Foreign Style Stout | Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

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Foreign Style StoutForeign Style Stout

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Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
Colorado, United States

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 47 | Ratings: 141
Photo of tylerprince
3.74/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a sample from a can my roommate bought. Fresh in Denver.

A: Pours pretty darned close to pitch black, although a fair amount of light shines through. One finger tan head resolves quickly and doesn't leave behind any lacing.

S: Not overpowering. Chocolate and coffee, of course, but with a fair amount of fresh, not-yet-roasted malt smell.

T: Very chocolatey. Leads with dark chocolate, which slowly fades to coffee; the finishing bitterness is pure espresso. A hint of raspberry throughout. Very nice, although certainly not as mature as world class stouts.

M: Smooth and low on carbonation, but not too creamy. I'd like a little more milkiness should Upslope do another limited release stout in the future.

O: A solid stout. Great taste and aromas, but lacking in the appearance and MO department.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.12/5  rDev -12.6%
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 denver10
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black with a thumbs width brown head that quickly dropped to s a slight surface coating. Toasted barley, some chocolate, some sweet dark fruits, and a little bit of metal. Flavor is strong from the roasted barley, a sharp sweetness carries through it, a little dark fruit, and nutty. Thinner in body a stout but it works. Creamy mouthfeel to it. A decent stout but nothing spectatular. I'd happily drink it again but probably won't be seeking this out on my own again.

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Photo of rawfish
3.16/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Acquired in a trade with SalukiAlum, thanks man.

Nearly pitch black with some ruddy highlights when held up to the light. A base of half a finger of head that has such horrible retention that I couldn't even tell you the color. No lacing to speak of.

Roasted coffee, nutty with a tad of astringent dark fruit skins.

Smoked almost burnt malt that gets toned down by some toffee and nuttiness. Dark fruits and acidity. No hop presence, flounders on the tongue a bit with metal, lactic acid and roast. Chocolate comes out as it warms balancing the off flavors just in time to keep this beer from crashing.

Thin, slick, appropriately carbonated for a stout. Acidic and sticky on the finish.

This is the first Upslope that I did not particularly enjoy having. It looks the part smells nice but all down hill with more lactic acid astringency and overroasted malt. Very little coffee or chocolate. If the acidity could be toned down I would enjoy the nuttiness and dark fruit a bit more. As it is right now not worth seeking out.

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Photo of mactrail
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
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 StoneTSR
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE: Stark black. No light penetrates even when held up to the light. I have only seen this in a few beers, one of which was Goose Island Bourbon County Stout. The head is a quarter-inch and slightly off-white, but whiter and thicker than most stouts, it dissipates quickly though, leaving a thin film covering about 60% of the surface of the beer in the middle. No lacing at all.

SMELL: The aroma has a pleasant and mild roastiness along with some dark chocolate and a touch of wood.

TASTE: This is a bitter stout. The roastiness from the nose carries over into some very smoky flavors and some coffee notes add to the bitterness. Dark chocolate tows the line between adding more bitter flavor and balancing with a touch of sweetness while a pleasant woodiness pulls all the way through each sip. The finish has an acidic and citrusy kick that remains on the palate through the aftertaste.

MOUTHFEEL: A nice sparkle up front slowly fades into a tickle. It is a little thinner than I would like for a stout, but on the plus side, the lighter body allows this to at least feel a lot more sessionable than its 6.9%.

OVERALL: This is a pretty solid and easily drinkable stout. It is a nice change of pace for a hop head that loves bitterness even though it doesn’t have the traditional hop bitterness.

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Photo of angelmonster
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a milk chocolate 1/2 inch head, body is black with a hint of brown highlights. Head retention and lacing are barely above average.

Smell is of roasted dark malts, raisin, and some slight copper. Not much else is present, no hops.

First taste is of dry bitter chocolate mixed with dried fig/prune. Metallic bittness comes in and out but is somewhat muted by semi sweet cocoa. As the beer warms, hops come out more and overpower the beer abit. At 7 percent abv, its rather smooth.

Body is alittle lighter than I would have liked. Head died down which didnt help. Carbonation levels were high but not over the top.

Overall this was a decent representation of a foreign stout. I prefer Lion stout more, dont think I'll be buying this one anytime soon.

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Photo of chugalug06
2.35/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Fell very flat, very fast. Not much in the way of head... Brew is thin black color. When swirled, a decent foamy cake builds, but dissipates rapidly.

