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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:
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For Trade:
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Reviews: 118 | Ratings: 286
Photo of Gump
2/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Slow Elk from Big Sky Brewing.
They also make the Moose Drool beer, and the Scape Goat, which I have yet to try.

From the bottle, it pours dark amber and clean.
Smells dank and mosslike at the same time. Tastes much better.
I detect some semi-sweet chocolate and coffee flavors, but it's insipidness left me uninspired.

It has a mello malty mouthfeel with a clean finish and no aftertaste.

I kept waiting for this beer to show me something more.

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Photo of budgood1
2.24/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

slow elk, eh? this is one "slow stout"! it pours out a black-ruby hue...really fizzy head that died quickly. no lace. slight burnt malt aroma..some cocoa notes. tastes mostly of some chocolate malts and oatmeal overtones....this beer seemed so dead that i busted out the valentines chocolates to help things out. too smooth and "dead" mouthfeel. a really disappointing end to this brew. weak and seemingly watery. munching hershey kisses while drinking this brew didn't seem to help. a bad example of any stout. not recommended.

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Photo of marc77
2.41/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Deep ruby hue & very clear when held to light. Well retained beige head. Chocolate malt, nondescript caramel malt sweetness along w/ slightly tart esters. Not particularly eniticing aromawise. Thin in body & and the watery mouthfeel lacks the viscous, proteinaceous quality that a good oatmeal stout should have. The contribution from the oats is imperceptible. Nothing outsatnding in this brew. The slightly bitter, generic roasted grain notes along with a bit of caramel malt comprise the malt profile. Slow Elk is quite bland all around for style and is a weak and ummemorable oatmeal stout. No outright flaws here, however.

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Photo of ADR
2.43/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

"Sweet" stout is one thing but this brew never generated any flavor at any temperature, blandly sweet, less than average mouthfeel for the style...I was pretty bummed by Slow Elk...

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Photo of harrymel
2.47/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Fall 2011

A: Pours dark brown with less than a finger of transient latte foam which leaves a scratched mirror surface with a border of foam. No lace. When available near excellent clarity.
S: Oats, bitters, roasted malts, earthy hops (faint), slight sweetness.
T: Semi bitter with some earthy flavors from the malts. Slight american ale yeast flavor.
M: thin for the style with moderate carbonation. Semi dry finish.
O: Meh, not at all impressive for the style.

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Photo of Buebie
2.49/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12oz bottle with no freshness date, into a snifter.

Black in color, but a dark red hue appears when held to light.
Tan, 1-2 finger head that quickly fizzles away. Leaving a thin layer of tan retention. Lace is almost non-existant.

The aroma is mildly present, fruity, some veggie like quality. A mild burnt grain scent.

Mouthfeel is silky and overcarbonated. This is almost watered down in flavor and aroma. Some roasted grain flavor, a touch of coffee, finish is watery and plain.

Go ahead and skip this. If there is oats in here, they sure skimped on them. Volume appears to be the priority.

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Photo of bditty187
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Deep dark brown in hue, black in the middle with a hint of red highlights when held to a light, a tan head of a baby’s finger in height quickly dissipated to a bubbly collar. There was no subsequent lacing of note. Minimal potency in the nose, sweet oatmeal is the most prominent. Flavorful palate but the sweet oatmeal doesn’t mix so well with the roasted malt and the insignificant chocolate notes. The bitterness doesn’t complement the sweetness; frankly they clash. Seemed a little off; the thin and watery mouthfeel only compounds the problem. Awful clean on all accounts; lousy finish. The more your drink Slow Elk the less impressed you become, not worth trying, below average.

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Photo of ZAP
2.52/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

-Little aroma...watery..little head...more of a brown ale..easy drinking..some sweetness on aftertaste..below average to average stout..give this one to people who are afraid of big bad dark stouts...doesn't taste very dark or much like a stout. To be fair, this one followed the Bell's Oatmeal Stout in my tasting and didn't come close to measuring up in character or taste..

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Photo of GossageBrewery
2.7/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured this Oatmeal stout from a 12 oz brown bottle into a pint glass. This stout produced a tan head only average retention. It poured a dark brown color, left behind a small amount of lacing. The aroma consisted of roasted malt, coffee and hops. Medium body, smooth easy to drink. Tastes of roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. Not a great example of the style...just not much to brag about with this one. So far my least favorite offering from Big Sky.

