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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
Reviews:
118
Ratings:
286
Avg:
3.44
pDev:
21.51%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
26
For Trade:
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Reviews: 118 | Ratings: 286
Photo of matjack85
4.32/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Found this single 12oz brown bottle at Binny;s in Glen Ellyn, IL for $1.79. The elk on the front label looks more like a cow with artificial antlers attached to its head. It's pretty comical. What's not comical is the lack of any freshness date on the bottle, but the beer's website assures us that this beer is only brewed in September and October, and since this is only November, I guess it's still pretty fresh.

The beer pours a rich dark brown color that shows off some garnet red/purple hues when held to light. It makes a 1½ finger tan head that lasts a few minutes, leaving behind a really nice amount of lacing.

It smells like roasted malt and powdered cocoa.

The taste is also malty and chocolaty with a touch of hops that provide a subtle bitterness. The oats are also noticeable in the taste and help to smooth everything out.

The mouthfeel is a little thin for a stout, but it's not watery either. Medium bodied with medium carbonation with an overall smooth texture.

Very easy to drink. Wish I had bought a 6 of these instead of a single bottle.

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Photo of bravejoejoe
4.27/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, best by 01/12/12 printed on the bottle. "Big Hole Cologne" printed inside the cap. Pours crystal clear dark brown color with a nice and fairly dense 1-2 fingers of light tan head with great retention that reduces to a lacing cap that lasts. Some fairly thick lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, oatmeal, and bitter coffee. Some surprisingly nice aromas with good strength. Taste of light chocolate, oats, caramel, light coffee, and roasted malt. Finish is fairly dry, but there is some light bitterness with lingering notes of roasted malt, caramel, light chocolate and coffee. Alcohol is completely hidden as expected for a beer of 5.4%. Medium body and carbonation, with a decently creamy mouthfeel. Very smooth and easily drinkable. Nice balance of flavors. Overall a nice oatmeal stout I thoroughly enjoyed.

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Photo of beerguy101
4.14/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black color, large head. Roasted malt, chocolaty aroma. Roasted malts, chocolate flavor. Full flavor, smooth taste. Chocolaty flavor. Fully rounded Mouthfeel. Excellent taste, slight bitterness. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet, chocolate.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to pokesbeerdude for this brew.

Pours a very nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy tan head, nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, very nice toffee/chocolate notes. The taste is malty, slightly sweet, very nice toffee/chocolate notes. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very tasty brew, wish we would get it here in Utah.

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Photo of bnes09
4.09/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ink black color. Creamy tan head. Ok retention and some lacing.

Nice roasted aroma of chocolate and almonds. Smooth and warm smelling like rich coffee.

Chocolate and coffee flavors are most prominent. Mildly roasted instead of overly bitter. Milky flavor. Smooth from the oats.

Solid medium body with good carbonation and dry finish.

Good oat stout. Always one of my favorite styles and this is a great example. Yet another solid brew from Big Sky.

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Photo of pBRale
4.08/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tasting notes 10-19-11
Poured into a snifter

Appearance: Dark, Dark brown-black pour, some deep ruby highlights, a 3-finger light caramel head that settles fairly quickly and has mild to moderate retention throughout. The lacing left behind is fairly thick.

Smell: Deeply roasted malts, a small bit of dark chocolate and surprisingly I can smell the oats in this one.

Taste: Excellent coffee taste up front, some roasted malts, and such a delightfully creamy finish that the oatmeal lends creates an outstanding beer.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium body with medium carbonation and a beautifully smooth yet crisp finish.

Overall: A damn good beer. Great coffee flavor and a very coating, creamy mouthfeel to boot! I loved it.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rich black color with some dark ruby highlights with a tannish small bubbly head that fizzes away quick. Smells of oats, roasted malt with some chocolate and burnt cookie caramel notes. The taste was a little on the light side for a stout that looked so dark, but is pretty good non the less. Lots of solid oats, slight caramel, roasted malts and some slightly burnt chocolate tones. Has a nice smooth feel with a sweet tang, caused by the chocolate and from a very small hop presence. This stuff ain't bad, I actually liked it alot and would drink it any old time. I love the label, the cow with the elk antlers, kinda funny. Reminds me alot of Anderson Valley labels, bears with antlers. Hmmm....I wonder.

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Photo of AmericanGothic
3.94/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a nearly opaque, dark brown color with 1/2 finger of pale tan head. Little retention and lace.

S: Sweet chocolate and some roasted notes.

T: Starts with chocolate, bitter at first but gradually sweetening, then ends with minerals and a bit of cola. Seems odd in writing but makes sense in the mouth. As the beer warms, some roasted notes emerge.

M: Not too heavy, nice balance of creaminess and fluffy carbonation, a bit of oil on the finish.

O: A nice oatmeal stout, easy-going and smooth. Tried it at a tasting last week and happy to have a sixer and a real review. Will look forward to it returning next year.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured this one into a glass stein. I love the art work for this bottle!

