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Founders Oatmeal Stout - Founders Brewing Company

Founders Oatmeal Stout
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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

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Photo of Badger6


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
Photo of garuda


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 PicoPapa


3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On nitro tap at 2 Bros. Pours a dark brownish black color with over an inch of thick brown head. Good amount of lacing. The aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and earth. Taste is a lot like the aroma. Roasty and lightly smokey with dark chocolate. Light hints of sweet vanilla and oatmeal. Slight dark chocolate bitterness but it's a sweet beer overall. Caramel and toasted malts at the finish. Has that nice velvety and creamy mouthfeel you expect from nitro. Overall, I'm glad I got to try this on nitro and would like to have a chance to try the regular version. Worth looking for.

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-07-2014 19:14:02 | More by PicoPapa
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
Photo of metter98

New York

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nitro-tap at Alewife, Long Island City, NY

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high creamy and dense beige head that has excellent retention properties and hardly died down.
S: Light aromas of dark and roasted malts are present in the smell.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and is both dry and roasty, similar to what you would expect from an Irish Dry Stout.
M: It feels medium-bodied, creamy and smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and quite flavorful.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-08-2014 17:53:07 | More by metter98
Photo of mverity


4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

On nitro tap at Proof. Thick, creamy tan head that holds forever. Amazing lacing. I'm more than halfway through the pint and there's still half an inch of creamy foam. Aroma is light coffee, some light sugar sweetness. Taste is slightly vanilla, I doubt there's actual lactose in this beer, but I get some milky sugars. Mouthfeel is next level shit: velvety, little bubbles all over my tongue. I can dig this.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-03-2014 05:42:42 | More by mverity
Photo of MattyG85


4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Happy Gnome in St. Paul, MN. Served in a 16 oz. glass.

Appearance: Color is a dark brownish black with a lot of rising cream and bubbles from the nitro. Settles into a three finger off white head with good retention. Lots of creamy lacing is left.

Smell: A roasty, sweet, and very creamy malt forward aroma with good hints of chocolate and oats. Dark roasted barley malts with good hints of chocolate, oatmeal, chocolate milk, cream, and coffee as well as some grains, toast, and yeast. Sweet hints of brown sugar. Nugget hops add some bitterness. A very solid creamy chocolate stout aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a very creamy and nicely sweet dark roasted malt driven taste with nice notes of chocolate and oats. Upfront dark roasted barley malts with a solid taste of sweet chocolate, oatmeal, cream, chocolate milk, and coffee. Also some notes of toast, grains, biscuit, and yeast. Slight taste of sugar sweetness. Balancing bitterness from the nugget hops. A very solid nitro chocolate stout taste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a high amount of carbonation. Very creamy and silky smooth. Finishes fairly dry.

Overall: A pretty good nitro take on a light oatmeal stout. Good creamy chocolate notes with some balancing hops towards the finish.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-26-2014 07:18:04 | More by MattyG85
Photo of Rifugium


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 RoamingGnome


3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Founders Oatmeal Stout

Enjoyed on tap at the Sugar Maple on 1/25/14. Served in a nonick Sierra Nevada pint glass, at appropriate temp.

A) Kind of dark brown to hazel colored brew, with a big creamy tan head. Love the way a nitro poured beer looks... So delicious...

S) Roasted malt, light coffee, hint of chocolate. A little hint of bitterness from the Nugget hops.

T) The flavor is pretty close to the nose. You get some of the oats, which enhance it a bit. Perhaps a little nutty as well. A little sweeter than the aroma let on, with bitterness on the backend.

M) Lighter medium body... The nitro creaminess you'd expect. It is pretty soft, and goes down easy. Slightly dry on the finish.

O) I'm kind of a sucker for nitro taps. This was really nice... Easy drinking, with a nice flavor. You could definitely pound down a few pints of this given the 4.5% ABV. I'd go for this one again.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-27-2014 04:35:32 | More by RoamingGnome
Photo of Stevedore


4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On draft at Roman's Pub in Milwaukee, WI. Nitro; poured into a Founders pint glass today, 1/16/2014.

