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Road Slush Stout - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Road Slush StoutRoad Slush Stout

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BA SCORE
87
very good

400 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 400
Reviews: 212
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.57%
Wants: 90
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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GbVDave

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2008 22:18:55 | More by GbVDave
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chiapete

Wisconsin

3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the local bowling alley.Arrived with a nice dark brown color , and a nice , medium body head.

not a strong smell , at least not what I expected , had a sweet , malt aroma.

Taste was smooth burnt toast , coffee , roasted nut, slightly sweet.

mouth feel was as expected for this stout.

smooth tasting, slight after taste, easy drinking.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2008 14:23:33 | More by chiapete
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botham

New York

3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a mug. pours a dark chocolate brown color with garnet highlights and three fingers of light brown head that settles wonderfully. no lacings.

aroma is roasted, with a caramel base and a nutty character. a distant note of chocolate is present as well. no coffee in the aroma, which is unique for an oatmeal stout.

taste is roasted as well, with the same caramel base and a lighter nutty character. could be mistaken for a nut brown ale with more roasted malt. simple profile on the palate, and mildly sweet overall.

mouthfeel is medium bodied, and quite smooth, evidence of a good oatmel stout. the body is lacking however, creating a somewhat thin brew for the flavors present.

drinkability is decent. this brew drinks more like a nut brown ale than an oatmeal stout. overall a bit thin on the palate, but the flavors present create a nicely proportioned profile. not a bad brew, but there are much better oatmeals out there.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2008 21:54:03 | More by botham
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BeerBelcher

Ohio

3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer didn't really strike me as a stout - it seemed more akin to a brown ale. It had a lot of caramel taste and some copper color. Not bad, but not much unusual about it.

It poured a copper color with a bit of head. Aroma was of some caramel and earthiness; not a lot of roasty character. Flavor was a bit coppery/metallic with lots of body and a fair amount of caramel-ness and with a finish that was a bit earthy. I didn't taste any evidence of the presence of oatmeal or pick it up in the mouthfeel, which was unremarkable.

This beer was OK, but nothing too unusual. I'd weekly recommend it.

I bought this as a single bottle at 3 Cellars in Franklin, WI.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2008 20:03:25 | More by BeerBelcher
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brdc

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Small capped bottle poured into a snifter.

Pitch black, with very little head despite a vigorous pour, and little retention.
Nice aroma, the expected roasted malts, coffee and bittersweet chocolate.
It has a rather thin body for an oatmeal stout, and a good but rather shallow taste, with the same coffee and chocolate.
Decent, but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 23:47:51 | More by brdc
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WJVII

Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass this beer poured a deep brown, completely nontransparent, with a mouth watering 1/2 in thick cream head that lasted very well leaving thick patches along the side of the glass. The smell was heavily clouded by yeast, but there was a warm chocolate and noticeable roasted almond backdrop. The taste was as warm as the smell. Great flavors of thick oatmeal and chocolate, with some yeast residue in the after taste. This has a great thick body with moderate to light carbonation. With spring in the air this is a great beer to sit outside in the cool temps and enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2008 01:09:52 | More by WJVII
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largadeer

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2008 02:10:23 | More by largadeer
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happygnome

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: pours a dark brown color with a few ruby hues around the edge of the glass, semi transparent
s: roasted malts, coffee cocoa, sweet roasty malts very inviting flavor i like it a lot
t: roasted cocoa and coffee taste very nice
m: medium bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation

overall, i really enjoyed this, ive hunted it for a long time and havent been able to find it in western wisconsin

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2008 20:38:01 | More by happygnome
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getch

Wisconsin

3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a-dark, brown color, nice head when poured, and a light lining stays with it.

s- sweet smelling, a little brown sugar i smell

t-its not the best oatmeal stout I have had, everything is great except the aftertaste, it just seems very dull, water downed at the end.

m-very smooth except for the end

d-overall it is a decent beer, but there are other new G beers i would rather have

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2008 04:52:02 | More by getch
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BoitSansSoif

France

4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another good offering from New Glarus. Poured a dark mahogany with tinge red and a large thick head that slowly faded. Faint lacing, and overall very nice looking. Smell is of sweet malty chocolate, faint coffee, and light hops. Taste is a creamy sweet malt with chocolate and coffee and slightly warming alcohol. There is a meek hops present that finally emerges in the finish. Mouthfeel is terrific...silky smooth balance of bitter-sweet palate and a dry finish. Actual body is light-to-moderately heavy, and carbonation provides nice backbone. Drinks well and really hits the spot.