Appearance- Slow Elk builds up a good, two-finger, maple syrup shade head. The consistency is pretty dense with just a few bubbles on the cap. It has decent retention with some lace on the side of the glass.

The body is dark and opaque with just a little bit of dark brown highlights noticeable.

Smell- There is some sweet toffee malt in there and some brown sugar notes. Oatmeal is only noticeable because of a slight mealy smell. Roast is also really light, but there.

Taste- A sweet, creamer quality note leads off the profile. It is slowly accompanied by some toasted oatmeal and general roast. Some brown sugar rears up near the back side of the drink adding a nice touch.

A little boozy character that settles in about mid-drink, but it is not particularly distracting.

Mouth feel- This beer has a very good feel and the oatmeal is probably what can take most of the credit for that. This one does a wonderful job of coating the mouth. It is bordering on full bodied, and the the slight carbonation tingle is just a touch off of creamy.

Overall- This is a nice little beer! And by far the best I have had from Big Sky. The malts and roast on the tongue are solid, if a little formulaic, but that is not always a bad thing. And this beer has a glorious feel that makes it more than a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of schanker21
3.91/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured from a bottle with an elk standing in front of a mountain range with the moon rising over it on the label into a pint glass. Pours a dark, dark brown that lets very little light through. Two finger head sticks around for a while and leaves some lacing.

S- Roasted malts is about all I can get out of the nose on this one.

T- Big roasted malt and oatmeal flavors up front followed up by a little bit of vanilla-like sweetness and then some very subtle hops balance it out at the end. One of the best-tasting oatmeal stouts I've ever had. Tastes much better than it smells.

M- Maybe a little thin for a stout, but not bad.

D- Could definitely have more than one of these, and I just might.

EDIT: I was reading the other reviews and realized that my rating was a lot higher than average, and also that I'm the only one that's reviewed it this year. The bottle does say "Limited Release" on it, so either my taste buds are pretty different from average, or this beer has improved. I say if you've had this in the past, try it again. And if you haven't had it before, don't let the average C+ rating scare you off. It's a pretty good stout.

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Photo of morimech
3.89/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark, almost completely black with one finger of tan head that quickly settled to a thin cap. Just a little lacing is left on the glass. I smell coffee, mocha, and something reminiscent popcorn. Nice dark malt flavor of chocolate and coffee. Some graininess and a burnt taste is noted on the finish. Not the biggest body for a stout but still maintains a nice texture. A nice approachable dark beer for people that do not want to jump in the deep end of the pool. Drinking a few of these in an evening would be possible.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.89/5  rDev +13.1%

Yay! Time to try an Oatmeal Stout.

Appearance (4.25) : Very stable 2 fingered head. Khaki-almond in color. Body is totally opaque and chocolate brown in shade.

Aroma (4) : Roast java coffee bean, slight hint of milk chocolate; distant hints of alcohol, licorice, and hop. Bouquet is medium strength.

Flavor (3.5) : Very milky with flavors of roast bean, earth, and sharp hop. Finishes with dry coffee grounds and light hop.

Mouthfeel (4) : The milkiness is the first thing I notice. It's totally unusual, and unlike any stout I've had before. Milk and barista-style froth settles and disappears practically instantaneously on the palate. The body is light in texture and weight. The finish is dry and earthy. Mega points for being unique and unusual.

Overall (3.89) : An interesting departure from a typical stout. On a cold night like tonight, this stout fills the bill. Whether it's worthy of a purchase again I can't say for sure. It's not incredible and not awful.

Slow Elk is a decent milk/oatmeal stout - worth a try.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark stouty like stout color, but a little light makes it through the dense dark quagmire that presdies under a finger of ivory head.. Milk chocolate, and mild whiskey barrel hits the nose which is strange because I don't think it was put in barrels. Some sweet caramel malts smell great as well. Sweet oatmeal and brown sugar hit the palate first and take you on a smooth ride to light roasted malts. there is cocoa but really no bitter which is fine. Smooth, creamy, and medium bodied.

Overall...I would give this to a breastfeeding mother on any occasion.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

inky jet black, and thick looking as well with an almost oil like appearance, really quite nice. Rich chocolate colored tan foam that rose up a good two inches

starts off kind of light, but hits its stride with notes of sugar, molasses, chocolate and a touch of coffee that carry over well in the flavor. smooth with loads of chocolate and a nice and mellow balance between the rich chocolate and roasted malts. easily drinkable and a nice and solid beer.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown to black colour with a tan head that is fairly minimal in size but leaves a nice amount of sticky residue on the glass.

The aroma is a blend of roasted malt, some chocolate, some coffee and a bit of alcohol.

Flavour essentially echoes the aroma, but has a bit more bite to it. The alcohol presence is a bit bolder and there is much more of a roasty flavour at the end of each sip. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and quite smooth.

