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Road Slush Stout - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

407 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 407
Reviews: 212
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.57%
Wants: 91
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 KarlHungus
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours an opaque black color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is of roasted malt, cream, and milk chocolate. The taste is of delicate roasted malts, with chocolate and hints of coffee. There is a nice moderate roasted malt bitterness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is a little fuller than medium bodied with a velvety texture, and appropriately low carbonation. Overall, this is a fantastic Oatmeal Stout. I could easily drink this again and again.

KarlHungus, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of alexgash
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Chocolate to cola brown body. Half-inch of creamy, dirty khaki brown head. Decent lacing, some retention. Dark chocolate bittersweetness, licorice, earthy tobacco, Concord grapes, and sweet plums. Nice.

Roasted barley and mellow chocolate malts up front. Smooth milk-chocolatey sweetness blends with light-roasted coffee and hints of caramel. Earthy peat, tobacco, and licorice mix with coffee in the finish. Semi-sweet malt lingers. Medium body seems a tad light and maybe a touch over-carbonated. Still, another good beer from New Glarus.

alexgash, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

bpfrush, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this brew in a trade with Greggy, Thanks Greg!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - black color with a light tan head that left some decent amounts of lacing.

S - roasted coffee/malt aroma.

T - roasted coffee and chocolate flavors all the way through.

F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.

D - very easy to drink, flavorful stout.

JoeyBeerBelly, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of mattmarka1
4/5  rDev +3.1%

mattmarka1, Jan 15, 2014
Photo of morimech
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black in color with an attractive two fingers of tan head that had good retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass.

Nice oatmeal stout aroma with notes of whole grain bread, chocolate, and oats.

Does not pack the most flavor of beers of the style especially modern, American interprations. Classic flavor of dark malt of very faint roast, chocolate, and oats. Faint dark fruit and earthiness as well.

The body was bit of a letdown. Felt a little thin which is surprising considering the ABV. The texture was not as smooth, and soft as I expect in an oatmeal stout.

A good all around stout. More on the traditional side of the spectrum but about what I expected from a New Glarus seasonal.

morimech, May 06, 2012
Photo of Florida9
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep brown in color with some floaties swimming around. Pours with about a finger's worth of light tan head that slowly reduces to nothingness. A faint bit of lacing.

S: Muted nose of roasted malts, cocoa, and coffee.

T: Roasted malts, chocolate and bitter coffee. There is a slight peat flavor to it as well. Long lingering finish of roasted malt.

M: Mouthfeel loses me as it is not the smooth, creamy, luscious feel one would expect from an oatmeal stout. Actually, it's surprisingly sharp. Medium in body, but thin for the for the style as well.

D: Overall, this is a decent beer, but it's not what I would think of when I think of an oatmeal stout. The lighter body and flavor lends to easier drinking, though I am not sure that is necessarily a good thing.

Florida9, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of msubulldog25
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz. bottle, poured to a pint glass. Big thanks to (I believe) mnwags for sending it out to Oregon. Not an appealing moniker: Road Slush = filthy nastiness after days of traffic and snow melt. Name Fail.

A: Not quite black out of the bottle, nor even a dark brown for that matter; see-through 'mahogany' will do. Held to light it shows some possible signs of age; a deep chestnut, filled with a storm-cloud of tiny yeast bits. Good head, an oatmeal ivory that tops out at about a finger and falls to an uneven film, gathered at the edges. Pretty nice criss-crossing lace.

S: Alot of cocoa in the nose, a dusty dark chocolate. Spicy sweetness of wheat. Not big, but pleasant, enticing.

T: Blend of rich chocolate and spiced coffee. Cinnamon and an odd, but likable, herbal/mint flavor. A cream-like toffee sweetness, hidden behind all the roastedness. Zero astrigency, just smooth chocolate-y maltiness.

M: Smooth, balanced. Creamy-soft texture with a light carbonation. Silkiness lingers and coats with each sip.

