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 | website

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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Photo of cosmicevan
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks for the extremely thoughtful extra rschne13!!!!

a - poured into my darkness tulipy snifter and it had a MASSIVE head that was a solid 2 fingers of frothy goodness. Color was a watery plum like black.

s - a bit fruity, a bit watery, kind of thin and sweet.

t - VERY different. No oaty flavor at all. Soft fruity, kind of like strawberry or some kind of berry flavored vitamin water. Very tasty, but an oatmeal stout?

m/d - a touch on the watery side. heavy carbonation. almost like a berry flavored seltzer. not very beer like but then again, it is a new glarus beer...? almost like a slushy beer without the ice? way more porter like than stouty.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass the beer is a dark brown orange with a beige two finger head. After settling a fair amount of sticky lace is left behind.

The aroma is a mix of light chocolate, coffee and roast malt. Not as sweet as a typical oatmeal stout but pleasant. There's a hint of tartness as well.

The flavor is a fairly light. Mild roast malt with hints of coffee and chocolate. Not the most flavorful NG beer out there.

Medium to light body. A touch thin. Moderate carbonation.

Overall a decent easy drinker. I'm glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Solid black with a 2 finger brown head. Nice lacing stuck on side of glass.

S - Chocolate aroma and maybe a hint of coffee. Very subtle and subdued.

T - Oats, chocolate, roasted malt, coffee. Just like the aroma the flavors are very subtle.

M - A little too thin. Creamy.

D - This one goes down very easy. Nice flavor and aroma but would be much better if they were given a boost.

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Photo of hopsaplenty
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. brown bottle, no date information

Inky midnight topped with a thick head of espresso colored small and medium bubbles. Slowly settles leaving a band of lacing and a smattering of head dust. The smell is of rich, deep roasted coffee with a dark semi-sweet chocolate and oatmeal roundedness. Inviting. A light roasted coffee hits the tongue initially, mild and tame. There is a soft creaminess that leads to a watery, bitter and modestly sweet finish. There is only a minimal oatmeal smoothness present and the rich dark roasted coffee notes in the smell have been replaced with a pale imitation, as if you made a copy of a copy of a copy. It all seems jumbled together. The mouthfeel is thin and on the watery side, with some fine carbonation, but lacking the requisite heft. This fell short in the body department and needed a bit more to fill it out. It peaked at the smell and was downhill from there.

Thanks to Stonecrusher for the metric assload of NG beers.

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Photo of Viggo
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to oakbluff for sending this brew my way.

Pours a hazy dark reddish brown, medium thick light tan head forms, settles down to a thin ring around the glass, drops a few spots of lace, not bad. Smell is oatmeal, chocolate, some coffee roast, caramel, sweet biscuity malts, oats, quite nice. Taste is weak, some light caramel, chocolate and coffee roast, some floral hopping, bread and oats in the finish, some sweet malt, weak. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, not much going on, aroma is nice but the flavour is weak. Thanks Scott!

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this as an extra from Sean out in Chicago in a recent beer swap. Thanks again! Poured into a tulip. The beer pours dark brown; it is however a bit lighter than most stouts I've seen in my day. Big creamy looking head and sticky lace. Not bad, but the body looks a bit light.

A slight oat aroma wafts through my nostrils followed by dark bakers chocolate and a little bit of coffee to boot. All around just a good smelling beer. The flavor almost mirros the aroma but it's just a bit weaker. Cocoa, coffee and oats with a bit of char to the finish.

Not quite as creamy as I would expect an oatmeal stout to be but it has a good body and nice carbonation. Not a bad beer at all here. Happy to have gotten my hands on a bottle to try.

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Photo of drseamus
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours pretty damn black with some ruby light at the edges. The head is dark mocha and goes away pretty quickly. The aroma is mostly roasted malt. It is surprisingly sweet for an oatmeal stout, but not outside style. It isn't a sweetness I'm used to in a beer though, almost more artificial tasting. The roasted flavor does come through however and there is a bit of caramel also. The mouthfeel is pretty good, although a bit thinner on the backside than I would like. I would drink this beer again...if I could get it.

