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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
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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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enelson

Illinois

3/5  rDev -13.3%

09-08-2012 18:38:02 | More by enelson
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Gusler

Arizona

3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a deep garnet color, the head modest in size, frothy in texture and the residual lace fine sheets. Nose has a lightly toasted grain aroma with sweet candy like tones and is quite pleasant with the start sweet and the top middling. Finish is pertinently hopped and the carbonation moderate the aftertaste chocolate dry, drinkable but not a great beer, just “average” I guess or better yet ”Beginners Stout” best, describes it.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2002 08:00:52 | More by Gusler
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BGsWo22

New York

3/5  rDev -13.3%

03-03-2013 06:01:11 | More by BGsWo22
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Dieck

Missouri

3/5  rDev -13.3%

10-02-2012 17:42:00 | More by Dieck
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a conical pint glass.

The beer is a dark chocolate black, with a lot of brown coming through the light on the edges, even ruby in the body. An oatmeal colored head recedes somewhat quickly to a film. Light lacing sticks to the glass, initially.

The beer smells of faint oats and of bitter chocolate.

The beer tastes chalky and faintly malty up front. There's also some bit of roasted, burnt malts. A watery, subdued bitter chocolate emerges in the middle before an also watery bitter hop finish.

The mouthfeel is also watery. This feels more like it could be labeled as a porter.

Overall, really disappointed as I love all other Big Sky brews. This may be their weakest effort, and it's my favorite style. Just too thin.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 17:06:54 | More by JuicesFlowing
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gwguest

Kansas

3/5  rDev -13.3%

01-09-2012 16:14:17 | More by gwguest
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ATLbeerDog

Georgia

3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 12oz bottle - Pours a dark clear root beer color with small quickly dissipating head. Below average carbonation. Smells of roasted malts and some oats First sip is smooth with roasted malts leading the way. There is a fairly weak malt backbone. Very nice and drinkable. Excellent bitter finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2008 03:02:41 | More by ATLbeerDog
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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

3/5  rDev -13.3%

05-19-2013 16:58:04 | More by Whiskeydeez
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Best by 122309 stamped on bottle.

It pours a very dark reddish brown with a half inch of tannish foam and some good lacingt.

The smell is a light dose of roasted malt, very mild chocolate, and a touch of bitterness.

The taste is of some roasted malt, a milkshake like chocolate flavour that brings a muted sweetness, and some hop bitterness. The finish is kind of messy..light sweet tones and bitterness that do not bring any sense of balance at all.

The mouthfeel is light and it's, imho, over carbonated.

Drinkability? This is not a very good example of an Oatmeal Stout at all so it isn't all that drinkable for me. I think the recipe for this needs some serious work.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 17:32:07 | More by Bitterbill
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brewskis4drewski

Iowa

3/5  rDev -13.3%

11-19-2013 23:12:37 | More by brewskis4drewski
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jzlyo

Iowa

3/5  rDev -13.3%

04-12-2014 21:51:05 | More by jzlyo
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TheQuietMan22

Iowa

3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is black, but it is not opaque; a lot of light passed through when I held it to a lamp. Three fingers of thick, tanned head dissipated slowly to leave a billowy lacing and, eventually, just a ring around the edge.

Smell: It smells enticing but is little weak. Oats and cocoa are complimented with a nice, roasted malt presence of (mostly) coffee. There are also hints of black licorice.

Taste: Flavor wise, it exhibits the same enticing feature from the smell, but is also a bit on the weak side. However, this is, I guess, oatmeal stout; there should not be an overwhelming bitterness. Each sip offers rice roasted coffee characters that are kept in check by the oats. There is a little cocoa and that hint of black licorice. Overall, though, it lacks the oomph, character, and body of bolder oatmeal stouts.

Drinkability: It is a good effort, and I think it is on the path toward high quality, but I expected more since it is a limited release.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 21:33:12 | More by TheQuietMan22
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BeerBuilder

Minnesota

3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown color with ruby highlights. The head is light brown, and leaves a bit of lacing. The roast malt aroma is surprisingly light. Also in the aroma is a malt sweetness, and a toasted graininess. The flavor again is light in the roast malt department, but it has a sweet chocolatey flavor. The bitterness is evident, but subdued. The texture is somewhat smooth and creamy, but it does have a carbonic tinge to it. Overall, not bad, but lacking the roast malt aromas and flavors I would expect.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2003 06:17:49 | More by BeerBuilder
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sleazo

New York

3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A_Pours a dark brown/ruby colour with a very small tan head. This diminishes quickly and leaves a small island of bubbles afloat on top of the brew. Too light for the style.

