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Road Slush Stout - New Glarus Brewing Company

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404 Ratings
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Ratings: 404
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 drizzam


3.93/5  rDev +1.3%

I poured this brew from the bottle into a clear pint glass. The head was a light tan color, not real thick or foamy but it left a wonderful tan lace down the inside of the glass.

It had a nice aroma...that of roasted malts and a hint of chocolate.

The mouthfeel seemed a little thin for a stout, with a bit of carbonation in the front end. Very smooth throughout though.

A very tasty brew...the usual oatmeal and roasted almond with a chocolate undertone.

This is a stout with a very decent drinkability factor. It seems a little thin or watery for a stout but I think that just adds to the fact that it could make for a good session brew. Too bad it's seasonal...like it says on the label, Serve just above room temperature and relax - road construction season will soon return.

A good selection from New Glarus.

04-27-2008 20:07:00 | More by drizzam
Photo of cdkrenz


3.6/5  rDev -7.2%

A - Dark brown, almost black body with a mere quarter inch of tan head.

S - The scent is that of weak chocolate and malt.

T - There are more than a few flavors here. There's a deep grain flavor, a heavy chocolate, a smooth coffee, and interestingly enough there is a bittersweet finish. Just enough in the end to make you take notice.

M - The feel is coarse at first sip but the further back in my throat the smoother it becomes. The texture does a pretty good job of calling out this stout's array of flavors.

~ I wish Stevens Point's pubs and dining establishments would offer ore than just Spotted Cow from the New Glarus brewery. This is certainly a beer I'd love to sample on draft.

04-26-2008 05:35:22 | More by cdkrenz
Photo of Tilley4


4.05/5  rDev +4.4%

Thanks to Lordsloth for this tasty little brew...

Very dark brown pour, good head and lacing. You can actually see through this one... Strange...

Decent aroma of dark roasted malts, a bit of chocolate and cocoa, and what could pass as a slight cherry aroma...

Very tasty brew... This is definitely its strong point, its taste. Wonderfully dark and malty with a slight smokiness, a nice oatmeal-iness (?) To it, and a great aftertaste of cocoa...

Slightly creamy with decent carbonation..

I actually thought this was a pretty good oatmeal...a good effort of the style...

04-23-2008 12:52:56 | More by Tilley4
Photo of ebit


4.15/5  rDev +7%

Tan creamy head of about four finger height. Almost black brown body that shines a crystal clear mahogany red when held up to the light.

Chocolate malts, hazelnut, roasted grains, slightest hint of fruit, possibly of cherry. A great smelling beer to warm up to the fire with.

Oatmeal is there but there's little hints here and there that make you stop. Milk chocolate and lightly roasted nutty grains. A splash of bourbon alcohol towards the finish. Little hop presence in the aftertaste. Just enough to require another sip of the malts after a few moments. Flavors could be a tiny smidge bolder.

Velvety smooth with little carbonation up front (although a little in the back end). A lighter body than one might expect and it is a bit distracting. I'd say well on the lighter side of medium bodied.

Drinkability/Overall Impression
Highly drinkable. This is the best offering I've had yet out of New Glarus. Complex flavors at work, none of them overpowering, very well balanced. I could probably go through a six on my own and not get bored. Flavors could be a tiny smidge bolder but that would probably result in diminished quaffing.

04-22-2008 06:02:47 | More by ebit
Photo of GbVDave


3.15/5  rDev -18.8%

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.

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


3.53/5  rDev -9%

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.

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

New York

3.53/5  rDev -9%

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.

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


3/5  rDev -22.7%

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.

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


3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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.

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


4.33/5  rDev +11.6%

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!

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


3.63/5  rDev -6.4%

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.

03-28-2008 02:10:23 | More by largadeer
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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

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


3.73/5  rDev -3.9%

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

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


4.15/5  rDev +7%

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.

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


4/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

03-25-2008 01:46:43 | More by BeerCheese
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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!

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


3.85/5  rDev -0.8%

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

03-20-2008 02:07:07 | More by Atron67
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4.33/5  rDev +11.6%

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!

03-19-2008 05:45:03 | More by drpimento
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New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +8.8%

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.

02-14-2008 04:51:23 | More by HimerMan
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4.28/5  rDev +10.3%

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

12-17-2007 14:59:12 | More by sinstaineddemon
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New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

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

3.63/5  rDev -6.4%

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.

02-25-2007 04:43:44 | More by drseamus
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4.3/5  rDev +10.8%

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!!!

01-21-2007 01:24:22 | More by NeroFiddled
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3.83/5  rDev -1.3%

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.

12-18-2006 04:42:21 | More by malcontent
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3.98/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

10-29-2006 00:00:12 | More by MrVisegrips
Road Slush Stout from New Glarus Brewing Company
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