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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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203 Ratings

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Ratings: 203
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 13.87%
Wants: 12
Gots: 8 | 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 +8.4%

07-29-2014 04:27:36 | More by Smileitsfreetobehappy
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

11-23-2013 03:44:34 | More by FINLANDski_1619
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

05-19-2014 13:13:39 | More by MattXT
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

12-26-2012 16:18:17 | More by BigBarley
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

08-21-2014 01:19:01 | More by hpthebull
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

08-24-2003 21:44:21 | More by Mitchster
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

11-12-2013 06:17:16 | More by OKCNittany
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

09-08-2012 00:05:13 | More by Stevie_Janowski
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Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

09-20-2013 16:35:55 | More by dalehihn
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

10-05-2012 21:03:00 | More by a6ladd
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

02-10-2013 04:24:53 | More by dsuedbeck
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3.78/5  rDev +9.2%

A- dark brown body, thin white head with lots of bubbles in it, and carbonation apparent on the sides of the glass.

S- Oatmeal is present, with caramel malt sweetness. It's not potent, but if you dig in it's there.

T- It's fairly sweet, a little watery, but great flavor for duration. It doesn't overwhelm the senses and I like that.

M- sprity carbonation and dry. easy drinking with a nice flavor to back it up. not as full bodied as I look for in this style, but I like it's personality.

O- Not a bad beer. I like most of what the big sky brewery kicks out, and this is very unique. Oatmeal stouts usually put me to sleep with their heaviness, but this one keeps me awake and has me reaching for another. I'd hang out with this one once in a while. It's a session stout for me.

02-15-2013 05:20:22 | More by scot_chale
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3.78/5  rDev +9.2%

Solid black color with a creamy head of darker khaki. Excellent retention and some nice sticky lacing.

A nice balance of roasty and sweet malt.

The taste is more dark roasted malt than sweet malt. The flavor kind of drops off a bit it seems. It's fine, but just doesn't have much more than a bit of sweetness with a solid roast.

Heavier end of medium bodied. Smooth feel for the most part.

I would call this a good run of the mill oatmeal stout. It doesn't wow or really stand out, but it is enjoyable and well done. I will certainly have no problem finishing this off in short time.

10-12-2011 02:27:28 | More by jera1350
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3.78/5  rDev +9.2%

12oz bottle poured into a stein.

A: Pours a thin dark brown which I can clearly see light through. Ruby red highlights. Off white settles quickly but leaves some lacing behind.

S: Aromas of chocolate and dark malts, some char, vanilla and molasses...a bit of coffee too but not a lot. A slight woody character as well. Smells sweet. Not a whole lot of hops.

T: Those same sweet notes; chocolate, vanilla, molasses, wood. The roasted malt character is perfect, keeping the sweetness in check, and on the finish the hops (I'm assuming) arrive with some decent bitterness. Smooth, with just a bit of bite.

MF: Slightly thin and wet, although it does take on a creamy, lactic character as it warms.

O: A good oatmeal stout, light on the body but not on flavors.

09-25-2011 22:20:27 | More by Scotchboy
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3.83/5  rDev +10.7%

This beer poured without much head, retention or lacing. It smells pretty good, but the aroma isn't very strong, some roasted barley character for sure.
Taste is pretty darn good, it does feel a little light for a stout, but flavor-wise they have done no ill. I taste coffee, then chocolate which settles into an oatmealy aftertaste. The aftertaste is very pleasant... almost like after downing a whole sheet of mother's fresh cookies and then lapsing into a comforting coma. I am not a regular oatmeal stout drinker, but I'd be into trying more of them after this pleasant experience.

11-08-2011 23:46:28 | More by Whadawookie
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3.83/5  rDev +10.7%

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A-Big, frothy light-brown head off the pour, 2-finger, moderate-low retention. Darkest-brown beer, pretty much black, I suppose; shows brown highlighting in a strong light.

S-Chocolate, light roasty malt. Overall, a hearty aroma.

T-Yum. Plyaful chocolate malts, with a slight roast in the end. Bitterness is balancing, complimented by the slight, smooth roast. It tastes like a good old oatmeal stout.

M-Silky as it moves through my mouth, with a fine-bubbled carbonation and a medium-lighter body. Quite characteristic of a pleasant oatmeal stout.

D-Fairly drinkable. A standard brew, displaying the characteristics of the style. Quality, above average.

10-22-2009 20:42:55 | More by CHSLBrew
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3.83/5  rDev +10.7%

Purchased as a single from Total Wine in Tucson, AZ. Fun label, 3-7-77 under the cap. Poured into a pint glass. pours a dark, cola brown with little head but some lacing. Smells of dark chocolate, some nuts, some caramel.

Tastes of black coffee, walnut, and some sweetness in there. Some dark cocoa on the back end. Less like a stout combination and more like a nut brown. Thin, almost watery. Again, like a nut brown. I'd have a six pack of em if I was in the mood for a brown, but this hurt, because I was really after a stout.

Without categorizing it, it's a solid B+. Simple, but good. However, taking style into account, it suffers.

11-29-2009 03:14:02 | More by aristeros
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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
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3.88/5  rDev +12.1%

Poured a deep garnet color, the head modest in size, frothy in texture and the residual lace fine sheets. Smell is lightly toasted grain aroma with sweet candy like tones and is quite pleasant with the start sweet and the top middling. Pretty good brew in my opinion.

12-17-2008 21:39:31 | More by barleywinefiend
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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
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3.9/5  rDev +12.7%

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.

01-04-2009 23:00:18 | More by morimech
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South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +12.7%

inky jet black, and thick looking as well with an almost oil like appearance, really quite nice. Rich chocolate colored tan foam that rose up a good two inches

starts off kind of light, but hits its stride with notes of sugar, molasses, chocolate and a touch of coffee that carry over well in the flavor. smooth with loads of chocolate and a nice and mellow balance between the rich chocolate and roasted malts. easily drinkable and a nice and solid beer.

09-19-2011 01:25:51 | More by mikesgroove
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New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +12.7%

Pours a deep brown to black colour with a tan head that is fairly minimal in size but leaves a nice amount of sticky residue on the glass.

The aroma is a blend of roasted malt, some chocolate, some coffee and a bit of alcohol.

Flavour essentially echoes the aroma, but has a bit more bite to it. The alcohol presence is a bit bolder and there is much more of a roasty flavour at the end of each sip. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and quite smooth.

This was an easy drinking, simple oatmeal stout to me. If the aroma was beefed up a bit this would be a top notch oatmeal stout, and it's still quite nice as it stands.

04-20-2009 20:35:20 | More by SixpointJMH
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3.9/5  rDev +12.7%

poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-nice dark brown with about a 2 finger head that faded to a small cap without much lacing

S-some nice roasted malt, coffee and a little chocolate

T-starts with some roasted coffee, with some carmel choclate finish

M-well carbonated meadium creamy body

O-very good oatmeal stout that is well balnced

12-19-2011 23:45:07 | More by tvv375ia
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3.9/5  rDev +12.7%

Clear garnet body. Thin and bubbly light brown crown. Lacing is plenty sufficient. Decent aroma of oats, cocoa, milk sugar and smoke. Lactose and milk chocolate are the presiding characteristics on the palate. This definitely has some Milk Stout qualities to it. The oatmeal is noticeable however, in the taste and in the mouthfeel, which is smooth and velvety. Roasted malts add a little depth, but the charm with this beer is in its simplicity. Good beer.

12-14-2008 03:52:46 | More by Bighuge
Slow Elk Oatmeal Stout from Big Sky Brewing Company
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