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Road Slush Stout - New Glarus Brewing Company

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490 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 490
Reviews: 229
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 97
Gots: 39 | FT: 2
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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 msubulldog25
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz. bottle, poured to a pint glass. Big thanks to (I believe) mnwags for sending it out to Oregon. Not an appealing moniker: Road Slush = filthy nastiness after days of traffic and snow melt. Name Fail.

A: Not quite black out of the bottle, nor even a dark brown for that matter; see-through 'mahogany' will do. Held to light it shows some possible signs of age; a deep chestnut, filled with a storm-cloud of tiny yeast bits. Good head, an oatmeal ivory that tops out at about a finger and falls to an uneven film, gathered at the edges. Pretty nice criss-crossing lace.

S: Alot of cocoa in the nose, a dusty dark chocolate. Spicy sweetness of wheat. Not big, but pleasant, enticing.

T: Blend of rich chocolate and spiced coffee. Cinnamon and an odd, but likable, herbal/mint flavor. A cream-like toffee sweetness, hidden behind all the roastedness. Zero astrigency, just smooth chocolate-y maltiness.

M: Smooth, balanced. Creamy-soft texture with a light carbonation. Silkiness lingers and coats with each sip.

D: Very easy to drink, a session-worthy pint if there ever was one. Good example of the style, a balanced blend of sweetness and bitterness. Would be great to have another taste of this relative rarity.

Photo of roadhouse
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appears a very dark shade of brown with some mahogany highlights in the light. One inch light tan head sinks to a film after a couple minutes. As per the bottle, I let this warm up a bit.

Aroma is nice and chocolaty, with a smooth oat tone, pronounced fruitiness, and dry roasted quality in the back similar to coffee.

The taste is initially chocolaty with the fruitiness coming out towards the middle. Dries up quite a bit for the finish and becomes more like coffee with a bit of lingering earthy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium in body, fairly creamy and smooth, but I've had Oatmeal Stouts that were smoother. There's a bit of a crisp bite to it at the end.

Definitely tasty beer but not the best Oatmeal Stout I've had, though it's certainly somewhere in the upper range. For some reason I just love the name of this beer. If you can get it I would recommend it.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love this stout!

Dark black in color with a white head.

Smells of chocolate and coffee. Smells great!

Has a complex taste. Very drinkable stout, not as heavy as most stouts, but heavy enough. Has a little bit of a nice bite to it right at the end of the tasting.

This beer is really good at both warm or cold serving temperatures.

Probably one of the top 3 oatmeal stouts I have ever had.

Photo of beckje01
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Big tan head goes down quick and not lacing the color is black.

S- Nice slightly malty nose but reserved just enough to make you curious.

T- Nice oat flavor a touch of chocolate notes, very smooth a nice balance not overwhelming. Just makes you want to keep drinking.

M- Great thickness.

D- Just wonderful, can't sop with it. If it was easier to get it would be a new fixture in my fridge.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A solid pour produces a three finger thick, lightly browned, fairly dense, tan colored head. The beer is a very dark brown, really almost black color that shows a brilliantly clear, rich ruby hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells up front of chocolated, but is quickly dominated by toasted grain notes, some burnt raisin aromas, burnt grain notes as well as notes of charred whole grain bread crust.

This is nice and roast focused without being too harsh. Up front this has a lightness to it that quickly gets a touch viscous as the beer slides across the tongue; the light-medium body helps to balance the dominant roast character. This does finish with a big roast character that produces a dry, bitter finish that lingers on the palate. A touch of dark cocoa is noticeable up front just before the roast character fully kicks in. The beer is then dominated by blackly toasted bread / grain notes, lightly sharp black coffee flavors and a touch of burnt-induced acidity. A touch of malty sweetness becomes a bit more noticeable as the beer warms, but this still finishes quite dry.

This is a nice example of a roast forward stout. I like that it remains balanced / in check and the roast character does not get overly astringent or acidic. I would be quite happy reaching for this when I wanted a session stout.

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

12 ounce bottle- dark with ruby red, decent clarity.Off white head, reasonable lacing. Nose- chalky, powdered chocolate milk, toast. Taste- again a chalky texture, anise, dark fruits light roast. Medium body, medium to high carbonation. Finishes dry.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this brew in a trade with Greggy, Thanks Greg!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - black color with a light tan head that left some decent amounts of lacing.

S - roasted coffee/malt aroma.

T - roasted coffee and chocolate flavors all the way through.

F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.

D - very easy to drink, flavorful stout.

Photo of Murchmac
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Happygnome in the LNBA BIF

Pours a one finger head, black brown cherry highlights. Trippy swirls from the foam. I can hear the beer...

Smells of fresh coffee beans, smokey malts, toastee, not toasty from flavor of love.

Malty sweetness, oats.

Smooth velvety aftertaste, like a corduroy jacket with elbow patches on a Middlebury professor in January.

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to a buddy that does not belong to BA for this one.

