Foreign Style Stout | Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

Foreign Style StoutForeign Style Stout
BA SCORE
3.65/5
141 Ratings
Foreign Style StoutForeign Style Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
Colorado, United States
upslopebrewing.com

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by emmasdad on 02-14-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#32,646
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
141
pDev:
12.33%
Bros Score:
3.94
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
20
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 141 |  Reviews: 47
Photo of Texasfan549
3.19/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BEERchitect
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
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+

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Photo of brentk56
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
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

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Photo of zeff80
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mactrail
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rather sweet at first sip, but it moderates into a big, rich, well-balanced beer. Dark but a hint of chestnut in the color. Nicely carbonated. Some dark fruit mixed with the roasted malt. Currants, a hint of dates, but more dark caramel. Fairly light bodied. Nutty and a little woody. Really quite an interesting stout, if you like the sweeter and richer style.

Can from Denver. Seems to be in great condition. A pleasant quaff, and stronger than it tastes.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of russpowell
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
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

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Photo of woodychandler
4.21/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.12/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to angelmonster for this one.

A: Pours a dark brown color with a small tan head that reduces quickly, leaving a thin ring on top. No lacing at all.

S: Not a whole lot going on. Some roasted malt and a little bit of chocolate.

T: Similar to the aroma, mostly roasted malt with a little bit of chocolate. There is a hint of caramel in there, slightly sweet.

M: Light to medium bodied. Seemed a tad thin.

O: A decent stout. Surprisingly thin for 6.9%. Nothing wrong with it, just didn't really do it for me.

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Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of sendbeer
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tone77
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of afsdan
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of rudzud
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bitterbill
3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of PEIhop
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Foreign Style Stout from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 141 ratings
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