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Slow Elk Oatmeal Stout - Big Sky Brewing Company

Slow Elk Oatmeal StoutSlow Elk Oatmeal Stout

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189 Ratings
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Ratings: 189
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 13.87%


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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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big light brown head slowly settles into a decent lacing above a clear burnt reddish brown colored beer.

Lightly sweet dark roasted caramel malts aroma overwhelms anything that may be trying to showcase itself.

Roasted caramel malts, light chocolate laden with a light sweetness compliments each other in the taste of this stout.

A lightly burnt and dry aftertaste that brings with it a bit of the malt tastes of this medium bodied beer.

Decent enough stuff, I do believe I could drink a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 17:02:16 | More by LXIXME
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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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scot_chale

Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 05:20:22 | More by scot_chale
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PintOHops

California

3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Glass - Nonic

A - Dark, black color with just about no light shinning through. The head came and went within a few seconds of pouring. No lacing really.

S - Sweet milk chocolate, coconut and a touch of almond is what I pick up. Slightest bit of herbal hop twang shines through a bit. Sweet and chocolaty smelling overall.

T - Very close to the aroma. It's sweet and chocolaty with a touch of bread or biscuit in there. Citrus and herbal hop twang comes in mid to finish and washes the palate a bit. Bitterness is low, and I also pick up a touch of coconut.

M - Crispness is moderate and cuts through the viscous medium-full body.

O - I think this is a solid Oatmeal Stout that I'd enjoy drinking again. Great price, nothing wowing about it but a good representation of the style i think. Worth a try. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 02:05:25 | More by PintOHops
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JosiahS

California

3.84/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 02:05:03 | More by JosiahS
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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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KingSlayer

California

3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle

A: pours jet black dense liquid, one finger beige foam, poor retention, no lacing.

S: faint nose composed of roasted malts and chocolate.

T: roasted malts (not intense), semi sweet, well balanced, chocolate hint, mild alcoholic presence, acid-dry retrotaste, residual retronasal coffee, lasting coffee bitterness.

M: creamy medium bodied, not silky, nice adequate carbonation.

O: light body for an oatmeal, nose is pleasant but faint and would like more complexity, the acid-dry taste i guess is from the oatmeal, would like more intense roasted malt flavors. it was worth trying this brew, but next time i might skip it to try a different one.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 06:12:47 | More by KingSlayer
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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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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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scratch69

Missouri

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

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Black in color with a half a fingers worth of tan head. Tiny amount of lacing.

Smell- Light aroma of roasted malt, oats, and chocolate.

Taste- Roasted malt and char flavors with notes of coffee and chocolate.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with an average amount of carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

Overall- Drinkable but I have tried better examples of this style.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 01:45:38 | More by scratch69
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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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BrownAleMale

Wisconsin

3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Horny Goat pint glass.

Appearance- A few shades under pitch black with some off white head that dissipates to a tiny layer on the surface.

Smell- Coffee, sweet malt and a hint of hops.

Taste- Mostly coffee and a citrus hops.

Mouthfeel- For a stout it is very watery.

Overall- Nothing spectacular about this stout but it is very well balanced as far as malt and hops. Could definitely be more there in flavor and mouthfeel though.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 19:20:24 | More by BrownAleMale
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this definitely isnt rated high enough on here. its a rich creamy smooth stout with a great oat flavor. it pours midnight black and thick as hersheys syrup. theres an aggressive three inch foamy mocha head that leaves pretty lacing on the sides of the glass. it smells like milk chocolate and oatmeal with brown sugar. the beer isnt sweet, but it is creamy. seems like flavor elements of a milk stout as well as an outmeal stout, with the roasty malts and chocolate notes dominating. the feel is excellent too, velvety smooth and coats the mouth and throat with a layer of goodness. mellow carbonation gives it a nice rich feel. one of the better big sky beers ive had, and this shold get much more appreciation on here. would make an lovely beer float with some hard vanilla bean ice cream.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 19:17:13 | More by StonedTrippin
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TheSixthRing

California

2.88/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours Near black with cola brown edging and with a light tan 2 finger head. Retention is good, resulting in a lace that's thin and semi-sticky.

Smell - Smells like your typical oatmeal stout; roasted malts with chocolate, coffee and oat character.

Taste - Disappoints. Very light, almost watery flavor profile. Hints of roasted coffee. A faint touch of chocolate. Oats peek through near the finish, along with a faint bit of alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Where's the body? Near watery and with barely a modicum of carbonation.

Overall - Sweet mother does this not hit the spot. It's like someone took a good oatmeal stout and cut it with half water. What were they thinking? I got excited by the smell, then was completely let down after the first sip. I'll never buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 01:40:23 | More by TheSixthRing
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soju6

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep brown color with a decent head that fades to bits of lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt, some coffee, dark chocolate and some caramel sweetness in the background.

T: Taste of roasted malt, some caramel sweetness with coffee and dark chocolate. Mild bitterness in the background with a clean finish.

F: Medium body, smooth and creamy. Has a nice earthy character.