S_A bit sticky sweet like coffee cake. The aroma is mild but not altogether unpleasant.

T_Mostly sweet malt with a mild coffee note. The aftertaste provides a subtle bitterness akin to roasted chicory.

M_Light bodied with a middle of the road carbonation. For an Oatmeal Stout it lacks presence.

D_A decent brew that might veer more towards the porter side of the world. As an OS it is lacking but is a decent brew otherwise.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2008 01:58:17 | More by sleazo
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freehafe

Michigan

3.05/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 01:07:57 | More by freehafe
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Reidrover

Oregon

3.1/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ok bought in the 12 oz brown long neck. Rather amusing label a heifer with tied on antlers LOL.
Beer actually looks pretty darn good when poured into my pint mug dark mahogany brown with a nice tan coloured head..the head shrinks fast but never quite dissapears.
This one i can definatlly smell the oats..along with a semi=pleasant burnt aroma..its not bad though.
Taste is good and creamt to start than a oaty flavour near the middle of my tongue..it loses its way in the final third..no after tatse to speak of.
Mouthfeel is too thin for this style..too watery near the end.
This beer started off good but limped home in the end..a bit of work and this could be a good brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2003 20:05:38 | More by Reidrover
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.1/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with a small, bubbly, beige-colored head.

Smell: Roasty coffee and creamy nose with notes of bakers chocolate and licorice.

Taste: Dark caramel paired with an earthy chocolate character and a hint of licorice. Mildly sweet. Slight roasty bitterness. The lightly roasty finish leaves you with a watered down chocolate flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Pass. Errs on the side of drinkable, but ultimately, it's a bit thin, and leaves you (or me at least) looking and wanting for more richness, more creaminess.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2008 23:52:36 | More by ChainGangGuy
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StoutHunter

Michigan

3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of Big Sky's Slow Elk Oatmeal Stout last week for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. I'm in the mood for a nice Oatmeal Stout tonight and since I've never had this one before I thought I would give it a try, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok, it looks like a cow with elk antlers. It poured a very dark brown color that was bordering on being black and it had a really slight ruby hue when held to the light with two fingers worth of fluffy medium tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left some patchy lacing. This beer looks ok, but I wish the color was a little darker.

S- The aroma starts off with some pretty sweet roasted malts that impart a pretty chocolate syrup like aroma with just hint of black coffee to it. After that comes a medium oat like aroma followed by some molasses and vanilla bean. The aroma was ok, but it was a little on the sweet side with a little to much chocolate syrup.

T- The taste seems to be somewhat similar to the aroma and it starts off with a thin and watered down roasted malt flavor with chocolate and coffee still showing buy they are much lighter then they were in the aroma and the coffee seems to slightly stick out the most. After that comes a pretty grainy and oaty flavor that doesn't have enough roast to balance it out. On the finish there's a hardly any bitterness just a hit of sweetness instead and the aftertaste was very grainy and oaty with just a little bit of roast to it. This beer was pretty average tasting, there wasn't any off flavors but the flavors that were their weren't roasty and rich enough to be as true to style as it should be.

M- Pretty smooth, watery, slightly creamy, on the light side of being medium bodied, with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was average at best, it wasn't rich and thick enough for the style with a little too much carbonation.

Overall I wasn't impressed with this beer and I thought it was an average at best example of the style, the flavors were too thin and the body was too watery for the style, that's not what I'm looking for in a good Oatmeal Stout. This beer doesn't have the best drinkability, it went down smooth, but the flavors just couldn't hold my attention and the thin body was a turn off so one is more then enough for me. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma and appearance, they weren't great, but they weren't bad and either and compared to the other aspects of this beer those were the highlights. What I liked the least about this beer was how muted the roasted malt flavors were and how thin and watery the mouthfeel was, they were a pretty big disappointment. I wouldn't buy this beer again, it's priced good, but the quality isn't up to my standards for the style and there's many more Oatmeal Stouts that I would much rather be drinking, I wouldn't recommend this beer to anyone, it's just not worth it. All in all I was let down with this beer, it just didn't deliver what a good Oatmeal Stout should and it left me wanting much more, better luck next time guys, this one turned out to be a miss.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 04:40:55 | More by StoutHunter
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a shaker pint glass at The Firkin.

