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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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BA SCORE
81
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118 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.85%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lake Superior Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: purplehops on 03-06-2002)
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MacDonaldT84

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

01-10-2014 03:13:22 | More by MacDonaldT84
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doucmehu

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

08-17-2012 02:43:24 | More by doucmehu
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 04:07:34 | More by andrenaline
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BeerBuilder

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2004 19:50:40 | More by BeerBuilder
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seangibbs60

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

12-22-2013 00:34:19 | More by seangibbs60
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KAF

Iowa

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

07-16-2014 01:43:23 | More by KAF
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maDUECEgunner

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

09-21-2013 00:53:02 | More by maDUECEgunner
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

3.33/5  rDev -7%
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.)

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2003 04:38:45 | More by UncleJimbo
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2004 05:03:30 | More by Sammy
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MPLS

Minnesota

3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2008 03:45:05 | More by MPLS
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bucko

Minnesota

3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2006 00:03:06 | More by bucko
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alexgash

Connecticut

3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2004 21:52:25 | More by alexgash
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 01:51:15 | More by russpowell
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mac56

Minnesota

3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
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.)

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2005 21:06:37 | More by mac56
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slyke

Minnesota

3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2006 21:43:45 | More by slyke
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2008 12:41:46 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Doyle

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

08-05-2012 03:40:35 | More by Doyle
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Richeeeee

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

11-15-2012 01:29:02 | More by Richeeeee
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demcorhip

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

much thanks to Raider for this one.

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

Aroma
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).

Taste
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.

Mouthfeel
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.

Drinkability
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2006 03:11:23 | More by demcorhip
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hinemk76

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

02-05-2012 21:19:26 | More by hinemk76
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MAbeerNE1

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

03-14-2013 23:47:57 | More by MAbeerNE1
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HoistinBrews

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

01-06-2013 01:01:47 | More by HoistinBrews
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Mdodge8837

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

02-16-2014 17:31:01 | More by Mdodge8837
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

07-19-2013 00:21:38 | More by WOLFGANG
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ChopsMeister

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

03-27-2013 04:46:53 | More by ChopsMeister
Sir Duluth Oatmeal Stout from Lake Superior Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.