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Founders Oatmeal Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Oatmeal Stout
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88
very good

638 Ratings
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Ratings: 638
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 25
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-22-2004)
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Photo of Thorpe429
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nitro-tap at the brewery.

Pours near black with a fairly-thick tan head with pretty good retention, though nothing exceptional for a nitro beer. A bit of lacing on the way down. The nose brings a good amount of roast plus some chocolate and a slight amount of coffee. The toast is dry and quite roasty. Chocolate and coffee there. Mouthfeel is a bit too roasted and dry; medium body. Drinks quite well and is one of the better oatmeal stouts I've had, though nothing really stands out here.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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4.15/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%

Poured into a snifter a deep cola color with a creamy nitro cascading beige head.Some roast and coffee with a little bitter chocolate in the nose.Dryer on the palate with roast ans earth with just a tinge of vanilla-like sweetness.An easy drinking creamy dryer oatmeal stout,very quaffable.

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3.88/5  rDev 0%
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!

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3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a shaker pint glass at Tap House - Palatine.

Figured I'd grab a quick pint at this new Tap House, and I realized I've never had this particular Founders brew before. Done. It pours a straight murky onyx topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises mild roasted malts, cocoa powder, and a touch of vanilla bean in the background. The taste brings in more of the same, though now the vanilla is replaced by a bit of treacle. The body is a solid medium, with a nice nitrogenation and a subsequently velvety feel. Overall, a nice, by-the-numbers oatmeal stout. Not bad at all.

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4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Founders Oatmeal Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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