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Road Slush Stout - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

233 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 233
Hads: 569
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 101
Gots: 61 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: Todd on 02-10-2006

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Opaque cola color with a healthy, creamy, smooth, meringue-like, light cafe white color. Great retention leaving a nice lacing.

S - Plenty of nice roasted coffee and milk chocolate. Mocha and malt chocolate aromas along with a touch of nuttiness. Faint sweetness along with the earthiness. Nice aroma.

T - Starts with some milk chocolate and earthy/nutty flavors. Gives way to some roasted coffee and some dark chocolate. Slight creamy and caramel sweetness. Roasted flavor lasts throughout giving way to a slight astringent flavor on the finish. Some bitter roasted flavors on the finish with an underlying sweetness.

M - Medium to light body. Average, maybe slightly less than average, carbonation. Not quite as smooth and creamy as other oatmeal stouts but it does have these characteristics.

D - Nice mix of bitter/roasted flavors and sweetness. Easy to drink sweeter stout. Good balance and the beer just disappeared from the glass.

Notes: Nice oatmeal stout. It lacks a bit of the classical body you expect and the flavor falls a bit short of the aroma, but it's a nice balanced Oatmeal Stout that's easy to drink. Enjoyable but not amazing. (1,156 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (844 characters)

Photo of 312HopBomb
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle served in a Midwest Brewers fest pint glass.

Huge frothy head is one of the biggest I've seen on a stout. Dark brown color. Settles to a surface covering with solid sheets of thick foam coating the sides of the glass.

Smell is huge roasted malt and oatmeal.

Taste a slightly sweet roast, coffee and dark cocoa. Not a dark roasted bitter stout. More like a dark brown ale.

Mouthfeel is medium with above average carbonation for this style.

Overall a different take on a stout and very well crafted. The appearance stood out with the head and lacing. I really enjoy all the beers from New Glarus. (613 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a minimal white head leaving a wisp.

Smells of chocolate, roasted coffee and oats.

Similar flavors as the aroma. Chocolate and roasted coffee up front. There's a definite grainy characteristic throughout along with the oats and a good amount of hop bitterness. Overall very pleasant.

Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation.

Very pleasantly surprised by this one and I usually think oatmeal stouts are kind of boring, but New Glarus once again proves they can make me like something I didn't think I would. (531 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown, opaque except at the edges. One finger of medium-tan head, gone in a flash, with some touches of lacing.

Smell is good. A pleasant combination of slightly smoky dark roasted malts with the full fluffy sweetness of oats. A bit of dark fruit pushes its way through. Pretty dead on for an oatmeal stout, though it's a bit faint and lacking depth.

Taste is also what I'd expect, though more bitter and less complex than the nose. A bit of milk chocolate, some char, in fact a bit more char than I'd like there to be. The oats come through less here, and I have a hard time pulling out any other flavors.

Nice chewy slick mouthfeel. Finishes quite quickly, just disappearing into the reaches of... my belly.

I like this beer. It gives me everything it should - plenty of dark roast and most of the flavors that come with it, and enough oat presence to satisfy my needs. Doesn't blow me away, but it's a very solid oatmeal stout. (950 characters)

Photo of KDawg
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours from bottle into a pint glass. Pours a dark brown color with a small head.

Well balanced aromas of coffee, roasted malts, with a slight bit of caramel and toffee. Lacking a some depth though.

Medium/full bodied with a smooth feel, but lacking a bit in the middle. Very good flavors of caramel, roasted coffee, and malts.

A quality stout. I didn't get that many oatmeal flavors, but this was very good nonetheless. (422 characters)

Photo of JustinMatthew
4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Part of a resent trade with my buddy Jerod out in Iowa. Thanks again! This is easily my new favorite oatmeal stout.

Pours black as night with a fluffy khaki colored head that dissipates pretty slowly and laces well throughout. Smell is of sweet oats, toasty malts and some cacao. The taste is fantastic.. Fluctuates gracefully from sip to sip.. Toffee, Milk chocolate, espresso, sugary oat flakes, milk, and Caramel. Toffee notes lingering sip to sip. This was way to smooth and delicious to sip on with a bag of chocolate covered pretzels. (542 characters)

Photo of morimech
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (740 characters)

Photo of jjanega08
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshness dating but the bottle is stamped with a 3401
12:09

A= Pours a deep black color with a two finger head on it that is a slightly off white color as well as some solid retention and lacing.

S= The smell is oaty and chocolaty. I don't really pick up much of a roast to this one for some reason. Really a nice sweet smell. The grains come through giving it a nice mash smell.

T= The taste is a nice sweet stout flavor again. Tons of nice chocolaty malt flavor and a nice sort of grain bed taste with not much of a roasty taste. No real hop profile. This is a nice full flavored stout that isn't of the imperial variety.