D: Very easy to drink, a session-worthy pint if there ever was one. Good example of the style, a balanced blend of sweetness and bitterness. Would be great to have another taste of this relative rarity.

msubulldog25, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of cosmicevan
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks for the extremely thoughtful extra rschne13!!!!

a - poured into my darkness tulipy snifter and it had a MASSIVE head that was a solid 2 fingers of frothy goodness. Color was a watery plum like black.

s - a bit fruity, a bit watery, kind of thin and sweet.

t - VERY different. No oaty flavor at all. Soft fruity, kind of like strawberry or some kind of berry flavored vitamin water. Very tasty, but an oatmeal stout?

m/d - a touch on the watery side. heavy carbonation. almost like a berry flavored seltzer. not very beer like but then again, it is a new glarus beer...? almost like a slushy beer without the ice? way more porter like than stouty.

cosmicevan, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of prototypic
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

prototypic, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of AlexFields
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

AlexFields, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.8/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - deep mahogany brown around the edges. A tan head, thin but sticky.

Aroma - strong roasted grain with accents of coffee grounds.

Taste - good roasted grain again, as it smells. A fine coffee flavor in there also. A brief touch of sweetness on the swallow and lots of roasty flavors on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - smooth with a good body. Medium carbonation, in step with the style.

Drinkability - a fine session stout. Much thanks to brdc for this diamond in the rough acquired at DLD08.

brewdlyhooked13, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of srandycarter
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Very black, small head leaves fast. Almost non existent lacing.

S - Malt, bitter chocolate, something with smoke.

T - Deep dark malt, bitter chocolate. Nice

M - Good center, nice carbonation and bitter finish. Great balance.

D - Very drinkable stout, for sure.

srandycarter, Jun 05, 2008
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 15, 2008
Photo of GbVDave
3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to neubernie for the hook up!

A: Pours a deep dark brown with ruby highlights at the edges. Creamy tan-colored head recedes quickly but leaves a nice amount of lacey "drapes" in the glass.

S: Had to try hard to get a nose out of this one. Eventually, I detected chocolate, toasted oats, roasted malt, and a tart fruitiness.

T: See above. Also noted were coffee grounds, burnt wheat toast, and tangy citrus hops.

M: Seems a little too tart and prickly for an oatmeal stout. Seems kind of watery no matter what temp it's served at.

D: Given the slightly average marks, this is surprisingly easy on the palate. Easy to drink, but I can think of a few dozen other oatmeal stouts I'd rather drink.

GbVDave, Apr 21, 2008
Photo of jera1350
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thinner looking brownish black color with a very fluffy one finger head that leaves some nice lacing.

Pretty faint smelling. Getting some oats and light malt.

Nicely roasted malts with a bit of oat cola and very light coffee. Nothing crazy, and seems to need some more malt.

A tamed down cola-like feel. Prickly carbonation and the body is not quite big enough. Pretty smooth, but not oatmeal stout smooth.

Good drinkability. Seems more of an american stout. A nice beer, but I would go for something else next time.

jera1350, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

stereosforgeeks, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of birchstick
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours black as night with a small, white head

S - roasted malts, chocolate, grains...full of malt bill as it should be

T - follows the nose. Sweet and chocolaty upfront and moves onto a little bit of grain character. The chocolate notes come back stronger and more chocolaty than they did on the front on the tongue. Finishes a little dry with some of the roasted malts/coffee/dark chocolate character.

M - silky smooth and full. This brewery has some very consistent mouthfeels.

D - overall, this is an easy drinking stout. Nothing that will blow your mind, but it won't let you down either. This was out at the brewery, fortunately my buddy had one in his fridge for me to try.

birchstick, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love this stout!

Dark black in color with a white head.

Smells of chocolate and coffee. Smells great!

