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Founders Oatmeal Stout - Founders Brewing Company

Founders Oatmeal Stout
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88
very good

458 Ratings
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Ratings: 458
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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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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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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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-02-2011 03:29:30 | More by Thorpe429
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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
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emerge077

Illinois

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
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

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
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

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
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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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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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DefenCorps

Oregon

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
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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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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
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Gmann

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
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On nitro-tap at the brewery.

A - Dark black with one finger of creamy light brown head with good retention.

S - Roasted malts, a nice sweetness, some coffee.

T - Sweet roasted malts. Some coffee. Some bittermess in the finish.

M - Creamy. Light carbonation.

D - A superb stout.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-14-2011 14:22:15 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass at Founders 1/6/08. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Served a deep, dark, black with a creamy, khaki-colored head. Beautiful cascade that left curtains of lace.

S: Big aromas of deeply roasted malt and bitter chocolate.

T: Roasty malt, bitter dark chocolate, tangy dark fruit, cocoa, and hops. Some creamy lactose qualities.

M: Smoooth! Little bitter whack at the finish.

D: A true session stout! Another excellent Founders beer that really should be bottled.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-09-2008 00:56:28 | More by GbVDave
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Mitchster

Michigan

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

Enjoyed in the company of Mike and Tim at the brewery.

Served on nitro tap, forming a cascading pallisade of creamy tan bubbles in contrast to the semi-hazy nearly black brew, forming a creamy tan head with butter yellow accents. Retention and lacing are exceptional. Aroma of grassy hops, chocolate bars, iced coffee, some dark fruits, and must. Mouthfeel is creamy with a medium-dense body. Carbonation is mild. Taste includes the requisite coffee and chocolate bit, but with a creamy vanilla/oatmeal body and a lingering weaker coffee note...some rye/pumpernickel bread with fresh green hops and a mild bitterness in the coffeeish finish.

This is very good stuff! Another exceptional brew from Founders!

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-17-2004 23:43:57 | More by Mitchster
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nitro tap pour at Founders

(A)- Brought to me while still cascading! Fantastic pitch black color with a creamy looking tan head that isnt going anywhere; it is still present with the last sip and left lacing all the way down the glass as it was consumed.

(S)- Toasted nuts and coffee with a touch of cocoa dusted raisins.

(T)- Dry, yet creamy cocoa and coffee with a touch of burnt bitterness yet is slightly sweet. Molasses and raisins in the background. A little nuttiness thrown in with the coffee character; hazelnut?

(M)- Superb balance and carbonation level. A bit lighter in body that I expected; this reminds me more of a dry irish stout like Guinness. Creamy smooth going down.

(D)- This is something you order a keg of! Has everything great about a stout and has the drinkability of a great session beer. Fantastic flavor, balance, and drinkability?! Just solid stuff. My only complaint is where is the oatmeal? This just reminds me of an Irish dry stout to me.

Serving type: nitro-tap

10-31-2009 15:13:35 | More by sweemzander
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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
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mcallister

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, nearly black, with no penetration of light. Creamy tan head rests atop with spectacular retention. Leaves thick creamy lace as it slowly fades away.

Hard to pull anything out of the nose on this one. A little coffee, with a oaty, whole grain, dark chocolate sense.

Unbelievably smooth rich and creamy. Dark chocolate prevails, with a vanilla, oatmeal twist. Bold statements of strong coffee. Very delicious and refreshing and drinkable as hell.

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-08-2006 16:10:34 | More by mcallister
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Phatz

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On nitro-tap at the brewery the day after DLD. What I am told is that the grain bill for the Breakfast and KBS are so massive that they re-use the same grains for this beer. It is a simple roasty session beer more similar to any other Irish Dry Stout that you'd get on Nitro-tap. I didn't find much resembling oatmeal in this beer. Yes maybe a hint, but I think you will be less disappointed if you simply consider this an Irish dry Stout. That is just my opinion.

Appearance: is perfect!!! Of course the nitro makes that happen but is a gorgeous pour with excellent cascading carbonation and a head that continues to grow and form even after the beer is set in front of me. The head lasts almost the entire duration of the beer and the lacing is big chucky foam spot pasted to the glass none other.

Smell: Where did it go. As beautiful as the beer sitting here is... where did the big beautiful aroma go? After some searching, burying my nose in the beer I could faintly detect the roasty grains and suggestions of coffee but it is not aromatic like I would expect from a true Oatmeal Stout, or especially that of a monster oatmeal stout like Breakfast Stout. Clearly this is the left over. Oh well.

Taste: Very roasty and dry. Roasty coffee and chocolate and mostly just dark grains and malt, some burnt cocoa as well.

Mouthfeel: Exceptionally smooth with the nitro. Nice body.

Drinkability: As a Guinness fan in the past I reserve a special appreciation for a good sessionable stout. This one is comparable to a good beer in that style.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-05-2007 06:21:02 | More by Phatz
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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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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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granger10

Wisconsin

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
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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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MattyG85

Minnesota

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
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Founders Oatmeal Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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