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Slow Elk Oatmeal Stout - Big Sky Brewing Company

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Slow Elk Oatmeal StoutSlow Elk Oatmeal Stout

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BA SCORE
80
good

257 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 257
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 11
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Big Sky Brewing Company visit their website
Montana, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mitchster on 12-15-2001

20 IBU
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of Kerrie
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of arvidkoval
2.56/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Daaark reddish color. Not real strong on the smell. Or flavor... Feels a bit too watery for a stout. Just seems like a slightly darker Moose Drool.

Photo of Beerasaurus
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Thirstygoat
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of B-Land
3.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohnBender
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 12/10/2014. Pours crystal clear very dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of milk chocolate, caramel, cocoa, toasted oats, light coffee, brown bread, herbal, floral, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted/bready malt and moderate earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of milk chocolate, caramel, cocoa, toasted oats, light coffee, brown bread, herbal, floral, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, caramel, cocoa, toasted oats, light coffee, brown bread, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness and complexity of dark/roasted/bready malt and moderate earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice oatmeal stout style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted/bready malt and moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. Not as bold as some other oatmeal stouts; but still very well rounded and nicely enjoyable in flavors.

Photo of Donkster46
4/5  rDev +14.6%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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3.52/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of Alpha309
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Indecisive-Chemist
5/5  rDev +43.3%

Photo of WesM63
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of 2013beer101
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of a77cj7
4.75/5  rDev +36.1%

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5/5  rDev +43.3%

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
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.

Photo of bundy462
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of creepinjeeper
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Hohnbaum
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of stanale
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.22/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of ChaseTheAce
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Dutch_Irish
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of DoubleJ
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.

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Slow Elk Oatmeal Stout from Big Sky Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 257 ratings.