Road Slush Stout - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

233 Reviews
THE BROS
89
very good

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Reviews: 233
Hads: 559
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 100
Gots: 58 | 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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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 brewdlyhooked13
4.77/5  rDev +22.3%
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. (503 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (1,225 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Very black, small head leaves fast. Almost non existent lacing.

S - Malt, bitter chocolate, something with smoke.

T - Deep dark malt, bitter chocolate. Nice

M - Good center, nice carbonation and bitter finish. Great balance.

D - Very drinkable stout, for sure. (267 characters)

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
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 (929 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (707 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (1,009 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

New Glarus Road Slush has a thick, beige head, that, unfortunately, dies away rather quickly and leaves little lacing. The aroma is of sweetness, brown bread, mild chocolate and coffee, and oats. Taste is the same, with an acidic char and bitterness, which seems to come more from the char rather than from any hop bittering. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and New Glarus Road Slush finishes wet, but with an underlying powdery aspect.

RJT (440 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
3.16/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to neubernie for the hook up!

A: Pours a deep dark brown with ruby highlights at the edges. Creamy tan-colored head recedes quickly but leaves a nice amount of lacey "drapes" in the glass.

S: Had to try hard to get a nose out of this one. Eventually, I detected chocolate, toasted oats, roasted malt, and a tart fruitiness.

T: See above. Also noted were coffee grounds, burnt wheat toast, and tangy citrus hops.

M: Seems a little too tart and prickly for an oatmeal stout. Seems kind of watery no matter what temp it's served at.

D: Given the slightly average marks, this is surprisingly easy on the palate. Easy to drink, but I can think of a few dozen other oatmeal stouts I'd rather drink. (757 characters)

Photo of emmasdad
3.21/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a darkish brown color, slightly hazy, with a big tan head. Aromas of milk chocolate, earthy hops and lightly roasted coffee. On the palate, I get roasted malt, bitter hops and more coffee/chocolate. Somewhat thin, not the best I've had from New Glarus. (258 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (969 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall New Glarus Signature Pilsner Glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark blackish brown with a hint of ruby. Moderate amount of bubbles and a solid one finger of beige head which settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A toasty and roasty malt forward aroma with hints of chocolate, oatmeal, and caramel. Dark roasted barley malt with hints of chocolate, oatmeal, caramel, and toast along with some hints of coffee, nuts, biscuit, cream, and yeast. Sweet hints of brown sugar. Subtle hints of earthy hops. A very solid toasty smell.

Taste: Like it smells, a nicely toasty and roasty dark malt driven taste with good notes of chocolate, oatmeal, and caramel. Upfront roasted malt with notes of dark chocolate, oatmeal, toast, and caramel as well as some coffee, biscuit, nuts, and yeast. Sweet notes of cream, milk, and brown sugar. Backing notes of earthy hops. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy and smooth with a fairly drying finish.

Overall: A very good version of an Oatmeal Stout. Good dark malt and oat flavors with a nice creamy body. (1,140 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mikereaser sent this one to me. Thanks Mike.

Road Slush Stout is a dark brown color that isn't quite opaque, with many strands of carbonation bubbles that attach to the side of the glass toward the bottom. The tan head is about two fingers thick and creamy looking. The retention is good, the lacing is very good.

The aroma is mostly malt, with milk chocolate and a slightly lighter, sweeter malt underneath.

Road Slush Stout is a good, easy drinking stout that is mostly malt. Just as in the aroma, chocolate malts are the strongest flavor, followed by coffee and a little bit of caramel malt sweetness. This stout is on the sweet side in general, with a little added, generic malt/oat sweetness to go with the flavors already mentioned. Finally, some roasted malt gives way to a bitter, slightly hoppy finish.

Although it seems light from the high carbonation, the body still retains a little bit of a creamy feel, which is good.

Pretty good stout. As far as I can tell, New Glarus doesn't make bad beer, and this one is no exception. (1,041 characters)

Photo of Redrover
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (528 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
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 (350 characters)

Photo of grub
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Viggo shared this one. thanks eric!

12oz bottle. sampled june 13/08.

pours deep red-brown, neither black nor opaque, with good clarity. a small dense tan head forms, dropping fast with a few spots of lace.

aroma is nice. bit of coffee. dark chocolate. bit of milk chocolate. multi-grain bread. touch of alcohol. caramel. bit of toffee. slightly earthy.

taste is nice. medium-low bitterness level. bittersweet chocolate. espresso. bit of dark chocolate. bit of alcohol. multi-grain bread. light roast. a little more one-dimensional than i'd expect.

mouthfeel is ok. medium-low carbonation level. medium-light body is a touch thin for the style.

drinkability is good. fairly well balanced, just a little plain and thin. (723 characters)

Photo of nrbw23
3.88/5  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. (279 characters)

Photo of nickd717
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

New Glarus, man, these guys kill it! 12oz bottle via trade from oach on BA.

Pours very dark brown in color with a lasting tan head and good lacing.

Aroma is roasty with bitter chocolate and coffee. Simple but good.

Flavor is really full and awesome. Dark chocolate, sharp roast, anise, and coffee.

Excellent palate - medium-full body with great oatmeal smoothness and a good carbonation level.

Hell of a beer overall. These guys continue to impress. (454 characters)

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
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! (629 characters)

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
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'. (1,156 characters)

Photo of TastyTaste
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (388 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Acquired some of this from my mother on a recent trip to Wisconsin. My first encounter with this offering, their oatmeal stout.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - It pours a dark chocolatey brown; just a shade away from opaque in the glass with a hint of ruby showing through when held to the sunlight. One finger of khaki-cream colored head that thins to a ring. Moderate lacing left behind.

S - The aroma is pretty standard - lots of deep dark malt roastiness, bitter baking chocolate, some char, notes of cola, notes of smoke, cream, vanilla. The liquid smoke / ash aspect of the beer is a bit unattractive.

T - Taste brings in more of the same - char / roast / liquid smoke, dark malt roast, and some unsweetened bitter baking chocolate, vanilla, & cream.

M - The feel is smooth, creamy, but not nearly as silky as expected. Moderate carbonation.

Overall, an average, middle-of-the-road offering from New Glarus, though it is flavorful and very drinkable. Not likely something I would seek out from them again though.

New Glarus Road Slush -----3.5/5 (1,131 characters)

Photo of jegross2
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (2,029 characters)

Photo of clvand0
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (392 characters)

Photo of FreshHawk
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Opaque cola color with a healthy, creamy, smooth, meringue-like, light cafe white color. Great retention leaving a nice lacing.

S - Plenty of nice roasted coffee and milk chocolate. Mocha and malt chocolate aromas along with a touch of nuttiness. Faint sweetness along with the earthiness. Nice aroma.

T - Starts with some milk chocolate and earthy/nutty flavors. Gives way to some roasted coffee and some dark chocolate. Slight creamy and caramel sweetness. Roasted flavor lasts throughout giving way to a slight astringent flavor on the finish. Some bitter roasted flavors on the finish with an underlying sweetness.

M - Medium to light body. Average, maybe slightly less than average, carbonation. Not quite as smooth and creamy as other oatmeal stouts but it does have these characteristics.

D - Nice mix of bitter/roasted flavors and sweetness. Easy to drink sweeter stout. Good balance and the beer just disappeared from the glass.

Notes: Nice oatmeal stout. It lacks a bit of the classical body you expect and the flavor falls a bit short of the aroma, but it's a nice balanced Oatmeal Stout that's easy to drink. Enjoyable but not amazing. (1,156 characters)

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