Sir Duluth Oatmeal Stout | Lake Superior Brewing Company

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Sir Duluth Oatmeal StoutSir Duluth Oatmeal Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lake Superior Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
lakesuperiorbrewing.com

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
Ratings:
165
Reviews:
86
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
11.94%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
22
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 165 |  Reviews: 86
Photo of MattyG85
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
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 twiggamortis420
3.96/5  rDev +10%
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 morimech
3.26/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours an inky black with just a small head that dissipates quickly. Not much activity on the pour which is unfortunate. The smell is of chocolate and coffee, a perfect mocha. The taste is also of chocolate with a little malt flavor and coffee on finish. It is medium bodied with a total lack of carbonation. Doesn't finish too well. With more carbonation this would be a great beer and I would be happy to buy it again.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.01/5  rDev +11.4%
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 TheLongBeachBum
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
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 garymuchow
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light slightly roast malt aroma. Very fizzy, extremely big head that settles so slow that it made it difficult to pour much in order to drink. Dark brown to black with red hues. Clear. Straight stout malt flavor with softening qualities of the oats. Mildly dry and same for length of finish. Fullness from carbonation, otherwise medium Fairly straight oatmeal stout, not very complex but enjoyable in a simple way.

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Photo of alexgash
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
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 sulldaddy
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
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 JoeyBeerBelly
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
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 UncleJimbo
3.36/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz, brown, longneck bottle, capped. No date.

This stout poured black with creamy, light brown foam that persisted and coated the glass. The smell was a tangy, dark malt and oatmeal aroma with hints of coffee and hops. The taste was rather sout and acidic but this lessened somewhat as the glass warmed up. There were flavors of oatmeal, dark malt, cocoa, and barley. The aftertaste had notes of oatmeal and chocolate amidst the tangy sourness. The mouthfeel was smooth despite the tanginess and tartness. The body was medium with low carbonation. This seems to be a decent stout, but perhaps some batches are more sour than others?

(Thanks to feloniousmonk.)

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Photo of Hopstout
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of homebrew311
2.96/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown with no light passage. Thin rim of tan head. Nose features some sweet notes reminiscent of grape soda with notes of carob underneath. The taste is relatively thin with more grape soda paired with mild roast, moderate chocolate, and a roasty finish. No hop bitterness to speak of here, somewhat sweet overall. Mouthfeel is light for style with mellow carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty lackluster example of the style. Would not return to this one.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.09/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sir Duluth Oatmeal Stout pours an almost completely black color with a huge bubbly tan head. Smokey and creamy malty aroma. Taste is a bit sweet, creamy with a slightly smokey finish. Good body and feel. Overall a solid oatmeal stout.

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Photo of ADR
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark, creamy pour. A real smoothie with pronounced chocolate smell and chocolate/toffee taste. Stays in the mouth long after the swallow. Needs a touch more roastedness in the malt department for me, but a nice Oatmeal nevertheless.

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Photo of herman77
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of FreshHawk
2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Lighter side of black color. Medium sized, somewhat thick, creamy, light beige head. Average retention leaving patchy lace.

S - Dull, bittersweet chocolate along with some stale, black coffee. Slight astringent aroma. Touches of cream and vainilla but it's hidden by the other flavors.

T - Similar to the nose. Dull, stale flavors. Bittersweet chocolate along with stale coffee/coffee grounds along with the astringency that can accompany that. There is some nice sweetness that comes out that really pairs nicely with the chocolate but it's a bit too faint.

M - Medium to light body. Average carbonation. Too thin/watery for the style.

D - The astringency and dull flavors aren't enough to make this undrinkable (or even hard to drink) but they don't make it one that I want to keep drinking. The body also doesn't do it any favors.

Notes: Not really wowed by this. It's not awful or undrinkable by any means, but it was pretty lackluster. Lack of a nice, chewy body was what disappointed me most (as that's a big reason why I enjoy Oatmeal Stouts). Probably would just pass this one over.

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Photo of JustinSparks
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bigbeers84
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of HoistinBrews
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of TastyTaste
4.55/5  rDev +26.4%
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 hardy008
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Chocolate brown to black with a thin head of foam.

Smell - Coffee and malt with hints of chocolate.

Taste - Well balanced, Coffee and Oatmeal stand out.

Mouthfeel - smooth, light to medium bodied. Light for a Stout.

Drinkability - A good beer which I would drink again.

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Photo of MonkeyPilates
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of marc77
2.59/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Virtually black, with a deep garnet haze when held to light. Well retained, pitted tan head leaves dense lace. The aroma is an odd melange of sharp, mildly carbonized unmalted barley, lightly tart pearish esters, dark chocolate and slightly obtrusive sweet notes of lychee. Transient wash of toffeeish sweetness upfront in flavor is ensued by faint coffeeish barley and an lightly acidic, citric twang, not quite sour enough to be lactic acid derived. Understated, unsweetened cocoa powder like chocolate malt presence. Although mild in hop bitterness, the drying, tart character offsets the minimal residual sweetness nearly completely, lending an inapproriately dry overall profile. Well attenuated and lacking the glucanaceous silk characteristic of good oatmeal stouts. Finishes surprisingly clean and cleanly roasty, but that's too little too late. Although "off", the inherent tartness grew on me. Akin to an overly acidified dry stout. Drinks like a lambic, tastes like an off Bell's. A dissappointing experience overall, yet I drank the whole bottle readily. Odd.

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Photo of DaveMiller
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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

Appearance: Aggressive pour didn't do much for this one. Short lived beige head that quickly looked like nothing but a ring in the glass. The color is mostly black with just some ruby tints at the edges. (3.5/5)

Smell: Roasted malt and a dark fruit kind of quality as well. Maybe a slight char. Smells sort of sweet, surprisingly. (3.5/5)

Taste/feel: Roasted malt giving off a coffee flavor, and a pretty decent dashing of dark fruit flavor. Not much going on here, but there's a nice char-like flavored finish that I enjoy. A bit sweet for my liking, but it's not too heavy on the sweetness. Carbonation is about medium, and the texture is as well. (3.5/5, 3.5/5)

A good beer all-around, at best. It's a pretty decent oatmeal stout, but it lacks a certain something. This brew could benefit from a little extra char sort of bitterness and/or a richer mouthfeel, rather than a seeming emphasis on the dark fruits. Straight 3.5 rating from me, and I feel like that may be a tad generous.

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Sir Duluth Oatmeal Stout from Lake Superior Brewing Company
3.6 out of 5 based on 165 ratings.
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