Skinny Dippin' Stout
Sawdust City Brewing Co.

Skinny Dippin' StoutSkinny Dippin' Stout
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Style:
English Oatmeal Stout
Ranked #320
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
86
Ranked #26,053
Avg:
3.81 | pDev: 8.4%
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
63
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Ontario, Canada
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Very Good
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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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MaxwellSchaefer from Ontario (Canada), Jan 11, 2013
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3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap: pours an opaque dark color 2 finger brown cap. Rich coffee, cocoa tones over some grassy hops, flavour is rich in coffee-coca notes, clean roasty finish. A boiler plate craft stout and food for the sessioner.

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pootz from Ontario (Canada), Dec 08, 2017
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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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Phyl21ca from Quebec (Canada), Dec 12, 2016
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

TerryW from Ontario (Canada), Dec 14, 2016
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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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Sammy from Ontario (Canada), May 24, 2013
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4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours total black with amber glints on the edges of the glass. The short lived head musters up a bit of lace on the glass. The aroma is full of rich dark and milk chocolate with espresso in toe. Chewy, roasty black malts veer on bitterness in the taste, but never detract from the big chocolate profile. Earthy hop notes in the back, as well as a bit of smokiness and leather. Silky mouthfeel - there's got to be lots of oatmeal in this. The finish is lightly bitter and roasty.

An excellent stout. Bold chocolate notes and lots of balance. Worth seeking out.

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CAMRAhardliner from Ontario (Canada), Dec 11, 2016
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4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black as a starless, moonless midnight with dark strands of foam that drift like overcast, Skinny Dippin' Stout - and its zero visibility - would offer the ideal conditions for that activity (at least for those who, like me, might be a little self-conscious). Kidding aside, this definitely looks like something worth jumping right into. So let's!

Dark malts pulsate in the aroma with notes of bakers chocolate and black coffee. Nice, but nothing out of the ordinary... that is until the chill wears off, then a subtle hazelnut cream component becomes apparent. Sometimes it's a wonder what a couple degrees difference can make.

The palate profiles more of that dark chocolate/coffee combo, and, by extension, the one prominent quality the two of them share: roasty bitterness. While the modest 35 IBU won't overwhelm most *craft* stout drinkers, those accustomed to likes of, say, Guinness, may find this flavour a little intense by comparison. Still, feel free to sub this is as your go-to session stout.

Admittedly, Oatmeal Stouts are a shade denser and richer (and a percent or so stronger) than your run-of-the-mill Dry Stout, but they're no less quaffable. This one has a dry finish that's clean of any astringency and traces of both sweetness and tartness; of the chocolates in the Quality Street box, this is the one with the cherry-flavoured stuffing (my favourite one!).

Skinny Dippin' Stout is nowhere as adventurous as it sounds, but you'll like what you see. A real beauty, I fell in love the first time I had it. Two years later, it's still every bit as good. A stout like this I could have every day of the year. Throw your pants off and dive right in head first!

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biegaman from Ontario (Canada), Dec 31, 2014
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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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thehyperduck from Ontario (Canada), Nov 21, 2016
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3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Electros from Ontario (Canada), Aug 20, 2016
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3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from the LCBO I think.

From a can into a pint glass
SRM: 45
IBU: 35
OG: 13.7*P
FG: 3.5*P

APPEARANCE: Clear dark brown pour yields a small, slightly foamy, light tan head that recedes to a decent film rather quickly. Dark bistre brown body with no carbonation evident. A full film remains until the end leaving touches of lacing on the glass as it empties.

SMELL: Roasted aromas, chocolate notes, touches of coffee and some charred aromas. Nice stuff.

TASTE: Roasted and chocolate flavors up front. A bit of a burnt character is there as well, moving into an impressive finish of roasted malts, bitter coffee flavor, chocolate and some sweet cream lingering on the palate. Pretty nicely put together.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. A little fizzy on the palate, could be creamier, goes down fine and finishes a touch dry on the palate.

OVERALL: Good stuff. Lots of flavor and very well put together. I’d like to see a slightly creamier feel in the style but this is a minor issue. Another good brew by Sawdust City and well worth checking out if you get the chance. Definitely recommended.

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Jeffo from Netherlands, Mar 17, 2018
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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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ritzkiss from Ontario (Canada), Mar 12, 2012
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3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint at Brothers Beer Bistro. From notes.

A - Black, one finger medium brown head. Nice mild carbonation. Good half finger retention and spotty lace.

S - Vanilla, roast, coffee, some cola. Pleasant.

T - Cola, coffee, roast, mild vanilla.

M - Strongish carbonation, medium body, and a nice sweet vanilla sort of finish.

O/D - A good stout. Sweetness is nice and it nails the roast/coffee profile well. Quite drinkable.

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bylerteck from Ontario (Canada), Nov 14, 2013
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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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liamt07 from Ontario (Canada), Mar 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black, dark mocha head, solid retention and spotty lacing. Nose is toasted grains, burnt roast, hints of coffee and cocoa. Nice traditional flavor profile with loads of cocoa, nice coffee undertones, leans more on the sweeter side than bitter. Solid rendition of the style, easy drinking and easily sessioned.

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andrenaline from Ontario (Canada), Feb 13, 2016
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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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TheSevenDuffs from Ontario (Canada), Mar 21, 2012
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4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

DaPan from Ontario (Canada), Oct 25, 2015
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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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spinrsx from Ontario (Canada), Dec 10, 2016
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4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a standard 473 ml Canadian tall boy pint can. I'm not a stout connoisseur, but this tasted good inside during a light early snowfall. It tasted of roasted malt with oats, I guess. I picked up some coffee or chocolate bitterness.

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rapayn01 from Kentucky, Nov 20, 2018
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3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From notes taken during a tap takeover at Imbibe (Kitchener) last night:

Pours a thin near-black, with little head. Didn't realize it was an "oatmeal" stout until logging into BA, as the mouthfeel wasn't as creamy as I'd expected for a "standard" stout.

Beautiful aroma that smells surprisingly like pipe tobacco, leafy and welcoming. This follows through in the flavour as well, with the promised cinnamon less discernible in the background but there in the finish. Lots of roasted and toasted chocolate malts, but for me the pipe tobacco was the predominant flavour.

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hopsolutely from Ontario (Canada), Feb 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

dipso123 from Oregon, Nov 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

ssmack from Ontario (Canada), Aug 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Boozecamel from British Columbia (Canada), Oct 19, 2013
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2.9/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

ThinkAgain from Ontario (Canada), Feb 17, 2019
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3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

nyrblue2 from New York, Sep 20, 2015
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3.85/5  rDev +1%

mick303 from Ontario (Canada), Sep 27, 2014
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