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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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126 Ratings
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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | 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 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 Alextricity
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.

Alextricity, Aug 27, 2014
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 BeerBuilder
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
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

BeerBuilder, Mar 31, 2004
Photo of proc
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

proc, Jul 07, 2005
Photo of Hopsiam14
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Hopsiam14, Mar 22, 2013
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 capuchinpilates
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

capuchinpilates, Sep 30, 2014
Photo of GeezLynn
3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

GeezLynn, Jul 10, 2009
Photo of hinemk76
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

hinemk76, Feb 05, 2012
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 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 olafphysics
4/5  rDev +11.7%

olafphysics, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of jewellrunner
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

jewellrunner, Apr 04, 2012
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.

CHSLBrew, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of maDUECEgunner
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

maDUECEgunner, Sep 21, 2013
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 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 seangibbs60
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

seangibbs60, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of TooGood
3/5  rDev -16.2%

TooGood, Mar 16, 2014
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 Ragingbull
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark black like cola in color with mild prickle and a very wispy head of light lacing. Oatmeal and coffee on the nose, hey this could be breakfast. Rich flavor of grains that have been roasted just to the point of caramelization. Mildly roasted and very pleasant. Some minor bite to the attack reminds you that its not some kind of drink from your local barrista. Very mild flavor and a little bite to the finish. In fact, this beer could get away with being stronger. Rich and smooth mouthfeel. The body is very light and the mouthfeel is light as well. I really enjoyed this beer. Probably one of my top 20 with no problem.

Ragingbull, May 04, 2009
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 TheGordianKnot
3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another extra from UngerTaker, thanks! Poured this bottle (no dating) into an imperial pint...

A- Almost black, reddish corners. Nice inch of pale caramel colored head. The head sticks to the glass in random patterns, overall great lacing!

S- Subtle roast with a unique bubblegum aroma; different but distinct. Stout flavored gum? Sign me up!

T/M- Has a nice oatmeal, roasty finish but the initial flavor needs some work. It pops on the tongue with a tart tinge. Follows is a salty, almost watery caramel and chocolate flavor. The body is lightish, approaching, medium with some carbonation to keep it breathing but not fully alive on the palate.

O- Decent, not great though. Its on the softer, more toned down side of a stout which can be ok; but this one is lacking. Just a good ole mediocre beer that one can enjoy, but won't make me jump for joy to drink again...

TheGordianKnot, Oct 07, 2011
Sir Duluth Oatmeal Stout from Lake Superior Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.