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Slow Elk Oatmeal Stout | Big Sky Brewing Company

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Slow Elk Oatmeal StoutSlow Elk Oatmeal Stout
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3.5/5
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291 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#40,795
Reviews:
119
Ratings:
291
pDev:
13.43%
Bros Score:
3.25
 
 
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13
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Ratings: 291 |  Reviews: 119
Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top with sweet label, freshness date of 12/23/09. The inside of my cap says "Hell yeah, I got a wiener dog!" I love this brewery

Appearance: Fairly bright dark walnut beer; even a hard pour doesnt produce much in the way of head though, sadly...I get a small, large-bubbled light tan cap which doesn't really seem to want to stick around.

Smell: Light roasty grains and a ton of dark sweet caramel...sweet, nice, and simple...not really the richness I expect from the style, however.

Taste: This definitely...tastes much more like a good nut-brown than a stout. It's nutty, toasty, lightly fruity, with lots of dry dark caramel, and just a bit of roast. Don't get me wrong, this is really tasty, but not much like your typical oatmeal stout. Sadly, this has to bump the score down in the "taste" category, as I'm not judging it as a brown ale, I'm judging it as a stout.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light for the style; again, for a brown ale, it'd be just perfect...

Drinkability: High

Conclusion: Good beer, awesome packaging, just not really right for the style. Slap "Nut Brown" on the label and I'd even pay the 8.49 to pick it up again.

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Photo of sleazo
3.04/5  rDev -13.1%
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 ssjkyle
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of neckbeered
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of mulder1010
2.97/5  rDev -15.1%
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 casapy
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mjurney
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Appearance:
Deep brown color with ruby red highlight. I could see lots of carbonation rising. Thick creamy beige head.

Aroma:
Roasted malts, caramel, a little coffee and dark chocolate.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Roasted malts, caramel, coffee, dark chocolate. Moderate hop bitterness towards the end, just a bit earthy-leafy. Finish is mostly dry. Body is medium-light, a little silky texture, very smooth, dry.

Overall:
It's a very good Oatmeal Stout.

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Photo of KC9LDB
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of BeerBuilder
3.01/5  rDev -14%
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 elglueckert
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of LoganMc
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%

Photo of JSchock7
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Dovers
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Smileitsfreetobehappy
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of leedorham
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of ATLbeerDog
3/5  rDev -14.3%
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 Ispeakforthetrees
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of Hopswagger
3.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

P:  Aggressive carbonation climbing the walls of the glass.  Pitch black abyss with ruby highlights and a thin bubbly cappuccino head. 

S:  Huge roasted malt, sweet molasses, vanilla bean, rolled oats, stale cigarette ashes,  columbian roast coffee and timid bourbon. 

T/M:  Burnt chocolate, oats, stale smoke, coffee, vanilla extract, raw organic carrots, musty wood and subtle hints of cayenne.  Overall a stale, burnt and rustic flavor. Medium body with aggressive carbonation that is too much for the style and ruins what could be a nice creamy body.  A dry finish lingers burnt oats and wood. 

O:  A decent OS that has a nice balance of flavors. I would have liked the sweet nose to transfer more into the taste. The stale smoke flavor almost overpowered the other flavors.  Slow Elk missed the mark for me, but wasn't way off.  A decent attempt but not close to a top lister by any means. I can say its better than many I have had though. 

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of alex_hart
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
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 creepinjeeper
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't often try stouts, but Big Sky has produced some good brews and I figure they would be worth it.

It poured an opaque red with a very thin brown head. The aroma was very caramel with a bit of chocolate. It tasted more of caramel/nutmeg in oatmeal, a bit of an odd combination that, complex. The mouth feel was medium for a stout.

I would say this beer is decent but I wouldn't go out of my way for it.

Edit: I am totally perplexed by the animal on the logo. It's a cow with elk antlers. Perhaps after a few beers you actually understand it. I may never know.

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

Photo of Stoutfan23DJ
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Slow Elk Oatmeal Stout from Big Sky Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 291 ratings
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