Has a complex taste. Very drinkable stout, not as heavy as most stouts, but heavy enough. Has a little bit of a nice bite to it right at the end of the tasting.

This beer is really good at both warm or cold serving temperatures.

Probably one of the top 3 oatmeal stouts I have ever had.

4DAloveofSTOUT, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of emmasdad
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a darkish brown color, slightly hazy, with a big tan head. Aromas of milk chocolate, earthy hops and lightly roasted coffee. On the palate, I get roasted malt, bitter hops and more coffee/chocolate. Somewhat thin, not the best I've had from New Glarus.

emmasdad, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of kmpitz2
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours a very very deep brown to black color with a finger of tan head that falls slowly to a full and solid coat over the top. Clarity is not apparent because of the darkness of the brew. Solid looker. Nose is rather rich, with solid roasted malt bite, with a very modest chocolate and light caramel sweetness, with a solid creamyness from the oats brings it all together. I like it. Flavor is much more focused on the oat creamyness and chocolate sweetness. Its initally slightly fruity, chocolatey, caramel and creamy, moving towards a moderate roast, finishing with a light bitterness from the hopping. The fruityness is hard to describe. Its not raisin or fig, just a generic fruityness. Mouthfeel is moderate with a light carbonation, but with a very creamy smoothness to it. Nicely done. Overall, this one is a fairly nice oatmeal stout. The nose is what wins me over in this one. The flavor is a close second, but I'd drink this one again...easily.

kmpitz2, Apr 10, 2006
Photo of garymuchow
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a fairly straightforward mildly roastly dark malt character. Very light oatmeal quality.
Black and opaque. Very dark head that fizzles to a ring rather quickly.
Slight bite up front then a shot of roast followed by a strong oat flavor. Bitterness hits quite late which begins a mildly dry and fairly long finish. There is an intensity to this all (which I suppose might mellow as this warms some). In time more of the coffee notes appear.
There is a nice fullness to the feel even though it seems just medium in feel. Fully carbonated which adds to the filling nature.
There is an intensity to the flavor that I like, but this seems to lack the smoothness which is so appealing in this style.

garymuchow, Sep 29, 2006
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mikereaser sent this one to me. Thanks Mike.

Road Slush Stout is a dark brown color that isn't quite opaque, with many strands of carbonation bubbles that attach to the side of the glass toward the bottom. The tan head is about two fingers thick and creamy looking. The retention is good, the lacing is very good.

The aroma is mostly malt, with milk chocolate and a slightly lighter, sweeter malt underneath.

Road Slush Stout is a good, easy drinking stout that is mostly malt. Just as in the aroma, chocolate malts are the strongest flavor, followed by coffee and a little bit of caramel malt sweetness. This stout is on the sweet side in general, with a little added, generic malt/oat sweetness to go with the flavors already mentioned. Finally, some roasted malt gives way to a bitter, slightly hoppy finish.

Although it seems light from the high carbonation, the body still retains a little bit of a creamy feel, which is good.

Pretty good stout. As far as I can tell, New Glarus doesn't make bad beer, and this one is no exception.

Hojaminbag, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of grub
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Viggo shared this one. thanks eric!

12oz bottle. sampled june 13/08.

pours deep red-brown, neither black nor opaque, with good clarity. a small dense tan head forms, dropping fast with a few spots of lace.

aroma is nice. bit of coffee. dark chocolate. bit of milk chocolate. multi-grain bread. touch of alcohol. caramel. bit of toffee. slightly earthy.

taste is nice. medium-low bitterness level. bittersweet chocolate. espresso. bit of dark chocolate. bit of alcohol. multi-grain bread. light roast. a little more one-dimensional than i'd expect.

mouthfeel is ok. medium-low carbonation level. medium-light body is a touch thin for the style.

drinkability is good. fairly well balanced, just a little plain and thin.

grub, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of nickd717
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

nickd717, May 18, 2010
Road Slush Stout from New Glarus Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 407 ratings.