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Slow Elk Oatmeal Stout - Big Sky Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
78
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114 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 114
Hads: 261
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 12
Gots: 18 | 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: 261
Photo of soju6
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (453 characters)

Photo of pmcadamis
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (639 characters)

Photo of bump8628
2.95/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big whiff of Cain's diner coffee from the outset, leading into a caramel and toffee heavy body. Light milk chocolate and more weak coffee with a dash of creamer. A nice burst of earth and meadow comes from the Goldings, while it finishes with a subtle balance of fruit from the English yeast. This is a solid English-style Porter, too bad it bears no resemblance to any sort of Oatmeal Stout. Where's the creaminess? Another bag or two of roasted malts and a higher mash temp would go a long way. Not bad beer in the least, but it misses the style mark completely. I'm just relieved I'm not relying on this to get me through a long Montana winter's night. (655 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (580 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
2.95/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours Near black with cola brown edging and with a light tan 2 finger head. Retention is good, resulting in a lace that's thin and semi-sticky.

Smell - Smells like your typical oatmeal stout; roasted malts with chocolate, coffee and oat character.

Taste - Disappoints. Very light, almost watery flavor profile. Hints of roasted coffee. A faint touch of chocolate. Oats peek through near the finish, along with a faint bit of alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Where's the body? Near watery and with barely a modicum of carbonation.

Overall - Sweet mother does this not hit the spot. It's like someone took a good oatmeal stout and cut it with half water. What were they thinking? I got excited by the smell, then was completely let down after the first sip. I'll never buy this again. (789 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a conical pint glass.

The beer is a dark chocolate black, with a lot of brown coming through the light on the edges, even ruby in the body. An oatmeal colored head recedes somewhat quickly to a film. Light lacing sticks to the glass, initially.

The beer smells of faint oats and of bitter chocolate.

The beer tastes chalky and faintly malty up front. There's also some bit of roasted, burnt malts. A watery, subdued bitter chocolate emerges in the middle before an also watery bitter hop finish.

The mouthfeel is also watery. This feels more like it could be labeled as a porter.

Overall, really disappointed as I love all other Big Sky brews. This may be their weakest effort, and it's my favorite style. Just too thin. (739 characters)

Photo of BrownAleMale
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (460 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
3.57/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 10/13/11

Appearance: Dark brown with some ruby around the edges when held up to the light, starts off with a little tan head, fades quick, minimal lacing

Smell: Very good - burnt, roasted malts - some coffee, some chocolate, some licorice - kind of earthy - definitely a stout

Taste: Sadly, not up to par with the aroma - very mild - slightly roasted, slightly burnt - thin, dark malts - some coffee, some chocolate, some molasses - slightly bitter, some acidity - tastes more like a brown ale than a stout

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body, low carbonation, smooth, but should be a lot smoother considering this is an oatmeal stout

Overall: Not bad, but certainly not great

The only thing about this beer that really blows my mind is how much it reminds me of the results of an extract homebrew recipe. After brewing it in 2009, my partner in crime (Goblinmunkey7 here on BA) and I agreed that it was too thin, and decided to describe it as a dark ale. However, after sitting for a few months, it became great. I wonder if this gets better over time, too. (1,067 characters)

Photo of katan
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. (756 characters)

Photo of bnes09
4.09/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ink black color. Creamy tan head. Ok retention and some lacing.

Nice roasted aroma of chocolate and almonds. Smooth and warm smelling like rich coffee.

Chocolate and coffee flavors are most prominent. Mildly roasted instead of overly bitter. Milky flavor. Smooth from the oats.

Solid medium body with good carbonation and dry finish.

Good oat stout. Always one of my favorite styles and this is a great example. Yet another solid brew from Big Sky. (452 characters)

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown to black colour with a tan head that is fairly minimal in size but leaves a nice amount of sticky residue on the glass.

The aroma is a blend of roasted malt, some chocolate, some coffee and a bit of alcohol.

Flavour essentially echoes the aroma, but has a bit more bite to it. The alcohol presence is a bit bolder and there is much more of a roasty flavour at the end of each sip. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and quite smooth.

This was an easy drinking, simple oatmeal stout to me. If the aroma was beefed up a bit this would be a top notch oatmeal stout, and it's still quite nice as it stands. (616 characters)

Photo of Scotchboy
3.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a stein.

A: Pours a thin dark brown which I can clearly see light through. Ruby red highlights. Off white settles quickly but leaves some lacing behind.

S: Aromas of chocolate and dark malts, some char, vanilla and molasses...a bit of coffee too but not a lot. A slight woody character as well. Smells sweet. Not a whole lot of hops.

