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Road Slush Stout - New Glarus Brewing Company

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233 Reviews
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Reviews: 233
Hads: 569
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 101
Gots: 61 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 233 | Hads: 569
Photo of Bighuge
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (309 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lighter shade of black with ample 1.5" of head on it, beige in color, kinda looser flimsier bubbles than most stouts. Aroma, a little fruity for a stout, this seemed different, but nice. Of course there was adequate roasting, but it came with that minor fruity bitterness.

Taste, solid, good roast, yet allowing the oatmeal to give it a smoothness. Easy to drink, ibu's were pretty high given its an oatmeal stout. Dry chocolate malt presence. Even though there was that fruity undercurrent in the nose, its also largely muted in the taste, but still existant enough to be tasted.

What appeared to be a simple run of the mill stout actually has some neat nuances running through it, I recommend you take a little extra time when drinking this one, letting it warm a little, it will continue to grow on you. Another solid New Glarus effort. (844 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Once again... thank you Mr... jlukasik for hooking me up with this beer.

Pours a mixture of dark brown with deep garnet highlights. Not much of a head after the pour, and only a half and half ring of foam after a few sips. No visible bubbling and no lacing. The aroma is a well put medium coffee with some grainy biscuits faintly lingering around. The first sip is a lightly nutty, straight black coffee. The middle is a little fruity flavor mixed with a more watered down coffee flavors that leads to a quick, dry finish. The palate went by a litl to fast. The greatnutty coffee flavor was there at the beginning of each sip. But it went away too quickly. (658 characters)

Photo of markgugs
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (664 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3.27/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into my Orval glass...The beer pours a medium to dark brown with a hint of red, not totally appealing. There is lots of carbonation, a head that rises a good full three fingers of light tan head. Decent renention, nice lacing as it falls very thick and covers totally...The aroma is little off, almost a generic quality to it. Light coffee, bourbon?? really, light smoke, but just overall weird...The taste is much better, its actually pretty appetizing light coffee and chocolate, easy to drink to start but a weird flat finish. In general its also pretty light. (595 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz, got a sixer at Riley's, fabulous name for a wisco winter release

appearance: pours a very dark mahogany, near black in colour...a light and creamy chocolatey head forms, some light tan lacing left behind

smell: pretty subtle, hints of dark chocolate, licorice, light smoke, char, strong roast coffee, roasted malt sweetness, some light mocha...hop sweetness is mild but definitely present

taste: its unfortunately quite subtle in the flavour as well. sweet dark chocolate and a strong roasted coffee flavour dominate up front....licorice, a sweet hop twist underneath, sweet roasted malt, smokey and char

mouthfeel: a little thin, otherwise creamy

drinkability: pretty high (694 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint. No date or info.

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for giving me a single of this so I don't have to buy a 6 pack.

A - Dark, dark brown with deep amber-brown highlights, it looks just a little bit hazy but is accompanied by a large and well-retained near-three-finger head. The bone-colored head left some good rings of lace on the glass.

S - A heavily roasted aroma comes floating out with assertion. Lots of roasted malts give a dark toasted bread nose with dry, semi-sweet chocolate and a light oat hint. No hops really come out in the nose of this one.

T - Dry roasted malts provide a faint chocolate flavor with a hint of smoke and are finished by a creamy oat flavor. Again, hops aren't present.

M - Very creamy and smooth with a gentle mouthfeel, Road Slush just feels great going down. The roasted-dry finish is well-balanced.

D - The flavor is mellow and aroma is a bit lacking in character but what this beer really excels at is the mouthfeel. Close to perfect, Road Slush goes down nicely and is pretty drinkable for a stout overall. (1,080 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Quinn’s IGA in La Crosse. Pours flat black with a medium thick and rocky beige head. Sticky patches of lacing. Strong roasty aroma of coffee and malt. Rich and smooth body with a nice flavor profile of roasted malt, chocolate and espresso. The finish is sweet with underlying coffee notes. As with most New Glarus beers this is tasty and well-made. (368 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
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! (284 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
3.26/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Chris aka Spycow for grabbing me a couple bottles of this on his recent trip up to Cheeseland.

