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Founders Oatmeal Stout - Founders Brewing Company

Founders Oatmeal Stout
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88
very good

459 Ratings
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Ratings: 459
Reviews: 76
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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GOBLIN

Ohio

3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Founders Oatmeal Stout

Nitrooo

Poured into pint glass

A: Porter black not quite stout black but still black

S: Typical for the style . . . Roasted

T: This is a tasty sessionable stout. I'll go wiith "typical" again. Not too often I have a stout that is not Russian Imperial so that might be throwing me off a bit. It is tasty but the flavor just doesn't deliver for me right up front but . . . but . . . It is tasty, it does linger and makes me want another sip.

M: A bit thin but I just might not be used to these "non imperial stouts"

O: Rather tasty really . . . I believe I'll have another

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2014 19:10:49 | More by GOBLIN
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Brian46594

Michigan

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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vette2006c5r

Minnesota

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
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Back to basics, yet pulling a few tricks out of the bag- Founders resurrects the ever-classic Oatmeal Stout that's true to form compared to those time-tested British varieties... except for that nitro-infusion that creamies things up a bit.

Not as absurdly nitrogenated as say, Guinness, but its slow cascade of ale and tightly knit bubbles entertains the eye as the dark ale nestles into the glass. Its near-black body is ominous because of its onyx-like sheen, causes the ale to have a clear appearance. Dark crimson along its edges shows that the beer isn't completely black. A mid-statured head forms on the beer and appears as slightly tan-stained chocolate milk. Its long retention and sheeting lace is the classic look of nitro Stout.

Muted aromas of dark-roast coffee, dark chocolate and malted milkshake. Faint fruit notes pull ahead and take the form of grape and licorice. A sense of burnt barley sugars give impressions of both sweetness and bitterness.

Its taste comes to life in the same creamy milkshake kind of way that was captured by the eye- except that its layered with fresh-brewed dark coffee, bittersweet chocolate, charred toffee and caramel and that starchy-sweet taste of raw barley malt. Its light fruitiness of grilled currants is mildly vinous and adds a much needed layer of complexity. Finishing with a toasted walnut-type and coffee-derived bitterness, the beer is minerally crisp and unusually sudden.

Its marshmallowy creaminess engulfs the mouth upon the initial sip. But once the nitro-texture begins to fade, it does so quickly and takes with it any residual sweetness. Heading into finish, the beer thins out considerably and leaves the texture of roasted grain in its wake. Somewhat watery late, the beer has a plaster-like dryness with mild warmth in its waning moments.

The beer's true-to-form Oatmeal Stout is supple and strong, much like those from 17th century London. But its nitrogen creates a heafty appearance and fuller initial taste and texture. But it dulls the aromas and leaves its finish weak. Its a give-and-take on all accounts.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2013 17:37:07 | More by BEERchitect
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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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themind

New Jersey

4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer from the nitro tap takes about 3 minutes to calm the head down as the beer cascades in the glass. The head literally was as thick as whipped cream. The aroma was good and the taste was good. I would have liked a little more depth in the flavor department but the perfect mouthfeel of this beer cream sickle was a treat. I would purchase again, I very much enjoyed this.

Bottom Line: Creamy brew with the nitro.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2013 10:27:33 | More by themind
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dar482

New York

4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a black color with a fluffy off white head. Very much an oatmeal stout look.

The aroma has tons of chocolate, oatmeal, roasty malt, black coffee, along with some piney hops.

The flavor follows with that huge bittersweet chocolate and dark coffee flavor, then it cleans up with a piney, woody hop character without being too bitter. There's a bit of roasty malt too.

The body is as expected with this smaller ABV beer. It has a medium to light body, though the oatmeal gives it a bit of creaminess.

This is an extremely well crafted oatmeal stout and one of the best I've had.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2013 15:43:06 | More by dar482
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A-dark brown color with a tan head and good lacing

S-roasted malt, chocolate, hint of coffee and caramel

T-coffee, dark roasted malt, chocolate, slight sweetness, mild bitterness in the finish

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and silky, very creamy

O-decent oatmeal stout, has great feel but lacks a little in complexity of flavors

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2013 19:40:11 | More by MDDMD
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kylehay2004

Florida

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Added from notes I have finally gotten around to adding that I took over thanksgiving weekend last year.

