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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:
158
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
16.43%
 
 
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Reviews: 84 | Ratings: 158
Photo of happygnome
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: dark dark black, very dark infact i dont remember a darker beer that ive had, very small dark tan head that dissapears fast leaving a little lacing
s: the sweet oatmeal malts really are detectable in the aroma, little hop presence
t: kind of starts with a roasted malt flavor similar to a coffee, then the sweet malts come out, the oatmeal flavor is noticeable very nice, little bitterness
m: a medium to full bodied beer with little carbonation i really enjoyed the mouthfeel

overall wow i really enjoyed this, probable one of the better stouts ive had from region

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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 uwmgdman
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This stout pours an opaque black with a thin tan head that leaves some lacing. The aroma is highly roasted, a little charcoal and low sweetness. The flavor is moderately roasted with low residual sweetness and low bitterness. The mouthfeel is extremely smooth and the finish is wonderful. The carbonation is medium-low and mouth is just a bit thin. Overall this is a nicely done Oatmeal Stout, the body could be boosted a little, but still worth buying.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
2.92/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Dark brown beer with some slight garnet highlights with a stong backlight. This would indicate a relatively opaque brew. Topped with a lighter-brown head, that didn't stick around for too long.

S-Strong of roasted malt with lots of thin chocolatiness. Smells like an oatmeal stout.

T-Roasted malts with a slight chocolate. What do I detect, but a slight beef-stock character? Not really much of the oatmeal stouty flavor. Chocolate appears before the aftertaste, which is reminiscent of coffee, both in bitterness and feel. A detectable hop bitterness, pushed along by astringency.

M-Carbonation is present, but low, maybe lacking. Body is flabby. Signature creaminess isn't really here.

D-I like this brew more because of nostalgia than for its merits as a great oatmeal stout. It lacks in the characteristic flavor and body, both of which are important for an oatmeal stout. However, I do like to drink local, which is one of the big drivers behind my nostalgia behind this brew.

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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.

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

Aroma
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).

Taste
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.

Mouthfeel
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.

Drinkability
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 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 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 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 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 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 umustdrink
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Completely opaque black, lets no light through. Head is a very light brown that settles at a film. Lacing is average.

S - Smells a lot like chocolate ice cream with some more earthy tones. Dark powdered cocoa and smokier malts as well.

T - Strong malts flavor, more smoky than roasty and slightly bitter. A slight hop bitterness finishes it off.

M - Very creamy, consistency is more on the thin side but still good for the style.

D - Although I wish the taste was more like the smell it's still pretty good overall.

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Photo of sjccmd
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Smell is cold press coffee, some spices, a tad phenolic (clove). Sweet and pleasant smelling without being overly rich. Brighter fruits, almost berry-like. Fruity spicy hop aroma but fairly low.

Pours pretty much black with brown highlights and a dark tan head. Small head, not great retention or lacing.

Flavor is coffee and berries. Clove persists in the flavor as well. Somewhat harsh, but in low quantities. A touch nutty. Sweet upfront but nice dry finish. Medium bitterness, enough to balance. Not much hop flavor.

Medium full body with low carbonation. Slick but not heavy. Could use more carbonation for the style.

Nice and enjoyable, just a touch phenolic and could use more carbonation.

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

Winter, winter, winter: Poured this 12 oz into a somewhat chilled clean imperial pint glass. The bottle was filled with lace.

A; Dark dark brown, with bubbles sticking to the surface of the glass.
S: Smells of coffee and oatmeal me thinks.
T: Smooth, good 1 hour old coffee burnt malt taste. Was expecting a little more flavor, the linger reminds me of drinking the bottom of an watery iced coffee.
M: Light and smooth for a stout
D: It's smoothness, light body, and fair price would make me drink more, but so many other stouts I would prefer.

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Photo of Tolann
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark like a stout should be. Roasted coffee colored head that disappears. Otherwise very opaque hardly letting a glow though.

S - roasty coffee in the smell. Some hint of chocolate. bready oatmeal characteristics

T - Mild. Some bitter sweet roasted flavor. not the biggest characteristic.

M - kind of thin for an oatmeal stout. Not a lot of carbonation and is smooth. Not much of an aftertaste.

D - Easy to drink for a stout. No big scary characteristics or ABV. Probably a good oatmeal stout to start with to get someone off their beer training wheels.

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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 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 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 schellsbeer
2.43/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

From Minnesota...Please be good. Please.

A - Dark brown to almost black. Very thin white to cream colored head that stays around for a few minutes. Anyway....who cares about head....really?!?! Doesn't really matter. It's all in the taste. Right?

S - Average. Smells like earth and soil. Alright for a stout. Nothing too great. Nothing too terrible.

T - Ok...the moment of truth. Here goes...Alright then. How should I put this? Ummm? Really not that great I am sorry to say. Sort of bland. Single layered. If this is suppose to be an oatmeal stout, there should be some cream texture, some softness, some... well, there should be something. With this beer, there isn't. It doesn't want to make me throw it away but will I ever purchase it again? Probably to mostly not. I really was hoping for more from this beer. Come on, we are both from Minnesota. Please.

You know, I think I am done with this review. I am a little disappointed. I don't really want to write any more...therefore....

M - average

D - below

I'm done.

I should have started with this beer. Now I am going to bed mad. I hope my wife doesn't think I am mad at her. Just the beer.

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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 AleMan66
3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I poured this into a clear teardrop glass. It really had no head. Carbonation is medium. I like the taste. It's very easy to drink. It has a nice coffee flavor to it. I would buy it again.

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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 andrewmartin
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single of this last time I went through Duluth

A: Wow, probably the darkest beer I've ever had-completely ink black, no light sneaking through this one, tawny head.

S: Sweet oats and roasted malts

T: Definately one of the more interesting oatmeal stouts out there-I can actually taste the oatmeal. Starts off with a coffee roasted bitterness that gives way to sharp oats flavors

M: Starts off very sharp due to bitterness then becomes creamy and palate coating.

D: Very interesting brew, I could definately down a few of these.

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Photo of Reed415
3.24/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a very dark brown color with no head at all

S - Roasted malt, Chocolate, coffee

T - Roasted nutty malt, chocolate, it is tasted like it is watered down

M - Light Bodied, with no carbonation

D - Lacking in flavor, body, and carbonation, Average at best

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Photo of thethrone
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very dark brown/black with foamy 1" white head which dissipates fairly quickly to a thin layer.

S - Roasted malts, chocolate, hint of minerals

T - Coffee, roasted grains, chocolate, barley. Well balanced flavor.

M - Smooth, but a bit lighter and not as creamy as I would expect from the oatmeal.

D - A good, drinkable, brew that I'd come back to again.

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Sir Duluth Oatmeal Stout from Lake Superior Brewing Company
3.59 out of 5 based on 158 ratings.
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