Sir Duluth Oatmeal Stout - Lake Superior Brewing Company

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Sir Duluth Oatmeal StoutSir Duluth Oatmeal Stout

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Reviews: 80
Hads: 140
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.41%
Wants: 5
Gots: 13 | 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 sulldaddy
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I am sampling courtesy of BIF 20 and Feloniousmonk.
Room temperature in a pint glass.
The beer pours a deep molasses brown with no lite passing through. A small tan fizzy head builds and fades quickly to a thin surface layer.
Aroma is rich and malty with espresso and chocolate mixing with a lite brown sugar presence.
First sip reveals a lighter than expected body with fine gentle rolling carbonation that caresses my palate and leaves a faint tingle after I swallow. Slightly watery texture.
Flavor is malty up front with bakers chocolate and some dry roasted malt allowing for a hint of toffee in the middle and finishing rather dry and slightly coffee bitter.
The beer tastes good and looks good, but is way to thin to be a stout. This has the body of a dark lager not an oatmeal stout.
A decent enough beer but would expect more robust from the land up north! (872 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark brown with a little amber red shining through the bottom. Decent two fingers of light tan head quickly fade into a patchy layer. Lacing is pretty light.

Smell: Big burst of dark roasted malts with some sweet chocolate and oats. Light hints of coffee beans. Smells fairly sweet with the dark malts and chocolate dominating.

Taste: Big taste of dark roasted malts with plenty of notes of chocolate and oats throughout. Roasted coffee flavor comes towards the finish. Finishes with a little bit of hop bitterness. Fairly sweet with roasted malts and oats standing out.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very creamy and smooth. On the lighter end of stouts.

Overall: A pretty tasty and easy drinking stout that makes good use of the oats. Lighter feel but fully flavored. (890 characters)

Photo of ADR
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark, creamy pour. A real smoothie with pronounced chocolate smell and chocolate/toffee taste. Stays in the mouth long after the swallow. Needs a touch more roastedness in the malt department for me, but a nice Oatmeal nevertheless. (235 characters)

Photo of TastyTaste
4.55/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I didn't remember that I had previously reviewed this one, so I picked up a 6'er. I'll give it another shot, I guess.

Appearance: Very dark black color, with some light getting through the beer towards the top of the glass. Head is small, but makes cool patterns on the surface of the beer, like a thumbprint of foam.

Smell: Dark chocolate and oatmeal, very nice for the style.

Taste: Has the up-front bite of a stout, espresso mixed with dark chocolate, but veers off of the typical stout route with the oatmeal, which makes it a much smoother and easier beer to drink. An easily sessionable stout? Yes.

Mouthfeel: Slick and smooth, not the fullest I have had, but still good.

Drinkability: I like this much better than the first time I tried it, none of the off flavors, just a quality local oatmeal stout. I could easily session this one, an all around quality stout (probably the best bottled stout from MN). (927 characters)

Photo of FreshHawk
2.98/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Lighter side of black color. Medium sized, somewhat thick, creamy, light beige head. Average retention leaving patchy lace.

S - Dull, bittersweet chocolate along with some stale, black coffee. Slight astringent aroma. Touches of cream and vainilla but it's hidden by the other flavors.

T - Similar to the nose. Dull, stale flavors. Bittersweet chocolate along with stale coffee/coffee grounds along with the astringency that can accompany that. There is some nice sweetness that comes out that really pairs nicely with the chocolate but it's a bit too faint.

M - Medium to light body. Average carbonation. Too thin/watery for the style.

D - The astringency and dull flavors aren't enough to make this undrinkable (or even hard to drink) but they don't make it one that I want to keep drinking. The body also doesn't do it any favors.

Notes: Not really wowed by this. It's not awful or undrinkable by any means, but it was pretty lackluster. Lack of a nice, chewy body was what disappointed me most (as that's a big reason why I enjoy Oatmeal Stouts). Probably would just pass this one over. (1,099 characters)

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. (287 characters)

Photo of marc77
2.59/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Virtually black, with a deep garnet haze when held to light. Well retained, pitted tan head leaves dense lace. The aroma is an odd melange of sharp, mildly carbonized unmalted barley, lightly tart pearish esters, dark chocolate and slightly obtrusive sweet notes of lychee. Transient wash of toffeeish sweetness upfront in flavor is ensued by faint coffeeish barley and an lightly acidic, citric twang, not quite sour enough to be lactic acid derived. Understated, unsweetened cocoa powder like chocolate malt presence. Although mild in hop bitterness, the drying, tart character offsets the minimal residual sweetness nearly completely, lending an inapproriately dry overall profile. Well attenuated and lacking the glucanaceous silk characteristic of good oatmeal stouts. Finishes surprisingly clean and cleanly roasty, but that's too little too late. Although "off", the inherent tartness grew on me. Akin to an overly acidified dry stout. Drinks like a lambic, tastes like an off Bell's. A dissappointing experience overall, yet I drank the whole bottle readily. Odd. (1,071 characters)

Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.36/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good price at $6 a six-pack and that’s just about the best thing going on with this beer.

Appearance: Dark Brown Beer with a white head that quickly disperses.

Smell: Dry malts, dust, a touch of oats, a smidge of coffee.