A: single finger head on a jet black body, no real light getting through. Good head retention.

S: roasted malts, sweet chocolate malts and mocha/coffee notes.

T: follows the nose with more roasted malts, a slight hop bitterness and coffee/cocoa notes to the finish.

M: full bodied and moderate carbonation. semi-dry finish.

Overall: Lots of flavor for the low ABV. One of the better oatmeal stouts which at times can be "under-powered" for flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2012 01:25:03 | More by kylehay2004
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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
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes.
Drank @ Founders taproom on 9/30/2011.

Bar keep poured this beer into Nonic / Imperial style Pint glass.

Appearance: medium black colored beer. Huge fluffy, creamy, & pillowy head thats off white in color. The lacing on this beer is amazing! You can see every time I took a drink of this beer marked by a line on side of the glass! Heavy thick lacing.

Smell: Really mild nose barely getting any major smells from this beer. Maybe some chocolate and roast. Subtle.

Taste: Nice mild to moderate roastiness from the malts. Mild oaty note; some nice combonation of bakers & milk chocolates. Its quite robust for an oatmeal stout with such a low abv.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel has some wow factor in this beer. Low end of medium bodied beer with a lower low carbonation. The beer is as paradox because it is very drinkable, but it still feels heavier than a session beer because of the robust flavors. Ultra creamy and silky. Ultimate oatmeal stout as far as the mouthfeel is concerned!

Overall: This is without a doubt my favorite oatmeal stout. I have drank it many times visiting the Founder Taproom and I always look forward to it being at the Taproom! If you love Oatmeal Stouts you better try this. Founders PLEASE bottle this beer!

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2011 21:08:51 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

jet black, and thick looking as well with an almost oil like appearance, really quite nice. Rich chocolate colored tan foam that rose up a good two inches over the top of the glass before finally settling down to a thin half inch layer that lasted the rest of the session, but not before dropping copious amounts of side glass lace all over the sides. Really nice and a classic stout look.

So as I go in and take a closer look I was a bit surprised to be honest. This really did not smell much like an oatmeal stout. At least to me it was much more reminiscent of a Baltic porter, well at first it did. It had that sharp alcohol nose to it and a hint of some dark spicy fruit mixed in. Quite interesting and definitely more then a little unique. I decided to let it warm to really bring out what was hiding in here and then came out the nice sweet notes of chocolate and coffee along with hints of lactose that I was looking for. The flavors followed along with a hint again something sweet, but yet a tart sort of fruit flavor as well. Very nice. Very rich full body on this one with great carbonation that never really gave up any ground at all.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2011 03:28:14 | More by mikesgroove
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Man, this is tasty stuff! Served with a fine, foamy, creamy, light brown head that lasts a while and lots of lace. Color is an opaque brown black. Aroma is roast, toast, cocoa, malt. Taste is like nose and has a great bitter/sweet balance off set with a little carbonic tang that works perfectly. Body is great and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor and fairly long. Session beer for slower drinking.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2010 00:55:24 | More by drpimento
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MrMcGibblets

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: black w tan head and good lacing.
S: chocolate and coffee.
T: really nice, drinks a bit bigger than the abv suggests. Well balanced between the lightly sweet dark roasty malts and smooth hop bitterness. Not overly roasty but rich and creamy.
M: drinks bigger than it is, almost medium bodied. Creamy roundish mouthfeel but not slick. Well carbonated and frothy.
D: great at this abv. Had a couple, hopefully they bottle this.
Note: this was not nitro

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2010 22:58:27 | More by MrMcGibblets
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kbutler1

Minnesota

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
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adamette

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the tap at the brewery yesterday during my visit there into a clean, clear pint glass.

