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 Stevedore
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle dated 12/29/2014, poured into a snifter 2/2/2015.

A- Medium-dark brown body, cola coloured and somewhat opaque. Pours with a two finger offwhite head, not unlike slightly muddy snow; average retention, a bit of lacing.

S- Clean roasted barley, mild earthy hop aromas, a bit of black coffee and dark chocolate. A bit of caramel. Smells just about right, I think, for an oatmeal stout.

F- Black coffee but without any coffee grounds type flavour, a good bit of bitter dark chocolate, plenty of roast. Small amounts of caramel and brown sugar rounds things out. Mild-moderate earthy bitterness that is quite nice and balances out the roast quite well. A very balanced stout.

M- Thin-medium bodied. Not quite watery as it has a good depth of flavour, but I feel that the body on this beer is a bit lacking. Still, it is full flavoured with a mildly bitter earthy finish.

O- I enjoy this oatmeal stout a lot as a typical weeknight drinker. Plenty of flavour at 6.2% ABV makes for a nice winter warmer when it's cold and snowy out. Very balanced and well-put together, as typical of New Glarus beer.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with kmpitz2. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/8" brown head over the opaque dark brown brew. Head fades slowly, with heavy coating lacing. Aroma is rich and hearty dark grains, oatmeal apparent. Flavor is just right for an oatmeal stout. No domination of chocolate or coffee, just a nice balance that allows the oatmeal character to shine through. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, and drinkability is excellent as well. Nice stuff.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love this stout!

Dark black in color with a white head.

Smells of chocolate and coffee. Smells great!

Has a complex taste. Very drinkable stout, not as heavy as most stouts, but heavy enough. Has a little bit of a nice bite to it right at the end of the tasting.

This beer is really good at both warm or cold serving temperatures.

Probably one of the top 3 oatmeal stouts I have ever had.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Once again... thank you Mr... jlukasik for hooking me up with this beer.

Pours a mixture of dark brown with deep garnet highlights. Not much of a head after the pour, and only a half and half ring of foam after a few sips. No visible bubbling and no lacing. The aroma is a well put medium coffee with some grainy biscuits faintly lingering around. The first sip is a lightly nutty, straight black coffee. The middle is a little fruity flavor mixed with a more watered down coffee flavors that leads to a quick, dry finish. The palate went by a litl to fast. The greatnutty coffee flavor was there at the beginning of each sip. But it went away too quickly.

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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 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 Viggo
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to oakbluff for sending this brew my way.

Pours a hazy dark reddish brown, medium thick light tan head forms, settles down to a thin ring around the glass, drops a few spots of lace, not bad. Smell is oatmeal, chocolate, some coffee roast, caramel, sweet biscuity malts, oats, quite nice. Taste is weak, some light caramel, chocolate and coffee roast, some floral hopping, bread and oats in the finish, some sweet malt, weak. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, not much going on, aroma is nice but the flavour is weak. Thanks Scott!

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Photo of markgugs
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz. bottle into a tulip pint glass, thanks to flyingbison for this one!

A: Pours near-jet black with a smallish creamy head that disappears on me quick. Leaves nice lacing though.

S: Smells like fresh-baked oatmeal cookies and a dash of brown sugar maltiness. Very little hops to speak of.

T/M: Mmmmm! Delicious, though the flavors don't match the aroma profile, this brew drinks like a creamy cup of iced mocha coffee. Lots of roasted bittersweet flavors. Soft, creamy consistency and a short but intense finish of dark chocolate.

D: This is a very easy beer to drink, and one I'd go back to again if I had access to them. Recommended.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lighter shade of black with ample 1.5" of head on it, beige in color, kinda looser flimsier bubbles than most stouts. Aroma, a little fruity for a stout, this seemed different, but nice. Of course there was adequate roasting, but it came with that minor fruity bitterness.

Taste, solid, good roast, yet allowing the oatmeal to give it a smoothness. Easy to drink, ibu's were pretty high given its an oatmeal stout. Dry chocolate malt presence. Even though there was that fruity undercurrent in the nose, its also largely muted in the taste, but still existant enough to be tasted.

What appeared to be a simple run of the mill stout actually has some neat nuances running through it, I recommend you take a little extra time when drinking this one, letting it warm a little, it will continue to grow on you. Another solid New Glarus effort.

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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 drpimento
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Damn fine brew! Poured with a nice fine foamy head and plenty of lace. Rich stout aroma. Dark garnet color, almost opaque. Not overly sweet - very well balanced actually. Good play between sweet and bitter/dry.Velvety texture. Quite drinkable, even to say perhaps a session beer. Yum!

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

thanks for the extremely thoughtful extra rschne13!!!!

a - poured into my darkness tulipy snifter and it had a MASSIVE head that was a solid 2 fingers of frothy goodness. Color was a watery plum like black.

s - a bit fruity, a bit watery, kind of thin and sweet.

t - VERY different. No oaty flavor at all. Soft fruity, kind of like strawberry or some kind of berry flavored vitamin water. Very tasty, but an oatmeal stout?

m/d - a touch on the watery side. heavy carbonation. almost like a berry flavored seltzer. not very beer like but then again, it is a new glarus beer...? almost like a slushy beer without the ice? way more porter like than stouty.

