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Road Slush Stout - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Road Slush StoutRoad Slush Stout

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BA SCORE
87
very good

527 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 527
Reviews: 235
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 100
Gots: 52 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 02-10-2006

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Ratings: 527 | Reviews: 235
Reviews by FreshHawk:
Photo of FreshHawk
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Opaque cola color with a healthy, creamy, smooth, meringue-like, light cafe white color. Great retention leaving a nice lacing.

S - Plenty of nice roasted coffee and milk chocolate. Mocha and malt chocolate aromas along with a touch of nuttiness. Faint sweetness along with the earthiness. Nice aroma.

T - Starts with some milk chocolate and earthy/nutty flavors. Gives way to some roasted coffee and some dark chocolate. Slight creamy and caramel sweetness. Roasted flavor lasts throughout giving way to a slight astringent flavor on the finish. Some bitter roasted flavors on the finish with an underlying sweetness.

M - Medium to light body. Average, maybe slightly less than average, carbonation. Not quite as smooth and creamy as other oatmeal stouts but it does have these characteristics.

D - Nice mix of bitter/roasted flavors and sweetness. Easy to drink sweeter stout. Good balance and the beer just disappeared from the glass.

Notes: Nice oatmeal stout. It lacks a bit of the classical body you expect and the flavor falls a bit short of the aroma, but it's a nice balanced Oatmeal Stout that's easy to drink. Enjoyable but not amazing.

More User Reviews:
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 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 DaPeculierDane
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Charcoal black with an inch thick teddy bear brown head that quickly sinks to an eighth of an inch. Excellent lacing persists for some time thereafter.

Aroma is of huge chocolate malts and lots of roastiness, smoke, and char.

Taste is sweet and creamy with dry roasted coffee and chocolate. A bit on the light side of the flavor scale.

Mouthfeel…too light, way too light. This stout is more carbonated, light, and bubbly than creamy, smooth, and hearty like I would like it.

Drinkability is great, partially because of the lacking mouthfeel. A sixer of this goes down way easy.

Overall, I'm really pleased with this offering from NG. This is the best stout they've done so far and it's really close to being great.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm always more than happy to try a new brew from New Glarus and glad to see an oatmeal stout in the mix. Pours from the 12oz bottle into my tulip glass a dense charcoal black with a sturdy half inch of creamy tan foam on top along with spotty lacing. Lookin good! Aromas of smooth, dark roasted malts with a nice shaved chocolate. Toasted oatmeal is there along with some coffee tones.

First sip brings a velvety smooth dark malt that has a nice deep roasted, mildly burnt character to it. Melted chocolate shavings and a touch of coffee work into the flavor. There's a nice sweetness here that never becomes too much. Flows down bringing only a slight bitterness and a lingering roasted, toasty chocolate oatmeal afterthought. Tasty stuff.

Mouthfeel is smooth and somewhat creamy with a tight, fast moving carbonation that rushes across the mouth with each sip. Not overly heavy, this oatmeal stout goes down with ease and I could see myself enjoying a few bottles of this in one sitting. Overall, a tasty stout from New Glarus that's worth giving a try.

Photo of Jason
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Nearly pitch black, sticky three fingers of head

SMELL: Fudge syrup, creamed coffee, soft charcoal, chocolate cake batter

TASTE: Damn smooth, fluffy body, mellow roasted grain, oat sweetness, dark roast coffee, mild unsweetened chocolate, burnt raisins, semi-dry finish

Such flavorful big beer, perhaps not massive but this is a meal in a bottle. A real treat to run into as it grows on be with each sip.

Photo of codysjb
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Road Slush Stout
A: Pours a brown/black with little to no head. No lacing.
S: Nuts, oatmeal, chocolate.
T: Lots of carbonation up from goes into a nice chocolaty stout. Milder flavors but a nice body to it.
M: Lots of chocolate up in here.
O: Meh, more of a traditional stout that would be session able but by itself its not all that much of a tasting experience.

