Slow Elk Oatmeal Stout - Big Sky Brewing Company
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Reviews by JosiahS:
3.84/5 rDev +11%
a: Dark brown body with what was a 1 finger tan head that quickly disappeared to a think ring.
s: Rich malt character on the nose. Lots of toast bread, chocolate and some licorice. Maybe a hint of of a general grain smell that may come from the oats.
t: The taste is chocolaty, fruity and with a slight floral flavor on the back-end.
m: body is perfect balance between a session-able beer and one with a thicker, more rich body. The oats contribute a subtle lush feel while the carbonation competes with it.
o: A pleasantly surprising brew that offers straightforward flavors and body but done very well.
01-19-2013 02:05:03 | More by JosiahS
More User Reviews:
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 Theres a nice balancing hop in here, but again the pure oatmeal flavor is lacking. I can pick it up, but it doesnt dominate like it should. The other flavors arent bad, though. There are nice coffee notes and a sweet chocolate compliment.
Mouthfeel This was one of the thinner Oatmeal Stouts that Ive 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 Im giving the highest rating of the beer in this category. I could drink this all day, really, as a session ale, but its just not what I expect when I buy an Oatmeal Stout.
12-23-2003 16:16:32 | More by RoyalT
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
3.63/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
04-13-2013 04:32:21 | More by WoodBrew
Slow Elk Oatmeal Stout from Big Sky Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 200 ratings.