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: 17 | 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 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 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 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 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 demcorhip
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

much thanks to Raider for this one.

This beer poured an opaque black with a nice tan coloured head. Once the haed receeded scant then no lacings remained.

Creamy coffee and oatmeal chocolate chip cookies came to mind while sniffing this one. A floral funk became more apparent as the stout warmed even more (was in the fridge for maybe 15min before serving).

Dark roasted, almost burnt coffee, cream, dark chocolate and oats were the most noticable flavours. A mild yet pronounced hoppy finish. A very slight metalic taste, especially when returned to after a slight break.

OK balance and blend in flavours, prefer a bolder yet smoother blend . Is a touch on the thin side as far as the style goes.

Fairly drinkable, might go down a little better in the depths of winter as opposed to a cool summers eve. Still havent had an american oatmeal stout that made me forget samuel smith's version.

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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 hardy008
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Chocolate brown to black with a thin head of foam.

Smell - Coffee and malt with hints of chocolate.

Taste - Well balanced, Coffee and Oatmeal stand out.

Mouthfeel - smooth, light to medium bodied. Light for a Stout.

Drinkability - A good beer which I would drink again.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Originally reviewed April 30, 2005. 12 Oz Bottle. Deep oily dark brown pour, with a hint of ruby on the edges. Thin and very creamy light brown head. Lacing is quality. Aromas of sea salt, grass, and oats. Flavor is very rich, yet bright and creamy on the end. Very oaty, with lots of chocolate and swiss almonds. There are some light coffee notes. Finishes with some of the salt and leaves a tangy, slightly burnt aftertaste. Palate is watery, but maintains some thickness. Not bad.

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Photo of Jredner
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is a tad sharp which illicits the feeling that the ingredients might not have been the freshest..tangy, chocolate, stewed dark fruits and a bit of cocoa. Black body with a slowly, but steadily fading tan head. Very nice mouthfeel...creamy feeling, but the flavor range is quite narrow..mild vanilla notes, some chocolate and molasses and not much else. It tastes decent enough it just doesn’t go very far in any direction. Definitely better than average, but this could be much more flavorful which would make for a great brew as this has a solid mouthfeel.

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Photo of zeff80
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark black color with almost no head. Also, no lacing to speak of.

S - It smelled oaky and earthy with a roasted maltiness.

T - The oatmeal flavor was quite apparent. Also, some bittersweet roasted malt.

M - It was soft and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a descent oatmeal stout.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I am sampling courtesy of BIF 20 and Feloniousmonk.
Room temperature in a pint glass.
The beer pours a deep molasses brown with no lite passing through. A small tan fizzy head builds and fades quickly to a thin surface layer.
Aroma is rich and malty with espresso and chocolate mixing with a lite brown sugar presence.
First sip reveals a lighter than expected body with fine gentle rolling carbonation that caresses my palate and leaves a faint tingle after I swallow. Slightly watery texture.
Flavor is malty up front with bakers chocolate and some dry roasted malt allowing for a hint of toffee in the middle and finishing rather dry and slightly coffee bitter.
The beer tastes good and looks good, but is way to thin to be a stout. This has the body of a dark lager not an oatmeal stout.
A decent enough beer but would expect more robust from the land up north!

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Photo of Tolann
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark like a stout should be. Roasted coffee colored head that disappears. Otherwise very opaque hardly letting a glow though.

S - roasty coffee in the smell. Some hint of chocolate. bready oatmeal characteristics

T - Mild. Some bitter sweet roasted flavor. not the biggest characteristic.

M - kind of thin for an oatmeal stout. Not a lot of carbonation and is smooth. Not much of an aftertaste.

D - Easy to drink for a stout. No big scary characteristics or ABV. Probably a good oatmeal stout to start with to get someone off their beer training wheels.

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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 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 taez555
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6 pack of this on my fishing adventure in Minnesota

Pours a brownish black body with a tan/off white head.

Nose is pretty tame, soft hints of coffee, chocolate and some dark malts.

Medium bodied. Chocolate, coffee, dulled espresso beans, vanilla, hints of smoke. The oatmeal gives this beer a nice classic oatmeal stout course body and slight touch to the taste. Bitterness and hop taste are kept to a minimum but balance very nicely in the mix.

Overall a really quite enjoyable beer. The coffee flavors are a little muted but the slight burnt, roasty touch compliment the backwater MN nights well.

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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 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 mangledorf
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sliding into my glass, this beer pours thin with almost no head out of the bottle. Provides a nice aroma, but the taste hardly lives up to the smell. The flavor of this stout is about as exciting as Guiness or the like. Certainly not bad and an easy share with friends not willing to steer much out of the norm. Probably won't go looking for this one again, but I wouldn't turn one down.

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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 thethrone
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very dark brown/black with foamy 1" white head which dissipates fairly quickly to a thin layer.

S - Roasted malts, chocolate, hint of minerals

T - Coffee, roasted grains, chocolate, barley. Well balanced flavor.

M - Smooth, but a bit lighter and not as creamy as I would expect from the oatmeal.

D - A good, drinkable, brew that I'd come back to again.

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Photo of andrewmartin
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single of this last time I went through Duluth

A: Wow, probably the darkest beer I've ever had-completely ink black, no light sneaking through this one, tawny head.

S: Sweet oats and roasted malts

T: Definately one of the more interesting oatmeal stouts out there-I can actually taste the oatmeal. Starts off with a coffee roasted bitterness that gives way to sharp oats flavors

M: Starts off very sharp due to bitterness then becomes creamy and palate coating.

D: Very interesting brew, I could definately down a few of these.

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

Light slightly roast malt aroma. Very fizzy, extremely big head that settles so slow that it made it difficult to pour much in order to drink. Dark brown to black with red hues. Clear. Straight stout malt flavor with softening qualities of the oats. Mildly dry and same for length of finish. Fullness from carbonation, otherwise medium Fairly straight oatmeal stout, not very complex but enjoyable in a simple way.

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Photo of ADR
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark, creamy pour. A real smoothie with pronounced chocolate smell and chocolate/toffee taste. Stays in the mouth long after the swallow. Needs a touch more roastedness in the malt department for me, but a nice Oatmeal nevertheless.

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