S - Not too much. Very smokey and caramel.

T/M - Overly smoked!!! HELP! Very thin and watery, slightly off for the style. This brew has too many off flavors for the style. It's very musty and metallic. It's smooth, but in a chalky way... No hop to speak of either... No heat.

O - Not anything close to what I wanted... I love the can, but could give or take the beer... I know UpSlope is capable of better, so c'mon guys put on those thinking caps and blow me away with your next brew, perhaps it should be your famous Belgian ;)

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

Purchased a sixer of this from Supermarket Liquors in Ft. Collins, CO for $9. Into a DFH Signature glass.

A: Pours a nice deep brown in color with a few red/brown highlights when held to the light. A small cream colored head bubbles up to about 1/2 an inch then quickly fades leaving a small ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.

S: Not much going on here, some chocolate and caramel and a touch of roast. Not offensive by any means, just pretty mellow and subdued.

T: A lot like the nose, pretty subdued flavors of chocolate, a touch of roasted barley and a pretty sizable caramel flavor. Pretty sweet beer. As it continues to warm a nice chocolate profile starts to shine. Pretty good.

M: Spot on here, nice amount of viscous body, lower carbonation, somewhat sticky and sweet on the lips and in the finish. Beer as a whole is very slick. Nice here.

O: Pretty good stuff, I'm glad I've got 5 more cans of this to dive into. Not something to brag endlessly about, but a pretty solid export stout.

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Photo of blakelive784
2.93/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 fl oz can served in a snifter, reviewed live:

A - Pours a deep, nearly black/brown color with 2 fingers of creamy chocolate head. Retention is average at best. Mostly appealing.

S - Roasted barley, light roast coffee, light cream and a bit of yeast. It's mild to moderate in strength, and seems a bit standard, though it's not unappealing.

T - Muted roast and chocolate. The cream is the most dominant note, and I'm not sure why. A bit of tart fruit comes through on the climax. The roast character and really, the flavor overall, is entirely too mild and balanced way too heavily in favor of the cream.

M - The mouthfeel, however, is nearly perfect. Full bodied, creamy and silky smooth.

D - It's an average stout at best. The flavors are just too muted and simple.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
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 Rayek
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Out of the can and into my Nonic this goes. The beer appears with a deep chestnut hue. An extremely aggressive pour nets a mid-sized soapy tan head that falls away fairly quick to a patchy film. A bit of lace is left behind.

Molasses and baking chocolate do the yeoman's work here. My nose picked up a light grassy aroma too. In the mouth, the espresso notes absent from the nose appear. Bitterness is mild and slightly burnt, with a hint of lemongrass. Interesting. I had multiple cans of this and the one I'm reviewing has a much better carbonation level. It's not as overly fizzy as the other cans, but still a bit much for my liking. The body has a nice heft that isn't too chewy.

Overall, I came away mixed. This particular can is working for me, but the others weren't. Perhaps a quality control issue here? Still, it's a nice little beer that I'm glad I tried.

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Photo of riored4v
3.82/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Very thin, tan head. Body poured thin with a nice pitch black appearance.

Aroma smelled pretty good. Nice chocolate and roast. Mild sweetness. Some light, earthy hop notes.

Taste has a medium amount of sweetness upfront. Slightly metallic in the middle then a roasted coffee bitterness. Flavor seemed a tad off for me. Light notes of raisin. Good amounts of chocolate. Mild bitterness

Mouthfeel was medium body with medium carb. Crisp finish that leaves a hint of lingering stickyness

Overall a good beer for me. Good flavors without going over the top. No signs of abv. Good drinkability.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.01/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I picked up a sixer of this for $10.49 despite my better judgement but I really liked their brown ale. Dark black color witha scant set of bubbles, uh oh. Smells like roasted malt, stout, not bad but kind of average. The taste was a decent stout but nothing that really made me want to reach for another one. I think the big problem with this is that all of my cans seemed pretty flat and it was not reminiscent of cask beer if that is what they were going for. Disappointing.

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Photo of beergoot
4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an opaque, black brew with a thin, light tan head. Lacing and is minimal and no rings down the glass, but the head sticks around.

The smell is a delicious mix of roasted malt, chocolate, cocoa nibs and rich coffee.

The taste is rich and smooth, much like the aroma. Sweet. The bitterness blends nicely with the robust malt character.

An excellent canned stout...

