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Slow Elk Oatmeal Stout - Big Sky Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
79
okay

203 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 203
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 13.87%
Wants: 12
Gots: 8 | 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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Ratings: 203 | Reviews: 109 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by FreshHawk:
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FreshHawk

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev +4.9%

A - Dark black with a deep, cola brown hues on the edge. Full, thick, cakey, white head. Good retention leaving a nice thin layer of lace.

S - Some flaked oat with a good amount of dark bittersweet chocolate. Decent amount of coffee as well. Slight astringency but not bad.

T - Starts with some charred oat and black coffee along with some mocha. Gives way to some bittersweet and semi-sweet chocolate. A hint of nuttiness underneath that chocolate. Finishes with a slightly astringent coffee and chocolate taste.

M - Light to medium body. Average carbonation. A little thin and watery, but slick.

D - Flavors didn't mesh as well as I hoped and there is a subtle astringency that I wasn't a huge fan of. These reduce how drinkable it is, but it is fairly quaffable overall.

Notes: Average Oatmeal Stout. It wasn't great and there was a subtle astringency that I wasn't a huge fan of. Flavors aren't horrible but they just didn't quite mesh entirely.

10-13-2011 06:55:41 | More by FreshHawk
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.15/5  rDev -9%

Appearance – Very dark brown in color with a head that rose up nicely but fell like a rock.

Smell – This one had a blend of burnt coffee and oatmeal. The oatmeal though is very subdued and not the prominent smell.

Taste – There’s a nice balancing hop in here, but again the pure oatmeal flavor is lacking. I can pick it up, but it doesn’t dominate like it should. The other flavors aren’t bad, though. There are nice coffee notes and a sweet chocolate compliment.

Mouthfeel – This was one of the thinner Oatmeal Stouts that I’ve had. Style requirements are one thing, but I like my Oatmeal Stout to be big and chewy like, say, a bowl of oatmeal.

Drinkability – This went down very well, so I’m giving the highest rating of the beer in this category. I could drink this all day, really, as a session ale, but it’s just not what I expect when I buy an Oatmeal Stout.

12-23-2003 16:16:32 | More by RoyalT
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

06-06-2012 01:10:37 | More by tectactoe
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warnerry

Michigan

3.23/5  rDev -6.6%

A - Pours a very dark brown, though some red is apparent when held up to the light, with two fingers of tan head. Head quickly settles to a thin but persistent cap and leaves god lacing.

S - Coffee and some roasted malt. a faint sweetness. Didn't get much else, but not bad.

T - Taste is roasted malt with a bit of silky oat. Coffee and som faint chocolate.

M - Very light mouthfeel with lots of carbonation. Doesn't really feel like a stout.

O - Nothing too interesting here. Too watery, which reduces the enjoyment quite a bit.

01-10-2012 02:29:04 | More by warnerry
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.65/5  rDev +5.5%

12 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown with a creamy tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet chocolate and oatmeal with a little smoke and coffee.

The flavor is sweet chocolate and caramel with some nutty grainy malts, molasses and coffee and enough roasted bitterness at the finish to balance it out. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little watery.

Overall, a solid and tasty stout. A little much on the sweet side for me.

10-22-2008 02:36:08 | More by Beaver13
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BuckeyeSlim

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

04-21-2012 18:05:51 | More by BuckeyeSlim
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Middle of the road head retention, the ale shows a clear deeply brown hued liquid.

Smell: Mild roasted notes that throw hints of coffee around, mild sweetness and a twang of hops as well.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Moderate body, more creamy than smooth in the mouth. Obvious coffee flavours throughout with traces of chocolate in the finish. Light on the hops and the roasted flavours are mostly tepid.

Notes: One breweries stout could be another breweries brown ale … the lightest oatmeal stout I have ever run into. A good drinking ale but there is nothing special that it brings to the table.

