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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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122 Ratings
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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.85%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | 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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Photo of supercolter
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.

supercolter, May 25, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
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.

BuckeyeNation, May 13, 2008
Photo of zeff80
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.

zeff80, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of uwmgdman
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.

uwmgdman, Dec 07, 2007
Photo of morimech
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.

morimech, Sep 27, 2007
Photo of KarlHungus
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.

KarlHungus, Sep 16, 2007
Photo of hero27
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.

hero27, Sep 08, 2007
Photo of pweis909
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.

pweis909, Jul 31, 2007
Photo of happygnome
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

happygnome, Jul 24, 2007
Photo of Reed415
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
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

Reed415, Jun 21, 2007
Photo of andrewmartin
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

andrewmartin, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of umustdrink
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Completely opaque black, lets no light through. Head is a very light brown that settles at a film. Lacing is average.

S - Smells a lot like chocolate ice cream with some more earthy tones. Dark powdered cocoa and smokier malts as well.

T - Strong malts flavor, more smoky than roasty and slightly bitter. A slight hop bitterness finishes it off.

M - Very creamy, consistency is more on the thin side but still good for the style.

D - Although I wish the taste was more like the smell it's still pretty good overall.

umustdrink, Feb 10, 2007
Photo of shadow1961
3/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

shadow1961, Jan 17, 2007
Photo of sacrelicio
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Good oatmeal stout. Not great, but good. Appearance is great, deep brownish black with a good dense, tan head. Some lacing is present as well. Smell is good, but a bit faint. Soap, berries, cocoa, vanilla, cream. Taste is roasty, with some hop tang to it. Mouthfeel is very nice, full and velvety cream weight. Extremely drinkable.

sacrelicio, Dec 18, 2006
Photo of bucko
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.

bucko, Nov 16, 2006
Photo of demcorhip
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.

demcorhip, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

CharlesDarwin, Aug 08, 2006
Photo of rhoadsrage
2.8/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

rhoadsrage, Jun 08, 2006
Photo of slyke
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.

slyke, May 21, 2006
Photo of dfried
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is basically a solid oatmeal stout. It looks great, a deep silky color without much fading around the edges, nice brown frothy head. The smell and taste were a bit on the roasted/bitter side for an oatmeal stout, but not off-putting, kind of added to the charm. this definitely had some good sweet oat flavor too it though, nothing outstanding but quite good. I was suprised at the lack of creaminess in the mouthfeel, but it still went down well. Not something for all night, but pretty good for one or two.

dfried, May 18, 2006
Photo of timtheenchanta
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

timtheenchanta, Mar 24, 2006
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%
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.

DarkerTheBetter, Mar 08, 2006
Photo of Jredner
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Jredner, Feb 25, 2006
Photo of CultureJamMN
4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark almost black. Little head despite aggressive pour, fairly light lacing.

Smell was of coffee and toffee with no burnt aromas, truly terrific.

Taste was strong of coffee with suggestions of chocolate, malt, and toffee. Spicy finish with a few burning notes, but not overpowering or unpleasant.

Mouthfeel was a little thinner than expected, but very respectable indeed.

Tasty enough to be consumed occasionally, but not something I would pour every day. Good for "coming in from the cold".

CultureJamMN, Jan 20, 2006
Photo of iron78
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

iron78, Dec 29, 2005
Sir Duluth Oatmeal Stout from Lake Superior Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.