Road Slush Stout - New Glarus Brewing Company
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4.1/5 rDev +5.7%
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
01-14-2012 02:08:50 | More by nova009
4.03/5 rDev +3.9%
Reviewing the Road Slush Stout from New Glarus Brewing Company.
Bottled on 12/06/11 (bottled day is "340"), served in a snifter glass, and enjoyed 01/11/12. This one is thus a touch over a month old.
Appearance: Pours a deep, dark brown -- almost black -- color with one finger of creamy mocha colored head that settles into a thin later. Mostly opaque with dark caramel colored highlights at the top of the glass. Served a bit on the cold side, but there is a noticeable effervescence. Excellent lacing. 4.5/5
Smell: First impression is lots of creamy oatmeal and roasted coffee. Some toasted grains. Further whiffs reveal light chocolate/cocoa and caramel too. There is a distinctly familiar chocolate candy aroma here, and I think it's a Tootsie Roll. 4/5
Taste: There are a lot of roasted malt flavors present in this beer. I can detect roasted coffee, toasted oats, and roasted chocolate, with a little smokiness too. There is a little caramel malt and some light citrus on the mid-palate and towards the finish. Lingering finish is bitter with more of the roasted malt flavors. Detecting a lot more oats/oatmeal flavors in this one than I have in recent oatmeal stouts. Yum. 4/5
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with light-medium carbonation. Getting a lot less carbonation than was expected from the appearance, but maybe that was just "excess" air trapped in the glass from the pour. I was expecting the body to be a little thin for some reason or another, but found it perfect. Finishes bitter, but not dry. 4/5
Overall: It took me a handful of misses, but I finally found a beer from New Glarus that comes in a six pack that I enjoy. Before this, I had only enjoyed a few of the beers in the Unplugged and Thumbprint series, but this beer is really, really tasty. I would certainly buy this one again.
Recommendation: A really, flavorful starter stout for casual beer drinkers. Beer geeks should seek this one out too.
Pairings: A smoked dark meat dish.
Cost: $2 for a single bottle or $10.99 for a six pack.
01-12-2012 05:55:28 | More by jegross2
3.03/5 rDev -21.9%
A - My pour was a little over the top, so out sprouts a 4+ finger light brown head that is bubbly, frothy and slowly craters as it dies down. The lacing is a bit ridiculous; super sticky and goopy. It's sticking to every part of the glass. The beer itself is a menacing looking black with purple and brown tints.
S - Some nice medium roast, some tootsie roll, yeast, a little milk chocolate and cocoa.Somewhat low aroma overall.
T - Rich, tasty roast, honey, milk chocolate powder, charred wood, some coffee grounds and an estery yeast character, and the tootsie roll found in the smell is still floating around in the flavor. The flavor in the finish falls flat and isn't helped by the thinish body and slight undercarbonation. There really isn't any depth at all past the initial taste; the finish is pretty boring.
M - Easily the worst part about this beer. See taste...tldr; too thin, undercarbonated and it really detracts from an already weak finish.
O - Not bad, not great. I will give this stout points for being incredibly easy to drink; it wouldn't offend anyone and would probably be a great option for someone new to the style.
01-09-2012 01:19:57 | More by drewba
4.2/5 rDev +8.2%
I was glad to find this at the local market a few days ago. Poured it into a Lakefront Brewery pint glass. A nice coffee color with a good inch of khaki head that falls to about an eighth inch that really lasts. Wonderful lacing down the glass. The smell is inviting: It has a good deal of smokiness and a bit more subtle spice that hints at sweet barbecue. There's absolutely nothing to complain about with the taste, as it has a wonderful roasted malt profile that moves in nice balance with the significant hop presence. The feel is consistent with other good oatmeal stouts, though I could have stood a bit more body.
This is a beer that just delivers what you'd hope a good stout would. Call me a homer, if you will, but New Glarus continues to impress me with every new offering from them that I try. Incidentally, this is a great brew to enjoy while catching up with friends in an ice-fishing shack.
