Road Slush Stout | New Glarus Brewing Company

BA SCORE
87
very good
242 Reviews
Road Slush StoutRoad Slush Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
newglarusbrewing.com

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 02-10-2006

BEER STATS
Reviews:
242
Ratings:
600
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
9.77%
 
 
Wants:
103
Gots:
70
For Trade:
2
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Reviews: 242 | Ratings: 600
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 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 herman77
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with a very light tan head that is pretty big at first, but dies down to a thin cap. Great sticky lacing that is sticking all over the place.

S: Roasted malt, light coffee, a hint of coco and bittersweet chocolate.

T: Dry roasted malt up front with hints of coffee and bittersweet chocolate. More sweetness in the taste than the nose. Nice smooth taste. Finishes with a touch of astringency from the roasted malt.

M: Medium body, a touch on the higher end for carbonation for a oatmeal stout, but its still pretty smooth.

O: Good drinkability, abv is a little on the higher side for an oatmeal stout in my opinion. Well done for sure. It's better than a lot of oatmeal stouts out there, but there are some better ones too.

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Photo of brystmar
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour, average head and lace. Nose holds deep, roasty malts; chocolate; good amount of yeast. Taste follows suit with a nice, full body courtesy of the oats. Hops join the party towards the end; finishes dry with lingering hop bitterness.

Another good beer from New Glarus, though it cannot compete with Breakfast Stout. :)

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Photo of JoRado
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a darker brown/black with a half an inch of head, but that faded quickly

S: Smells very roasty, with hints of chocolate

T: Roasted malt with chocolate notes as well as small hints of oats

M: Smoother than I was expecting, I expected a little thicker mouth feel, but this wasn't a bad thing

Overall I'm glad I was able to try it, but it isn't very high on my preferred oatmeal stouts list. Will definitely drink again, but not for awhile probably

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Photo of Lolli1315
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- An opaque black color with a thin tan head that becomes patchy. A little lacing is noticeable from place to place on the glass.

S- Heavy on the roasted grains with accompanying dark chocolate. Almost seems like some coco puffs as well, so milk chocolate in there as well.

T- The roasted grains are prominent again, but smooth and not overpowering. The roasted flavor is accompanied by coffee as the milk chocolate enters as well. The milk chocolate turns to more of a dark chocolate towards the end with a slight bitterness in the finish.

M- Full bodied and smooth on the tongue. Moderate carbonation to go along with it.

O- A really great beer. The roasted mat presence creates a really strong back bone for this beer to thrive. The silky mouthfeel adds to the taste and makes this beer disappear a lot quicker than you would like.

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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 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 kawilliams81
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

A- pours black with a big 2" mocha head. Lacing nearly coats the glass.

S- rich chocolate and roasted malts.

T- roasted malts, light bitter chocolate with a slight hop bitterness.

M- medium body. This beer is very smooth and has a nice creaminess from the oats.

O- very good oatmeal stout. I feel like a lot of oatmeal stouts lack flavor but not this one.

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

A fan favorite from New Glarus:

A -- Black with ruby highlights and a very creamy, dense, long-lasting tan colored head.

S -- Mildly roasty malts, creamy, lightly sweet. Some fresh-ground coffee characters.

T -- Sort of dry up front with some roasted malt and dark fruit characters developing. Bitterness from hops and the highly roasted malts blending toward the end.

M -- Mouthfeel is smooth and velvety with a dry finish and medium-full body.

O -- Overall, I wish the oatmeal was a little more prominent and added some complimentary sweetness to the roasted malts, but I realize OS varies from dry to sweet. Otherwise, a very well-made, drinkable stout.

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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 Jason
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Nearly pitch black, sticky three fingers of head

SMELL: Fudge syrup, creamed coffee, soft charcoal, chocolate cake batter

TASTE: Damn smooth, fluffy body, mellow roasted grain, oat sweetness, dark roast coffee, mild unsweetened chocolate, burnt raisins, semi-dry finish

Such flavorful big beer, perhaps not massive but this is a meal in a bottle. A real treat to run into as it grows on be with each sip.

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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 jegross2
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Road Slush Stout from New Glarus Brewing Company.
Score: 91

Bottled on 12/06/11 (bottled day is "340"), served in a snifter glass, and enjoyed 01/11/12. This one is thus a touch over a month old.

