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Slow Elk Oatmeal Stout - Big Sky Brewing Company

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246 Ratings

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Ratings: 246
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 13.75%
Wants: 11
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Big Sky Brewing Company visit their website
Montana, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
20 IBU

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 12-15-2001)
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

2013beer101, Friday at 04:34 AM
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4.75/5  rDev +36.1%

a77cj7, Nov 18, 2014
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5/5  rDev +43.3%

Jburnsm, Nov 18, 2014
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3.89/5  rDev +11.5%

Yay! Time to try an Oatmeal Stout.

Appearance (4.25) : Very stable 2 fingered head. Khaki-almond in color. Body is totally opaque and chocolate brown in shade.

Aroma (4) : Roast java coffee bean, slight hint of milk chocolate; distant hints of alcohol, licorice, and hop. Bouquet is medium strength.

Flavor (3.5) : Very milky with flavors of roast bean, earth, and sharp hop. Finishes with dry coffee grounds and light hop.

Mouthfeel (4) : The milkiness is the first thing I notice. It's totally unusual, and unlike any stout I've had before. Milk and barista-style froth settles and disappears practically instantaneously on the palate. The body is light in texture and weight. The finish is dry and earthy. Mega points for being unique and unusual.

Overall (3.89) : An interesting departure from a typical stout. On a cold night like tonight, this stout fills the bill. Whether it's worthy of a purchase again I can't say for sure. It's not incredible and not awful.

Slow Elk is a decent milk/oatmeal stout - worth a try.

The-Adjunct-Hippie, Nov 17, 2014
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3/5  rDev -14%

bundy462, Nov 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

creepinjeeper, Nov 15, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Hohnbaum, Nov 12, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

stanale, Nov 09, 2014
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3.18/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a nearly pitch black color with a one finger head of a tan colored foam. The head fades very fast leaving only a light level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma of the brew is heaviest of a roasted malt with tons of oatmeal and caramel. Other big aromas of a cocoa nature are there as well mixed with some hints of a vanilla and an almost cola like smell to produce a very pleasant and inviting warming aroma overall.

Taste – The taste starts with a moderately roasty and sweet flavor with tons of caramel and cola flavors upfront. There is a bit of an oatmeal flavor, which starts out light and remains so throughout to the end of the taste. All the while, as the taste moves forward, the roasted flavor seems to dwindle a bit with it taking on even more cola and a little bit of dark fruit of a more plum like nature. With a little bit of a cherry and some light vanilla coming at the very end, one is left with a moderately sweet and sorta lightly roasted flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather thin for a stout of 5.4 % with a carbonation level that is on the average to slightly higher side for a stout. Not really the right feel for the style as it too much accentuated the sweet over the roasted-darker flavor so the brew.

Overall – Not really one I cared for all too much, it was too sweet without enough roast and didn’t really have a great body for the style. Ah… just OK.

Darkmagus82, Nov 09, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

ChaseTheAce, Nov 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

Dutch_Irish, Nov 04, 2014
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3.54/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Slow Elk is a pleasant oatmeal stout which is smooth and not astringent. While it is not as flavorful as some others of the style (Anderson Valley's come to mind), it's a good sweeter alternative after drinking all those tongue buckling IPA's.

DoubleJ, Nov 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

bernat1971, Nov 02, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev +8.9%

BJasny, Nov 02, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev +8.9%

LoganMc, Oct 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Deep brown color with ruby red highlight. I could see lots of carbonation rising. Thick creamy beige head.

Roasted malts, caramel, a little coffee and dark chocolate.

Roasted malts, caramel, coffee, dark chocolate. Moderate hop bitterness towards the end, just a bit earthy-leafy. Finish is mostly dry. Body is medium-light, a little silky texture, very smooth, dry.

It's a very good Oatmeal Stout.

mjurney, Oct 26, 2014
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3/5  rDev -14%

miwestcoaster, Oct 26, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

thatoneguymike, Oct 25, 2014
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3.1/5  rDev -11.2%

Travisjutin, Oct 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

TFMyriad, Oct 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

MikeDAdams, Oct 17, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +36.1%

themorninglark, Oct 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

azdback, Oct 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

Chilly_E, Oct 14, 2014
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3.4/5  rDev -2.6%

vande, Oct 13, 2014
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Slow Elk Oatmeal Stout from Big Sky Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 246 ratings.