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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Photo of mattfungus
4.83/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Love it, love it, love.

This beer tastes like hershey's special dark, maybe better. It has the nose of a cigar and a nice rich foam.

Until I met this beer, Hinterland's Winterland was my favorite dark chocolatey brew, now its this.

The orange color on the bottle is a little deceiving, cause its a nice dark chocolate brown.

I just wanna put one in the freezer in a paper bag for half an hour and see if I can make a slushy out of it.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.77/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - deep mahogany brown around the edges. A tan head, thin but sticky.

Aroma - strong roasted grain with accents of coffee grounds.

Taste - good roasted grain again, as it smells. A fine coffee flavor in there also. A brief touch of sweetness on the swallow and lots of roasty flavors on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - smooth with a good body. Medium carbonation, in step with the style.

Drinkability - a fine session stout. Much thanks to brdc for this diamond in the rough acquired at DLD08.

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.71/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great beer. I had this beer as the people i was with wouldnt try it they are all busch light drinkers and nothing else. It was my first oatmeal stout and it was good. At the time I wasnt big into craft so i didnt pour into a pint glass. Oatmeal and nuts was the taste. i was addicted but havent had the beer since. Also willing to trade for some of this beer

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Photo of peterpapermaker
4.68/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New at this but I don't think words will be too difficult to come by after a couple of these.

A - Almost totally black. A mohogany color lines the bottom of the glass where just a tiny bit of light is able to peek through.

S - Roasted malts, dark chocolate, and coffee in the nose of this one.

T - Seems to change with every sip. Strong notes of espresso, dark chocolate, and roasted malts as evidenced in the smell are backed up by undertones of toffee and caramel.

M - A little thin for a stout for me. Medium carbonation.

O - A very sessionable stout that should probably be stocked up on as it is seasonal.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours an inky black color, with a thick brown head. The head fades slowly, leaving few laces.

This beer has a malty sweet aroma. It smells of dark chocolates. I also smell the burnt malts. A slight coffee aroma is present. Molasses is also noticable.

This beer tastes strongly of coffee. It has a sweet malty, dark chocolate flavor. It has a very slight smokey flavor, but only if you look for it. I think this beer tastes great.

This beer is a little thin for a stout. It goes down smooth, leaving a coffee like aftertaste. It is carbonated well for the style.

I think this beer would make a great session beer. It tastes great, and the alcohol content is not too high. I think that if I could get this beer more often, it might be one of my regulars.

Thank you thomashardy for this nice surprise. I owe you one.

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Photo of JustinMatthew
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Part of a resent trade with my buddy Jerod out in Iowa. Thanks again! This is easily my new favorite oatmeal stout.

Pours black as night with a fluffy khaki colored head that dissipates pretty slowly and laces well throughout. Smell is of sweet oats, toasty malts and some cacao. The taste is fantastic.. Fluctuates gracefully from sip to sip.. Toffee, Milk chocolate, espresso, sugary oat flakes, milk, and Caramel. Toffee notes lingering sip to sip. This was way to smooth and delicious to sip on with a bag of chocolate covered pretzels.

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Photo of happygnome
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: pours a dark brown color with a few ruby hues around the edge of the glass, semi transparent
s: roasted malts, coffee cocoa, sweet roasty malts very inviting flavor i like it a lot
t: roasted cocoa and coffee taste very nice
m: medium bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation

overall, i really enjoyed this, ive hunted it for a long time and havent been able to find it in western wisconsin

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Photo of timmlimestone
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Dark, Dark Dark. Poured to a black of blacks. Very little light coming through the glass.

Smell - Hints of peat smoke come first. But overall the beer is smooth smelling.

Taste - Smoked a little. Very strong black malt presence. Oats non existant. Nice smooth strong feel to it.

Mouthfeel - smooth, and light. Not too acidic nor alcoholic.

drinkibility - It is a strong and slow beer made for a winter night here in Wisconsin.

Overall - This is a very good very strong stout. STOUT STOUT STOUT LET IT ALL OUT!

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Photo of BobbyBeerman
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Retired?? Can't be. I just got a bottle of it. I know New Glarus Brewing is just selling in Wisconsin because it cannot keep up with production. But my friends just came back from a trip up there and brought me back a bottle.

And to my friends, the Schmit family, I am eternally grateful for bringing me back the sampler.

A: This pours a dark mahogany brown but not black. Light can actually make it through it. An average pour produces a thin tan head that fades to a ring that persists throughout the drinking experience but does not produce any lacing.

S: A swirl releases a roasty malt aroma with hints of coffee and chocolate. Everything I would expect from a good solid stout regardless of its funny name.

