Foreign Style Stout
Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

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Style:
Stout - Foreign / Export
Ranked #120
ABV:
6.9%
Score:
84
Ranked #39,002
Avg:
3.69 | pDev: 12.2%
Reviews:
48
Ratings:
141
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Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
 
Colorado, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
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Gots
  20
SCORE
84
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.49/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer served a pitch black color with a one finger head of cream colored foam. The head has a moderate level of retention, fading to leave some rings of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is big of a roasted malt smell along with hints of chocolate and a little bit of caramel and molasses. Along with these aromas comes notes of vanilla and a little bit of crème.

Taste – The taste begins with a nice roasty base that has a light level of caramel and milk chocolate sweetness. Along with these flavors are notes of vanilla, which grow stronger in nature, along with a little bit of more earthy hop taste. The sweetness grows stronger in nature as the taste advances and is joined by some other darker flavors of coffee and a little bit of molasses. With some light woody tastes and a hint of herbal hop coming at the end, one is left with a lightly sweetened and chewy, but easy and flavorful dark flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the slightly thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is average. I would have liked a little lower carbonation for the dark flavors of the brew, but overall it was pretty decent due to its nice moderately dry character.

Overall – This was a rather enjoyable foreign extra stout. The abv. of 6.9 is very hidden rather well. It is a little sweeter then what I am accustomed to for the style, but very enjoyable and flavorful none the less.

Feb 21, 2016
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black in color with no penetration to light. There's a fingernail of khaki foam in top. Aroma is dark malt with just a trace of sweet molasses. The flavor is initially dak malt and slightly bitter with a rush of sweet dark malt quickly overtaking the palate. The mouth is creamy and lightly chewy.
Best by March 25 so we are a few weeks past that.

Apr 20, 2015
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AlCaponeJunior from Texas

3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with a monstrous brown head that just wouldn't go away and left sticky lacing.

Aroma and taste - a nice blend of roasty notes with a touch of smoke and a little bit of burnt grill. There's a fair amount of sweetness too, giving it a bit of a milk stout character.

Body is pretty thick and chewy, leaving a lightly sweet, roasty afterthought.

As usual, upslope doesn't disappoint. So far upslope is batting 1000, and i have tried quite a few of their brews. Given their record, I certainly expect to keep trying their new offerings and enjoying the old ones.

Apr 20, 2015
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours fudge brown and builds a nice tan head; impressive retention and a reasonable amount of lacing is left behind

Smell: Exceedingly roasty, with chocolate and fruit tones

Taste: Chocolate and coffee forward, with burnt toast flavors building, hints of fruit develop underneath with the roasted flavors returning in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a somewhat over-carbonated mouthfeel

Overall: A bit too burnt and roasty and I also didn't care for the mouthfeel but the beer has its attributes and is worth a try

Apr 02, 2015
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a small, khaki-colored head of bubbly foam. It left some thin lacing on the glass. It smelled of roasted malt, biscuity notes, sweet caramel and some piney bitterness. Sweet chocolate, toasted caramel taste and a nice bitterness.

Mar 25, 2015
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours ebony with 3 fingers of mocha colored head. Good lacing & average head retention

S: Cocoa, dark fruit

T: Dark fruit, cocoa & roastyness up front. Dryness, pears, plums, just a bit of iron as this warms, a little bit of fig as well. Finishes dry with dark fruit & just little bit of lactic sourness & leafy hops

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation

Pretty much to style, but nothing too exotic or exciting here

Feb 24, 2015
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allforbetterbeer from Colorado

4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a goblet. Best by date still 6 weeks out.

Pours a dark brown liquid forming a black and attractive body under a thick dark tan head.

Smells of decent roast- chicory, burnt toast, black malt, and a hint of chocolate. A light passing hint of hops makes an appearance. A slight touch of the almost fruity acrid notes that make Guinness Foreign Extra so special. Not as hopped in the aroma as that beer.

The flavor centers around rather big and very darkly roast malt. This takes the form a nearly charred bread (in a good way, like the edges of a toasted English muffin) a bit of coffee bitterness, a brief showing of hop influence, and a clean malty finish. Not much of an aftertaste, which actually works well.

Medium bodied with lower carbonation. I think this works well.

Conclusion: A very good dark beer. I have always liked this style, but often found American versions to be uninspired. I personally think the Guiness Foreign Extra to be an outstanding beer and the benchmark for the style, and although this is beer isn't quite at that level, it is doing its own thing and doing it well. Worth being proud of for Upslope. I could drink this regularly.

Feb 03, 2015
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JasonEdelstein from Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

L: Very dark with orange to brown lacing. 1 finger off-white head
S: Notes of chocolate, but a little bit sharper, perhaps a sort of black licorice twang.
T: Good flavors but not well balanced. Tastes like most stouts but after-taste comes abruptly.
M: Carbonation definitely helps to blend these flavors together.
O: It's alright, I don't know if I'd drink it again because I favor Left hands fade to black, but I was craving a stout and it satisfied my craving.

Jan 26, 2015
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

3.05/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Can at Old Chicago.

Pours a black colour with a small off white head of foam.

