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 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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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

New Glarus Road Slush has a thick, beige head, that, unfortunately, dies away rather quickly and leaves little lacing. The aroma is of sweetness, brown bread, mild chocolate and coffee, and oats. Taste is the same, with an acidic char and bitterness, which seems to come more from the char rather than from any hop bittering. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and New Glarus Road Slush finishes wet, but with an underlying powdery aspect.


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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Acquired some of this from my mother on a recent trip to Wisconsin. My first encounter with this offering, their oatmeal stout.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - It pours a dark chocolatey brown; just a shade away from opaque in the glass with a hint of ruby showing through when held to the sunlight. One finger of khaki-cream colored head that thins to a ring. Moderate lacing left behind.

S - The aroma is pretty standard - lots of deep dark malt roastiness, bitter baking chocolate, some char, notes of cola, notes of smoke, cream, vanilla. The liquid smoke / ash aspect of the beer is a bit unattractive.

T - Taste brings in more of the same - char / roast / liquid smoke, dark malt roast, and some unsweetened bitter baking chocolate, vanilla, & cream.

M - The feel is smooth, creamy, but not nearly as silky as expected. Moderate carbonation.

Overall, an average, middle-of-the-road offering from New Glarus, though it is flavorful and very drinkable. Not likely something I would seek out from them again though.

New Glarus Road Slush -----3.5/5

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

Inky approximate blackness topped with a film of sandy brown.
The nose mostly roast malt, with underlain espresso and chocolate pigments.
Ashy, dilute coffee at the fore, undercut with a vague sweetness mimicking maple syrup. Bulk dark breads and chocolate chip cookies arise before the tweak of pithy lemon and dried flower hop finale.
Modest in the mouth, and leaning decidedly thin. It come across a bit pedestrian, with little to no indication of the oatmeal. But all told, it's a decent sessioner stout.

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Photo of prototypic
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to kkipple for the bottle.

Road Slush pours a dark mahogany brown color. Quite a bit of light cuts through revealing nice burgundy (almost scarlet highlights). A foamy tan head sits atop. It's a little over a finger deep, but recedes quickly. Light lace lined the glass as it descended. Not bad.

The nose is a little on the weak side, but is easily above average. A good mix of roasted and chocolate malts hit first. This one definitely leans in the cocoa direction as far as the chocolate. Roasted malts seem to be the stronger variety. Light coffee or espresso is noted. It's not very strong, but complements the malty notes nicely. Yeast is noted on the tail. I'm not picking up any alcohol at all. It's not incredibly deep, but is pretty well put together. More strength would improve it easily.

I really like the flavor of Road Slush. It's somewhat simply, but very satisfying nonetheless. Roasted malts are the primary flavor. Chocolate malts aren't far behind and provide a semi-sweet cocoa flavor. Roasted coffee is secondary, but has an excellent flavor. It's a little grainy and yeasty, and has a slight burnt flavor looming throughout. Alcohol is blended extremely well. At only 6.2%, that's not too surprising. Overall, this is good beer. It is simple and straight forward, but tastes really good. Not quite good enough for the next highest score, but very good nonetheless.

Road Slush has a lighter body that is smooth. Pretty impressive given its light body. Carbonation is light and doesn't impede. Drinkability is very high. Road Slush goes down way too easy. It packs quite a bit of flavor for its stature and has just the right abv. I wish I had more than this single bottle.

I don't know for sure if Road Slush is, in fact, retired. If it is, that's a shame. It's extremely impressive for what it is. I wish the nose were a little stronger, but that's the only criticism I have. It's really well-rounded otherwise. If you happen to see this one on a shelf somewhere, do yourself a favor and pick it up. It's another solid beer from New Glarus.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a fairly straightforward mildly roastly dark malt character. Very light oatmeal quality.
Black and opaque. Very dark head that fizzles to a ring rather quickly.
Slight bite up front then a shot of roast followed by a strong oat flavor. Bitterness hits quite late which begins a mildly dry and fairly long finish. There is an intensity to this all (which I suppose might mellow as this warms some). In time more of the coffee notes appear.
There is a nice fullness to the feel even though it seems just medium in feel. Fully carbonated which adds to the filling nature.
There is an intensity to the flavor that I like, but this seems to lack the smoothness which is so appealing in this style.

