Big Slick Stout
Ale Asylum

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American Stout
4 | pDev: 9.25%
Ale Asylum
Wisconsin, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Notes: This Oatmeal Stout has copious amounts of dark and sweet malt give our stout aromas of coffee and a rich mouthfeel with a dry finish.
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Reviews: 51 | Ratings: 216
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Spiegelau stout glass from a 12 oz bottle on December 28, 2016. Look is deep dark brown with a thick tan head and spotty lacing. Smell and taste is coffee with rich dark and sweet malt aromas and flavors. Feel is creamy with a dry finish.

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Photo of mothman
3.66/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black/dark brown in color.

Sweetness in the nose.

Thick and rich. Lots of chocolate and roast. Molasses and dark fruits.

Medium to full bodied. Ends with some roast and a bit dry.


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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great dark black color with a frothy lasting tan head. Chocolate strong boozy smell. In between milk and dark chocolate with some toastyness to it. Medium light smooth body. Pretty good stout.

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Photo of kbwalters
3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured cold into a spiegelau stout glass. Best by 4/10/15, consumed on 3/25. Probably a little old.
Look = 4.0 Pours deep brown into an opaque black with 2 fingers of brown head composed of big bubbles. Above average retention and lace.
Aroma = 3.5 I get a big whiff of milk chocolate on the pour but that fades; roasted barley comes out highlighted with a grainy oatmeal aroma. It seemingly develops an off smell.
Taste = 3.75 A grainy oatmeal backbone is highlighted by milk chocolate notes throughout the middle of the taste. A mild bitter finish is complemented with roasted barley and mild coffee notes.
Feel = 3.75 Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth but not really creamy. Dry finish.
Drinkability = 4.25 Pretty drinkable stout.
Overall = 3.775 Eh, doesn’t really stand out anywhere here. It’s a decent oatmeal style dry stout but nothing more.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown almost black like oil with similar viscosity and nice khaki colored head. Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, oats, and some light toffee on the nose; follows onto the palate. Full bodied stout here. Finishes with coffee and chocolate, slight roastiness as well.

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Photo of AlarmClock314
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, expiration date of 11/5/16. Pours nearly black with a medium sized khaki head. Smells of roasted malt, oats, and some char. The taste follows exactly; roasted malt, oats, and chart. Some mild bitterness. Weaker intensity smell and taste. Medium body and above average carbonation. Overall, it could use some more complexity/intensity, but it's a solid stout.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours midnight black with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of tan head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A rich and roasty dark malt forward aroma with hints of chocolate and coffee. Dark roasted barley malt with hints of dark chocolate, coffee beans, toast, smoke, biscuit, yeast, caramel, and oats. Sweet hints of molasses. Subtle hints of dark fruit and grassy hops. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a rich and roasty dark malt driven taste with notes of chocolate and coffee. Dark roasted barley malt with notes of dark chocolate, coffee, toasted bread, biscuit, smoke, oats, caramel, and yeast. Sweet taste of molasses. Subtle undertones of dark fruit and earthy hops. A pretty solid stout taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy, silky, and smooth with a drying finish.

Overall: A very solid stout. Good chocolate and coffee flavor with a nice creamy feel.

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Photo of scaliasux
3.42/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L - Dark brown - black. Appears clear. Thin light brown head - not persistent.
S - Dark and malty. Strong dark fruit, coffee, dark chocolate.
T - Dark malts dominate. Burnt toast, coffee, dark chocolate. Vague sweetness. A little resiny hops.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very cool how dry this is for a full bodied and quite strong stout. these usually coat the palate and finish sticky, but not this one, dry without having a substantial irish type yeast character, and malty and rich without being bitter or too thick, clever! i have liked all the beer ive had from these guys, and am surprised with beer this good that it took me so long to encounter their stuff. this is like a milk stout in that the oats give it the same body the lactose does, and it is toffee sweet in the middle, but doesnt carry that through. coffee is subtle in here despite the description, more earthy, almost rooty to me, sarsaparilla or something in there with all the chocolate malt and velvety oats. excellent beer overall, i need to get my hands on a lot more stuff from these guys, who have yet to introduce even a B level beer to my palate, all have been superior, and this one is too.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours very dark brown, approaching black in color, with a thick 2 finger head of dark khaki foam.

Tons of roasted malt character, chocolate, and slight coffee aroma, but you can definitely tell it's not true coffee.

Abundant oatmeal, chocolate, slightly nutty, and coffee-esque flavor.