M= Nice smooth mouth. A little light maybe.

O= This is a solid stout with a nice flavor without being over bearing. It's sort of nice to have a stout that isn't imperial and gonna knock you on your ass. Good flavor for less buzz. Check it out. (876 characters)

Photo of peterpapermaker
4.68/5  rDev +20%
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. (616 characters)

Photo of Beejay
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Black in body, the head is dense, rich, and tan in color. When held to the light the body becomes a reddish deep brown with some yeast floaties.

S: Nice roasted grain aroma, with some cocoa powder following. Some flour bread notes and oatmeal.

T: Coffee and roasted malt dominate the flavor. There is a hint of a sharp note, the finish is bready.

M: Medium thick in body, the carbonation is fine in size, although somewhat higher in carbonation. Fairly smooth in texture.

O: Overall a pretty good brew, although I could go for a little more dark malts, and somewhat less carbonation. I'd drink it again. (613 characters)

Photo of cagocubs
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great name for a stout. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours brown and gets darker as more volume flows into the cup. Carbonation streams causing a rippling head present as early as the pour. Creates a nice tan/ivory one finger head that dissipates to a small film. It doesn't lace even though it looks like it wants to.

S: Roasted malt, molasses, caramel, barley, some chocolate and oat.

T: A chocolatey/roasty bitterness is present early. You can taste the malts and toasty oat. Some alcohol bite on the backend of the sip.

M: I like the medium body. Creamy in texture with real nice warming. The bitterness lasts into the aftertaste. (654 characters)

Photo of sleuthdog
2.68/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into tulip glass

A: The pour yields about one and a half finger size head that is mocha colored. This beer is dark brown with some light brown to mahogany color evident at the edges. There are some bubbles visible along the sides of the glass that rise to form a ring around the edges of the glass. I also note some visible sediment floating in my glass, interesting. Lacing is light.

S: Chocolate malt and roasted nuttiness at first with some burnt coffee. I also get some brown sugar sweetness. As I continue to let this one warm up before I start sipping I seem to get more and more coffee on the nose.

T: I get the roasted character of this beer at first followed by some semi-sweet dark chocolate. I also get some unique earthiness notes? Hard for me to describe. On the aftertaste I get a slightly unpleasant charred character.

M: I expected this to be more creamy or smooth being an oatmeal stout but it's acceptable. Maybe the carbonation takes away from the smoothness? As i find this to be a little sharp. A little too thin for a stout for my liking.

O: This oatmeal stout did not wow me mostly because of the feel. I prefer this style to be smoother and more satisfying on the mouth.
The taste was on par for a stout though. (1,260 characters)

Photo of jimmah120
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with no date

Pours a very dark mahogany/amber with a frothy 3cm mocha head. Aroma is dark chocolate, coffee, toffee, cocoa powder, and roasted nut. Taste is similar - semisweet but dry cocoa powder at first, roasted malt flavorings and sweet toffee next, ending with a touch of bitter piney hops and warm barley. Mouthfeel could be a little creamier and a little less drying.

Almost more of a full-flavored brown ale than an oatmeal stout, this dark brew is nutty, chocolatey, and bitter. Great beer. (514 characters)

Photo of lurpy1
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into 2 pint glasses. Had no idea NG made stouts.

Cola brown pour, not a lot of head. A little more translucent that I like a stout to be.

Smell is reasonably pronounced with burnt malt and oats, but is also a little bit bitter. Announces itself.

Taste does not. I found this drink watery and lacking flavor. There is a little bit of malt and an even littler bit of coffee in there, but it wasn't a very big beer at all. Didn't taste unpleasant, just didn't taste strong enough.

The oats lent themselves well to mouthfeel, nice and smooth. Finishes well.

NG's routine beers are merely average and their speciality beers are spectacular. This falls into the average category. It is an OK drink, nothing more. If recommended means I encourage you to buy it if it's the best thing on the menu, then yes, I recommend it. (834 characters)

Photo of mwilbur
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Nice super dark--almost opaque--brown with 1/4 inch dark tan head that fairly quickly recedes.
S: Chocolate malt, toasted malt, caramel, and a hit of hops.
T: A definite step up from the aroma. Nice chocolate, coffee, toasted malt, and soft oatmeal notes. Very nice.
M: Smooth with a mildly bitter roasted finish.
D: Another solid New Glarus offering. Great session brew. Good drinkability. (442 characters)

Photo of KajII
3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

[Best served in a Nonic Pint glass]

The pour was a murky dark brown with a huge (3-4 fingers) light brown frothy head that lasted throughout and had excellent sticky streaks of lacing.

