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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
79
okay

191 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 14.16%
Wants: 12
Gots: 4 | 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:
20 IBU

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 12-15-2001)
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JSchock7

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

09-09-2012 05:18:02 | More by JSchock7
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neckbeered

Montana

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

06-09-2013 15:58:14 | More by neckbeered
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FINLANDski_1619

Wyoming

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

11-23-2013 03:44:34 | More by FINLANDski_1619
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MattXT

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

05-19-2014 13:13:39 | More by MattXT
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BigBarley

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

12-26-2012 16:18:17 | More by BigBarley
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Mitchster

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear, black in color with brown highlights, forming a large, slow-growing light tan head atop small to medium-sized bubbles. Retention and lacing are excellent. Aroma is at once oily with earthen hops, dark mellow grains, dark coffee, and artificial chocolate. Taste is of dark chocolate and coffee, weak vanilla, chestnut, rubbery malts, and a very mellow bitterness. Mild carbonation with a wet finish and a medium-thin body.

A very accessible and tame brew for the stout novice, but lacking the creamy mouthfeel and residual sugars of a typical oatmeal stout.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2003 21:44:21 | More by Mitchster
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OKCNittany

Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

11-12-2013 06:17:16 | More by OKCNittany
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Stevie_Janowski

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

09-08-2012 00:05:13 | More by Stevie_Janowski
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dalehihn

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

09-20-2013 16:35:55 | More by dalehihn
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a6ladd


3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

10-05-2012 21:03:00 | More by a6ladd
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dsuedbeck

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

02-10-2013 04:24:53 | More by dsuedbeck
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AmberMan22

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 6 pack recently, split it with a friend.

The color isn't quite as dark as I'd hope, which makes it look less full looking. However, there is a nice tannish head on it that sticks lace down the sides as I drink.

Smell is delicately balanced, which is nice, but I want it to pop out at me. Maybe some lightly spiced oatmeal is there, some bitter chocolate and caramel, some malt presence.

Taste is much like the smell (weird!), though the oatmeal comes out a bit stronger which is pleasant.

Mouthfeel seems more porter-esque than a truly hefty stout.

Overall, it's enjoyable, but in such a solid category and considering other great offerings from Big Sky, I'd probably get something else first.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2010 21:48:30 | More by AmberMan22
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark stout with a brief head - low carbonation. Good oatmeal flavor with some malty overtones giving a slight sweet taste. The ABV is 4.9%.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2002 15:52:39 | More by jdhilt
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rlee1390

Indiana

3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Deep black with a one finger brown head that doesn't stay around long.

S-Oats, chocolate and coffee, plus some roasted malts.

T-Lots of oats with chocolate, coffee and roasted malts.

M-Medium bodied, not much carbonation, a little flat.

O-A decent beer that I got as an extra in a trade.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 23:22:54 | More by rlee1390
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demcorhip

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost black, with the faintest garnet highlights. A decent one finger pale tan head formed on the pour and displayed decent retention.

A decent aroma. Creamy oatmeal, the aroma of blackberries, and more roasted malt notes, albeit mild, of milk chocolate and mildly bitter coffee. A slight leafiness also present from the hops.

Decent enough taste as well. You know you are drinking an oatmeal stout, although it does take a milder, more approachable take with the use of roasted malts. No surprises here, taste is much like the aroma.

Nice mouthfeel. Medium bodied, somewhat rich, smooth and velvety like one would expect for the style. Roasted malts could be more refined and more assertive, they leave a mild impression of milk chocolate and slightly stale coffee, its not bad, but it could certainly be better in that regard.

Very good drinkability as this brew chose the approachable versus the challenging path. A tasty enough example of the style, and something that would be easy enough to knock back all night long, and at 5.4%abv this would certainly be considered a sessionable brew here in NA. Worth a try for fans of the style, and may be a good choice for those interested in tackling the darker, more roasted styles.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2008 02:21:10 | More by demcorhip
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superspak

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 02:43:54 | More by superspak
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beernut7

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This oatmeal stout is a clean quality brew from Big Sky. The body is not too heavy, like most oatmeal stouts I have tried, but that does not affect the smooth mouth-feel this beer possesses. Just a bit of roasted flavor finish off a nice tasting donation to the craft.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2002 08:01:15 | More by beernut7
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2003 14:28:42 | More by NeroFiddled
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 04:32:21 | More by WoodBrew
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FreshHawk

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Texas

3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into Sam Adams glass. Pours a nice two finger head - lacing and bubble action is impressive. Root beer opacity. Aroma is roasted malt and coffee. A little light and thin for the style but very smooth - I'm not getting that bite that you come to expect. Still a decent offering, just not the best.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 19:03:31 | More by coldriver
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flagmantho

Washington

3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: nearly black but permitting some light to transit with a ruby tinge. Head poured a thick finger of creamy tan foam and has decent retention.

Smell: roasty aroma with some coffee notes and a little bit of tartness. Decent.

Taste: lightly chocolatey flavor with a smooth bitterness and some vegetal hop flavors. Again, decent.

Mouthfeel: pretty smooth; medium body with a good carbonation and a nice, silky feel. Not bad.

Overall: this is a pretty unremarkable beer. It's not bad, but I won't go out of my way to get this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 17:11:21 | More by flagmantho
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SerialHiker

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Black as oil as promised…a dark khaki head that settles in about a finger width thickness…(4/5)

Smell: Strong chocolate notes blended with oatmeal and malt…chocolate is dominate throughout…really not overly eventful unless you like huffing coco essence…(3.25/5)

Taste: Coffee and chocolate flavors explode as soon as they hit my tongue…oatmeal malt and hops are the underbelly as expected…robust all around leaving very little room for bitterness…apparent it’s a higher alcohol content beer…(3.5/5)

Mouthfeel: Fluffs right up, creating a milk chocolate clouds that lingers…oatmeal and malt flavors consume back of my tongue…one drink lasts a while, but it’s hard to cover the alcohol taste…(4/5)

Overall: The flavor is fantastic, chocolate and coffee notes blend fantastically with the malt and hops…the carbonation makes a cotton candy like fluff that is very flavorful…I recognize that it’s an imperial stout, but the alcohol is a bit too dominant…it could be toned down a bit and that would create a more balanced, flavorful beer…(3.75/5)

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 04:35:24 | More by SerialHiker
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 10/13/11

Appearance: Dark brown with some ruby around the edges when held up to the light, starts off with a little tan head, fades quick, minimal lacing

Smell: Very good - burnt, roasted malts - some coffee, some chocolate, some licorice - kind of earthy - definitely a stout

Taste: Sadly, not up to par with the aroma - very mild - slightly roasted, slightly burnt - thin, dark malts - some coffee, some chocolate, some molasses - slightly bitter, some acidity - tastes more like a brown ale than a stout

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body, low carbonation, smooth, but should be a lot smoother considering this is an oatmeal stout

Overall: Not bad, but certainly not great

The only thing about this beer that really blows my mind is how much it reminds me of the results of an extract homebrew recipe. After brewing it in 2009, my partner in crime (Goblinmunkey7 here on BA) and I agreed that it was too thin, and decided to describe it as a dark ale. However, after sitting for a few months, it became great. I wonder if this gets better over time, too.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 05:09:29 | More by angrybabboon
Slow Elk Oatmeal Stout from Big Sky Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.