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Founders Oatmeal Stout - Founders Brewing Company

Founders Oatmeal Stout
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463 Ratings
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Ratings: 463
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.51%

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-22-2004)
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Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

2.55/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed on 6/27/2010. On nitro tap at Founders. Pours black with a thick nitro head. Aroma of sweet roasted malt and an odd skunk-like aroma (odd in a tap beer, but it was there). Flavor of sweet roasted malt plus the odd skunk (less apparent but still there). It was very bland tasting -- not bad just bland. I was disappointed, as I had expected better from Founders but this is not one of their winners.

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-24-2010 00:50:41 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of BStalf21


2.6/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I'm big on Founders beers and their specialty stouts are among my favorites. Maybe I had high expectations when I finally made the trip up to grand rapids but that hasn't stopped me from being impressed by good beer at other brewery's. That being said I found this to be a very pretty yet bland beer. It had everything going for it but it tasted like a stout for the masses. And, the feel I got from the crowed and some other brewery only offerings was that they were trying to appeal to the masses. Not a lot of flavor I'm sure anyone who's favorite beer is Guinness Draught would think it's great but I'd take a Samuel Smith oatmeal stout any day over this.

Serving type: nitro-tap

10-18-2011 03:57:02 | More by BStalf21
Photo of kylelenk


3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nitro-tap from the Founders Taproom.

A: Pretty much what you would expect from a nitro-stout. Comparable color profile to Guinness although the cascade isn't quite as spectacular.

S: Not too much on the nose. Just a normal barley smell with nothing really sticking out.

T: Don't get me wrong, I love this beer. It's an easy drinker after a night of heavier Founders beers or something you can drink without getting a buzz on (4.5% ABV). For some reason, I can't find anything exceptional about this beer. It has it's moments and it is sure to please for those looking for a simple brew.

Serving type: nitro-tap

10-25-2012 18:36:10 | More by kylelenk
Photo of haazer


3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Standard dark cascading brew with brown foam the beer. Thick one finger cap of thick mocha foam.

S - A bit of cocoa an dairy milk.

T - Bitter roast. There's some cocoa flavor and dry oats.

M - Light to medium bodied brew, high carbonation. Easy drinking and creamy.

O - An easy drinking, smooth and tasty oatmeal stout.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-06-2013 01:26:41 | More by haazer
Photo of Brian46594


3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I had a pint glass of this at a local pub. As a mainly stout drinker, I was pleased with this beer.

Pour/appearance: very dark (similar to Guinness) with a thick milky head.

Aroma: coffee, chocolate, nutty. Maybe a hint of vanilla.

Taste: smooth, light, thin, different from many stouts.

Finish: coffee and chocolate.

Overall a fine beer. I would recommend this to a stout drinker to at least try. I was disappointed to not have experienced more of the oats factor of the oatmeal stout. That may have just been me.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2014 07:39:01 | More by Brian46594
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3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Black, nitro pour tan head has good retention and lacing.

S/T - Mild, with oats, light roasted malt and mildly bitter roasted grains.

M - Light body, creamy smooth texture at first, then turns a little watery, expected with the nitro pour. Finishes clean.

O - Nice lunch session beer, with mild flavors. I could drink a few of these easy.

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-16-2014 17:17:46 | More by garuda
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at The Pony Bar in New York, NY

A: Pours a dark black with a finger high tan head. The head reduces to a thing layer of bubbles across the entire top of the beer. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Very mild smell with hints of roasted malts, caramel, and a subtle chocolate + coffee.

T: Moderate amounts of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and oats (like in an oat bran bread). Nice complexity and some subtle hints of sweetness that I generally associate more with a milk stout. No taste of alcohol but that is not surprising considering the low ABV.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin and dry in the finish.

O: Pretty easy to drink and combined with low ABV make it quite sessionable. Very enjoyable with a light flavor and one to have again if I come across it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2012 01:17:55 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of leftmindedrighty

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this at Founder's during a brewery road trip to Dark Lord Day

Beautiful lacing down the glass, I love a nitro-tap or nitro-can pour.

Smell, Very chocolatey, smells very deep and rich

Taste, confirms the smell, the chocolate and sweetness is really heavier than most Oatmeal Stouts. But it has a great balance between the malts and oats, very rich and satisfying.

Overall, This is a good Oatmeal Stout, unfortunately it is a beer that should be ordered for dessert, and I ordered it to start off with. I strongly suggest having this one to end a meal, and not to start one as I did.

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-01-2007 18:31:03 | More by leftmindedrighty
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3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Nitro-tap pint

Pours a thick black color with a thick creamy dark brown head with excellent lacing.

Chocolate and roasted malts are present up front with caramel notes also noticeable.

Flavors are not very present. Chocolate, caramel and roasted malts are noticeable but somewhat blended with earthy undertones.

Thick body but very smooth with the nitro-tap.

