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Slow Elk Oatmeal Stout - Big Sky Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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200 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 200
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 14.16%
Wants: 12
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
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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mulder1010

Australia

2.98/5  rDev -13.9%

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.

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

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

01-15-2013 04:31:41 | More by cyrushire
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ssjkyle

Nebraska

4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

07-14-2012 05:26:01 | More by ssjkyle
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RDW

Nebraska

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

03-04-2012 04:57:28 | More by RDW
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BeerBuilder

Minnesota

3.03/5  rDev -12.4%

Deep brown color with ruby highlights. The head is light brown, and leaves a bit of lacing. The roast malt aroma is surprisingly light. Also in the aroma is a malt sweetness, and a toasted graininess. The flavor again is light in the roast malt department, but it has a sweet chocolatey flavor. The bitterness is evident, but subdued. The texture is somewhat smooth and creamy, but it does have a carbonic tinge to it. Overall, not bad, but lacking the roast malt aromas and flavors I would expect.

01-15-2003 06:17:49 | More by BeerBuilder
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JSchock7

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

09-09-2012 05:18:02 | More by JSchock7
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leedorham

Washington

4/5  rDev +15.6%

01-29-2013 17:52:37 | More by leedorham
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ATLbeerDog

Georgia

3/5  rDev -13.3%

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.

11-02-2008 03:02:41 | More by ATLbeerDog
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Ispeakforthetrees

Colorado

2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

11-24-2012 00:35:14 | More by Ispeakforthetrees
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KC9LDB

Illinois

4/5  rDev +15.6%

11-22-2011 22:22:14 | More by KC9LDB
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neckbeered

Montana

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

06-09-2013 15:58:14 | More by neckbeered
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Wetpaperbag

Washington

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

02-08-2012 03:44:49 | More by Wetpaperbag
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DruC4

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

11-13-2012 07:37:45 | More by DruC4
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Pintofbrown

Iowa

3.95/5  rDev +14.2%

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.

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

Missouri

2.68/5  rDev -22.5%

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.

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

Oklahoma

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

04-20-2013 16:21:11 | More by alex_hart
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supercolter

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Overall not a bad little stout. Appearance is as it should be- dark brownish black, nearly opaque and minimal tan head. Smell is a bit weaker than the taste, but I get a nice roastiness up front with slightly more coffee than bitter chocolate. Only a small hint of alcohol is present. Mouthfeel is decent, medium in body.
Very drinkable.

09-16-2009 03:00:12 | More by supercolter
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Stoutfan23DJ

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

04-03-2014 20:40:08 | More by Stoutfan23DJ
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Jameswoody

Montana

4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

12-25-2012 03:15:52 | More by Jameswoody
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CHSLBrew

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev +10.7%

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.

10-22-2009 20:42:55 | More by CHSLBrew
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TheQuietMan22

Iowa

3.03/5  rDev -12.4%

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is black, but it is not opaque; a lot of light passed through when I held it to a lamp. Three fingers of thick, tanned head dissipated slowly to leave a billowy lacing and, eventually, just a ring around the edge.

Smell: It smells enticing but is little weak. Oats and cocoa are complimented with a nice, roasted malt presence of (mostly) coffee. There are also hints of black licorice.

Taste: Flavor wise, it exhibits the same enticing feature from the smell, but is also a bit on the weak side. However, this is, I guess, oatmeal stout; there should not be an overwhelming bitterness. Each sip offers rice roasted coffee characters that are kept in check by the oats. There is a little cocoa and that hint of black licorice. Overall, though, it lacks the oomph, character, and body of bolder oatmeal stouts.

Drinkability: It is a good effort, and I think it is on the path toward high quality, but I expected more since it is a limited release.

11-08-2011 21:33:12 | More by TheQuietMan22
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Hopswagger

South Carolina

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
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demcorhip

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

12-26-2008 02:21:10 | More by demcorhip
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tapman

Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -4.6%

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?

03-09-2010 04:57:59 | More by tapman
Slow Elk Oatmeal Stout from Big Sky Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 200 ratings.