Road Slush Stout | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Road Slush StoutRoad Slush Stout

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Todd on 02-10-2006

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Reviews: 246 | Ratings: 612
Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Taste: Smooth, big dark chocolate malts, oatmeal makes for creamy mouthfeel, semi sweet. Roasted chocolate malt nose. Black/Brown, opaque, tan head of ringed lattice. Full but not heavy body.

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Photo of Bdubz94
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chocolate and roasted malt aroma. Pours black with small head that leaves pretty decent lacing. Very roasted taste, smooth and easy to drink. Good feel, a bit lighter than expected. Not New Glarus's specialty, but they still make a tasty stout.

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Photo of beerguy04
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark brown beer with a red tint. Not much of a head. No real smell. Tastes of subtle chocolate and coffee. Mouthfeel is light for a stout. Overall, it's okay.

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Photo of Schlitz74
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a very good stout, it has a good off white head and a fair amount of lacing left on the glass. This is a regional beer worth trying when you come to Wisconsin.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown, clear, with dark red highlights and a thin tan head that almost completely disappeared. Smells of deep, roasted malts and chocolate milk! Tastes very roasty, some chocolate, and even resembles banana nut bread in the finish. Feel is very smooth, a bit light, mildly creamy and pretty well balanced with bitterness only seeming to come from the roasted malts. Overall, this is a great oatmeal stout. Maybe a touch thin, but that only makes it more consumable. Cheers!

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Photo of Alan_Bats
3.37/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L- classic black stout
S- not many notes coming through. Would like more roasted character
T- can easily tell it is an oatmeal stout. But it's a little to "1-note." It needs more character at the end. More roasted barley would likely accomplish that. Slight roasted character, dried fruit and minor chocolate notes come through.
F- good body. Something that is important to the integrity of a stout, especially oatmeal stout.
O- good beer. One of New Glarus' best. Needs more depth but all the flavors that are present work well.

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Photo of barczar
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chocolate and roasted malt dominate the aroma.

Flavor is slightly acidic throughout, more roasty than chocolatey, with hints of licorice and a toasted barley finish.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L- pours dark brown, opaque, A thin, creamy, mocha head that leaves lacing.
S- A smokey, baking chocolate malt smell.
T- Malty sweetness that follows till the end. Slight chocolate and almost a very slight fig. Bitter, roasty finish.
F- Thin for a stout. bitterness causes some warming.
O- A thin stout with good chocolate and roasty finish.

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Photo of LeRose
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep, Dark brown, almost black, with a nice dense beige cap.

The aroma is of roasted malts with some sweetness, a little bready or maybe oatmealy, and a touch of chocolate. A bit of fruit emerges as the beer warms.

The taste is typical of a "light" stout, with none of the charred/burnt acrid taste that can happen. There is rather more of a milk chocolate taste than I expected, but still in a supporting role to the malts. I find a bit of acidity as well, but not enough to call it sour. Nice level of bitterness makes this a smooth drinker, and there is a fruit component I can't quite pin down. The mouthfeel reads porter more than stout, but I do like the creaminess and smoothness that the oatmeal contributes.

So...hmmm...overall, an easy drinkng, accessible stout/porter from a brewery that doesnt typically feature stouts. Tasty...check. Drinkable...check. Worth chasing after...not so much. I would call it more of a reliable every-day drinker that you dont need to fuss over.

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Photo of FBarber
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color - completely opaque. Velvety mocha head dissipates slowly leaving a layer of velvet foam with some sticky lacing. Beer appears somewhat thin to the eye particularly for a stout.

Smell has notes of roasted malts, oatmeal, chocolate, cocoa, and some raisin like aromas.

Taste is a very simple yet well crafted. Some roasted malts, oatmeal and fudge chocolate with a touch of dark fruit. Hops are there for bittering but take a back seat to the malts. Beer has some chocolate notes yet is not in any way too sweet.

Feel is certainly on the thin side for a stout - more what Id expect from a porter, but that does make it a very drinkable stout. Medium carbonation.

Overall a well crafted stout - stouts are not New Glarus' forte, but this is very good.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Solid appearance with black color and over and ounce of head that looks light brown. Cool aroma, was unique, wasn't all roast, had somethin' else going on there that gave it a lively red fruit edge to it.

Just solid taste, mix of roast and smoothness from the oats in the mouthfeel. From bitterness rounded out to a smooth mouthfeel and the dark fruit angle, it has a great mouthfeel and development as it warms.

Good reliable beer.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Dark brown with two finger head, fades with spots of lace. Roasty aroma and taste, mild vanilla sweetness, very mild smoke. Mouthfeel is thin but creamy. Solid oatmeal stout, enjoyed it.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a pitch black color with a thick and creamy khaki colored head that retains long after the pour, leaving some small patches of lace behind

S- dark roasted malt gives aromas of chocolate, charred popcorn & caramel. Sweet oats gives it a bit of a creamy aroma

T- dark and toasty up front with some notes of charred malt, chocolate, dark fruit, and some smoky and earthy notes. Mor char on the linger

M- medium body with moderate-low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a lighter creamy finish

O- with all of the barrel aging and added adjuncts to stouts these days, sometimes it's nice to just drink a straight up oatmeal stout

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The definition of a "shelf beer" both good and bad. Nothing special and not overally great, however if you see it on tap over winter, it's a perfect order.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

New Glarus Road Slush has a thick, beige head, that, unfortunately, dies away rather quickly and leaves little lacing. The aroma is of sweetness, brown bread, mild chocolate and coffee, and oats. Taste is the same, with an acidic char and bitterness, which seems to come more from the char rather than from any hop bittering. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and New Glarus Road Slush finishes wet, but with an underlying powdery aspect.


