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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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214 Ratings

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Ratings: 214
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 13.87%
Wants: 12
Gots: 12 | 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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4.35/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Found this single 12oz brown bottle at Binny;s in Glen Ellyn, IL for $1.79. The elk on the front label looks more like a cow with artificial antlers attached to its head. It's pretty comical. What's not comical is the lack of any freshness date on the bottle, but the beer's website assures us that this beer is only brewed in September and October, and since this is only November, I guess it's still pretty fresh.

The beer pours a rich dark brown color that shows off some garnet red/purple hues when held to light. It makes a 1½ finger tan head that lasts a few minutes, leaving behind a really nice amount of lacing.

It smells like roasted malt and powdered cocoa.

The taste is also malty and chocolaty with a touch of hops that provide a subtle bitterness. The oats are also noticeable in the taste and help to smooth everything out.

The mouthfeel is a little thin for a stout, but it's not watery either. Medium bodied with medium carbonation with an overall smooth texture.

Very easy to drink. Wish I had bought a 6 of these instead of a single bottle.

matjack85, Nov 17, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +22.8%
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.

bravejoejoe, Dec 16, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

pBRale, Nov 04, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to pokesbeerdude for this brew.

Pours a very nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy tan head, nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, very nice toffee/chocolate notes. The taste is malty, slightly sweet, very nice toffee/chocolate notes. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very tasty brew, wish we would get it here in Utah.

Wasatch, Jan 28, 2009
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4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black color, large head. Roasted malt, chocolaty aroma. Roasted malts, chocolate flavor. Full flavor, smooth taste. Chocolaty flavor. Fully rounded Mouthfeel. Excellent taste, slight bitterness. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet, chocolate.

beerguy101, Jul 19, 2003
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4.08/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ink black color. Creamy tan head. Ok retention and some lacing.

Nice roasted aroma of chocolate and almonds. Smooth and warm smelling like rich coffee.

Chocolate and coffee flavors are most prominent. Mildly roasted instead of overly bitter. Milky flavor. Smooth from the oats.

Solid medium body with good carbonation and dry finish.

Good oat stout. Always one of my favorite styles and this is a great example. Yet another solid brew from Big Sky.

bnes09, Nov 23, 2011
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Slow Elk Oatmeal Stout from Big Sky Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 214 ratings.