Big Slick Stout - Ale Asylum

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very good

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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 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 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 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 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 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 feloniousmonk
4.47/5  rDev +12%
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.

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 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 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 Bighuge
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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 barnzy78
4.19/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of drpimento
5/5  rDev +25.3%

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.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

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Big Slick Stout from Ale Asylum
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