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Road Slush Stout | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 02-10-2006

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Photo of katan
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours an almost completely opaque brown to black color. Only the lightest amount of light gets through the edges. Head formation is light, a mocha colored film.

S - A grainy and yeasty note dominates the smell of this beer. Seems to be aiming for a sweeter nose, with the sugars of the oats leading the way. I would say that some chocolate is present, but mostly an astringent coffee scent.

T - Starts off with the grainy, husky notes of some 2 row malt combined with the oat flavors. A somewhat monotone beer, as that continues through the mid-flavors. Some yeasty flavors come through, spicy at times. Seems astringent, biting at times from a very light roasted barley note. Finishes with some chocolate, flavors. Hops are very hidden/restrained.

M - Strong in body - even stronger in carbonation. Finishes with a clinging husky note to the tongue.

D - Not filing. Flavors are smooth for sessioning - a New Glarus trait in my mind. ABV is up there, but not off the charts. No doubt that 6.2 out of an Oatmeal stout is a surprise to common drinkers of the style.

Once again Dan Carey proves to me the man knows his stuff. Some aspects of this beer I may not completely buy into, but there is no doubt it is superbly executed in its creation.

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Photo of Popkas
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a nice frothy head that very well retained. Promising start. Smell is a little bit sweet with roasted malts and other grains. The taste is also fairly sweet as well as some bitterness. Mouth feel is a little bit on the thin side, but smooth. Drinkability is decent. Not my favorite offering from NG.

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Photo of ghostee
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a creamy head.

Had a delicious smell of coffee and chocolate. The smell is not overpowering, and has hints of sweetness.

Taste follows the nose, predominately chocolate, coffee, with a hint of vanilla and dark fruit. Taste is very smooth, not bitter at all.

Feels medium bodied on the tongue, leaves a coating on the tongue and roof of mouth that feels like I just drank some hot cocoa, kind of gritty. Smooth, not bitter.

Drinkability is medium-high. Would be easy to session a few of these.

Overall, this is the first stout I've ever tried from New Glarus, and I'm enjoying it. I like the smooth roasted flavors and lack of bitterness. The gritty feeling left in the mouth is a negative, though.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of my secret bunny 2010 haul from ROBORB. A 12 ounce bottle poured into my nonic Imperial pint glass. The stout appears a translucent ruby brown color with a good inch of creamy light tan foam. Nose and flavors consist of medium roasted grains, bitter chocolate, earthy, grassy hops, coffee, and mocha, with some sweet caramel and milk chocolate in the aroma as it warms up. The stout is at least medium bodied and smooth with adequate carbonation and a bitter roasty finish. Overall, a very nice take on an oatmeal stout. This one has been on my wants for a few years and I'm glad I finally got to try it. Thanks again Rob!

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.
6.2% ABV

A - Pouring dark, dark brown with deep amber-brown highlights, Road Slush looks just a little bit hazy but is accompanied by a large and well-retained head; the bone-colored foam leaving some good rings of lace on the glass.

S - Road Slush's roasted aroma comes floating out with assertion bringing with it dark toasted bread crusts, dry cocoa-rolled coffee beans, and plenty of flaked oats on the finish; simple, straight-forward, and inviting.

T - Dry roasted malts provide a faint dark chocolate flavor while creamy oats provide a soft transition into just a light waft of smoke; a unique finish to the beer.

M - Creamy and smooth with gentle carbonation and a medium-full bodied mouthfeel, Road Slush has roasted dry finish that carried with it some lingering but balancing bitterness.

O - New Glarus' Road Slush stout is might not be a frilly beer, loaded with different ingredients but, what Road Slush lacks in bells and whistles, it makes up for in classic aroma and flavor. Straight-up roasted malts and flaked oats create a wonderful stout profile that's robust-yet-smooth, a perfect combination to kick back with on a chilly winter day.

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Photo of AdamGarcia
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Brian23456 for this one.

A: Not that impressive. Pours more like a big brown ale. An earthy, hazy brown that lets some light though atound the edges. Has a thinner than expected look. Small head doesn't last long. Reduced to a thin ring in less than a minute.

S: Very nice. Brown sugar. Cookie spice. Fresh cappuccino. Carob.

T: Taste falls short of smell. Flavors much more subdued. Sweet coffee with cream. Oatmeal raisin cookies.

