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Sir Duluth Oatmeal Stout - Lake Superior Brewing Company

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Sir Duluth Oatmeal StoutSir Duluth Oatmeal Stout

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Reviews: 80
Hads: 146
Avg: 3.59
pDev: 16.43%
Wants: 5
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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Lake Superior Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: purplehops on 03-06-2002

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Photo of MNAle
4.14/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle with no date code (black mark to you, Lake Superior). Very dark / black with a tan, small head. Smokey & sweet malt aroma with a hint of fruit. Very light carbonation, as befits the brewer's description of this as an English style stout. Smokey roastiness and fruit dominates the initial taste, followed quickly by a sweet maltiness. Smooth and mild, with a slightly subtle bitter aftertaste. This beer is all about the malts. But, then, with no date code, how would I know? The brewer lists no ABV, but it has a bit of a boozy taste, so I would guess it at 6-7% (annoying to not have this information on the label.). Mouth feel is moderate, with a nice creaminess to it. Overall, I enjoyed this beer a lot. Lake Superior: please provide more information on the label (date, ABV, IBU, etc.). The six pack carton advises, "For maximum freshness, keep refrigerated." First, no, don't drink this at typical American refrigerator temperature. This beer is definitely better at English pub temperatures, maybe 50-55 degrees F at the coolest. Second, the concern by the brewer for freshness is a bit ironic given they do not date code. Regardless of my pseudo-rant, I like this beer and will be buying more from time to time.

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Photo of dorlandenator
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Crisp with a really nice roast flavor. The head isn't anything to write home about - either you poor soft and get no head at all, or poor hard and get a short-lived head that isn't creamy as advertised. Overall though a very easy stout to drink.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Aggressive pour didn't do much for this one. Short lived beige head that quickly looked like nothing but a ring in the glass. The color is mostly black with just some ruby tints at the edges. (3.5/5)

Smell: Roasted malt and a dark fruit kind of quality as well. Maybe a slight char. Smells sort of sweet, surprisingly. (3.5/5)

Taste/feel: Roasted malt giving off a coffee flavor, and a pretty decent dashing of dark fruit flavor. Not much going on here, but there's a nice char-like flavored finish that I enjoy. A bit sweet for my liking, but it's not too heavy on the sweetness. Carbonation is about medium, and the texture is as well. (3.5/5, 3.5/5)

A good beer all-around, at best. It's a pretty decent oatmeal stout, but it lacks a certain something. This brew could benefit from a little extra char sort of bitterness and/or a richer mouthfeel, rather than a seeming emphasis on the dark fruits. Straight 3.5 rating from me, and I feel like that may be a tad generous.

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Photo of homebrew311
2.96/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown with no light passage. Thin rim of tan head. Nose features some sweet notes reminiscent of grape soda with notes of carob underneath. The taste is relatively thin with more grape soda paired with mild roast, moderate chocolate, and a roasty finish. No hop bitterness to speak of here, somewhat sweet overall. Mouthfeel is light for style with mellow carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty lackluster example of the style. Would not return to this one.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Reuben's Brew snifter. Pours a very dark brown, appearing opaque black in the glass, with a thin patchy brown head leaving light lacing. Nice aroma of chocolate, vanilla and mild dark toasted malt. Flavor is dark toasted malt, light vanilla and chocolate, hints of char, smooth. Medium body with mild creaminess. The oatmeal body in this stout is not heavy, but noticeable, adding a smooth creaminess to the feel and taste. Nicely melded stout flavors. Flavor drops off a bit in the finish. Somewhat subdued, but tasty.

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Photo of alphagnome
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black body crowned with a light brown, thick, and porous head. Plenty of carbonation racing to the top while sediment slowly drifts towards the bottom.

To my surprise, it smells of fresh oatmeal! Nice roasted coffee notes and trace vanilla will keep you interested

A pleasant amount of vanilla hits the taste buds first, followed by bitter chocolate and coffee flavors. Definitely got better as it warmed closer to room temperature.

