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:
Happens Every year; people shootin' cows. That's how the Slow Elk got it's name. Enjoy the creamy texture, great malt complexity and the unequaled smoothness of this Northern Rockies Oatmeal Stout. Stock your fridge the easy way and keep an ear open for the unmistakable bugle of the slow elk.... MOOOO!

20 IBU

Added by Mitchster on 12-15-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,150
Reviews:
121
Ratings:
296
pDev:
13.14%
Bros Score:
3.25
 
 
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Photo of beergoot
3.14/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Deep, dark mahogany brown body; thin, fizzy head. Faint notes of cola and chocolate. Mild cocoa flavor; some low-key sourness. Medium body; smooth and dry.

A rather so-so oatmeal stout. It has some of the slickness with the mouthfeel, but the depth of flavor and aroma is pretty forgettable. Seems almost like an English mild more than a stout. Drinkable but not a must have.

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3.39/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a straight-sided glass mug. Deep chestnut-colored body with a ruby highlight here and there. A one-finger light tan head faded rather quickly, leaving no lacing to speak of. Big aromas and flavors of dark roasted malts, with notes of espresso bean and dark cocoa. Mouthfeel is on the thin side for an oatmeal stout, perhaps due to the carbonation which is a little excessive. A little bitterness and a touch of sourness on the finish, which is quite dry. This is a pretty solid beer overall, good flavor and quite drinkable.

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3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AlarmClock314
3.42/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, no date. Pours transparent brownish red with a large sized head. Smells and tastes of oat, roasted malt, and earthy hops. Very low intensity but it does leave a pleasant roasty oatmeal aftertaste in your mouth. High carbonation and thin body for the style. Overall, while it has a low intensity and body, it still retains a decent oat profile.

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3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.87/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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4.47/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.34/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Has a mellow smoky taste.

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3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kyle_goochstink
3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jpuetz
3.49/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Raime
3.78/5  rDev +8%
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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Slow Elk Oatmeal Stout from Big Sky Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 296 ratings