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

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

Brewed by:
Upright Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.25%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed in May 2011, then aged in three 'Big Bottom' whiskey barrels.

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

Added by msubulldog25 on 10-14-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 11
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4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.29/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
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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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
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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3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
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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4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes

Pours black, with a nice head. Roasty chocolate dominated the aroma with light whisky notes. The beer is rich in the mouth, with wood and roast balancing the sweetness well. The body is good, heavy but not sticky or cloying.

Definitely enjoyed this one, and the barrel aged version seems like a significant improvement over the standard version which didn't particularly impress me.

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
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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4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
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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3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
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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