1. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

Slow Elk Oatmeal Stout - Big Sky Brewing Company

Slow Elk Oatmeal StoutSlow Elk Oatmeal Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
79
okay

189 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

(view ratings)
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
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Reviewers | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Slow Elk Oatmeal Stout Alström Bros
Ratings: 189 | Reviews: 109 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of bunnyhustle
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
Photo of Bighuge
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
Photo of ChainGangGuy
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
Photo of yemenmocha
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
Photo of BradLikesBrew
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
Photo of rowew
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
Photo of DesMoinesMike
DesMoinesMike

Iowa

3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't often try stouts, but Big Sky has produced some good brews and I figure they would be worth it.

It poured an opaque red with a very thin brown head. The aroma was very caramel with a bit of chocolate. It tasted more of caramel/nutmeg in oatmeal, a bit of an odd combination that, complex. The mouth feel was medium for a stout.

I would say this beer is decent but I wouldn't go out of my way for it.

Edit: I am totally perplexed by the animal on the logo. It's a cow with elk antlers. Perhaps after a few beers you actually understand it. I may never know.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2008 03:58:44 | More by DesMoinesMike
Photo of flexabull
flexabull

California

3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with a decent tan head. Looks more like a porter than a stout.

Aromas are of chocolate, oats, dark sugars, and sweet malts.

Tastes of chocolate, cola, brown sugar, and creamy malts. A touch of bitterness, like bakers chocolate, and a bit mineral like as well. Finish is short, and crisp.

Mouthfeel is thin. Feels a little weak to me. Not bad, but not great either. And not thick enough for a stout though.

Drinkability is ok. A pretty tasty stout that could use a little work with the mouthfeel. I still won't be upset drinking a couple of these.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2008 22:42:12 | More by flexabull
Photo of ATLbeerDog
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
Photo of Beaver13
Beaver13

Colorado

3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2008 02:36:08 | More by Beaver13
Photo of Buebie
Buebie

Minnesota

2.45/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12oz bottle with no freshness date, into a snifter.

Black in color, but a dark red hue appears when held to light.
Tan, 1-2 finger head that quickly fizzles away. Leaving a thin layer of tan retention. Lace is almost non-existant.

The aroma is mildly present, fruity, some veggie like quality. A mild burnt grain scent.

Mouthfeel is silky and overcarbonated. This is almost watered down in flavor and aroma. Some roasted grain flavor, a touch of coffee, finish is watery and plain.

Go ahead and skip this. If there is oats in here, they sure skimped on them. Volume appears to be the priority.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2008 00:33:02 | More by Buebie
Photo of katan
katan

Colorado

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

12 oz bottle

A - Dark as night. Very thick looking. The head was very light, and not near as dark a head as other stouts.

S - The smell is very light - in fact I can't quite discern much here. Only a small amount of roasted and chocolate notes are present.

T - Not really all that strong of a flavor here. It starts with some sweeter notes that transition to a light balancing here. Finishes with a mix of the oatmeal of oatmeal and sweetness.

M - No carbonation present. The beer is light in body for other stouts that fit this category. Nothing bad per se, but may not be an Oatmeal variety.

D - Not hard to drink. The beer is not weighty by its carbonation or its thickness. The ABV I'm sure is higher than normal, but so far has not affected me.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2008 01:51:23 | More by katan
Photo of schanker21
schanker21

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured from a bottle with an elk standing in front of a mountain range with the moon rising over it on the label into a pint glass. Pours a dark, dark brown that lets very little light through. Two finger head sticks around for a while and leaves some lacing.

S- Roasted malts is about all I can get out of the nose on this one.

T- Big roasted malt and oatmeal flavors up front followed up by a little bit of vanilla-like sweetness and then some very subtle hops balance it out at the end. One of the best-tasting oatmeal stouts I've ever had. Tastes much better than it smells.

M- Maybe a little thin for a stout, but not bad.

D- Could definitely have more than one of these, and I just might.

EDIT: I was reading the other reviews and realized that my rating was a lot higher than average, and also that I'm the only one that's reviewed it this year. The bottle does say "Limited Release" on it, so either my taste buds are pretty different from average, or this beer has improved. I say if you've had this in the past, try it again. And if you haven't had it before, don't let the average C+ rating scare you off. It's a pretty good stout.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2008 17:44:16 | More by schanker21
Photo of RoyalT
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
Photo of Mitchster
Mitchster

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2003 21:44:21 | More by Mitchster
Photo of beerguy101
beerguy101

California

4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black color, large head. Roasted malt, chocolaty aroma. Roasted malts, chocolate flavor. Full flavor, smooth taste. Chocolaty flavor. Fully rounded Mouthfeel. Excellent taste, slight bitterness. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet, chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2003 16:20:28 | More by beerguy101
Photo of Gump
Gump

Minnesota

2/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Slow Elk from Big Sky Brewing.
They also make the Moose Drool beer, and the Scape Goat, which I have yet to try.