A - A nice, very dark brown color with a one finger off-white head that left some sheet lacing on the sides as I drank this.

S - There is something a little off with this smell, although I can't quite put my finger on what it is. The roasted malts give a good, strong backbone to this, with a little bit of coffee smell that is not overly bitter.

T - Taste is pretty smooth with bitter and charred malts dominating and just the slightest bit of burnt cocoa in there. Finishes with a coffee flavor.

M - Little too thin for me, very smooth going down.

D - For a 6.2% this is not super drinkable, but it's not hard to drink either, I put it as merely average. (766 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
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. (396 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black. Thin brown foam lasts but a minute before slipping to a fluffy collar ring. Minimal lace sticks as most of the residue glides back into the liquid.

Nice aroma of dark chocolate oatmeal cookies; fluffy and fresh with a slight burnt sugar base and some warming alcohol to it.

Taste is about the same. Minor chocolate fluff with a slightly charred oaty tone with a pleasingly clean robust fashion to its flavors. Smooth and very rounded and a simple finish of creamy cocoa.

Feel is soft and creamy smooth with a nice reducing texture of chocolate and oaty fluff with a simple floating dryness.

Yum! I like this Oaty stout. A solid drinker and a keeper from NG. (676 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (657 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (456 characters)

Photo of gford217
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (572 characters)

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The definition of a "shelf beer" both good and bad. Nothing special and not overally great, however if you see it on tap over winter, it's a perfect order. (156 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
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. (513 characters)

Photo of cokes
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Inky approximate blackness topped with a film of sandy brown.
The nose mostly roast malt, with underlain espresso and chocolate pigments.
Ashy, dilute coffee at the fore, undercut with a vague sweetness mimicking maple syrup. Bulk dark breads and chocolate chip cookies arise before the tweak of pithy lemon and dried flower hop finale.
Modest in the mouth, and leaning decidedly thin. It come across a bit pedestrian, with little to no indication of the oatmeal. But all told, it's a decent sessioner stout. (512 characters)

Photo of jera1350
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thinner looking brownish black color with a very fluffy one finger head that leaves some nice lacing.

Pretty faint smelling. Getting some oats and light malt.

Nicely roasted malts with a bit of oat cola and very light coffee. Nothing crazy, and seems to need some more malt.

A tamed down cola-like feel. Prickly carbonation and the body is not quite big enough. Pretty smooth, but not oatmeal stout smooth.

Good drinkability. Seems more of an american stout. A nice beer, but I would go for something else next time. (520 characters)

Photo of morimech
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black in color with an attractive two fingers of tan head that had good retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass.

Nice oatmeal stout aroma with notes of whole grain bread, chocolate, and oats.

Does not pack the most flavor of beers of the style especially modern, American interprations. Classic flavor of dark malt of very faint roast, chocolate, and oats. Faint dark fruit and earthiness as well.

The body was bit of a letdown. Felt a little thin which is surprising considering the ABV. The texture was not as smooth, and soft as I expect in an oatmeal stout.

A good all around stout. More on the traditional side of the spectrum but about what I expected from a New Glarus seasonal. (740 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle dated 12/29/2014, poured into a snifter 2/2/2015.

A- Medium-dark brown body, cola coloured and somewhat opaque. Pours with a two finger offwhite head, not unlike slightly muddy snow; average retention, a bit of lacing.

S- Clean roasted barley, mild earthy hop aromas, a bit of black coffee and dark chocolate. A bit of caramel. Smells just about right, I think, for an oatmeal stout.