Photo of badbeer
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really don't think you could expect more from appearance of this, it's black as can be with a nice tan head that leaves an excellant lacing around the glass. Smell is mostly chocolate with only a hint of a coffee smell, I was expecting a little more roasted smell to it, but I just can't give it less than a four. More coffee and chocolate flavors in the taste as I would expect, the taste is good but I think it could stand to have more power to it. Slick, creamy mouthfeel, medium bodied, I'm liking the amount of carbonation on this. I really wanted this to be thicker than it is. Pretty good stout, no problem taking a few down. Overall I think if a couple areas were slightly improved this could be an unbelievably good stout.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.42/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle courtesy of AKSmokedPorter.

Black in color with a fizzy (fizzy?) head. Wafer-thin layer of brown lace fades quickly. Aromas are no-bake choco cookies, brown sugar n cinnamon oatmeal, some coffee beans. Flavor is dry, with a fizzy aftertaste that put me off. Chocolate sweetness up front, with some roasted coffee showing up. Dark chocolate and a roasted malt finish. Thin mouthfeel. Uber-fizzy. Not nearly as thick as desired. Decently drinkable, but I've had far better examples of the style.

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 Beerandraiderfan
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lighter shade of black with ample 1.5" of head on it, beige in color, kinda looser flimsier bubbles than most stouts. Aroma, a little fruity for a stout, this seemed different, but nice. Of course there was adequate roasting, but it came with that minor fruity bitterness.

Taste, solid, good roast, yet allowing the oatmeal to give it a smoothness. Easy to drink, ibu's were pretty high given its an oatmeal stout. Dry chocolate malt presence. Even though there was that fruity undercurrent in the nose, its also largely muted in the taste, but still existant enough to be tasted.

What appeared to be a simple run of the mill stout actually has some neat nuances running through it, I recommend you take a little extra time when drinking this one, letting it warm a little, it will continue to grow on you. Another solid New Glarus effort.

Photo of OStrungT
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours an inky black color, with a thick brown head. The head fades slowly, leaving few laces.

This beer has a malty sweet aroma. It smells of dark chocolates. I also smell the burnt malts. A slight coffee aroma is present. Molasses is also noticable.

This beer tastes strongly of coffee. It has a sweet malty, dark chocolate flavor. It has a very slight smokey flavor, but only if you look for it. I think this beer tastes great.

This beer is a little thin for a stout. It goes down smooth, leaving a coffee like aftertaste. It is carbonated well for the style.

I think this beer would make a great session beer. It tastes great, and the alcohol content is not too high. I think that if I could get this beer more often, it might be one of my regulars.

Thank you thomashardy for this nice surprise. I owe you one.

Photo of peterpapermaker
4.68/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New at this but I don't think words will be too difficult to come by after a couple of these.

A - Almost totally black. A mohogany color lines the bottom of the glass where just a tiny bit of light is able to peek through.

S - Roasted malts, dark chocolate, and coffee in the nose of this one.

T - Seems to change with every sip. Strong notes of espresso, dark chocolate, and roasted malts as evidenced in the smell are backed up by undertones of toffee and caramel.

M - A little thin for a stout for me. Medium carbonation.

O - A very sessionable stout that should probably be stocked up on as it is seasonal.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Either the darkest shade of brown possible before hitting black, or just black. Head is mocha-tan and splats thick walls of lace on the glass almost immediately, while a half-inch layer hangs around a long time into the session. It's quite the looker.

Aroma reminds me of this stuff called Caro, a powdered product from Holland that's like a cocoa-ish coffee, or a coffee-ish cocoa, always very nutty and roasty. Milky too. But Karo has a vaguely artificial slant to it, and this certainly does not.

Each time I bring this to the lips, I'm struck as much by the silky smooth mouthfeel as I am the flavor. Think Guinness with a more active carbonation. The flavor is chocolate, coffee, nuts, grain, frothed cream...pretty much all the requisite elements of a good oatmeal stout, along with a wonderfully fluffy texture.

