Road Slush Stout | New Glarus Brewing Company

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237 Reviews
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 UncleFlip
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

NG suggests serving just above room temperature. I'vegot it just at room temp.

Nice and black in the glass, just with a cola coloured fringe. Head is active on pour, and lands at two fingers of tan-ness (tan-ness?). Falls quickly to less than one finger, leaving thick wet lace behind.

Smell is light, airy, and yeasty- with just a hint of hop spice, and a nice maltiness under.

Flavour is woody and smoky up front, with a thin, even slight fruitiness after. A bit of spiciness holds it up until the end. There's some almond and raisin here.

Mouthfeel is thinner than expected, with a slightly higher-than-expected carbonation.

Rather drinkable, but I've had better oatmeal stouts.

Be well

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

You know... After one particularly watery "milk stout" recently I decided to pass up on learning if a new stout I'm about to drink is an Oatmeal Stout, a Milk Stout, a mega Russian Imperial or some sort of Dry Irish Export stout... I just crack open the bottle and -hopefully- the qualities of the beer will lead me to figure it out. Fortunately in this case that's exactly what happened.

The stout pours out very stout like with a medium body, jet black in color and a healthy foamy cocoa colored head. The crown dies off in due time and only leaves a bit of lacing on the glass but the beer itself is still black as night.

The aroma is a nice mixture of caramel, roasted coffee and well browned toast. No alcohol in the nose and no hops (as you'd hope, in this case...)

The flavor is quite well balanced with a good bit of deep caramel flavors complimented by a very clear roasted coffee note. There's a light hop bitterness at the end of the sip but it's just enough to dry out the beer rather than be identifiable as a hop variety (but I'll guess a noble hop like Goldings)

Mouthfeel is where you go "ahhh" and realized it's not just a tasty stout but it's a creamy smooth velvety oatmeal stout. The body is medium, there's a little bit of carbonation left from the pour and the finish is pleasantly dry for something that's almost malty-sweet but the texture is spot on.

So there we go - even though I didn't know this was an oatmeal stout before I drank it the execution of the style was good enough that there was no doubt. This is a nice, tasty stout and a good example of the style.

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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 TastyTaste
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks good for the style, black body fluffy tan head, slow fading with no lace. BTW, this is the innagural use of my Surly tulip. I like the sweet, smooth, milk chocolate smell balanced with a nice shot of coffee. A little underpowered, but nice chocolate flavor. The oatmeal does balance, but I like my oatmeal stouts a little sweeter. Body is a little thin, but this is not bad, though.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Quinn’s IGA in La Crosse. Pours flat black with a medium thick and rocky beige head. Sticky patches of lacing. Strong roasty aroma of coffee and malt. Rich and smooth body with a nice flavor profile of roasted malt, chocolate and espresso. The finish is sweet with underlying coffee notes. As with most New Glarus beers this is tasty and well-made.

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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.
No batch or freshness date.
Thanks to ThomasHardy for the great beer trade.

Pitch black in color, with some dark brown highlights. A short half inch mocha colored head forms, but disappears quickly. No lacing is left behind. Heavy on the chocolate smell, with coffee and roasted malt taking a backseat. Also, I detect a light smoky aroma. Mostly a roasted malt taste upfront, combined with chocolate and coffee. Leaves a nice chocolate milkshake like aftertaste on the tongue. A little thin, this is more like a porter. Maybe a little too much carbonation. Drinkability is good, considering this beer does not fill you up. Able to drink a few in one sitting. So far my favorite offering from New Glarus. A must try.

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Photo of MagicLantern
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: The first bottle I poured had NO HEAD. I found this strange but discovered it my error. The second bottle I poured had a two fingers (1 1/2") of chocolatey colored lace. Thick and creamy, the head receded dripping down the edge of the glass. The lace clung to the edge of the glass and well as a small amount collecting in the center.

A light, but steady carbonation bubbled through the collected lace. The beer was black, with a small carmel translucence at the top edge of the glass.

Again, the first beer was slightly disappointing, but the second beer looked great. Based on the second beer, this is a great looking stout.

S: One can definetly smell the oatmeal. Grainy, malt and toffee combine to give it a coffeesque smell.

T: Smooth. Sweet, smooth taste turns to a roasted bitter dry finish. Definetly tastes like roasted oats.

