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Road Slush Stout - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Road Slush StoutRoad Slush Stout

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235 Reviews
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Reviews: 235
Hads: 575
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 9.77%
Wants: 104
Gots: 63 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 02-10-2006

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Reviews: 235 | Hads: 575
Photo of mattfungus
4.83/5  rDev +24.2%
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.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.93/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of motorhed
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack of this from the Nova of Hudson. Poured from a bottle into a Surly Power of the Pint glass.

A -- Dark black in color with a light tan head, about 1" head on pour. Dissipates to a thin layer within a couple of minutes. Light levels of lacing as it goes down in the glass.

S -- Sweet chocolate, nice scent of roasted malts, and some coffee notes in the background.

T -- Chocolate, sweetness up front, some hop bitterness, creamy and a nice malt base. Seems to finish on the dry side. Very tasty, loving this stout.

M -- Creamy, smooth, finishes dry. Full bodied with medium level of carbonation.

O -- I loved this stout. A very solid beer from New Glarus, like i have always come to expect. They put out such solid brews that i drive to Hudson to get them. I think this is a very well balanced stout that is on the sweet side but still well balanced. I will definitely recommend this beer to stout fans.

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Photo of steveh
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fan favorite from New Glarus:

A -- Black with ruby highlights and a very creamy, dense, long-lasting tan colored head.

S -- Mildly roasty malts, creamy, lightly sweet. Some fresh-ground coffee characters.

T -- Sort of dry up front with some roasted malt and dark fruit characters developing. Bitterness from hops and the highly roasted malts blending toward the end.

M -- Mouthfeel is smooth and velvety with a dry finish and medium-full body.

O -- Overall, I wish the oatmeal was a little more prominent and added some complimentary sweetness to the roasted malts, but I realize OS varies from dry to sweet. Otherwise, a very well-made, drinkable stout.

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Photo of Buebie
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Working in St. Croix WI has its perks. Picked up this sixer tonight after work for around $9

Poures out pitch black, no light showing through. The head billowed quite a bit, almost annoyingly because I couldnt put all the bottle in there. Bit it left a fantastic lace show. Whipped light fluffy head leaving half an inch of dark brown topping and thick lace dallops along the glass walls.
Aroma is super chocolaty with rich oaty aroma and woody cocoa nibs. As Alstrom stated it does smell of cake batter too, because I cant think of another way to describe it.
Tasting almost as it smells but with malted milk balls, a bit more chocolate and something resembling lactose.
This is very smooth and delicate, with mild carbonation balancing the feel.
Finishing bitter, with roasted grains and mild earthy hops.

This is a terrific beer. So glad I picked it up.

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Photo of Jason
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Nearly pitch black, sticky three fingers of head

SMELL: Fudge syrup, creamed coffee, soft charcoal, chocolate cake batter

TASTE: Damn smooth, fluffy body, mellow roasted grain, oat sweetness, dark roast coffee, mild unsweetened chocolate, burnt raisins, semi-dry finish

Such flavorful big beer, perhaps not massive but this is a meal in a bottle. A real treat to run into as it grows on be with each sip.

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Photo of nova009
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- pours a deep dark brown, half finger fizzy head appears and slowly dissipates to a nice layer right on the surface, spotty lacing

S- wow this is a fantastic smelling stout, dark chocolate, roasted coffee that smells like it was just brewed, roasted malt, vanilla, smells incredible

T- bitter chocolate, roasted malt, slight sweetness, a strong taste of black coffee, very tasty the flavors mix well together

M- heavy body, creamy and smooth, low carbonation makes it go down easy

O- very nice oatmeal stout, it's a shame you can only grab this beer in WI, luckily I now live in Chicago and am only about an hour away from the border, I will def pick this one up again if I get the chance

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Photo of jegross2
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Road Slush Stout from New Glarus Brewing Company.
Score: 91

Bottled on 12/06/11 (bottled day is "340"), served in a snifter glass, and enjoyed 01/11/12. This one is thus a touch over a month old.