Drinkable? Oh heck yes...although even a low ABV stout like this (I'm guessing it's low ABV) isn't something I'd want more than one of. Another fine piece of work from Dan Carey and co.

Photo of cokes
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Inky approximate blackness topped with a film of sandy brown.
The nose mostly roast malt, with underlain espresso and chocolate pigments.
Ashy, dilute coffee at the fore, undercut with a vague sweetness mimicking maple syrup. Bulk dark breads and chocolate chip cookies arise before the tweak of pithy lemon and dried flower hop finale.
Modest in the mouth, and leaning decidedly thin. It come across a bit pedestrian, with little to no indication of the oatmeal. But all told, it's a decent sessioner stout.

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

black with thin head, some lace down the glass. Lighter carbonation. Dry stout with some creaminess. Good roasty aroma no coffee, I like. Not too bitter, well malted.Very quaffable.Medium plus mouthfeel. All these things, smooth and unoffensive. Fresh. Thanks HogTownHarry.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Just released today I believe, picked up a sixer of this along with Yokel at Riley's here in Madison.

Pours petroleum black with two fingers of rocky coffee foam, beautiful. Nose is rich with shaved dark cocoa, mocha espresso, and grain husk. Taste is a sublte, muted version of the nose, choco/coffee, a bit of alcoholic bite (not sure on the ABV) and toasty malt. Mouthfeel a little on the thin side for an oatmeal stout, but helps the drinkability. Glad to finally see New Glarus offer a stout again as they retired the coffee stout before I got into beer. Definitely worth a try for all you stout lovers out there.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich, caramelish, and even slightly minty due to the hops was my first impression of New Glarus' Road Slush Stout. The black body was almost completely opaque when held to the light except for a thin ring of gleeming mahogany just beneath the creamy dark tan head. The retention was surprisingly limited given the style, and it dropped quickly to just a wide creamy collar. The nose offered dark malts with caramel and a charred roastiness but little chocolate. In the mouth it flowed smoothly, and somewhat creamily, with a dextrinous medium body and moderate, fine-bubbled carbonation. The flavor was supple and superbly rounded, wrapping lightly sweet caramel in a thin coating of almost burnt roastiness. Coffee character appeared, followed by hint of nuttiness and then some minty and grassy hops. More charred roastiness came through in the lingering finish. Quite nice! Very mellow despite the richness, with no dark malt acidity. It's low-key bitterness balances it, and allows the full character of the caramel malts to come through, where otherwise they might be blunted. A very enjoyable, straightforward and drinkable stout! Kudos!!!

Photo of dirtylou
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz, got a sixer at Riley's, fabulous name for a wisco winter release

appearance: pours a very dark mahogany, near black in colour...a light and creamy chocolatey head forms, some light tan lacing left behind

smell: pretty subtle, hints of dark chocolate, licorice, light smoke, char, strong roast coffee, roasted malt sweetness, some light mocha...hop sweetness is mild but definitely present

taste: its unfortunately quite subtle in the flavour as well. sweet dark chocolate and a strong roasted coffee flavour dominate up front....licorice, a sweet hop twist underneath, sweet roasted malt, smokey and char

mouthfeel: a little thin, otherwise creamy

drinkability: pretty high

Photo of prototypic
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to kkipple for the bottle.

Road Slush pours a dark mahogany brown color. Quite a bit of light cuts through revealing nice burgundy (almost scarlet highlights). A foamy tan head sits atop. It's a little over a finger deep, but recedes quickly. Light lace lined the glass as it descended. Not bad.

The nose is a little on the weak side, but is easily above average. A good mix of roasted and chocolate malts hit first. This one definitely leans in the cocoa direction as far as the chocolate. Roasted malts seem to be the stronger variety. Light coffee or espresso is noted. It's not very strong, but complements the malty notes nicely. Yeast is noted on the tail. I'm not picking up any alcohol at all. It's not incredibly deep, but is pretty well put together. More strength would improve it easily.