T: The taste doesn't stray far from the smell. A good solid stout - coffee, dark chocolate (but not over the top), roast malts, and just a hint of smoke in there. Well balanced flavor in there.

M: Not as thick as some stouts but that is ok. Very easy on the mouth. Not overly carbonated.

D: Smooth, easy on the mouth, tasty. This is very easy to drink. I love it. I'm partial to stouts anyway but this is a good one. I would recommend it to all my friends but you can't buy it here in Illinois. I guess I will continue to rely on the kindness of friends.

Blessed be the Brew!!

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Photo of 312HopBomb
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle served in a Midwest Brewers fest pint glass.

Huge frothy head is one of the biggest I've seen on a stout. Dark brown color. Settles to a surface covering with solid sheets of thick foam coating the sides of the glass.

Smell is huge roasted malt and oatmeal.

Taste a slightly sweet roast, coffee and dark cocoa. Not a dark roasted bitter stout. More like a dark brown ale.

Mouthfeel is medium with above average carbonation for this style.

Overall a different take on a stout and very well crafted. The appearance stood out with the head and lacing. I really enjoy all the beers from New Glarus.

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again goes out to flyingbison for this one. I love New Glarus and I love Oatmeal Stouts, so this is one I've been looking for for a while now. You da man Steve!

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a dark molasses with some ruby highlights. A foamy two finger light khaki colored head slowly dies down to creamy layer of goodness. Thick lacing is left behind on the sides of the glass, I like where this is going. Smokey malts, toasted oat, and kettle korn popcorn up front on the nose. Some charred wood, earthy hops, and leather in the aroma as well. A lot going on in terms of smell, I love it. Sweet coffee flavor at first followed by caramel and chocolate malts. Brown sugar, wood, and creamy oatmeal midway with a somewhat bitter aftertaste with hints of licorice. Light to medium body with a bit of a rough feel to it. Carbonation is on the strong side for the style but I don't seem to mind. Road Slush went down pretty quick, but that's what happens when a beer is this tasty. I love this beer, my third favorite (tied with Ipswich) Oatmeal Stout with St. Ambroise at #1 and Black H20 #2. Make this a year round New Glarus, please!!

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.44/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours an opaque black color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is of roasted malt, cream, and milk chocolate. The taste is of delicate roasted malts, with chocolate and hints of coffee. There is a nice moderate roasted malt bitterness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is a little fuller than medium bodied with a velvety texture, and appropriately low carbonation. Overall, this is a fantastic Oatmeal Stout. I could easily drink this again and again.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Uhhh, it looks black and opaque and has a khaki head. It isn't the most impressive-looking Stout, but it is leaving a lot of lace.

S - Amazing nose; delicious notes of chocolate, slight coffee, and super smooth oat, with roastiness present but generally transformed into the aforementioned dimensions. It reminds me of the smell of instant café mocha, prior to the addition of hot water.

T - The taste is good, though certainly a bit different than the nose. The café mocha is there, though it is toned down a bit in comparison to the nose. The oat makes its impact in the addition of an intangible smoothness, and there is also a mineral astringency to the malt that makes it seem much lighter (or more pale) than it is, perhaps attributable to the oat (and perhaps not.) Finally, there is an appreciable hop that comes in at the end and lingers, providing herbal and vaguely floral notes on the finish.

M - Nice, creamy and smooth. On the big side of medium-bodied. Refreshing too.

D - I wasn't expecting this good of a beer, to be honest. I don't know why, though; Carey and Co. hit home runs like Barry Bonds would on a gallon of 'The Clear'.

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Photo of Jayli
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from Dunt from the Support Your Team BIF so a BIG THANK YOU goes out to him!! This bad boy has been on my wants for a long time!
Poured in to a pint glass.

A: This beer pours nice ruby, chestnut, chocolate brown with a two finger of off white/khaki/light brown creamy head. Head recedes slowly and leaves a sheet of lacing that simply hangs on the glass.

S: Nose is fantastic rich espresso, burned malts, roasted malts, and bitter chocolate notes.

T: Taste starts with a nice strong espresso tasting, some mild sweet malts come in just a little bit before having a nice crisp oatmeal flavoring. Burnt, charred malt flavorings come through in the middle and a hint of citrus hop flavoring finish this one out.

M: lighter side of medium body, low to medium carbonation, nice light crisp feel.

D: Goes down easily, nicely balanced, mild kick, nice representation of style. This is a beer that I would sit with for the duration!

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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 hoppymeal
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark black with a reddish tan and tight head that fades quickly. Aroma is a medium size roastiness with some malt ball and chocolate sweetness. Also hints of smokiness and milk sugary sweetness. Taste follows these lines with a nice balance chocolate sweetness up front followed by an acidic like, milky roastiness and finishing with cola and chocolate. Medium to heavy body and incredibly silky smooth, carbonation is velvety with just a little tingle on the tongue. Highly drinkable, outstanding representation of the style.

