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

260 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 260
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 13.75%
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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Ratings: 260 | Reviews: 116
Reviews by GossageBrewery:
Photo of GossageBrewery
2.7/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured this Oatmeal stout from a 12 oz brown bottle into a pint glass. This stout produced a tan head only average retention. It poured a dark brown color, left behind a small amount of lacing. The aroma consisted of roasted malt, coffee and hops. Medium body, smooth easy to drink. Tastes of roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. Not a great example of the style...just not much to brag about with this one. So far my least favorite offering from Big Sky.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of warnerry
3.21/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Beaver13
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Jason
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of bravejoejoe
4.27/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of ADR
2.43/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

"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...

Photo of freehafe
3.07/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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

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.

Photo of CamuMahubah
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of TheSixthRing
2.95/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of augustgarage
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.18/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Trying the Slow Elk for the first time as a desert to a long Friday. The beer poured a black opaque with a thin ecru head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent is has a nice espresso feel. The taste is a little watery coffee but it is decent. There is a nice sweet toffee after taste which makes one want to keep sipping away. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with smooth carbonation. Overall it's a smooth drinkable stout that is worth a taste.

Photo of dbossman
2.9/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Quite dark brown (but in the light there is a redish tint) with a tan 1.5 finger head that dissipates to a nicely thin head; lacing is average

S: typical roasted malts and oats with subtle chocolate undertones; something else sweet and slightly funky

T: Initially it's good but it gets pretty weak on the back end and kind of has a generic adjunct-like flavor; there are some good roasted malts and oats going on here but there is just something a little funky, especially in the aftertaste. I first tasted this out of a bottle (no other choice) and liked it much better than I do now that I'm tasting it as it should be tasted from a glass

F: Pretty carbonated and watery for a stout; also not the creaminess that I like my stouts to be

D: It's drinkable and because it's light, you can have a couple but there is something funky (just slightly) that makes you not want to go crazy with it; this really doesn't feel like an oatmeal stout and the more I have of it the worse it tastes

Photo of Elemental
3.51/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour was good, reveiling a dark brown/black stout with a large brown head. The aroma is sweet and slightly hoppy but weaker than expected. The flavor is dark but yet almost light in a sense, or at least lighter than your typical stout. I was expecting something a little more dense. It had a good hop bitterness which complemented the malts.
Overall a good beer thats worth trying at least once.

Photo of russpowell
3.32/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours black with 3 fingers of mocha colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Roasty malt, cocoa & woody hop notes & some coffee

T: Follows the nose, some coffee as well & cocoa up front. Herbal & woody hop notes, some charred notes, some smokeyness as well as this warms. Finishes roasty with a touch of chocolate sweetness

MF: Medium bodied, firmly carbonated, never really smooths out like I hoped it would

Drinks easy enough, but was hoping for so much more from Big Sky. Glad I didn't by a sixer of this

Photo of bditty187
2.5/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Deep dark brown in hue, black in the middle with a hint of red highlights when held to a light, a tan head of a baby’s finger in height quickly dissipated to a bubbly collar. There was no subsequent lacing of note. Minimal potency in the nose, sweet oatmeal is the most prominent. Flavorful palate but the sweet oatmeal doesn’t mix so well with the roasted malt and the insignificant chocolate notes. The bitterness doesn’t complement the sweetness; frankly they clash. Seemed a little off; the thin and watery mouthfeel only compounds the problem. Awful clean on all accounts; lousy finish. The more your drink Slow Elk the less impressed you become, not worth trying, below average.

Photo of morimech
3.89/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark, almost completely black with one finger of tan head that quickly settled to a thin cap. Just a little lacing is left on the glass. I smell coffee, mocha, and something reminiscent popcorn. Nice dark malt flavor of chocolate and coffee. Some graininess and a burnt taste is noted on the finish. Not the biggest body for a stout but still maintains a nice texture. A nice approachable dark beer for people that do not want to jump in the deep end of the pool. Drinking a few of these in an evening would be possible.

Photo of pbrian
2.95/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not quite black with reddish hues poking through. Thin tan head that disappears and leaves no trace of its existence. Mild chocolate/coffee aromas with pleasant hints of fruity esters. Flavors are subdued for an oatmeal stout, and there's minimal "oaty" existence, no viscosity. I thought it would improve as it warmed but it didn't. The fruit flavors seem out of place. With so many top notch competitors in its class, it didn't impress.

Photo of pBRale
4.08/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tasting notes 10-19-11
Poured into a snifter

Appearance: Dark, Dark brown-black pour, some deep ruby highlights, a 3-finger light caramel head that settles fairly quickly and has mild to moderate retention throughout. The lacing left behind is fairly thick.

Smell: Deeply roasted malts, a small bit of dark chocolate and surprisingly I can smell the oats in this one.

Taste: Excellent coffee taste up front, some roasted malts, and such a delightfully creamy finish that the oatmeal lends creates an outstanding beer.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium body with medium carbonation and a beautifully smooth yet crisp finish.

Overall: A damn good beer. Great coffee flavor and a very coating, creamy mouthfeel to boot! I loved it.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Black with a thin layer of light brown head.

S - Roast, nuttiness and some chocolate aromas. A fairly light overall nose.

T - Roast, chocolate, a touch of coffee and a slight bitterness up front with a sweet brown sugar presence from the oatmeal. The finish is dry.

M - Light to medium body. Moderate carbonaiton. Too carbonated for the style for my liking.

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Slow Elk Oatmeal Stout from Big Sky Brewing Company
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