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Sir Duluth Oatmeal Stout - Lake Superior Brewing Company

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Reviews: 80
Hads: 143
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.41%
Wants: 5
Gots: 16 | 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 Sammy
3.33/5  rDev -7%
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 (277 characters)

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. (1,630 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (320 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
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. (1,221 characters)

Photo of russpowell
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 (430 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.45/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Never had an oatmeal stout, one of my favorite styles, on draft before, and now that I have, fellows and ladies, let me say it can't be beat! Totally black in color, with a fine, tan head. Aroma is soft and sweet, with notes of cocoa, vanilla, and cream. Some bitterness on the palate, but nothing harsh. Not quite as roasty as the benchmark for this style, Samuel Smith's, but what is? Goes down extremely well, with plenty of body, texture, and bite. Gritty, substantial, but quite quaffable. An outstanding stout! (516 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (611 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, dark ruby red. An almost opaque black. This much of the appearance is good, but it is lacking in the head an lacing dept. with very little of either.

Nice roasted (not burnt) malt aroma with a hint of sweetness. Simple, but very good. Taste is of sweet roasted malts that finishes with noticable bitterness. The malt flavor is very basic, but seems to have depth. Very pleasant but could use a touch more sweetness.

Good carbonation and great mouthfeel. One of the better oatmeal stouts I've had and at $7/sixer I'd be more than happy ot drink this all night. (571 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.83/5  rDev -20.9%
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. (666 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (533 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
2.28/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Dark Ruby color. Barely any head is generated up pouring. Aroma is of coffee and nuts. It seem like there is a slight acetaldehyde presence in this beer. It's so slight that it doesn't really stand out like a wart or anything though. The mouthfeel lacks carbonation and creaminess. Body is light medium. This beer seems flat and watery. There is some slight roastiness and java present. But overall, I wouldn't recommend this one. However, it's not one I'll dump out either. (474 characters)

Photo of Gusler
4.01/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pitch-black color with a planetary sized head that is semi-creamy in texture, and a winsome light chocolate color as it evanesces the lace forms a concealing curtain to drape the glass. Nose has sweet chocolate hints and a nice toasted grain aroma with tones of fresh ground coffee, the start ambrosial, rich in malt and the top middling in feel. Finish is benign in its carbonation; hops are pleasing and mild in their spiciness with the aftertaste quite dry and long lasting, another quite pleasant beer from a new favorite brewery. (551 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.96/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with no apparent freshness date. Pours a mostly black color with a bubbly, thin tan foam. Not much retention and average lacing.

Smells good...real good. Sweet chocolate, touch of roast, lactose and some definite oatmeal. One of the best smelling oatmeal stouts I have smelled, hits all the right notes.

Taste does not quite live up to the nose, but still a decent offering. Surprisingly, some coffee flavors come out to play and there is a decent amount of roast to go along with the sweet chocolate. Somewhat thin, but still manages a bit of creaminess. A touch of grassy hops are also noticeable, along with a mild sourness that I seem to find in many oatmeal, milk and irish dry stouts. This is very good and a nice surprise pickup as a single in a mixed sixer. I would buy this again for sure and would love to try it fresh on tap. (851 characters)

Photo of ZAP
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black with a ruby tint…coffee grounds on the nose…taste is coffee, with some vanilla bee and milk chocolate notes as well (very close to a 4.5 rating0….medium bodied…not watery but not full..creamy texture…

Nice tasting, solid across the board stout…. (260 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
4.01/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap: Color is a deep, deep, deep, dark brown, nearly black. Actually so close to black you could say its black. Arrived with a off-white creamy looking head about a finger high. Smells faintly of roasted malt, slightly grassy hop, very clean and slightly crisp. Taste is mildly roasted malt of cocoa with a bread-like dryness throughout, very easy and smooth, and a touch of bittery tang, quite nice. Feel is a solid medium body, with more of a grainy-like texture then creamy, and is slightly tanged of sourdough yeast in the finish. Very smooth and drinkable, Pretty darn good oatmeal stout. I think being on tap helped this be quite enjoyable. Yum. The bottled version is far sweeter, on-tap is where its at for this oatmeal stout.
Thanks FM. (749 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 ounce brown glass bottle per the BA Database avatar. No freshness or Best Before Date. Described on the label as a “Classic English Style Oatmeal Stout”.

Appearance: Dark brown pour with a black body to the naked eye in a dimly lit Apartment. Smashing looking frothy head fizzes to life and evolves into a smooth thick capped mass; light to mid-tan colored it is smooth and lovely in appearance. Lots of dissolved carbonation in the body.

Nose: Deeply roasted, burnt and bitter smelling nose that has hints of dark cooking chocolate.

Taste: Coffee mixes with roasted malts in a dry start that induces a thirst and the need to quickly swallow and drink more. Given some more residence in the mouth it is allowed to exhibit a bitter ending that has a mild sourness juxta-posed against the hoppy finish. A tasty Oatmeal Stout.

Mouthfeel: “Thin and Thick” at times. Thin body makes it easy to drink, yet a Thick smooth creamy oatmeal body lends a decent supporting facet to the tastes which results in an impressive overall combination.

Drinkability: Easily supped in quantity……way too easy, Sir Duluth disappeared faster than Lord Lucan.

Overall: An excellent Oatmeal Stout that drinks exceptionally well even on a hot and sticky humid night in Long Beach. As Sir Duluth would have no doubt retorted himself when asked, “A Bloody damn fine Stout and jolly good show Sir”.

Props to FM for sending this one over, highly enjoyable, it didn’t last long! (1,494 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%
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. (468 characters)

Photo of jera1350
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. (622 characters)

Photo of morimech
3.26/5  rDev -8.9%
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. (419 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
3.29/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (698 characters)

Photo of alexgash
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (528 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
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. (286 characters)

Photo of UncleJimbo
3.36/5  rDev -6.1%
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.) (667 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
2.96/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown with no light passage. Thin rim of tan head. Nose features some sweet notes reminiscent of grape soda with notes of carob underneath. The taste is relatively thin with more grape soda paired with mild roast, moderate chocolate, and a roasty finish. No hop bitterness to speak of here, somewhat sweet overall. Mouthfeel is light for style with mellow carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty lackluster example of the style. Would not return to this one. (468 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (414 characters)

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