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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

407 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 407
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 hopsaplenty
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. brown bottle, no date information

Inky midnight topped with a thick head of espresso colored small and medium bubbles. Slowly settles leaving a band of lacing and a smattering of head dust. The smell is of rich, deep roasted coffee with a dark semi-sweet chocolate and oatmeal roundedness. Inviting. A light roasted coffee hits the tongue initially, mild and tame. There is a soft creaminess that leads to a watery, bitter and modestly sweet finish. There is only a minimal oatmeal smoothness present and the rich dark roasted coffee notes in the smell have been replaced with a pale imitation, as if you made a copy of a copy of a copy. It all seems jumbled together. The mouthfeel is thin and on the watery side, with some fine carbonation, but lacking the requisite heft. This fell short in the body department and needed a bit more to fill it out. It peaked at the smell and was downhill from there.

Thanks to Stonecrusher for the metric assload of NG beers.

hopsaplenty, May 22, 2006
Photo of BigDaddyWil
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.
No batch or freshness date.
Thanks to ThomasHardy for the great beer trade.

Pitch black in color, with some dark brown highlights. A short half inch mocha colored head forms, but disappears quickly. No lacing is left behind. Heavy on the chocolate smell, with coffee and roasted malt taking a backseat. Also, I detect a light smoky aroma. Mostly a roasted malt taste upfront, combined with chocolate and coffee. Leaves a nice chocolate milkshake like aftertaste on the tongue. A little thin, this is more like a porter. Maybe a little too much carbonation. Drinkability is good, considering this beer does not fill you up. Able to drink a few in one sitting. So far my favorite offering from New Glarus. A must try.

BigDaddyWil, May 14, 2006
Photo of MagicLantern
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: The first bottle I poured had NO HEAD. I found this strange but discovered it my error. The second bottle I poured had a two fingers (1 1/2") of chocolatey colored lace. Thick and creamy, the head receded dripping down the edge of the glass. The lace clung to the edge of the glass and well as a small amount collecting in the center.

A light, but steady carbonation bubbled through the collected lace. The beer was black, with a small carmel translucence at the top edge of the glass.

Again, the first beer was slightly disappointing, but the second beer looked great. Based on the second beer, this is a great looking stout.

S: One can definetly smell the oatmeal. Grainy, malt and toffee combine to give it a coffeesque smell.

T: Smooth. Sweet, smooth taste turns to a roasted bitter dry finish. Definetly tastes like roasted oats.

M: Smooth well balanced between sweet and bitter. Slightly watery. In a different beer this might be a bad thing. The wateryness I think tones down this stout possibly adding to the balance and smoothness of the drink. Here this is a good thing.

The carbonation that is visibly light, but steady while looking at the beer is agitated by the act of drinking and a slight burning sensation. It helps bring out the roasted oat flavor and is a good balance to the wateryness I noticed.

D: This is a great stout. It's very drinkable. It's a very dark beer, but it's balance is fantastic and many of these could be casually put down.

I picked this beer up while traveling through Wisconsin. I bought it at a gas station! I can't believe how good it is for something I grabbed on a lark. My next trip to Wisconsin I think I'm going to bring a couple six packs home. I want some more please!

MagicLantern, May 04, 2006
Photo of clvand0
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark color with a small head that falls fast and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma is comprised of coffee and chocolate, nothing much more. The flavor seems to have a milk-sweetness to it along with the chocolate and coffee. Quite tasty, but it could probably also pass for a milk stout. The body is moderate - could use a bit more - and the drinkability is good.

clvand0, May 03, 2006
Photo of Redrover
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown longneck with no freshness dating.

Served in a pint glass, the beer is black with a bit of red highlights. Tan head, good lacing.

Nice aroma of roasted malts, coffee and a bit of chocolate.

The taste is slightly sweet and a bit bitter (in a good way). Lots of roasted malt with hints of coffee. I also pick-up a bit of smoky goodness. Reminds me quite a bit of a lighter version of Fitger’s Big Boat Oatmeal Stout.

