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Founders Oatmeal Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Oatmeal Stout
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665 Ratings
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Ratings: 665
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 30
Gots: 48 | FT: 0
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Founders Brewing Company visit their website
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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Ratings: 665 | Reviews: 95
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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.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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 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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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.

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Founders Oatmeal Stout from Founders Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 665 ratings.