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 Greggy
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a 1+ finger head over a dark black body. Only the faintest sight of brown can be seen when held to the light. The beer leaves some lacing as well.

S- Big roastiness, toasted grain, caramel, chocolate, big coffee, and light hops. Nice complexity.

T- Starts out very smooth and chocolaty with nice toasted grains and quickly moves to a dry chocolate finish. Not as much complexity as I would have hoped for but it's good nonetheless.

M- Silky smooth mouthfeel and nice dry finish. Carbonation is light and spritzy.

D- Very nice drinkable stout but I felt it didn't really have the complexity it deserved. Overall though, I would drink this again.

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Photo of Wisconsin
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I came across this beer while going through a small, local liquor store in Northern Wisconsin. I was absolutely shocked to see a beer that was released over a year ago still on the shelf. I was skeptical of how well this would look and taste but after having one, it matches what I can remember about this beer so here goes:

A - Big, frothy body that is dark brown, almost black in appearance. The head is tan and rises to about two inches above the body and fades slowly to a lace.

S - Chocolate, malts and oatmeal notes along with some toffee, caramel and cream. The beer just smells real smooth. Nothing overpowering or bitter. The smell also improves as the beer warms.

T - Silky smooth taste. This beer tastes much like it smells, with the creamy chocolate and malts hitting your mouth initially. There are also some toffee and cream notes that make the complexity of this beer full and smooth, not bitter.

M - Chocolate and malty notes hit your mouth first with a silky smooth transition to toffee and cream. Very enticing as this beer warms up.

D - For the style its very high. From November to March I could have quite a few of these in a sitting.

Cheers Dan!

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Photo of jimmah120
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with no date

Pours a very dark mahogany/amber with a frothy 3cm mocha head. Aroma is dark chocolate, coffee, toffee, cocoa powder, and roasted nut. Taste is similar - semisweet but dry cocoa powder at first, roasted malt flavorings and sweet toffee next, ending with a touch of bitter piney hops and warm barley. Mouthfeel could be a little creamier and a little less drying.

Almost more of a full-flavored brown ale than an oatmeal stout, this dark brew is nutty, chocolatey, and bitter. Great beer.

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Photo of Onenote81
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle sent to me from BeerFMAndy. Huge thanks! This one has been on my 'wants' list for quite some time...

Poured into my Highland pint glass. Pours a dark cola-color with a thick tan head on top. A good two-fingers worth for sure. A very pleasing bouquet with fresh cookies, dark breads, sweet warm malts. Really nice nose.

Excellent body here too as the oats impart a creamy smooth texture, while the moderate carbonation sharpens the edges. Chocolate malt, brown sugar-sweetened oatmeal, little bit of caramel sweetness. Very well-done beer here. After my last NG experience, I needed a good reminder was to why this is one of my top-5 breweries. This beer reminded me. Thanks, Andy.

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Photo of Buebie
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Working in St. Croix WI has its perks. Picked up this sixer tonight after work for around $9

Poures out pitch black, no light showing through. The head billowed quite a bit, almost annoyingly because I couldnt put all the bottle in there. Bit it left a fantastic lace show. Whipped light fluffy head leaving half an inch of dark brown topping and thick lace dallops along the glass walls.
Aroma is super chocolaty with rich oaty aroma and woody cocoa nibs. As Alstrom stated it does smell of cake batter too, because I cant think of another way to describe it.
Tasting almost as it smells but with malted milk balls, a bit more chocolate and something resembling lactose.
This is very smooth and delicate, with mild carbonation balancing the feel.
Finishing bitter, with roasted grains and mild earthy hops.

This is a terrific beer. So glad I picked it up.

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Photo of doubleshovels
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black as my cat, this Oatmeal Stout shows no signs of visible light through my pint glass. As this beer warmed and breathed the coffee and mild hickory smoke gave way to fresh scents of roasted oats. Dark and dry without being thick or sweet, this is a stout that I will share with friends.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I decided to have two more tastings before a long cutoff. This was the first and was done solo, served cold and into a pint glass, these were consumed on 11/18/2010.