01-08-2012 05:03:04 | More by DabblinWiscCraft
4.22/5 rDev +8.8%
Served in a Duvel Tulip
A - pours a dark brown, almost black. chocolate cream head with good retention
S - roasted malt dominates, with coffee followed by chocolate
T - Again roasted malt, then coffee and dark chocolate, bitterness of hops. I didn't notice the citrus that others have noticed
M - smooth, not much alcohol burn to speak of
O - excellent offering by NG, I was expecting a bit sweeter, but overall I though this was a great single stout. definitely will stock up on this one while its around
01-07-2012 02:36:43 | More by ncketchum
3.95/5 rDev +1.8%
12 oz. bottle purchased locally. Bottle dated day #340 or December 6, 2011, less than a month ago. Poured into a tulip glass.
A: Opaque black; 1-1/2" fluffy, tan head that settles slowly and leaves consistent lacing across 2/3 of the glass surface; no effervescence.
S: Roasting coffee, bittersweet chocolate, toasted malts.
T: Espresso, nutty oatmeal malt; some light citrus, followed by light increase in bitterness that lingers.
M: Soft & smooth; light bodied, low carbonation; neutral-to-slightly-dry finish; little noticeable heat.
O: Tasty and drinkable, with good characteristics, a "single" stout that holds up well and opens up as it warms.
01-02-2012 02:21:05 | More by bierbrauer
3.23/5 rDev -16.8%
A-Appears dark brown almost black with a thick tan two-fingered deep "moustache making" head.
S- Initially produces a strong bitter coffee smell. As a non-coffee drinker, this doesn't smell overly bad, however I don't notice any sweet toffee or chocolate smells, only the bitter malty, coffee.
T-Tastes of roasted malt and coffee. The slight bitter taste mellows and softens into a sweeter, mild dark chocolate flavor.
M-Light almost watery taste. Easy drinking with no overwhelming alcohol. Has the filling quality of most stouts, however I wouldn't be stopped from drinking more than one.
O- I enjoy most of the beers from NG and was not disappointed by this stout. I also wasn't overly wowed by any of the flavors. A "classic" slightly above average Oatmeal Stout.
01-01-2012 06:42:45 | More by phaulie03
4.03/5 rDev +3.9%
A-Pours very dark chocolate brown with a huge, creamy, tan head that leaves very nice lacing.
S-Strong roasted malt/coffee aroma along with a hint of toffee sweetness and a little chocolate.
T-Very balanced, roasted malt, coffee and chocolate flavors with a hint of toffee to add some sweetness. Slightly bitter, herbal hop flavor.
M-Medium body that has a good sweet, dry balance overall though it does finish a hair on the dry side. Very good carbonation.
Overall, a very solid stout. Good roasted malt flavors along with hints of chocolate and toffee to keep things balanced. Nothing spectacular but a very good, solid stout and a very worthy session beer.
01-01-2012 04:38:29 | More by adman08
District of Columbia
4.22/5 rDev +8.8%
12oz bottle to tulip glass.
Pours black, dull medium coffee brown with about two fingers of medium khaki head. Good retention and lacing. Smells very appetizing: like fresh roasted malt with dark chocolate undertones. Taste is light roasted malt and some melted chocolate, really smooth and nicely balanced. Lengthy finish that is slightly off dry. Medium body and carbonation. Overall, this is quite drinkable, reminds me of a light British-style stout. I would definitely put this in the regular rotation.
12-30-2011 05:09:54 | More by pmarlowe
3.48/5 rDev -10.3%
Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.
A) Dark brown, nearly black, held to light, just a little reddish hue. There was nearly a two finger head, that was tan and creamy looking. Decent retention and a bit of lacing.
S) Malty, deep roast here, slightly burnt, with coffee and oats, a bit of dark chocolate.
T) Mostly the roasted malt. The aroma was better. A little bit of coffee. Earthy flavors, a little grassy at the finish, but that is mainly some citrus rind, and really more bitter than I would have liked.
M) Medium bodied with more carbonation than I would have liked. A little prickly, with a slightly off aftertaste.
O) Not terrible, but I'm glad this was a single. I'll stick to Samuel Smith's for oatmeal stouts.
12-23-2011 22:27:23 | More by RoamingGnome
Road Slush Stout from New Glarus Brewing Company
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