Wanted to delay the mead a bit, so I went in for a nice oatmeal stout. It pours a very dark black-brown topped by about a finger or so of dark tan foam. The nose comprises roasted barley (as though 'twere fresh from a grain bag), light cocoa powder, and very light coffee. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a small bit of char in the background. Things still taste kinda husky grain-wise, rather than the roasted malted barley that would normally be found in these types o' brews. The body is a stolid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a kinda dry finish. Overall, a kinda weak stout, one that just doesn't do it for me.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2011 05:15:39 | More by TMoney2591
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Hopswagger

South Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

P:  Aggressive carbonation climbing the walls of the glass.  Pitch black abyss with ruby highlights and a thin bubbly cappuccino head. 

S:  Huge roasted malt, sweet molasses, vanilla bean, rolled oats, stale cigarette ashes,  columbian roast coffee and timid bourbon. 

T/M:  Burnt chocolate, oats, stale smoke, coffee, vanilla extract, raw organic carrots, musty wood and subtle hints of cayenne.  Overall a stale, burnt and rustic flavor. Medium body with aggressive carbonation that is too much for the style and ruins what could be a nice creamy body.  A dry finish lingers burnt oats and wood. 

O:  A decent OS that has a nice balance of flavors. I would have liked the sweet nose to transfer more into the taste. The stale smoke flavor almost overpowered the other flavors.  Slow Elk missed the mark for me, but wasn't way off.  A decent attempt but not close to a top lister by any means. I can say its better than many I have had though. 

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 03:06:42 | More by Hopswagger
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, toasted oats, and some cocoa aromas. Taste is much the same with an acidic flavor on the finish. There is a medium amount of burnt and roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and thin bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that has an unexciting flavor and mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 02:37:47 | More by UCLABrewN84
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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 – There’s a nice balancing hop in here, but again the pure oatmeal flavor is lacking. I can pick it up, but it doesn’t dominate like it should. The other flavors aren’t bad, though. There are nice coffee notes and a sweet chocolate compliment.

Mouthfeel – This was one of the thinner Oatmeal Stouts that I’ve 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 I’m giving the highest rating of the beer in this category. I could drink this all day, really, as a session ale, but it’s just not what I expect when I buy an Oatmeal Stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2003 16:16:32 | More by RoyalT
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pmcadamis

Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 05:58:59 | More by pmcadamis
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bunnyhustle

Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep, deep ruby with mocha brown head. Had a six pack and I think everyone had different head. Some had a nice thick one, others it was very thin and non-existant. Smell was enjoyable. Its was a nice mix of chocolate syrup with some dark caramel and a bit of cream to it. Taste was ok but a little bland. This, as with many stouts, is meant to be enjoyed at a warmer temperature. At first the taste is very bland however, as it hits the back of the tounge you notice some milk chocolate and a touch of bitterness with some bakers chocolate. Mouthfeel was far to light and watery for me. I think if this beer had a fuller body I'd be a good B+ brew. Overall good and pretty easy to put a few away in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2008 04:43:28 | More by bunnyhustle
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bagpiper2005

Idaho

3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pour: Deep brown with red around the edges. Two fingers of tan head that had big bubbles and decent retention and lacing.

Smell: Light aroma of chocolate and coffee. A touch of oats but very, very faint.

Taste: Sort of bland with hints of roasted malt and a bit of coffee in the back. No oats to speak of. Pretty one-dimensional. Too bad.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium, generally thinner than I think of a stout being. Medium carbonation.

Drinability/Overall: Drinks pretty easy, I'll give it that. It's just rather unexciting.

Final Notes: This is another one of those "not a bad beer, just a little lacking" beers. The smell and taste it has are good, but I just wish there was more substance to it. It happens.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 03:54:56 | More by bagpiper2005
Slow Elk Oatmeal Stout from Big Sky Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.