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Founders Oatmeal Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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88
very good

616 Ratings
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Ratings: 616
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.31%
Wants: 23
Gots: 31 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-22-2004)
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

monitorpop, Nov 15, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

klipper, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of minterro
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed at Crunchy's in East Lansing (I guess its the only place outside of Founders that has it)

From notes on a napkin

A: great thick globs of tan foamy head. Deep black colored beer. Probably the best head I've ever seen. When I was done drinking it I spun the head around the glass and it filled up the whole glass.

S: sweet malts and caramel

T: Kind of a bland taste. Coffee, bready grains, sweet sugars. Very slight bitterness to this beer. Even a bit of citrus, which is quite weird for the style. Tastes as low in ABV.

M: fairly low bodied and low carbonation. However, it is very drinkable.

O: overall not very impressive, probably the worst founders beer I've had thus far.

*I was feeling a little under the weather when I tried this beer.

minterro, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of BStalf21
2.6/5  rDev -33%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I'm big on Founders beers and their specialty stouts are among my favorites. Maybe I had high expectations when I finally made the trip up to grand rapids but that hasn't stopped me from being impressed by good beer at other brewery's. That being said I found this to be a very pretty yet bland beer. It had everything going for it but it tasted like a stout for the masses. And, the feel I got from the crowed and some other brewery only offerings was that they were trying to appeal to the masses. Not a lot of flavor I'm sure anyone who's favorite beer is Guinness Draught would think it's great but I'd take a Samuel Smith oatmeal stout any day over this.

BStalf21, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.15/5  rDev +7%
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!

4DAloveofSTOUT, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
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.

mikesgroove, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of BBP
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nitro-tap sampler at the brewery

A- Gorgeous. Thick black with creamy head and ample lacing. The lacing was what made it look like more than a Guinness clone.

S- Extremely light aromas. Not offensive, but needs more potency.

T- Oatmeal and coffee. Slight hop presence. Sweetness is definitely under control for an oatmeal stout. The only downside is it's simplicity.

M- Creamy and full. A little light, but still filling.

O- Very drinkable. Could easily stick with this brew all night. Would make a great year round offering as a more introductory brew, but still somewhat satisfying for the more seasoned beer advocate.

BBP, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

TheSevenDuffs, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of kzoobrew
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep black body, appeared to be opaque. Creamy malted milk colored head seated atop. Very impressive retention, to be expected in a beer from nitro tap, clearing scattered lacing clinging to the glass.

Hints of chocolate and roasted malts. The aroma is rather subdued overall. I was not expecting huge aromas but hoped for something a bit brighter.

Much like the aroma, the flavors are rather soft. Roasted malt and slight bitter cocoa powder. Very earthy flavor underneath. Simple and solid flavor, does leave you wanting something more.

Medium bodied stout. Smooth and creamy texture though you can thank the nitro tap for this.

Easy drinking low alcohol stout. Could certainly enjoy a few in a sitting but it would be easy to become bored. A very solid beer overall but it just a bit boring.

kzoobrew, Jan 23, 2011
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3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Nitro-tap pint

Pours a thick black color with a thick creamy dark brown head with excellent lacing.

Chocolate and roasted malts are present up front with caramel notes also noticeable.

Flavors are not very present. Chocolate, caramel and roasted malts are noticeable but somewhat blended with earthy undertones.

Thick body but very smooth with the nitro-tap.

Fairly drinkable but not enough to rank with the best. I am looking for a little more flavor.

TheBear11D, Jan 11, 2011
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.

Thorpe429, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.55/5  rDev -34.3%
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.

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of drpimento
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

drpimento, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: black w tan head and good lacing.
S: chocolate and coffee.
T: really nice, drinks a bit bigger than the abv suggests. Well balanced between the lightly sweet dark roasty malts and smooth hop bitterness. Not overly roasty but rich and creamy.
M: drinks bigger than it is, almost medium bodied. Creamy roundish mouthfeel but not slick. Well carbonated and frothy.
D: great at this abv. Had a couple, hopefully they bottle this.
Note: this was not nitro

MrMcGibblets, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of nickadams2
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Founders. Nitro tap.

A_Jet black with a thick and creamy khaki colored head that lasts forever. Lacing blankets the glass.

S_Roasted barley,coffee,cocoa.

T_Very rich. Roasted barley,espresso,chocolate malt,cream,cocoa,with an earthy undertone.Nutty.

M_Super thick and creamy. Spot on for a nitro oatmeal stout.

D_Super rich and delicious plus a low ABV make this very drinkable.

nickadams2, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of kbutler1
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

kbutler1, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of Avagadro
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: black, opaque, and velvety, this brew displays a marvelous creamy mocha colored head of two fingers and admirable retention.

S: sweet malts mingle with tangy roasted malts for an interesting bouquet.

T: this seems to be a dry Irish stout with a touch of oats added. Roasty, with a touch of tang, this stout is much more flavorful than your average oatmeal stout.

M: extremely creamy from the nitro, and velvety from the oats. The mouthfeel is one of this beer's best attributes.

D: I have always loved this brew, but it's so hard to order it among all of the other, more glamorous, offerings at the taproom. Nonetheless, this is a great stout and is definitely worth a chance.

Avagadro, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of sweemzander
4.15/5  rDev +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.

sweemzander, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of adamette
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
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

adamette, Oct 19, 2009
Photo of Reneejane
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

What a great beer. This was had on a nitro tap at the bar. This had really good lasting head and fine lacing all the way to the end. The beer had a black body with a huge foamy tan head. The aroma was roasty. The taste was roasty with a nice smokiness as well. Some very slight hops taste, perhaps Goldings, as I found a slight floral fruitiness to it. Mouthfee was smoooth, very silky, very to style. Yum!

Reneejane, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Founders. Pours a dark brown in color with a nice half inch head. Smell is black malt and a little coffee. Nice and creamy on the mouthfeel. A decent beer, but lacking the complexity and bombardment of flavor that you get in most Founders beers. I guess you get spoiled drinking Breakfast and Kentucky Breakfast and truly don't appreciate a well made oatmeal stout like this.

FtownThrowDown, Feb 28, 2009
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