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Big Slick Stout - Ale Asylum

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90
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100 Ratings
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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 13
Gots: 2 | FT: 1
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Golden2wenty1 on 06-23-2006)
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

okmote, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of 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!

botham, Jul 03, 2009
Photo of Thanby
4.65/5  rDev +15.1%

Opaque dark brown with a decent size creamy dark head and heavy lacing.

Smells of sweet oats, caramel and a rich smoky malt. Not as much coffee scent as most stouts. Hint of nuts and citrus.

Smoky and well-blended. The caramel and roasted oats fit right in with nothing too prominent. The nuts and citrus only show up as vapors in the aftertaste.

Rich and heavy medium body, full flavor all the way through with no watery-ness that comes from improperly-brewed stouts. A smoky oak flavor comes through as it sits on the tongue. The bitterness from the roasted malt is nice and mellow the whole way through, not too much and not too little. Overall a very well-balanced and amazingly tasty stout. I would expect nothing less from Asylum.

Thanby, Jan 17, 2008
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4.52/5  rDev +11.9%

bman_85, Aug 31, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

richkrull, Dec 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

BeerFMAndy, Feb 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

enelson, Aug 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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

blackie, Aug 20, 2006
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Carb-Overlord, Jun 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

rjmclaw, Jul 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Ourchestra, May 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

elroacho, Feb 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

redleg411, Mar 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

BigSlick, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of BoitSansSoif
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.

BoitSansSoif, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of fosterific
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%

On tap at ale asylum, this was just what I needed after the ballistic. I just love me a good stout.
Pour a very nice black with a good roasted character coming though the smell.
The taste was excellent, well balanced. Perfect for a cold rainy afternoon.
Of the 3 beers I had well I was at ale asylum, this was by far my favorite. I think I saw that ABV as being in the 7s if I remember right. Didn't show that, even as it warmed.
Good beer!

fosterific, Mar 17, 2009
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4.47/5  rDev +10.6%

Big Slick Stout...growler filled, to the top, the very top, Sunday afternoon at Ale Asylum, Madison, WI, and being consumed Wednesday night at my kitchen table, Minneapolis, MN....


Black as Beelzebub's britches, with a thinnish, cocoa-toned, roasty head of foam...

Roasty nose ...REAL roasty, and toasty, and dark, rich, dripping with espresso and chocolate... a wonderfully heady aroma, exactly epitomizing what one wants in a stout.

Tastin' it...ah, this is good! Bubbling espresso beans, brassy bitter-sweetness, bold chocolatey flavors...full-bodied, long finish...here's a classic stout...damn good....could use a better name, though...big, and slick is okay, needs more pomp and circustance.

but as far as stoutness goes, this reigns supreme...damn good! They should add this to the bottling lineup, and keep the stoutophiles fed!
I'd be more than happy to have this as my local brewed stout.

feloniousmonk, Aug 16, 2007
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4.45/5  rDev +10.1%

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.

Lemke10, Jun 09, 2014
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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.

cokes, Feb 28, 2008
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4.43/5  rDev +9.7%

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.

NeroFiddled, Dec 24, 2007
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4.43/5  rDev +9.7%

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.

Erdinger2003, Jun 05, 2007
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4.43/5  rDev +9.7%

On tap with hand pump at the new Great Dane.

Hand pumped slowly into a pint. Very dark – black. Had a large, frothy, light-tan head.

Very strong & inviting aroma of chocolate, cocoa, coffee and milk.

Flavor is milky chocolate and coffee, with a hint of coffee, licorice, and smoke.

Mouthful is quite creamy without any noticeable carbonation. Extremely thick, and a bit sticky.

Drinkability is quite high. Although the thickness is impossible to miss, it’s actually a great attribute to this beer. Matches great with the milky chocolate flavors.

terrabyte, Jan 05, 2007
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4.4/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

Derek, Jun 19, 2008
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4.4/5  rDev +8.9%

Nice looking beer. Black body with a sturdy crop of brown froth on top. It stays around for the duration. Nice lacing as well. Aroma is sweet and chocolatey. Milk chocolate. A little chalky, in a good way. Roasty a bit. Nice aroma. The flavor comes through even more nicely. Cocoa powder and milk chocolate dominate in a subdued kind of way. A bit of a ghostly lactose presence....or is it ghostly. Nice roasted character. Medium bodied and quite velvety. Very easy drinking and flavorful...pre-requisites for an oatmeal stout in my book. Very good one here.

Bighuge, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of Golden2wenty1
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.

Golden2wenty1, Jun 23, 2006
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Big Slick Stout from Ale Asylum
90 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.