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark brown -- almost black -- color with one finger of creamy mocha colored head that settles into a thin later. Mostly opaque with dark caramel colored highlights at the top of the glass. Served a bit on the cold side, but there is a noticeable effervescence. Excellent lacing. 4.5/5

Smell: First impression is lots of creamy oatmeal and roasted coffee. Some toasted grains. Further whiffs reveal light chocolate/cocoa and caramel too. There is a distinctly familiar chocolate candy aroma here, and I think it's a Tootsie Roll. 4/5

Taste: There are a lot of roasted malt flavors present in this beer. I can detect roasted coffee, toasted oats, and roasted chocolate, with a little smokiness too. There is a little caramel malt and some light citrus on the mid-palate and towards the finish. Lingering finish is bitter with more of the roasted malt flavors. Detecting a lot more oats/oatmeal flavors in this one than I have in recent oatmeal stouts. Yum. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with light-medium carbonation. Getting a lot less carbonation than was expected from the appearance, but maybe that was just "excess" air trapped in the glass from the pour. I was expecting the body to be a little thin for some reason or another, but found it perfect. Finishes bitter, but not dry. 4/5

Overall: It took me a handful of misses, but I finally found a beer from New Glarus that comes in a six pack that I enjoy. Before this, I had only enjoyed a few of the beers in the Unplugged and Thumbprint series, but this beer is really, really tasty. I would certainly buy this one again.

Recommendation: A really, flavorful starter stout for casual beer drinkers. Beer geeks should seek this one out too.

Pairings: A smoked dark meat dish.

Cost: $2 for a single bottle or $10.99 for a six pack.

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Photo of drewba
3.06/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

A - My pour was a little over the top, so out sprouts a 4+ finger light brown head that is bubbly, frothy and slowly craters as it dies down. The lacing is a bit ridiculous; super sticky and goopy. It's sticking to every part of the glass. The beer itself is a menacing looking black with purple and brown tints.

S - Some nice medium roast, some tootsie roll, yeast, a little milk chocolate and cocoa.Somewhat low aroma overall.

T - Rich, tasty roast, honey, milk chocolate powder, charred wood, some coffee grounds and an estery yeast character, and the tootsie roll found in the smell is still floating around in the flavor. The flavor in the finish falls flat and isn't helped by the thinish body and slight undercarbonation. There really isn't any depth at all past the initial taste; the finish is pretty boring.

M - Easily the worst part about this beer. See taste...tldr; too thin, undercarbonated and it really detracts from an already weak finish.

O - Not bad, not great. I will give this stout points for being incredibly easy to drink; it wouldn't offend anyone and would probably be a great option for someone new to the style.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was glad to find this at the local market a few days ago. Poured it into a Lakefront Brewery pint glass. A nice coffee color with a good inch of khaki head that falls to about an eighth inch that really lasts. Wonderful lacing down the glass. The smell is inviting: It has a good deal of smokiness and a bit more subtle spice that hints at sweet barbecue. There's absolutely nothing to complain about with the taste, as it has a wonderful roasted malt profile that moves in nice balance with the significant hop presence. The feel is consistent with other good oatmeal stouts, though I could have stood a bit more body.

This is a beer that just delivers what you'd hope a good stout would. Call me a homer, if you will, but New Glarus continues to impress me with every new offering from them that I try. Incidentally, this is a great brew to enjoy while catching up with friends in an ice-fishing shack.

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Photo of ncketchum
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Duvel Tulip

A - pours a dark brown, almost black. chocolate cream head with good retention

S - roasted malt dominates, with coffee followed by chocolate

T - Again roasted malt, then coffee and dark chocolate, bitterness of hops. I didn't notice the citrus that others have noticed

M - smooth, not much alcohol burn to speak of

O - excellent offering by NG, I was expecting a bit sweeter, but overall I though this was a great single stout. definitely will stock up on this one while its around

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Photo of bierbrauer
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle purchased locally. Bottle dated day #340 or December 6, 2011, less than a month ago. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Opaque black; 1-1/2" fluffy, tan head that settles slowly and leaves consistent lacing across 2/3 of the glass surface; no effervescence.

S: Roasting coffee, bittersweet chocolate, toasted malts.

T: Espresso, nutty oatmeal malt; some light citrus, followed by light increase in bitterness that lingers.

