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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ale Asylum
Wisconsin, United States
aleasylum.com

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Golden2wenty1 on 06-23-2006

BEER STATS
Reviews:
50
Ratings:
213
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
19.56%
 
 
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Photo of martyl1000
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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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 +2%
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 +1%
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 -10%
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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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Good stout, coffee aroma. Very dark brown coloured body with a thin head. Rich, smooth, chocolate malts. More coffee than chocolate. A good one for coffee fans, and even I, not a coffee regular, was fine with it. Above average mouthfeel.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice looking beer. Black body with a sturdy crop of brown froth on top. It stays around for the duration. Nice lacing as well. Aroma is sweet and chocolatey. Milk chocolate. A little chalky, in a good way. Roasty a bit. Nice aroma. The flavor comes through even more nicely. Cocoa powder and milk chocolate dominate in a subdued kind of way. A bit of a ghostly lactose presence....or is it ghostly. Nice roasted character. Medium bodied and quite velvety. Very easy drinking and flavorful...pre-requisites for an oatmeal stout in my book. Very good one here.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.41/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beers pours a black color, with a small tan head. There wasnt much in the ways of a smell. The taste with filled with a coffee flavor, but other then that the flavor was a bit watery. Easy to drink, if you like coffee. Overall not horrible, a bit light in overall flavors for a stout.

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Photo of AmberMan22
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

had this on tap last night at Brickhouse BBQ, which incidentally has a dynamite selection of tap brews.

Pours a pretty close to solid black with a milk-chocolate colored head.

Smells incredibly chocolatey, roasty, lots and lots of malt.

Taste was just shy of perfect, I felt there was too much bitter/sour feel in the beer. That didn't sit very well with the extraordinarily high levels of chocolate flavor, which is also probably why I didn't give this better drinkability. Honestly made me a little queasy.
Otherwise, full roasty malt flavors (heavy on the chocolate) come soaring to the forefront.

Mouthfeel was full and rich, though -- I'd definitely say give this one a shot. I know I'll give it a 2nd chance to redeem itself.

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Photo of blackearth
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Ale Asylum in Madison, WI. Pours a black body with a dark khaki head. Aroma is faint toasted malts and a sugary sweetness. Mouthfeel is full bodied with low carbonation. Flavor is mostly dark roasted malts and a sweet aftertaste. Good drinkability.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Old Fashioned, Madison, WI on 8/7/09.

A - Body appeared as liquid darkness impervious to light with a minimal burnt mocha head that reduced to a patchy film and left sparse amount of lacing on the glass.

S - Initial aroma is comprised of a nutty malt character, sweet lactic notes, chocolate, flaked oats and a hint of earthy hops. Coffee becomes more pronounced as the liquid reached room temperature.

T - Iced coffee dominates the flavor with some chocolate and lactic notes sweetening the pot a bit. A nutty malt character persists throughout. Finishes with more roastiness, some earthy hop bitterness and subtle alcohol notes.

M - Medium bodied with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel and just a touch of carbonation on the tongue. Finishes with mild alcohol warmth, moderate bitterness and faint astringency on the palate.

D - Fine oatmeal stout with a prevalent coffee character and lots of flavor. Good stuff.

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Photo of botham
4.85/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the brewpub in Madison. Pours black with two fingers of creamy tan head and no lacings, along with great retention. Aroma is of mild roasted malts, chocolate, and a bit of coffee up front, along with an overall richness that is quite smooth and a very well crafted overall profile. Very well put together.

Taste follows the nose with superb proportioning and a perfect amount of richness. Silky smooth on the palate with a perfect amount of roasted malt, chocolate malt, and black malt character that combine to form silky black goodness. Very easygoing on the palate without ending up overly rich or watery. Just right.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and perfectly balanced, with a silky smooth texture and a satisfying finish of residual black malt and smooth chocolate.

Drinkability is wonderful. The flavors blend together perfectly to create a smooth, well proportioned beer with just enough richness to sustain the black malt character, but still smooth enough to stay drinkable. An exceptional brew from Ale Asylum. Cheers!