This is one velvety smooth oatmeal stout! Medium bodied and light on carbonation. Finish is a tad on the dry side with a very subtle peat character.

This is possibly the best oatmeal stout I've had to date. Complex and easy to drink - the combination makes for one hell of a beer!

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Photo of FreshHawk
2.98/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Lighter side of black color. Medium sized, somewhat thick, creamy, light beige head. Average retention leaving patchy lace.

S - Dull, bittersweet chocolate along with some stale, black coffee. Slight astringent aroma. Touches of cream and vainilla but it's hidden by the other flavors.

T - Similar to the nose. Dull, stale flavors. Bittersweet chocolate along with stale coffee/coffee grounds along with the astringency that can accompany that. There is some nice sweetness that comes out that really pairs nicely with the chocolate but it's a bit too faint.

M - Medium to light body. Average carbonation. Too thin/watery for the style.

D - The astringency and dull flavors aren't enough to make this undrinkable (or even hard to drink) but they don't make it one that I want to keep drinking. The body also doesn't do it any favors.

Notes: Not really wowed by this. It's not awful or undrinkable by any means, but it was pretty lackluster. Lack of a nice, chewy body was what disappointed me most (as that's a big reason why I enjoy Oatmeal Stouts). Probably would just pass this one over.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.29/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A random single I picked up on a recent trip to Duluth...

A - Pours a dark ruby red colour, finger of head with little retention and no lacing.

S - Quite nutty on the nose, roasted coffee, burnt chocolate and candied nuts, dark cocoa and a hint of vanilla.

T - Creamy chocolate with a unique earthy leafy, grassy, hop flavour, paper mache, dark cocoa and an odd latex/plastic flavour that lingers.

M - No complaints here, goes down smooth and finishes wet.

O - The odd flavour that lingered was a bit of a turn off. It could be an off bottle, though by no means to be interpreted as a drain pour. I would like to try this on tap and will be seeking out another sample next time I visit Duluth.

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Photo of yamar68
3.11/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a - this looks the part, deep and dark with a tan head that laces nicely

s - too damn subtle, but what's there is good, grains, metallic, like a brown ale really, where's the oatmeal?

t - again, subtle... you have to do a bit of thinking to gather anything worth noting... it's like a dark, oat-dashed New Castle, not very impressive

m - decent, milky and an appropriate level of carbonation, don't expect anything spectacular but it works

o - average, that's about it

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Photo of manitouman84
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a molasses, dark black brown with amber hues when held to the light, with a nice tan head, modest retention and lacing throughout. Big chocolate, biscuit, solid oatmeal aroma, cookie dough and a bit of smokiness. Great flavors, smokey caramel roasted malts, big biscuit oatmeal flavor, dark chocolate, chalky vanilla lactose in the finish with a very mild hop bitterness. Solid medium bodied stout, mouth feel is rich, chalky and slightly fizzy from the carbonation, very good.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark brown with a little amber red shining through the bottom. Decent two fingers of light tan head quickly fade into a patchy layer. Lacing is pretty light.

Smell: Big burst of dark roasted malts with some sweet chocolate and oats. Light hints of coffee beans. Smells fairly sweet with the dark malts and chocolate dominating.

Taste: Big taste of dark roasted malts with plenty of notes of chocolate and oats throughout. Roasted coffee flavor comes towards the finish. Finishes with a little bit of hop bitterness. Fairly sweet with roasted malts and oats standing out.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very creamy and smooth. On the lighter end of stouts.

Overall: A pretty tasty and easy drinking stout that makes good use of the oats. Lighter feel but fully flavored.