O: A enjoyable stout that goes down easy. Nice offering from the Brewer.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2012 11:12:08 | More by soju6
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Tone

Missouri

3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a black color. One inch head of a tan color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of slight roasted malt, sweet malt, hint of oatmeal, and a hint of citrus hops. Fits the style of an Oatmeal Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, oatmeal, slight roasted malt, slight hops, and a hint of pale malt. Overall, decent appearance, aroma, body, and blend. No one aspect of the beer is 'great', but still an easy-drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 16:58:13 | More by Tone
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warnerry

Michigan

3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a very dark brown, though some red is apparent when held up to the light, with two fingers of tan head. Head quickly settles to a thin but persistent cap and leaves god lacing.

S - Coffee and some roasted malt. a faint sweetness. Didn't get much else, but not bad.

T - Taste is roasted malt with a bit of silky oat. Coffee and som faint chocolate.

M - Very light mouthfeel with lots of carbonation. Doesn't really feel like a stout.

O - Nothing too interesting here. Too watery, which reduces the enjoyment quite a bit.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 02:29:04 | More by warnerry
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colts9016

Idaho

3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass at 47 degrees. I have been wanting to try this beer, I finally found it.

Appearance: A half finger head that has fair retention; furthermore, the head is creamy and foamy. The color of the head is medium tan color and a few laces cling to the glass. The color of the beer is dark mahogany with a dark reddish hue. The clarity of the beer is opaque. A few carbonation bubble are visible on the side of the glass. The beer looks great, would have like to seen a more resilient head.

Nose: A very rich roasted malt profile with some burnt, toasty, and caramel notes. A subtle note of floral esters, wood and oatmeal. Other minor aromas chocolate and molasses like note. The smell of the beer is wonderful

Taste: A very rich roast on the malts giving off burnt, toasty, and light caramel note. Other flavors are floral esters, wood, oatmeal, chocolate, coffee, and a hint of sweetness (molasses like).

The mouth feel of the beer is coating, carbonated, and slightly astringent.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium thick and the finish is medium. This is a very roasty toasty brew good flavors. The only complaint I see is there needs to be more oatmeal. Most Oatmeal beer that I drink are a bit more complex, tad creamy and smoother. Good beer nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 05:16:00 | More by colts9016
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tvv375ia

Iowa

3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 23:45:07 | More by tvv375ia
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GossageBrewery

Missouri

2.68/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured this Oatmeal stout from a 12 oz brown bottle into a pint glass. This stout produced a tan head only average retention. It poured a dark brown color, left behind a small amount of lacing. The aroma consisted of roasted malt, coffee and hops. Medium body, smooth easy to drink. Tastes of roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. Not a great example of the style...just not much to brag about with this one. So far my least favorite offering from Big Sky.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 03:06:24 | More by GossageBrewery
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CamuMahubah

Nebraska

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big Sky is one of my all time favorite breweries but this is one of their all time average beers. It's just so average. I thought for a minute this was like an improved version of Moose Drool but it's so plain boring. Incredibly smooth. Incredibly delicious. Incredibly drinkable.

It's just so dang boring...like a Honda Accord V6 that outruns yesteryear's Mustang but it's still boring! For a limited edition I was expecting tremendous something.

What I got was a wonderful beer with hints of dark chocolate and prolly one of the smoothest porters I have ever drank. I'm not complaining. I just expected more from this brewery. They have the most underrated IPA I have ever drank.

That said...this is a party porter...anybody can drink this...and beer snobs will approve...I think that is what Big Sky had in mind...seasonal beers often end up at parties and especially XMAS parties! FTW

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 04:11:26 | More by CamuMahubah
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bnes09

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 01:28:03 | More by bnes09
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Pintofbrown

Iowa

3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured this one into a glass stein. I love the art work for this bottle!

Appearance- Slow Elk builds up a good, two-finger, maple syrup shade head. The consistency is pretty dense with just a few bubbles on the cap. It has decent retention with some lace on the side of the glass.

The body is dark and opaque with just a little bit of dark brown highlights noticeable.

Smell- There is some sweet toffee malt in there and some brown sugar notes. Oatmeal is only noticeable because of a slight mealy smell. Roast is also really light, but there.

Taste- A sweet, creamer quality note leads off the profile. It is slowly accompanied by some toasted oatmeal and general roast. Some brown sugar rears up near the back side of the drink adding a nice touch.

A little boozy character that settles in about mid-drink, but it is not particularly distracting.

Mouth feel- This beer has a very good feel and the oatmeal is probably what can take most of the credit for that. This one does a wonderful job of coating the mouth. It is bordering on full bodied, and the the slight carbonation tingle is just a touch off of creamy.

Overall- This is a nice little beer! And by far the best I have had from Big Sky. The malts and roast on the tongue are solid, if a little formulaic, but that is not always a bad thing. And this beer has a glorious feel that makes it more than a pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 00:37:34 | More by Pintofbrown
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Whadawookie

Nebraska

3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 23:46:28 | More by Whadawookie
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Slow Elk Oatmeal Stout from Big Sky Brewing Company
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