Big Slick Stout - Ale Asylum

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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
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 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 LeeEvolved
3.13/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This one didn't have much character for a stout. Not a fan.

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.41/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beers pours a black color, with a small tan head. There wasnt much in the ways of a smell. The taste with filled with a coffee flavor, but other then that the flavor was a bit watery. Easy to drink, if you like coffee. Overall not horrible, a bit light in overall flavors for a stout.

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 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 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 kbutler1
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft. Pint glass poured a dark brown/black color with a nice 1 finger, thick tan head. Slightly roasty coffee aroma but otherwise not an overly strong nose. Medium mouthfeel. Dark fruit and slight roast coffee. Pretty smooth. Slight sweetness. A little booze notes in the end. Nice lace. Overall, a decent nice drinking stout.

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 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 StonedTrippin
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very cool how dry this is for a full bodied and quite strong stout. these usually coat the palate and finish sticky, but not this one, dry without having a substantial irish type yeast character, and malty and rich without being bitter or too thick, clever! i have liked all the beer ive had from these guys, and am surprised with beer this good that it took me so long to encounter their stuff. this is like a milk stout in that the oats give it the same body the lactose does, and it is toffee sweet in the middle, but doesnt carry that through. coffee is subtle in here despite the description, more earthy, almost rooty to me, sarsaparilla or something in there with all the chocolate malt and velvety oats. excellent beer overall, i need to get my hands on a lot more stuff from these guys, who have yet to introduce even a B level beer to my palate, all have been superior, and this one is too.

Photo of ffejherb
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Old Fashioned, Madison, WI on 8/7/09.

A - Body appeared as liquid darkness impervious to light with a minimal burnt mocha head that reduced to a patchy film and left sparse amount of lacing on the glass.

S - Initial aroma is comprised of a nutty malt character, sweet lactic notes, chocolate, flaked oats and a hint of earthy hops. Coffee becomes more pronounced as the liquid reached room temperature.

T - Iced coffee dominates the flavor with some chocolate and lactic notes sweetening the pot a bit. A nutty malt character persists throughout. Finishes with more roastiness, some earthy hop bitterness and subtle alcohol notes.

M - Medium bodied with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel and just a touch of carbonation on the tongue. Finishes with mild alcohol warmth, moderate bitterness and faint astringency on the palate.

D - Fine oatmeal stout with a prevalent coffee character and lots of flavor. Good stuff.

Photo of uwmgdman
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From what I recall of my sample tray....

A: Nice black color, thin, but persistent tan head.

S: Moderate roasted aroma.

T: Initially a moderate-low sweetness, followed by a moderate roasted, coffee-like flavor. Finish has just a touch of diacytel, which I enjoyed, and possibly a hint of alcohol which surprised me.

M: Very creamy, full bodied, very well done.

D: Good, especially for the style, full-bodied and creamy without being over the top.

Overall: Again a great offering. Mouthfeel is great, good flavor. I can't knock this brew. Give it a try.

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 cdkrenz
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Decent instantaneous lacing from the 1/2 inch of dark brown head. The body is "tar black" as my BA Buddy WJVII would put it.

Smell - Chocolate and malt aromas with a subtle coffee scent as well.

Taste - This flavor is really good. Soft and sublte malts with just enough hints of chocolate to make it really interesting.

Mouthfeel - This brew goes down smooth and easy and I'm happy to sip this brew for times without end.

~ This beer is sessionable just because of how easy it goes down. I have to admit though, after putting almost an entire growler back last night my head was pounding. Regardless of that I certainly recommend this brew.

Photo of bound4er
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Typical stout appearance - dark brown with a tan head of two fingers.

S. On the shy side - roasted malt, coffee and some prune notes.

T. Roasted malt and coffee followed by a nice hit of hops. Finishes long with a nicotine-like aftertaste.

M. Moderate, semi-creamy mouthfeel with matching level of carbonation.

O. This is a good, easy drinking everyday Stout. Glad AA released this into their everyday line of beers.

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 madtowndmb1
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured black! There was nice tan head that stuck around for quite some time!

S: Not as much coffee as I like but the malt and caramel was there and smelled good.

T: There was a smokiness to this beer that I was pleasantly surprised by. Also I got some bitter chocolate flavors along with the malty backbone one would expect. A great drinker.

This is one of my favorites from Ale Asylum. It does seem to vary from time to time. The brewery has it listed as a Oatmeal Stout, but I didn't get any oats at all. It is also 7% ABV.

Photo of brentk56
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The pitch black liquid arrives with a rather modest head that fails to leave very much in the lacing department

Smell: Coffee and chocolate aromatics

Taste: Big coffee and chocolate flavors, up front, with a growing sweetness in the middle; some hops arrive in the finish to balance out the sweeter flavors

Mouthfeel: Full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I found this beer to be very enjoyable and liked the balance that the hops provided in the finish while not undermining the big coffee and chocolate flavors

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 Florida9
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Ale Asylum. Served in a shaker pint with a good half inch of tan colored head. Decent retention and lots of lacing. Beer itself is a glossy black in color. Aroma is roasted malts and milk chocolate, but it's not very strong. Flavor is creamy chocolate, roasted malts, milk, and some toast. Mild bitterness. Creamy smooth mouthfeel with lighter carbonation. Very enjoyable brew.

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.

Photo of leftmindedrighty
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Ale Asylum

Dark and creamy looking in the glass.

Smell, heavy toffee and coffee aroma

Taste, A slick body of beer washes over the tongue. Big coffee flavors stand out as well. Hints of nuts and toffee come threw more and more with each sip. A little bitterness, but more roasty sweet.

Overall, this was an awesome Oatmeal Stout, as that's what this is. Not just an American stout. Great beer, hands down on the best I had there.

Photo of Stevedore
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
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

Photo of FightingEntropy
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Big Slick Stout from Ale Asylum
89 out of 100 based on 187 ratings.