Mouth is just thick enough and the beer is a bit over carbonated. A nice session beer.

Redrover, May 01, 2006
Photo of scaliasux
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Black and opaque. Short dark tan head.

Smell - Roasted malt and coffee.

Taste - Prominent roasted malt flavor. Don't really pick up too much from the oatmeal or hops. Certainly not poor, but kinda one note.

Mouthfeel - Medium-light body. Might be alittle thin. Appears pretty highly carbonated.

Drinkability - Not bad, but not exceptional. Extra points because of the cool name and the fact that it comes from one of my favorite breweries. Picture on the bottle is a little hokey.

scaliasux, May 01, 2006
Photo of DeaconBluez
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

much thanks to thomashardy for this 12 oz sharing

beautiful pitch black beer with brownish red edges and chocolate milk colored head. nice 1 1/2 finger head, accompanied by some with nice lacing. nice, sweet cocoa and espresso. very up in your face. taste is very much the same, but somewhat more tame. the mouthfeel is somewhat thin, not like a lot of the stouts out there. overall, this was a very pleasing beer. i really wish i had more access to new glarus, the haven't disapointed me yet.

DeaconBluez, Apr 18, 2006
Photo of marcobrau
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a glimmer of ruby from the bottom of my stemmed tasting glass with two fingers of loose off-white foam that falls fairly quicky. The aroma is outstanding, suggesting cocoa, burnt toffee and just a hint of smoke. The first sip is quite smooth (that would be the effect of the oats I suppose) and is full dark chocolate flavors that become more bitter towards the finish which is bitter and full of burnt grains. I detect a hint of tannin snipping at the sides of my tongue, but it's not enough to distract from the quality of this wonderful brew. I love how this stout starts out just a touch sweet and gets more intensely roasty and bitter towards the finish. This is rather drinkable stuff, too. The dry roasty finish seems to get drier and more bitter with each sip. Bits of lace are left as I drain my glass. I really wish I had picked up more of this stuff. Another road trip to Wisconsin may be necessary in the near future.

marcobrau, Apr 17, 2006
Photo of SheepNutz
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a jet black color with two fingers of tan head. Lots of sticky lacing left on the glass. The smell is malty and sweet, with some toffee and caramel tones under roasted malt. Very pleasant. The taste starts with sweet roasted malt. It's not burnt malt, just a full roast. Lots of caramel sweetness and a hint of nuttiness as well. The finish is pure sweetness. The mouthfeel is a little light and oily. The drinkability is absolutely awesome. This is a great oatmeal stout. Thanks to Kev for sharing!

SheepNutz, Apr 11, 2006
Photo of kmpitz2
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours a very very deep brown to black color with a finger of tan head that falls slowly to a full and solid coat over the top. Clarity is not apparent because of the darkness of the brew. Solid looker. Nose is rather rich, with solid roasted malt bite, with a very modest chocolate and light caramel sweetness, with a solid creamyness from the oats brings it all together. I like it. Flavor is much more focused on the oat creamyness and chocolate sweetness. Its initally slightly fruity, chocolatey, caramel and creamy, moving towards a moderate roast, finishing with a light bitterness from the hopping. The fruityness is hard to describe. Its not raisin or fig, just a generic fruityness. Mouthfeel is moderate with a light carbonation, but with a very creamy smoothness to it. Nicely done. Overall, this one is a fairly nice oatmeal stout. The nose is what wins me over in this one. The flavor is a close second, but I'd drink this one again...easily.

kmpitz2, Apr 10, 2006
Photo of strattor
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a nice, choclate milk colored head. Deep, opaque black body.

Aroma is largely coffee and chocolate with some lighter, flowery notes coming through.

Flavor of dry roast and chocolate dominates, with light bitterness lingering in the mouth. There is some amount of saltiness as well, with a layer of sweetness sort of gliding over the whole thing.

Very creamy mouthfeel that coates the tongue, with low carbonation.

