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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Photo of ikidunot
4.58/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ZachT
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DaPan
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StormAles
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WillAndSarah
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of Jotora
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RyanPollock
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of ritzkiss
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
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 CAMRAhardliner
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
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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Photo of Boo-urns
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jhavs
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
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 BigGruntyThirst
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of liamt07
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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 andrenaline
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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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Photo of nullbort
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of biegaman
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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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Photo of Cycle69
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
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 thehyperduck
3.94/5  rDev +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 kevinlater
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of Bf_89
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bylerteck
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
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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Photo of mick303
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of CanadianBacon
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Poured from a 473 ML Can into a Tulip glass. this beer pours a deep black looking color when light is shined through it it goes a deep amber, it pours with a finger of bubbly brown head that fades quick leaving a thin lacing. carbonation seemed pretty subdued.

Aroma - Roasted malts, espresso, and a rich dark chocolate are all there to satisfy the nose. Definitely the nose of a well rounded stout.

Taste - deeply roasted malts are the leaders in the flavor profile as well, followed up by some lighter milk chocolate, rich expresso an maybe a hint of green pepper, yep I know that last one is weird but it compliments the flavor.

Feel - soft carbonation medium bodied and extremely creamy feel. Definitely an easy drinker.

Overall - This is a very good rendition of a stout and could easily be a daily drinker. It has all the typical flavors but the only stand out one was what I could describe as green pepper. While it definitely complimented the beer in a nice way it wasn't a wow flavor. Thad being said I will say that this is exactly the type of stout you wan't for regular consumption. It gives you a good idea of the style without being so amazing that it will ruin it for you if you drink it all the time. Cheers!

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Photo of MJ63
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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