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark brown -- almost black -- color with one finger of creamy mocha colored head that settles into a thin later. Mostly opaque with dark caramel colored highlights at the top of the glass. Served a bit on the cold side, but there is a noticeable effervescence. Excellent lacing. 4.5/5

Smell: First impression is lots of creamy oatmeal and roasted coffee. Some toasted grains. Further whiffs reveal light chocolate/cocoa and caramel too. There is a distinctly familiar chocolate candy aroma here, and I think it's a Tootsie Roll. 4/5

Taste: There are a lot of roasted malt flavors present in this beer. I can detect roasted coffee, toasted oats, and roasted chocolate, with a little smokiness too. There is a little caramel malt and some light citrus on the mid-palate and towards the finish. Lingering finish is bitter with more of the roasted malt flavors. Detecting a lot more oats/oatmeal flavors in this one than I have in recent oatmeal stouts. Yum. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with light-medium carbonation. Getting a lot less carbonation than was expected from the appearance, but maybe that was just "excess" air trapped in the glass from the pour. I was expecting the body to be a little thin for some reason or another, but found it perfect. Finishes bitter, but not dry. 4/5

Overall: It took me a handful of misses, but I finally found a beer from New Glarus that comes in a six pack that I enjoy. Before this, I had only enjoyed a few of the beers in the Unplugged and Thumbprint series, but this beer is really, really tasty. I would certainly buy this one again.

Recommendation: A really, flavorful starter stout for casual beer drinkers. Beer geeks should seek this one out too.

Pairings: A smoked dark meat dish.

Cost: $2 for a single bottle or $10.99 for a six pack.

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Photo of drewba
3.06/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

A - My pour was a little over the top, so out sprouts a 4+ finger light brown head that is bubbly, frothy and slowly craters as it dies down. The lacing is a bit ridiculous; super sticky and goopy. It's sticking to every part of the glass. The beer itself is a menacing looking black with purple and brown tints.

S - Some nice medium roast, some tootsie roll, yeast, a little milk chocolate and cocoa.Somewhat low aroma overall.

T - Rich, tasty roast, honey, milk chocolate powder, charred wood, some coffee grounds and an estery yeast character, and the tootsie roll found in the smell is still floating around in the flavor. The flavor in the finish falls flat and isn't helped by the thinish body and slight undercarbonation. There really isn't any depth at all past the initial taste; the finish is pretty boring.

M - Easily the worst part about this beer. See taste...tldr; too thin, undercarbonated and it really detracts from an already weak finish.

O - Not bad, not great. I will give this stout points for being incredibly easy to drink; it wouldn't offend anyone and would probably be a great option for someone new to the style.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was glad to find this at the local market a few days ago. Poured it into a Lakefront Brewery pint glass. A nice coffee color with a good inch of khaki head that falls to about an eighth inch that really lasts. Wonderful lacing down the glass. The smell is inviting: It has a good deal of smokiness and a bit more subtle spice that hints at sweet barbecue. There's absolutely nothing to complain about with the taste, as it has a wonderful roasted malt profile that moves in nice balance with the significant hop presence. The feel is consistent with other good oatmeal stouts, though I could have stood a bit more body.

This is a beer that just delivers what you'd hope a good stout would. Call me a homer, if you will, but New Glarus continues to impress me with every new offering from them that I try. Incidentally, this is a great brew to enjoy while catching up with friends in an ice-fishing shack.

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Photo of ncketchum
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Duvel Tulip

A - pours a dark brown, almost black. chocolate cream head with good retention

S - roasted malt dominates, with coffee followed by chocolate

T - Again roasted malt, then coffee and dark chocolate, bitterness of hops. I didn't notice the citrus that others have noticed

M - smooth, not much alcohol burn to speak of

O - excellent offering by NG, I was expecting a bit sweeter, but overall I though this was a great single stout. definitely will stock up on this one while its around

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Photo of bierbrauer
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle purchased locally. Bottle dated day #340 or December 6, 2011, less than a month ago. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Opaque black; 1-1/2" fluffy, tan head that settles slowly and leaves consistent lacing across 2/3 of the glass surface; no effervescence.

