Road Slush Stout | New Glarus Brewing Company

Road Slush StoutRoad Slush Stout
BA SCORE
3.87/5
633 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#8,657
Reviews:
249
Ratings:
633
pDev:
9.56%
Bros Score:
3.96
 
 
Wants:
104
Gots:
76
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 633 |  Reviews: 249
Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

black with thin head, some lace down the glass. Lighter carbonation. Dry stout with some creaminess. Good roasty aroma no coffee, I like. Not too bitter, well malted.Very quaffable.Medium plus mouthfeel. All these things, smooth and unoffensive. Fresh. Thanks HogTownHarry.

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Photo of acurtis
3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Knapp85
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of emerge077
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
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 brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
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 Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Oakbluff: Poured a clear black color stout with a big light brown foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aromas of dry roasted notes are dominating. Taste is also dominated by quite dry roasted malt with very little else to report. Body is a bit light for the style with some great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Overall, I thought this beer was simple without much complexity but still well done for the style. I have to admit that I have taste better beer form this brewer.

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Photo of largadeer
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown with way more translucency than I'd ever expect from a stout. The head falls flat almost instantly, receding to a small ring. Not the most visually impressive stout I've seen.

Smell: A bit of cocoa and some cream, nice but not very bold.

Taste & mouthfeel: Semi-dry, flavors of roasted malt and (almost) burnt toast with a coffee-like finish. Very simple and straight-forward. Nice smooth and creamy mouthfeel, medium-bodied, quite easy to drink.

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of mothman
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Bruery snifter.

Pours hardly any tan head. Leaves some splattered lace. Color is a dark caramel bark brown.

Aroma: Lots of roasted malts and chocolate. Some burnt flavors as well. Some coffee notes. Earthy hops balance it out a bit. Not to much here, but well done.

Taste: Lots of roasted malts and nut flavors. A little burnt malt. Earthy malts again. Light coffee. Not to much flavor to pick out here.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and roasty. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends toasted and a little dry.

Overall, this was a decent offering from NG, but nothing too special. It just didn't pack a lot of flavor from an oatmeal stout. It was decent and drinkable, just nothing special. I dig it for what it is.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich, caramelish, and even slightly minty due to the hops was my first impression of New Glarus' Road Slush Stout. The black body was almost completely opaque when held to the light except for a thin ring of gleeming mahogany just beneath the creamy dark tan head. The retention was surprisingly limited given the style, and it dropped quickly to just a wide creamy collar. The nose offered dark malts with caramel and a charred roastiness but little chocolate. In the mouth it flowed smoothly, and somewhat creamily, with a dextrinous medium body and moderate, fine-bubbled carbonation. The flavor was supple and superbly rounded, wrapping lightly sweet caramel in a thin coating of almost burnt roastiness. Coffee character appeared, followed by hint of nuttiness and then some minty and grassy hops. More charred roastiness came through in the lingering finish. Quite nice! Very mellow despite the richness, with no dark malt acidity. It's low-key bitterness balances it, and allows the full character of the caramel malts to come through, where otherwise they might be blunted. A very enjoyable, straightforward and drinkable stout! Kudos!!!

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kegatron
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
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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Photo of billab914
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Stone RIS glass. Poured dark brown with a one finger off-white creamy head. The settled out to leave a thin covering on top of the beer but left some pretty good lacing on the sides of the glass.

The aroma has a light roastiness to it with a little chocolate and a little sweetness to it. The taste is a lot like the nose in that it has a moderate roastiness with a little chocolate and coffee coming through. Not an over the top in flavor stout, but a nicely flavored smooth one for sure.

The mouthfeel is on the thicker side and creamy with moderate carbonation. I love creamy oatmeal stouts and this one has the nice creamy mouthfeel I expect, but the carbonation might be a little high for me in a beer like this.

Drinkability is good, I really enjoyed this beer. It had nice flavor and a nice creamy body to it which made it a very enjoyable beer to drink. A very nice oatmeal stout overall.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Jason
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
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 mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
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 Alieniloquium
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle. Pours dark brown with some transparency. Smells of oatmeal, chocolate, roasted malt. Nice. Tastes of roasted malt, oatmeal lends some sweetness. A little chocolate sweetness behind it before the roasted malt comes back. Dries out in the finish. Medium body. Really well made stout.

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Photo of Zaphog
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of womencantsail
2.58/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: The pour is sort of light for a stout, actually, it's very light for a stout. Somewhere in between dark amber and brown with a thin khaki head.

S: Despite the light color, this is very roasty. Starts of with char and ash, and perhaps a little bit of a burnt toast aroma to it. I get a little bit of chocolate and a slight nutty character. Maybe a little bit earthy, too.

T: The flavor is just odd and doesn't really match up to the nose (or a stout) at all. Fairly acidic on the tongue with a definite fruitiness to it. Some toffee, moderate roast, and fairly bitter. This is more like a bad brown ale than anything.

M: The body is medium and the carbonation is in that range as well.

D: This is one of the few times I've truly been let down by a New Glarus beer. Not interested in ticking this one again.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of InspectorBob
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Road Slush Stout from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 633 ratings
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