Slow Elk Oatmeal Stout | Big Sky Brewing Company

Slow Elk Oatmeal StoutSlow Elk Oatmeal Stout
Liked This Beer
3.5 w/ 290 ratings
Slow Elk Oatmeal StoutSlow Elk Oatmeal Stout

Brewed by:
Big Sky Brewing Company
Montana, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
20 IBU

Added by Mitchster on 12-15-2001

User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 290 |  Reviews: 118
Photo of bundy462
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of creepinjeeper
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Hohnbaum
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of stanale
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.22/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a nearly pitch black color with a one finger head of a tan colored foam. The head fades very fast leaving only a light level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma of the brew is heaviest of a roasted malt with tons of oatmeal and caramel. Other big aromas of a cocoa nature are there as well mixed with some hints of a vanilla and an almost cola like smell to produce a very pleasant and inviting warming aroma overall.

Taste – The taste starts with a moderately roasty and sweet flavor with tons of caramel and cola flavors upfront. There is a bit of an oatmeal flavor, which starts out light and remains so throughout to the end of the taste. All the while, as the taste moves forward, the roasted flavor seems to dwindle a bit with it taking on even more cola and a little bit of dark fruit of a more plum like nature. With a little bit of a cherry and some light vanilla coming at the very end, one is left with a moderately sweet and sorta lightly roasted flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather thin for a stout of 5.4 % with a carbonation level that is on the average to slightly higher side for a stout. Not really the right feel for the style as it too much accentuated the sweet over the roasted-darker flavor so the brew.

Overall – Not really one I cared for all too much, it was too sweet without enough roast and didn’t really have a great body for the style. Ah… just OK.

 1,526 characters

Photo of ChaseTheAce
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of Dutch_Irish
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Slow Elk is a pleasant oatmeal stout which is smooth and not astringent. While it is not as flavorful as some others of the style (Anderson Valley's come to mind), it's a good sweeter alternative after drinking all those tongue buckling IPA's.

 243 characters

Photo of BJasny
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%

Photo of LoganMc
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%

Photo of mjurney
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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

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

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.

It's a very good Oatmeal Stout.

 453 characters

Photo of miwestcoaster
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of Travisjutin
3.1/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of TFMyriad
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of MikeDAdams
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of themorninglark
4.75/5  rDev +35.7%

Photo of azdback
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Chilly_E
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of vande
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of matthewhmphr
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Nuggetz
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Captain_Komamura
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of cbcrunch
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%

Photo of Bru-Dog
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Slow Elk Oatmeal Stout from Big Sky Brewing Company
Beer rating: 34.1% out of 100 with 290 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.