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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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114 Reviews

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Reviews: 114
Hads: 264
Avg: 3.44
pDev: 21.51%
Wants: 12
Gots: 19 | 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:
Beer added by: Mitchster on 12-15-2001

20 IBU
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Reviews: 114 | Hads: 264
Photo of champ103
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights around the edges. At first a khaki head rises to over two fingers. Not much lace is left as the foam gently recedes to a ring.
S: Roasted malts, but not overwhelming in that regard. Caramel sweetness and some dry chocolate powder in the finish.
T: Roasted malts up front. Which quickly turns to a caramel sweetness. In the middle, a bit of dry powdered chocolate, which eventually finishes with more caramel sweetness.
M/D: A moderate body and carbonation. Not to heavy for a stout, but still wishing for a bit more umpth. Very smooth, as per the style. Though I enjoy the easy drinking nature here.

Maybe just a tad to sweet in the finish. Though I should not take off to much for that cause many I have had in the style are fairly sweet. A slightly fuller body would not be a bad thing either. Again, not a detriment, overall very enjoyable and will put the six pack to good use.

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Photo of ZAP
2.52/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

-Little aroma...watery..little head...more of a brown ale..easy drinking..some sweetness on aftertaste..below average to average stout..give this one to people who are afraid of big bad dark stouts...doesn't taste very dark or much like a stout. To be fair, this one followed the Bell's Oatmeal Stout in my tasting and didn't come close to measuring up in character or taste..

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.22/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a nearly pitch black color with a one finger head of a tan colored foam. The head fades very fast leaving only a light level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma of the brew is heaviest of a roasted malt with tons of oatmeal and caramel. Other big aromas of a cocoa nature are there as well mixed with some hints of a vanilla and an almost cola like smell to produce a very pleasant and inviting warming aroma overall.

Taste – The taste starts with a moderately roasty and sweet flavor with tons of caramel and cola flavors upfront. There is a bit of an oatmeal flavor, which starts out light and remains so throughout to the end of the taste. All the while, as the taste moves forward, the roasted flavor seems to dwindle a bit with it taking on even more cola and a little bit of dark fruit of a more plum like nature. With a little bit of a cherry and some light vanilla coming at the very end, one is left with a moderately sweet and sorta lightly roasted flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather thin for a stout of 5.4 % with a carbonation level that is on the average to slightly higher side for a stout. Not really the right feel for the style as it too much accentuated the sweet over the roasted-darker flavor so the brew.

Overall – Not really one I cared for all too much, it was too sweet without enough roast and didn’t really have a great body for the style. Ah… just OK.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of warnerry
3.21/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of jera1350
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid black color with a creamy head of darker khaki. Excellent retention and some nice sticky lacing.

A nice balance of roasty and sweet malt.

The taste is more dark roasted malt than sweet malt. The flavor kind of drops off a bit it seems. It's fine, but just doesn't have much more than a bit of sweetness with a solid roast.

Heavier end of medium bodied. Smooth feel for the most part.

I would call this a good run of the mill oatmeal stout. It doesn't wow or really stand out, but it is enjoyable and well done. I will certainly have no problem finishing this off in short time.

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Photo of morimech
3.89/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.67/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Deep black with a one finger brown head that doesn't stay around long.

S-Oats, chocolate and coffee, plus some roasted malts.

T-Lots of oats with chocolate, coffee and roasted malts.

M-Medium bodied, not much carbonation, a little flat.

O-A decent beer that I got as an extra in a trade.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.13/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
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?

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Photo of harrymel
2.47/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Fall 2011

A: Pours dark brown with less than a finger of transient latte foam which leaves a scratched mirror surface with a border of foam. No lace. When available near excellent clarity.
S: Oats, bitters, roasted malts, earthy hops (faint), slight sweetness.
T: Semi bitter with some earthy flavors from the malts. Slight american ale yeast flavor.
M: thin for the style with moderate carbonation. Semi dry finish.
O: Meh, not at all impressive for the style.

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Photo of flexabull
3.57/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.76/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of arizcards
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.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.68/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of beerguy101
4.14/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

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Photo of matjack85
4.32/5  rDev +25.6%
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.

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Photo of ADR
2.43/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

"Sweet" stout is one thing but this brew never generated any flavor at any temperature, blandly sweet, less than average mouthfeel for the style...I was pretty bummed by Slow Elk...

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Photo of bditty187
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%
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.

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark black with a deep, cola brown hues on the edge. Full, thick, cakey, white head. Good retention leaving a nice thin layer of lace.

S - Some flaked oat with a good amount of dark bittersweet chocolate. Decent amount of coffee as well. Slight astringency but not bad.

T - Starts with some charred oat and black coffee along with some mocha. Gives way to some bittersweet and semi-sweet chocolate. A hint of nuttiness underneath that chocolate. Finishes with a slightly astringent coffee and chocolate taste.

M - Light to medium body. Average carbonation. A little thin and watery, but slick.

D - Flavors didn't mesh as well as I hoped and there is a subtle astringency that I wasn't a huge fan of. These reduce how drinkable it is, but it is fairly quaffable overall.

Notes: Average Oatmeal Stout. It wasn't great and there was a subtle astringency that I wasn't a huge fan of. Flavors aren't horrible but they just didn't quite mesh entirely.

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Photo of budgood1
2.24/5  rDev -34.9%
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.

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Photo of marc77
2.41/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Deep ruby hue & very clear when held to light. Well retained beige head. Chocolate malt, nondescript caramel malt sweetness along w/ slightly tart esters. Not particularly eniticing aromawise. Thin in body & and the watery mouthfeel lacks the viscous, proteinaceous quality that a good oatmeal stout should have. The contribution from the oats is imperceptible. Nothing outsatnding in this brew. The slightly bitter, generic roasted grain notes along with a bit of caramel malt comprise the malt profile. Slow Elk is quite bland all around for style and is a weak and ummemorable oatmeal stout. No outright flaws here, however.

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Photo of Phelps
3.27/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Slow Elk Oatmeal Stout from Big Sky Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.