M: Carbonation a little off. Not necessarily too much, just not carbonated smoothly. Big bubbles instead of tiny subtle carbonation. Creamy feel with a pleasant aftertaste.

D: No reason not to have another.

This is a good beer, but it seems off as far as style is concerned. This seems like a big nut brown ale instead of a stout. Really thin. Glad I got to try this.

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Photo of billab914
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Stone RIS glass. Poured dark brown with a one finger off-white creamy head. The settled out to leave a thin covering on top of the beer but left some pretty good lacing on the sides of the glass.

The aroma has a light roastiness to it with a little chocolate and a little sweetness to it. The taste is a lot like the nose in that it has a moderate roastiness with a little chocolate and coffee coming through. Not an over the top in flavor stout, but a nicely flavored smooth one for sure.

The mouthfeel is on the thicker side and creamy with moderate carbonation. I love creamy oatmeal stouts and this one has the nice creamy mouthfeel I expect, but the carbonation might be a little high for me in a beer like this.

Drinkability is good, I really enjoyed this beer. It had nice flavor and a nice creamy body to it which made it a very enjoyable beer to drink. A very nice oatmeal stout overall.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of Strix
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown, red edges, huge head with good lacing.

Smells of rich grains and malts, with a bit of cocoa.

Roasted grains in the flavor, a little hint of coffee and cocoa. Flavors are pleasant but a bit muted.

Very smooth mouthfeel, somewhat light, but that works well here.

Nothing revolutionary, but nicely balanced and makes for an easy drinker.

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Photo of iuhophead87
3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle (Thanks BoilerBeer)

A- Does not appear to be a very thick or heavy beer. The color is a dark reddish brown almost mahogany. The head is a light tan almost off white in appearance but only lasts for a short time.
S- Roasted malt overpowers all other aromas and is the only thing I could smell at first. A sweet toffee scent does come through once the beer warms up to room temperature. It even seems to be a little smoky now that it is warmer.
T- This beer tastes just like it smells. The roasted malts are the main flavor. The after taste the beer leaves is a little sweet and smoky. This is a nice stout here. Nothing over the top or extra creative was done with this one. A nice change from all the extreme stouts I've had lately .
M- This is not a thick stout at all! Drinks more like a porter and is much thinner than expected.
D- When I think of stouts a session beer never comes to mind. However, this may be the closest thing to a session stout for me. NG has many other beers that I would search out just to have, but Road Slush is a great beer for what it is. A nice simple stout!!! I wish I could get this easier.

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Photo of mothman
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of jera1350
3.58/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
3.71/5  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.

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Photo of Parrotbeak
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown, with a tan head that dissolves into a patchy coating.
Coffee grounds up front, with some faint hints dark chocolate and cocoa.
Wet coffee and moderate amount of dark chocolate. Mild bitterness on the finish.
Fairly smooth, with some wet bitterness at the end.
Fairly drinkable, but bland enough to be fairly forgettable.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass the beer is a dark brown orange with a beige two finger head. After settling a fair amount of sticky lace is left behind.

The aroma is a mix of light chocolate, coffee and roast malt. Not as sweet as a typical oatmeal stout but pleasant. There's a hint of tartness as well.

The flavor is a fairly light. Mild roast malt with hints of coffee and chocolate. Not the most flavorful NG beer out there.

Medium to light body. A touch thin. Moderate carbonation.

Overall a decent easy drinker. I'm glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of Soneast
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown in color, developing a 2 finger thick, creamy, light brown colored head that has above average retention, slowly dissipating to a creamy layer of suds.

The aroma is pretty overwhelmingly roasty, just full of coffee and roasted grain aromas, as well as a hint of chocolate, but mostly just roasty, maybe even a touch smokey...strange.

The flavor is comprised of roasted grains, coffee flavors and some dark chocolate along with some burnt caramel flavors and a nice sweetness towards the end, with next to no bitterness.

The mouthfeel is a touch watery, not thick and chewy like most oatmeal stouts. That said, the flavors were quite good, if not a little bit too roast forward. There is so much burnt grain character it's hard to pick out other small nuances and flavors.

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Photo of Wisconsinality
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into standard pint.

A- A nice deep brown with a half finger's worth of head. Leaves some pretty good lacing along the side of the glass.