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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 dirtylou
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz, got a sixer at Riley's, fabulous name for a wisco winter release

appearance: pours a very dark mahogany, near black in colour...a light and creamy chocolatey head forms, some light tan lacing left behind

smell: pretty subtle, hints of dark chocolate, licorice, light smoke, char, strong roast coffee, roasted malt sweetness, some light mocha...hop sweetness is mild but definitely present

taste: its unfortunately quite subtle in the flavour as well. sweet dark chocolate and a strong roasted coffee flavour dominate up front....licorice, a sweet hop twist underneath, sweet roasted malt, smokey and char

mouthfeel: a little thin, otherwise creamy

drinkability: pretty high

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.
6.2% ABV

A - Pouring dark, dark brown with deep amber-brown highlights, Road Slush looks just a little bit hazy but is accompanied by a large and well-retained head; the bone-colored foam leaving some good rings of lace on the glass.

S - Road Slush's roasted aroma comes floating out with assertion bringing with it dark toasted bread crusts, dry cocoa-rolled coffee beans, and plenty of flaked oats on the finish; simple, straight-forward, and inviting.

T - Dry roasted malts provide a faint dark chocolate flavor while creamy oats provide a soft transition into just a light waft of smoke; a unique finish to the beer.

M - Creamy and smooth with gentle carbonation and a medium-full bodied mouthfeel, Road Slush has roasted dry finish that carried with it some lingering but balancing bitterness.

O - New Glarus' Road Slush stout is might not be a frilly beer, loaded with different ingredients but, what Road Slush lacks in bells and whistles, it makes up for in classic aroma and flavor. Straight-up roasted malts and flaked oats create a wonderful stout profile that's robust-yet-smooth, a perfect combination to kick back with on a chilly winter day.

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Photo of jera1350
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thinner looking brownish black color with a very fluffy one finger head that leaves some nice lacing.

Pretty faint smelling. Getting some oats and light malt.

Nicely roasted malts with a bit of oat cola and very light coffee. Nothing crazy, and seems to need some more malt.

A tamed down cola-like feel. Prickly carbonation and the body is not quite big enough. Pretty smooth, but not oatmeal stout smooth.

Good drinkability. Seems more of an american stout. A nice beer, but I would go for something else next time.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.44/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours an opaque black color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is of roasted malt, cream, and milk chocolate. The taste is of delicate roasted malts, with chocolate and hints of coffee. There is a nice moderate roasted malt bitterness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is a little fuller than medium bodied with a velvety texture, and appropriately low carbonation. Overall, this is a fantastic Oatmeal Stout. I could easily drink this again and again.

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

Black in color with an attractive two fingers of tan head that had good retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass.

Nice oatmeal stout aroma with notes of whole grain bread, chocolate, and oats.

Does not pack the most flavor of beers of the style especially modern, American interprations. Classic flavor of dark malt of very faint roast, chocolate, and oats. Faint dark fruit and earthiness as well.

The body was bit of a letdown. Felt a little thin which is surprising considering the ABV. The texture was not as smooth, and soft as I expect in an oatmeal stout.

A good all around stout. More on the traditional side of the spectrum but about what I expected from a New Glarus seasonal.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.31/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall New Glarus Signature Pilsner Glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark blackish brown with a hint of ruby. Moderate amount of bubbles and a solid one finger of beige head which settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A toasty and roasty malt forward aroma with hints of chocolate, oatmeal, and caramel. Dark roasted barley malt with hints of chocolate, oatmeal, caramel, and toast along with some hints of coffee, nuts, biscuit, cream, and yeast. Sweet hints of brown sugar. Subtle hints of earthy hops. A very solid toasty smell.

Taste: Like it smells, a nicely toasty and roasty dark malt driven taste with good notes of chocolate, oatmeal, and caramel. Upfront roasted malt with notes of dark chocolate, oatmeal, toast, and caramel as well as some coffee, biscuit, nuts, and yeast. Sweet notes of cream, milk, and brown sugar. Backing notes of earthy hops. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy and smooth with a fairly drying finish.

Overall: A very good version of an Oatmeal Stout. Good dark malt and oat flavors with a nice creamy body.

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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 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 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 MDDMD
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-dark brown color with a light tan head and decent lacing

S-coffee, chocolate, dark roasted malt, hint of molasses

T-dark roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, hint of cinnamon, brown sugar, mild bitter finish

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-decent oatmeal stout, a little on the thin side and not as rich tasting as others

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Photo of gford217
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, dark brown with mahogany hints around the edges. The head is thin and dissipates quickly leaving a small swirl around the top with minimal lacing. The smell is big on roasted coffee and chocolate malts with a hint of hops - really nice aroma on this one. The taste is bigger on the sweet chocolate malts followed up by a more subtle coffee and oatmeal taste that gives way to fairly dry, slightly hopped finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied for an oatmeal stout with decent carbonation. This a decent stout from New Glarus and extremely drinkable.

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

A - pours black as night with a small, white head

S - roasted malts, chocolate, grains...full of malt bill as it should be

T - follows the nose. Sweet and chocolaty upfront and moves onto a little bit of grain character. The chocolate notes come back stronger and more chocolaty than they did on the front on the tongue. Finishes a little dry with some of the roasted malts/coffee/dark chocolate character.

M - silky smooth and full. This brewery has some very consistent mouthfeels.

D - overall, this is an easy drinking stout. Nothing that will blow your mind, but it won't let you down either. This was out at the brewery, fortunately my buddy had one in his fridge for me to try.

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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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