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 OStrungT
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours an inky black color, with a thick brown head. The head fades slowly, leaving few laces.

This beer has a malty sweet aroma. It smells of dark chocolates. I also smell the burnt malts. A slight coffee aroma is present. Molasses is also noticable.

This beer tastes strongly of coffee. It has a sweet malty, dark chocolate flavor. It has a very slight smokey flavor, but only if you look for it. I think this beer tastes great.

This beer is a little thin for a stout. It goes down smooth, leaving a coffee like aftertaste. It is carbonated well for the style.

I think this beer would make a great session beer. It tastes great, and the alcohol content is not too high. I think that if I could get this beer more often, it might be one of my regulars.

Thank you thomashardy for this nice surprise. I owe you one.

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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 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 aforbes10
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Murky but not totally blocking out all light. Nice small head, smells like chocolate flavored soy sauce....which is strangely inviting. Tasty too....sticky and sweet baking chocolate flavor with nice roasted oats. Good balance of roasted/burnt flavors with relatively thick mouthfeel. Quite a good beer....wish i'd had it in the winter for full enjoyment.

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Photo of hoppymeal
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark black with a reddish tan and tight head that fades quickly. Aroma is a medium size roastiness with some malt ball and chocolate sweetness. Also hints of smokiness and milk sugary sweetness. Taste follows these lines with a nice balance chocolate sweetness up front followed by an acidic like, milky roastiness and finishing with cola and chocolate. Medium to heavy body and incredibly silky smooth, carbonation is velvety with just a little tingle on the tongue. Highly drinkable, outstanding representation of the style.

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

Pours a solid black with a finger head after a hard pour, nice tan color, with falling lacing down the glass. Really nice aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee Taste is along the same lines, a little more coffee and a milky something in there. Mouth is decent enough, and while not the best stout out there at all, do I like this beer.

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Photo of abcsofbeer
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into the glass a very dark brown/black color with a two finger, light brown, frothy head. The head left perfect concentric circles of lace around the glass. The aroma is a sweet smelling chocolate along with some grains and bitterness. At the start, there is also some grassiness and earth tones.

The taste is at first a sweetly flavored coffee with caramel. There are some mild malts followed by a slight bitterness. Not real chewy like some stouts, but, much lighter. As this stout warms the flavors really come out. The maltiness and coffee flavors are much more abundant as well. Overall, a pretty decent stout.

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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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Road Slush Stout from New Glarus Brewing Company
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