Looks like a nitro stout. Dark black body, fairly opaque and comes with a ginormous 1 finger tan head typical of nitro. The bartender took his time pouring it; otherwise the head would be even bigger. Lots of thick lacing.

Smells straightforward- sweet milk chocolate, roast malts and a little bit of coffee. Pleasant enough, strong nose bumps it up for me.

Very much similar to the nose- not complex, tastes like a much much better version of Guinness draught.

Medium bodied with that creamy nitro mouthfeel. Dang, this feels great on the palate. Backend is a little bit of dark chocolate and coffee. Not much. Super sessionable, I could drink this all night.

Nice oatmeal stout that I will definitely get again if I see it on draft.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-17-2014 02:06:10 | More by Stevedore
Photo of Alextricity


4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a portion of a pint at Founders.

Appearance: Nitro stouts can never do no wrong. Looks gorgeous. Black with a tan head. Very good looking lacing.

Smell: Chocolate. Roast. Coffee. Nothing complicated.

Taste/feel: Chocolate. Roast. Coffee. Definitely a lighter beer, as the feel is thin, yet creamy. Is that possible? Apparently so. It just has a light flavor that lets you know it's a low ABV, but it still packs a nice little punch. Excellent for what it is. This stuff ought to be bottled or something, because this would be a damn fine sessionable stout.

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-28-2013 01:59:50 | More by Alextricity
Photo of StonedTrippin


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

any oatmeal stout on nitro gets me off, but this one is better than most, being from founders, the king of great stout in all variations. clean looking shiny obsidian black in color with a fat inch of lacey off white head. it smells bitter for the style, less smooth and sweet, more thin and sharp, odd. maybe the roast is a little heavy or something, but it lacks the cohesive creaminess of others in smell. the flavor delivers though, with a slick feeling rich semisweet stout that finishes with bakers chocolate and bitter burnt barley, its a glorious experience, so smooth in feel, and really light for its color. gentle beer, with a great nitro feel without too much body. long lasting bitterness on the finish defines this one for me, a little different than most, as there must not be too much oatmeal in this or it would be sweeter and fuller bodied, or higher alcohol, I don't know. love the sessionable nature of this with its lower abv. was this ever bottled? I don't recall seeing it, but its one heck of a good beer on the nitro tap. perfect for winter, but I could get into this year round.

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-20-2013 17:37:53 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of AdamBear


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
Photo of DefenCorps


3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at the Backstage in Torrington CT.

Black with a ridiculously thick, creamy and dense brown head, this looks great! The nose is a wonderful blend of chocolate, cream, oatmeal and a touch of caramel. The palate opens with a pleasant roasted malt bitterness, dark chocolate, cream and a little honey. Oatmeal creaminess and earthiness come thru on the mid palate with a mellow fruitiness. The nitro pour makes this super slick on the palate, with the oatmeal only enhancing it. Drying, chocolatey and fruity on the finish, this is very enjoyable. Recommended.

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-26-2013 04:32:15 | More by DefenCorps
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 emerge077


3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Draft pint from nitro-tap at Bad Apple, thanks to Orbitalr0x!

Black body with mahoghany brown edges. Velvety layer of creamy foam on the surface, finely textured and creamy. Head retention is great, and the head remains for the duration of the glass.

Aroma is somewhat muted by the nitro, mild roasted barley, nutty malts.

Smooth taste with some mild roast, nutty and earthy with a slight bitterness. Creamy texture, mellow feel, with a fairly light body. Something seems missing, but it's hard to put a finger on. Lacks a little depth, but it tastes good and is very drinkable. Overall it was enjoyable, but I would like to try this without nitro, just to compare. Thanks again Don!