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Photo of genitempo
2.71/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The bottle design is probably the best part about the beer. Big Sky has great continuity with their design. However, the idea of calling the beer "Slow Elk" with a drawing of a cow with elk antlers roped on is pretty funny. I digress...the wear pours terribly into a snifter, for a stout that is. Foams too heavy, carbonation does not rise like a stout usually does. Dark body with an amber touch when put up to light. Head is lumpy and whitish tan.

S: Probably the best part about the beer. Has the odor of a traditional stout with hints of heavy grain.

T: Meh, nothing really too impressive. I feel like the "oatmeal" taste they were going for misplaced the essence of what a stout beer should be.

M: Not as thick as I like my stouts.

O: Under-impressed. Big Sky usually makes a good push with their brews. Slow Elk is on the weaker side of things. I guess it's a good thing that it's a limited release...

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
2.71/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

a: Dark brown to black with a fluffy head.

s: Light, sweet roasted aroma.

t: The base flavor is cola with light roasted/smoky notes. Lacks depth, not as rich as I was hoping for. A bit too sweet for the style, more robust roasted malts would improve this.

m: Light for the style.

d: Compared to other Oatmeal stouts this is below average, but that's not to say this isn't a nice, enjoyable beer.

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Photo of jreitman
2.85/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with a decent amount of medium brown head. Chocolate and coffee flavors are present but subdued. Burnt character is there but hard to find. Sweet, dry finish. I think this may be a decent beer to introduce people to the style as it's flavor profile and is not overly strong, but it still has all the characteristics, albeit subdued.

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Photo of dbossman
2.9/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Quite dark brown (but in the light there is a redish tint) with a tan 1.5 finger head that dissipates to a nicely thin head; lacing is average

S: typical roasted malts and oats with subtle chocolate undertones; something else sweet and slightly funky

T: Initially it's good but it gets pretty weak on the back end and kind of has a generic adjunct-like flavor; there are some good roasted malts and oats going on here but there is just something a little funky, especially in the aftertaste. I first tasted this out of a bottle (no other choice) and liked it much better than I do now that I'm tasting it as it should be tasted from a glass

F: Pretty carbonated and watery for a stout; also not the creaminess that I like my stouts to be

D: It's drinkable and because it's light, you can have a couple but there is something funky (just slightly) that makes you not want to go crazy with it; this really doesn't feel like an oatmeal stout and the more I have of it the worse it tastes

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Photo of TheSixthRing
2.95/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours Near black with cola brown edging and with a light tan 2 finger head. Retention is good, resulting in a lace that's thin and semi-sticky.

Smell - Smells like your typical oatmeal stout; roasted malts with chocolate, coffee and oat character.

Taste - Disappoints. Very light, almost watery flavor profile. Hints of roasted coffee. A faint touch of chocolate. Oats peek through near the finish, along with a faint bit of alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Where's the body? Near watery and with barely a modicum of carbonation.

Overall - Sweet mother does this not hit the spot. It's like someone took a good oatmeal stout and cut it with half water. What were they thinking? I got excited by the smell, then was completely let down after the first sip. I'll never buy this again.

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Photo of pbrian
2.95/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not quite black with reddish hues poking through. Thin tan head that disappears and leaves no trace of its existence. Mild chocolate/coffee aromas with pleasant hints of fruity esters. Flavors are subdued for an oatmeal stout, and there's minimal "oaty" existence, no viscosity. I thought it would improve as it warmed but it didn't. The fruit flavors seem out of place. With so many top notch competitors in its class, it didn't impress.

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Photo of bump8628
2.95/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big whiff of Cain's diner coffee from the outset, leading into a caramel and toffee heavy body. Light milk chocolate and more weak coffee with a dash of creamer. A nice burst of earth and meadow comes from the Goldings, while it finishes with a subtle balance of fruit from the English yeast. This is a solid English-style Porter, too bad it bears no resemblance to any sort of Oatmeal Stout. Where's the creaminess? Another bag or two of roasted malts and a higher mash temp would go a long way. Not bad beer in the least, but it misses the style mark completely. I'm just relieved I'm not relying on this to get me through a long Montana winter's night.

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Photo of mulder1010
2.97/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 330 ML bottle

A-- Poured black but looked more like a dark brown. No head at all.

S-- Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, a little bit of brown sugar.

T-- Coffee, roasted malts, and oatmeal.

