Big Slick Stout - Ale Asylum

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BA SCORE
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very good

187 Ratings
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Ratings: 187
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 9.77%
Wants: 14
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Golden2wenty1 on 06-23-2006

This Oatmeal Stout has copious amounts of dark and sweet malt give our stout aromas of coffee and a rich mouthfeel with a dry finish.
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Ratings: 187 | Reviews: 47
Reviews by Lemke10:
Photo of Lemke10
4.44/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Ale Asylum. This pours a dark brown color with a bubbly light brown head. The aroma is sweet with chocolate and hint of coffee. This taste like a big kid’s chocolate milk in the form of beer. Very interesting, I can’t say I’ve ever had anything quite like it.

More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep black with outstanding ruby hues when held to the candlelight created by Ale Asylum’s numerous votives. Thin khaki skim.

N: Wonderfully bitter oatmeal and coffee mixed with sweet creamy chocolate.

T: Light hoppy front. Nicely bitter. Chocolate middle. Astringent coffee finish.

MF: Medium bodied. Bitter front, sweet middle, dry finish.

D: Very high.

Photo of jwc215
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown to black with a foamy, well-retained brown head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of robust coffee, rich chocolate, hint of anise and dark fruit.

The taste is of robust coffee/espresso with a rich chocolate (cake with chocolate frosting). Sweetness balanced by earthy tones and anise. It's very complex, rich and delicious!

Full-bodied but not too thick or syrupy. Very silky texture. Alcohol is well-hidden.

As rich and complex as it is , it is very drinkable and smooth. A delightful stout, to say the least.

Photo of blackearth
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Ale Asylum in Madison, WI. Pours a black body with a dark khaki head. Aroma is faint toasted malts and a sugary sweetness. Mouthfeel is full bodied with low carbonation. Flavor is mostly dark roasted malts and a sweet aftertaste. Good drinkability.

Photo of MattyG85
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours midnight black with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of tan head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A rich and roasty dark malt forward aroma with hints of chocolate and coffee. Dark roasted barley malt with hints of dark chocolate, coffee beans, toast, smoke, biscuit, yeast, caramel, and oats. Sweet hints of molasses. Subtle hints of dark fruit and grassy hops. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a rich and roasty dark malt driven taste with notes of chocolate and coffee. Dark roasted barley malt with notes of dark chocolate, coffee, toasted bread, biscuit, smoke, oats, caramel, and yeast. Sweet taste of molasses. Subtle undertones of dark fruit and earthy hops. A pretty solid stout taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy, silky, and smooth with a drying finish.

Overall: A very solid stout. Good chocolate and coffee flavor with a nice creamy feel.

Photo of brians52
3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wasn't a fan of this.

Photo of cokes
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Generally black, or at least dark, opaque chocolate brown, as that's what it edges to when held up to a light source. The head is smallish and tan, and then relocates to form a lasting necklace.
The nose exudes equal parts espresso and dark chocolate. It also brings underpinnings of black currant, liquorice, and vanilla-caramel nougat. Oats bring a juxtaposed flaked and creamed notion of grain.
It's all Mocha Latte when it first crosses the tongue, the divides to roasted grain and deep chocolate malt. Molasses, liquorice, and blackberries form in the depths. Oats add smoothness to the grain quotient and mingle with a growing smokiness, as chocolate-covered walnuts materialize in the midsection. Milk chocolate reforms and carries through the finish with gentle notions of evergreen hops and burnt coffee.
Medium-full in texture, and appropriate slick with minuscule carbonation.
This not overly strong, but it is a beefy stout. However, it remains drinkable in rapid succession due to the harmony of its ingredients and flavors. Verily an archetype of the style.

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Good stout, coffee aroma. Very dark brown coloured body with a thin head. Rich, smooth, chocolate malts. More coffee than chocolate. A good one for coffee fans, and even I, not a coffee regular, was fine with it. Above average mouthfeel.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Ale Asylum.

Pours a midnight black with a beautiful cm of cocoa head in my sampler glass but sadly only a skim on my pint. Nose is bittersweet cocoa powder, roasted coffee and oatmeal malt. Taste starts off with a light, hoppy coolness, followed by a robust cocoa powder and coffee ground interplay of sweet and bitter with a sublime biscuity finish free of the bitter astringency that plagues many a stout. Mouthfeel is rich, yet not oppressive. A supremely drinkable chocolate-coffee stout. Right up there with Sierra Nevada. No pretention, no barrel-aging - just a well made American stout. 'Nuff said.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes:
Typical appearance: black body with a creamy dark tan head. Good retention. Some lacing. The flavor is rich and buttery with notes of caramel and creamy coffee. It's smooth, with a bold bitterness across the middle but a good balance. Medium bodied, it just slightly hints at creaminess. It finishes smooth with lingering toffee and bittersweet chocolate. Coats the tongue! A most enjoyable beer during cold weather! My girlfriend liked this one the best.

Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the brewery

appearance: served in an ale asylum pint glass...dark mahogany bordering on black body, light creamy beige head. pretty standard for the style but not posessing larry bell like retention

smell: smooth aromas all around, a bit roasty, light oats, milk chocolate, inviting aromas

taste: a good oatmeal stout but nothing really sets it apart from the standard...nice roasty malt body, chocolate and oatmeal notes are very pleasant, light nutty nature. another fully functional beer from a brewery still in start-up mode

mouthfeel: smooth, rich, and medium bodied

drinkability: good

Photo of WoodBrew
3.02/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For those that prefer the breakfast stout from Founder's will find this stout lacking somewhat. This beer poured a nice opaque with tan head that did not lace. The scent had roast and espresso base. The taste backed the scent up with ok roast and coffee. The mouthfeel was medium to light in body with subtle carbonation. Overall...eh...I could take or leave it...certainly not a 91 like other before me averaged.

Photo of larryarms847
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours very dark brown, approaching black in color, with a thick 2 finger head of dark khaki foam.

Tons of roasted malt character, chocolate, and slight coffee aroma, but you can definitely tell it's not true coffee.

Abundant oatmeal, chocolate, slightly nutty, and coffee-esque flavor.

Heavy-bodied, medium carbonation, soft, slightly chewy, a little slick and watery.

Overall, I definitely have to say while I enjoyed this beer, I think the use of actual coffee beans would definitely make me pick this up again, but not until then.

Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank on-tap at Ale Asylum.
A-Poured an opaque brownish-black w/dense brown head.
S-Sweet toasted chocolate malt, caramel, coffee. The aroma is whole and creamy.
T-Sweet malt on the attack, with toast, coffee, and chocolate midpalate, and a bitter, cleansing, liberally hoppy finish. The aftertaste is a blend of bitterness from the roast and hops, and the sweet coating that remains on the tongue. Very satisfying.
M-Terrific balance between bitterness and sweetness. The body is medium-heavy, thick, and creamy. The carbonation is light, and goes well with the overall character.
D-Excellent, smooth, and tasty. So easy to drink, even in warm weather. I really like the overall offering from Ale Asylum, and this is my favorite thus far.
Thanks to Dean for a tour of the brewery. The food's decent too.

Photo of scaliasux
3.42/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L - Dark brown - black. Appears clear. Thin light brown head - not persistent.
S - Dark and malty. Strong dark fruit, coffee, dark chocolate.
T - Dark malts dominate. Burnt toast, coffee, dark chocolate. Vague sweetness. A little resiny hops.

Photo of blackie
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: The beer comes in a tumbler pint witha nice, fluffy mocha colored head with good retention and decent lacing. The beer is almost black in color.

smell: The aroma is a nice blend of roasted barley, sweet chocolate, coffee beans, and lactose. The finish is roasty with a light, chalky bitterness.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is low, and the body a full medium...nice and creamy.

taste: The flavor is a great blend of roasted barley, cocoa, and lactic sugars. There is roast all over the place in this one, and the flavor progresses from slick at the beginning to dry. The finish is roasty with a light, chalky bitterness.

drinkability: drained...quite a solid oatmeal stout

on-tap at the brewpub after a trip to Lake Louie with some other BAs

Photo of Erdinger2003
4.39/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice little head that retains for a little while and has a great little lacing. Color is black and pretty. Chocolate notes with some good roasty malts in the backbone. The taste is nice and chocolatey when it hits the tongue and when it falls on to the back of the tongue it's nice and roasty, very enjoyable. Mouthfeel is very carbonated, but the bubbles are smooth and velvetty. I love this stout and will probably get more every single time I go back to Madison.

Photo of AmberMan22
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

had this on tap last night at Brickhouse BBQ, which incidentally has a dynamite selection of tap brews.

Pours a pretty close to solid black with a milk-chocolate colored head.

Smells incredibly chocolatey, roasty, lots and lots of malt.