I would go for another sixer of this. At first I thought this beer lacked a fullness of flavor, but have come to realize that there is a nice, well-balanced representation of flavors from sweet to bitter here.

strattor, Mar 27, 2006
Photo of DrJay
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark with mahogany highlights. There was a little bit of cascading after the pour, resulting in a dense cap of light brown head. Good retention and clumpy lacing. Dry roast and nutty aroma with a light sourness. Plenty of roasted flavour balanced with a pleasant sweetness. Mild bitterness seemed to come partly from hops, partly from dark grains. Smooth, creamy body with low carbonation and medium/full body. A solid stout. Thanks HogTownHarry!

DrJay, Mar 26, 2006
Photo of mynie
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very pretty stout pour, opaque black with a very retentive milk chocolate brown head.

Light toasted malt aromas. Nuts and sweet chocolate along with a burnt oatmeal dryness.

Sweet upfront, dry and grainy in the middle. Big chocolate, big burnt grain, and a very nice, dry and slightly bitter finish.

This has the nice, rocky body of a rough oatmeal. I like it, especially with a lot of brewers trying to make stouts as nitrous smooth as possible.

mynie, Mar 26, 2006
Photo of Erdinger2003
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a great big head, I live so close to the brewery I know I have fresh stuff. Leaves a nice strong lacing and looks black and crisp.

Coffee flavors are present but dominated by dark barley flavors. Very nice.

Taste is more flavorful than a regular stout. It has apple flavors with flowery hop aftertastes, and a very light coffee flavor that comes out in the nose.

Mouthfeel is very good and silky.

I am a little puzzled by this beer so I will try it again and see if I get used to the flavor.

Erdinger2003, Mar 22, 2006
Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

black with thin head, some lace down the glass. Lighter carbonation. Dry stout with some creaminess. Good roasty aroma no coffee, I like. Not too bitter, well malted.Very quaffable.Medium plus mouthfeel. All these things, smooth and unoffensive. Fresh. Thanks HogTownHarry.

Sammy, Mar 22, 2006
Photo of Bighuge
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Basically black. Medium sized chocolate brown head. Moderate amounts of lace. Nice aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, milk sugar and light coffee bean. Somewhat silky in the mouth. Fairly creamy. Medium bodied. Taste has a little milk chocolate feel to it. Some roasted notes and a little char. Decent enough.

Bighuge, Mar 21, 2006
Photo of badbeer
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really don't think you could expect more from appearance of this, it's black as can be with a nice tan head that leaves an excellant lacing around the glass. Smell is mostly chocolate with only a hint of a coffee smell, I was expecting a little more roasted smell to it, but I just can't give it less than a four. More coffee and chocolate flavors in the taste as I would expect, the taste is good but I think it could stand to have more power to it. Slick, creamy mouthfeel, medium bodied, I'm liking the amount of carbonation on this. I really wanted this to be thicker than it is. Pretty good stout, no problem taking a few down. Overall I think if a couple areas were slightly improved this could be an unbelievably good stout.

badbeer, Mar 20, 2006
Photo of brewcrew76
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Solid black with a 2 finger brown head. Nice lacing stuck on side of glass.

S - Chocolate aroma and maybe a hint of coffee. Very subtle and subdued.

T - Oats, chocolate, roasted malt, coffee. Just like the aroma the flavors are very subtle.

M - A little too thin. Creamy.

D - This one goes down very easy. Nice flavor and aroma but would be much better if they were given a boost.

brewcrew76, Mar 18, 2006
Photo of doubleshovels
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black as my cat, this Oatmeal Stout shows no signs of visible light through my pint glass. As this beer warmed and breathed the coffee and mild hickory smoke gave way to fresh scents of roasted oats. Dark and dry without being thick or sweet, this is a stout that I will share with friends.

doubleshovels, Mar 06, 2006
Photo of bennetj17
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fairly dark black color, faint touch of foam with decent lacing. The aroma is a robust, smoked coffee flavor. The taste is dry, bitter, and toasty all the way through. Not very sweet at all, with a slight sourness in the finish, although the alcohol is not that noticible. Mouthfeel is not as thick as some oatmeal stouts, but it was foamy with good carbonation. Semi-smooth. This oatmeal stout was unlike most other version I've had. It is much less sweet, and didn't have the intense smoothness created from the oats. If you don't like a very sweet malt but just a nice dark bitter stout- you will like this...

bennetj17, Mar 03, 2006
Photo of heyitsbyron
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bottle from a six pack into a tulip-shaped pint sized glass.