The aroma was mild of a cereal malt and a sweet doughy yeast with notes of coffee, milk chocolate, molasses and a slight nutty presence.

The taste was sweetly malty with a strong note of chocolate early on and finished about the same with a mild bitter note of coffee towards the end. The flavor lasted an average duration with a nice sweet coffee ending.

Mouthfeel was medium to full in body with a creamy texture and a soft carbonation.

Overall a great Sweet Stout that had just a slight mild bitterness to it. (702 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle sent to me from BeerFMAndy. Huge thanks! This one has been on my 'wants' list for quite some time...

Poured into my Highland pint glass. Pours a dark cola-color with a thick tan head on top. A good two-fingers worth for sure. A very pleasing bouquet with fresh cookies, dark breads, sweet warm malts. Really nice nose.

Excellent body here too as the oats impart a creamy smooth texture, while the moderate carbonation sharpens the edges. Chocolate malt, brown sugar-sweetened oatmeal, little bit of caramel sweetness. Very well-done beer here. After my last NG experience, I needed a good reminder was to why this is one of my top-5 breweries. This beer reminded me. Thanks, Andy. (695 characters)

Photo of herman77
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with a very light tan head that is pretty big at first, but dies down to a thin cap. Great sticky lacing that is sticking all over the place.

S: Roasted malt, light coffee, a hint of coco and bittersweet chocolate.

T: Dry roasted malt up front with hints of coffee and bittersweet chocolate. More sweetness in the taste than the nose. Nice smooth taste. Finishes with a touch of astringency from the roasted malt.

M: Medium body, a touch on the higher end for carbonation for a oatmeal stout, but its still pretty smooth.

O: Good drinkability, abv is a little on the higher side for an oatmeal stout in my opinion. Well done for sure. It's better than a lot of oatmeal stouts out there, but there are some better ones too. (740 characters)

Photo of brystmar
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour, average head and lace. Nose holds deep, roasty malts; chocolate; good amount of yeast. Taste follows suit with a nice, full body courtesy of the oats. Hops join the party towards the end; finishes dry with lingering hop bitterness.

Another good beer from New Glarus, though it cannot compete with Breakfast Stout. :) (334 characters)

Photo of JoRado
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a darker brown/black with a half an inch of head, but that faded quickly

S: Smells very roasty, with hints of chocolate

T: Roasted malt with chocolate notes as well as small hints of oats

M: Smoother than I was expecting, I expected a little thicker mouth feel, but this wasn't a bad thing

Overall I'm glad I was able to try it, but it isn't very high on my preferred oatmeal stouts list. Will definitely drink again, but not for awhile probably (458 characters)

Photo of Lolli1315
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- An opaque black color with a thin tan head that becomes patchy. A little lacing is noticeable from place to place on the glass.

S- Heavy on the roasted grains with accompanying dark chocolate. Almost seems like some coco puffs as well, so milk chocolate in there as well.

T- The roasted grains are prominent again, but smooth and not overpowering. The roasted flavor is accompanied by coffee as the milk chocolate enters as well. The milk chocolate turns to more of a dark chocolate towards the end with a slight bitterness in the finish.

M- Full bodied and smooth on the tongue. Moderate carbonation to go along with it.

O- A really great beer. The roasted mat presence creates a really strong back bone for this beer to thrive. The silky mouthfeel adds to the taste and makes this beer disappear a lot quicker than you would like. (840 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out into a pint glass absolutely opaque dark black with ruby highlights around the edges, one and a half fingers of fluffy sand colored head with light lacing and fair retention. Smells mostly like a dark chocolate mocha coffee, with a side of roasted grain aroma in the background. Tastes of all of these things from the nose with the addition of a light raisin-like fruitiness in the finish. Very silky smooth and creamy in texture, almost velvety even. A very good oatmeal stout indeed, I'm having great difficulty nitpicking any faults or issues out of it. (567 characters)

Photo of mattfungus
4.83/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Love it, love it, love.

This beer tastes like hershey's special dark, maybe better. It has the nose of a cigar and a nice rich foam.

Until I met this beer, Hinterland's Winterland was my favorite dark chocolatey brew, now its this.

The orange color on the bottle is a little deceiving, cause its a nice dark chocolate brown.

I just wanna put one in the freezer in a paper bag for half an hour and see if I can make a slushy out of it. (439 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

A- pours black with a big 2" mocha head. Lacing nearly coats the glass.

S- rich chocolate and roasted malts.

T- roasted malts, light bitter chocolate with a slight hop bitterness.

M- medium body. This beer is very smooth and has a nice creaminess from the oats.

O- very good oatmeal stout. I feel like a lot of oatmeal stouts lack flavor but not this one. (384 characters)

Road Slush Stout from New Glarus Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.