Big Slick Stout - Ale Asylum
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Ratings: 96 | Reviews: 32 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by botham:
4.88/5 rDev +20.8%
On tap at the brewpub in Madison. Pours black with two fingers of creamy tan head and no lacings, along with great retention. Aroma is of mild roasted malts, chocolate, and a bit of coffee up front, along with an overall richness that is quite smooth and a very well crafted overall profile. Very well put together.
Taste follows the nose with superb proportioning and a perfect amount of richness. Silky smooth on the palate with a perfect amount of roasted malt, chocolate malt, and black malt character that combine to form silky black goodness. Very easygoing on the palate without ending up overly rich or watery. Just right.
Mouthfeel is full bodied and perfectly balanced, with a silky smooth texture and a satisfying finish of residual black malt and smooth chocolate.
Drinkability is wonderful. The flavors blend together perfectly to create a smooth, well proportioned beer with just enough richness to sustain the black malt character, but still smooth enough to stay drinkable. An exceptional brew from Ale Asylum. Cheers!
07-03-2009 18:04:11 | More by botham
More User Reviews:
4.13/5 rDev +2.2%
A: Deep black with outstanding ruby hues when held to the candlelight created by Ale Asylums 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.
07-17-2006 14:58:33 | More by DaPeculierDane
3.68/5 rDev -8.9%
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.
11-27-2009 16:47:58 | More by blackearth
4.43/5 rDev +9.7%
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.
02-28-2008 08:58:08 | More by cokes
3.73/5 rDev -7.7%
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.
09-07-2011 15:20:49 | More by Sammy
4.38/5 rDev +8.4%
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.
06-23-2006 22:17:35 | More by Golden2wenty1
4.43/5 rDev +9.7%
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.
12-24-2007 23:07:47 | More by NeroFiddled
4/5 rDev -1%
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
08-19-2006 22:32:59 | More by dirtylou
3.01/5 rDev -25.5%
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.
08-13-2013 02:26:08 | More by WoodBrew
4.47/5 rDev +10.6%
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.
04-25-2008 07:28:28 | More by BoitSansSoif
Big Slick Stout from Ale Asylum
90 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.