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Road Slush Stout - New Glarus Brewing Company

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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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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 t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

t0rin0, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

djrn2, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

zestar, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +3.1%

spycow, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an opaque dark chocolate color with a beige head that drops rather quickly and leaves only a few shards of lace

Smell: Milk chocolate and oatmeal aroma

Taste: Opens rather chocolatey, with a nice cocoa powder and oatmeal character that moves in a slightly bitter and minty direction by mid-palate; after the swallow, the mint flavor lingers above the chocolate, with slight roasty bitter tones as well

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, rather creamy, with moderate to low carbonation

Drinkability: All in all, a very nice oatmeal stout, particularly if you like a lot of chocolate flavor

brentk56, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Oakbluff: Poured a clear black color stout with a big light brown foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aromas of dry roasted notes are dominating. Taste is also dominated by quite dry roasted malt with very little else to report. Body is a bit light for the style with some great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Overall, I thought this beer was simple without much complexity but still well done for the style. I have to admit that I have taste better beer form this brewer.

Phyl21ca, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I decided to have two more tastings before a long cutoff. This was the first and was done solo, served cold and into a pint glass, these were consumed on 11/18/2010.

Some of the last of the New Glarus offerings I have never had. I decided to knock out two of them last night. The pour here was of a massive dark brown nature. Nearly opaque with a nice head of dark tan that rose up to around an inch before settling back down. Nice lacing along the sides fades quickly. Aroma is of deep roasted malts, brown sugar, caramel and a light chocolate note that seems to build with time. Nice touches of vanilla balancing in here now as well. Clean flavor, nothing rough about it at all as the brown sugar and vanilla really take over the profile and provide a very smooth, and very even feel to it. Warm roasted malts and hints of chocolate. Light vanilla and a super sweet, creamy finish.

What can I say about this, a wonderful stout and yet another great offering from New Glarus.

mikesgroove, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
2.63/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: The pour is sort of light for a stout, actually, it's very light for a stout. Somewhere in between dark amber and brown with a thin khaki head.

S: Despite the light color, this is very roasty. Starts of with char and ash, and perhaps a little bit of a burnt toast aroma to it. I get a little bit of chocolate and a slight nutty character. Maybe a little bit earthy, too.

T: The flavor is just odd and doesn't really match up to the nose (or a stout) at all. Fairly acidic on the tongue with a definite fruitiness to it. Some toffee, moderate roast, and fairly bitter. This is more like a bad brown ale than anything.

M: The body is medium and the carbonation is in that range as well.

D: This is one of the few times I've truly been let down by a New Glarus beer. Not interested in ticking this one again.

womencantsail, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of largadeer
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown with way more translucency than I'd ever expect from a stout. The head falls flat almost instantly, receding to a small ring. Not the most visually impressive stout I've seen.

Smell: A bit of cocoa and some cream, nice but not very bold.

Taste & mouthfeel: Semi-dry, flavors of roasted malt and (almost) burnt toast with a coffee-like finish. Very simple and straight-forward. Nice smooth and creamy mouthfeel, medium-bodied, quite easy to drink.

largadeer, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of emerge077
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge soufflé of a head when poured straight down the middle. Lots of spindly lace around the edges, and superior head retention. Appears black with a reddish glint in the light. So far so good.

Husky grains, something I can associate with oatmeal, mellow. Flavor is similarly low key, some mild sweetness and barely there roasty elements. Silky smooth, easy to session... that's pretty much what this is all about, a mild stout with prime sessionability. Mellow carbonation, thinnish body, like an English cask stout. Solid flavor, just a little too simple to hold extended interest.

emerge077, Feb 19, 2010
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 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 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.

Kegatron, May 31, 2011
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New Glarus Road Slush

Muddy brown with a slim, faded white head, half-drifted apart, like a waning moon.

Espresso tones in the aroma, roasted malts, a little chocolate. Coalescing nicely.

