
Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a dark walnut brown, nearly opaque. Massive three finger light brown head with good retention and tons of lacing and foam bergs. Aroma of biscuit malt, grass, earthy spiciness, with a cola element. Flavor is an odd rye-like sourness, hops, biscuit and slight toasted malt. Finishes with an acerbic toasted malt and lingering earthy hops. Medium bodied. An unusual schwarzbier that has some rye beer characteristics. Unusual, but somewhat unbalanced.
12-28-2012 00:36:59 | More by LiquidAmber
3.53/5 rDev +4.4%
Bottle opned on 12.20.12
A - Pours a dark cola brown with a foamy light tan head that just sits there.
S - Malts, slight spice, raisins.
T - Bready malt, chalky wheat.
D - Good carbonation with a surprisingly heavier body, chalky on the tongue.
O - Malty, dark and chalky. Not that impressed with this one.
12-24-2012 07:20:07 | More by HuskyinPDX
Upright Untitled (Bad Brains) from Upright Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.