S- I felt it was somewhat muted compared to beers of the style. It had the bit of chocolate and maybe even a little coffee but not much more than that. I was expecting a little more.

T- Even though the flavor profile wasn't through the roof, it was pretty darn good. A nice bitter dark chocolate with some coffee. The malt seemed to be a little on the burned side which added to the bitterness.

M- The bitterness is up front but not too bad. I think it might be from the malt being overdone? A little thinner than I had anticipated which I think, plays a big factor in the overall rating.

D- Goes down easy but every time I take a sip I think that there should be more to it. The flavor is really good but there just seems to be something missing. Glad they brought this beer back though.

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Photo of prototypic
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of BobbyBeerman
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Retired?? Can't be. I just got a bottle of it. I know New Glarus Brewing is just selling in Wisconsin because it cannot keep up with production. But my friends just came back from a trip up there and brought me back a bottle.

And to my friends, the Schmit family, I am eternally grateful for bringing me back the sampler.

A: This pours a dark mahogany brown but not black. Light can actually make it through it. An average pour produces a thin tan head that fades to a ring that persists throughout the drinking experience but does not produce any lacing.

S: A swirl releases a roasty malt aroma with hints of coffee and chocolate. Everything I would expect from a good solid stout regardless of its funny name.

T: The taste doesn't stray far from the smell. A good solid stout - coffee, dark chocolate (but not over the top), roast malts, and just a hint of smoke in there. Well balanced flavor in there.

M: Not as thick as some stouts but that is ok. Very easy on the mouth. Not overly carbonated.

D: Smooth, easy on the mouth, tasty. This is very easy to drink. I love it. I'm partial to stouts anyway but this is a good one. I would recommend it to all my friends but you can't buy it here in Illinois. I guess I will continue to rely on the kindness of friends.

Blessed be the Brew!!

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Photo of Wisconsin
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I came across this beer while going through a small, local liquor store in Northern Wisconsin. I was absolutely shocked to see a beer that was released over a year ago still on the shelf. I was skeptical of how well this would look and taste but after having one, it matches what I can remember about this beer so here goes:

A - Big, frothy body that is dark brown, almost black in appearance. The head is tan and rises to about two inches above the body and fades slowly to a lace.

S - Chocolate, malts and oatmeal notes along with some toffee, caramel and cream. The beer just smells real smooth. Nothing overpowering or bitter. The smell also improves as the beer warms.

T - Silky smooth taste. This beer tastes much like it smells, with the creamy chocolate and malts hitting your mouth initially. There are also some toffee and cream notes that make the complexity of this beer full and smooth, not bitter.

M - Chocolate and malty notes hit your mouth first with a silky smooth transition to toffee and cream. Very enticing as this beer warms up.

D - For the style its very high. From November to March I could have quite a few of these in a sitting.

Cheers Dan!

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Photo of ThaBobfather
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Much malty goodness here. As complex as it is smooth. I get sweet malt up front with a near chocolate taste near the back.
It pours black reddish beautiful. Deep color. Nice head. I get a great malty coat that is sort of sweet chocolate.
Very hearty and definitely a drinkable stout. It's good.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of roadhouse
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appears a very dark shade of brown with some mahogany highlights in the light. One inch light tan head sinks to a film after a couple minutes. As per the bottle, I let this warm up a bit.

Aroma is nice and chocolaty, with a smooth oat tone, pronounced fruitiness, and dry roasted quality in the back similar to coffee.

The taste is initially chocolaty with the fruitiness coming out towards the middle. Dries up quite a bit for the finish and becomes more like coffee with a bit of lingering earthy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium in body, fairly creamy and smooth, but I've had Oatmeal Stouts that were smoother. There's a bit of a crisp bite to it at the end.

Definitely tasty beer but not the best Oatmeal Stout I've had, though it's certainly somewhere in the upper range. For some reason I just love the name of this beer. If you can get it I would recommend it.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of beckje01
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Big tan head goes down quick and not lacing the color is black.

S- Nice slightly malty nose but reserved just enough to make you curious.

T- Nice oat flavor a touch of chocolate notes, very smooth a nice balance not overwhelming. Just makes you want to keep drinking.

M- Great thickness.

D- Just wonderful, can't sop with it. If it was easier to get it would be a new fixture in my fridge.

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Road Slush Stout from New Glarus Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 236 ratings.