Looked fine coming out. Not thick, but the head was a nice tan color. Laced well.

Smelled freaking fantastic. Toasty, dark fruits. Very sweet, could be considered chocolate. Had that smell that says to me "hey, I've got a lot of flavor and a lot of booze, so drink me!" I like that smell.

Flavor was a let down. I saw not reason that this should be distinguished from any other American oatmeal or sweet stout. I was hoping for something different, but it was the same. Sweet, toasty, little chocolatey. The best quality is that the hops are more prominent that in other stouts.

Mouthfeel was thin and only slightly creamy. Feels washed out, watery. Not horrible, but there are stouts that feel better.

I had never had a stout from New Glarus and was hoping this was going to be really great. I find that it's good, but undistinguished. You can't really go wrong buying a six pack, but I think there are other better stouts. If I found it on tap I'd get it again to try it, but it's not my favorite. Anyone have any guesses about the ABV?

heyitsbyron, Feb 21, 2006
Photo of Winter
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown/near black in color with a thick creamy tan head. Plenty of lacing. Aroma consists of roasted malt and chocolate. As the beer warms the smell of oats can picked up in the nose also. Medium to full-bodied mouthfeel with coarse cabonation. Not smooth, rather somewhat hearty, yet fitting for this time of year. Bitter chocolate front gives way to a roasted maltiness. The oatmeal adds an overall smoothness to the body. Flavors of French roast coffee and dark chocolate round things out. The dark malts almost remind me of a coffee stout. Still this a is a great late winter stout from New Glarus.

Winter, Feb 20, 2006
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Charcoal black with an inch thick teddy bear brown head that quickly sinks to an eighth of an inch. Excellent lacing persists for some time thereafter.

Aroma is of huge chocolate malts and lots of roastiness, smoke, and char.

Taste is sweet and creamy with dry roasted coffee and chocolate. A bit on the light side of the flavor scale.

Mouthfeel…too light, way too light. This stout is more carbonated, light, and bubbly than creamy, smooth, and hearty like I would like it.

Drinkability is great, partially because of the lacking mouthfeel. A sixer of this goes down way easy.

Overall, I'm really pleased with this offering from NG. This is the best stout they've done so far and it's really close to being great.

DaPeculierDane, Feb 20, 2006
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent stab at an oatmeal stout from Dan and Deb

Pours out an inky black with a mocha froth head on it. Decent stickiness left lacing down my glass. The head was short-lived and would have been welcomed had it stuck around longer. Aroma is rich with roasted bitterness. Bittersweet chocoalte and coffee grounds. It even seems like there is a rye presence in the nose. The taste is rich and chocolatey in the beginning and is finished off with a bitterness blended with coffee and nuts. The oatmeal makes the body very easy to swallow. Definately a decent stout that will probably become home to many bar taps in Wisconsin. What is weird with New Glarus is that you get some many great, unique beers from them that when an average/above average one comes your way, you almost expect more. Either way, I think this one will stick around and start flying off the shelves.

...rumor has it that this beer is currently blended with their Belgian Red and will be released as an unplugged series. ?

ALESwhatCURESya, Feb 20, 2006
Photo of Jredner
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There is ample chocolate and coffee in the aroma, but there is also an odd waxy mustiness that reminds me of old ritz crackers. Body is a shiny black (I know how that sounds) with a thumb thick, slowly receding, mocha head. Fore is creamy with hints of vanilla, cocoa, cookie dough, sweet cream and very mild coffee notes. The oatmeal definitely creates a smooth, creamy feel from fore to finish, but I feel like this lacks just a bit of intensity and that keeps it from being exceptional.

Jredner, Feb 17, 2006
Road Slush Stout from New Glarus Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 407 ratings.