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-18-2013 16:21:15 | More by emerge077
Photo of falloutsnow


4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From: On-tap at Crane Alley, Urbana, IL
Glass: Standard US pint glass

Founders' Oatmeal Stout is an enjoyable version of the style, the flavor being much more expressive than the aroma. With its chocolate, dark caramel, burnt toast and coffee flavors, this was a satisfying beer on a fairly cold fall evening. If it was more readily available, I'd certainly get this again.

Arrives with typical cascading nitro head, fadin to a 2.5cm cap of beige foam that rests atop the beer for the entirety of the glass. Lacing is excellent, thick, heavy patterns cling to the sides of the glass. Body is a dark brown to black, opaque, no visible carbonation.

Aroma is of ephemeral roasted malt, giving a light dark chocolate, burnt coffee, and smoke flavor to the beer, somewhere between moderately expressive and mediocre. Definitely above average, but would need to be more expressive to be considered significantly so.

Flavor of very dark chocolate with some very dark caramel malt (C-120?), burnt toast and coffee grounds. Front of palate is smooth, slightly sweet chocolate with mild burnt toast characters, a bit bland. Mid-palate experiences smooth, slightly bitter chocolate with hints of coffee, charred toast, acrid bitterness from the roasted malt, slight caramel; generally complex and good. Back of palate finds brnt toast, dark chocolate, coffee, and smooth caramel-like sweetness. Aftertaste of dark chocolate with mildly burnt toast, and a bit of dark caramel and burnt instant coffee. Acrid and bitter via the roasted/black malt (bitter first, then chocolate, toast, and coffee).

Beer is medium-light in body, smooth with the nitro tap, the beer feeling simultaneously feeling smooth, thick, and flowing due to the nitro. Closes dry, with moderate stickiness on the palate.

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-09-2013 03:16:19 | More by falloutsnow
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black with a thick, permanent nitro head on the surface. Tons of lacing. Mild aromas of oats, buttery toffee, and general roastiness with a subtle hoppy hit towards the end. Malty, toasty, lightly sweet, and nutty flavors. A little bittersweet chocolate. Smooth and light, this one goes down about as easy as water. Pretty good, though nitro is still almost always a negative in my book.

Serving type: nitro-tap

10-07-2013 21:14:47 | More by wedge
Photo of otterbearfla


3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - 2 -Finger head, Dark Black Brown, Passes No Light, Thick Tan Head, Great Lacing

Smell - Sweet Oatmeal, Yeasty Bread, Mild Chocolate

Taste - Oatmeal, Chocolate Malts, slightly sour after-taste

Mouth-feel - Strong Nitro Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Drying

Overall - very nice balanced oatmeal stout enhanced by the nitro.

Serving type: nitro-tap

Serving type: nitro-tap

10-05-2013 20:25:00 | More by otterbearfla
Photo of deadonhisfeet


3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sold on nitro and poured from a growler into a Founders snifter. The pour is nice and black with a perfect, dense frothy tan head that lasts quite a while. The nose has nice, mild toasted malt and coffee aromas and a faint, sweet, chocolate-like note as well. No fruitiness or other ``off'' aromas.

The beer has a medium body and a surprisingly bitter flavor. I don't mean to imply that the beer is really bitter, just that it's more bitter (and less sweet) than I thought it would be. I get some toasted malt up front and a slightly bitter roasted coffee and hop component at mid-palate. I definitely get a nice grainy, earthy character from the oats. The feel is firm, slightly creamy, and very silky, but does not at all seem thick or viscous. Believe it or not, this beer finishes a bit dry to me and that earthy flavor lingers.

I realize that oatmeal stouts can cover a wide spectrum between sweet and bitter. I think this may be the first one I've had that sits this far on the dry, earthy part of the scale. It's not as dry as an Irish-style stout, but it's certainly no milk stout or sweet stout. A very interesting interpretation, but I think I prefer a little more sweetness on the palate (even at the expense of some of the silkiness on the feel).

