Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Upslope Foreign Style Stout review

Upslope Foreign Stout StoutWould a 6.9% ABV stout in a can hold up to 9 months and still be good? When I spied a six pack of Upslope Brewing's Foreign Style Stout I knew I wanted to find out. This beer was originally packaged back in January and hidden away in the back of the beer cooler until now. I've been in that store several times before and didn't remember seeing this beer there or else I would have picked it up earlier. Still, when a six pack showed up in the store cooler it was time to snag it.

Foreign Style Stout is part of Upslope Brewing's Limited Release Series. This is a series I intend to explore further. It comes exclusively in stores in black 12oz cans. Seeing how the day I chose to drink it was on one of the first cool evenings we'd had all Summer long, I knew it was time for dark beer reviews again.

Upslope Brewing touts that this beer will impart hints of toffee, vanilla and plenty of dark roast. Sounded good to me, but I wanted to find out for myself. I'm in search for the perfect stout for this coming winter.

Appearance: Upslope Foreign Style Stout poured as dark as night. The brew didn't seem to allow any light to shine through it. The beer poured with a healthy 2 fingers of thick brown foam that seemed to last just a minute or so before settling down to just a small bead around the edge of the glass. The lacing was minimal and quickly slid down the edge of the glass.

Aroma: Oh ya! This beer just couldn't wait to get out the aroma. I got a full nose full of roasted malt goodness. There were definitely hints of the toffee I was promised, along with a sense of coffee with cream. I couldn't pick up on the vanilla, but perhaps that might come out later during the tasting. The scent of this beer was just very inviting, and for me, that helps sell the beer almost immediately. One surprise here was the spice from the hops as well. This came out as the beer warmed.

Taste: Some stouts come off as being overly roasted, dry and tongue coating. This beer, on the other hand this beer started out with a smooth roast with a hint of sweetness. The beer was definitely full bodied and had a good balance of bitterness, roast, toffee. The beer didn't dry out like other stouts do, it kept things moist and felt a bit creamy going down. This was a well balanced stout that begged to be savored slowly.

Overall: This stout definitely got my notice and right away. I thoroughly enjoyed drinking this brew. It had all the necessary ingredients to make this a stout worth seeking out. I just hope I can snag more of this beer as I realize this has been out for a while and the next batch probably won't be out until after the first of 2013. Thumbs way up to Upslope Brewing of Boulder, Colorado for making a stout worthy of my faves.

Disclosure: I paid full retail price for this beer.

Related articles:
- Upslope Christmas Ale review. (2012)
- Upslope cans and releases Foreign Style Stout.
- Upslope Pale Ale review.
- Upslope Brown Ale review.

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