Fairly drinkable but not enough to rank with the best. I am looking for a little more flavor.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-11-2011 03:17:25 | More by TheBear11D
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3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On nitro at Capone's.

Never had this one before, so I figured I'd give it a try. Nice nitro-pour, obsidian color with a thick, creamy, tan head that sank to about a quarter inch and held there, lacing the glass as I sipped. Pretty basic aroma, roasty dark malts, toasted oatmeal. Basically the same in the taste, dark malts, toasted oats, unsweetened chocolate giving a light bitterness. A good brew, even if there's nothing here you haven't had before. Medium body, smooth mouthfeel, thanks to Mr. Nitrogen. A pretty basic brew, but still good. Doesn't really stack up to Founders' other stouts, but it's a solid base beer.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-12-2014 20:30:04 | More by Rifugium
Photo of minterro


3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed at Crunchy's in East Lansing (I guess its the only place outside of Founders that has it)

From notes on a napkin

A: great thick globs of tan foamy head. Deep black colored beer. Probably the best head I've ever seen. When I was done drinking it I spun the head around the glass and it filled up the whole glass.

S: sweet malts and caramel

T: Kind of a bland taste. Coffee, bready grains, sweet sugars. Very slight bitterness to this beer. Even a bit of citrus, which is quite weird for the style. Tastes as low in ABV.

M: fairly low bodied and low carbonation. However, it is very drinkable.

O: overall not very impressive, probably the worst founders beer I've had thus far.

*I was feeling a little under the weather when I tried this beer.

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-02-2011 02:59:21 | More by minterro
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3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Classic stout pour on this one...jet with a slight, tan head on top. The beer left significant lacing in the glass as I drank it and was really impressive in the apperance department. The smell, fairly average. Generic oatmeal stout with malts dominant and some chocolate tones.

The flavour on this was like the nose, a fairly standard fare oatmeal stout...malty with chcolate tones...a bit of roast, but not a lot in comparison to heavier stouts. Pretty flavourful given its low ABV though.

The mouth, only average. Oatmeal stouts are usually light bodied and don't have a lot of hop tingle and this was a standard in that regard. Drinkability, solid. Easy drinking, light in the mouth, full flavoured but easy to quaff.

Overall, a good "break" beer if one is sampling a few things...it's one of the lower ABV beers at Founders and despite that, has a very solid, if not overly distinct flavour.

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-14-2006 22:48:19 | More by CortexBomb
Photo of Tucquan


3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2013-03-30 at the brew pub

A - opaque dark brown with strong tan head and great lace

S - almost no smell

T - somewhat sour malt with a bit of chocolate and decent roasted and hop bitterness.

M - creamy. medium body and very light carbonation.

O - decent but won't seek it out. Kudos for lots of flavor for low ABV.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-30-2013 16:16:17 | More by Tucquan
Photo of thedoubler55

New Jersey

3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Complete black in color, with a nice tan head at the top that leaves a strong lacing around the glass as you drink.

S: Lots going on here, bits of chocolate, oatmeal, coffee, some malts and a roastyness as well.

T: This beer is subtle, a good amount of oatmeal and chocolate, very roasty taste on the backend, a little bitterness.

M: Full bodied and a good amount of carbonation, slight sticky backend.

O: This was not a bad beer, very tasty as well as well balanced. A good brew from Founders who never really lets us down.

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2013 18:51:37 | More by thedoubler55
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New York

3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a near black color with a fairly short dense creamy head that settled into a pretty creamy cap.

The aroma is a bit light but I do pick up the Founders stout flavors. Nice earthy, woody malt with a hint of char. A touch of chocolate and coffee.

The taste is of a very light roast, nice woody flavors. A hint of chocolate and coffee. Toasted bready malt; pumpernickle. Good flavors but a bit weak.

The feel light to moderate with semi soft carbonation. Drinks very smooth. Good balance. Definitely the little sister compared to Founder's other stouts. Sessionable ABV.

Tastes more like a beefy brown ale than a stout but thats ok. Nice flavors but are pretty weak. Good sessionable stout.

Serving type: growler

02-02-2014 02:29:34 | More by Gmann
Photo of FtownThrowDown


3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Founders. Pours a dark brown in color with a nice half inch head. Smell is black malt and a little coffee. Nice and creamy on the mouthfeel. A decent beer, but lacking the complexity and bombardment of flavor that you get in most Founders beers. I guess you get spoiled drinking Breakfast and Kentucky Breakfast and truly don't appreciate a well made oatmeal stout like this.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2009 19:11:09 | More by FtownThrowDown
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3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Founders. Poured into a pilsner type glass. Pours a deep brown non see through color with a pillowy tight bubbled head. This on nitro? Sure f'ing is I'm told. Looks very Guinnessy. Roasted malt type aroma with a nutty type notes. Very creamy mouthfeel. Light coffee aftertaste with the some sweetness. Very creamy. Good lace.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2010 20:54:55 | More by kbutler1
Photo of kzoobrew


3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep black body, appeared to be opaque. Creamy malted milk colored head seated atop. Very impressive retention, to be expected in a beer from nitro tap, clearing scattered lacing clinging to the glass.

