Upslope “Foreign Style Stout”
This Foreign-Export Stout is a winter seasonal originally brewed to commemorate the anniversary of Upslope. Tim, thanks so much for the can. Aromas give malty notes like cereal, roasted coffee, and milk chocolate. Further details have an earthy quality over an almost vinous twang.
The palate begins malty with a blend of bitter toast, coffee, and dark chocolate. Sweetness lands in the middle like burnt caramel. Bright, unripened dark fruit dances on the back-end with suggestions of cherry, currant, and plum. A tart, almost citric highlight creates an unusually sour climax. The aftertaste leaves behind a smoky quality as the roast continues to resonate. The mouthfeel begins fairly smooth, then thins out as alcohol descends, leaving a semi-dry conclusion.
The only other experience I’ve had with this style is the Guinness Foreign Extra from the US as well as the UK. Overall, I sort of enjoy the unusual aspects of this beer, because it makes this original. I can’t figure out which is the negative culprit here, but either the yeast or the hops provide a sour twang that throws things off balance a bit. I wish the malt roast dug a little deeper to help offset this effect. If you’re a stout fan, you’ll probably find enough here to enjoy, but I don’t really recommend it.