S: Roasting coffee, bittersweet chocolate, toasted malts.

T: Espresso, nutty oatmeal malt; some light citrus, followed by light increase in bitterness that lingers.

M: Soft & smooth; light bodied, low carbonation; neutral-to-slightly-dry finish; little noticeable heat.

O: Tasty and drinkable, with good characteristics, a "single" stout that holds up well and opens up as it warms.

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Photo of phaulie03
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Appears dark brown almost black with a thick tan two-fingered deep "moustache making" head.

S- Initially produces a strong bitter coffee smell. As a non-coffee drinker, this doesn't smell overly bad, however I don't notice any sweet toffee or chocolate smells, only the bitter malty, coffee.

T-Tastes of roasted malt and coffee. The slight bitter taste mellows and softens into a sweeter, mild dark chocolate flavor.

M-Light almost watery taste. Easy drinking with no overwhelming alcohol. Has the filling quality of most stouts, however I wouldn't be stopped from drinking more than one.

O- I enjoy most of the beers from NG and was not disappointed by this stout. I also wasn't overly wowed by any of the flavors. A "classic" slightly above average Oatmeal Stout.

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Photo of adman08
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours very dark chocolate brown with a huge, creamy, tan head that leaves very nice lacing.
S-Strong roasted malt/coffee aroma along with a hint of toffee sweetness and a little chocolate.
T-Very balanced, roasted malt, coffee and chocolate flavors with a hint of toffee to add some sweetness. Slightly bitter, herbal hop flavor.
M-Medium body that has a good sweet, dry balance overall though it does finish a hair on the dry side. Very good carbonation.
Overall, a very solid stout. Good roasted malt flavors along with hints of chocolate and toffee to keep things balanced. Nothing spectacular but a very good, solid stout and a very worthy session beer.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle to tulip glass.

Pours black, dull medium coffee brown with about two fingers of medium khaki head. Good retention and lacing. Smells very appetizing: like fresh roasted malt with dark chocolate undertones. Taste is light roasted malt and some melted chocolate, really smooth and nicely balanced. Lengthy finish that is slightly off dry. Medium body and carbonation. Overall, this is quite drinkable, reminds me of a light British-style stout. I would definitely put this in the regular rotation.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A) Dark brown, nearly black, held to light, just a little reddish hue. There was nearly a two finger head, that was tan and creamy looking. Decent retention and a bit of lacing.

S) Malty, deep roast here, slightly burnt, with coffee and oats, a bit of dark chocolate.

T) Mostly the roasted malt. The aroma was better. A little bit of coffee. Earthy flavors, a little grassy at the finish, but that is mainly some citrus rind, and really more bitter than I would have liked.

M) Medium bodied with more carbonation than I would have liked. A little prickly, with a slightly off aftertaste.

O) Not terrible, but I'm glad this was a single. I'll stick to Samuel Smith's for oatmeal stouts.

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Photo of Duff27
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

January 2010 bottle

A- Half inch light tan head on top of a dark brown beer. Average head retention and lacing.

S- Chocolate.

T- Oatmeal, cocoa. Hint of smokiness. Slight hop bitterness...well balanced.

M- Adequate carbonation. Medium to medium-thin mouthfeel for the style.

D/O- Middle of the pack oatmeal stout. Nice if you'd like more than one, otherwise skip.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep ruby/near brown, with 2-3 fingers of thick light mocha colored head. This retains with a frothy ¾ finger that throws up a rich cascade that settles into a sticky latticework of lace. The aroma smells of light oats, roast, a touch of cocoa, and some ripe earthy citrus character.

The taste is very similar to the nose, with a smooth mix of oatmeal, cocoa, roast, and an earthy feeling citric fruitiness from the hops. A bit of raw bitter pithiness lingers in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a lively sharpness to this that keeps this smooth and easy despite the over 6% ABV.

This was quite an interesting take on an Oatmeal Stout, with this being much more hop forward in terms of the fruitiness here than what I was expecting. This wasn’t necessarily bad but just different. I will say though that the oatmeal did keep this quite smooth on the palate for the size. This is one that I would like to try fresh on tap sometime.

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Road Slush Stout from New Glarus Brewing Company
3.89 out of 5 based on 600 ratings.
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