06-01-2003 17:45:52 | More by Jason
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rhinonau

Wyoming

4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

02-18-2014 14:47:41 | More by rhinonau
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bravejoejoe

Montana

4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

12 ounce bottle, best by 01/12/12 printed on the bottle. "Big Hole Cologne" printed inside the cap. Pours crystal clear dark brown color with a nice and fairly dense 1-2 fingers of light tan head with great retention that reduces to a lacing cap that lasts. Some fairly thick lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, oatmeal, and bitter coffee. Some surprisingly nice aromas with good strength. Taste of light chocolate, oats, caramel, light coffee, and roasted malt. Finish is fairly dry, but there is some light bitterness with lingering notes of roasted malt, caramel, light chocolate and coffee. Alcohol is completely hidden as expected for a beer of 5.4%. Medium body and carbonation, with a decently creamy mouthfeel. Very smooth and easily drinkable. Nice balance of flavors. Overall a nice oatmeal stout I thoroughly enjoyed.

12-16-2011 03:53:22 | More by bravejoejoe
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.53/5  rDev +2%

Very dark brown pour on this one, substantial beige head to it. Mild notes of chocolate in the aroma, decent roasting, pretty fair, but nothing offputting.

Good smooth silky taste, mild notes of chocolate, coffee doesn't seem all that present, oatmeal did a good job of rounding and smoothing this out, nothing is big and bold, its consistency is just right, not huge, but chewy enough and keeps the beer sessionable and not at all intimidating other than the color. Similar at times to a milk stout, just not as sweet. Definitely stays out of bitter territory.

I liked this one, I think this big sky brewery is a good one. One of the lighter oatmeal stouts, but when I want oatmeal, I want a lighter stout experience, so this one delivered to my expectations.

10-19-2011 00:48:06 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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ADR

Pennsylvania

2.38/5  rDev -31.2%

"Sweet" stout is one thing but this brew never generated any flavor at any temperature, blandly sweet, less than average mouthfeel for the style...I was pretty bummed by Slow Elk...

02-22-2002 11:21:28 | More by ADR
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sgttibbs

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

11-26-2012 02:57:23 | More by sgttibbs
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freehafe

Michigan

3.05/5  rDev -11.8%

A: Pours deep brown, head quickly thins out.

S: Roasted malt, chocolate, oatmeal.

T: Strong roasted malt and oatmeal flavor, slight chocolate/coffee flavor, initially bitter then mellows out.

M: Thinner body than most stouts I'm used to

O: It is an ok beer, not upset I drank it, but would not go out of my way to purchase again.

10-12-2011 01:07:57 | More by freehafe
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richkrull

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +15.6%

10-26-2012 00:37:23 | More by richkrull
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.53/5  rDev +2%

Big light brown head slowly settles into a decent lacing above a clear burnt reddish brown colored beer.

Lightly sweet dark roasted caramel malts aroma overwhelms anything that may be trying to showcase itself.

Roasted caramel malts, light chocolate laden with a light sweetness compliments each other in the taste of this stout.

A lightly burnt and dry aftertaste that brings with it a bit of the malt tastes of this medium bodied beer.

Decent enough stuff, I do believe I could drink a few of these.

04-23-2013 17:02:16 | More by LXIXME
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CamuMahubah

Nebraska

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Big Sky is one of my all time favorite breweries but this is one of their all time average beers. It's just so average. I thought for a minute this was like an improved version of Moose Drool but it's so plain boring. Incredibly smooth. Incredibly delicious. Incredibly drinkable.

It's just so dang boring...like a Honda Accord V6 that outruns yesteryear's Mustang but it's still boring! For a limited edition I was expecting tremendous something.

What I got was a wonderful beer with hints of dark chocolate and prolly one of the smoothest porters I have ever drank. I'm not complaining. I just expected more from this brewery. They have the most underrated IPA I have ever drank.