Heavy-bodied, medium carbonation, soft, slightly chewy, a little slick and watery.

Overall, I definitely have to say while I enjoyed this beer, I think the use of actual coffee beans would definitely make me pick this up again, but not until then.

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Photo of jwc215
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown to black with a foamy, well-retained brown head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of robust coffee, rich chocolate, hint of anise and dark fruit.

The taste is of robust coffee/espresso with a rich chocolate (cake with chocolate frosting). Sweetness balanced by earthy tones and anise. It's very complex, rich and delicious!

Full-bodied but not too thick or syrupy. Very silky texture. Alcohol is well-hidden.

As rich and complex as it is , it is very drinkable and smooth. A delightful stout, to say the least.

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Photo of drpimento
5/5  rDev +25%

Excellent! Appearance is a thick velvety tan head that lasts forever; lots of lace and an opaque brown black color. Aroma at first is just dry dark roasted coffee and then the mall to comes on and I pick up more of vanilla and Cocoa and toffee. Flavor is like aroma; carbonic Tang is upfront but toned down there's a bit of sweetness but also tonedown; lovely beer. Body is perfect.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, date stamp appears to be smudged
A - deep dark brown with a foamy tan head
S - sweet dark chocolate, creamed coffee, roasted barley
T - huge dark chocolate notes, sweet malt, roasted barley, cream, oats, faint anise on the slightly peppery finish
M - fuller body, super creamy and smooth, ample carbonation
O - really good stout! Easy to drink, nice chocolate flavors. I'd drink this again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.49/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Trooper shaker pint glass.

I expected more of an oil reference, but, hey, I guess we live in a post-Horizon world, eh? Anyway, this stuff pours a straight black-brown topped by a finger of sienna foam. The nose comprises cocoa powder, roasted malts, and a hint of coffee. The taste holds notes of mild treacle, thin coffee, and a twinge of salted chocolate. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel, one that borders on being a bit thin. Overall, this is an okay stout, but it opts for straight-up bitterness in a relatively too-thin body rather than a richness of flavor and mouthfeel. I might have another, but I likely wouldn't be excited about it.

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Photo of bound4er
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Typical stout appearance - dark brown with a tan head of two fingers.

S. On the shy side - roasted malt, coffee and some prune notes.

T. Roasted malt and coffee followed by a nice hit of hops. Finishes long with a nicotine-like aftertaste.

M. Moderate, semi-creamy mouthfeel with matching level of carbonation.

O. This is a good, easy drinking everyday Stout. Glad AA released this into their everyday line of beers.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smooth, big roast, coffee, round and flavorful. A very solid example of an oatmeal stout, a welcomed bottle addition, and likely my favorite current Ale Asylum offering.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. No date. Poured into a snifter 11/4/2014.

A- Dark brown, verging on black, body with a nice two finger brown head. None of that mocha stuff- it's definitely dark brown hued, with good retention time, dropping into a moderate-thickness film and a nice large collar, some lacing. [4]

S- Rich dark malts. Milk chocolate, coffee, a lot of roasted malt aromas. Very rich and intense roast character that is complemented nicely by the sweetness of the milk chocolate and the mild bitterness of the coffee-like aromas. [4.25]

F- Milk chocolate sweetness, dark chocolate/cocoa bitterness, a touch of coffee. Lots of roast character as in the nose, it translates just as much to the palate. Impressively roasty but nicely balanced with the chocolate sweetness and bitterness. Packed full of flavour and a nice bit of complexity. Finish is a fairly benign earthy hop bitterness mixed in with some coffee and milk chocolate. [4.25]

M- Medium bodied. Would never accuse this one of being thin. Good carbonation, might have a bit more fizziness to it than I would like from my stouts. Finish is dry, not particularly slick or resinous like I would imagine from the name, but it is fairly dry and actually a bit refreshing because of the carbonation. [4]

O- Very solid stout without any adjuncts. I enjoy the roast character in my stouts, so it's nice to see a local brewer producing a big roast-forward stout with nice balance and a substantial mouthfeel. It's a lot like Obsidian Stout, but has less hoppiness and just as much overall flavour and complexity to it, even if the mouthfeel seems to be a bit thinner in comparison. [4]

Final score: 4.16

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Photo of Ri0
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into chalice. Best by 02-21-15.

A - Dark coffee brown with a cocoa colored 1.5 finger head. Retention is decent and the lacing is very fine webs and coats the glass.