From the bottle, it pours dark amber and clean.
Smells dank and mosslike at the same time. Tastes much better.
I detect some semi-sweet chocolate and coffee flavors, but it's insipidness left me uninspired.

It has a mello malty mouthfeel with a clean finish and no aftertaste.

I kept waiting for this beer to show me something more.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2003 18:50:52 | More by Gump
Photo of NeroFiddled
NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rough pour delivers a big-bubbled and frothy light-tan head that holds well over a very deep, almost black, mahogany-brown body that displays clear crimson highlights at the base of the glass when held to the light. Light cocoa, some milk chocolate, a touch of lightly roasted coffee, and some background floral hops appear in the nose. It's creamy and smooth across the palate with a delicate carbonation that accentuates its medium/light body. There's more coffee and a much darker chocolate present in the flavor than the nose suggests, and some light fruit also comes into play. It remains sweetish with an underlying bitterness, but some mild acidity from the dark malts helps to round things out. It finishes with a gently lingering note of mocha and a dull, mild bitterness. It's not overly impressive flavorwise, but it is well-balanced and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2003 14:28:42 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of Elemental
Elemental

Oregon

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

The pour was good, reveiling a dark brown/black stout with a large brown head. The aroma is sweet and slightly hoppy but weaker than expected. The flavor is dark but yet almost light in a sense, or at least lighter than your typical stout. I was expecting something a little more dense. It had a good hop bitterness which complemented the malts.
Overall a good beer thats worth trying at least once.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2003 00:13:38 | More by Elemental
Photo of Reidrover
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
Photo of Jason
Jason

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Middle of the road head retention, the ale shows a clear deeply brown hued liquid.

Smell: Mild roasted notes that throw hints of coffee around, mild sweetness and a twang of hops as well.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Moderate body, more creamy than smooth in the mouth. Obvious coffee flavours throughout with traces of chocolate in the finish. Light on the hops and the roasted flavours are mostly tepid.

Notes: One breweries stout could be another breweries brown ale … the lightest oatmeal stout I have ever run into. A good drinking ale but there is nothing special that it brings to the table.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2003 17:45:52 | More by Jason
Photo of feloniousmonk
feloniousmonk

Minnesota

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

Color is as black as black can be, and the head is thick, sturdy, and of tannish hue. Nice aromatics: cocoa, cream, earthy, gritty, some espresso, but I have to breathe in deep to imagine it all.
Some bitterness on the palate, but, moreover, smooth and tasty.
Lacking is the roasty flavor on the palate. that I utterly insist on in an oatmeal stout. Not much bite, and far too light in body. A decent and drinkable stout, but on the bottom rung, as oatmeals go.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2003 02:13:02 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of tavernjef
tavernjef

Minnesota

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

Rich black color with some dark ruby highlights with a tannish small bubbly head that fizzes away quick. Smells of oats, roasted malt with some chocolate and burnt cookie caramel notes. The taste was a little on the light side for a stout that looked so dark, but is pretty good non the less. Lots of solid oats, slight caramel, roasted malts and some slightly burnt chocolate tones. Has a nice smooth feel with a sweet tang, caused by the chocolate and from a very small hop presence. This stuff ain't bad, I actually liked it alot and would drink it any old time. I love the label, the cow with the elk antlers, kinda funny. Reminds me alot of Anderson Valley labels, bears with antlers. Hmmm....I wonder.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2003 19:23:51 | More by tavernjef
Photo of bditty187
bditty187

Nebraska

2.5/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Deep dark brown in hue, black in the middle with a hint of red highlights when held to a light, a tan head of a baby’s finger in height quickly dissipated to a bubbly collar. There was no subsequent lacing of note. Minimal potency in the nose, sweet oatmeal is the most prominent. Flavorful palate but the sweet oatmeal doesn’t mix so well with the roasted malt and the insignificant chocolate notes. The bitterness doesn’t complement the sweetness; frankly they clash. Seemed a little off; the thin and watery mouthfeel only compounds the problem. Awful clean on all accounts; lousy finish. The more your drink Slow Elk the less impressed you become, not worth trying, below average.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2003 14:00:18 | More by bditty187
Photo of budgood1
budgood1

Minnesota

2.2/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

slow elk, eh? this is one "slow stout"! it pours out a black-ruby hue...really fizzy head that died quickly. no lace. slight burnt malt aroma..some cocoa notes. tastes mostly of some chocolate malts and oatmeal overtones....this beer seemed so dead that i busted out the valentines chocolates to help things out. too smooth and "dead" mouthfeel. a really disappointing end to this brew. weak and seemingly watery. munching hershey kisses while drinking this brew didn't seem to help. a bad example of any stout. not recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2003 17:01:35 | More by budgood1
Slow Elk Oatmeal Stout from Big Sky Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.