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Photo of iuhophead87
3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle (Thanks BoilerBeer)

A- Does not appear to be a very thick or heavy beer. The color is a dark reddish brown almost mahogany. The head is a light tan almost off white in appearance but only lasts for a short time.
S- Roasted malt overpowers all other aromas and is the only thing I could smell at first. A sweet toffee scent does come through once the beer warms up to room temperature. It even seems to be a little smoky now that it is warmer.
T- This beer tastes just like it smells. The roasted malts are the main flavor. The after taste the beer leaves is a little sweet and smoky. This is a nice stout here. Nothing over the top or extra creative was done with this one. A nice change from all the extreme stouts I've had lately .
M- This is not a thick stout at all! Drinks more like a porter and is much thinner than expected.
D- When I think of stouts a session beer never comes to mind. However, this may be the closest thing to a session stout for me. NG has many other beers that I would search out just to have, but Road Slush is a great beer for what it is. A nice simple stout!!! I wish I could get this easier.

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Photo of KajII
3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

[Best served in a Nonic Pint glass]

The pour was a murky dark brown with a huge (3-4 fingers) light brown frothy head that lasted throughout and had excellent sticky streaks of lacing.

The aroma was mild of a cereal malt and a sweet doughy yeast with notes of coffee, milk chocolate, molasses and a slight nutty presence.

The taste was sweetly malty with a strong note of chocolate early on and finished about the same with a mild bitter note of coffee towards the end. The flavor lasted an average duration with a nice sweet coffee ending.

Mouthfeel was medium to full in body with a creamy texture and a soft carbonation.

Overall a great Sweet Stout that had just a slight mild bitterness to it.

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Photo of Homerbag
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark black with fast tan head.

Blend of creamy chocolate, grainy oats, some molasses, and malts. Taste is about the same, very good blend, nothing jumps forward and dominates. Creamy texture and low carbination.

Well crafted bu not memorable. New Glarus makes some mighty fine beers, while this would be good for some, maybe even a flagship beer for other breweries, it fails to meet the New Glarus standards in my view. It's worth trying, but don't make this your first impression of New Glarus.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lighter shade of black with ample 1.5" of head on it, beige in color, kinda looser flimsier bubbles than most stouts. Aroma, a little fruity for a stout, this seemed different, but nice. Of course there was adequate roasting, but it came with that minor fruity bitterness.

Taste, solid, good roast, yet allowing the oatmeal to give it a smoothness. Easy to drink, ibu's were pretty high given its an oatmeal stout. Dry chocolate malt presence. Even though there was that fruity undercurrent in the nose, its also largely muted in the taste, but still existant enough to be tasted.

What appeared to be a simple run of the mill stout actually has some neat nuances running through it, I recommend you take a little extra time when drinking this one, letting it warm a little, it will continue to grow on you. Another solid New Glarus effort.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

07/23/06- Received as part of a gift from BA member Irishsnake.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into my Steelhead pint glass.

Appearance- About as black a pour as you can get. Not motor oil thickness, but tar black. Frothy 1/2 inch head..erodes soon after leaving a light dirty ring. Very faint traces of lacing left behind.

Smell- Damn, can you say spent cigarette ashes! This dude is burnt and dark. Maybe just a touch of some dark chocolate, but all I am getting is burnt to hell here. Not smoky though.

Taste- Thankfully, it doesn't taste like ashes. It is very dark, but it's got a nice malt sweetness to back up the extreme roasted flavor. A touch of chocolate and maybe even a dash of coffee.

Mouthfeel- A bit too carbonated for me, still a bit smooth though.

Drinkability- A pretty good oatmeal stout with some good flavor...provided you like a burnt malt flavor. Thanks again for all the great beers John!

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Photo of DrJay
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark with mahogany highlights. There was a little bit of cascading after the pour, resulting in a dense cap of light brown head. Good retention and clumpy lacing. Dry roast and nutty aroma with a light sourness. Plenty of roasted flavour balanced with a pleasant sweetness. Mild bitterness seemed to come partly from hops, partly from dark grains. Smooth, creamy body with low carbonation and medium/full body. A solid stout. Thanks HogTownHarry!

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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 BeerDazed
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Another solid brew from New Glarus. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a snifter. Some good carbonation, but produced a tad more than a wisp of a head. Not super dark. Looks more like a porter than a stout. Dark a deep dark brown ale. Roasted coffee and a nice sweet note of chocolate. Flavor was very good. Cocoa like, roasted malts, and very smooth. I don't mind making my way through this kind of road slush -indoors!

