Saturday, March 17th 2012
Upslope Foreign Style Stout
(Upslope Brewing Company)
St. Patrick's Day is a great day to enjoy a stout and this is certainly one that we've been looking forward to enjoying for quite some time now. Uplsope's Foreign Style Stout is their first limited release canned offering and the black can is a great contrast to their natural aluminum lineup - not to mention a very fitting vessel for dark as night stout.
From the Upslope Brewing site:
“We’ve always wanted to can one of the specialty beers that we brew as a limited release, and finally have built the capacity to do so. Our Foreign Style Stout has been a tap room favorite since it was originally brewed as our first anniversary beer two years ago. With only 200 barrels of this beer being brewed in January and February, it truly deserves its ‘limited release’ status“.
Sometimes called an export stout, our take on a traditional Irish style is roasty but corduroy smooth and well-balanced both in malt character and hop bitterness."
Here we go...
Pour - inky black in appearance with low carbonation and little head on top. Slightly viscous as it pours, you know this has a bit of weight behind it.
Aroma - lots of roasted barley notes along with cocoa powder, French roast coffee, molasses, Tootsie Rolls with hints of toasted brown bread.
Taste - Loads of bold malt flavors come pouring on to the palate, bitter roasty flavors along with some sweet dark chocolate and espresso notes. The finish is bitter with hints of citrus tang and a long lasting roasted malt flavor. Roasty, toasty and delicious.
Overall - a great example of this style. Upslope's Foreign Style Stout packs a bitter, dark roasted malt punch with hints of sweetness. A very nice debut for their canned limited release lineup. We look forward to what comes next.
Note - Foreign or Export style stouts differ from regular stouts by historically having a higher alcohol content and perhaps have a larger quantity of hops used in the brewing process. The style is very popular in places like Jamaica and Nigeria and in other warm climates (that you may not associate with stout drinking).
American craft brewers currently can only two versions of this style. Upslope Brewing's Foreign Style Stout and Southern Star Brewing's Buried Hatchet Stout.
Posted by Russ
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