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Sir Duluth Oatmeal Stout | Lake Superior Brewing Company

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Sir Duluth Oatmeal StoutSir Duluth Oatmeal Stout

Brewed by:
Lake Superior Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

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

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Reviews: 84 | Ratings: 159
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 bucko
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've shyed away from my old friend, Oatmeal Stout, to the allure of hop-bombs for quite some time, but now as the winter approaches, I thought I'd revisit an old friend. Sir Duluth pours jet black with ruby tones in the light. The head is reasonable, off-white and disappears quickly. No matter. Aroma is roasty with notes of coffee, caramel and some of those sweet treats my grandpa always had around (probably more coffee/caramel). Flavor is roasty, slightly bitter and earthy. The oats come through, though don't kick you in the teeth with their... uh... oatiness?! This beer feels smooth on the tongue, though not as silky as some oatmeal stouts. Is that bad? Nah. The flavor and feel of the beer hang on the tongue for a while. Enjoyable, drinkable. Nice.

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Photo of demcorhip
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

much thanks to Raider for this one.

This beer poured an opaque black with a nice tan coloured head. Once the haed receeded scant then no lacings remained.

Creamy coffee and oatmeal chocolate chip cookies came to mind while sniffing this one. A floral funk became more apparent as the stout warmed even more (was in the fridge for maybe 15min before serving).

Dark roasted, almost burnt coffee, cream, dark chocolate and oats were the most noticable flavours. A mild yet pronounced hoppy finish. A very slight metalic taste, especially when returned to after a slight break.

OK balance and blend in flavours, prefer a bolder yet smoother blend . Is a touch on the thin side as far as the style goes.

Fairly drinkable, might go down a little better in the depths of winter as opposed to a cool summers eve. Still havent had an american oatmeal stout that made me forget samuel smith's version.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Originally reviewed April 30, 2005. 12 Oz Bottle. Deep oily dark brown pour, with a hint of ruby on the edges. Thin and very creamy light brown head. Lacing is quality. Aromas of sea salt, grass, and oats. Flavor is very rich, yet bright and creamy on the end. Very oaty, with lots of chocolate and swiss almonds. There are some light coffee notes. Finishes with some of the salt and leaves a tangy, slightly burnt aftertaste. Palate is watery, but maintains some thickness. Not bad.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.83/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a mug)

A- This beer has a deep jet brown body with a light tan head that is mostly large bubbles that fades pretty quickly.

S- The smell of coffee has a faint cream note but not much other depth.

T- The hint of dark malt has a strong coffee note and a faint finish of smoky ham which is odd. There isn't really a hop note in the finish just the ham.

M- This beer had a medium-light mouthfeel with a fizz finish.

D- The coffee was the strongest flavor with no real stout qualities and no notes of oatmeal. The ham flavor wasn't really strong and didn't really bother me, but it would have been nice to have more flavors to go along with it.

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Photo of slyke
3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sir Duluth Oatmeal Stout pours black with an off-white head that dissipates to a thin cap after a couple of minutes. Slight lacing as the beer is drunk.

Aroma is of roasted malt, but very slight. Taste is dominated by roasted malt - not much else there. A definite coffee note in the flavor of this beer.

Mouthfeel is decent, but nothing special. I expect more "substance" in the mouthfeel of this style. It is a drinkable beer, especially on a cool day (which today is here in Minny), but I probably wouldn't have more than one or two in a sitting.

This beer is worth a try.

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Photo of dfried
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is basically a solid oatmeal stout. It looks great, a deep silky color without much fading around the edges, nice brown frothy head. The smell and taste were a bit on the roasted/bitter side for an oatmeal stout, but not off-putting, kind of added to the charm. this definitely had some good sweet oat flavor too it though, nothing outstanding but quite good. I was suprised at the lack of creaminess in the mouthfeel, but it still went down well. Not something for all night, but pretty good for one or two.

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Photo of timtheenchanta
3.27/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Pitch black with thin head. Little lacing.

Coffee with sweet oatmeal smell. Some peanut butter is faint in the back.

The taste isn't bad but is a little bit of a letdown. Cheap coffee at first followed by some sweet malt and light hops. Smooth but not as creamy as I expected. Adding later, I enjoyed this beer really cold but as I let it warm up some, it almost kind of went sour... It didn't finish nearly as well as it started with me. I changed the score I gave it on taste as a result.

This one is worth a try. Thanks to Jredner for this one.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
2.85/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours very dark. I’d say it was black, but I could see through the stream as it left the bottle. Lets say its an un-believably dark brown. The head is huge and a dark tan. It fell to a film pretty early and left a few spots of lace.

The smell is refreshing with some sweet grainy oats, some hazelnuts, a bit of coffee and a rhubarb sourness.

Bleah! The rhubarb dominates the flavor. Not impressed! In the background are some delicate roasted oats that lend a little smokiness and a light coffee, but both are hidden behind a sheet of sourness.

Mouth feel is thin with a light tingly carbonation. This is really disappointing. Way too sour for my liking.

This isn’t the best beer, but after looking at the low reviewers for sympathizers, I think Bighuge said it best, “…I wouldn't recommend this one. However, it's not one I'll dump out either.” Disappointing, but not undrinkable.

