Skinny Dippin' Stout | Sawdust City Brewing Co.

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Skinny Dippin' StoutSkinny Dippin' Stout

Brewed by:
Sawdust City Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ritzkiss on 03-12-2012

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Ratings: 56 |  Reviews: 19
Reviews by MaxwellSchaefer:
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3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Solid head retention, impressively so. The body was brown to black in color.

Smell: It smelled surprisingly spicey. The coffee and chocolate notes were subdued while there was a certain smell I couldn't quite place at first and I ultimately labled it as "grass-like".

Taste: Very interesting--it reminded me of barbacue chicken whilst tasting like: chocolate, coffee, and caramel--I'll go ahead and call it an umami flavor. There were also notes of green pepper.

Overall: What an interesting beer, there is almost a dangerous/fun quality to it that begs for another sip. As far as the genre of stouts its definitely way out there. If you want something typical I'd rather point you to Nickel Brook's Bolshevik Stout rather than this. But if you're a bit daring or want something intriguing give this a shot.

SawDust City Brewery says they like to make beers reminiscent of cottage country in muskoka, so this skinny dipping stout is dark like the lakewater at night and is supposed to remind you of that experience. I thought it was a silly idea before I tried the beer but it definitely had a dangerous/fun taste to it and the roasted umami notes really reminded me of late night barbaques and late night swims with mixed company ; )

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More User Reviews:
Photo of MJ63
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Sammy
3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

serviceable stout that finishes a little thin. On tap at Volo. Passable, with a touch of anise, cayenne not noticed, which was brought out in other stouts the brewer has made but not here. Roast aroma draws one in. Black coloured body with a small amount of retained head.

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Photo of Pj21miller
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of migleskun
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nyrblue2
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StormAles
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Boozecamel
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.8/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Can: Poured a black color stout with a nice brown foamy head. Aroma of green pepper and dry roasted malt is OKish. Taste is a mix of green pepper notes with some dry roasted malt. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not bad but too much green pepper notes for my taste buds.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap @ C'est What. Served in pint glass.

A - Black with a half finger of light brown head with decent retention.

S - Heavily roasted malts, some bitter coffee and a faint hint of sweetness. Fairly bitter overall nose.

T - Heavily roasted malts with a touch of char. Some coffee notes and a fairly prominent bitterness.

M - Somewhat light. Moderate to heavy carbonation. Disappointing mouth feel.

O - A decent stout but the mouth feel ruined it for me. Watery and overcarbonated.

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Photo of WillAndSarah
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of ikidunot
4.58/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dipso123
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of ssmack
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of ritzkiss
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Only, pint of dark brown almost black stout with finger of khaki head. Nose is chocolate, coffee,light caramel, roast. Full of flavor for ABV, smooth with a faintest cherry tang at the end. Plenty of roast, easy drinking - a local winner in my books. Sawdust City has done a number of nice, quaffable offerings and this is one of them. Love to put it up against St. Ambroise.

On to pint two...

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Photo of spinrsx
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can from the lcbo for around $3.

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Photo of liamt07
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at C'est What, into a pint glass. Listed at 5.7% on the menu.

Black in colour, deep reds around the edges. Light brown head with modest retention and pretty nice lacing. Nose is roasty and oat-y, dry dark malt notes. A hint of coffee. Taste again has roasted oats, baker's chocolate maybe verging on dark chocolate and a hint of cocoa. Light bitterness in the finish with some coffee grains. Medium body, with a medium low carbonation. A nice drinkable dry stout, well put together and avoids the roasty sourness that I'm adverse to in this and similar styles.

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Photo of Mousel
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thehyperduck
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tallboy can picked up at the LCBO a while back; dated Sept 16 2016 and served slightly chilled.