Full bodied, with a soft finish. Malty, rich, smooth, with cocoa in front of the flavors. Remains sweet throughout, but very well-balanced, and pretty much wavering on delicious. Really terrific oatmeal stout. Good sessioner, too.

feloniousmonk, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +3.1%

MarkyMOD, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A solid pour produces a three finger thick, lightly browned, fairly dense, tan colored head. The beer is a very dark brown, really almost black color that shows a brilliantly clear, rich ruby hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells up front of chocolated, but is quickly dominated by toasted grain notes, some burnt raisin aromas, burnt grain notes as well as notes of charred whole grain bread crust.

This is nice and roast focused without being too harsh. Up front this has a lightness to it that quickly gets a touch viscous as the beer slides across the tongue; the light-medium body helps to balance the dominant roast character. This does finish with a big roast character that produces a dry, bitter finish that lingers on the palate. A touch of dark cocoa is noticeable up front just before the roast character fully kicks in. The beer is then dominated by blackly toasted bread / grain notes, lightly sharp black coffee flavors and a touch of burnt-induced acidity. A touch of malty sweetness becomes a bit more noticeable as the beer warms, but this still finishes quite dry.

This is a nice example of a roast forward stout. I like that it remains balanced / in check and the roast character does not get overly astringent or acidic. I would be quite happy reaching for this when I wanted a session stout.

Gueuzedude, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev +3.1%

XmnwildX12, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of GClarkage
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

07/23/06- Received as part of a gift from BA member Irishsnake.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into my Steelhead pint glass.

Appearance- About as black a pour as you can get. Not motor oil thickness, but tar black. Frothy 1/2 inch head..erodes soon after leaving a light dirty ring. Very faint traces of lacing left behind.

Smell- Damn, can you say spent cigarette ashes! This dude is burnt and dark. Maybe just a touch of some dark chocolate, but all I am getting is burnt to hell here. Not smoky though.

Taste- Thankfully, it doesn't taste like ashes. It is very dark, but it's got a nice malt sweetness to back up the extreme roasted flavor. A touch of chocolate and maybe even a dash of coffee.

Mouthfeel- A bit too carbonated for me, still a bit smooth though.

Drinkability- A pretty good oatmeal stout with some good flavor...provided you like a burnt malt flavor. Thanks again for all the great beers John!

GClarkage, Jul 23, 2006
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

imperialking, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of yourefragile
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.

Dark chocolate black color with a quickly fading beige head. Aroma is espresso, roasted malt, and oats; not overly bitter. Nice, moderately sweet flavor dominant with roasted malts, and mild chocolate. Finish has strong dry flavor of oats and little bitterness. Medium bodied and very drinkable, a nice balanced take on the style.

yourefragile, Dec 05, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

wrightst, Sep 24, 2014
Photo of mothman
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Bruery snifter.

Pours hardly any tan head. Leaves some splattered lace. Color is a dark caramel bark brown.

Aroma: Lots of roasted malts and chocolate. Some burnt flavors as well. Some coffee notes. Earthy hops balance it out a bit. Not to much here, but well done.

Taste: Lots of roasted malts and nut flavors. A little burnt malt. Earthy malts again. Light coffee. Not to much flavor to pick out here.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and roasty. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends toasted and a little dry.

Overall, this was a decent offering from NG, but nothing too special. It just didn't pack a lot of flavor from an oatmeal stout. It was decent and drinkable, just nothing special. I dig it for what it is.

mothman, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to a buddy that does not belong to BA for this one.

Pours a very nice black color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy/fizzy off-white head, which does leave some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, lots of chocolate/coffee/toffee, nice touch of vanilla. The taste is very nice of malts, nice touch of vanilla for the sweetness, chocolate/coffee/toffee. Medium body. Drinkable, another very tasty brew from NG.

Wasatch, Oct 11, 2008
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4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with kmpitz2. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/8" brown head over the opaque dark brown brew. Head fades slowly, with heavy coating lacing. Aroma is rich and hearty dark grains, oatmeal apparent. Flavor is just right for an oatmeal stout. No domination of chocolate or coffee, just a nice balance that allows the oatmeal character to shine through. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, and drinkability is excellent as well. Nice stuff.

ppoitras, Oct 04, 2006
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Road Slush Stout from New Glarus Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 411 ratings.