It’s dark beer season here in Canada, and we’re spoiled with a number of craft breweries located north of Toronto making great stouts and porters.

Today we’re taking a look at the Skinny Dippin’ Stout by Sawdust City Brewing Company located in Gravenhurst, Ontario in the Muskoka Region.

Part of Sawdust City’s appeal for me is they take a core line up and execute the best for each style of beer, be it the Lone Pine IPA, or what’s being reviewed today, and make them best in their class.

Drinking the Skinny Dippin’ Stout, you immediately taste the chocolate, dark chocolate, crystal 120 and caraform malts along with the barley and oats that are the foundation of this beer.

Keeping the sweetness in check is the magnum hops and California Ale yeast that kicks the fermentation in motion. This is a nice, thick pour, The ABV comes in around 5.5%, for those not looking for an Imperial Stout kick.

This beer goes great with a nice steak, hamburgers, or hearty stew as well as chocolate for dessert.

As mentioned above, Sawdust City nails core beer recipes and Skinny Dippin’ Stout is on the mark for a tasty Oatmeal Stout.  I consider this a really nice gateway for fans of Guinness and Murphy’s Irish stout looking to try something independent for their stout fix.

Skinny Dippin’ Stout is available year-round at the brewery, LCBO stores and select Ontario grocery stores.


  • ABV: 5.5%
  • IBU: 35
  • Style: Stout
  • Taste: Chocolate, malt, barley
  • Rating: 4.5/5
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