Pours a very nice black color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy/fizzy off-white head, which does leave some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, lots of chocolate/coffee/toffee, nice touch of vanilla. The taste is very nice of malts, nice touch of vanilla for the sweetness, chocolate/coffee/toffee. Medium body. Drinkable, another very tasty brew from NG.

Photo of KarlHungus
4.44/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours an opaque black color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is of roasted malt, cream, and milk chocolate. The taste is of delicate roasted malts, with chocolate and hints of coffee. There is a nice moderate roasted malt bitterness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is a little fuller than medium bodied with a velvety texture, and appropriately low carbonation. Overall, this is a fantastic Oatmeal Stout. I could easily drink this again and again.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Either the darkest shade of brown possible before hitting black, or just black. Head is mocha-tan and splats thick walls of lace on the glass almost immediately, while a half-inch layer hangs around a long time into the session. It's quite the looker.

Aroma reminds me of this stuff called Caro, a powdered product from Holland that's like a cocoa-ish coffee, or a coffee-ish cocoa, always very nutty and roasty. Milky too. But Karo has a vaguely artificial slant to it, and this certainly does not.

Each time I bring this to the lips, I'm struck as much by the silky smooth mouthfeel as I am the flavor. Think Guinness with a more active carbonation. The flavor is chocolate, coffee, nuts, grain, frothed cream...pretty much all the requisite elements of a good oatmeal stout, along with a wonderfully fluffy texture.

Drinkable? Oh heck yes...although even a low ABV stout like this (I'm guessing it's low ABV) isn't something I'd want more than one of. Another fine piece of work from Dan Carey and co.

Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an opaque dark chocolate color with a beige head that drops rather quickly and leaves only a few shards of lace

Smell: Milk chocolate and oatmeal aroma

Taste: Opens rather chocolatey, with a nice cocoa powder and oatmeal character that moves in a slightly bitter and minty direction by mid-palate; after the swallow, the mint flavor lingers above the chocolate, with slight roasty bitter tones as well

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, rather creamy, with moderate to low carbonation

Drinkability: All in all, a very nice oatmeal stout, particularly if you like a lot of chocolate flavor

Photo of dbtoe
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle with a fairly strong pour into a pint glass

Look A dark brown body with a tan head that shrinks down to a small cap. Would look great if the head stuck around.

Smell Some dark chocolate malt and a hint of coffee, slightly sweet.

Taste Very balanced everything blends together very well some roasted malt chocolate, creamy coffee, and flowery hops. Good flavor, nothing stands out much making this a good drinking beer not a sipper.

Feel mild with good carbonation, creamy and clean.

Drink very drinkable not a sipper at all. Good stout for having more than a few.

Comment I really like this stout. A great edc beer that I wish I had tried much earlier. The drinkability is its strong point.

Photo of tedpeer
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce poured into a pint.

A - Pours with a huge head, which quick subsided to a thin layer. Good lacing. Dark brown/reddish in hue, not opaque.

S - Chocolate and coffee.

T - Dark chocolate/coffee up front. Finishes sweet. Slightly bitter linger. It's balanced.

M - Thin, creamy.

D - Yes. It is a good session beer.

Photo of kmeves
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber black with a medium sized tannish head. The Aroma is sweet chocolate, cherries and a bit doughy. The flavor is initially sweet chocolate but then floral hops and oats shine through. Finishes abruptly and sweet. Really a very good example of the style.

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

A- pours a 1+ finger head over a dark black body. Only the faintest sight of brown can be seen when held to the light. The beer leaves some lacing as well.

S- Big roastiness, toasted grain, caramel, chocolate, big coffee, and light hops. Nice complexity.

T- Starts out very smooth and chocolaty with nice toasted grains and quickly moves to a dry chocolate finish. Not as much complexity as I would have hoped for but it's good nonetheless.

M- Silky smooth mouthfeel and nice dry finish. Carbonation is light and spritzy.

D- Very nice drinkable stout but I felt it didn't really have the complexity it deserved. Overall though, I would drink this again.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.77/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - deep mahogany brown around the edges. A tan head, thin but sticky.

Aroma - strong roasted grain with accents of coffee grounds.

Taste - good roasted grain again, as it smells. A fine coffee flavor in there also. A brief touch of sweetness on the swallow and lots of roasty flavors on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - smooth with a good body. Medium carbonation, in step with the style.

Drinkability - a fine session stout. Much thanks to brdc for this diamond in the rough acquired at DLD08.

Photo of joe1510
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle
$8.99 6-Pack
Steve's, Madison

New Glarus's Road Slush Stout pours the darkest of browns that border on black. A few faint mahogany highlights show through the bottom of the glass and lighten up when directly backlit. A two + finger ecru head formed on the pour and as it fell to the thin cap it left thin slightly broken sheet lacing down the glass.

The aroma is rather soft and tough to pull forward but what is there is inviting. There is a graininess similar to granola is what I'm first hit with along with a mild nuttiness. There is a faint touch of roastiness that adds a sweet character that gives the aroma a little needed depth.