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Photo of Chugmonkey
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, did this deliver! What a solid satisfying brew. Not creamy & black like most stouts, had more the feel & taste of a monster big brown ale. Roasty caramel, chocolate, coffee?, very complex. But it had a great balance as well - nothing overpowered anything else.

There is a lot going on in this beer boy, kind of like a SA Boston Lager on steroids & darker - mahogony colored. Great beer, I enjoyed every sip trying to identify all of the great flavors. This one is a winner.

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Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an opaque dark chocolate color with a beige head that drops rather quickly and leaves only a few shards of lace

Smell: Milk chocolate and oatmeal aroma

Taste: Opens rather chocolatey, with a nice cocoa powder and oatmeal character that moves in a slightly bitter and minty direction by mid-palate; after the swallow, the mint flavor lingers above the chocolate, with slight roasty bitter tones as well

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, rather creamy, with moderate to low carbonation

Drinkability: All in all, a very nice oatmeal stout, particularly if you like a lot of chocolate flavor

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Photo of WastingFreetime
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out into a pint glass absolutely opaque dark black with ruby highlights around the edges, one and a half fingers of fluffy sand colored head with light lacing and fair retention. Smells mostly like a dark chocolate mocha coffee, with a side of roasted grain aroma in the background. Tastes of all of these things from the nose with the addition of a light raisin-like fruitiness in the finish. Very silky smooth and creamy in texture, almost velvety even. A very good oatmeal stout indeed, I'm having great difficulty nitpicking any faults or issues out of it.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a jet black color with two fingers of tan head. Lots of sticky lacing left on the glass. The smell is malty and sweet, with some toffee and caramel tones under roasted malt. Very pleasant. The taste starts with sweet roasted malt. It's not burnt malt, just a full roast. Lots of caramel sweetness and a hint of nuttiness as well. The finish is pure sweetness. The mouthfeel is a little light and oily. The drinkability is absolutely awesome. This is a great oatmeal stout. Thanks to Kev for sharing!

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Photo of DeaconBluez
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

much thanks to thomashardy for this 12 oz sharing

beautiful pitch black beer with brownish red edges and chocolate milk colored head. nice 1 1/2 finger head, accompanied by some with nice lacing. nice, sweet cocoa and espresso. very up in your face. taste is very much the same, but somewhat more tame. the mouthfeel is somewhat thin, not like a lot of the stouts out there. overall, this was a very pleasing beer. i really wish i had more access to new glarus, the haven't disapointed me yet.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with kmpitz2. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/8" brown head over the opaque dark brown brew. Head fades slowly, with heavy coating lacing. Aroma is rich and hearty dark grains, oatmeal apparent. Flavor is just right for an oatmeal stout. No domination of chocolate or coffee, just a nice balance that allows the oatmeal character to shine through. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, and drinkability is excellent as well. Nice stuff.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dogbrick for the chance to sample this one.

Aroma: Dark wet grains, roasted barley, dark creamed coffee, oats, and a touch of sweetness.

Appearance: Inky black pour with a fluffy tan head. A few carbonation streams through the body.

Flavor: Coffee grounds, charcoal, burnt grains (maybe black patent), a touch of oats, and a hint of sweetness. The roasted character definitely dominates.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, mildly astringent.

Overall impression: This one's a winner in my book. I'd have this in my regular rotation if available. I'm a fan of the strong roasted character and just enough sweetness to not cave in your palate. Strongly recommended.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.31/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall New Glarus Signature Pilsner Glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark blackish brown with a hint of ruby. Moderate amount of bubbles and a solid one finger of beige head which settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A toasty and roasty malt forward aroma with hints of chocolate, oatmeal, and caramel. Dark roasted barley malt with hints of chocolate, oatmeal, caramel, and toast along with some hints of coffee, nuts, biscuit, cream, and yeast. Sweet hints of brown sugar. Subtle hints of earthy hops. A very solid toasty smell.

Taste: Like it smells, a nicely toasty and roasty dark malt driven taste with good notes of chocolate, oatmeal, and caramel. Upfront roasted malt with notes of dark chocolate, oatmeal, toast, and caramel as well as some coffee, biscuit, nuts, and yeast. Sweet notes of cream, milk, and brown sugar. Backing notes of earthy hops. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy and smooth with a fairly drying finish.

Overall: A very good version of an Oatmeal Stout. Good dark malt and oat flavors with a nice creamy body.

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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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Road Slush Stout from New Glarus Brewing Company
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