Pairing note: Tried to pair with baked chocolate-pear pudding. First sip after each bite was excellent, but chocolate was a bit overpowering for the stout and sweetness of dessert overly dominated the light sugars in the stout on subsequent sips. It works well, but it's not a perfect match. Body also doesn't hold up to thick chocolate texture, and hops come out stronger and clash.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2008 03:52:49 | More by BoitSansSoif
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BeerCheese

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful dark stout with a HUGE brown head! This thing poured almost like a Guinness! Detected a little hop aroma, but not much more. Hops came through strong in the mouth as well, with a little maltiness in the middle, and a strong hop finish. Felt a little alcohol warming as it went down, and also thought I might have tasted a little dark coffee. Good mouthfeel with med/light carbonation perfect for the style. Still not quite as smooth as I'd expect from an oatmeal stout, though. A little harshness that seemed a little out of place.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2008 01:46:43 | More by BeerCheese
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timmlimestone

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Dark, Dark Dark. Poured to a black of blacks. Very little light coming through the glass.

Smell - Hints of peat smoke come first. But overall the beer is smooth smelling.

Taste - Smoked a little. Very strong black malt presence. Oats non existant. Nice smooth strong feel to it.

Mouthfeel - smooth, and light. Not too acidic nor alcoholic.

drinkibility - It is a strong and slow beer made for a winter night here in Wisconsin.

Overall - This is a very good very strong stout. STOUT STOUT STOUT LET IT ALL OUT!

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2008 04:18:09 | More by timmlimestone
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Atron67

Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation- came in a 12 oz bottle white label with yellow lettering and a small cartoon of the back of a car. drinking from a snifter in just below room temperature

A- poured a pretty dark brown with a medium head build up that faded pretty quickly with little to no lacing, pretty surprizing based on new glarus' other beers some of which have heavy lacing. its clear but dark.

S- light roasted pretty malty scents. slightly sweet but balanced enough to fit the style. kinda creamy scented if that makes sense.

T- gives a nice light creamy maltiness. light roasted flavors that lack the burntness or coffee that can come in heavier stout styles. slightly sweet on the finish, low hops but a solid finish underneath.

M - creamy body with a light carbonation.

D- solid oatmeal stout, a great session beer when your in the mood for some dark beers

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2008 02:07:07 | More by Atron67
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Damn fine brew! Poured with a nice fine foamy head and plenty of lace. Rich stout aroma. Dark garnet color, almost opaque. Not overly sweet - very well balanced actually. Good play between sweet and bitter/dry.Velvety texture. Quite drinkable, even to say perhaps a session beer. Yum!

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2008 05:45:03 | More by drpimento
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HimerMan

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle received a while back from flyingbison! Thanks!

Pours black into my pint glass with a nice head that is dense and frothy like a cappuccino.

Aroma of rolled oat and malt is about all I can smell out of this. Really does look great, and appears to have held up since I got this.

Truly a thick and chewy stout, no hop presence, and incredibly easy to drink.

This is one of those beers that could be sessioned, though I am not sure on the alcohol percentage, this went down quite well.

I'd drink this way more if I could, and I bet its even better on tap!

Cheers, this is what Oatmeal stouts are all about.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2008 04:51:23 | More by HimerMan
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sinstaineddemon

Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thanks to fartingdog via SS '07

A - this oatmeal stout pours a dark, mahogany brownish-black with a thin splotchy dark brown head, welling up in one spot

S - roasted malts dominate the bouquet, can really smell the addition of real oats, very evocative, gives some body to the aroma

T - roasted malts dominate the flavor as well, they ar big and both nutty and woody, the oatmeal rounds out the flavor lending a certain thickness and subtle sweetness, as the glass warms, a slight coffee flavor also rears its flavorful head

M&D - smooth and full bodied and as the bottle suggests it slides down, a great brew, New Glarus continuously makes me consider relocation.... seriously

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2007 14:59:12 | More by sinstaineddemon
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markgugs

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz. bottle into a tulip pint glass, thanks to flyingbison for this one!