S - Rich, dark, intense maltiness with both bitter and sweetness aromas. One would think there is chocolate and coffee added, so AA has really done a good job with the selection of roasted malts.

T - Not quite as good as the nose, but enjoyable. Bitter malts and coffee flavor up front. I pick up some bakers chocolate in the middle. Finish is bitter with a big roasted malt flavor.

M - It is medium bodied, smooth, somewhat creamy with a dry finish. I notice a slight grainy feel at the end, it is very fine.

O - This is not an imperial coffee stout and it isn't fair to compare it to Founders FBS. If you compare it to other oatmeal stouts you will see just how much this beer shines. I am impressed as I normally drink imperial stouts because I find regular stouts lacking. This has a ton of good flavor and feel and I almost thought it was an imperial stout.

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Photo of brentk56
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The pitch black liquid arrives with a rather modest head that fails to leave very much in the lacing department

Smell: Coffee and chocolate aromatics

Taste: Big coffee and chocolate flavors, up front, with a growing sweetness in the middle; some hops arrive in the finish to balance out the sweeter flavors

Mouthfeel: Full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I found this beer to be very enjoyable and liked the balance that the hops provided in the finish while not undermining the big coffee and chocolate flavors

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Photo of Lemke10
4.44/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Ale Asylum. This pours a dark brown color with a bubbly light brown head. The aroma is sweet with chocolate and hint of coffee. This taste like a big kid’s chocolate milk in the form of beer. Very interesting, I can’t say I’ve ever had anything quite like it.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.02/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For those that prefer the breakfast stout from Founder's will find this stout lacking somewhat. This beer poured a nice opaque with tan head that did not lace. The scent had roast and espresso base. The taste backed the scent up with ok roast and coffee. The mouthfeel was medium to light in body with subtle carbonation. could take or leave it...certainly not a 91 like other before me averaged.

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Photo of martyl1000
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

UPDATE: 04/10/15
12 oz. bottle at The Spot, Madison

Mm-hmm. Just as good as I remember it. Much more significant sweetness than in my original review (below). That and the semi-creamy body make me ask the bartender if it contains any dairy, since I'm lactose intolerant. The bigger body is also different from my review of 2012.

I so rarely drink regular-strength stouts, I haven't had a Big Slick in years. Pleased it can be a real go-to, as its availability is so good, in stores, bars, and restaurants of all stripes. Even corner markets with only the most pedestrian craft offerings commonly carry it.

Highly recommended to any of you FIBS out there who are seeing this in Illinois for the first time.


Orig. review (same score) 7/14/12

On tap at The Fountain (Madison).

Pours an 80%-chocolate brownish black, with a small tan head. Smells of roasty mocha.

Really nice clean black coffee flavor on the palate. Charred toast. No real sweetness. Some chocolate flavor.

A bit thin in the mouth. That's the real disappointment. Delicious, but just watery, without much tactile presence. But high drinkability because of it. It's pretty dangerous in that way.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to beery friend Kat, I'm drinking from a growler of Ale Asylum's Big Slick Stout tonight without a trip to Madison. Oatmeal Stout according to the Ale Asylum website, this beer is not your average smooth drinking, light oaty stout. Big and bold, I somehow forget that I really like this beer.

Cap of the growler was on super tight, and a slight hiss upon opening. Nice job. Head bubbles up only with effort though and creates a dark tan, brown streaked head that falls to the lace to the left. Well named, this beer is the color of dirty motor oil. Coffee and clean roast in the nose, and hint of spice from hop and maybe a little bit of the 7% alcohol. Full bodied mouthfeel support a light fresh coffe, roast malt, some dark cherry hidden in the background and that same spice from the nose. Smooth and cream from the oatmeal. Dry, slightly bitter finish lingers pleasantly.

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Photo of Florida9
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Ale Asylum. Served in a shaker pint with a good half inch of tan colored head. Decent retention and lots of lacing. Beer itself is a glossy black in color. Aroma is roasted malts and milk chocolate, but it's not very strong. Flavor is creamy chocolate, roasted malts, milk, and some toast. Mild bitterness. Creamy smooth mouthfeel with lighter carbonation. Very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft. Pint glass poured a dark brown/black color with a nice 1 finger, thick tan head. Slightly roasty coffee aroma but otherwise not an overly strong nose. Medium mouthfeel. Dark fruit and slight roast coffee. Pretty smooth. Slight sweetness. A little booze notes in the end. Nice lace. Overall, a decent nice drinking stout.

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