A GREAT creamy head that lasts for 15 minutes. Appropriately black body with no light getting through. Lace is more like a curtain of creamy silk. 5.0

S Dark roast malt with oatmeal grains. Right on target for the style. 4.0

T Nice, deep dark roast malt, oatmeal, bread like feel. A great oatmeal stout, almost as good as Dark Horse Brewing Company Oatmeal Stout that I had a few days ago for the first time. 4.5

M Thinner than I expected but the creamy head and oatmeal tastes make this like bread in a pint. 4.0

D Fair. The style does not lend itself to be particularly drinkable in my opinion. Make no mistake, this is a great beer but the style is not terribly drinkable. 3.0

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2009 02:43:02 | More by adamette
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FtownThrowDown

Ohio

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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ProfessorHops

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance- BLACK!!! Creamy head.

Aroma-Loads of coffee and coco.

Pallet- Robust burnt wood. Some icy grilled on the way out.

Finish- Very long wood.

Guzzle- Drinkability could not be better per style.

Texture- Stout like

Extra: A very very good stout.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2008 06:20:04 | More by ProfessorHops
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nrbw23

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a black body with a thick, creamy, tan colored head that sits on top of this brew and does not move. Looks really great.

S- Smells of chocolate, roast and some coffee.

T- Creamy, malty, with the dark and roast coming through very nicely.

M- Medium in body and goes down easy.

D- Pretty easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2008 19:26:42 | More by nrbw23
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adammills

Michigan

4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think this is an outstanding stout. It pours a fantastic brown head that is very thick dense and creamy. This body of the beer is black. It is so smooth. Coffee, chocolate, creamy. I really love this beer. The flavor is not overwhelming or over the top, all the edges are very smooth. Overall, great beer and at five percent you can afford to tip back a few.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2006 01:13:58 | More by adammills
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wingman14

Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This one is a winner. Pours a midnight black with a dark tan head that fades quickly. Smells a little sweet with burnt characteristics. Taste is similar but amazingly smooth. I have never had a beer this smooth. The only thing close was Murphy's Stout, but this is up a notch. The taste was great as well as the mouthfeel. This beer was like velvet across the palette. I enjoyed it very much. I could drink these at any time, a very versatile beer. Go to founders and pick one of these up! Delicious!

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2006 02:17:38 | More by wingman14
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nmyers

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another great beer from Founders.

This stout had a nice jet black color with a nice tan head on it. With an aroma of roasted oatmeal, coffee, grains and a hint of dark chocolate this beer had great appeal from the start.

The taste of this beer was a little bitter, but not a hoppy bitter. Maybe the bitterness was from the grains or the dark chocolate. I could defiantly taste the oatmeal in this beer.

This was one of the best oatmeal stouts I have ever had.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2006 22:35:17 | More by nmyers
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ncbrewerbun

North Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed at the brewery after a few samples of the higher gravity beers there.

First impressions are important, and the first one this beer made for me was smoooth!

Came to the table a nearly jet-black with a nice creamy tan head. An inviting looking beer.

Aroma is roast, chocolate and a touch of coffee.

Taste is spot on for an oatmeal stout....creamy, malty, with the dark and roast coming through very nicely.

This is a beer to enjoy and enjoy again...at 4.2%, you can drink a few and really appreciate this fine beer...hopefully, with some fine friends.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2005 21:09:46 | More by ncbrewerbun
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Badger6

Virginia

4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A re-review, a retrospective if you will. 12oz pour in the Founder's Taproom from a nitro-tap on 18 April 2014.

A: Inky black-brown body, no light gets through this. Lot's of bubbles, and a creamy head, one finger, excellent retention, light tan color. Significant lacing.

S: Lots of roasted malts, scents of chocolate and coffee. Sweet aromas abound.

T: Roasted malts and toasty, biscuity flavor, clearly sweet. The oats and creaminess make the flavors incredibly smooth and combined. Finishes with a nice hop bitterness to even out the sweetness up front, but not strongly hopped.

M: Medium body, gentle carbonation. Creamy. Crisp finish.

O: Tasty oatmeal stout. Enjoyable to drink, slightly heavy. Could easily be a go to for accompanying a steak or burger. The lower 4.5% abv makes this an easily drinkable beer that accompanies food or good conversation.

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-19-2014 02:43:26 | More by Badger6
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garuda

Pennsylvania

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
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Founders Oatmeal Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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