A: Pours near-jet black with a smallish creamy head that disappears on me quick. Leaves nice lacing though.

S: Smells like fresh-baked oatmeal cookies and a dash of brown sugar maltiness. Very little hops to speak of.

T/M: Mmmmm! Delicious, though the flavors don't match the aroma profile, this brew drinks like a creamy cup of iced mocha coffee. Lots of roasted bittersweet flavors. Soft, creamy consistency and a short but intense finish of dark chocolate.

D: This is a very easy beer to drink, and one I'd go back to again if I had access to them. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2007 19:58:14 | More by markgugs
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drseamus

New York

3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours pretty damn black with some ruby light at the edges. The head is dark mocha and goes away pretty quickly. The aroma is mostly roasted malt. It is surprisingly sweet for an oatmeal stout, but not outside style. It isn't a sweetness I'm used to in a beer though, almost more artificial tasting. The roasted flavor does come through however and there is a bit of caramel also. The mouthfeel is pretty good, although a bit thinner on the backside than I would like. I would drink this beer again...if I could get it.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2007 04:43:44 | More by drseamus
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

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!!!

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2007 01:24:22 | More by NeroFiddled
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malcontent

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent amount of head that dissolves into a thin ring of lacing around the edge of the glass. The appearance suffers somewhat as the body isn't opaque and actually lets more light through than I'm used to from an oatmeal stout.

There are only two scents I pick up and that's enough as they are pitch-perfect; wonderful hazelnut aromas with strong toasted oats. Smells really yummy.

This is a sweeter stout than I'd expected and there is still more of that hazelnut that I detected in the nose. Rich chocolate malt and roasted oatmeal follow for an unorthodox effect akin to something of a brown ale/stout hybrid. I like the results!

Mouthfeel is the brew's weakest area as I found it to be on the thin/watery side with only moderate levels of carbonation; if you're going to have one of those you can't have the other.

Strangely, as much as I enjoyed the taste, the mouthfeel distracts me enough that I'd only have a few at most.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2006 04:42:21 | More by malcontent
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MrVisegrips

Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour is a very nice dark rich color with a thick tan head with good retention that fades into a nice thick lace. Aroma is a rich and hearty grain that is not overpowering. Flavors are a very nice blend of oatmeal and cocoa with a deep but smooth roasted malt flavor. The mouthfeel is exactly what you would expect from a stout with a smooth relaxing feel which lend to the excellent drinkability. This is a great brew. Definitely give it a try if you’re a stout fan or, if you are new to this style and want to experience what a good quality stout should taste like.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2006 00:00:12 | More by MrVisegrips
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walleye

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

got this in a trade with Ughsmash. poured black with a nice tan head that didn’t last long. aroma, coco, bitter sweet chocolate roasted malts, dark cherries, and other dark fruits, with hints of coffee. flavor the dark sweet cherries comes out first, followed by the roasted malts, than plums a nice sweetness comes out on every sip as it warmed the flavor got more robust. good easy drinking beer

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2006 19:31:24 | More by walleye
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2006 01:18:06 | More by ppoitras
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garymuchow

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2006 01:16:22 | More by garymuchow
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OldFrothingSlosh

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle courtesy of AKSmokedPorter.

Black in color with a fizzy (fizzy?) head. Wafer-thin layer of brown lace fades quickly. Aromas are no-bake choco cookies, brown sugar n cinnamon oatmeal, some coffee beans. Flavor is dry, with a fizzy aftertaste that put me off. Chocolate sweetness up front, with some roasted coffee showing up. Dark chocolate and a roasted malt finish. Thin mouthfeel. Uber-fizzy. Not nearly as thick as desired. Decently drinkable, but I've had far better examples of the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2006 01:30:02 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
Road Slush Stout from New Glarus Brewing Company
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