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Sir Duluth Oatmeal Stout - Lake Superior Brewing Company

Sir Duluth Oatmeal StoutSir Duluth Oatmeal Stout

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BA SCORE
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112 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 12.61%


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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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 03:27:58 | More by LiquidAmber
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alphagnome

Iowa

4.11/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance:
Pitch black body crowned with a light brown, thick, and porous head. Plenty of carbonation racing to the top while sediment slowly drifts towards the bottom.

Aroma:
To my surprise, it smells of fresh oatmeal! Nice roasted coffee notes and trace vanilla will keep you interested

Taste:
A pleasant amount of vanilla hits the taste buds first, followed by bitter chocolate and coffee flavors. Definitely got better as it warmed closer to room temperature.

Mouthfeel:
This is one velvety smooth oatmeal stout! Medium bodied and light on carbonation. Finish is a tad on the dry side with a very subtle peat character.

Overall:
This is possibly the best oatmeal stout I've had to date. Complex and easy to drink - the combination makes for one hell of a beer!

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 04:19:33 | More by alphagnome
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FreshHawk

Illinois

2.98/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2012 01:07:11 | More by FreshHawk
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 04:07:34 | More by andrenaline
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yamar68

Minnesota

3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 04:36:26 | More by yamar68
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manitouman84

Wisconsin

3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a molasses, dark black brown with amber hues when held to the light, with a nice tan head, modest retention and lacing throughout. Big chocolate, biscuit, solid oatmeal aroma, cookie dough and a bit of smokiness. Great flavors, smokey caramel roasted malts, big biscuit oatmeal flavor, dark chocolate, chalky vanilla lactose in the finish with a very mild hop bitterness. Solid medium bodied stout, mouth feel is rich, chalky and slightly fizzy from the carbonation, very good.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 04:38:57 | More by manitouman84
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TheGordianKnot

Tennessee

3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
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...

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 19:17:12 | More by TheGordianKnot
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 06:10:40 | More by MattyG85
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dbossman

Nebraska

3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 16:13:36 | More by dbossman
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nrmiller

Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a mug, very dark brown/black with a tan head.

S: Smells of deep roasted coffee, maybe some chocolate too, also a warming aroma.

T: Starts off with a slightly smooth silky-ness then goes right into some roasted coffee and dark chocolate along with some roasted malts. Finishes a little bitter, not a lot, just enough to compliment the roasted malts.

M: Medium bodied, not as heavy as most stouts tend to be, with a little smoothness to it.

D: Very drinkable, with the body being a little thinner than most stouts and the flavors being non-offensive but still fairly robust, it makes drinking many of these very easy to do, sometimes unintentionally so. I drink this quite often, it is a favorite go-to beer of mine.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 01:09:11 | More by nrmiller
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BradLikesBrew

Missouri

3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 03:22:52 | More by BradLikesBrew
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u2carew

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 18:24:16 | More by u2carew
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JackieTH

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2010 17:03:56 | More by JackieTH
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 05:27:54 | More by twiggamortis420
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pmccallum86

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black color with a mocha colored head.

The smell is of oats, cocoa, roasted malts and some light hops.

Taste is primarily roasted malts with a lot of oatmeal flavor. Some dark chocolate comes through in the finish as well as a slight hop flavor.

Smooth mouthfeel, feels light on the tongue. Very pleasant and refreshing, smooth feeling oatmeal stout.

Great drinkability, this is a terrific oatmeal stout. Good flavor without being too bold.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 06:15:38 | More by pmccallum86
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2010 01:40:25 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 16:12:37 | More by mikesgroove
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DocTheDJ

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Short on time to right a full review might have to come back to this one. Tried it once out of the bottle and it was pretty good, less than I expected from an outmeal stout but highly drinkable. Not as creamy or full bodied as I expected being it was my 1st oatmeal stout. Not overpowering in any aspect nice balance but a little out of character for this type of stout I would think (I need to try more of this type they are good!)

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 02:02:19 | More by DocTheDJ
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jera1350

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2009 21:09:33 | More by jera1350
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GeezLynn

Minnesota

3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2009 01:30:10 | More by GeezLynn
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.75/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2009 20:30:17 | More by mothman
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Ragingbull

California

4.25/5  rDev +19%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 14:45:25 | More by Ragingbull
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 01:51:15 | More by russpowell
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CHSLBrew

Minnesota

2.88/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2009 20:45:57 | More by CHSLBrew
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Tolann

Colorado

3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 06:33:12 | More by Tolann
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Sir Duluth Oatmeal Stout from Lake Superior Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.