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Road Slush Stout - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

543 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 543
Reviews: 237
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 100
Gots: 57 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: Todd on 02-10-2006

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Ratings: 543 | Reviews: 237
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

New Glarus Road Slush has a thick, beige head, that, unfortunately, dies away rather quickly and leaves little lacing. The aroma is of sweetness, brown bread, mild chocolate and coffee, and oats. Taste is the same, with an acidic char and bitterness, which seems to come more from the char rather than from any hop bittering. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and New Glarus Road Slush finishes wet, but with an underlying powdery aspect.

RJT

Photo of alarmclock314
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown with a fizzy white head. Pleasant taste and nice dry finish, however, very thin with prickly carbonation. Not at all rich or creamy.

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Acquired some of this from my mother on a recent trip to Wisconsin. My first encounter with this offering, their oatmeal stout.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - It pours a dark chocolatey brown; just a shade away from opaque in the glass with a hint of ruby showing through when held to the sunlight. One finger of khaki-cream colored head that thins to a ring. Moderate lacing left behind.

S - The aroma is pretty standard - lots of deep dark malt roastiness, bitter baking chocolate, some char, notes of cola, notes of smoke, cream, vanilla. The liquid smoke / ash aspect of the beer is a bit unattractive.

T - Taste brings in more of the same - char / roast / liquid smoke, dark malt roast, and some unsweetened bitter baking chocolate, vanilla, & cream.

M - The feel is smooth, creamy, but not nearly as silky as expected. Moderate carbonation.

Overall, an average, middle-of-the-road offering from New Glarus, though it is flavorful and very drinkable. Not likely something I would seek out from them again though.

New Glarus Road Slush -----3.5/5

Photo of KVNBGRY
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very well made basic oatmeal stout.

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a brown with hints of both red and black. opaque due to the dark color. a two or so finger head forms and has pretty good retention and just a small lacing.

Smell: notes of chocolate, oatmeal, some roastiness. and light fruity esters.

Taste: opens up with chocolate covered oatmeal. nice and soft, finally giving way to a slight roasted malt character. back end has hints of fruity esters and earthy hops.

Mouthfeel: light and creamy. almost watery at times. some lingering bitterness.

Overall: a nice and drinkable light stout. good flavor and moderately complex. somehow it leaves me wanting just a little bit more, mostly in terms of roasted notes and mouthfeel.

Photo of BillRoth
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had on tap at NG during Beer Safari in Wisconsin

Photo of KillerJigger
3.11/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A bit to thin for my tastes.

Photo of CelticBelly1
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost no head, jet black, well carbonated, toasty notes on the nose, good malt backbone, a bit of chocolate, thin, nice even toasty finish.

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Road slush pours black with a big lacing head. There is a big rich malty aroma, with sweet notes. The taste has a hint of smoke and a hing of chocolate, lots of sweet lactose flavors. A little watery, but still nice flavors. Overall its a very solid stout, not fancy, just straight forward.

Photo of Aaron_Eicher
4.41/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

New Glarus is known for creating exceptional beers. Not because they are different, or extreme, but because they are the perfect embodiment of the corresponding beer style. Road Slush is no exception.

People will say that Guinness is a great stout to familiarize yourself with the style. That's good advice, but if you live in Wisconsin and want to drink dark beer, reach for a Road Slush.

This beer pours a medium dark brown, and smells of light roasted malts and a slight sugary sweetness. The beer has a great amount of body and mouthfeel attached to it as well.

The stout flavors of robust malts, roasted barley, and a hint of black coffee are prevalent and perfectly balanced. The beer is lightly hopped and allows for a finish of a light dark chocolate flavor.

My local grocery store sold these individually and my only regret is that I bought one instead of six.

Photo of jwc215
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours very dark brown - almost black - with a thin lasting tan head.

The smell is of roasted coffee, chocolate, and dark earthy notes.

The taste is of sweet dark milk chocolate. Mild roast in the coffee-ish finish.

It could have a fuller flavor, but it is velvety smooth.

While not the most robust oatmeal stout, it does fit the style, and it is certainly smooth and easy-to-drink. A solid pick for an easy-drinking oatmeal stout!

Photo of dukeandduke
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2/14/15 - Bottle - Smooth, clean pour, very smooth to drink. Taste and strength light but enjoyed while eating. Liked the hint of coffee. Never had an Oatmeal Stout before, but after trying this offering, I will seek out future Oatmeal Stouts and offerings from New Glarus - another reason to leave Illinois and head to Wisconsin!

Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.31/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a La Fin Du Monde Tulip glass, courtesy of a trade with @humuloner22
A: Deep dark brown with a thick tan head. Better than expected lacing.

S: Roasted coffee, chocolate, some oatmeal.

T: Coffee up front with a slight bitterness, some chocolate some oatmeal. .

M: Medium bodied, appropriated carbonation Coffee lingers on the tongue.

Overall: Excellent example of the style. /Like a little brother to Founders Breakfast Stout or Wake n Bake.

Photo of larryarms847
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours very dark brown with very prickly and lively tan carbonation.

Earthy, roasted coffee, chocolate, and a noticeable aroma of sweet oatmeal.

