Big Slick Stout - Ale Asylum

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Reviews: 45
Hads: 189
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.92%
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 botham
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
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 fosterific
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
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 madtowndmb1
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (531 characters)

Photo of hopdog
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
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 leftmindedrighty
4.15/5  rDev 0%
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. (450 characters)

Photo of Derek
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
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 Deuane
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
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 BoitSansSoif
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
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 cdkrenz
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (658 characters)

Photo of cokes
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
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 Thanby
4.65/5  rDev +12%
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 NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
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 feloniousmonk
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
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 Erdinger2003
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
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 uwmgdman
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (570 characters)

Photo of terrabyte
4.44/5  rDev +7%
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 blackie
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
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 dirtylou
4/5  rDev -3.6%
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 (615 characters)

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (373 characters)

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
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)

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Big Slick Stout from Ale Asylum
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