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Founders Oatmeal Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 96
Hads: 721
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 28.61%
Wants: 34
Gots: 63 | FT: 0
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-22-2004

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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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Photo of metter98
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
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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Photo of BEERchitect
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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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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Photo of emerge077
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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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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Photo of mikesgroove
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
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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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On nitro-tap 10/12/2014 at Doherty’s Ale East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tapered pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large dense foamy beige head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, oats, coffee and chocolate.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty roasted malt character and toasted oats. Then some flavors of coffee and chocolate come in. The hops presence is very mild but complementary and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, light carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid stout to pound down for a long time if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.57/5  rDev -8%
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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Photo of dbrauneis
3.44/5  rDev -11.3%
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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Photo of mothman
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Creamy tan head. Lots of lace. Good retention. Color is a dark caramel brown.

Flavor: caramel, chocolate, roasted malt. Vanilla and cocoa. Hershey's syrup in the finish.

Mouthfeel: smooth and creamy. Medium bodied.

Overall, very easy drinking beer. Ltd of flavor for such a low abv beer. The nitro was great for this beer.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown with a tan head. The aroma has roast and oats to it, like a light breakfast coffee and nip of oatmeal.

In the taste, bitter roasted grain, coffee cream, light acidic hop/malt thing going on acceptable for style. Creamy, smooth feel. Light, bready sweet cereal beer. The nitro gives it a dangerously drinkable element as it goes down smooth.

Overall, this is a good oatmeal stout. The nitro makes it smooth. It was who we thought it was.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of dar482
4.23/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of drpimento
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of champ103
2.64/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

On nitro, not going to review the nitro listing cause these are the same beer. You don't need a different listing for every type of serving.

A: Pours dark black, that is not quite opaque. Some ruby brown around the edges. A tan head that rises with that cascading look that all nitro taps give.
S: Bland. Just a bit of bitter roast. Day old, cold coffee. Nothing is really here.
T: Again, bland as can be. Except for a bitter roasted finish. More, bad old coffee than anything.
M/D: What feel? Lifeless, artificial, thin. Blah. I did not enjoy this at all. The nitro has done a wonderful job of killing any kind of oatmeal stout that might be here.

I had to do it...give it a try. Who knows if one of my favorite breweries could change my mind or not? If nothing else to reaffirm that nitro is such a waist of good beer. Maybe there is an actual oatmeal stout lingering somewhere? I can't tell however, cause there is no character at all.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
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!

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Photo of FLima
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Black color with the thickest head that won't go away.
Nice chocolaty aroma, it feels real. Hints of oatmeal and roasted, not burnt malt.
Flavor of creamy chocolate, chalky yeast, sweetened coffee, roasted malts and vanilla.
Dry aftertaste with a long roasted note.
Smooth medium body with low carbonation and a nitro feeling. It gets much lighter once nitro fades away.
All right Oatmeal Stout (or Brown Ale?), a session stout if you will, one of the easiest to drink. Tasty, but it doesn’t expect as much complexity as other of their dark beers, though some is likely masked by the nitro.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of Gmann
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Founders Oatmeal Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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