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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
good

113 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.85%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | 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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pmccallum86

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 06:15:38 | More by pmccallum86
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2010 01:40:25 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 16:12:37 | More by mikesgroove
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DocTheDJ

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
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!)

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 02:02:19 | More by DocTheDJ
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jera1350

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2009 21:09:33 | More by jera1350
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GeezLynn

Minnesota

3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2009 01:30:10 | More by GeezLynn
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2009 20:30:17 | More by mothman
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Ragingbull

California

4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 14:45:25 | More by Ragingbull
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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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CHSLBrew

Minnesota

2.88/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2009 20:45:57 | More by CHSLBrew
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Tolann

Colorado

3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 06:33:12 | More by Tolann
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mangledorf

Minnesota

3.73/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2008 02:04:05 | More by mangledorf
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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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hardy008

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2008 19:38:02 | More by hardy008
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schellsbeer

Minnesota

2.38/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

From Minnesota...Please be good. Please.

A - Dark brown to almost black. Very thin white to cream colored head that stays around for a few minutes. Anyway....who cares about head....really?!?! Doesn't really matter. It's all in the taste. Right?

S - Average. Smells like earth and soil. Alright for a stout. Nothing too great. Nothing too terrible.

T - Ok...the moment of truth. Here goes...Alright then. How should I put this? Ummm? Really not that great I am sorry to say. Sort of bland. Single layered. If this is suppose to be an oatmeal stout, there should be some cream texture, some softness, some... well, there should be something. With this beer, there isn't. It doesn't want to make me throw it away but will I ever purchase it again? Probably to mostly not. I really was hoping for more from this beer. Come on, we are both from Minnesota. Please.

You know, I think I am done with this review. I am a little disappointed. I don't really want to write any more...therefore....

M - average

D - below

I'm done.

I should have started with this beer. Now I am going to bed mad. I hope my wife doesn't think I am mad at her. Just the beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2008 05:11:43 | More by schellsbeer
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thethrone

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 04:38:39 | More by thethrone
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supercolter

Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is good but not great. Decent color but little to no head or lacing. Smell is a bit weaker than the taste, but virtually identical in all other characteristics. Definately a good deal of oatmeal malt- but not a lot else. Maybe a hint of caramel. mouthfeel is good, medium in body. Drinkability is very good for the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2008 05:19:53 | More by supercolter
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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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zeff80

Missouri

3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 00:56:57 | More by zeff80
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uwmgdman

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This stout pours an opaque black with a thin tan head that leaves some lacing. The aroma is highly roasted, a little charcoal and low sweetness. The flavor is moderately roasted with low residual sweetness and low bitterness. The mouthfeel is extremely smooth and the finish is wonderful. The carbonation is medium-low and mouth is just a bit thin. Overall this is a nicely done Oatmeal Stout, the body could be boosted a little, but still worth buying.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2007 03:54:23 | More by uwmgdman
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morimech

Minnesota

3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2007 23:03:43 | More by morimech
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

2.73/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a nearly opaque black color. The head is small, tan, and recedes within seconds into no lacing at all. The aroma is of coffee, chocolate, but is rather faint. The taste has the chocolate, and coffee notes of the aroma, but there is also a disturbing fruitiness that prevails over everything, and makes drinking this beer difficult. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is a bad oatmeal stout. I will not drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2007 22:31:48 | More by KarlHungus
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hero27

Minnesota

2.85/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2007 00:06:34 | More by hero27
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pweis909

Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One pint on tap at Sir Ben's in Duluth. Black with a thin, tan foam that dissipates slowly.

Some roast to the nose, chocolate flavors, balanced with a lightly sweet taste up front, and a fairly dry finish. Smooth and creamy feel. This an easy-drinking, tasty balanced beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2007 11:00:15 | More by pweis909
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happygnome

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: dark dark black, very dark infact i dont remember a darker beer that ive had, very small dark tan head that dissapears fast leaving a little lacing
s: the sweet oatmeal malts really are detectable in the aroma, little hop presence
t: kind of starts with a roasted malt flavor similar to a coffee, then the sweet malts come out, the oatmeal flavor is noticeable very nice, little bitterness
m: a medium to full bodied beer with little carbonation i really enjoyed the mouthfeel

overall wow i really enjoyed this, probable one of the better stouts ive had from region

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2007 18:27:32 | More by happygnome
Sir Duluth Oatmeal Stout from Lake Superior Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.