This was an easy drinking, simple oatmeal stout to me. If the aroma was beefed up a bit this would be a top notch oatmeal stout, and it's still quite nice as it stands.

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Photo of tvv375ia
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-nice dark brown with about a 2 finger head that faded to a small cap without much lacing

S-some nice roasted malt, coffee and a little chocolate

T-starts with some roasted coffee, with some carmel choclate finish

M-well carbonated meadium creamy body

O-very good oatmeal stout that is well balnced

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Photo of Bighuge
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear garnet body. Thin and bubbly light brown crown. Lacing is plenty sufficient. Decent aroma of oats, cocoa, milk sugar and smoke. Lactose and milk chocolate are the presiding characteristics on the palate. This definitely has some Milk Stout qualities to it. The oatmeal is noticeable however, in the taste and in the mouthfeel, which is smooth and velvety. Roasted malts add a little depth, but the charm with this beer is in its simplicity. Good beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this definitely isnt rated high enough on here. its a rich creamy smooth stout with a great oat flavor. it pours midnight black and thick as hersheys syrup. theres an aggressive three inch foamy mocha head that leaves pretty lacing on the sides of the glass. it smells like milk chocolate and oatmeal with brown sugar. the beer isnt sweet, but it is creamy. seems like flavor elements of a milk stout as well as an outmeal stout, with the roasty malts and chocolate notes dominating. the feel is excellent too, velvety smooth and coats the mouth and throat with a layer of goodness. mellow carbonation gives it a nice rich feel. one of the better big sky beers ive had, and this shold get much more appreciation on here. would make an lovely beer float with some hard vanilla bean ice cream.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep garnet color, the head modest in size, frothy in texture and the residual lace fine sheets. Smell is lightly toasted grain aroma with sweet candy like tones and is quite pleasant with the start sweet and the top middling. Pretty good brew in my opinion.

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Photo of JosiahS
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: Dark brown body with what was a 1 finger tan head that quickly disappeared to a think ring.

s: Rich malt character on the nose. Lots of toast bread, chocolate and some licorice. Maybe a hint of of a general grain smell that may come from the oats.

t: The taste is chocolaty, fruity and with a slight floral flavor on the back-end.

m: body is perfect balance between a session-able beer and one with a thicker, more rich body. The oats contribute a subtle lush feel while the carbonation competes with it.

o: A pleasantly surprising brew that offers straightforward flavors and body but done very well.

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Photo of aristeros
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Purchased as a single from Total Wine in Tucson, AZ. Fun label, 3-7-77 under the cap. Poured into a pint glass. pours a dark, cola brown with little head but some lacing. Smells of dark chocolate, some nuts, some caramel.

Tastes of black coffee, walnut, and some sweetness in there. Some dark cocoa on the back end. Less like a stout combination and more like a nut brown. Thin, almost watery. Again, like a nut brown. I'd have a six pack of em if I was in the mood for a brown, but this hurt, because I was really after a stout.

Without categorizing it, it's a solid B+. Simple, but good. However, taking style into account, it suffers.

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Photo of Whadawookie
3.82/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured without much head, retention or lacing. It smells pretty good, but the aroma isn't very strong, some roasted barley character for sure.
Taste is pretty darn good, it does feel a little light for a stout, but flavor-wise they have done no ill. I taste coffee, then chocolate which settles into an oatmealy aftertaste. The aftertaste is very pleasant... almost like after downing a whole sheet of mother's fresh cookies and then lapsing into a comforting coma. I am not a regular oatmeal stout drinker, but I'd be into trying more of them after this pleasant experience.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A-Big, frothy light-brown head off the pour, 2-finger, moderate-low retention. Darkest-brown beer, pretty much black, I suppose; shows brown highlighting in a strong light.

S-Chocolate, light roasty malt. Overall, a hearty aroma.

T-Yum. Plyaful chocolate malts, with a slight roast in the end. Bitterness is balancing, complimented by the slight, smooth roast. It tastes like a good old oatmeal stout.

M-Silky as it moves through my mouth, with a fine-bubbled carbonation and a medium-lighter body. Quite characteristic of a pleasant oatmeal stout.

D-Fairly drinkable. A standard brew, displaying the characteristics of the style. Quality, above average.

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Photo of jera1350
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid black color with a creamy head of darker khaki. Excellent retention and some nice sticky lacing.

A nice balance of roasty and sweet malt.

The taste is more dark roasted malt than sweet malt. The flavor kind of drops off a bit it seems. It's fine, but just doesn't have much more than a bit of sweetness with a solid roast.

Heavier end of medium bodied. Smooth feel for the most part.

I would call this a good run of the mill oatmeal stout. It doesn't wow or really stand out, but it is enjoyable and well done. I will certainly have no problem finishing this off in short time.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
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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