Sir Duluth Oatmeal Stout - Lake Superior Brewing Company

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Sir Duluth Oatmeal StoutSir Duluth Oatmeal Stout

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129 Ratings
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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | 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:
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(Beer added by: purplehops on 03-06-2002)
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Photo of CHSLBrew
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.

Photo of Tolann
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.

Photo of mangledorf
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.

Photo of MPLS
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.

Photo of hardy008
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.

Photo of schellsbeer
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.

Photo of thethrone
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sir Duluth Oatmeal Stout from Lake Superior Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.