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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
Brewed by:
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 BuckeyeNation
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Charred nut brown with modest russet highlights at the edges of the pint glass. In spite of an increasingly high-altitude pour, the toasted tan cap peaked at barely two fingers and is down to one thin digit as I type. Glass coverage is decent enough.

The nose is roasted malty enough to be comfortably above average. Coffee with a small splash of cream is the dominant aroma... and there isn't much else to report. Simple, but effective. Something tells me the flavor profile will be along those same lines.

Yeah, pretty much. Sir Duluth is a middle-of-the-road oatmeal stout that is simple and safe and comfortable. I like the roasted malt undertow, but am not too keen on the (admittedly subtle) green apple sourness. Actually, it's more of a milk stout-like lactic tartness. It isn't annoying, but it is unwelcome.

More malt sugars would have been great. Of course, in my world, most stouts could use more roasted and/or chocolate malt. Speaking of chocolate, it's almost as prominent as java beans. The ABV remains a mystery, but it's probably somewhere around 5.0%. Warming doesn't change much... except the beer's temperature.

The mouthfeel is slightly too thin and slightly too fizzy. Regarding size, think porter and you'll be pretty close to the mark. Where's the soft creaminess that is supposed to be imparted by the oatmeal?

Sir Duluth Oatmeal Stout is a decent effort from a brewery that I haven't heard anything about. Given its location in a state that is richly served by some excellent craft breweries, that isn't surprising. Although it isn't the same style, Summit Great Northern Porter is the better beer.

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Photo of russpowell
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this one from HogWildLiqour, review based on notes

Pours ebony with a pinky of tan head. Zero lacing & head retention

S: Roasty malt & choclate, plus coffee once warm

T: Coffee dryness up front, more of the same as this warms, plus roasty malt. Finishes dry with more coffee

MF: Pretty smooth, light bodied with near zero carbonation

Drinks okay, just not much flavor here for an oatmeal stout. I could take or leave this

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Photo of mac56
3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours out a deep ebony rich color. Slight head, very little lacing.

Aroma: my lovely wife said "it smells like stout". I'm so proud of her. I interpret that to mean "roasted malt".

Mouthfeel: slightly creamy, slightly oily (but not in a bad way). I agree with the reviewer who says it's a little light for the style.

Taste: coffee, cocoa, malty notes. A slight tang, though not your usual Guinness tang. Drinks down easy. Richer flavors as it warms up. Aftertaste lingers nicely.

Overall, I like it quite a bit. I think even my lovely wife would like it, and she generally runs screaming from the room at the sight of anything darker than Killian's Red. I too would love to find this on tap someday. (Not in my hometown, that's for sure.)

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Photo of slyke
3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sir Duluth Oatmeal Stout pours black with an off-white head that dissipates to a thin cap after a couple of minutes. Slight lacing as the beer is drunk.

Aroma is of roasted malt, but very slight. Taste is dominated by roasted malt - not much else there. A definite coffee note in the flavor of this beer.

Mouthfeel is decent, but nothing special. I expect more "substance" in the mouthfeel of this style. It is a drinkable beer, especially on a cool day (which today is here in Minny), but I probably wouldn't have more than one or two in a sitting.

This beer is worth a try.

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Photo of alexgash
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Inky dark brown, like the depths of Lake Erie (Superior is much clearer), with a small khaki head.
Smells of sweet chocolate milk, lightly roasted coffee, and a little of that homebrew funk.
Mild chocolate malts up front: sweet and lactose-y. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel (oats?). Medium bodied. Roasty, mocha bitternenss rounds out the palate. That homebrew funk eeks in too. Residual sweetness. I swear I’ve had better bottles (batches?) of this. And I KNOW it’s better on tap…but that’s for another review and another time.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz, brown, longneck bottle, capped. No date.

This stout poured black with creamy, light brown foam that persisted and coated the glass. The smell was a tangy, dark malt and oatmeal aroma with hints of coffee and hops. The taste was rather sout and acidic but this lessened somewhat as the glass warmed up. There were flavors of oatmeal, dark malt, cocoa, and barley. The aftertaste had notes of oatmeal and chocolate amidst the tangy sourness. The mouthfeel was smooth despite the tanginess and tartness. The body was medium with low carbonation. This seems to be a decent stout, but perhaps some batches are more sour than others?

(Thanks to feloniousmonk.)

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Photo of Sammy
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black. Toasted grains. Like a weak coffee with sugar. Alcohol burn taste, guess this is 6% plus. Bit of burnt bitter aftertaste.

Basically a passable beer with some oatmeal. Not the best expression of this style. Could be a whole lot smoother.

thanks to sir feloniousmonk

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Photo of MPLS
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Winter, winter, winter: Poured this 12 oz into a somewhat chilled clean imperial pint glass. The bottle was filled with lace.

A; Dark dark brown, with bubbles sticking to the surface of the glass.
S: Smells of coffee and oatmeal me thinks.
T: Smooth, good 1 hour old coffee burnt malt taste. Was expecting a little more flavor, the linger reminds me of drinking the bottom of an watery iced coffee.
M: Light and smooth for a stout
D: It's smoothness, light body, and fair price would make me drink more, but so many other stouts I would prefer.

