Sir Duluth Oatmeal Stout | Lake Superior Brewing Company

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Sir Duluth Oatmeal StoutSir Duluth Oatmeal Stout
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Brewed by:
Lake Superior Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States | website

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by purplehops on 03-06-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
84
Ratings:
157
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
16.43%
 
 
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Reviews: 84 | Ratings: 157
Photo of TastyTaste
4.55/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I didn't remember that I had previously reviewed this one, so I picked up a 6'er. I'll give it another shot, I guess.

Appearance: Very dark black color, with some light getting through the beer towards the top of the glass. Head is small, but makes cool patterns on the surface of the beer, like a thumbprint of foam.

Smell: Dark chocolate and oatmeal, very nice for the style.

Taste: Has the up-front bite of a stout, espresso mixed with dark chocolate, but veers off of the typical stout route with the oatmeal, which makes it a much smoother and easier beer to drink. An easily sessionable stout? Yes.

Mouthfeel: Slick and smooth, not the fullest I have had, but still good.

Drinkability: I like this much better than the first time I tried it, none of the off flavors, just a quality local oatmeal stout. I could easily session this one, an all around quality stout (probably the best bottled stout from MN).

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.45/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Never had an oatmeal stout, one of my favorite styles, on draft before, and now that I have, fellows and ladies, let me say it can't be beat! Totally black in color, with a fine, tan head. Aroma is soft and sweet, with notes of cocoa, vanilla, and cream. Some bitterness on the palate, but nothing harsh. Not quite as roasty as the benchmark for this style, Samuel Smith's, but what is? Goes down extremely well, with plenty of body, texture, and bite. Gritty, substantial, but quite quaffable. An outstanding stout!

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Photo of Ragingbull
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

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Photo of pmccallum86
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

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Photo of MNAle
4.14/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle with no date code (black mark to you, Lake Superior). Very dark / black with a tan, small head. Smokey & sweet malt aroma with a hint of fruit. Very light carbonation, as befits the brewer's description of this as an English style stout. Smokey roastiness and fruit dominates the initial taste, followed quickly by a sweet maltiness. Smooth and mild, with a slightly subtle bitter aftertaste. This beer is all about the malts. But, then, with no date code, how would I know? The brewer lists no ABV, but it has a bit of a boozy taste, so I would guess it at 6-7% (annoying to not have this information on the label.). Mouth feel is moderate, with a nice creaminess to it. Overall, I enjoyed this beer a lot. Lake Superior: please provide more information on the label (date, ABV, IBU, etc.). The six pack carton advises, "For maximum freshness, keep refrigerated." First, no, don't drink this at typical American refrigerator temperature. This beer is definitely better at English pub temperatures, maybe 50-55 degrees F at the coolest. Second, the concern by the brewer for freshness is a bit ironic given they do not date code. Regardless of my pseudo-rant, I like this beer and will be buying more from time to time.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +15%
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.

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Photo of sacrelicio
4.13/5  rDev +15%
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.

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Photo of alphagnome
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
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!

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Photo of pweis909
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 ounce brown glass bottle per the BA Database avatar. No freshness or Best Before Date. Described on the label as a “Classic English Style Oatmeal Stout”.

Appearance: Dark brown pour with a black body to the naked eye in a dimly lit Apartment. Smashing looking frothy head fizzes to life and evolves into a smooth thick capped mass; light to mid-tan colored it is smooth and lovely in appearance. Lots of dissolved carbonation in the body.

Nose: Deeply roasted, burnt and bitter smelling nose that has hints of dark cooking chocolate.

Taste: Coffee mixes with roasted malts in a dry start that induces a thirst and the need to quickly swallow and drink more. Given some more residence in the mouth it is allowed to exhibit a bitter ending that has a mild sourness juxta-posed against the hoppy finish. A tasty Oatmeal Stout.

Mouthfeel: “Thin and Thick” at times. Thin body makes it easy to drink, yet a Thick smooth creamy oatmeal body lends a decent supporting facet to the tastes which results in an impressive overall combination.

Drinkability: Easily supped in quantity……way too easy, Sir Duluth disappeared faster than Lord Lucan.

Overall: An excellent Oatmeal Stout that drinks exceptionally well even on a hot and sticky humid night in Long Beach. As Sir Duluth would have no doubt retorted himself when asked, “A Bloody damn fine Stout and jolly good show Sir”.