Taste was just shy of perfect, I felt there was too much bitter/sour feel in the beer. That didn't sit very well with the extraordinarily high levels of chocolate flavor, which is also probably why I didn't give this better drinkability. Honestly made me a little queasy.
Otherwise, full roasty malt flavors (heavy on the chocolate) come soaring to the forefront.

Mouthfeel was full and rich, though -- I'd definitely say give this one a shot. I know I'll give it a 2nd chance to redeem itself.

Photo of Ri0
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into chalice. Best by 02-21-15.

A - Dark coffee brown with a cocoa colored 1.5 finger head. Retention is decent and the lacing is very fine webs and coats the glass.

S - Rich, dark, intense maltiness with both bitter and sweetness aromas. One would think there is chocolate and coffee added, so AA has really done a good job with the selection of roasted malts.

T - Not quite as good as the nose, but enjoyable. Bitter malts and coffee flavor up front. I pick up some bakers chocolate in the middle. Finish is bitter with a big roasted malt flavor.

M - It is medium bodied, smooth, somewhat creamy with a dry finish. I notice a slight grainy feel at the end, it is very fine.

O - This is not an imperial coffee stout and it isn't fair to compare it to Founders FBS. If you compare it to other oatmeal stouts you will see just how much this beer shines. I am impressed as I normally drink imperial stouts because I find regular stouts lacking. This has a ton of good flavor and feel and I almost thought it was an imperial stout.

Photo of hopdog
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Ale Asylum Brew Pub.

Poured a dark brown, almost black, color with an averaged sized tan head. Aromas of roast, coffee, chocolate, and lactose. Tastes of roast, coffee, vanilla, and light chocolate. Creamy body. Lacing left on the glass.

Notes from 7/23/07

Photo of TMoney2591
3.49/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Trooper shaker pint glass.

I expected more of an oil reference, but, hey, I guess we live in a post-Horizon world, eh? Anyway, this stuff pours a straight black-brown topped by a finger of sienna foam. The nose comprises cocoa powder, roasted malts, and a hint of coffee. The taste holds notes of mild treacle, thin coffee, and a twinge of salted chocolate. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel, one that borders on being a bit thin. Overall, this is an okay stout, but it opts for straight-up bitterness in a relatively too-thin body rather than a richness of flavor and mouthfeel. I might have another, but I likely wouldn't be excited about it.

Photo of martyl1000
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

UPDATE: 04/10/15
12 oz. bottle at The Spot, Madison

Mm-hmm. Just as good as I remember it. Much more significant sweetness than in my original review (below). That and the semi-creamy body make me ask the bartender if it contains any dairy, since I'm lactose intolerant. The bigger body is also different from my review of 2012.

I so rarely drink regular-strength stouts, I haven't had a Big Slick in years. Pleased it can be a real go-to, as its availability is so good, in stores, bars, and restaurants of all stripes. Even corner markets with only the most pedestrian craft offerings commonly carry it.

Highly recommended to any of you FIBS out there who are seeing this in Illinois for the first time.

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Orig. review (same score) 7/14/12

On tap at The Fountain (Madison).

Pours an 80%-chocolate brownish black, with a small tan head. Smells of roasty mocha.

Really nice clean black coffee flavor on the palate. Charred toast. No real sweetness. Some chocolate flavor.

A bit thin in the mouth. That's the real disappointment. Delicious, but just watery, without much tactile presence. But high drinkability because of it. It's pretty dangerous in that way.

Photo of Derek
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the brewery. 7% abv.

A: Black with a dark tan head, some retention, great lace.

S: Coffee, roasted grain, licorice, light spice.

T: Coffee, molasses, dark bread, dark chocolate, licorice, slight fruity ester presences with a little warmth from the alcohol. Very nice.

M: Moderate to full body is very smooth.

D: Very drinkable for its strength.

Photo of Deuane
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Black with a thin tan head leaving spotty lacing.

S-Light roasted malt aroma with some hints of coffee and chocolate.

T-Nice, rich, full flavour of roasted barley and light coffee. Gives way to a very smooth and rounded finish.

M-Medium-heavy body with ful mouth end in a pleasant bitterness.

D-A solid oat stout. Really nice, Good, roasty aftertaste.

Photo of BarrytheBear
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smooth, big roast, coffee, round and flavorful. A very solid example of an oatmeal stout, a welcomed bottle addition, and likely my favorite current Ale Asylum offering.

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Big Slick Stout from Ale Asylum
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