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Photo of dbossman
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Black and thick--to use a beer cliche, this puppy looks like motor oil; a brown, 1-inch head quickly fades on top; there is decent lacing but that eventually fades as well

S: Slightly sour oats and grains up front followed by loads of roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate; aroma is roasty and malty but a bit on the subtle and simple side

T: Thin and slightly sour up front; the grainy, roasted quality doesn't quite come forward enough and the result is a thin, somewhat off-tasting beer though some chocolate and coffee come forward in the end attempting to round off the flavors

F: Much too thin for a stout and this is odd given how it looks like it has so much thickness

O: A beer that looks and smells better than it actually is but it's still a decent beer that you should give a go if you're chilling on the north shore

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Photo of nrmiller
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a mug, very dark brown/black with a tan head.

S: Smells of deep roasted coffee, maybe some chocolate too, also a warming aroma.

T: Starts off with a slightly smooth silky-ness then goes right into some roasted coffee and dark chocolate along with some roasted malts. Finishes a little bitter, not a lot, just enough to compliment the roasted malts.

M: Medium bodied, not as heavy as most stouts tend to be, with a little smoothness to it.

D: Very drinkable, with the body being a little thinner than most stouts and the flavors being non-offensive but still fairly robust, it makes drinking many of these very easy to do, sometimes unintentionally so. I drink this quite often, it is a favorite go-to beer of mine.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown/black body with a thin mocha head.

Aromas of italian roast coffee and roasted malt.

Roasty malt, almost charred. Some coffee and dark chocolate notes with a mild bitterness on the finish. Cocoa sweetness.

Medium bodied, not as velvety as you might hope. A lighter stout.

A good, enjoyable stout, but nothing out of the ordinary. Rather typical. Highly drinkable, goes down very easy.

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Photo of u2carew
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz longneck.
A) Pours with a thin head then settles quickly. Dark body - black.
S) Roasted grain and coffee.
T) Hints of roast coffee and cocoa. Slightly smoky. Just a hint of hops in the finish.
M) light fizz. Medium body not as thick as a normal stout. Although a creamy feel from the oatmeal.
D) a decent stout. I'd have another. The lighter body feel would make it quite possibly a session beer.

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Photo of JackieTH
4.04/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass, opaque brown/black with just a trace of dark tan head.

Very nice nose of roasted oats, mild chocolates, even a trace of hops. very inviting.

It's easy on the palate which follows well with the nose, even if a bit lighter, there are dark chocolates, oatmeal, malt, underlying hop bitterness integrating very well into a luxurious texture that is not at all opressive.

The bottom of the glass came too quickly. With the Sir Duluth's drinkability it would be too easy to imbibe several of these, alas, it was unfortunate that I purchased just a single bottle.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.96/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with no apparent freshness date. Pours a mostly black color with a bubbly, thin tan foam. Not much retention and average lacing.

Smells good...real good. Sweet chocolate, touch of roast, lactose and some definite oatmeal. One of the best smelling oatmeal stouts I have smelled, hits all the right notes.

Taste does not quite live up to the nose, but still a decent offering. Surprisingly, some coffee flavors come out to play and there is a decent amount of roast to go along with the sweet chocolate. Somewhat thin, but still manages a bit of creaminess. A touch of grassy hops are also noticeable, along with a mild sourness that I seem to find in many oatmeal, milk and irish dry stouts. This is very good and a nice surprise pickup as a single in a mixed sixer. I would buy this again for sure and would love to try it fresh on tap.

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Photo of pmccallum86
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black color with a mocha colored head.

The smell is of oats, cocoa, roasted malts and some light hops.

Taste is primarily roasted malts with a lot of oatmeal flavor. Some dark chocolate comes through in the finish as well as a slight hop flavor.

Smooth mouthfeel, feels light on the tongue. Very pleasant and refreshing, smooth feeling oatmeal stout.