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Photo of Jredner
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is a tad sharp which illicits the feeling that the ingredients might not have been the freshest..tangy, chocolate, stewed dark fruits and a bit of cocoa. Black body with a slowly, but steadily fading tan head. Very nice mouthfeel...creamy feeling, but the flavor range is quite narrow..mild vanilla notes, some chocolate and molasses and not much else. It tastes decent enough it just doesn’t go very far in any direction. Definitely better than average, but this could be much more flavorful which would make for a great brew as this has a solid mouthfeel.

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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 iron78
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

pours a black in the glass. tan head fades fast to a brief lace then nothing.
malty aroma and strong roasted smell.
roasted grain carries over to the flavor, roast and touch of coffee. oatmeal flavor is strong. either the oat or the hops gives it almost an astringent flavor.
a bit on the thin side, expected more body or smoother from oatmeal. perhaps because of the low carbination.
a good value, but a little disappointed. will need to try again.

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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 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 DaPeculierDane
2.36/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good price at $6 a six-pack and that’s just about the best thing going on with this beer.

Appearance: Dark Brown Beer with a white head that quickly disperses.

Smell: Dry malts, dust, a touch of oats, a smidge of coffee.

Taste: Mild. A teaspoon of oats. A half a teaspoon of coffee. Dust, a little bit of roasted malts.

Mouthfeel: DRY! Normally I would like it, but the lack of flavor doesn’t leave me wanting any more. Much thinner than the average oatmeal stout.

Drinkability: It’s drinkable if nothing else is around and like I said, the price is good for an oatmeal stout.

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Photo of ryantupy
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a six pack while visiting some from friends and the UMD in Duluth. This poured a very balanced dark brownish black color with a off white small head. Smells like dark roasted coffee along with dark malts and maybe some oaty scents.The taste was nice a smooth and very easily drinkable. Flavors of chocolate, dark coffee, dark malt sweetness, smoky flavors, and the oats give this beer some nice flavor and texture. Overall a very enjoyable and drinkable beer that I enjoy usually drinking on cold minnesota nights.

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Photo of mac56
3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours out a deep ebony rich color. Slight head, very little lacing.

Aroma: my lovely wife said "it smells like stout". I'm so proud of her. I interpret that to mean "roasted malt".

Mouthfeel: slightly creamy, slightly oily (but not in a bad way). I agree with the reviewer who says it's a little light for the style.

Taste: coffee, cocoa, malty notes. A slight tang, though not your usual Guinness tang. Drinks down easy. Richer flavors as it warms up. Aftertaste lingers nicely.

Overall, I like it quite a bit. I think even my lovely wife would like it, and she generally runs screaming from the room at the sight of anything darker than Killian's Red. I too would love to find this on tap someday. (Not in my hometown, that's for sure.)

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Photo of proc
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out to a nice, jet black in the glass with an average size head. The aroma hits you right away with its roasted malt goodnes. The taste is very good, albeit a tad thin, but lends to its outstanding drinkability. Roasted malt and cocoa tastes shine through.

Thanks tor fantome for the hookup.

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Photo of taez555
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6 pack of this on my fishing adventure in Minnesota

Pours a brownish black body with a tan/off white head.

Nose is pretty tame, soft hints of coffee, chocolate and some dark malts.

Medium bodied. Chocolate, coffee, dulled espresso beans, vanilla, hints of smoke. The oatmeal gives this beer a nice classic oatmeal stout course body and slight touch to the taste. Bitterness and hop taste are kept to a minimum but balance very nicely in the mix.

Overall a really quite enjoyable beer. The coffee flavors are a little muted but the slight burnt, roasty touch compliment the backwater MN nights well.

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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 sulldaddy
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I am sampling courtesy of BIF 20 and Feloniousmonk.
Room temperature in a pint glass.
The beer pours a deep molasses brown with no lite passing through. A small tan fizzy head builds and fades quickly to a thin surface layer.
Aroma is rich and malty with espresso and chocolate mixing with a lite brown sugar presence.
First sip reveals a lighter than expected body with fine gentle rolling carbonation that caresses my palate and leaves a faint tingle after I swallow. Slightly watery texture.
Flavor is malty up front with bakers chocolate and some dry roasted malt allowing for a hint of toffee in the middle and finishing rather dry and slightly coffee bitter.
The beer tastes good and looks good, but is way to thin to be a stout. This has the body of a dark lager not an oatmeal stout.
A decent enough beer but would expect more robust from the land up north!

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Photo of alexgash
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Inky dark brown, like the depths of Lake Erie (Superior is much clearer), with a small khaki head.
Smells of sweet chocolate milk, lightly roasted coffee, and a little of that homebrew funk.
Mild chocolate malts up front: sweet and lactose-y. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel (oats?). Medium bodied. Roasty, mocha bitternenss rounds out the palate. That homebrew funk eeks in too. Residual sweetness. I swear I’ve had better bottles (batches?) of this. And I KNOW it’s better on tap…but that’s for another review and another time.

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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 Sammy
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black. Toasted grains. Like a weak coffee with sugar. Alcohol burn taste, guess this is 6% plus. Bit of burnt bitter aftertaste.

Basically a passable beer with some oatmeal. Not the best expression of this style. Could be a whole lot smoother.

thanks to sir feloniousmonk

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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
3.59 out of 5 based on 159 ratings.
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