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Slow Elk Oatmeal Stout - Big Sky Brewing Company

Slow Elk Oatmeal StoutSlow Elk Oatmeal Stout

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BA SCORE
79
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189 Ratings
THE BROS
75
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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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 189 | Reviews: 109 | Show All Ratings:
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arizcards

Arizona

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

Picked up a single from AJ's in Scottsdale back in late February for $1.59. Best by 12-23-09.

Beer poured a dark brown with an OK tan head. Nose has hints of chocolate and roasted malts. Taste is slight roasted chocolate malts, finishes with a small slightly dry hop. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth but is thin for the style. Drinkability is pretty good, this is a sessionable beer with decent flavor but no overly exciting qualities. Glad to have tried and will have to find a fresh version for next time.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2010 21:42:59 | More by arizcards
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tapman

Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A dark brown, though not altogether opaque; a little see-through around the edges. Foam is dense w/ small bubbles and a medium tan complexion. No rolling cascade, but no necessary for the style, just fun to see.

Raisins and dark chocolate, a small amount of hop aroma blends with the dark malts creating a fine balance in the aroma. Te hop dark malt is something I only came to appreciate after brewing several dark beers and this one's got it. Small astringency, but not too bad.

Too thin a taste for me. Was expecting something a little thicker unfermentables-wise; the flavors don't fit well with the thinness of the brew. Dark chocolate and a small roast come through as wellas the balanced hoppiness and ome caramel, toffee notes, and as good as the grain bill is I'm just missing the oatmeal. Even at this lower abv% the oatmeal should thicken up this beer. Isn't that the point of the oatmeal anyway? Did they toast it and mean for it to be a flavor component instead of a thckener?

Mouthfeel is much too thin for my taste per the style. I feel it could have more body even at the alcohol level.

A very quaffable oatmeal stout and for me that is the problem. I like to sip my oatmeal stouts and to me this is right between and American stout and a traditional outmeal stout. Some more hops would have been good to make it American and more body for an Oatmeal, but hey, not terrible. I just wouldn't guess is was an oatmeal stout in a blind test. But who am I, right?

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2010 04:57:59 | More by tapman
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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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nsmartell

Wisconsin

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

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the 12oz bottle with a 122309 stamp to a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours black with a light red/brown tinge when held to a light. Thin mocha colored head that sticks around for some time.

Smell: Roasted malt and dull bitter chocolate.

Taste: The sweet malts now dominate but the bitter chocolate is still there as well. A bit off but could be because I am beyond what I assume to be is the best by date.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium bodied and smooth. Nice carbonation.

Drinkability: Fairly tasty and easy to drink oatmeal stout. Taste is a little bit off for my liking, but would recommend to those macro-drinking friends looking to try something different.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2010 03:09:33 | More by nsmartell
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Assume code on neck of bottle of 122309 refers to best by date - if so, I cut it close, as that's when I sampled it - Anyway, on to the beer...

Pours black with dark brown highlights and a tan head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of dark fruitiness, mild chocolate and hint of coffee. Very mild.

The taste is of chocolate, hint of roasted coffee with an earthy, tangy fruit undertone and a slightly roasted, bitterish touch. A bit of alcohol shows. Seems to fade at the finish, but a bit of it comes back in the aftertaste.

It's pretty silky, slightly slick, light side of medium-bodied.

An easy-drinking oatmeal stout. I've had porters that were more robust. Oatmeal porter? Maybe, even then thin. Inoffensive. A light oatmeal stout, and not bad for that.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2009 23:54:43 | More by jwc215
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aristeros

Georgia

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2009 03:14:02 | More by aristeros
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BedetheVenerable

Missouri

3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top with sweet label, freshness date of 12/23/09. The inside of my cap says "Hell yeah, I got a wiener dog!" I love this brewery

Appearance: Fairly bright dark walnut beer; even a hard pour doesnt produce much in the way of head though, sadly...I get a small, large-bubbled light tan cap which doesn't really seem to want to stick around.

Smell: Light roasty grains and a ton of dark sweet caramel...sweet, nice, and simple...not really the richness I expect from the style, however.

Taste: This definitely...tastes much more like a good nut-brown than a stout. It's nutty, toasty, lightly fruity, with lots of dry dark caramel, and just a bit of roast. Don't get me wrong, this is really tasty, but not much like your typical oatmeal stout. Sadly, this has to bump the score down in the "taste" category, as I'm not judging it as a brown ale, I'm judging it as a stout.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light for the style; again, for a brown ale, it'd be just perfect...

Drinkability: High

Conclusion: Good beer, awesome packaging, just not really right for the style. Slap "Nut Brown" on the label and I'd even pay the 8.49 to pick it up again.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 18:51:17 | More by BedetheVenerable
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matjack85

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Found this single 12oz brown bottle at Binny;s in Glen Ellyn, IL for $1.79. The elk on the front label looks more like a cow with artificial antlers attached to its head. It's pretty comical. What's not comical is the lack of any freshness date on the bottle, but the beer's website assures us that this beer is only brewed in September and October, and since this is only November, I guess it's still pretty fresh.

The beer pours a rich dark brown color that shows off some garnet red/purple hues when held to light. It makes a 1½ finger tan head that lasts a few minutes, leaving behind a really nice amount of lacing.

It smells like roasted malt and powdered cocoa.

The taste is also malty and chocolaty with a touch of hops that provide a subtle bitterness. The oats are also noticeable in the taste and help to smooth everything out.

