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Slow Elk Oatmeal Stout - Big Sky Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
79
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228 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 228
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 13.79%
Wants: 12
Gots: 16 | 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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Photo of beerguy101
4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

beerguy101, Jul 19, 2003
Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +14.9%

TX-Badger, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of ADR
2.38/5  rDev -31.6%
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...

ADR, Feb 22, 2002
Photo of rlee1390
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

rlee1390, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of JamLand
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

JamLand, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of matjack85
4.35/5  rDev +25%
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.

matjack85, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of bditty187
2.5/5  rDev -28.2%
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.

bditty187, Mar 18, 2003
Photo of StoutHunter
3.13/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

StoutHunter, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of arizcards
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

arizcards, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of Beaver13
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Beaver13, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of yemenmocha
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
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?

yemenmocha, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of thufflife
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

thufflife, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of Phelps
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Phelps, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of richkrull
4/5  rDev +14.9%

richkrull, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of FreshHawk
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

FreshHawk, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of marc77
2.38/5  rDev -31.6%
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.

marc77, Jun 02, 2002
Photo of budgood1
2.2/5  rDev -36.8%
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.

budgood1, Feb 15, 2003
Photo of jzlyo
3/5  rDev -13.8%

jzlyo, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of soju6
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep brown color with a decent head that fades to bits of lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt, some coffee, dark chocolate and some caramel sweetness in the background.

T: Taste of roasted malt, some caramel sweetness with coffee and dark chocolate. Mild bitterness in the background with a clean finish.

F: Medium body, smooth and creamy. Has a nice earthy character.

O: A enjoyable stout that goes down easy. Nice offering from the Brewer.

soju6, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of thinwhiteduke
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

thinwhiteduke, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of pmcadamis
3.15/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

pmcadamis, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of brandon911
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

brandon911, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of Hellpop65
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Hellpop65, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of augustgarage
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood. Served in a generic wide-mouth tulip.

Dark reddish brown liquid, though not opaque. Faint auburn and bole highlights. Solid, persistent beige collar, with thin islands dotting the surface. Average lacing.

Light toasty malt, a touch of stale caramel, and not a lot else as far as aromatics go.

Very mild malt, faint citrus (or maybe even lactic) note - though not one that comes from hops - and light grain.

Weak, watery mouthfeel.

Sessionable, but not particularly impressive flavor-wise. Not Big Sky's shining moment I imagine.

augustgarage, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of LJWalker
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

LJWalker, Nov 22, 2012
Slow Elk Oatmeal Stout from Big Sky Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.