Beer ReviewUpFlow BrewingUpFlow Stout Review

November 15, 2021by Jonathan Lambrianidis

While I drink a lot of non-alcoholic beer, writing this UpFlow Stout Review really cemented how much time, effort and development goes into creating a non-alcoholic beer. Spoiler alert, this beer is a banger!

UpFlow Stout is a delicious and roasty non-alcoholic stout. It is led with coffee and chocolate like notes and has a roasty warm body before being finished with a great amount of pointed and lingering bitterness that makes it a great option for alcoholic and non-alcoholic stout drinkers alike.

Key Takeaways

ABV: <0.5%
Style Stout
Calories: 21 calories / 100ml
Colour: Dark Marmalade
Main Notes: As black as brown can get
Cost: $21 – $25
Rating: 8.5 / 10

UpFlow Non Alcoholic Stout Can and Containing Beer

UpFlow Stout Taste

Having brewed a couple of stouts in the past, the flavour profile is one that I enjoy tasting and exploring and always get a kick out of drinking, which makes it even more exciting to bring you some extra information on another great non-alcoholic version.

If you’re thinking about trying the UpFlow Stout you’re going to find a clean, deliciously deep, roasty and dark tasting non-alcoholic stout that wraps the flavour of a full-strength stout into a tidy non-alcoholic option.

Looking into a full profile of this beer from UpFlow Brewing, you’re going to find classic stout flavours with a mid-weighted body and good level of carbonation that is a cut above the rest of the UpFlow range. On profile specifics, your glass will be full of:

  • Dry roasted malts;
  • Deep and dark flavours of coffee and chocolate-like flavours;
  • Warm and full body of flavour;
  • Lingering pointed bitterness that develops through the body and holds while drinking.

As you can see above, you’re going to be treated to a clean flavour profile that is, for the most part identical, to traditional alcoholic stout and delivers so much flavour that, when enjoyed out of a glass, you’re going to struggle to tell that it is alcohol-free.

What I Like

Things to Consider

The flavour profile of coffee and roasty malts. If you’re after a sweeter milk stout this is on the dry side.
The finishing bitterness.

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Sound like an option you want to know more about? The full guide is below!

UpFlow Stout in hand

Who Is The Upflow Stout For?

With its dry, clean and bitter profile, if you are a stout drinker – you’re going to love this alcohol free option from UpFlow. It will suit traditional stout drinkers, or if you’re into cocktails and enjoy an espresso martini trading it out for this non-alcoholic stout won’t leave you disappointed.

If you enjoy a sweeter milk stout like that from Big Drop Brewing Co. I’m confident the hints of sweetness in the UpFlow will be enough to get you over the line with this slightly more sessionable option.

Having put the UpFlow Range through its paces for the better part of a year, I am confident you’re going to enjoy what the team are up to with their range. For me, the UpFlow Stout lands at 8.5 / 10 for all the reasons mentioned above. Dry, deep, complex and above all – COFFEE! What’s not to love!

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Where To Buy UpFlow Stout.

UpFlow Stout is easy to buy both online and in-store through retailers such as Brunswick Aces, Craft Zero and Dan Murphy’s, a 6-pack of the UpFlow Stout will cost you between $21 – $25, which for such a quality brew is well worth the price.

I’m a big fan of these and have bought myself a few 6 packs lately both in-store and online. If you’re in the market for a stout check out the links to the retailers below to get your non-alc stout journey started.

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UpFlow Stout Close Up

UpFlow Stout Nutrition

The UpFlow Stout comes in at only 21 calories and 1.4 grams of sugar per 100ml. It is in essence entirely fat-free a beer that achieves amazing flavour without the calories or alcohol.

If you’re looking for a healthy non-alcoholic beer full of flavour, you’re in luck.

The full nutrition profile and detail for the UpFlow Stout is below.

Avg Quantity
Per Serving (355ml)

Avg Quantity
Per 100ml

Energy 309 kJ
74 Cal

87 kJ
21 Cal


< 1 g

< 1 g
Fat, total

< 1 g

< 1 g

— saturated

< 1 g

< 1 g


16 g

4.5 g

— sugars

5 g

1.4 g

8.5 mg

2.4 mg

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UpFlow Stout nutrition information

When to Drink UpFlow Stout

The UpFlow stout is unique from the other options I’ve tried from Big Drop and Sobah (which are both amazing beers in their own right) however the difference here is the UpFlow is really sessionable.

While all three options I mention above leave me wanting to reach for another, the flavour profile of the brew by UpFlow meant it was something I could drink more than two in any sitting.

Stout is made to be paired with the most hearty and rich foods and dark chocolates (what a distinction right!). I love making a shepherd’s pie or rich beef burgundy pie and reaching for a can of UpFlow to balance things out.

Talking to people about their experience with the UpFlow Stout they mention that the body opens up and full aroma comes through when this one is enjoyed out of a glass. Personally, I am in full agreeance and if you’ve followed any of my content you’ll know I’m a big advocate for affordable high-quality glassware.

I’m all about using the Spiegelau Craft Tasting Kit that’s been by my side through this whole Tipple Zero journey and is something that I really recommend to everyone. If you’re interested in getting the most out of your non-alc (and alcoholic beers), check out the kit over on Amazon AU – it will likely cost $45 – $55 (or if you’re in the US, the Amazon US link can be found here).

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UpFlow Stout Can

The Wrap Up: Final Thoughts

The UpFlow Stout combines the best of both worlds, mostly dry and roasty malts with a deep and complex flavour profile that brings all the benefits and things you love about stout, while keeping the drawbacks and pitfalls of alcohol away.

Like I mentioned above, this is the most sessionable non-alcoholic stout I’ve tried and is one that I’d happily work my way through a 6 pack of in a single sitting due to its dry and ‘just enough sweetness’ approach to things.

If you’re interested in giving it a go (you honestly should be) head over to the retailers below and get yourself a few dollars off.

Grabbed a 6-pack or two? Enjoyed it (or didn’t)? Drop me a line with your thoughts over on

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by Jonathan Lambrianidis

Non-alcoholic drinks writer and podcaster, beer brewing and winemaking side-kick, lawyer and cyclist. Owner of and the Non-Alcoholic Drinks Podcast.