Some of the last of the New Glarus offerings I have never had. I decided to knock out two of them last night. The pour here was of a massive dark brown nature. Nearly opaque with a nice head of dark tan that rose up to around an inch before settling back down. Nice lacing along the sides fades quickly. Aroma is of deep roasted malts, brown sugar, caramel and a light chocolate note that seems to build with time. Nice touches of vanilla balancing in here now as well. Clean flavor, nothing rough about it at all as the brown sugar and vanilla really take over the profile and provide a very smooth, and very even feel to it. Warm roasted malts and hints of chocolate. Light vanilla and a super sweet, creamy finish.

What can I say about this, a wonderful stout and yet another great offering from New Glarus.

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Photo of nova009
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- pours a deep dark brown, half finger fizzy head appears and slowly dissipates to a nice layer right on the surface, spotty lacing

S- wow this is a fantastic smelling stout, dark chocolate, roasted coffee that smells like it was just brewed, roasted malt, vanilla, smells incredible

T- bitter chocolate, roasted malt, slight sweetness, a strong taste of black coffee, very tasty the flavors mix well together

M- heavy body, creamy and smooth, low carbonation makes it go down easy

O- very nice oatmeal stout, it's a shame you can only grab this beer in WI, luckily I now live in Chicago and am only about an hour away from the border, I will def pick this one up again if I get the chance

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Photo of motorhed
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack of this from the Nova of Hudson. Poured from a bottle into a Surly Power of the Pint glass.

A -- Dark black in color with a light tan head, about 1" head on pour. Dissipates to a thin layer within a couple of minutes. Light levels of lacing as it goes down in the glass.

S -- Sweet chocolate, nice scent of roasted malts, and some coffee notes in the background.

T -- Chocolate, sweetness up front, some hop bitterness, creamy and a nice malt base. Seems to finish on the dry side. Very tasty, loving this stout.

M -- Creamy, smooth, finishes dry. Full bodied with medium level of carbonation.

O -- I loved this stout. A very solid beer from New Glarus, like i have always come to expect. They put out such solid brews that i drive to Hudson to get them. I think this is a very well balanced stout that is on the sweet side but still well balanced. I will definitely recommend this beer to stout fans.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours a very very deep brown to black color with a finger of tan head that falls slowly to a full and solid coat over the top. Clarity is not apparent because of the darkness of the brew. Solid looker. Nose is rather rich, with solid roasted malt bite, with a very modest chocolate and light caramel sweetness, with a solid creamyness from the oats brings it all together. I like it. Flavor is much more focused on the oat creamyness and chocolate sweetness. Its initally slightly fruity, chocolatey, caramel and creamy, moving towards a moderate roast, finishing with a light bitterness from the hopping. The fruityness is hard to describe. Its not raisin or fig, just a generic fruityness. Mouthfeel is moderate with a light carbonation, but with a very creamy smoothness to it. Nicely done. Overall, this one is a fairly nice oatmeal stout. The nose is what wins me over in this one. The flavor is a close second, but I'd drink this one again...easily.

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Photo of warrendietrich2001
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Received as an extra with a trade from LegitCraftBeer so thank you very much for this nice beer.
A very nice looking beer. Pours a very dark brown. Nice 2 inch head that quickly died down leaving behind heavy lacing. Looks like how I want my beer to look.
Smell was nice had a nice roasted scent to it with a hint of chocolate.
Good taste with the chocolate up front and the roasted oatmeal seemed to linger on my tongue for quite sometime.
I liked this beer I had Velvet Merkin last week and I prefer the Road Slush.