M-- Light but flavorful. Fairly carbonated and finishes dry. Malts seem a little overdone, as in burnt.

D-- Lighter ABV and drinkable but needs more of the oatmeal taste. A little too much of the malts.

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Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a deep garnet color, the head modest in size, frothy in texture and the residual lace fine sheets. Nose has a lightly toasted grain aroma with sweet candy like tones and is quite pleasant with the start sweet and the top middling. Finish is pertinently hopped and the carbonation moderate the aftertaste chocolate dry, drinkable but not a great beer, just “average” I guess or better yet ”Beginners Stout” best, describes it.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a conical pint glass.

The beer is a dark chocolate black, with a lot of brown coming through the light on the edges, even ruby in the body. An oatmeal colored head recedes somewhat quickly to a film. Light lacing sticks to the glass, initially.

The beer smells of faint oats and of bitter chocolate.

The beer tastes chalky and faintly malty up front. There's also some bit of roasted, burnt malts. A watery, subdued bitter chocolate emerges in the middle before an also watery bitter hop finish.

The mouthfeel is also watery. This feels more like it could be labeled as a porter.

Overall, really disappointed as I love all other Big Sky brews. This may be their weakest effort, and it's my favorite style. Just too thin.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 12oz bottle - Pours a dark clear root beer color with small quickly dissipating head. Below average carbonation. Smells of roasted malts and some oats First sip is smooth with roasted malts leading the way. There is a fairly weak malt backbone. Very nice and drinkable. Excellent bitter finish.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
3.01/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown color with ruby highlights. The head is light brown, and leaves a bit of lacing. The roast malt aroma is surprisingly light. Also in the aroma is a malt sweetness, and a toasted graininess. The flavor again is light in the roast malt department, but it has a sweet chocolatey flavor. The bitterness is evident, but subdued. The texture is somewhat smooth and creamy, but it does have a carbonic tinge to it. Overall, not bad, but lacking the roast malt aromas and flavors I would expect.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.01/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Best by 122309 stamped on bottle.

It pours a very dark reddish brown with a half inch of tannish foam and some good lacingt.

The smell is a light dose of roasted malt, very mild chocolate, and a touch of bitterness.

The taste is of some roasted malt, a milkshake like chocolate flavour that brings a muted sweetness, and some hop bitterness. The finish is kind of messy..light sweet tones and bitterness that do not bring any sense of balance at all.

The mouthfeel is light and it's, imho, over carbonated.

Drinkability? This is not a very good example of an Oatmeal Stout at all so it isn't all that drinkable for me. I think the recipe for this needs some serious work.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is black, but it is not opaque; a lot of light passed through when I held it to a lamp. Three fingers of thick, tanned head dissipated slowly to leave a billowy lacing and, eventually, just a ring around the edge.

Smell: It smells enticing but is little weak. Oats and cocoa are complimented with a nice, roasted malt presence of (mostly) coffee. There are also hints of black licorice.

Taste: Flavor wise, it exhibits the same enticing feature from the smell, but is also a bit on the weak side. However, this is, I guess, oatmeal stout; there should not be an overwhelming bitterness. Each sip offers rice roasted coffee characters that are kept in check by the oats. There is a little cocoa and that hint of black licorice. Overall, though, it lacks the oomph, character, and body of bolder oatmeal stouts.

Drinkability: It is a good effort, and I think it is on the path toward high quality, but I expected more since it is a limited release.

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Photo of sleazo
3.04/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A_Pours a dark brown/ruby colour with a very small tan head. This diminishes quickly and leaves a small island of bubbles afloat on top of the brew. Too light for the style.

S_A bit sticky sweet like coffee cake. The aroma is mild but not altogether unpleasant.

T_Mostly sweet malt with a mild coffee note. The aftertaste provides a subtle bitterness akin to roasted chicory.

M_Light bodied with a middle of the road carbonation. For an Oatmeal Stout it lacks presence.

D_A decent brew that might veer more towards the porter side of the world. As an OS it is lacking but is a decent brew otherwise.

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Photo of freehafe
3.07/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours deep brown, head quickly thins out.

S: Roasted malt, chocolate, oatmeal.

T: Strong roasted malt and oatmeal flavor, slight chocolate/coffee flavor, initially bitter then mellows out.

M: Thinner body than most stouts I'm used to

O: It is an ok beer, not upset I drank it, but would not go out of my way to purchase again.

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