Things got weird. ..I get no roasted malt, maybe a hint or 2 of chocolate, but the smell I get the most is a fruity tartness.

Tastes like it smells, complete with that fruity tartness.

Good mouthfeel.

I read a few reviews after drinking this limited Upslope brew and didn't see a mention of any tartness. Doesn't fit the style anyways. Infection?

Edit: yep, it is referred to so I guess this is what the brewer intended.

Jan 11, 2015
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Robloc303 from Colorado

4/5  rDev +8.4%

Pours a very dark black, and smelled coffee right off the bat. The head went away about immediately. The nose has plenty of coffee and chocolate and some toasted walnuts. Flavor is pretty good. Not too bold like other stouts. Lots of chocolate and coffee and for being over 8%, there are no trace amounts of alcohol. Dry finish with lingering flavors of coffee and chocolate. Very good!

Sep 14, 2014
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Vonerichs from Colorado

3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown, letting a fair amount of light pass around the edges. The head and carbonation looked very active.

Some nice aromas coming through. Sarsaparilla, light chocolate, and char. I'm also picking up a faint smoke.

I know this beer has no mention of being smoked, but I'll be damned if I'm not picking up campfire in mine. The roast comes through heavily in the flavor.

Body is thin and carbonation is higher than I prefer in a stout, but somehow seems to fit this one.

It's not a knock-your-socks off stout, but is definitely a user-friendly stout and very drinkable. It comes with a robust flavor but isn't a big boozy carbohydrate packed stout (that I enjoy very much.) I respect that.

May 08, 2014
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homebrew311 from Illinois

3.27/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Can poured into glass. Pours black with tan head that retains nicely. The nose starts with some fruity notes, mainly raisins. This is paired with chocolate, roasted malt, and a bit of creaminess. The taste is fruit forward again with notes of raisin dominating. This gives way to a tangy metallic character that isn't working for me. Some roast appears up front but is ultimately drowned out by fruit and metallic notes. Mouthfeel is light for style with appropriate level of carbonation. Overall, this one just isn't working for me.

Mar 08, 2014
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #65 (June 2012):

Very luscious and damn tasty. The balance is there, you just have to see the beer through. Just because a Stout does not have a port-like level of alcohol and 100-plus IBUs does not mean it can’t make some noise. This beer makes us happy.

LOOK: Black, opaque, beautiful lacing

SMELL: Sweet, mocha, soft char, burnt sugar, roasted grain

TASTE: Silky smooth, creamy body, sweetness up front, coffee, unsweetened chocolate, brown malt, soft charcoal, burnt raisins, black currants, faint licorice root, drying sooty finish

Nov 27, 2013
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BeerWizard from Colorado

3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tried to do the Guinness-style pour from an upside down can into a mason jar and ended up with half a glass of beer, half foam, and foam all over the counter. Do not attempt the Guinness-pour with this.

Anyway, comes in a slick-looking black and silver can, says "limited release", and boasts 6.9% abv. Pours black with mahogany edges and virtually no head if you take it easy on the pour. Smells smoky and chocolatey, and tastes like chocolate with like a lighter layer of fruit that I can't quite identify. It's good, full bodied, and has a nice balanced finish - not super-sweet, not bitter.

I'm by no means a huge fan of stouts but I do like Upslope and wanted to give this one a shot. I think it's a solid offering and would get it the next time I'm in the mood for the style.

Sep 15, 2013
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

blargimus had sent me a box of CANs and although I was quick to get tone77 his share, I put mine in the reefer to chill and then got caught up with both school and a heavy influx of bottles, all of which are now put to rest.

From the CAN: "Ingredients - Snowmelt, Malt, Patagonian Hops, Irish Ale Yeast, Roasted Barley/Specs - Hand-Crafted, Aluminum CAN, Portable, Recyclable, Good"; "Hand-Crafted Beer"; "Limited Release".

I released it with a mighty Crack, allowing some off-gassing of CO2. The inverted Glug would have made Guinness envious with its pseudo-cascading action. I dislike when I hear people say, "Oh, I don't like dark beer" because color generally has little to do with it, but cases like this one hearten me. It finally settled into a dense cap of two fingers of deep-tan head that sat atop the beer like a muffin top. Color was a deep, dark-brown allowing ZERO light penetration. Nose smelled of dark chocolate, smoky burnt wood, dried dark fruit, charcoal and molasses. Mouthfeel was medium, approaching a fullness on the tongue. The taste was initially very smoky before the dark chocolate broke through. Lacing had already begun to form in the glass. The finish was semi-sweet, quite chocolaty, but with the smokiness lingering after the swallow. Hoo hah! My, but this was good! It was, for me, more of a dessert beer than something that I would put into my cooler. I am glad for the opportunity to have tried it in its limited release.

Jun 23, 2013
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spoony from Colorado

3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz can into a snifter.

A-A slightly aggressive pour produces a black, opaque brew. There is no real head, only a thin ring of brown foam.

S-Dark roasted malts dominate the nose giving the aroma of baking chocolate, espresso, and a touch of smoke. This is not a coffee or a bourbon barrel stout, but I still get a decently complex aroma here.