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Photo of alexgash
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Chocolate to cola brown body. Half-inch of creamy, dirty khaki brown head. Decent lacing, some retention. Dark chocolate bittersweetness, licorice, earthy tobacco, Concord grapes, and sweet plums. Nice.

Roasted barley and mellow chocolate malts up front. Smooth milk-chocolatey sweetness blends with light-roasted coffee and hints of caramel. Earthy peat, tobacco, and licorice mix with coffee in the finish. Semi-sweet malt lingers. Medium body seems a tad light and maybe a touch over-carbonated. Still, another good beer from New Glarus.

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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 JoeyBeerBelly
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this brew in a trade with Greggy, Thanks Greg!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - black color with a light tan head that left some decent amounts of lacing.

S - roasted coffee/malt aroma.

T - roasted coffee and chocolate flavors all the way through.

F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.

D - very easy to drink, flavorful stout.

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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 brewdlyhooked13
4.77/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - deep mahogany brown around the edges. A tan head, thin but sticky.

Aroma - strong roasted grain with accents of coffee grounds.

Taste - good roasted grain again, as it smells. A fine coffee flavor in there also. A brief touch of sweetness on the swallow and lots of roasty flavors on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - smooth with a good body. Medium carbonation, in step with the style.

Drinkability - a fine session stout. Much thanks to brdc for this diamond in the rough acquired at DLD08.

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

A- Body is a very dark brown-nearly black hue- When held up to the light a translucent root beer hue comes through. Pours with a large 2-3 finger foamy creme brulee head which eventually fades to about 1 finger and leaves plently of lacing behind in the glass.

S-Mild nose of chocolate, roasted, malt, mocha, toffee, and oatmeal.

T- The flavor initially is mild. Mild chocolate and roasted malt. The finish is much smoother and full of flavor. Smooth toffee and oatmeal rush through to balance the rusted malt as it intensifies. Mild roasted malt and sweetness lingers.

M- Feel is very good-esp for a non-imp stout. Full bodied with medium carbonation and a smooth, relatively thick oatmeal body.

D- This is a very good stout overall. The roads up here are slushy and snowy-so I figured it would be a good time to dig out this received from a generous BA earlier this yr. Nothing like a classy oatmeal stout to finish my day

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz. bottle, poured to a pint glass. Big thanks to (I believe) mnwags for sending it out to Oregon. Not an appealing moniker: Road Slush = filthy nastiness after days of traffic and snow melt. Name Fail.

A: Not quite black out of the bottle, nor even a dark brown for that matter; see-through 'mahogany' will do. Held to light it shows some possible signs of age; a deep chestnut, filled with a storm-cloud of tiny yeast bits. Good head, an oatmeal ivory that tops out at about a finger and falls to an uneven film, gathered at the edges. Pretty nice criss-crossing lace.

S: Alot of cocoa in the nose, a dusty dark chocolate. Spicy sweetness of wheat. Not big, but pleasant, enticing.

T: Blend of rich chocolate and spiced coffee. Cinnamon and an odd, but likable, herbal/mint flavor. A cream-like toffee sweetness, hidden behind all the roastedness. Zero astrigency, just smooth chocolate-y maltiness.

M: Smooth, balanced. Creamy-soft texture with a light carbonation. Silkiness lingers and coats with each sip.

D: Very easy to drink, a session-worthy pint if there ever was one. Good example of the style, a balanced blend of sweetness and bitterness. Would be great to have another taste of this relative rarity.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Very black, small head leaves fast. Almost non existent lacing.

S - Malt, bitter chocolate, something with smoke.