That said...this is a party porter...anybody can drink this...and beer snobs will approve...I think that is what Big Sky had in mind...seasonal beers often end up at parties and especially XMAS parties! FTW

12-01-2011 04:11:26 | More by CamuMahubah
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RDW

Nebraska

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

03-04-2012 04:57:28 | More by RDW
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TheSixthRing

California

2.88/5  rDev -16.8%

Appearance - Pours Near black with cola brown edging and with a light tan 2 finger head. Retention is good, resulting in a lace that's thin and semi-sticky.

Smell - Smells like your typical oatmeal stout; roasted malts with chocolate, coffee and oat character.

Taste - Disappoints. Very light, almost watery flavor profile. Hints of roasted coffee. A faint touch of chocolate. Oats peek through near the finish, along with a faint bit of alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Where's the body? Near watery and with barely a modicum of carbonation.

Overall - Sweet mother does this not hit the spot. It's like someone took a good oatmeal stout and cut it with half water. What were they thinking? I got excited by the smell, then was completely let down after the first sip. I'll never buy this again.

08-10-2012 01:40:23 | More by TheSixthRing
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DruC4

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

11-13-2012 07:37:45 | More by DruC4
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stallion_air21

Montana

3.72/5  rDev +7.5%

08-30-2014 21:09:26 | More by stallion_air21
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Diggy

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

08-20-2014 18:31:26 | More by Diggy
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augustgarage

California

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

On-tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood. Served in a generic wide-mouth tulip.

Dark reddish brown liquid, though not opaque. Faint auburn and bole highlights. Solid, persistent beige collar, with thin islands dotting the surface. Average lacing.

Light toasty malt, a touch of stale caramel, and not a lot else as far as aromatics go.

Very mild malt, faint citrus (or maybe even lactic) note - though not one that comes from hops - and light grain.

Weak, watery mouthfeel.

Sessionable, but not particularly impressive flavor-wise. Not Big Sky's shining moment I imagine.

01-29-2010 15:29:41 | More by augustgarage
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pmcadamis

Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -9%

A - An aggressive pour yields only a thin and short-lived wisp of fizz on top of this deep-brown-bordering-on-back brew. Absolutely no lace.

S - Milk duds, chocolate milk made by a five year old (i.e. way more chocolate syrup than an adult would pour!). Cliff Bar oats and molasses.

T - Not a whole lot going on here. Easy milk chocolate and oats. Hay-like hops on the back end, but only a hint.

M - Too fizzy and raspy IMO. However, it mellows out after a few seconds in the mouth and leaves a medium-full bodied and slightly sugary feel behind. Finishes sweet and clean.

A very mild mannered stout. Easy drinking but sort of boring.

11-26-2012 05:58:59 | More by pmcadamis
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JoeAmerican77

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev +12.7%

Dark stouty like stout color, but a little light makes it through the dense dark quagmire that presdies under a finger of ivory head.. Milk chocolate, and mild whiskey barrel hits the nose which is strange because I don't think it was put in barrels. Some sweet caramel malts smell great as well. Sweet oatmeal and brown sugar hit the palate first and take you on a smooth ride to light roasted malts. there is cocoa but really no bitter which is fine. Smooth, creamy, and medium bodied.

Overall...I would give this to a breastfeeding mother on any occasion.

10-11-2011 22:01:21 | More by JoeAmerican77
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +5.5%

A rough pour delivers a big-bubbled and frothy light-tan head that holds well over a very deep, almost black, mahogany-brown body that displays clear crimson highlights at the base of the glass when held to the light. Light cocoa, some milk chocolate, a touch of lightly roasted coffee, and some background floral hops appear in the nose. It's creamy and smooth across the palate with a delicate carbonation that accentuates its medium/light body. There's more coffee and a much darker chocolate present in the flavor than the nose suggests, and some light fruit also comes into play. It remains sweetish with an underlying bitterness, but some mild acidity from the dark malts helps to round things out. It finishes with a gently lingering note of mocha and a dull, mild bitterness. It's not overly impressive flavorwise, but it is well-balanced and drinkable.

06-17-2003 14:28:42 | More by NeroFiddled
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Slow Elk Oatmeal Stout from Big Sky Brewing Company
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