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Photo of Bighuge
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Basically black. Medium sized chocolate brown head. Moderate amounts of lace. Nice aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, milk sugar and light coffee bean. Somewhat silky in the mouth. Fairly creamy. Medium bodied. Taste has a little milk chocolate feel to it. Some roasted notes and a little char. Decent enough.

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Photo of emerge077
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge soufflé of a head when poured straight down the middle. Lots of spindly lace around the edges, and superior head retention. Appears black with a reddish glint in the light. So far so good.

Husky grains, something I can associate with oatmeal, mellow. Flavor is similarly low key, some mild sweetness and barely there roasty elements. Silky smooth, easy to session... that's pretty much what this is all about, a mild stout with prime sessionability. Mellow carbonation, thinnish body, like an English cask stout. Solid flavor, just a little too simple to hold extended interest.

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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 bennetj17
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fairly dark black color, faint touch of foam with decent lacing. The aroma is a robust, smoked coffee flavor. The taste is dry, bitter, and toasty all the way through. Not very sweet at all, with a slight sourness in the finish, although the alcohol is not that noticible. Mouthfeel is not as thick as some oatmeal stouts, but it was foamy with good carbonation. Semi-smooth. This oatmeal stout was unlike most other version I've had. It is much less sweet, and didn't have the intense smoothness created from the oats. If you don't like a very sweet malt but just a nice dark bitter stout- you will like this...

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

It poured limp into a Guinnes tulip; minimal head with decent lacing.
The smell is acrid malts with a little oatmeal sweetness. It feels like there is a little chocolate dying to be smelled, but the acrid smell beats it back into sumission.
The taste is pleasant. Lightly malted with a hinting of hops, but good balance. I expected more outmeal to come through. not there.
All in all, not a bad brew, but I would rather have Gray's.

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Photo of getch
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a-dark, brown color, nice head when poured, and a light lining stays with it.

s- sweet smelling, a little brown sugar i smell

t-its not the best oatmeal stout I have had, everything is great except the aftertaste, it just seems very dull, water downed at the end.

m-very smooth except for the end

d-overall it is a decent beer, but there are other new G beers i would rather have

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Once again... thank you Mr... jlukasik for hooking me up with this beer.

Pours a mixture of dark brown with deep garnet highlights. Not much of a head after the pour, and only a half and half ring of foam after a few sips. No visible bubbling and no lacing. The aroma is a well put medium coffee with some grainy biscuits faintly lingering around. The first sip is a lightly nutty, straight black coffee. The middle is a little fruity flavor mixed with a more watered down coffee flavors that leads to a quick, dry finish. The palate went by a litl to fast. The greatnutty coffee flavor was there at the beginning of each sip. But it went away too quickly.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-dark brown color with a light tan head and decent lacing

S-coffee, chocolate, dark roasted malt, hint of molasses

T-dark roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, hint of cinnamon, brown sugar, mild bitter finish

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-decent oatmeal stout, a little on the thin side and not as rich tasting as others

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Opaque cola color with a healthy, creamy, smooth, meringue-like, light cafe white color. Great retention leaving a nice lacing.

S - Plenty of nice roasted coffee and milk chocolate. Mocha and malt chocolate aromas along with a touch of nuttiness. Faint sweetness along with the earthiness. Nice aroma.

T - Starts with some milk chocolate and earthy/nutty flavors. Gives way to some roasted coffee and some dark chocolate. Slight creamy and caramel sweetness. Roasted flavor lasts throughout giving way to a slight astringent flavor on the finish. Some bitter roasted flavors on the finish with an underlying sweetness.

M - Medium to light body. Average, maybe slightly less than average, carbonation. Not quite as smooth and creamy as other oatmeal stouts but it does have these characteristics.

D - Nice mix of bitter/roasted flavors and sweetness. Easy to drink sweeter stout. Good balance and the beer just disappeared from the glass.

Notes: Nice oatmeal stout. It lacks a bit of the classical body you expect and the flavor falls a bit short of the aroma, but it's a nice balanced Oatmeal Stout that's easy to drink. Enjoyable but not amazing.

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Road Slush Stout from New Glarus Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 236 ratings.
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