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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

411 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 411
Reviews: 212
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.57%
Wants: 93
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 02-10-2006)
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Reviews by nova009:
Photo of nova009
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- pours a deep dark brown, half finger fizzy head appears and slowly dissipates to a nice layer right on the surface, spotty lacing

S- wow this is a fantastic smelling stout, dark chocolate, roasted coffee that smells like it was just brewed, roasted malt, vanilla, smells incredible

T- bitter chocolate, roasted malt, slight sweetness, a strong taste of black coffee, very tasty the flavors mix well together

M- heavy body, creamy and smooth, low carbonation makes it go down easy

O- very nice oatmeal stout, it's a shame you can only grab this beer in WI, luckily I now live in Chicago and am only about an hour away from the border, I will def pick this one up again if I get the chance

nova009, Jan 14, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

DaPeculierDane, Feb 20, 2006
Photo of mykd
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

mykd, Jan 13, 2012
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.

orbitalr0x, Aug 23, 2006
Photo of hopstetrician
2.25/5  rDev -42%

hopstetrician, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of Twifiter
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Twifiter, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of Jason
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Jason, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of codysjb
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

codysjb, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of badbeer
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

badbeer, Mar 20, 2006
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

OldFrothingSlosh, Sep 24, 2006
Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

bpfrush, Dec 21, 2011
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of OStrungT
4.65/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

OStrungT, Jul 31, 2006
Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

stereosforgeeks, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of roostor07
4/5  rDev +3.1%

roostor07, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of mrelizabeth
4/5  rDev +3.1%

mrelizabeth, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4/5  rDev +3.1%

UWBadgerFan4Life, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of peterpapermaker
4.7/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

peterpapermaker, May 02, 2012
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.

Metalmonk, Sep 16, 2008
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.

cokes, Aug 03, 2006
Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Sammy, Mar 22, 2006
Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.15/5  rDev +7%
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.

Golden2wenty1, Feb 10, 2006
Photo of danp14
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

danp14, May 11, 2012
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
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!!!

NeroFiddled, Jan 21, 2007
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

dirtylou, Feb 13, 2006
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Road Slush Stout from New Glarus Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 411 ratings.