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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 02-10-2006

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Reviews: 236 | Ratings: 585
Photo of yourefragile
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.

Dark chocolate black color with a quickly fading beige head. Aroma is espresso, roasted malt, and oats; not overly bitter. Nice, moderately sweet flavor dominant with roasted malts, and mild chocolate. Finish has strong dry flavor of oats and little bitterness. Medium bodied and very drinkable, a nice balanced take on the style.

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Photo of biglite351
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - light through center of glass. Tall creamy off white head leaving some lacing.

S - sweet, caramel and nuts. Very mild, but very nice.

T - Hazelnut and caramel. A bit of smoke in the middle. Like the scent, it is mild but good.

M - A little thin but nice tingles all over the tongue.

D - I could have a few, but would want something stronger at some point.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
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 Hojaminbag
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mikereaser sent this one to me. Thanks Mike.

Road Slush Stout is a dark brown color that isn't quite opaque, with many strands of carbonation bubbles that attach to the side of the glass toward the bottom. The tan head is about two fingers thick and creamy looking. The retention is good, the lacing is very good.

The aroma is mostly malt, with milk chocolate and a slightly lighter, sweeter malt underneath.

Road Slush Stout is a good, easy drinking stout that is mostly malt. Just as in the aroma, chocolate malts are the strongest flavor, followed by coffee and a little bit of caramel malt sweetness. This stout is on the sweet side in general, with a little added, generic malt/oat sweetness to go with the flavors already mentioned. Finally, some roasted malt gives way to a bitter, slightly hoppy finish.

Although it seems light from the high carbonation, the body still retains a little bit of a creamy feel, which is good.

Pretty good stout. As far as I can tell, New Glarus doesn't make bad beer, and this one is no exception.

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Photo of Florida9
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep brown in color with some floaties swimming around. Pours with about a finger's worth of light tan head that slowly reduces to nothingness. A faint bit of lacing.

S: Muted nose of roasted malts, cocoa, and coffee.

T: Roasted malts, chocolate and bitter coffee. There is a slight peat flavor to it as well. Long lingering finish of roasted malt.

M: Mouthfeel loses me as it is not the smooth, creamy, luscious feel one would expect from an oatmeal stout. Actually, it's surprisingly sharp. Medium in body, but thin for the for the style as well.

D: Overall, this is a decent beer, but it's not what I would think of when I think of an oatmeal stout. The lighter body and flavor lends to easier drinking, though I am not sure that is necessarily a good thing.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.26/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Chris aka Spycow for grabbing me a couple bottles of this on his recent trip up to Cheeseland.

A - A nice, very dark brown color with a one finger off-white head that left some sheet lacing on the sides as I drank this.

S - There is something a little off with this smell, although I can't quite put my finger on what it is. The roasted malts give a good, strong backbone to this, with a little bit of coffee smell that is not overly bitter.

T - Taste is pretty smooth with bitter and charred malts dominating and just the slightest bit of burnt cocoa in there. Finishes with a coffee flavor.

M - Little too thin for me, very smooth going down.

D - For a 6.2% this is not super drinkable, but it's not hard to drink either, I put it as merely average.

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Photo of deereless
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Medium brown in color, slight murkiness to the beer, head is thick and lightly tanned and shows good retention - 4.00, S: The nose is loaded up with black coffee and dark fruits such as dried dates, nicely roasted aromas and with a very subtle sweetness - 4.50, T: Lots of coffee and chocolate, quite sweet, very roasty with a faint bitterness on the tail end of the beer - 4.00, M: As expected from an oatmeal stout the mouth feel is quite creamy and medium to full bodied - 4.00, D: A very enjoyable and drinkable stout - 4.00

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Photo of emmasdad
3.21/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a darkish brown color, slightly hazy, with a big tan head. Aromas of milk chocolate, earthy hops and lightly roasted coffee. On the palate, I get roasted malt, bitter hops and more coffee/chocolate. Somewhat thin, not the best I've had from New Glarus.

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Photo of Jayli
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from Dunt from the Support Your Team BIF so a BIG THANK YOU goes out to him!! This bad boy has been on my wants for a long time!
Poured in to a pint glass.

A: This beer pours nice ruby, chestnut, chocolate brown with a two finger of off white/khaki/light brown creamy head. Head recedes slowly and leaves a sheet of lacing that simply hangs on the glass.

S: Nose is fantastic rich espresso, burned malts, roasted malts, and bitter chocolate notes.

T: Taste starts with a nice strong espresso tasting, some mild sweet malts come in just a little bit before having a nice crisp oatmeal flavoring. Burnt, charred malt flavorings come through in the middle and a hint of citrus hop flavoring finish this one out.