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Photo of deereless
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Medium brown in color, slight murkiness to the beer, head is thick and lightly tanned and shows good retention - 4.00, S: The nose is loaded up with black coffee and dark fruits such as dried dates, nicely roasted aromas and with a very subtle sweetness - 4.50, T: Lots of coffee and chocolate, quite sweet, very roasty with a faint bitterness on the tail end of the beer - 4.00, M: As expected from an oatmeal stout the mouth feel is quite creamy and medium to full bodied - 4.00, D: A very enjoyable and drinkable stout - 4.00

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Photo of indy169
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sweet Mother of Stout.
The new one from New Glarus is a creamy, rich treat.
I picked up 6 on an cold sloppy Wisconsin evening filled with lots and lots of Road Slush, the real stuff. The choice was fitting for the day.
Pours deep, dark, and almost black. Respectable head for an oatmeal stout.
Smell is light compared to the taste. Taste is rich with smooth chocolate malt crafted with precision. Feels great on the mouth and I could drink these all night long. B+

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Photo of Brian700
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a deep brown with a tan head that leaves decent lacing.

The aroma is of chocolate & roasted malt.

The flavor is also of some chocolate and roasted malt with some nice oatmeal pick-up.

The mouthfeel is full bodied with medium carbonation.

This is a great beer especially for $6 a 6 pack. Very drinkable.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black. Thin brown foam lasts but a minute before slipping to a fluffy collar ring. Minimal lace sticks as most of the residue glides back into the liquid.

Nice aroma of dark chocolate oatmeal cookies; fluffy and fresh with a slight burnt sugar base and some warming alcohol to it.

Taste is about the same. Minor chocolate fluff with a slightly charred oaty tone with a pleasingly clean robust fashion to its flavors. Smooth and very rounded and a simple finish of creamy cocoa.

Feel is soft and creamy smooth with a nice reducing texture of chocolate and oaty fluff with a simple floating dryness.

Yum! I like this Oaty stout. A solid drinker and a keeper from NG.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this brew in a trade with Greggy, Thanks Greg!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - black color with a light tan head that left some decent amounts of lacing.

S - roasted coffee/malt aroma.

T - roasted coffee and chocolate flavors all the way through.

F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.

D - very easy to drink, flavorful stout.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Either the darkest shade of brown possible before hitting black, or just black. Head is mocha-tan and splats thick walls of lace on the glass almost immediately, while a half-inch layer hangs around a long time into the session. It's quite the looker.

Aroma reminds me of this stuff called Caro, a powdered product from Holland that's like a cocoa-ish coffee, or a coffee-ish cocoa, always very nutty and roasty. Milky too. But Karo has a vaguely artificial slant to it, and this certainly does not.

Each time I bring this to the lips, I'm struck as much by the silky smooth mouthfeel as I am the flavor. Think Guinness with a more active carbonation. The flavor is chocolate, coffee, nuts, grain, frothed cream...pretty much all the requisite elements of a good oatmeal stout, along with a wonderfully fluffy texture.

Drinkable? Oh heck yes...although even a low ABV stout like this (I'm guessing it's low ABV) isn't something I'd want more than one of. Another fine piece of work from Dan Carey and co.

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Photo of hu5om
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz into new belgium goblet
a-very dark brown, light crimson edge to it. pillowy, cream colored foam. whole lotta lacing going on.
s-bittersweet chocolate malts and oatmeal dominate. slightly nutty as well.
t-the bittersweet chocolate, again. with the oats. not too big, but by design. light toffee and caramel notes. an aromatic chocolate lingers.
m-silky smooth. moderate carbonation, gently effervescent and creamy.
d-not ng's best work, but very solid. they rarely strike out, but this is at least a solid base hit. i am happy with this one, but not thrilled. a wonderfully sessionable stout.

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Photo of mynie
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very pretty stout pour, opaque black with a very retentive milk chocolate brown head.

Light toasted malt aromas. Nuts and sweet chocolate along with a burnt oatmeal dryness.

Sweet upfront, dry and grainy in the middle. Big chocolate, big burnt grain, and a very nice, dry and slightly bitter finish.

This has the nice, rocky body of a rough oatmeal. I like it, especially with a lot of brewers trying to make stouts as nitrous smooth as possible.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz. bottle, poured to a pint glass. Big thanks to (I believe) mnwags for sending it out to Oregon. Not an appealing moniker: Road Slush = filthy nastiness after days of traffic and snow melt. Name Fail.