Props to FM for sending this one over, highly enjoyable, it didn’t last long!

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Photo of ZAP
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black with a ruby tint…coffee grounds on the nose…taste is coffee, with some vanilla bee and milk chocolate notes as well (very close to a 4.5 rating0….medium bodied…not watery but not full..creamy texture…

Nice tasting, solid across the board stout….

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Photo of CultureJamMN
4.09/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark almost black. Little head despite aggressive pour, fairly light lacing.

Smell was of coffee and toffee with no burnt aromas, truly terrific.

Taste was strong of coffee with suggestions of chocolate, malt, and toffee. Spicy finish with a few burning notes, but not overpowering or unpleasant.

Mouthfeel was a little thinner than expected, but very respectable indeed.

Tasty enough to be consumed occasionally, but not something I would pour every day. Good for "coming in from the cold".

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Photo of MattyG85
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of JackieTH
4.04/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of Gusler
4.01/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pitch-black color with a planetary sized head that is semi-creamy in texture, and a winsome light chocolate color as it evanesces the lace forms a concealing curtain to drape the glass. Nose has sweet chocolate hints and a nice toasted grain aroma with tones of fresh ground coffee, the start ambrosial, rich in malt and the top middling in feel. Finish is benign in its carbonation; hops are pleasing and mild in their spiciness with the aftertaste quite dry and long lasting, another quite pleasant beer from a new favorite brewery.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.01/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap: Color is a deep, deep, deep, dark brown, nearly black. Actually so close to black you could say its black. Arrived with a off-white creamy looking head about a finger high. Smells faintly of roasted malt, slightly grassy hop, very clean and slightly crisp. Taste is mildly roasted malt of cocoa with a bread-like dryness throughout, very easy and smooth, and a touch of bittery tang, quite nice. Feel is a solid medium body, with more of a grainy-like texture then creamy, and is slightly tanged of sourdough yeast in the finish. Very smooth and drinkable, Pretty darn good oatmeal stout. I think being on tap helped this be quite enjoyable. Yum. The bottled version is far sweeter, on-tap is where its at for this oatmeal stout.
Thanks FM.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep dark dense brown pour produces a rapidly dissipating 1” light tan foam cap.

S: Oatmeal, light coffee and chocolate, some grains, dark dried fruit.

T: Creamy oatmeal, some coffee lightly laced with chocolate, mild sweetness, light caramel with some dark dried fruit and traces of tart. Nothing harsh or burnt.

F: Creamy smooth with a medium full body and medium low carbonation.

O: This is a nice creamy mild drinkable stout.

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Photo of dorlandenator
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Crisp with a really nice roast flavor. The head isn't anything to write home about - either you poor soft and get no head at all, or poor hard and get a short-lived head that isn't creamy as advertised. Overall though a very easy stout to drink.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.96/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of supercolter
3.95/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of manitouman84
3.95/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of jera1350
3.95/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of tempest
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, dark ruby red. An almost opaque black. This much of the appearance is good, but it is lacking in the head an lacing dept. with very little of either.

Nice roasted (not burnt) malt aroma with a hint of sweetness. Simple, but very good. Taste is of sweet roasted malts that finishes with noticable bitterness. The malt flavor is very basic, but seems to have depth. Very pleasant but could use a touch more sweetness.

Good carbonation and great mouthfeel. One of the better oatmeal stouts I've had and at $7/sixer I'd be more than happy ot drink this all night.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of JeffreyG
3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was lamenting the lack of local stouts when I realized that I hadn't given this Duluth brewed beer (or indeed the whole brewery) a fair shake. This is a beer that gets high marks from me. The head is a massive chocolate creame colored pillowy cumulonimbus cloud. I had difficulty fitting the 12 oz bottle into a 16 oz glass (and I'll be damned if I didn't pour sloooowly). Color is deep black which allows no light to pass through. The haed somewhat masks the aroma for me but I do detect some roasted malt. A little bit of spice on the flavor, quite a bit of coffeish notes, and a somewhat sweet-ish finish. There is a certain bite in the mouthfeel from the carbonation. Very drinkable, I found myself enjoying the beer more as I finished the 6 pack. I love when that happens. I now realize that we do have a great stout brewed in our fine state, and I beleive I need to pay a little more attention to our fine brewers to the north.

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Sir Duluth Oatmeal Stout from Lake Superior Brewing Company
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