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Photo of bucko
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've shyed away from my old friend, Oatmeal Stout, to the allure of hop-bombs for quite some time, but now as the winter approaches, I thought I'd revisit an old friend. Sir Duluth pours jet black with ruby tones in the light. The head is reasonable, off-white and disappears quickly. No matter. Aroma is roasty with notes of coffee, caramel and some of those sweet treats my grandpa always had around (probably more coffee/caramel). Flavor is roasty, slightly bitter and earthy. The oats come through, though don't kick you in the teeth with their... uh... oatiness?! This beer feels smooth on the tongue, though not as silky as some oatmeal stouts. Is that bad? Nah. The flavor and feel of the beer hang on the tongue for a while. Enjoyable, drinkable. Nice.

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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 BeerBuilder
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a creamy light brown head that leaves good lacing. The aroma is roasty and coffee-like. The flavor is roasty and coffee-like with a bit of souring at the end, kinda like some of the Bell’s beers. It has a nice roasted bitterness throughout. The mouthfeel isn’t as creamy as I would expect in an oatmeal stout. It isn’t too bad, but nothing memorable.

Sampled 12/30/03

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Photo of timtheenchanta
3.27/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Pitch black with thin head. Little lacing.

Coffee with sweet oatmeal smell. Some peanut butter is faint in the back.

The taste isn't bad but is a little bit of a letdown. Cheap coffee at first followed by some sweet malt and light hops. Smooth but not as creamy as I expected. Adding later, I enjoyed this beer really cold but as I let it warm up some, it almost kind of went sour... It didn't finish nearly as well as it started with me. I changed the score I gave it on taste as a result.

This one is worth a try. Thanks to Jredner for this one.

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Photo of morimech
3.26/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours an inky black with just a small head that dissipates quickly. Not much activity on the pour which is unfortunate. The smell is of chocolate and coffee, a perfect mocha. The taste is also of chocolate with a little malt flavor and coffee on finish. It is medium bodied with a total lack of carbonation. Doesn't finish too well. With more carbonation this would be a great beer and I would be happy to buy it again.

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Photo of Reed415
3.24/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a very dark brown color with no head at all

S - Roasted malt, Chocolate, coffee

T - Roasted nutty malt, chocolate, it is tasted like it is watered down

M - Light Bodied, with no carbonation

D - Lacking in flavor, body, and carbonation, Average at best

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Photo of iron78
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

pours a black in the glass. tan head fades fast to a brief lace then nothing.
malty aroma and strong roasted smell.
roasted grain carries over to the flavor, roast and touch of coffee. oatmeal flavor is strong. either the oat or the hops gives it almost an astringent flavor.
a bit on the thin side, expected more body or smoother from oatmeal. perhaps because of the low carbination.
a good value, but a little disappointed. will need to try again.

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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 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 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 shadow1961
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lake Superior's Sir Duluth Oatmeal Stout pours out with minimal
head over a black brew. Carbonation is slow, and the nose is of
dark malts and yeast. The flavor is of burnt molasses, slightly sweet
but with a hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and a bit astringent- it's
just a bit thin for a stout, more like a porter. A decent brew.

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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 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 CHSLBrew
2.92/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Dark brown beer with some slight garnet highlights with a stong backlight. This would indicate a relatively opaque brew. Topped with a lighter-brown head, that didn't stick around for too long.

S-Strong of roasted malt with lots of thin chocolatiness. Smells like an oatmeal stout.

T-Roasted malts with a slight chocolate. What do I detect, but a slight beef-stock character? Not really much of the oatmeal stouty flavor. Chocolate appears before the aftertaste, which is reminiscent of coffee, both in bitterness and feel. A detectable hop bitterness, pushed along by astringency.

M-Carbonation is present, but low, maybe lacking. Body is flabby. Signature creaminess isn't really here.

D-I like this brew more because of nostalgia than for its merits as a great oatmeal stout. It lacks in the characteristic flavor and body, both of which are important for an oatmeal stout. However, I do like to drink local, which is one of the big drivers behind my nostalgia behind this brew.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
2.85/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours very dark. I’d say it was black, but I could see through the stream as it left the bottle. Lets say its an un-believably dark brown. The head is huge and a dark tan. It fell to a film pretty early and left a few spots of lace.

The smell is refreshing with some sweet grainy oats, some hazelnuts, a bit of coffee and a rhubarb sourness.

Bleah! The rhubarb dominates the flavor. Not impressed! In the background are some delicate roasted oats that lend a little smokiness and a light coffee, but both are hidden behind a sheet of sourness.

Mouth feel is thin with a light tingly carbonation. This is really disappointing. Way too sour for my liking.

This isn’t the best beer, but after looking at the low reviewers for sympathizers, I think Bighuge said it best, “…I wouldn't recommend this one. However, it's not one I'll dump out either.” Disappointing, but not undrinkable.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.83/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a mug)

A- This beer has a deep jet brown body with a light tan head that is mostly large bubbles that fades pretty quickly.

S- The smell of coffee has a faint cream note but not much other depth.

T- The hint of dark malt has a strong coffee note and a faint finish of smoky ham which is odd. There isn't really a hop note in the finish just the ham.

M- This beer had a medium-light mouthfeel with a fizz finish.

D- The coffee was the strongest flavor with no real stout qualities and no notes of oatmeal. The ham flavor wasn't really strong and didn't really bother me, but it would have been nice to have more flavors to go along with it.

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Photo of hero27
2.83/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle.

Dark brown color, not much of a head on this one.
Hints of chocolate, plenty of burnt malts, and a grainy texture. Slight coffee flavor as well. Dry finish leaves a burnt malt aftertaste. A fairly thin body, but not distractingly so. Not much in the carbonation department...a tad on the flat side. They could beef this up a bit to make a much more interesting oatmeal stout.

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