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Big Slick Stout - Ale Asylum

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Reviews: 48
Hads: 203
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 19.76%
Wants: 20
Gots: 21 | FT: 1
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Ale Asylum
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Stout | 7.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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 TMoney2591
3.49/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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Photo of bound4er
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
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

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Photo of Ri0
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
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

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Photo of Lemke10
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.02/5  rDev -26.3%
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.

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Photo of martyl1000
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of Florida9
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
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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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.41/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

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Photo of AmberMan22
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of blackearth
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of botham
4.85/5  rDev +18.3%
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!

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Photo of fosterific
4.43/5  rDev +8%
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!

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Photo of madtowndmb1
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of hopdog
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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

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Photo of leftmindedrighty
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of Derek
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of Deuane
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Big Slick Stout from Ale Asylum
90 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.