M: lighter side of medium body, low to medium carbonation, nice light crisp feel.

D: Goes down easily, nicely balanced, mild kick, nice representation of style. This is a beer that I would sit with for the duration!

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Photo of samie85
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Pours a dark, mostly opaque, cola color with small white floaties (oats?) and a two finger light brown head.

S-Smells of sweet, slightly roasty coffee and a little oatmeal. Reminds me a lot of their Coffee Stout.

T-Roasty and sweet coffee with dark chocolate notes and a little vanilla.

M-Really smooth and drying mouthfeel with medium body and medium carbonation.

D-Pretty easy drinking and a solid example of the style.

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Photo of e11a627
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with hu5om.

A: Mahogany brown with a hint of red/orange. Nice fluffy cream-colored head.

S: Malty, chocolate, toffee.

T: Tastes like a waffle cone - the kind that is lined with chocolate in the inside. yum. smokiness, nuttyness with a toast-vibe.

M: Immediate punch of flavor at the beginning with a surprisingly smooth, clean and clear finish.

D: Great beer. I was impressed. Not too heavy and not too light. Great flavor. Delish stout that I could drink all night since it didn't seem so heavy.

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Photo of hu5om
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz into new belgium goblet
a-very dark brown, light crimson edge to it. pillowy, cream colored foam. whole lotta lacing going on.
s-bittersweet chocolate malts and oatmeal dominate. slightly nutty as well.
t-the bittersweet chocolate, again. with the oats. not too big, but by design. light toffee and caramel notes. an aromatic chocolate lingers.
m-silky smooth. moderate carbonation, gently effervescent and creamy.
d-not ng's best work, but very solid. they rarely strike out, but this is at least a solid base hit. i am happy with this one, but not thrilled. a wonderfully sessionable stout.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Uhhh, it looks black and opaque and has a khaki head. It isn't the most impressive-looking Stout, but it is leaving a lot of lace.

S - Amazing nose; delicious notes of chocolate, slight coffee, and super smooth oat, with roastiness present but generally transformed into the aforementioned dimensions. It reminds me of the smell of instant café mocha, prior to the addition of hot water.

T - The taste is good, though certainly a bit different than the nose. The café mocha is there, though it is toned down a bit in comparison to the nose. The oat makes its impact in the addition of an intangible smoothness, and there is also a mineral astringency to the malt that makes it seem much lighter (or more pale) than it is, perhaps attributable to the oat (and perhaps not.) Finally, there is an appreciable hop that comes in at the end and lingers, providing herbal and vaguely floral notes on the finish.

M - Nice, creamy and smooth. On the big side of medium-bodied. Refreshing too.

D - I wasn't expecting this good of a beer, to be honest. I don't know why, though; Carey and Co. hit home runs like Barry Bonds would on a gallon of 'The Clear'.

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Photo of rhodeska
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer had a nice pour, and a smooth head with a slightly orange tint. The dark brown beer is actually slightly lighter than most stouts i've had, kind of looked like a deep amber.

The smell doesn't seem to contain anything overpowering or distinct to me, but I might just be missing it.

The taste is a nice mix of bitter and creamy, with a solid stout taste, a little hoppier than some stouts. Very easy to drink, and a great solid taste.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The color is dark brown and mostly opaque, but it let enough light pass through for me to see suspended particles. It had an extremely tall head on it and appeared to be overly carbonated for a stout.

Smell is a bitter bakers' chocolate and lightly roasted malts.

Taste mirrors the smell. Not much complexity, but pleasant nonetheless.

Mouthfeel is think and as I suspected, high on the carbonation for a stout. Sightly bitter finish.

I will give this bonus points on drinkability because it's "user friendly" and not filling for the style, but overall I found it a rather average stout.

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Photo of mtstatebeer
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Pours a hazy black with a reddish hue with a fizzy, light brown head. Aroma is coffee, roasted malt, oats, and a hint of spiciness. Flavor is sweet and roasted malt, coffee and a hint of sweet chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium, a little watery, dry and bitter finish. Solid beer, very drinkable.

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Photo of GoGriz
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my first dissapointing experience with New Glarus. I just don't get it with this beer. It pours a nice enough looking cola-esque brown. The nose is grain and subtle hints of sweet malt but not incredibly noticeable. The taste is lacking for me and not all that stout-y. I do get a roasty, oatsy flavor with an acidic finish that just seems to thin to be a stout. Anyway, it seems more aleish than anything.

