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Founders Oatmeal Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 628
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 24
Gots: 32 | 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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3.58/5  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
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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
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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
Founders Oatmeal Stout from Founders Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 628 ratings.