T-The taste is also full of bitter dark chocolate and cold coffee. There is a little char and a touch of raisin or prune. A warm punch of alcohol also pokes through. The taste is a little harsh and simple.

M-The feel is medium to full bodied with a little prick of carbonation. I could have used less intrusive bubbles.

O-This is not my favorite Upslope offering. As noted above, the whole package is a bit simple and the taste is a bit metallic and hot. Perhaps this is the true export style, because I think some time in a cargo hold (or cellar...) might mellow the harsh aspects of this beer.

Mar 23, 2013
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Relying on heavy roast and burnt sugars to carry the session, Upslope dives into the taste of Ireland that's build far to strong even for those of their own homeland. Let's see if this ale does what those export versions are meant to do...

The Foreign Stout decants with the darkest brown hues without turning decidedly black. Nearly glass-like in its sheen, the beer is opaque and only slightly translucent. A sheet of foam releases from the beer with excited fashion but only amasses a skirt upon the beer. A collar of foam retains, allowing only spotty lace adhering upon the glass.

High coffee aromas project onto the nose; and does so in the form of French press, bold roast blends. Lightly scorched toffee, twangy malt, grape, and milk-like starch brace against the coffee notes for a latte-like effect. Cocoa, walnut and mild earthen peat offer a damp soil scent that grounds the aromas in rustic character.

While bold coffee roast, chicory, cocoa, and root beer set off the taste, there's a sweeter and softer underpinning that sets in- doing so with powdered sugar sweetness, malted milk, and toffee. Stopping shy of aspartame, the taste takes a turn toward tangy alcohol complements of grape, cherry, and Parmesan. Campfire-like burnt embers are somewhat reminiscent of liquid smoke but is more a testament to roasted barley that commands the taste in finish.

Strong roast commands the balance in body as much as it does at any part of the taste. Near Turkish coffee allows astringent grain compounds to complement scorched earth for a full bodied but medium-dry finish to govern the beer. Alcohol warmth is strong and keeps the beer lightened and dry throughout.

Upslope's Foreign Style Stout does a reasonably good job at replicating the asserted roast character that's displayed in similar version such as Guinness Foreign Extra Stout but it is a little softer on the roast than is expected. Even with the gentle hand, it makes for a very tasty stout that will appease all lovers of the devoted black beers.

Mar 21, 2013
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks again to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts, some coffee. Taste s slightly sweet, chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, a hint of hops. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

Feb 14, 2013
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claspada from New Jersey

3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a extremely dark roasted coffee bean brown color with a small creamy egg shell head that recedes almost immediately; almost nitro-esque.

Aromas begin with some roasted espresso malts, some dark bitter cocoa and some burnt barley maltiness. It lacks the sweet and chocolate malt presence you get in some American/sweeter stouts which is a good thing fotr this style. There is some fruitiess that does emerge as is warms which is hopefully from some English yeast strain.

The tastes begin with some caramelized dark malts, hints of roast, and a bit of dark baker's chocolate. Some light fruity esters emerge but the flavor profile is quite English and clean lacking any abbrassive roasted malts; almost minerally profile.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side of medium bodied with medium to low carbonation. Finish is clean and crisp which is important for this style but still has the dark roasted malt presence to know your enjoying a quality stout.

Overall this was a solid offering and example of an overlooked style in America. A more drinkable and flavorful version of the most popular example in the world Guinness Foreign extra stout and it's in a can, so I approve.

Feb 09, 2013
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wlevando from Colorado

3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

First half of a shared can into an 8 oz. chalice.
Vigorous pour.
Slurps alternating with mouthfuls of a poorly done Chicago-style pizza.

Appearance: Nearly opaque, deep, deep brown. Beautiful, creamy-looking head fades over ~2 minutes, leaving a murky rim of off-white ~0.1 mm bubbles.

Smell: Toffee on freshly baked, hearty bread, with pressure-brewed coffee coming up on the other side of the kitchen. Subtle, but welcoming and complex, like familial idiosyncrasies. These subtleties beg from calm enjoyment and immediate reflection, however.

Taste: Initial flavor of milky espresso fades to a mildly sweet, woody dryness. Dryness persists, leaving a bitter aftertaste. Swishes nearly renew the flavor cycle.

Mouthfeel: In the same way as the flavor does, creaminess fades to desiccation. After a swish, the decay of that pleasant initial touch is faster than the flavor decay.

My take: Another great showing by Upslope. I would love to try this beer on nitro; a hardy head seems important to the conveyance of the flavor and mouthfeel of this beer. I look forward to a less bready accompaniment to this beer. A mild cheese (bad provolone? good mozzarella?) would go well with this, as would low-garlic hummus.

Jan 25, 2013
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cosmicevan from New York

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Sep 23, 2012
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JuicesFlowing from Kansas

3.27/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Aug 26, 2012
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rudzud from Massachusetts

3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Jul 09, 2012
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Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Low C+

May 31, 2012
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Beaver13 from Colorado

3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

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.

May 04, 2012
Foreign Style Stout from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 141 ratings