I really like the flavor of Road Slush. It's somewhat simply, but very satisfying nonetheless. Roasted malts are the primary flavor. Chocolate malts aren't far behind and provide a semi-sweet cocoa flavor. Roasted coffee is secondary, but has an excellent flavor. It's a little grainy and yeasty, and has a slight burnt flavor looming throughout. Alcohol is blended extremely well. At only 6.2%, that's not too surprising. Overall, this is good beer. It is simple and straight forward, but tastes really good. Not quite good enough for the next highest score, but very good nonetheless.

Road Slush has a lighter body that is smooth. Pretty impressive given its light body. Carbonation is light and doesn't impede. Drinkability is very high. Road Slush goes down way too easy. It packs quite a bit of flavor for its stature and has just the right abv. I wish I had more than this single bottle.

I don't know for sure if Road Slush is, in fact, retired. If it is, that's a shame. It's extremely impressive for what it is. I wish the nose were a little stronger, but that's the only criticism I have. It's really well-rounded otherwise. If you happen to see this one on a shelf somewhere, do yourself a favor and pick it up. It's another solid beer from New Glarus.

Photo of BeerCheese
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful dark stout with a HUGE brown head! This thing poured almost like a Guinness! Detected a little hop aroma, but not much more. Hops came through strong in the mouth as well, with a little maltiness in the middle, and a strong hop finish. Felt a little alcohol warming as it went down, and also thought I might have tasted a little dark coffee. Good mouthfeel with med/light carbonation perfect for the style. Still not quite as smooth as I'd expect from an oatmeal stout, though. A little harshness that seemed a little out of place.

Photo of nickd717
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

New Glarus, man, these guys kill it! 12oz bottle via trade from oach on BA.

Pours very dark brown in color with a lasting tan head and good lacing.

Aroma is roasty with bitter chocolate and coffee. Simple but good.

Flavor is really full and awesome. Dark chocolate, sharp roast, anise, and coffee.

Excellent palate - medium-full body with great oatmeal smoothness and a good carbonation level.

Hell of a beer overall. These guys continue to impress.

Photo of Kegatron
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep ruby/near brown, with 2-3 fingers of thick light mocha colored head. This retains with a frothy ¾ finger that throws up a rich cascade that settles into a sticky latticework of lace. The aroma smells of light oats, roast, a touch of cocoa, and some ripe earthy citrus character.

The taste is very similar to the nose, with a smooth mix of oatmeal, cocoa, roast, and an earthy feeling citric fruitiness from the hops. A bit of raw bitter pithiness lingers in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a lively sharpness to this that keeps this smooth and easy despite the over 6% ABV.

This was quite an interesting take on an Oatmeal Stout, with this being much more hop forward in terms of the fruitiness here than what I was expecting. This wasn’t necessarily bad but just different. I will say though that the oatmeal did keep this quite smooth on the palate for the size. This is one that I would like to try fresh on tap sometime.

Photo of chiapete
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the local bowling alley.Arrived with a nice dark brown color , and a nice , medium body head.

not a strong smell , at least not what I expected , had a sweet , malt aroma.

Taste was smooth burnt toast , coffee , roasted nut, slightly sweet.

mouth feel was as expected for this stout.

smooth tasting, slight after taste, easy drinking.

Photo of UncleFlip
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

NG suggests serving just above room temperature. I'vegot it just at room temp.

Nice and black in the glass, just with a cola coloured fringe. Head is active on pour, and lands at two fingers of tan-ness (tan-ness?). Falls quickly to less than one finger, leaving thick wet lace behind.

Smell is light, airy, and yeasty- with just a hint of hop spice, and a nice maltiness under.

Flavour is woody and smoky up front, with a thin, even slight fruitiness after. A bit of spiciness holds it up until the end. There's some almond and raisin here.

Mouthfeel is thinner than expected, with a slightly higher-than-expected carbonation.

Rather drinkable, but I've had better oatmeal stouts.

Be well
-UF

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Road Slush Stout from New Glarus Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 527 ratings.