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Upright Late Harvest (Batch 2)

Upright Late Harvest (Batch 2)
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Formerly brewed at Upright Brewing
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Portland, Oregon USA
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.79/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
This batch uses the Six as a base. Itís a blend of 4 former pinot noir barrels: one with chocolate syrup from Alma here in Portland, two with different forms of black pepper and one straight up, each filled at different times ranging from as little as several weeks to nearly a year ago. The peppercorns, long pepper and Tasmanian peppercorn, are very aromatic, the first being remarkably fruity and bright while the latter are earthy and intense while also lending a numbing sensation to the mouthfeel. The finished beer is very tart and dry with lots of bite from the pepper as well as some from the rye and hops. That bite will mellow with age and the beer will round out with more chocolate and oak flavors coming through down the road.

(This batch is bottled in green glass and contains a hand written 2 on the cap)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
daknole (10872) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 9, 2010
Brown pour, white head. Aroma is spicy, pepper, vegetal notes, tartness. Flavor is certainly sour, green peppercorns, light vinegar, lemony notes. Yeah this is good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dionysus (1485) - Arizona, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Huge thanks to daknole. Bottle pours burnt copper with an eggshell head. Aroma is an interesting combo of sour fruit, vegetation, and spices. Flavor shows the same with chocolate, sour stone fruit, light vinegar, pepper, allspice and a touch of what even seems like cinnamon (my guess would be from the pinot barrels). Damn good stuff and very interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 26, 2010
Bottle [rating 1800!!!]... Poured a hazy, ruby/rust color with a thin head. Thinner palate which boasted a dry, tart, acidic sourness. The rye malts from the Six endorsed cocoa, nutty characters. Candied sweet, acidic, apple and other light fruits. Oak, lettuce and other earthy bittering qualities (probably from the peppercorns, etc.), slight alcohol kick reminiscent of pinot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adrian910ss (2565) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2011
Sample from a growler courtesy of Matt Capone and Bill. Pours a dark brown maple color with a mahogany tint to it and a small cream colored head. Aroma of vinous notes, funk, wet wood, light vinegar and acidic notes. Taste is much the same as the aroma. Tart.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6625) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 1, 2011
Bottle:   Deep caramel, a little muddy, moderate to large light beige head, fairly nice lacing.   Funky floral barnish nose.   Smells great!   Wow, that is really aromatic!   Seems to also have a little Brett to it as well.   Tart, a bit fruity, floral, funky, barnish, musty, this is good!   Slighty dry.   This one is easy to sip, not overly tart nor dry.   Very smooth, full of flavor.   Really impressed with this one.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full, even a little spritzy.   Has a spicy finish, very fall like, similar to some Autumn spiced candles I have smelled.   Wow!   Probably one of the better Uprights I have had yet!   Tart unripened fruitiness lingers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cmonster (1000) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 2, 2011
Bottle served in a tulip. Pours dark amber brown with a good sized amber-white head. Good retention and lacing. Big sour and vino aroma and flavor. This is a great sour beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 20, 2011
In short: A spicy and very oaky/tannic dark ale with a blackberry pie character. Strange but fun sipper
How: Bottle 750ml from the first an only batch so far. Consumed approximately 4 months after it was bottled. Bottle sent to me by mcberko, thanks a lot Matt. Drank side-by-side with a bottle of first Late Harvest (Batch 1).
The look: Deep mahogany-ruby body topped by a medium beige head with medium retention leaving good lacings on the glass
In long: Nose is a moderately spicy, fruity, a bit oaky and a bit wild. Taste is crunchy cookies, pie crust, blackcurrants, blackberries, hot spices, lots of tannins, oaky vinous notes, minty notes. I compared the first Upright Late Harvest to a unsweetened cherry pie. The Batch 2 starts a bit like some kind of spicy blackberry pie but unlike the batch 1 the barrels and tannins are so strong that it feels a lot more sour and acidic than the batch 1. The Late Harvest Batch 2 is a sipper, unlike the batch 1 which was borderline sessionnable. Both are good, but Batch 1 was just more fun to me. I opened both the first Late Harverst and the Late Harvest Batch 2 at the same time. I donít mean to brag but Iím getting very good at opening beer bottles without blowing a circuit breaker.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickd717 (4165) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 14, 2012
750ml bottle. Hazy medium brown pour with a small off-white head leaving swirls. Nice tart aroma of caramel, spices, wild yeast, and oak. The flavor is medium sour with dark fruit, leather, oak, nutmeg, and vinegar. Interesting. Medium-bodied with good acidity and medium carbonation. Great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (6153) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2013
Tangy funky sweertness herbal notrs tpadt. Amber pour thin head. Flavors of herbal notes tangy wine barrel caramel notes herbal hops. Tangy herbal finish. Nice carbpnation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 16, 2011
750 ml bottle; batch 2; pours clear dark brown with fluffy white head; fresh fruit, dry spice, oak, coriander and nutmeg; some chocolate and a little sour barrel notes too; thin body with dry cola, chocolate and very mild funky note of orange peel and stale lemons; much more fruity and spicy funk on the nose than comes through flavor-wise; texture and body is very thin; lots of oaky dryness, light vinegar and dry pepper; lack of body in barrel aged beers sometimes really bothers me and it is definitely is an issue here

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