Great drinkability, this is a terrific oatmeal stout. Good flavor without being too bold.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

Black with a tan head that thinned out to a ring leaving touches of lacing.
Roasted coffee and cocoa in the aroma.
Taste is roasted coffee and chocolate with a slightly bitter finish.
Medium bodied a bit thin but smooth.
Easy drinking brew.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

really enjoyed this one tremendously. A received it as an extra and wasted no time in diving right in. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 11/4/2009.
Very big pour here, huge notes of dark chocolate color and a big tan head were the highlights here for me. Rich looking lacing coming up and down the sides of the glass really pushing the envelope here as to what I was expecting. Very pleasantly surprised to say the least. Even after a few minutes it went no where and really just a huge look to it overall. Aroma of deep roasted malts, hints of chocolate and cookie dough, nice touches of vanilla as well, again very well done I have to admit. Each sip seemed more complex then the one before, chocolate and coffee becoming dominant with a nice buttery malt note coming through. Solid as could be with a long and very sweet finish that could hold its own with the best of them. No hint of ABV at all and this one went down like candy,
Overall one of the most solid, lighter stouts I have had in a very long time. Just very sweet and well balanced with deep notes of cocoa coming through from the very start. I would love nothing more then to try this one again down the road.

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Photo of DocTheDJ
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Short on time to right a full review might have to come back to this one. Tried it once out of the bottle and it was pretty good, less than I expected from an outmeal stout but highly drinkable. Not as creamy or full bodied as I expected being it was my 1st oatmeal stout. Not overpowering in any aspect nice balance but a little out of character for this type of stout I would think (I need to try more of this type they are good!)

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Photo of jera1350
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jet black color with one finger tight dark tan head which reduces down. A bit of lace.

Deep roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Some nuttiness comes through.

Similar to the nose. Mainly roasted coffee malt, some cola is also present. Finishes clean with little aftertaste.

Medium bodied, maybe a bit too much carbonation for the style. A few steps smoother than soda in the mouth. For an oatmeal stout, it lacks in that creamy smoothness.

Really good drinkability for a stout. Lighter flavors allow you to drink this and not get sick of it. Not as filling as stouts tend to be. I would say this is a pretty solid beer.

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Photo of GeezLynn
3.02/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Unremarkable dark black to the point that almost no light passes through, with a scant brown head that is gone in no time.
Dark malt, light coffee scent with cocoa and vanilla.
Roasted flavors typical of the style while understated are there. I would describe this as much more dry and less sweet compared with other oatmeal stouts I have tasted. As a whole, the depth of flavor is good, if not as strong as the color might suggest.
The mouthfeel of this beer really dragged it down for me. It was way too fizzy for a stout that is on the thinner, mild-flavored end of the spectrum.
Drinkability - I'd like to give this beer a higher rating based on its flavor, but the obnoxious mouthfeel to it would prevent me from drinking much of it.
Not my kind of stout, but may appeal to some looking for a very light stout.

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Photo of mothman
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Bud American Ale Glass.

Pours a 1/4 finger tan head. Doesn't last very long. Very little lacing. Color is a deep dark chocolate brown.

Aroma: Chocolate, coffee, where are the oats? Roasted malts, sweet earthy hops.

Taste: There is seems to be of the oat flavor here, as compared to the smell. Chocolate, coffee, very malty, some earthy hops.

Mouthfeel is crisp but smooth. Full-bodied. High carbonation. Leaves a clean coffee malty aftertaste.

Overall, this is an easy drinking stout. Very flavorful, but quite thin. My pint is going down quite fast. Nothing special, but nothing to disregard.

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Photo of Ragingbull
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark black like cola in color with mild prickle and a very wispy head of light lacing. Oatmeal and coffee on the nose, hey this could be breakfast. Rich flavor of grains that have been roasted just to the point of caramelization. Mildly roasted and very pleasant. Some minor bite to the attack reminds you that its not some kind of drink from your local barrista. Very mild flavor and a little bite to the finish. In fact, this beer could get away with being stronger. Rich and smooth mouthfeel. The body is very light and the mouthfeel is light as well. I really enjoyed this beer. Probably one of my top 20 with no problem.

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Sir Duluth Oatmeal Stout from Lake Superior Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.