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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 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.

homebrew311, Jul 23, 2014
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.

jera1350, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of garymuchow
3.83/5  rDev +7%
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.

garymuchow, Apr 26, 2003
Photo of sulldaddy
3.58/5  rDev 0%
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!

sulldaddy, Jun 26, 2005
Photo of ADR
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

ADR, Mar 06, 2002
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).

TastyTaste, Oct 25, 2005
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.

MattyG85, Sep 23, 2011
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.

FreshHawk, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of marc77
2.55/5  rDev -28.8%
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.

marc77, Jun 28, 2003
Photo of bigbeers84
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

bigbeers84, Oct 20, 2013
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.

hardy008, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of Hopstout
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Hopstout, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.35/5  rDev -34.4%
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.

DaPeculierDane, Oct 17, 2005
Photo of herman77
3/5  rDev -16.2%

herman77, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of taez555
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

taez555, Jul 05, 2005
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 HoistinBrews
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

HoistinBrews, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of doucmehu
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

doucmehu, Aug 17, 2012
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.

u2carew, Aug 03, 2010
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.

BradLikesBrew, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of dbossman
3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
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

dbossman, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of DaveMiller
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

DaveMiller, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of yamar68
3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
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

yamar68, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of JackieTH
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

JackieTH, Jul 16, 2010
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
Sir Duluth Oatmeal Stout from Lake Superior Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.