F- Black coffee but without any coffee grounds type flavour, a good bit of bitter dark chocolate, plenty of roast. Small amounts of caramel and brown sugar rounds things out. Mild-moderate earthy bitterness that is quite nice and balances out the roast quite well. A very balanced stout.

M- Thin-medium bodied. Not quite watery as it has a good depth of flavour, but I feel that the body on this beer is a bit lacking. Still, it is full flavoured with a mildly bitter earthy finish.

O- I enjoy this oatmeal stout a lot as a typical weeknight drinker. Plenty of flavour at 6.2% ABV makes for a nice winter warmer when it's cold and snowy out. Very balanced and well-put together, as typical of New Glarus beer. (1,111 characters)

Photo of alexgash
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (558 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep brown in color with some floaties swimming around. Pours with about a finger's worth of light tan head that slowly reduces to nothingness. A faint bit of lacing.

S: Muted nose of roasted malts, cocoa, and coffee.

T: Roasted malts, chocolate and bitter coffee. There is a slight peat flavor to it as well. Long lingering finish of roasted malt.

M: Mouthfeel loses me as it is not the smooth, creamy, luscious feel one would expect from an oatmeal stout. Actually, it's surprisingly sharp. Medium in body, but thin for the for the style as well.

D: Overall, this is a decent beer, but it's not what I would think of when I think of an oatmeal stout. The lighter body and flavor lends to easier drinking, though I am not sure that is necessarily a good thing. (772 characters)

Photo of prototypic
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to kkipple for the bottle.

Road Slush pours a dark mahogany brown color. Quite a bit of light cuts through revealing nice burgundy (almost scarlet highlights). A foamy tan head sits atop. It's a little over a finger deep, but recedes quickly. Light lace lined the glass as it descended. Not bad.

The nose is a little on the weak side, but is easily above average. A good mix of roasted and chocolate malts hit first. This one definitely leans in the cocoa direction as far as the chocolate. Roasted malts seem to be the stronger variety. Light coffee or espresso is noted. It's not very strong, but complements the malty notes nicely. Yeast is noted on the tail. I'm not picking up any alcohol at all. It's not incredibly deep, but is pretty well put together. More strength would improve it easily.

I really like the flavor of Road Slush. It's somewhat simply, but very satisfying nonetheless. Roasted malts are the primary flavor. Chocolate malts aren't far behind and provide a semi-sweet cocoa flavor. Roasted coffee is secondary, but has an excellent flavor. It's a little grainy and yeasty, and has a slight burnt flavor looming throughout. Alcohol is blended extremely well. At only 6.2%, that's not too surprising. Overall, this is good beer. It is simple and straight forward, but tastes really good. Not quite good enough for the next highest score, but very good nonetheless.

Road Slush has a lighter body that is smooth. Pretty impressive given its light body. Carbonation is light and doesn't impede. Drinkability is very high. Road Slush goes down way too easy. It packs quite a bit of flavor for its stature and has just the right abv. I wish I had more than this single bottle.

I don't know for sure if Road Slush is, in fact, retired. If it is, that's a shame. It's extremely impressive for what it is. I wish the nose were a little stronger, but that's the only criticism I have. It's really well-rounded otherwise. If you happen to see this one on a shelf somewhere, do yourself a favor and pick it up. It's another solid beer from New Glarus. (2,080 characters)

Photo of birchstick
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours black as night with a small, white head

S - roasted malts, chocolate, grains...full of malt bill as it should be

T - follows the nose. Sweet and chocolaty upfront and moves onto a little bit of grain character. The chocolate notes come back stronger and more chocolaty than they did on the front on the tongue. Finishes a little dry with some of the roasted malts/coffee/dark chocolate character.

M - silky smooth and full. This brewery has some very consistent mouthfeels.

D - overall, this is an easy drinking stout. Nothing that will blow your mind, but it won't let you down either. This was out at the brewery, fortunately my buddy had one in his fridge for me to try. (687 characters)

Road Slush Stout from New Glarus Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.