Thursday, May 1, 2008

New Glarus Road Slush Stout

'This dark ale is a hearty and satisfying reward for those of us who embrace the frozen tundra. Uncut oatmeal fresh from Chilton, Wisconsin gives this Stout a "sink into it" smoothness that slides you into its depth. Handcrafted English Chocolate malt and Wisconsin Victory malt combine to balance this robust ale. Expect this ale to pour a luxurious rich head over a rich black ruby body. The powerful malt bouquet will greet you as you tip this silky smoothness from your glass. Our Oatmeal Stout is handcrafted in the time-honored traditions. Serve just above room temperature and relax -- road construction season will soon return.'

Sorry guys, I don't like my beer at room temperature. Weird for a guy who loves stouts, I know. Actually come to think of it I don't like many things at room temperature. In fact in the winter I crank the heat and in the summer I overdose on AC, so my room is all over the place. What the hell am I talking about? Oh yeah, beer.

I like the roasted malts in this beer, but they are a tad overpowering. Some vanilla. Chocolate, but more of a bitter dark chocolate feel than what I am used to. The obligatory coffee makes an appearance. There is a lot going on in this beer to the extent that it feels like it is going in a dozen different directions at once. Not very cohesive, but its so damn complicated you have to give it another try.

You know The Brothers Karamazov? The first time I read that book I had no fucking clue what was going on, but I knew there was something there. Now it is one of my favorites. Maybe that is a bad reference because Road Slush might be far from a masterpiece, but it certainly will need another go before I can put a finger on the flavors running riot within. It unravels, if you will. You won't? Well shit, I'm reviewing Blatz tonight, that might be more up your alley.


Chipper (Dave) said...

Road Slush sounds like a pothole in wintertime.

The green movement is popular the last year or so. I think it will last a while as more and more people try to find ways of reducing energy consumption. Just wishing to curb my gasoline consumption. Buy more local beer!

I've got 3 more hours to get home also. Gonna drink a Dogfish Head 90-min IPA tonight for the 1st time. Hope I survive the blast of hops and flavor!

matt said...

I'm going hoppy tomorrow night, but I really want to drink the Stone IPA I have in the fridge...