Slow Elk Oatmeal Stout - Big Sky Brewing Company
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3.13/5 rDev -9.5%
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.
12-01-2012 04:40:55 | More by StoutHunter
3.15/5 rDev -9%
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.
11-26-2012 05:58:59 | More by pmcadamis
3.55/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
11-13-2012 01:45:38 | More by scratch69
3.13/5 rDev -9.5%
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.
10-21-2012 03:06:42 | More by Hopswagger
3.13/5 rDev -9.5%
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.
10-11-2012 02:37:47 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.35/5 rDev -3.2%
A - Black with a thin layer of light brown head.
S - Roast, nuttiness and some chocolate aromas. A fairly light overall nose.
T - Roast, chocolate, a touch of coffee and a slight bitterness up front with a sweet brown sugar presence from the oatmeal. The finish is dry.
M - Light to medium body. Moderate carbonaiton. Too carbonated for the style for my liking.
10-03-2012 17:53:18 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Slow Elk Oatmeal Stout from Big Sky Brewing Company
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