Slow Elk Oatmeal Stout | Big Sky Brewing Company

Slow Elk Oatmeal StoutSlow Elk Oatmeal Stout
BA SCORE
3.5/5
290 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:
#40,075
Reviews:
118
Ratings:
290
pDev:
13.43%
Bros Score:
3.25
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
29
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 290 |  Reviews: 118
Photo of JuicesFlowing
3/5  rDev -14.3%
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 LJWalker
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of bump8628
2.95/5  rDev -15.7%
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 johnnyboy76
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of budgood1
2.24/5  rDev -36%
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 OKCNittany
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of marc77
2.41/5  rDev -31.1%
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 Phelps
3.27/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed in a shaker pint at the Mellow Mushroom.

Brown like a burnt beef patty, with the edges giving up watery amber translucence. Head is fuzzy, about half a finger tall, and the color of my khakis. It gets to a thin top layer and sets up shop.

The nose, in order: cocoa, vanilla-tinged oats, coffee. Sweet and smooth.

The flavor unfortunately can't deliver on the nose's promises. Chocolate is again the most prominent flavor, but it's the tangy, bittersweet variety. Esters of oats fill the mouth, then earthy hops hit home. Finishes clean, with a touch of sweetness. The chocolatey tang builds as I work my way through, but so does the oatmeal.

As I suspected from the appearance, Slow Elk’s a little thinner than I like my oatmeal stouts to be. Smooth, medium-light, with moderate pokey carbonation and soft fizz.

An average oatmeal stout. Smells good, tastes okay, feels inadequate.

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Photo of soju6
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep brown color with a decent head that fades to bits of lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt, some coffee, dark chocolate and some caramel sweetness in the background.

T: Taste of roasted malt, some caramel sweetness with coffee and dark chocolate. Mild bitterness in the background with a clean finish.

F: Medium body, smooth and creamy. Has a nice earthy character.

O: A enjoyable stout that goes down easy. Nice offering from the Brewer.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood. Served in a generic wide-mouth tulip.

Dark reddish brown liquid, though not opaque. Faint auburn and bole highlights. Solid, persistent beige collar, with thin islands dotting the surface. Average lacing.

Light toasty malt, a touch of stale caramel, and not a lot else as far as aromatics go.

Very mild malt, faint citrus (or maybe even lactic) note - though not one that comes from hops - and light grain.

Weak, watery mouthfeel.

Sessionable, but not particularly impressive flavor-wise. Not Big Sky's shining moment I imagine.

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Photo of HoppySeb
3/5  rDev -14.3%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of WesM63
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of pmcadamis
3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - An aggressive pour yields only a thin and short-lived wisp of fizz on top of this deep-brown-bordering-on-back brew. Absolutely no lace.

S - Milk duds, chocolate milk made by a five year old (i.e. way more chocolate syrup than an adult would pour!). Cliff Bar oats and molasses.

T - Not a whole lot going on here. Easy milk chocolate and oats. Hay-like hops on the back end, but only a hint.

M - Too fizzy and raspy IMO. However, it mellows out after a few seconds in the mouth and leaves a medium-full bodied and slightly sugary feel behind. Finishes sweet and clean.

A very mild mannered stout. Easy drinking but sort of boring.

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Photo of RDW
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of LukeGude
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of Alpha309
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of BrownAleMale
3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Horny Goat pint glass.

Appearance- A few shades under pitch black with some off white head that dissipates to a tiny layer on the surface.

Smell- Coffee, sweet malt and a hint of hops.

Taste- Mostly coffee and a citrus hops.

Mouthfeel- For a stout it is very watery.

Overall- Nothing spectacular about this stout but it is very well balanced as far as malt and hops. Could definitely be more there in flavor and mouthfeel though.

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Photo of colts9016
3.32/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass at 47 degrees. I have been wanting to try this beer, I finally found it.

Appearance: A half finger head that has fair retention; furthermore, the head is creamy and foamy. The color of the head is medium tan color and a few laces cling to the glass. The color of the beer is dark mahogany with a dark reddish hue. The clarity of the beer is opaque. A few carbonation bubble are visible on the side of the glass. The beer looks great, would have like to seen a more resilient head.

Nose: A very rich roasted malt profile with some burnt, toasty, and caramel notes. A subtle note of floral esters, wood and oatmeal. Other minor aromas chocolate and molasses like note. The smell of the beer is wonderful

Taste: A very rich roast on the malts giving off burnt, toasty, and light caramel note. Other flavors are floral esters, wood, oatmeal, chocolate, coffee, and a hint of sweetness (molasses like).

The mouth feel of the beer is coating, carbonated, and slightly astringent.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium thick and the finish is medium. This is a very roasty toasty brew good flavors. The only complaint I see is there needs to be more oatmeal. Most Oatmeal beer that I drink are a bit more complex, tad creamy and smoother. Good beer nonetheless.

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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 290 ratings
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