Hints of chocolate and roasted malts. The aroma is rather subdued overall. I was not expecting huge aromas but hoped for something a bit brighter.

Much like the aroma, the flavors are rather soft. Roasted malt and slight bitter cocoa powder. Very earthy flavor underneath. Simple and solid flavor, does leave you wanting something more.

Medium bodied stout. Smooth and creamy texture though you can thank the nitro tap for this.

Easy drinking low alcohol stout. Could certainly enjoy a few in a sitting but it would be easy to become bored. A very solid beer overall but it just a bit boring.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-23-2011 01:09:12 | More by kzoobrew
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3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-rich brown with a creamy light tan head

S-faint flavor of fresh oatmeal and cocoa. Some roast to it.

T-comes in with a burnt taste, one that sticks to the tongue. There's just a small hint of cocoa and oatmeal to it, has mostly the roasted flavor. It's a good flavor with a math king after-taste. Not very strong though. It's a subtle taste.

M-nitro. But has more of a dry mouthfeel than creamy.

O-it's a good, easy drinking stout from founders. You might not expect more from a typical oatmeal stout, but you'd definitely expect more from a typical founders beer. It's not even something i can recommend to anyone. It made for an enjoyable afternoon drink though.

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-19-2013 21:13:22 | More by AdamBear
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3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Oatmeal stout pours a black color with a large frothy head. The aroma has strong oat flavors, and chocolate notes. The taste has a nice water flavor, with hints of oats and chocolate. The flavor was very watery and fizzy. Overall it has nice flavors, but its too light, and watery.

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2014 01:23:54 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of digitalflood

New York

3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours thick black. Nice cascade from the nitro. Clean solid head with great lacing. Wet mouthfeel. Good oatmeal and coffee smell. Front palate is all stout and oatmeal. Like drinking a Guinness with a bowl of Quaker Oatmeal. Smooth creamy mid-palate coffee and toffee taste. Slight bitters and a balance of sweetness on the back palate. Clean aftertaste. Brillantly drinkable. 3.5 out of 5. Good.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-22-2014 02:53:51 | More by digitalflood
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3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My first nitro-tap. Obviously it took awhile for the head to dissipate but eventually I got a dark beer with a creamy tan head. I really couldn't get much from the aroma because of the nitro (i think). The taste was very roasted. Roasted oatmeal, roasted coffee, and more roasted grains (i think i tasted rye). This beer had a definite bitterness to it which I think is from the grains (not a hoppy bitterness). However there was an acidity in the finish that I could've done without. A really good beer that I would like to try without the nitro, but I'm glad I tried it atleast once on nitro-tap.

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-11-2004 17:16:20 | More by granger10
Photo of Jerzdevil1116

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on nitro tap at Founders Brewery during a stop on my Dark Lord Day road trip. Served in a pilsner glass.

A: 1 finger of creamy, off-white head. Deep brown, opaque body. Nice cascading after being poured.

S: Not much smell. Slight hint of roasted malt.

T: Earthy. Hints of dark chocolate. Slightly bitter possibly from some hops. Clean taste. No lingering after taste.

M: Medium body. Velvety smoothe.

D: Very drinkable. Much like a typical dry/irish stout.

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-13-2008 03:06:33 | More by Jerzdevil1116
Photo of KYGunner


3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The appearance may be slightly artificial as this was a nitro tap but the color absolutely glowed with an inch blackness. The nitro tap added an extra creaminess and thickness to a taut thin head.

The aroma held creamy chocolate, dry oats, coffee char and more grain dryness. It's relatively simple but it's nice and easy.

The flavor seems to be weakened by the nitro, much like Guinness. The flavor is very creamy but a bit watery as the chocolate loses its sweetness and the char loses its smokiness. I expect the flavors to be more simple, as this is a lower ABV stout but it's very weak.

The feel is very smooth, a touch viscous and watery but creamy. This is a very interesting installment from Founders, good but simple and not served as well by the nitro tap.

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-24-2013 01:47:52 | More by KYGunner
Photo of JamesShoemaker


3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nitro tap at the brewery.

Appearance - looks just like you'd expect on nitro, very dark brown with a nice, dark head.

Smell - mediocre. Didn't catch much other than alcohol, which is surprising given the low content.

Taste - not bad, a very light stout. Very drinkable but also very plain.

Mouthfeel - definitely the highlight. Feels great going down.

Overall - not bad, but look for other nitro offerings when you go to brewery.

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-21-2012 16:27:11 | More by JamesShoemaker
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