Pours an inky black-brown colour - nearly opaque, save for the tinges of reddish-burgundy around the edges. Just over one finger's width of creamy, dense, light tan-coloured head floats upon the surface, steadily dissipating over the course of the following five minutes. A thick, smooth collar survives, but is accompanied by minimal lacing; looks good, I suppose. Roasted dark malts comprise the vast bulk of the aroma, imparting notes of chocolatey cocoa and roasted coffee beans that integrate beautifully with hints of molasses, oatmeal, hazelnut, vanilla, licorice and faint char. If I didn't know better, I might mistake this for a straight-up coffee stout.

Hard to dislike this one, although I didn't truly warm up to it until a few sips in. Roasted grain elements seize the reins right away, as baker's chocolate and coffee flavours overlap with hints of fruity plum and sweet molasses. Rolled oats, vanilla and toasted nuts, followed by a pronounced, intensely roasty bitterness that starts to overwhelm everything else towards the finish - quite earthy, with dark roasted coffee grounds, licorice/anise and a bit of burnt char. Most of these flavours persist into the aftertaste, clinging to the taste buds with some tenacity. Light-medium in body, with a slick, silky-smooth texture and meek carbonation levels that limply agitate the palate. Good drinkability, and I do like the smoothness, but overall it feels just a little too thin and watery for this style.

Final Grade: 3.94, a B+. Sawdust City's Skinny Dippin' Stout might not be a superlative oatmeal stout, but it's still a pretty darn good one. Robust flavour, with plenty of yummy roasted barley goodness to keep me satisfied - though the disappointingly weak mouthfeel means that there's still some room for improvement. Worth a try, and something I'll return to in the future, but I'd say that their Long, Dark Voyage to Uranus definitely surpasses this one.

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Photo of bixby1971
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jhavs
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can, 473 ml, poured into fluted snifter.

Pours a dark, but not opaque, brown. When not held up to the light it appears near black, but the sun shines through showing its brown tint. Head is light tan, big bubble foam that takes its time to settle. Makes a thin cap with thicker collar, clingy lacing hangs on my glass.

Aroma is roasty and toasted malts. Hint of sweet malt in there too. Not charred malts, but roasted brown.

Nice and rich full roast malt flavors. Has subtle bitter chocolate and tiny bit of malt powder sweetness. Hint of bitter black coffee in there too.

A bit thin on the tongue. A creaminess would suit this beers flavor well. Nice level of carbonation keeps it suitable to style.

Overall a tasty brew and a nice amount of flavor at a reasonable ABV.

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Photo of danevans29
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jotora
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

473 ml can served cold into a mug. Purchased from the LCBO for $3.25 CDN. Canned September 16, 2016.

Appearance - dark chestnut coloured beer that seems nearly black in the mug. A thin half finger of dark tan head with only middling retention. No lacing to speak of.

Smell - some coffee with caramel sweetness, vanilla is also prevalent. Milk chocolate also plays a big role here. Fairly cohesive aroma and more aromatic than expected.

Taste - coffee is the biggest flavor here, with some dark chocolate in behind. A powdery chocolate flavor too and hints of vanilla. Initially quite bitter, but the sweetness begins to build after repeated sips. Oatmeal flavours not really standing out but in a good way.

Mouthfeel - smooth and creamy, medium to light bodied and carbonation is there but subtle giving a frothy whipped feel to the beer. Quite nice and very appropriate for the style.

Overall - a well crafted oatmeal stout. Plenty of flavor, and lighter bodied than many others in the style with a good balance of all the attributes that make a fine oatmeal stout. Certainly worth a try.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with about a thumb's worth of root beer head. Head has decent retention and upon final break leaves a small island of foam. Some minor lacing.

Smell is quite nice, chocolate and roasts are dominant, with a small bit of hops. This smells nice.

Taste is much like the nose, with mellow roasts and chocolate dominant. The hops I thought I got on the nose are present only peripherally and only on the finish.

Feel is smooth and creamy with a medium light body. Carbonation is about medium low.

Came in with zero expectations, and found myself really enjoying this stout. I would have to say that this might rank as my favorite beer from this brewery.

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