Friday, February 17, 2012

Big Slick Stout (Ale Asylum, Madison, WI)

Big Slick Oatmeal Stout by Ale Asylum

Thanks to beery friend Kat, I'm drinking from a growler of  Ale Asylum's Big Slick Stout tonight without a trip to Madison.  Oatmeal Stout according to the Ale Asylum website, this beer is not your average smooth drinking, light oaty stout.  Big and bold, I somehow forgot that I really like this beer.

Cap of the growler was on super tight with a slight hiss upon opening: nice job.  Head bubbles up only with effort and creates a dark tan to brown streaked head that falls to a thin lace.  Well named, it is the color of dirty motor oil.  Coffee and clean roast in the nose plus a hint of spice from the hops and maybe a little bit of the 7% alcohol.  Full bodied mouthfeel supports a light fresh coffee and roast malt that's complimented by a light dark cherry, chocolate and spice hidden in the background .  Smooth and creamy from the oatmeal.  Dry, slightly bitter finish lingers pleasantly.

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