M: Smooth well balanced between sweet and bitter. Slightly watery. In a different beer this might be a bad thing. The wateryness I think tones down this stout possibly adding to the balance and smoothness of the drink. Here this is a good thing.

The carbonation that is visibly light, but steady while looking at the beer is agitated by the act of drinking and a slight burning sensation. It helps bring out the roasted oat flavor and is a good balance to the wateryness I noticed.

D: This is a great stout. It's very drinkable. It's a very dark beer, but it's balance is fantastic and many of these could be casually put down.

I picked this beer up while traveling through Wisconsin. I bought it at a gas station! I can't believe how good it is for something I grabbed on a lark. My next trip to Wisconsin I think I'm going to bring a couple six packs home. I want some more please!

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Photo of clvand0
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark color with a small head that falls fast and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma is comprised of coffee and chocolate, nothing much more. The flavor seems to have a milk-sweetness to it along with the chocolate and coffee. Quite tasty, but it could probably also pass for a milk stout. The body is moderate - could use a bit more - and the drinkability is good.

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

12 oz brown longneck with no freshness dating.

Served in a pint glass, the beer is black with a bit of red highlights. Tan head, good lacing.

Nice aroma of roasted malts, coffee and a bit of chocolate.

The taste is slightly sweet and a bit bitter (in a good way). Lots of roasted malt with hints of coffee. I also pick-up a bit of smoky goodness. Reminds me quite a bit of a lighter version of Fitger’s Big Boat Oatmeal Stout.

Mouth is just thick enough and the beer is a bit over carbonated. A nice session beer.

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Photo of scaliasux
3.44/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Black and opaque. Short dark tan head.

Smell - Roasted malt and coffee.

Taste - Prominent roasted malt flavor. Don't really pick up too much from the oatmeal or hops. Certainly not poor, but kinda one note.

Mouthfeel - Medium-light body. Might be alittle thin. Appears pretty highly carbonated.

Drinkability - Not bad, but not exceptional. Extra points because of the cool name and the fact that it comes from one of my favorite breweries. Picture on the bottle is a little hokey.

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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 marcobrau
3.49/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky brown in my snifter with a head of loosely organized bubbles. The aroma is is a bit vegetal with the suggestion of gas station coffee. Tastes more like roasty brown ale with a milk chocolate flavor than a stout. The coffee flavor isn't too bad, but it's a little fizzy. The finish to me is more dark brown ale than stout with a bit of the coffee flavor again. Hops are played way down in favor a roasted malt bitterness. Not quite what I remember from years ago.

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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 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 strattor
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a nice, choclate milk colored head. Deep, opaque black body.

Aroma is largely coffee and chocolate with some lighter, flowery notes coming through.

Flavor of dry roast and chocolate dominates, with light bitterness lingering in the mouth. There is some amount of saltiness as well, with a layer of sweetness sort of gliding over the whole thing.

Very creamy mouthfeel that coates the tongue, with low carbonation.

I would go for another sixer of this. At first I thought this beer lacked a fullness of flavor, but have come to realize that there is a nice, well-balanced representation of flavors from sweet to bitter here.

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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 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 Erdinger2003
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a great big head, I live so close to the brewery I know I have fresh stuff. Leaves a nice strong lacing and looks black and crisp.

Coffee flavors are present but dominated by dark barley flavors. Very nice.

Taste is more flavorful than a regular stout. It has apple flavors with flowery hop aftertastes, and a very light coffee flavor that comes out in the nose.

Mouthfeel is very good and silky.

I am a little puzzled by this beer so I will try it again and see if I get used to the flavor.

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
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 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 badbeer
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really don't think you could expect more from appearance of this, it's black as can be with a nice tan head that leaves an excellant lacing around the glass. Smell is mostly chocolate with only a hint of a coffee smell, I was expecting a little more roasted smell to it, but I just can't give it less than a four. More coffee and chocolate flavors in the taste as I would expect, the taste is good but I think it could stand to have more power to it. Slick, creamy mouthfeel, medium bodied, I'm liking the amount of carbonation on this. I really wanted this to be thicker than it is. Pretty good stout, no problem taking a few down. Overall I think if a couple areas were slightly improved this could be an unbelievably good stout.

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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 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 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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