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Road Slush Stout - New Glarus Brewing Company

Road Slush StoutRoad Slush Stout

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very good

391 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 391
Reviews: 211
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.57%

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 garymuchow


3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a fairly straightforward mildly roastly dark malt character. Very light oatmeal quality.
Black and opaque. Very dark head that fizzles to a ring rather quickly.
Slight bite up front then a shot of roast followed by a strong oat flavor. Bitterness hits quite late which begins a mildly dry and fairly long finish. There is an intensity to this all (which I suppose might mellow as this warms some). In time more of the coffee notes appear.
There is a nice fullness to the feel even though it seems just medium in feel. Fully carbonated which adds to the filling nature.
There is an intensity to the flavor that I like, but this seems to lack the smoothness which is so appealing in this style.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2006 01:16:22 | More by garymuchow
Photo of Florida9


3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 01:45:05 | More by Florida9
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2006 19:39:17 | More by Redrover
Photo of ClockworkOrange


3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of my secret bunny 2010 haul from ROBORB. A 12 ounce bottle poured into my nonic Imperial pint glass. The stout appears a translucent ruby brown color with a good inch of creamy light tan foam. Nose and flavors consist of medium roasted grains, bitter chocolate, earthy, grassy hops, coffee, and mocha, with some sweet caramel and milk chocolate in the aroma as it warms up. The stout is at least medium bodied and smooth with adequate carbonation and a bitter roasty finish. Overall, a very nice take on an oatmeal stout. This one has been on my wants for a few years and I'm glad I finally got to try it. Thanks again Rob!

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2010 03:04:34 | More by ClockworkOrange
Photo of ktrillionaire


4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Uhhh, it looks black and opaque and has a khaki head. It isn't the most impressive-looking Stout, but it is leaving a lot of lace.

S - Amazing nose; delicious notes of chocolate, slight coffee, and super smooth oat, with roastiness present but generally transformed into the aforementioned dimensions. It reminds me of the smell of instant café mocha, prior to the addition of hot water.

T - The taste is good, though certainly a bit different than the nose. The café mocha is there, though it is toned down a bit in comparison to the nose. The oat makes its impact in the addition of an intangible smoothness, and there is also a mineral astringency to the malt that makes it seem much lighter (or more pale) than it is, perhaps attributable to the oat (and perhaps not.) Finally, there is an appreciable hop that comes in at the end and lingers, providing herbal and vaguely floral notes on the finish.

M - Nice, creamy and smooth. On the big side of medium-bodied. Refreshing too.

D - I wasn't expecting this good of a beer, to be honest. I don't know why, though; Carey and Co. hit home runs like Barry Bonds would on a gallon of 'The Clear'.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 18:23:48 | More by ktrillionaire
Photo of TastyTaste


3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks good for the style, black body fluffy tan head, slow fading with no lace. BTW, this is the innagural use of my Surly tulip. I like the sweet, smooth, milk chocolate smell balanced with a nice shot of coffee. A little underpowered, but nice chocolate flavor. The oatmeal does balance, but I like my oatmeal stouts a little sweeter. Body is a little thin, but this is not bad, though.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2006 04:51:42 | More by TastyTaste
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2006 14:45:41 | More by clvand0
Photo of Jayli


4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from Dunt from the Support Your Team BIF so a BIG THANK YOU goes out to him!! This bad boy has been on my wants for a long time!
Poured in to a pint glass.

A: This beer pours nice ruby, chestnut, chocolate brown with a two finger of off white/khaki/light brown creamy head. Head recedes slowly and leaves a sheet of lacing that simply hangs on the glass.

S: Nose is fantastic rich espresso, burned malts, roasted malts, and bitter chocolate notes.

T: Taste starts with a nice strong espresso tasting, some mild sweet malts come in just a little bit before having a nice crisp oatmeal flavoring. Burnt, charred malt flavorings come through in the middle and a hint of citrus hop flavoring finish this one out.

M: lighter side of medium body, low to medium carbonation, nice light crisp feel.

D: Goes down easily, nicely balanced, mild kick, nice representation of style. This is a beer that I would sit with for the duration!

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 17:42:20 | More by Jayli
Photo of bashiba


3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep black color some dark oak colored highlights and a thin dark brown head.

Smell had a nice bitter dark burnt coffee and dark chocolate odor.

Classic burnt malt flavor with some nice hints of coffee and a cereal grainyness. Has a decent earthy hop bitterness in finish.

mouthfeel is nice and chewy.

Overall a pretty solid stout, would definitly drink again.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2006 21:57:32 | More by bashiba
Photo of yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 01:44:21 | More by yourefragile
Photo of orbitalr0x


4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm always more than happy to try a new brew from New Glarus and glad to see an oatmeal stout in the mix. Pours from the 12oz bottle into my tulip glass a dense charcoal black with a sturdy half inch of creamy tan foam on top along with spotty lacing. Lookin good! Aromas of smooth, dark roasted malts with a nice shaved chocolate. Toasted oatmeal is there along with some coffee tones.