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Photo of fosterific
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at ale asylum, this was just what I needed after the ballistic. I just love me a good stout.
Pour a very nice black with a good roasted character coming though the smell.
The taste was excellent, well balanced. Perfect for a cold rainy afternoon.
Of the 3 beers I had well I was at ale asylum, this was by far my favorite. I think I saw that ABV as being in the 7s if I remember right. Didn't show that, even as it warmed.
Good beer!

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Photo of madtowndmb1
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured black! There was nice tan head that stuck around for quite some time!

S: Not as much coffee as I like but the malt and caramel was there and smelled good.

T: There was a smokiness to this beer that I was pleasantly surprised by. Also I got some bitter chocolate flavors along with the malty backbone one would expect. A great drinker.

This is one of my favorites from Ale Asylum. It does seem to vary from time to time. The brewery has it listed as a Oatmeal Stout, but I didn't get any oats at all. It is also 7% ABV.

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Photo of hopdog
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Ale Asylum Brew Pub.

Poured a dark brown, almost black, color with an averaged sized tan head. Aromas of roast, coffee, chocolate, and lactose. Tastes of roast, coffee, vanilla, and light chocolate. Creamy body. Lacing left on the glass.

Notes from 7/23/07

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Photo of leftmindedrighty
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Ale Asylum

Dark and creamy looking in the glass.

Smell, heavy toffee and coffee aroma

Taste, A slick body of beer washes over the tongue. Big coffee flavors stand out as well. Hints of nuts and toffee come threw more and more with each sip. A little bitterness, but more roasty sweet.

Overall, this was an awesome Oatmeal Stout, as that's what this is. Not just an American stout. Great beer, hands down on the best I had there.

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Photo of Derek
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the brewery. 7% abv.

A: Black with a dark tan head, some retention, great lace.

S: Coffee, roasted grain, licorice, light spice.

T: Coffee, molasses, dark bread, dark chocolate, licorice, slight fruity ester presences with a little warmth from the alcohol. Very nice.

M: Moderate to full body is very smooth.

D: Very drinkable for its strength.

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Photo of Deuane
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Black with a thin tan head leaving spotty lacing.

S-Light roasted malt aroma with some hints of coffee and chocolate.

T-Nice, rich, full flavour of roasted barley and light coffee. Gives way to a very smooth and rounded finish.

M-Medium-heavy body with ful mouth end in a pleasant bitterness.

D-A solid oat stout. Really nice, Good, roasty aftertaste.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank on-tap at Ale Asylum.
A-Poured an opaque brownish-black w/dense brown head.
S-Sweet toasted chocolate malt, caramel, coffee. The aroma is whole and creamy.
T-Sweet malt on the attack, with toast, coffee, and chocolate midpalate, and a bitter, cleansing, liberally hoppy finish. The aftertaste is a blend of bitterness from the roast and hops, and the sweet coating that remains on the tongue. Very satisfying.
M-Terrific balance between bitterness and sweetness. The body is medium-heavy, thick, and creamy. The carbonation is light, and goes well with the overall character.
D-Excellent, smooth, and tasty. So easy to drink, even in warm weather. I really like the overall offering from Ale Asylum, and this is my favorite thus far.
Thanks to Dean for a tour of the brewery. The food's decent too.

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Photo of cdkrenz
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Decent instantaneous lacing from the 1/2 inch of dark brown head. The body is "tar black" as my BA Buddy WJVII would put it.

Smell - Chocolate and malt aromas with a subtle coffee scent as well.

Taste - This flavor is really good. Soft and sublte malts with just enough hints of chocolate to make it really interesting.

Mouthfeel - This brew goes down smooth and easy and I'm happy to sip this brew for times without end.

~ This beer is sessionable just because of how easy it goes down. I have to admit though, after putting almost an entire growler back last night my head was pounding. Regardless of that I certainly recommend this brew.