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Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a light black color with 1 finger head that dissipates to a beige/cherry ring..smell is roasted oats and malts with some toffee and chocolate..taste is the same its smooth oats and malts followed by a semi-sweet chocolate its very smooth it drinks like a scotch ale or brown combo..the mouth feel is velvety smooth and sweet on the palate..its a pleasure to drink smooth and flavorful..NG makes one fine brew after another

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Photo of thetomG
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head signature glass...

Color is exactly what you'd expect form a stout. Aroma is a very solid roasted maltiness. Flavor matches up to exactly what you'd expect. This is yet another incredibly solid beer form New Glarus and while not spectacular or extraordinary by any means, it nonetheless provides for an excellent representation of the style.

New Glarus = SUPER SOLID beer. Quality all around. Would definitely drink this again.

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Photo of nickd717
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

New Glarus, man, these guys kill it! 12oz bottle via trade from oach on BA.

Pours very dark brown in color with a lasting tan head and good lacing.

Aroma is roasty with bitter chocolate and coffee. Simple but good.

Flavor is really full and awesome. Dark chocolate, sharp roast, anise, and coffee.

Excellent palate - medium-full body with great oatmeal smoothness and a good carbonation level.

Hell of a beer overall. These guys continue to impress.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.27/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into my Orval glass...The beer pours a medium to dark brown with a hint of red, not totally appealing. There is lots of carbonation, a head that rises a good full three fingers of light tan head. Decent renention, nice lacing as it falls very thick and covers totally...The aroma is little off, almost a generic quality to it. Light coffee, bourbon?? really, light smoke, but just overall weird...The taste is much better, its actually pretty appetizing light coffee and chocolate, easy to drink to start but a weird flat finish. In general its also pretty light.

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Photo of Brez07
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing from last months notes. Poured into a pint glass. Received as an extra from oach - thanks!

A: Pours a brown/amber. Leaves a 1 finger off-white head that doesn't stick around very long. Small amount of lacing

S: Not much going on here. Some roasted malt and oat. Very muted nose

T: Similar to the smell in that the flavors are very subtle. Roasted malt, oat, some coffee

M: Light bodied, nicely carbonated. Leaves a small bitter aftertaste

D: This beer is... ok. Smell and taste leave something to be desired. Overall a decent stout, but not one I'd actively seek out again.

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Photo of fear025
3.54/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Yeasty, dark malts.

Appearance: Black, Opaque, fantastic head retention with tiny bubbles.

Flavor: Low malt flavor, mild hops, a little earthy, nice hint of sourness on the foretaste. Refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Medium Body, low carbonation, creamy aftertaste. Very pleasant.

Overall: This is a good mild oatmeal stout, it's nothing too fancy or out there, but I enjoyed drinking it.

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Photo of younger35
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a couple of these beaut's from New Glarus on my way down to Dark Lord Day. Have had on tap before and enjoyed. Drank from my New Glarus Weizen glass.

Appearance- Pours a dark brownish copper with a decent half finger tan head. A nice cap and collar remains the entire beer along with some spotty web like lacing.
Smell- Really nutty with a fair amount of coffee and roasted malts. Smells much more like a Brown Ale than an Oatmeal Stout after my first whiff. Maybe a few light chocolate tones hiding in the background. A slightly citric and grassy hop is noticeable as well. Seriously English smelling though.
Taste- Starts with a touch of chocolate and some brown nuttiness. Fairly clean tasting as some coffee cuts into the chocolate. I get a bit of caramel (but not in the sweet sense) along with a tinge of lemon peel in the finish.
Mouthfeel- Super silky smooth with a medium to heavy feel and light super mellow carbonation.
Drinkability- I like this beer a lot but I don't understand the Oatmeal Stout thing. It's way more like a Brown Ale/Stout combo that leans more towards the Brown Ale category. Either way, tasty as hell!

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got in a trade from dzyneguru...thanks man! Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Portsmouth snifter/tulip. Pours a heck of a lot lighter in appearance than expected...for a stout. A mild caramel brown color, but as it fills the glass, the final color is an extrememly dark and murky brown. A very healthy size head rises...frothy and tan...with very decent retention. As it dissapates, leaves patchy and sticky lacing.

Aroma is mild, but sweet, a little malty, and mostly coffee like. That's about it...a rather faint aroma.

Flavor is ok...coffee notes, slightly malty, and thats about it. Not a very exciting beer. Almost tastes watered down with the high carbonation. Not boozy at all. Light mouthfeel. More coffee in the aftertaste then the actual beer taste. Of course, as it warms, it gets slightly better...but not much. Overall a pretty average stout.

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Road Slush Stout from New Glarus Brewing Company
3.89 out of 5 based on 585 ratings.
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