Taste: Mild. A teaspoon of oats. A half a teaspoon of coffee. Dust, a little bit of roasted malts.

Mouthfeel: DRY! Normally I would like it, but the lack of flavor doesn’t leave me wanting any more. Much thinner than the average oatmeal stout.

Drinkability: It’s drinkable if nothing else is around and like I said, the price is good for an oatmeal stout. (595 characters)

Photo of taez555
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6 pack of this on my fishing adventure in Minnesota

Pours a brownish black body with a tan/off white head.

Nose is pretty tame, soft hints of coffee, chocolate and some dark malts.

Medium bodied. Chocolate, coffee, dulled espresso beans, vanilla, hints of smoke. The oatmeal gives this beer a nice classic oatmeal stout course body and slight touch to the taste. Bitterness and hop taste are kept to a minimum but balance very nicely in the mix.

Overall a really quite enjoyable beer. The coffee flavors are a little muted but the slight burnt, roasty touch compliment the backwater MN nights well. (623 characters)

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
2.85/5  rDev -20.4%
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. (911 characters)

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

Appearance: Aggressive pour didn't do much for this one. Short lived beige head that quickly looked like nothing but a ring in the glass. The color is mostly black with just some ruby tints at the edges. (3.5/5)

Smell: Roasted malt and a dark fruit kind of quality as well. Maybe a slight char. Smells sort of sweet, surprisingly. (3.5/5)

Taste/feel: Roasted malt giving off a coffee flavor, and a pretty decent dashing of dark fruit flavor. Not much going on here, but there's a nice char-like flavored finish that I enjoy. A bit sweet for my liking, but it's not too heavy on the sweetness. Carbonation is about medium, and the texture is as well. (3.5/5, 3.5/5)

A good beer all-around, at best. It's a pretty decent oatmeal stout, but it lacks a certain something. This brew could benefit from a little extra char sort of bitterness and/or a richer mouthfeel, rather than a seeming emphasis on the dark fruits. Straight 3.5 rating from me, and I feel like that may be a tad generous. (990 characters)

Photo of u2carew
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz longneck.
A) Pours with a thin head then settles quickly. Dark body - black.
S) Roasted grain and coffee.
T) Hints of roast coffee and cocoa. Slightly smoky. Just a hint of hops in the finish.
M) light fizz. Medium body not as thick as a normal stout. Although a creamy feel from the oatmeal.
D) a decent stout. I'd have another. The lighter body feel would make it quite possibly a session beer. (405 characters)

Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown/black body with a thin mocha head.

Aromas of italian roast coffee and roasted malt.

Roasty malt, almost charred. Some coffee and dark chocolate notes with a mild bitterness on the finish. Cocoa sweetness.

Medium bodied, not as velvety as you might hope. A lighter stout.

A good, enjoyable stout, but nothing out of the ordinary. Rather typical. Highly drinkable, goes down very easy. (406 characters)

Photo of dbossman
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Black and thick--to use a beer cliche, this puppy looks like motor oil; a brown, 1-inch head quickly fades on top; there is decent lacing but that eventually fades as well

S: Slightly sour oats and grains up front followed by loads of roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate; aroma is roasty and malty but a bit on the subtle and simple side

T: Thin and slightly sour up front; the grainy, roasted quality doesn't quite come forward enough and the result is a thin, somewhat off-tasting beer though some chocolate and coffee come forward in the end attempting to round off the flavors

F: Much too thin for a stout and this is odd given how it looks like it has so much thickness

O: A beer that looks and smells better than it actually is but it's still a decent beer that you should give a go if you're chilling on the north shore (834 characters)

Photo of JackieTH
4.04/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass, opaque brown/black with just a trace of dark tan head.

Very nice nose of roasted oats, mild chocolates, even a trace of hops. very inviting.

It's easy on the palate which follows well with the nose, even if a bit lighter, there are dark chocolates, oatmeal, malt, underlying hop bitterness integrating very well into a luxurious texture that is not at all opressive.

The bottom of the glass came too quickly. With the Sir Duluth's drinkability it would be too easy to imbibe several of these, alas, it was unfortunate that I purchased just a single bottle. (585 characters)

Photo of yamar68
3.11/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a - this looks the part, deep and dark with a tan head that laces nicely

s - too damn subtle, but what's there is good, grains, metallic, like a brown ale really, where's the oatmeal?

t - again, subtle... you have to do a bit of thinking to gather anything worth noting... it's like a dark, oat-dashed New Castle, not very impressive

m - decent, milky and an appropriate level of carbonation, don't expect anything spectacular but it works

o - average, that's about it (472 characters)

Photo of hero27
2.83/5  rDev -20.9%
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. (390 characters)

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. (568 characters)

Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (483 characters)

Photo of BeerBuilder
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
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 (391 characters)

Photo of proc
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out to a nice, jet black in the glass with an average size head. The aroma hits you right away with its roasted malt goodnes. The taste is very good, albeit a tad thin, but lends to its outstanding drinkability. Roasted malt and cocoa tastes shine through.

Thanks tor fantome for the hookup. (300 characters)

Photo of GeezLynn
3.02/5  rDev -15.6%
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. (815 characters)

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. (337 characters)

Photo of happygnome
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
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 (576 characters)

Photo of supercolter
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
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. (332 characters)

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