The flavor is quite a bit different then the aroma and is a little more stand up. As soon as this beer hits the tongue there's a pleasant dextrose sweetness that lasts throughout. The flavors really mingle and morph. There's a mild charred roastiness coming along mid palate that is joined by faint vanilla, cola, and that hazel -nuttiness.

The body of this beer is medium but seems lighter at times with a solid carbonation. There is a nice creaminess that keeps this beer drinking very easily.

Road Slush is a very easy drinking stout. I have happily drunk a few of these in a sitting with no problem. This is one of those truly sessionable fall/winter beers.

Road Slush is another winner from New Glarus. Road Slush is a lighter bodied stout that falls right in the lines of a sessionable oatmeal stout. The mild sweetness adds that little extra oomph. I would pick this beer up again without a doubt.

Photo of shadow1961
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wisconsin brewer New Glarus knows there's more than one kind of
liquid black gold- case in point is their winter seasonal Road Slush

It pours a stiff brown head over the requisite black brew- a brew of
such opacity only the very edges are the slightest ruby tone when
held up to a stron light. The nose is toasty malt, coffee, and mocha.
The flavor is rich and chewy- bakers chocolate and coffee with notes
of molasses, and bit of espresso and herbal sharpness off the back
end to keep thing in balance. The mouthfeel is full and rich, but never
overbearing or treackly thanks to that bit of dryness in the finish. It's
smooth and easy drinking, with enough complexity to make you take
your time. Well worth waiting for.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Oakbluff: Poured a clear black color stout with a big light brown foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aromas of dry roasted notes are dominating. Taste is also dominated by quite dry roasted malt with very little else to report. Body is a bit light for the style with some great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Overall, I thought this beer was simple without much complexity but still well done for the style. I have to admit that I have taste better beer form this brewer.

Photo of BeerTruth
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again goes out to flyingbison for this one. I love New Glarus and I love Oatmeal Stouts, so this is one I've been looking for for a while now. You da man Steve!

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a dark molasses with some ruby highlights. A foamy two finger light khaki colored head slowly dies down to creamy layer of goodness. Thick lacing is left behind on the sides of the glass, I like where this is going. Smokey malts, toasted oat, and kettle korn popcorn up front on the nose. Some charred wood, earthy hops, and leather in the aroma as well. A lot going on in terms of smell, I love it. Sweet coffee flavor at first followed by caramel and chocolate malts. Brown sugar, wood, and creamy oatmeal midway with a somewhat bitter aftertaste with hints of licorice. Light to medium body with a bit of a rough feel to it. Carbonation is on the strong side for the style but I don't seem to mind. Road Slush went down pretty quick, but that's what happens when a beer is this tasty. I love this beer, my third favorite (tied with Ipswich) Oatmeal Stout with St. Ambroise at #1 and Black H20 #2. Make this a year round New Glarus, please!!

Photo of alexgash
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Chocolate to cola brown body. Half-inch of creamy, dirty khaki brown head. Decent lacing, some retention. Dark chocolate bittersweetness, licorice, earthy tobacco, Concord grapes, and sweet plums. Nice.

Roasted barley and mellow chocolate malts up front. Smooth milk-chocolatey sweetness blends with light-roasted coffee and hints of caramel. Earthy peat, tobacco, and licorice mix with coffee in the finish. Semi-sweet malt lingers. Medium body seems a tad light and maybe a touch over-carbonated. Still, another good beer from New Glarus.

Photo of Chugmonkey
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, did this deliver! What a solid satisfying brew. Not creamy & black like most stouts, had more the feel & taste of a monster big brown ale. Roasty caramel, chocolate, coffee?, very complex. But it had a great balance as well - nothing overpowered anything else.

There is a lot going on in this beer boy, kind of like a SA Boston Lager on steroids & darker - mahogony colored. Great beer, I enjoyed every sip trying to identify all of the great flavors. This one is a winner.

Photo of gford217
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, dark brown with mahogany hints around the edges. The head is thin and dissipates quickly leaving a small swirl around the top with minimal lacing. The smell is big on roasted coffee and chocolate malts with a hint of hops - really nice aroma on this one. The taste is bigger on the sweet chocolate malts followed up by a more subtle coffee and oatmeal taste that gives way to fairly dry, slightly hopped finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied for an oatmeal stout with decent carbonation. This a decent stout from New Glarus and extremely drinkable.

Photo of Homerbag
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark black with fast tan head.

Blend of creamy chocolate, grainy oats, some molasses, and malts. Taste is about the same, very good blend, nothing jumps forward and dominates. Creamy texture and low carbination.

Well crafted bu not memorable. New Glarus makes some mighty fine beers, while this would be good for some, maybe even a flagship beer for other breweries, it fails to meet the New Glarus standards in my view. It's worth trying, but don't make this your first impression of New Glarus.

Road Slush Stout from New Glarus Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 490 ratings.