Slightly bitter coffee, roasty, earthy, and a non-overbearing sweetness of chocolate and cereal.

Light-medium bodied, medium-high carbonation, perky bubbles, slightly bitter, subtle sweetness.

Overall, I'm a big fan of this oatmeal stout. I don't generally expect a standard oatmeal stout to be mind blowing as oatmeal in itself is rather bland, but I am a fan of the style and this had a just enough flavor and lively carbonation to keep it interesting. Very good.

Photo of Hoploaf
2.58/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.75

I had high expectations for this beer, but it was disappointing. I pours and tastes more like a dark lager or thinner porter. bubbles are large and dissipate quickly. If I made this beer myself I would call it a "miss".

Photo of maxcoinage
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L- 12oz to tulip nice 2 finger off white head, dark black beer

S - light roast, bready

T - chocolate, coffee

F - med-light body nice carb, creamy

O - great example of the style and a nice change of pace from all of the imperial stout I tend to drink these days. definitely will pick this up again and again when available

Photo of Stevedore
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle dated 12/29/2014, poured into a snifter 2/2/2015.

A- Medium-dark brown body, cola coloured and somewhat opaque. Pours with a two finger offwhite head, not unlike slightly muddy snow; average retention, a bit of lacing.

S- Clean roasted barley, mild earthy hop aromas, a bit of black coffee and dark chocolate. A bit of caramel. Smells just about right, I think, for an oatmeal stout.

F- Black coffee but without any coffee grounds type flavour, a good bit of bitter dark chocolate, plenty of roast. Small amounts of caramel and brown sugar rounds things out. Mild-moderate earthy bitterness that is quite nice and balances out the roast quite well. A very balanced stout.

M- Thin-medium bodied. Not quite watery as it has a good depth of flavour, but I feel that the body on this beer is a bit lacking. Still, it is full flavoured with a mildly bitter earthy finish.

O- I enjoy this oatmeal stout a lot as a typical weeknight drinker. Plenty of flavour at 6.2% ABV makes for a nice winter warmer when it's cold and snowy out. Very balanced and well-put together, as typical of New Glarus beer.

Photo of KevChiTown
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

As usual New Glarus makes a solid beer, not amazing but good. Mellow, sort of muted chocolate flavor with all the roasted creaminess of an oatmeal stout.

Photo of BeerDazed
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Another solid brew from New Glarus. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a snifter. Some good carbonation, but produced a tad more than a wisp of a head. Not super dark. Looks more like a porter than a stout. Dark brown...like a deep dark brown ale. Roasted coffee and a nice sweet note of chocolate. Flavor was very good. Cocoa like, roasted malts, and very smooth. I don't mind making my way through this kind of road slush -indoors!

Photo of MattyG85
4.31/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall New Glarus Signature Pilsner Glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark blackish brown with a hint of ruby. Moderate amount of bubbles and a solid one finger of beige head which settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A toasty and roasty malt forward aroma with hints of chocolate, oatmeal, and caramel. Dark roasted barley malt with hints of chocolate, oatmeal, caramel, and toast along with some hints of coffee, nuts, biscuit, cream, and yeast. Sweet hints of brown sugar. Subtle hints of earthy hops. A very solid toasty smell.

Taste: Like it smells, a nicely toasty and roasty dark malt driven taste with good notes of chocolate, oatmeal, and caramel. Upfront roasted malt with notes of dark chocolate, oatmeal, toast, and caramel as well as some coffee, biscuit, nuts, and yeast. Sweet notes of cream, milk, and brown sugar. Backing notes of earthy hops. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy and smooth with a fairly drying finish.

Overall: A very good version of an Oatmeal Stout. Good dark malt and oat flavors with a nice creamy body.

Photo of getatmeimevil
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very tasty and easy drinking. Not as heavy of a mouth feel as expected from a stout but that only adds to the ease that they go down.

Photo of warrendietrich2001
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Received as an extra with a trade from LegitCraftBeer so thank you very much for this nice beer.
A very nice looking beer. Pours a very dark brown. Nice 2 inch head that quickly died down leaving behind heavy lacing. Looks like how I want my beer to look.
Smell was nice had a nice roasted scent to it with a hint of chocolate.
Good taste with the chocolate up front and the roasted oatmeal seemed to linger on my tongue for quite sometime.
I liked this beer I had Velvet Merkin last week and I prefer the Road Slush.

Photo of kkleu357
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice thin black pour with a big fluffy head. Roasted mild coffee aroma with good hint of chocolate. Smooth velvety mouthfeel. Sweet roasted taste with plenty of cocoa flavor. Really good.

Photo of Lemke10
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This pours a dark brown color with a slight head. The aroma is sweet and malty. The taste is nice and complex with molasses, toasted oats, and hints of coffee. This is a smooth, well-balanced stout that really delivers. The after taste is a little bitter with a lingering oat flavor.

Photo of Bshaw22
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown to black. Smell is toasty and a little creamy. Taste follows and it is really nice. For me, this is a perfect session stout. I could drink 4-5 of these in a sitting. I highly recommend this. New Glarus does it again!

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Road Slush Stout from New Glarus Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 543 ratings.