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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
75
okay

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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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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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Phelps

Arizona

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

Enjoyed in a shaker pint at the Mellow Mushroom.

Brown like a burnt beef patty, with the edges giving up watery amber translucence. Head is fuzzy, about half a finger tall, and the color of my khakis. It gets to a thin top layer and sets up shop.

The nose, in order: cocoa, vanilla-tinged oats, coffee. Sweet and smooth.

The flavor unfortunately can't deliver on the nose's promises. Chocolate is again the most prominent flavor, but it's the tangy, bittersweet variety. Esters of oats fill the mouth, then earthy hops hit home. Finishes clean, with a touch of sweetness. The chocolatey tang builds as I work my way through, but so does the oatmeal.

As I suspected from the appearance, Slow Elk’s a little thinner than I like my oatmeal stouts to be. Smooth, medium-light, with moderate pokey carbonation and soft fizz.

An average oatmeal stout. Smells good, tastes okay, feels inadequate.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2011 19:15:43 | More by Phelps
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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
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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
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JamLand

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

06-28-2013 00:17:10 | More by JamLand
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tourdot

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

11-25-2012 19:14:10 | More by tourdot
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Kips

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

10-13-2012 05:22:11 | More by Kips
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PackersRGreat

Iowa

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

10-14-2012 13:48:06 | More by PackersRGreat
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TasteTester

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

01-08-2013 05:24:01 | More by TasteTester
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TastingRoomCharNtony


3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

12-01-2012 04:24:56 | More by TastingRoomCharNtony
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thinwhiteduke

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

12-27-2012 02:32:35 | More by thinwhiteduke
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brandon911

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

01-29-2012 04:08:14 | More by brandon911
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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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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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NuclearDolphin

Minnesota

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

Poured into a 12oz. Tumbler Glass

Appearance - Black appearance with tinges of dark brown around the edges, there's a head that pours about an inch thick that has an off-white brownish color to it.

Smell - Burn oatmeal and malt notes are noticable, along with some toffee/caramel scent at the end. It smells fairly sweet for a stout

Taste - Has an oatmeal/burn malt flavor, along with the standard coffee/cocoa flavor. It's good, but it's also fairly average so there's nothing really too much going on here.

Mouthfeel - It's a very easy to drink for a stout style of beer and it's very smooth. Body is more on the heavy side, and it's a thicker feeling beer.

Overall - It's your typical run-of-the-mill stout that plays it safe and sticks to what makes an oatmeal stout drinkable, and that's okay. I would've liked to have a bit more flavor, but in the end it's a drinkable stout that manages to be decent and at least appeasing .

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 03:22:59 | More by NuclearDolphin
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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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russpowell

Oklahoma

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

Pours black with 3 fingers of mocha colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Roasty malt, cocoa & woody hop notes & some coffee

T: Follows the nose, some coffee as well & cocoa up front. Herbal & woody hop notes, some charred notes, some smokeyness as well as this warms. Finishes roasty with a touch of chocolate sweetness

MF: Medium bodied, firmly carbonated, never really smooths out like I hoped it would

Drinks easy enough, but was hoping for so much more from Big Sky. Glad I didn't by a sixer of this

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 13:51:01 | More by russpowell
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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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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

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

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2012 17:53:18 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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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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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
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zoso1967

Michigan

3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Slow Elk pours a dark brown that is almost black but shows through with some woody highlights when held up to a bright light. The head is light tan in color and while it does not have great retention, it does leave fairly nice lacing.

The aroma is slightly roasty with hints of coffee, cocoa and molasses. The malt sweetness is like that of a dark bread and there is a signature British yeast smell to go along with it.

The flavor matches the aroma quite well with the same slightly roasty and chocolaty character complimenting the bready and molasses malt sweetness. There is just a hint of chalkiness to it and some oat like character as well.

The mouthfeel is medium in size and a bit of a letdown. It has some smoothness to it but is not as substantial or velvety as the best oatmeal stouts tend to be. The brew finishes fairly dry with some nice bitter cocoa flavors.

This is a decent tasting oatmeal stout, but nothing to write home about. It is easy drinking and well balanced, but for me this style is all about mouthfeel and in that aspect this does not really deliver.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 00:01:44 | More by zoso1967
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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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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
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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
Slow Elk Oatmeal Stout from Big Sky Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.