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Big Slick Stout - Ale Asylum

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Reviews: 47
Hads: 191
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 15
Gots: 16 | 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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Photo of drpimento
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Excellent! Appearance is a thick velvety tan head that lasts forever; lots of lace and an opaque brown black color. Aroma at first is just dry dark roasted coffee and then the mall to comes on and I pick up more of vanilla and Cocoa and toffee. Flavor is like aroma; carbonic Tang is upfront but toned down there's a bit of sweetness but also tonedown; lovely beer. Body is perfect. (382 characters)

Photo of botham
4.85/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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! (1,037 characters)

Photo of Thanby
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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. (739 characters)

Photo of blackie
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
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 (766 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (531 characters)

Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.47/5  rDev +8%
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. (806 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (913 characters)

Photo of terrabyte
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (562 characters)

Photo of Lemke10
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (275 characters)

Photo of fosterific
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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! (440 characters)

Photo of cokes
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (1,074 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (467 characters)

Photo of Erdinger2003
4.39/5  rDev +6%
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. (473 characters)

Photo of Derek
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (360 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (558 characters)

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (622 characters)

Photo of AmberMan22
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (735 characters)

Photo of TX-Badger
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown almost black like oil with similar viscosity and nice khaki colored head. Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, oats, and some light toffee on the nose; follows onto the palate. Full bodied stout here. Finishes with coffee and chocolate, slight roastiness as well. (278 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (1,011 characters)

Photo of martyl1000
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (1,181 characters)

Photo of hopdog
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
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 (273 characters)

Photo of Deuane
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (357 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, date stamp appears to be smudged
A - deep dark brown with a foamy tan head
S - sweet dark chocolate, creamed coffee, roasted barley
T - huge dark chocolate notes, sweet malt, roasted barley, cream, oats, faint anise on the slightly peppery finish
M - fuller body, super creamy and smooth, ample carbonation
O - really good stout! Easy to drink, nice chocolate flavors. I'd drink this again. (403 characters)

Photo of FightingEntropy
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to beery friend Kat, I'm drinking from a growler of Ale Asylum's Big Slick Stout tonight without a trip to Madison. Oatmeal Stout according to the Ale Asylum website, this beer is not your average smooth drinking, light oaty stout. Big and bold, I somehow forget that I really like this beer.

Cap of the growler was on super tight, and a slight hiss upon opening. Nice job. Head bubbles up only with effort though and creates a dark tan, brown streaked head that falls to the lace to the left. Well named, this beer is the color of dirty motor oil. Coffee and clean roast in the nose, and hint of spice from hop and maybe a little bit of the 7% alcohol. Full bodied mouthfeel support a light fresh coffe, roast malt, some dark cherry hidden in the background and that same spice from the nose. Smooth and cream from the oatmeal. Dry, slightly bitter finish lingers pleasantly. (885 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. No date. Poured into a snifter 11/4/2014.

A- Dark brown, verging on black, body with a nice two finger brown head. None of that mocha stuff- it's definitely dark brown hued, with good retention time, dropping into a moderate-thickness film and a nice large collar, some lacing. [4]

S- Rich dark malts. Milk chocolate, coffee, a lot of roasted malt aromas. Very rich and intense roast character that is complemented nicely by the sweetness of the milk chocolate and the mild bitterness of the coffee-like aromas. [4.25]

F- Milk chocolate sweetness, dark chocolate/cocoa bitterness, a touch of coffee. Lots of roast character as in the nose, it translates just as much to the palate. Impressively roasty but nicely balanced with the chocolate sweetness and bitterness. Packed full of flavour and a nice bit of complexity. Finish is a fairly benign earthy hop bitterness mixed in with some coffee and milk chocolate. [4.25]

M- Medium bodied. Would never accuse this one of being thin. Good carbonation, might have a bit more fizziness to it than I would like from my stouts. Finish is dry, not particularly slick or resinous like I would imagine from the name, but it is fairly dry and actually a bit refreshing because of the carbonation. [4]

O- Very solid stout without any adjuncts. I enjoy the roast character in my stouts, so it's nice to see a local brewer producing a big roast-forward stout with nice balance and a substantial mouthfeel. It's a lot like Obsidian Stout, but has less hoppiness and just as much overall flavour and complexity to it, even if the mouthfeel seems to be a bit thinner in comparison. [4]

Final score: 4.16 (1,656 characters)

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Big Slick Stout from Ale Asylum
91 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.