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Photo of kbwalters
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured cold into a pint glass. Fresh, within a couple of weeks.
Look = 4.5 Pours a cola brown into an opaque black with brown highlights. Three fingers of brown head; great retention and lace.
Aroma = 3.75 Oatmeal, kind of grainy notes. Roasted malts on the back end.
Taste = 3.75 Mild roasted malt flavors, grainy, oatmeal.
Feel = 4.5 Full bodied with light to medium carbonation. Very smooth.
Drinkability = 4.25 Easy drinking oatmeal stout.
Overall = 4.025 Another solid brew from New Glarus. Easy drinking with a great mouthfeel.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Acquired some of this from my mother on a recent trip to Wisconsin. My first encounter with this offering, their oatmeal stout.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - It pours a dark chocolatey brown; just a shade away from opaque in the glass with a hint of ruby showing through when held to the sunlight. One finger of khaki-cream colored head that thins to a ring. Moderate lacing left behind.

S - The aroma is pretty standard - lots of deep dark malt roastiness, bitter baking chocolate, some char, notes of cola, notes of smoke, cream, vanilla. The liquid smoke / ash aspect of the beer is a bit unattractive.

T - Taste brings in more of the same - char / roast / liquid smoke, dark malt roast, and some unsweetened bitter baking chocolate, vanilla, & cream.

M - The feel is smooth, creamy, but not nearly as silky as expected. Moderate carbonation.

Overall, an average, middle-of-the-road offering from New Glarus, though it is flavorful and very drinkable. Not likely something I would seek out from them again though.

New Glarus Road Slush -----3.5/5

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a brown with hints of both red and black. opaque due to the dark color. a two or so finger head forms and has pretty good retention and just a small lacing.

Smell: notes of chocolate, oatmeal, some roastiness. and light fruity esters.

Taste: opens up with chocolate covered oatmeal. nice and soft, finally giving way to a slight roasted malt character. back end has hints of fruity esters and earthy hops.

Mouthfeel: light and creamy. almost watery at times. some lingering bitterness.

Overall: a nice and drinkable light stout. good flavor and moderately complex. somehow it leaves me wanting just a little bit more, mostly in terms of roasted notes and mouthfeel.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Road slush pours black with a big lacing head. There is a big rich malty aroma, with sweet notes. The taste has a hint of smoke and a hing of chocolate, lots of sweet lactose flavors. A little watery, but still nice flavors. Overall its a very solid stout, not fancy, just straight forward.

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Photo of Aaron_Eicher
4.41/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

New Glarus is known for creating exceptional beers. Not because they are different, or extreme, but because they are the perfect embodiment of the corresponding beer style. Road Slush is no exception.

People will say that Guinness is a great stout to familiarize yourself with the style. That's good advice, but if you live in Wisconsin and want to drink dark beer, reach for a Road Slush.

This beer pours a medium dark brown, and smells of light roasted malts and a slight sugary sweetness. The beer has a great amount of body and mouthfeel attached to it as well.

The stout flavors of robust malts, roasted barley, and a hint of black coffee are prevalent and perfectly balanced. The beer is lightly hopped and allows for a finish of a light dark chocolate flavor.

My local grocery store sold these individually and my only regret is that I bought one instead of six.

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Photo of jwc215
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours very dark brown - almost black - with a thin lasting tan head.

The smell is of roasted coffee, chocolate, and dark earthy notes.

The taste is of sweet dark milk chocolate. Mild roast in the coffee-ish finish.

It could have a fuller flavor, but it is velvety smooth.

While not the most robust oatmeal stout, it does fit the style, and it is certainly smooth and easy-to-drink. A solid pick for an easy-drinking oatmeal stout!

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2/14/15 - Bottle - Smooth, clean pour, very smooth to drink. Taste and strength light but enjoyed while eating. Liked the hint of coffee. Never had an Oatmeal Stout before, but after trying this offering, I will seek out future Oatmeal Stouts and offerings from New Glarus - another reason to leave Illinois and head to Wisconsin!

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Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.31/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a La Fin Du Monde Tulip glass, courtesy of a trade with @humuloner22
A: Deep dark brown with a thick tan head. Better than expected lacing.

S: Roasted coffee, chocolate, some oatmeal.

T: Coffee up front with a slight bitterness, some chocolate some oatmeal. .

M: Medium bodied, appropriated carbonation Coffee lingers on the tongue.

Overall: Excellent example of the style. /Like a little brother to Founders Breakfast Stout or Wake n Bake.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours very dark brown with very prickly and lively tan carbonation.

Earthy, roasted coffee, chocolate, and a noticeable aroma of sweet oatmeal.

Slightly bitter coffee, roasty, earthy, and a non-overbearing sweetness of chocolate and cereal.

Light-medium bodied, medium-high carbonation, perky bubbles, slightly bitter, subtle sweetness.

Overall, I'm a big fan of this oatmeal stout. I don't generally expect a standard oatmeal stout to be mind blowing as oatmeal in itself is rather bland, but I am a fan of the style and this had a just enough flavor and lively carbonation to keep it interesting. Very good.

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Photo of Hoploaf
2.58/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.75

I had high expectations for this beer, but it was disappointing. I pours and tastes more like a dark lager or thinner porter. bubbles are large and dissipate quickly. If I made this beer myself I would call it a "miss".

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