M: Soft & smooth; light bodied, low carbonation; neutral-to-slightly-dry finish; little noticeable heat.

O: Tasty and drinkable, with good characteristics, a "single" stout that holds up well and opens up as it warms.

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Photo of phaulie03
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Appears dark brown almost black with a thick tan two-fingered deep "moustache making" head.

S- Initially produces a strong bitter coffee smell. As a non-coffee drinker, this doesn't smell overly bad, however I don't notice any sweet toffee or chocolate smells, only the bitter malty, coffee.

T-Tastes of roasted malt and coffee. The slight bitter taste mellows and softens into a sweeter, mild dark chocolate flavor.

M-Light almost watery taste. Easy drinking with no overwhelming alcohol. Has the filling quality of most stouts, however I wouldn't be stopped from drinking more than one.

O- I enjoy most of the beers from NG and was not disappointed by this stout. I also wasn't overly wowed by any of the flavors. A "classic" slightly above average Oatmeal Stout.

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Photo of adman08
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours very dark chocolate brown with a huge, creamy, tan head that leaves very nice lacing.
S-Strong roasted malt/coffee aroma along with a hint of toffee sweetness and a little chocolate.
T-Very balanced, roasted malt, coffee and chocolate flavors with a hint of toffee to add some sweetness. Slightly bitter, herbal hop flavor.
M-Medium body that has a good sweet, dry balance overall though it does finish a hair on the dry side. Very good carbonation.
Overall, a very solid stout. Good roasted malt flavors along with hints of chocolate and toffee to keep things balanced. Nothing spectacular but a very good, solid stout and a very worthy session beer.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle to tulip glass.

Pours black, dull medium coffee brown with about two fingers of medium khaki head. Good retention and lacing. Smells very appetizing: like fresh roasted malt with dark chocolate undertones. Taste is light roasted malt and some melted chocolate, really smooth and nicely balanced. Lengthy finish that is slightly off dry. Medium body and carbonation. Overall, this is quite drinkable, reminds me of a light British-style stout. I would definitely put this in the regular rotation.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A) Dark brown, nearly black, held to light, just a little reddish hue. There was nearly a two finger head, that was tan and creamy looking. Decent retention and a bit of lacing.

S) Malty, deep roast here, slightly burnt, with coffee and oats, a bit of dark chocolate.

T) Mostly the roasted malt. The aroma was better. A little bit of coffee. Earthy flavors, a little grassy at the finish, but that is mainly some citrus rind, and really more bitter than I would have liked.

M) Medium bodied with more carbonation than I would have liked. A little prickly, with a slightly off aftertaste.

O) Not terrible, but I'm glad this was a single. I'll stick to Samuel Smith's for oatmeal stouts.

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Photo of Duff27
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

January 2010 bottle

A- Half inch light tan head on top of a dark brown beer. Average head retention and lacing.

S- Chocolate.

T- Oatmeal, cocoa. Hint of smokiness. Slight hop bitterness...well balanced.

M- Adequate carbonation. Medium to medium-thin mouthfeel for the style.

D/O- Middle of the pack oatmeal stout. Nice if you'd like more than one, otherwise skip.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep ruby/near brown, with 2-3 fingers of thick light mocha colored head. This retains with a frothy ¾ finger that throws up a rich cascade that settles into a sticky latticework of lace. The aroma smells of light oats, roast, a touch of cocoa, and some ripe earthy citrus character.

The taste is very similar to the nose, with a smooth mix of oatmeal, cocoa, roast, and an earthy feeling citric fruitiness from the hops. A bit of raw bitter pithiness lingers in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a lively sharpness to this that keeps this smooth and easy despite the over 6% ABV.

This was quite an interesting take on an Oatmeal Stout, with this being much more hop forward in terms of the fruitiness here than what I was expecting. This wasn’t necessarily bad but just different. I will say though that the oatmeal did keep this quite smooth on the palate for the size. This is one that I would like to try fresh on tap sometime.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this as an extra from Sean out in Chicago in a recent beer swap. Thanks again! Poured into a tulip. The beer pours dark brown; it is however a bit lighter than most stouts I've seen in my day. Big creamy looking head and sticky lace. Not bad, but the body looks a bit light.