A: Not quite black out of the bottle, nor even a dark brown for that matter; see-through 'mahogany' will do. Held to light it shows some possible signs of age; a deep chestnut, filled with a storm-cloud of tiny yeast bits. Good head, an oatmeal ivory that tops out at about a finger and falls to an uneven film, gathered at the edges. Pretty nice criss-crossing lace.

S: Alot of cocoa in the nose, a dusty dark chocolate. Spicy sweetness of wheat. Not big, but pleasant, enticing.

T: Blend of rich chocolate and spiced coffee. Cinnamon and an odd, but likable, herbal/mint flavor. A cream-like toffee sweetness, hidden behind all the roastedness. Zero astrigency, just smooth chocolate-y maltiness.

M: Smooth, balanced. Creamy-soft texture with a light carbonation. Silkiness lingers and coats with each sip.

D: Very easy to drink, a session-worthy pint if there ever was one. Good example of the style, a balanced blend of sweetness and bitterness. Would be great to have another taste of this relative rarity.

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Photo of alexgash
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Chocolate to cola brown body. Half-inch of creamy, dirty khaki brown head. Decent lacing, some retention. Dark chocolate bittersweetness, licorice, earthy tobacco, Concord grapes, and sweet plums. Nice.

Roasted barley and mellow chocolate malts up front. Smooth milk-chocolatey sweetness blends with light-roasted coffee and hints of caramel. Earthy peat, tobacco, and licorice mix with coffee in the finish. Semi-sweet malt lingers. Medium body seems a tad light and maybe a touch over-carbonated. Still, another good beer from New Glarus.

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Photo of Winter
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown/near black in color with a thick creamy tan head. Plenty of lacing. Aroma consists of roasted malt and chocolate. As the beer warms the smell of oats can picked up in the nose also. Medium to full-bodied mouthfeel with coarse cabonation. Not smooth, rather somewhat hearty, yet fitting for this time of year. Bitter chocolate front gives way to a roasted maltiness. The oatmeal adds an overall smoothness to the body. Flavors of French roast coffee and dark chocolate round things out. The dark malts almost remind me of a coffee stout. Still this a is a great late winter stout from New Glarus.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle. New Glarus Road Slush Stout pours out black with a tan head. The roasted malt aroma is slightly woody. Malty flavor, but quite dry. Chocolate, licorice, and a bit of smoke. Not as roasty as I expected, but no matter. The chocolatey flavor works well. Mouthfeel is a tad thin. Drinkability is great. This beer lacks the astringency found in many oatmeal stouts. Possibly my favorite of New Glarus's regular lineup.

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Photo of beckje01
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Big tan head goes down quick and not lacing the color is black.

S- Nice slightly malty nose but reserved just enough to make you curious.

T- Nice oat flavor a touch of chocolate notes, very smooth a nice balance not overwhelming. Just makes you want to keep drinking.

M- Great thickness.

D- Just wonderful, can't sop with it. If it was easier to get it would be a new fixture in my fridge.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm always more than happy to try a new brew from New Glarus and glad to see an oatmeal stout in the mix. Pours from the 12oz bottle into my tulip glass a dense charcoal black with a sturdy half inch of creamy tan foam on top along with spotty lacing. Lookin good! Aromas of smooth, dark roasted malts with a nice shaved chocolate. Toasted oatmeal is there along with some coffee tones.

First sip brings a velvety smooth dark malt that has a nice deep roasted, mildly burnt character to it. Melted chocolate shavings and a touch of coffee work into the flavor. There's a nice sweetness here that never becomes too much. Flows down bringing only a slight bitterness and a lingering roasted, toasty chocolate oatmeal afterthought. Tasty stuff.

Mouthfeel is smooth and somewhat creamy with a tight, fast moving carbonation that rushes across the mouth with each sip. Not overly heavy, this oatmeal stout goes down with ease and I could see myself enjoying a few bottles of this in one sitting. Overall, a tasty stout from New Glarus that's worth giving a try.

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Road Slush Stout from New Glarus Brewing Company
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