The mouthfeel is a little thin for a stout, but it's not watery either. Medium bodied with medium carbonation with an overall smooth texture.

Very easy to drink. Wish I had bought a 6 of these instead of a single bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2009 05:03:50 | More by matjack85
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dbossman

Nebraska

2.85/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Quite dark brown (but in the light there is a redish tint) with a tan 1.5 finger head that dissipates to a nicely thin head; lacing is average

S: typical roasted malts and oats with subtle chocolate undertones; something else sweet and slightly funky

T: Initially it's good but it gets pretty weak on the back end and kind of has a generic adjunct-like flavor; there are some good roasted malts and oats going on here but there is just something a little funky, especially in the aftertaste. I first tasted this out of a bottle (no other choice) and liked it much better than I do now that I'm tasting it as it should be tasted from a glass

F: Pretty carbonated and watery for a stout; also not the creaminess that I like my stouts to be

D: It's drinkable and because it's light, you can have a couple but there is something funky (just slightly) that makes you not want to go crazy with it; this really doesn't feel like an oatmeal stout and the more I have of it the worse it tastes

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 05:27:09 | More by dbossman
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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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mulder1010

Australia

2.98/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 330 ML bottle

A-- Poured black but looked more like a dark brown. No head at all.

S-- Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, a little bit of brown sugar.

T-- Coffee, roasted malts, and oatmeal.

M-- Light but flavorful. Fairly carbonated and finishes dry. Malts seem a little overdone, as in burnt.

D-- Lighter ABV and drinkable but needs more of the oatmeal taste. A little too much of the malts.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 06:25:37 | More by mulder1010
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CHSLBrew

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2009 20:42:55 | More by CHSLBrew
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guinness33

New Jersey

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 20:35:20 | More by guinness33
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Wasatch

Utah

4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to pokesbeerdude for this brew.

Pours a very nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy tan head, nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, very nice toffee/chocolate notes. The taste is malty, slightly sweet, very nice toffee/chocolate notes. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very tasty brew, wish we would get it here in Utah.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 02:15:11 | More by Wasatch
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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

Burnt walnut brown... that becomes garnet with bright scarlet highlights when backlit with the rising sun. The upper quarter of the glass is filled with golden ecru colored foam that gets the job done. A generous amount of tattered lace helps as well.

The aroma is pretty classic for an oatmeal stout. Dark chocolate and dark caramel are out in front, with no real hoppiness trailing behind. In the final reckoning, there isn't enough power or presence for the the next highest score.

Slow Elk is a pretty simple stout. Since the brewers don't claim otherwise, I guess they hit their target. Speaking of which, a 'slow elk' is actually a cow that is shot by hunters who mistake it for an elk. That explains the cow on the label that has antlers tied to its head.

There isn't much malt and there isn't much hoppiness, so it all balances out in the end. A blip of bittersweet chocolate hits in the first half of each mouthful... and a lesser blip of herbal, earthy hoppiness (East Kent Goldings) makes an appearance in the second half. There may be a hint of black coffee and some dark caramel as well.

Even for a 'session stout', the mouthfeel is too wishy-washy. It drinks like the ABV is 4.0%, not 5.4%. An ideal fix would be to add more malt, while keeping the ABV low. Somewhat sparse carbonation works just fine.

Apparently, Slow Elk Oatmeal Stout used to be a regular release, but is now a limited release due to suboptimal sales. Instead of cutting back on the frequency of brewing, why doesn't Big Sky work to improve the beer so more people want to buy it? Just a thought.

It took some work, but I finally got the seal off the bottom of the cap so I could read what was printed there. And the answer is... 'Nuttier than a Squirrel Turd'.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2009 14:28:32 | More by BuckeyeNation
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morimech

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Washington

3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2008 21:39:31 | More by barleywinefiend
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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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Bighuge

Minnesota

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 03:52:46 | More by Bighuge
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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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yemenmocha

Arizona

3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours bblack, off tan head that retains well.

Nose has an off metallic note, nougat chocolate, and fairly clean.

Palate is noticeably thin bodied, almost watery, faint oat & roasty flavors, and a surprisingly clean finish.

Is this an oatmeal stout lite?

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2008 05:35:04 | More by yemenmocha
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BradLikesBrew

Missouri

2.7/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

a: Dark brown to black with a fluffy head.

s: Light, sweet roasted aroma.

t: The base flavor is cola with light roasted/smoky notes. Lacks depth, not as rich as I was hoping for. A bit too sweet for the style, more robust roasted malts would improve this.

m: Light for the style.

d: Compared to other Oatmeal stouts this is below average, but that's not to say this isn't a nice, enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2008 01:26:19 | More by BradLikesBrew
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rowew

Colorado

3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, normal badly drawn Big Sky label, but this one has a cow with antlers tied to its head. Bad day of hunting - guess we'll be eating the slow elk tonight.

Appearance: Very dark, just a hint of ruby around the edges when held up to light, Nice tan colored head with decent retention.

Smell: Slightly sweet, some caramel aromas with just a bit of coffee.

Taste: A bit lighter bodied than I expected, roasted flavors with a bit of caramel. Some coffee nights in the finish.

Overall impression: Drinkable, a bit lighter than most oatmeal stouts, Doesn't have the slick mouthfeel I expect from an oatmeal stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2008 04:03:55 | More by rowew
Slow Elk Oatmeal Stout from Big Sky Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.