A slight oat aroma wafts through my nostrils followed by dark bakers chocolate and a little bit of coffee to boot. All around just a good smelling beer. The flavor almost mirros the aroma but it's just a bit weaker. Cocoa, coffee and oats with a bit of char to the finish.

Not quite as creamy as I would expect an oatmeal stout to be but it has a good body and nice carbonation. Not a bad beer at all here. Happy to have gotten my hands on a bottle to try.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks for the extremely thoughtful extra rschne13!!!!

a - poured into my darkness tulipy snifter and it had a MASSIVE head that was a solid 2 fingers of frothy goodness. Color was a watery plum like black.

s - a bit fruity, a bit watery, kind of thin and sweet.

t - VERY different. No oaty flavor at all. Soft fruity, kind of like strawberry or some kind of berry flavored vitamin water. Very tasty, but an oatmeal stout?

m/d - a touch on the watery side. heavy carbonation. almost like a berry flavored seltzer. not very beer like but then again, it is a new glarus beer...? almost like a slushy beer without the ice? way more porter like than stouty.

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Photo of robwestcott
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured cold from the bottle a deep cola to dark chocolatey brown to a 10oz surly darkness goblet with a full finger short lasting foamy tan head with a bit retention. the last ounce or so stayed put in the bottle given a healthy bit of sediment in the bottom of the bottle.

pleasant aroma of chocolate and mild espresso roast.

subtle bitter roasty espresso forward, bittersweet chocolate, oats.

a bit thin, mild bitter to semi-sweet, medium carbonation.

drinkable - sure, pretty drinkable.

not great, but not a bad beer. middle of the road.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.58/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: The pour is sort of light for a stout, actually, it's very light for a stout. Somewhere in between dark amber and brown with a thin khaki head.

S: Despite the light color, this is very roasty. Starts of with char and ash, and perhaps a little bit of a burnt toast aroma to it. I get a little bit of chocolate and a slight nutty character. Maybe a little bit earthy, too.

T: The flavor is just odd and doesn't really match up to the nose (or a stout) at all. Fairly acidic on the tongue with a definite fruitiness to it. Some toffee, moderate roast, and fairly bitter. This is more like a bad brown ale than anything.

M: The body is medium and the carbonation is in that range as well.

D: This is one of the few times I've truly been let down by a New Glarus beer. Not interested in ticking this one again.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown in color with ruby brown highlights that had a thin bubbly head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass. Some really nice chocolatey greeted me first on the nose with some roasty character slight lacto milky notes and faint brown sugar notes as well. The chocolatey flavors are more apparent on the palate alongside lacto character but had mild roasty accents and a touch of underlying hops. It did have a little brown sugar notes too. The brew was medium to full in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a sweet, milky, chocolatey, and creamy finish. I really did like the overall chocolate character in the beer and tought it drank good. Glad I got to tick this brew.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Body is a very dark brown-nearly black hue- When held up to the light a translucent root beer hue comes through. Pours with a large 2-3 finger foamy creme brulee head which eventually fades to about 1 finger and leaves plently of lacing behind in the glass.

S-Mild nose of chocolate, roasted, malt, mocha, toffee, and oatmeal.

T- The flavor initially is mild. Mild chocolate and roasted malt. The finish is much smoother and full of flavor. Smooth toffee and oatmeal rush through to balance the rusted malt as it intensifies. Mild roasted malt and sweetness lingers.

M- Feel is very good-esp for a non-imp stout. Full bodied with medium carbonation and a smooth, relatively thick oatmeal body.

D- This is a very good stout overall. The roads up here are slushy and snowy-so I figured it would be a good time to dig out this received from a generous BA earlier this yr. Nothing like a classy oatmeal stout to finish my day

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Photo of yourefragile
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.

Dark chocolate black color with a quickly fading beige head. Aroma is espresso, roasted malt, and oats; not overly bitter. Nice, moderately sweet flavor dominant with roasted malts, and mild chocolate. Finish has strong dry flavor of oats and little bitterness. Medium bodied and very drinkable, a nice balanced take on the style.

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Road Slush Stout from New Glarus Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 235 ratings.