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-24-2013 23:30:42 | More by deadonhisfeet
Photo of Axnjxn

North Carolina

3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

nitro tap at sams in Durham. snifter.

pours a gorgeous layered black, then grey then white. 3 distinct colors. smell is mild, not much. taste is smooth, chocolately and very malty. high carbonation. easy drinking.

overall nothing amazing, but an extremely easy drinking stout. the body is a tad too light, but other than that very good.

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-18-2013 18:08:17 | More by Axnjxn
Photo of Mavigo


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

Got this a Crunchy's, was served in a pint, off nitro tap.

A: Is a opaque black color, with burgundy tinges with a lasting tan head along with good amounts of lacing.

S: Smells of chocolate, barley, malts, toffee, oatmeal, coffee, spices, herbs, woods

T: Tastes delicious, oatmeal is quite present in addition to the coffee, toffee, barley, malt flavors. Has an earthy feel to it.

M: Full bodied beer with medium carbonation, very robust and fulfilling.

O: Overall this was good beer, though I enjoyed Founder's other stouts more than this one, but its a stand up brew. Recommended by me.

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-19-2013 17:21:36 | More by Mavigo
Photo of micromaniac129


3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Blue dog.
This stout came to me with a nice cascading head forming over the lushiously dark ale.
I would say at no point did the head fade below one finger and left sheets of lace on the glass.
I wasn't picking up much aroma but i was surprised at the amount of roasted malts there was.
The taste was roasted malts with some sutle hints of chocolate and coffee but mainly it was roasted that I noticed the most of.
Drink smooth and flat what with this being on nitro. Also it's quite dry and semi bitter with a gritty finish.
A little to roasted for me but good none the less.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-23-2013 11:02:23 | More by micromaniac129
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 TheBrewo


3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew was served on nitro at the Founders Brewing Company taproom in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It arrived in a generic nonic, showing the deepest brown coloring, with ruby hues let up towards the bottom. It held a two finger head of that creamy, latte colored nitro foam, showing great retention. Heavy rings of lacing were left as it slowly dissipated, but at no point was it completely gone. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared to be moderate. The aroma gave heavy dark chocolate syrups, roasted toffees, molasses, chalky brick dryness, salts, floral airs, and whole milk fattiness. With warmth the nose became much more syrupy, soured, and chocolatey, with a smoked bacon meatiness echoing in the distance. Our first impression was that the flavoring was nicely creamy and smooth, which was enhanced by the beer’s tactile softness, which actually boosted the flavoring. As we sipped, the taste began with sweet cream, chicory woodiness, big drying chocolate and coffee malts, metallics, soy sauce saltiness, and the depth and roast of coffees. The peak of the swallow was a bit watered through, but gave twangs of mineral and gravel, dust and musk, chalkiness, juicy coffee acidity, and light charcoals. Washing through the finish was more soured vinegar bite, continued chalk, hearty oat smoothness, big roastiness of chocolate malts, cooked brown sugars, milkiness, mineral, and burning medicinals to match. The aftertaste breathed of chalky dryness, cocoa powder, baker’s yeast, floured oat, dirty earthiness, dust, and surprising smokiness on the way back. The body was light to medium, and the carbonation was medium. The feel was insanely smooth and creamy, thanks to the nitro, with good sip, slurp, and froth. The latter initially coats and wets the mouth, dripping into eventual chalky astringency. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank easily.

Overall, what we liked best about this beer was its look, and the general roastiness through both the nose and the flavoring. For an oatmeal stout the aroma stayed way roasty, sweet, and happily smoky for the style, while the flavoring showed robustness, but did cheapen a bit along with the feel as the beer warmed. The feel did begin soft and silky, but as the tasting went on it lost that bright effervescence and became a bit watery. Otherwise it is nicely contributory and actually bolsters the creaminess and milk chocolates of the taste. This is a tasty offering, and pleasant on nitro, but be sure to drink it on the cooler side for that full effect.

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-19-2013 15:12:30 | More by TheBrewo
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Founders Oatmeal Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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