First sip brings a velvety smooth dark malt that has a nice deep roasted, mildly burnt character to it. Melted chocolate shavings and a touch of coffee work into the flavor. There's a nice sweetness here that never becomes too much. Flows down bringing only a slight bitterness and a lingering roasted, toasty chocolate oatmeal afterthought. Tasty stuff.

Mouthfeel is smooth and somewhat creamy with a tight, fast moving carbonation that rushes across the mouth with each sip. Not overly heavy, this oatmeal stout goes down with ease and I could see myself enjoying a few bottles of this in one sitting. Overall, a tasty stout from New Glarus that's worth giving a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2006 01:34:15 | More by orbitalr0x
Photo of nrbw23


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

A- Pours a brown color with a tan head and very little lacing.

S- Roasted malts, nutty and a hint of chocolate.

T- Oats, roasted malts, chocolate and maybe a tiny bit of a smokey flavour.

M- Silky smooth, low carbonation and maybe a little too thin.

D- Goes down pretty easy.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2008 16:24:36 | More by nrbw23
Photo of jera1350


3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 00:34:27 | More by jera1350
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2006 02:33:33 | More by brewcrew76
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

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

12oz bottle sent to me from BeerFMAndy. Huge thanks! This one has been on my 'wants' list for quite some time...

Poured into my Highland pint glass. Pours a dark cola-color with a thick tan head on top. A good two-fingers worth for sure. A very pleasing bouquet with fresh cookies, dark breads, sweet warm malts. Really nice nose.

Excellent body here too as the oats impart a creamy smooth texture, while the moderate carbonation sharpens the edges. Chocolate malt, brown sugar-sweetened oatmeal, little bit of caramel sweetness. Very well-done beer here. After my last NG experience, I needed a good reminder was to why this is one of my top-5 breweries. This beer reminded me. Thanks, Andy.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 13:02:50 | More by Onenote81
Photo of Gobzilla


4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 06:45:56 | More by Gobzilla
Photo of birchstick


3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 03:06:09 | More by birchstick
Photo of brdc


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

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 23:47:51 | More by brdc
Photo of joe1510


3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2008 04:21:38 | More by joe1510
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2006 02:10:16 | More by DaPeculierDane
Photo of gatornation


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

pours a light black color with 1 finger head that dissipates to a beige/cherry ring..smell is roasted oats and malts with some toffee and chocolate..taste is the same its smooth oats and malts followed by a semi-sweet chocolate its very smooth it drinks like a scotch ale or brown combo..the mouth feel is velvety smooth and sweet on the palate..its a pleasure to drink smooth and flavorful..NG makes one fine brew after another

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 03:54:29 | More by gatornation
Photo of BeerBelcher


3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours an almost completely opaque brown to black color. Only the lightest amount of light gets through the edges. Head formation is light, a mocha colored film.

S - A grainy and yeasty note dominates the smell of this beer. Seems to be aiming for a sweeter nose, with the sugars of the oats leading the way. I would say that some chocolate is present, but mostly an astringent coffee scent.

T - Starts off with the grainy, husky notes of some 2 row malt combined with the oat flavors. A somewhat monotone beer, as that continues through the mid-flavors. Some yeasty flavors come through, spicy at times. Seems astringent, biting at times from a very light roasted barley note. Finishes with some chocolate, flavors. Hops are very hidden/restrained.

M - Strong in body - even stronger in carbonation. Finishes with a clinging husky note to the tongue.

D - Not filing. Flavors are smooth for sessioning - a New Glarus trait in my mind. ABV is up there, but not off the charts. No doubt that 6.2 out of an Oatmeal stout is a surprise to common drinkers of the style.

Once again Dan Carey proves to me the man knows his stuff. Some aspects of this beer I may not completely buy into, but there is no doubt it is superbly executed in its creation.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 04:12:56 | More by katan
Photo of MDDMD


3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-dark brown color with a light tan head and decent lacing

S-coffee, chocolate, dark roasted malt, hint of molasses

T-dark roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, hint of cinnamon, brown sugar, mild bitter finish

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-decent oatmeal stout, a little on the thin side and not as rich tasting as others

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 23:09:08 | More by MDDMD
Photo of jjanega08


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

No freshness dating but the bottle is stamped with a 3401

A= Pours a deep black color with a two finger head on it that is a slightly off white color as well as some solid retention and lacing.

S= The smell is oaty and chocolaty. I don't really pick up much of a roast to this one for some reason. Really a nice sweet smell. The grains come through giving it a nice mash smell.

T= The taste is a nice sweet stout flavor again. Tons of nice chocolaty malt flavor and a nice sort of grain bed taste with not much of a roasty taste. No real hop profile. This is a nice full flavored stout that isn't of the imperial variety.

M= Nice smooth mouth. A little light maybe.

O= This is a solid stout with a nice flavor without being over bearing. It's sort of nice to have a stout that isn't imperial and gonna knock you on your ass. Good flavor for less buzz. Check it out.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 02:41:14 | More by jjanega08
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