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Photo of mastodonj
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz can into a diconic...
I've had an entire 6-pack of this over the last several days and it still stands up as a very solid stout that I will continue to seek out. My next task is to get over to the brewery and try it on tap.

A couple of other reviewers have already nailed the way I feel about this so I'm probably not going to be adding a lot here.

Opaque, nearly black with a dark beige head which is quite small and does not produce much lacing at all.

There is a nice nose of malty, roasted coffee.

Full bodied taste with a little bit of spice (no idea what is producing that). The alcohol content is just perfect for this
hybrid stout.

The feel is good with a nice alcoholic finish.

try it!

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Photo of kkrez
4.16/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The stout pours a dark brown/black with an off white head.

The aroma is of semi-sweet chocolate, light smoke, and coffee roast.

Taste is similar; semi-sweet chocolate coffee roast, with a slight earthy smokiness, all being finished up by a drying yeast and hop finish.

Mouthfeel is medium which makes this 6.9% beer highly drinkable and pretty sessionable.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
2.28/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

On tap at Vine Street Pub for Stout Month. The beer was served in an 8oz milkshake pilsner glass.

A - The beer is jet black with a solid 1 finger brown head. Decent retention and some lacing.

S - There is an average aroma of roasted chocolate malts, coffee, and a slight alcohol note.

T/M - The roasted grains are prevalent immediately. A mild bitterness follows. The beer thins out very quickly. It has a medium body on the front end but ends thin, watery, and unbalanced. The roasted malt dominates the palette but doesn't seem to mesh well with the mild earthen hop character.

D - Not really.

Overall, this was by far the least pleasing of all the stouts I've had so far during Stout Month at Vine Street. The ability to compare stout to stout to stout really exposes this beer. The flavor is not up to par and is not balanced at all, it's as though it was brewed with a ton of roasted chocolate malt without any other malt. Extremely thin finish - not what I am looking for in a stout!! I will not try this again.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: on-tap

Reviewed on: 02-15-2011 14:51:50

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Photo of ucsbmullet
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured aggressively into pint glass and got a fingers worth of foam at the top which went away quick.

Decent dark malt notes on the nose.

Smooth mouthfeel, reminiscent of Lefthand's Nitro Milk Stout. But is darker, has more bite, is roasty and smokier with a touch of dark chocolate.

Recommend if you like your stouts on the less sweet and more smokier style.

I know this beer is selling like hotcakes in the Denver area. It didn't blow me away, but is a very solid and drinkable beer.

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Photo of Domingo
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice to see this style starting to emerge a little more. I like the fact that it walks the line between big and small while having solid characteristics of both.
Brown, pretty much as close to black as you’re going to get without actually being there. No matter how hard I pour it, there’s almost no head. It’s bordering on flat, but there’s a little bit of carbonation to it.
The flavor profile comes across a bit like a kicked up Irish stout. Roasty with notes of coffee and semisweet chocolate. A little bit of vinous character, too, although it definitely isn’t as dry. Alcohol is barely present, though. Hops are more potent than similar beers like Guinness Export or Lion, but they aren’t quite in the range of an American stout.
Texture is thicker than it looks, but it’s still awfully low on carbonation. It’s almost like a hand pull kind of texture, but more still.
A pretty tasty beer that could probably satisfy Guinness fans and LH Milk Stout fans alike.
The low carbonation is definitely something that could be improved upon, but if they can fix that it’s a pretty admirable take on an export stout.

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Photo of DividedAvery
3.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a Bruery Tulip

A: Pours pitch black with a very small head that dissipates incredibly quick

S: Sweet like a milk stout with some roasted coffee and chocolate notes. Seems like a nice aroma

T: A bit thin for my liking. Some sweetness like a milk stout coms through followed by roasted notes and some coffee and a slight chocolate. Bitterness from the hops also comes through strong. Something about the hops that Upslope uses is very unsettling. Never liked any of hop profiles on their offerings

M: Not nearly enough carbonation. Almost flat, but the beer still has a touch of creaminess which is nice.

O: A decent stout. Not roasty enough and too flat in my opinion.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this one on tap the other night at the Vine Street Pub in Denver, as part of the stout month celebration. Needed a beer to fill out a taster set and chose this one. Black, with a decent head. Aromas of roasted malt, chocolate and malted milk. Medium bodied, very roasty, with baker's chocolate, malted milk and malt.

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Foreign Style Stout from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
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