T: Those same sweet notes; chocolate, vanilla, molasses, wood. The roasted malt character is perfect, keeping the sweetness in check, and on the finish the hops (I'm assuming) arrive with some decent bitterness. Smooth, with just a bit of bite.

MF: Slightly thin and wet, although it does take on a creamy, lactic character as it warms.

O: A good oatmeal stout, light on the body but not on flavors. (762 characters)

Photo of rowew
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, normal badly drawn Big Sky label, but this one has a cow with antlers tied to its head. Bad day of hunting - guess we'll be eating the slow elk tonight.

Appearance: Very dark, just a hint of ruby around the edges when held up to light, Nice tan colored head with decent retention.

Smell: Slightly sweet, some caramel aromas with just a bit of coffee.

Taste: A bit lighter bodied than I expected, roasted flavors with a bit of caramel. Some coffee nights in the finish.

Overall impression: Drinkable, a bit lighter than most oatmeal stouts, Doesn't have the slick mouthfeel I expect from an oatmeal stout. (638 characters)

Photo of beernut7
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This oatmeal stout is a clean quality brew from Big Sky. The body is not too heavy, like most oatmeal stouts I have tried, but that does not affect the smooth mouth-feel this beer possesses. Just a bit of roasted flavor finish off a nice tasting donation to the craft. (270 characters)

Photo of zoso1967
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (1,082 characters)

Photo of colts9016
3.32/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (1,290 characters)

Photo of BradLikesBrew
2.71/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

a: Dark brown to black with a fluffy head.

s: Light, sweet roasted aroma.

t: The base flavor is cola with light roasted/smoky notes. Lacks depth, not as rich as I was hoping for. A bit too sweet for the style, more robust roasted malts would improve this.

m: Light for the style.

d: Compared to other Oatmeal stouts this is below average, but that's not to say this isn't a nice, enjoyable beer. (399 characters)

Photo of dbossman
2.9/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Quite dark brown (but in the light there is a redish tint) with a tan 1.5 finger head that dissipates to a nicely thin head; lacing is average

S: typical roasted malts and oats with subtle chocolate undertones; something else sweet and slightly funky

T: Initially it's good but it gets pretty weak on the back end and kind of has a generic adjunct-like flavor; there are some good roasted malts and oats going on here but there is just something a little funky, especially in the aftertaste. I first tasted this out of a bottle (no other choice) and liked it much better than I do now that I'm tasting it as it should be tasted from a glass

F: Pretty carbonated and watery for a stout; also not the creaminess that I like my stouts to be

D: It's drinkable and because it's light, you can have a couple but there is something funky (just slightly) that makes you not want to go crazy with it; this really doesn't feel like an oatmeal stout and the more I have of it the worse it tastes (991 characters)

Photo of Buebie
2.49/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12oz bottle with no freshness date, into a snifter.

Black in color, but a dark red hue appears when held to light.
Tan, 1-2 finger head that quickly fizzles away. Leaving a thin layer of tan retention. Lace is almost non-existant.

The aroma is mildly present, fruity, some veggie like quality. A mild burnt grain scent.

Mouthfeel is silky and overcarbonated. This is almost watered down in flavor and aroma. Some roasted grain flavor, a touch of coffee, finish is watery and plain.

Go ahead and skip this. If there is oats in here, they sure skimped on them. Volume appears to be the priority. (617 characters)

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.47/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (1,167 characters)

Photo of sleazo
3.04/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A_Pours a dark brown/ruby colour with a very small tan head. This diminishes quickly and leaves a small island of bubbles afloat on top of the brew. Too light for the style.

S_A bit sticky sweet like coffee cake. The aroma is mild but not altogether unpleasant.

T_Mostly sweet malt with a mild coffee note. The aftertaste provides a subtle bitterness akin to roasted chicory.

M_Light bodied with a middle of the road carbonation. For an Oatmeal Stout it lacks presence.

D_A decent brew that might veer more towards the porter side of the world. As an OS it is lacking but is a decent brew otherwise. (604 characters)

Photo of mulder1010
2.97/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (399 characters)

Photo of BeerBuilder
3.01/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (498 characters)

Photo of ATLbeerDog
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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. (301 characters)

Photo of mjurney
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Appearance:
Deep brown color with ruby red highlight. I could see lots of carbonation rising. Thick creamy beige head.

Aroma:
Roasted malts, caramel, a little coffee and dark chocolate.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Roasted malts, caramel, coffee, dark chocolate. Moderate hop bitterness towards the end, just a bit earthy-leafy. Finish is mostly dry. Body is medium-light, a little silky texture, very smooth, dry.

Overall:
It's a very good Oatmeal Stout. (453 characters)

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