Slow Elk Oatmeal Stout | Big Sky Brewing Company

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Slow Elk Oatmeal StoutSlow Elk Oatmeal Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Big Sky Brewing Company
Montana, United States
bigskybrew.com

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
20 IBU

Added by Mitchster on 12-15-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
289
Reviews:
118
Avg:
3.44
pDev:
13.66%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
28
For Trade:
0
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3.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DOCRW
3.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NickThePyro
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NickMunford
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tivlavrie
3.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cryptichead
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hotdogtornados
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of devilmakesthree
4.47/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DerwinWentworth
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kamahl16
3.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ShanksMcSanchez
3.56/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Has a mellow smoky taste.

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Photo of ryan33iowa
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.61/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lifit
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kyle_goochstink
3.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jpuetz
3.49/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of elglueckert
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Raime
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big Sky Oatmeal Stout.

Big Sky makes some pretty solid brews. However, I bought this one as a way to round out a mix a six from a local store. I honestly am not usually a fan of many oatmeal stout beers so I'm going into this one with rather low levels of expectation. But hey, who the fuck knows. Let's drink it.

Look - From the twelve ounce bottle slow poured into a can styled coca cola glass. This brew pours a color leaning towards black but it never quite gets there as ruby hues can still be detected when the beer is held up to the light. Head starts frothy and full with a mocha coloration but it eventually dies down to a thick ring amongst the edges of the glass. Carbonation is still unreadable due to the depth.

Smell - Never have I smelled a stout that was seemingly able to abandon all stout characteristic that you may have come to expect and instead replace them with a straight up nose full of oatmeal. Upon the scent I can quickly realize why this one doesn't tend to be rated all that highly. It smells like a freshly made bowl of oatmeal with perhaps a bit of blueberry flavoring for taste. Not big, but by technicality it is to style interestingly.

Taste - Yeah once again as stated this is a very oatmeal forward stout which seems a bit odd seeing as most 'oatmeal stout' beers seem to forget their true roots. The oats are heavily dominant with a touch of the aforementioned blueberry that was present in the nose. A bit of chocolate also becomes present here. The flavor is basically a bowl of oatmeal in a beer. Not huge but I'd be damned if it weren't to style.

Feel - The body on this brew is grainy if that makes any sense. It even FEELS like oatmeal sitting in your mouth. Thin to moderate temperature dependant with a moderate level of carbonation. Flavors remain all the same and it swallows with a low to moderate amount of bitterness.

Overall - First and foremost this was not a big beer with a lot of flavor. But it accomplished what most of these oatmeal stouts tend to forget. So for that I shall rate it purely to style which it has a leg up on. Easy drinking and flavorful enough. As always try it for yourself and come to your own conclusions.

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3.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Black in the middle dark brown to the edges. 1" of tan head. Mild chocolate, medium roast.

Real smooth and silky mouthfeel, taste is smooth, not bitter or acrid. Chewy. Reasonably sessionable. Mild, super mild sweetness.

This is a good oatmeal stout.

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Photo of casapy
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Chucker17
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biboergosum
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle, part of a pricey (aren't they all right now?) six-pack to recently show up in Alberta.

This beer pours a clear, very dark brown cola colour, with two chubby fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and fizzy tan head, which leaves some low-lying fog bank lace around the glass as things quickly subside.

It smells of roasted bready caramel malt, bittersweet cocoa powder, subtle cafe-au-lait, musty black licorice, and a soft earthy and herbal drying hoppiness. The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, watery chocolate syrup, a bit of free-range ashiness, day-old coffee, a touch of sour milk, and more plain earthy, musty, and leafy hop bitterness.

The carbonation is adequate in its supportive and structural frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and kind of too tacky and clammy to be considered smooth, doubly so given the style. It finishes trending dry, the roast, ash, coffee, and middling hops riding us out to pasture.

Overall, a rather simple (in the dunce hat sort of way) version of an oatmeal stout - light all around, but it's hard to get mad at it, as it is what it is. There's enough flavour to save this one in the end, but those initially small and inconsequential cracks are starting to spread.

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Photo of stevoj
3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from Brewers Haven. Pretty average all the way around. Normal color and aroma, rather dull appearance. Taste is correct for the style, but not too exciting

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3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tommy5
3.14/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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Slow Elk Oatmeal Stout from Big Sky Brewing Company
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