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Photo of cokes
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Generally black, or at least dark, opaque chocolate brown, as that's what it edges to when held up to a light source. The head is smallish and tan, and then relocates to form a lasting necklace.
The nose exudes equal parts espresso and dark chocolate. It also brings underpinnings of black currant, liquorice, and vanilla-caramel nougat. Oats bring a juxtaposed flaked and creamed notion of grain.
It's all Mocha Latte when it first crosses the tongue, the divides to roasted grain and deep chocolate malt. Molasses, liquorice, and blackberries form in the depths. Oats add smoothness to the grain quotient and mingle with a growing smokiness, as chocolate-covered walnuts materialize in the midsection. Milk chocolate reforms and carries through the finish with gentle notions of evergreen hops and burnt coffee.
Medium-full in texture, and appropriate slick with minuscule carbonation.
This not overly strong, but it is a beefy stout. However, it remains drinkable in rapid succession due to the harmony of its ingredients and flavors. Verily an archetype of the style.

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Photo of Thanby
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Opaque dark brown with a decent size creamy dark head and heavy lacing.

Smells of sweet oats, caramel and a rich smoky malt. Not as much coffee scent as most stouts. Hint of nuts and citrus.

Smoky and well-blended. The caramel and roasted oats fit right in with nothing too prominent. The nuts and citrus only show up as vapors in the aftertaste.

Rich and heavy medium body, full flavor all the way through with no watery-ness that comes from improperly-brewed stouts. A smoky oak flavor comes through as it sits on the tongue. The bitterness from the roasted malt is nice and mellow the whole way through, not too much and not too little. Overall a very well-balanced and amazingly tasty stout. I would expect nothing less from Asylum.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes:
Typical appearance: black body with a creamy dark tan head. Good retention. Some lacing. The flavor is rich and buttery with notes of caramel and creamy coffee. It's smooth, with a bold bitterness across the middle but a good balance. Medium bodied, it just slightly hints at creaminess. It finishes smooth with lingering toffee and bittersweet chocolate. Coats the tongue! A most enjoyable beer during cold weather! My girlfriend liked this one the best.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big Slick Stout...growler filled, to the top, the very top, Sunday afternoon at Ale Asylum, Madison, WI, and being consumed Wednesday night at my kitchen table, Minneapolis, MN....


Black as Beelzebub's britches, with a thinnish, cocoa-toned, roasty head of foam...

Roasty nose ...REAL roasty, and toasty, and dark, rich, dripping with espresso and chocolate... a wonderfully heady aroma, exactly epitomizing what one wants in a stout.

Tastin' it...ah, this is good! Bubbling espresso beans, brassy bitter-sweetness, bold chocolatey flavors...full-bodied, long finish...here's a classic stout...damn good....could use a better name, though...big, and slick is okay, needs more pomp and circustance.

but as far as stoutness goes, this reigns supreme...damn good! They should add this to the bottling lineup, and keep the stoutophiles fed!
I'd be more than happy to have this as my local brewed stout.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice little head that retains for a little while and has a great little lacing. Color is black and pretty. Chocolate notes with some good roasty malts in the backbone. The taste is nice and chocolatey when it hits the tongue and when it falls on to the back of the tongue it's nice and roasty, very enjoyable. Mouthfeel is very carbonated, but the bubbles are smooth and velvetty. I love this stout and will probably get more every single time I go back to Madison.

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Photo of uwmgdman
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From what I recall of my sample tray....

A: Nice black color, thin, but persistent tan head.

S: Moderate roasted aroma.

T: Initially a moderate-low sweetness, followed by a moderate roasted, coffee-like flavor. Finish has just a touch of diacytel, which I enjoyed, and possibly a hint of alcohol which surprised me.

M: Very creamy, full bodied, very well done.

D: Good, especially for the style, full-bodied and creamy without being over the top.

Overall: Again a great offering. Mouthfeel is great, good flavor. I can't knock this brew. Give it a try.

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