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Slow Elk Oatmeal Stout - Big Sky Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
79
okay

208 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 208
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 13.91%
Wants: 12
Gots: 11 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

TheKitten, Feb 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Cramerican, Sep 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Troville1990, May 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

JSchock7, Sep 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

neckbeered, Jun 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Smileitsfreetobehappy, Jul 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

FINLANDski_1619, Nov 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

MattXT, May 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

BigBarley, Dec 26, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

hpthebull, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of Mitchster
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Mitchster, Aug 24, 2003
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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

OKCNittany, Nov 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Stevie_Janowski, Sep 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

dalehihn, Sep 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

a6ladd, Oct 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

dsuedbeck, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of AmberMan22
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

AmberMan22, Jan 27, 2010
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3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
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%.

jdhilt, Jun 23, 2002
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3.73/5  rDev +8.1%

Kingcurio, Aug 24, 2014
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3.72/5  rDev +7.8%

stallion_air21, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of rlee1390
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

rlee1390, Sep 17, 2011
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3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

demcorhip, Dec 26, 2008
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3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

superspak, Oct 09, 2011
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3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

beernut7, Aug 18, 2002
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3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Beaver13, Oct 22, 2008
Slow Elk Oatmeal Stout from Big Sky Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.