Founders Oatmeal Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 92
Hads: 690
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 31
Gots: 52 | 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 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. (696 characters)

Photo of RoamingGnome
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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. (895 characters)

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. (845 characters)

Photo of Brian46594
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
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. (520 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (281 characters)

Photo of SerialTicker
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (563 characters)

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. (1,104 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (672 characters)

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. (565 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (769 characters)

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. (2,089 characters)

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! (688 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (1,783 characters)

Photo of thedoubler55
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (533 characters)

Photo of wedge
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (387 characters)

Photo of otterbearfla
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
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 (368 characters)

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
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). (1,260 characters)

Photo of themind
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (421 characters)

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. (597 characters)

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. (338 characters)

Photo of Mavigo
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (595 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (594 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
3.84/5  rDev -1%
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 (359 characters)

Photo of haazer
3.41/5  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. (331 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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. (2,548 characters)

Founders Oatmeal Stout from Founders Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.