T - Deep dark malt, bitter chocolate. Nice

M - Good center, nice carbonation and bitter finish. Great balance.

D - Very drinkable stout, for sure.

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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 nrbw23
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a brown color with a tan head and very little lacing.

S- Roasted malts, nutty and a hint of chocolate.

T- Oats, roasted malts, chocolate and maybe a tiny bit of a smokey flavour.

M- Silky smooth, low carbonation and maybe a little too thin.

D- Goes down pretty easy.

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

Either the darkest shade of brown possible before hitting black, or just black. Head is mocha-tan and splats thick walls of lace on the glass almost immediately, while a half-inch layer hangs around a long time into the session. It's quite the looker.

Aroma reminds me of this stuff called Caro, a powdered product from Holland that's like a cocoa-ish coffee, or a coffee-ish cocoa, always very nutty and roasty. Milky too. But Karo has a vaguely artificial slant to it, and this certainly does not.

Each time I bring this to the lips, I'm struck as much by the silky smooth mouthfeel as I am the flavor. Think Guinness with a more active carbonation. The flavor is chocolate, coffee, nuts, grain, frothed cream...pretty much all the requisite elements of a good oatmeal stout, along with a wonderfully fluffy texture.

Drinkable? Oh heck yes...although even a low ABV stout like this (I'm guessing it's low ABV) isn't something I'd want more than one of. Another fine piece of work from Dan Carey and co.

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Photo of GbVDave
3.16/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to neubernie for the hook up!

A: Pours a deep dark brown with ruby highlights at the edges. Creamy tan-colored head recedes quickly but leaves a nice amount of lacey "drapes" in the glass.

S: Had to try hard to get a nose out of this one. Eventually, I detected chocolate, toasted oats, roasted malt, and a tart fruitiness.

T: See above. Also noted were coffee grounds, burnt wheat toast, and tangy citrus hops.

M: Seems a little too tart and prickly for an oatmeal stout. Seems kind of watery no matter what temp it's served at.

D: Given the slightly average marks, this is surprisingly easy on the palate. Easy to drink, but I can think of a few dozen other oatmeal stouts I'd rather drink.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Road slush pours black with a big lacing head. There is a big rich malty aroma, with sweet notes. The taste has a hint of smoke and a hing of chocolate, lots of sweet lactose flavors. A little watery, but still nice flavors. Overall its a very solid stout, not fancy, just straight forward.

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

Pours a very dark brown in color, developing a 2 finger thick, creamy, light brown colored head that has above average retention, slowly dissipating to a creamy layer of suds.

The aroma is pretty overwhelmingly roasty, just full of coffee and roasted grain aromas, as well as a hint of chocolate, but mostly just roasty, maybe even a touch smokey...strange.

The flavor is comprised of roasted grains, coffee flavors and some dark chocolate along with some burnt caramel flavors and a nice sweetness towards the end, with next to no bitterness.

The mouthfeel is a touch watery, not thick and chewy like most oatmeal stouts. That said, the flavors were quite good, if not a little bit too roast forward. There is so much burnt grain character it's hard to pick out other small nuances and flavors.

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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 grub
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Viggo shared this one. thanks eric!

12oz bottle. sampled june 13/08.

pours deep red-brown, neither black nor opaque, with good clarity. a small dense tan head forms, dropping fast with a few spots of lace.

aroma is nice. bit of coffee. dark chocolate. bit of milk chocolate. multi-grain bread. touch of alcohol. caramel. bit of toffee. slightly earthy.

taste is nice. medium-low bitterness level. bittersweet chocolate. espresso. bit of dark chocolate. bit of alcohol. multi-grain bread. light roast. a little more one-dimensional than i'd expect.

mouthfeel is ok. medium-low carbonation level. medium-light body is a touch thin for the style.

drinkability is good. fairly well balanced, just a little plain and thin.

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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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Road Slush Stout from New Glarus Brewing Company
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