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Founders Oatmeal Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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87
very good

602 Ratings
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Ratings: 602
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 22
Gots: 28 | 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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Photo of Thorpe429
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
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 -34.4%
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 +11.3%
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.

drpimento, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
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 +14.9%
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 -5.4%
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 +11.8%
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 +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.

sweemzander, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of adamette
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
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 +8.5%
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 -5.4%
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
Photo of WakeandBake
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nitro Tap @ Founders. A very dark black with tuns of fluffy tan head.Aroma of bitter sweet chocolate,and very dark roasted grains,coffee,and vanilla.Flavoris very dark roasted grain,chocolate,and coffee,some sweet notes and oat type grain hints.Smooth creamy mouthfeel with a dry roasty finish,very good.

WakeandBake, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of ProfessorHops
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance- BLACK!!! Creamy head.

Aroma-Loads of coffee and coco.

Pallet- Robust burnt wood. Some icy grilled on the way out.

Finish- Very long wood.

Guzzle- Drinkability could not be better per style.

Texture- Stout like

Extra: A very very good stout.

ProfessorHops, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of nrbw23
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a black body with a thick, creamy, tan colored head that sits on top of this brew and does not move. Looks really great.

S- Smells of chocolate, roast and some coffee.

T- Creamy, malty, with the dark and roast coming through very nicely.

M- Medium in body and goes down easy.

D- Pretty easy to drink.

nrbw23, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of Jerzdevil1116
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on nitro tap at Founders Brewery during a stop on my Dark Lord Day road trip. Served in a pilsner glass.

A: 1 finger of creamy, off-white head. Deep brown, opaque body. Nice cascading after being poured.

S: Not much smell. Slight hint of roasted malt.

T: Earthy. Hints of dark chocolate. Slightly bitter possibly from some hops. Clean taste. No lingering after taste.

M: Medium body. Velvety smoothe.

D: Very drinkable. Much like a typical dry/irish stout.

Jerzdevil1116, May 13, 2008
Photo of HopDerek
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured black in color with 3/4" of creamy eggshell head, great lacing all the way through with retention that just won't go away. Smells of toasted malt, chocolate, oat, and a slight hint of coffee. Tastes of roasted oat, chocolate malt, and coffee with a dry roasted malt/floral hop finish. Medium in body, smooth and creamy with nice roasted flavors. Goes down easy, great flavors and low ABV make this a quite sessionable beer for stout lovers.

HopDerek, Apr 30, 2008
Photo of GbVDave
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass at Founders 1/6/08. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Served a deep, dark, black with a creamy, khaki-colored head. Beautiful cascade that left curtains of lace.

S: Big aromas of deeply roasted malt and bitter chocolate.

T: Roasty malt, bitter dark chocolate, tangy dark fruit, cocoa, and hops. Some creamy lactose qualities.

M: Smoooth! Little bitter whack at the finish.

D: A true session stout! Another excellent Founders beer that really should be bottled.

GbVDave, Jan 09, 2008
Photo of Phatz
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On nitro-tap at the brewery the day after DLD. What I am told is that the grain bill for the Breakfast and KBS are so massive that they re-use the same grains for this beer. It is a simple roasty session beer more similar to any other Irish Dry Stout that you'd get on Nitro-tap. I didn't find much resembling oatmeal in this beer. Yes maybe a hint, but I think you will be less disappointed if you simply consider this an Irish dry Stout. That is just my opinion.

Appearance: is perfect!!! Of course the nitro makes that happen but is a gorgeous pour with excellent cascading carbonation and a head that continues to grow and form even after the beer is set in front of me. The head lasts almost the entire duration of the beer and the lacing is big chucky foam spot pasted to the glass none other.

Smell: Where did it go. As beautiful as the beer sitting here is... where did the big beautiful aroma go? After some searching, burying my nose in the beer I could faintly detect the roasty grains and suggestions of coffee but it is not aromatic like I would expect from a true Oatmeal Stout, or especially that of a monster oatmeal stout like Breakfast Stout. Clearly this is the left over. Oh well.

Taste: Very roasty and dry. Roasty coffee and chocolate and mostly just dark grains and malt, some burnt cocoa as well.

Mouthfeel: Exceptionally smooth with the nitro. Nice body.

Drinkability: As a Guinness fan in the past I reserve a special appreciation for a good sessionable stout. This one is comparable to a good beer in that style.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Phatz, May 05, 2007
Photo of leftmindedrighty
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this at Founder's during a brewery road trip to Dark Lord Day

Beautiful lacing down the glass, I love a nitro-tap or nitro-can pour.

Smell, Very chocolatey, smells very deep and rich

Taste, confirms the smell, the chocolate and sweetness is really heavier than most Oatmeal Stouts. But it has a great balance between the malts and oats, very rich and satisfying.

Overall, This is a good Oatmeal Stout, unfortunately it is a beer that should be ordered for dessert, and I ordered it to start off with. I strongly suggest having this one to end a meal, and not to start one as I did.

leftmindedrighty, May 01, 2007
Photo of adammills
4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think this is an outstanding stout. It pours a fantastic brown head that is very thick dense and creamy. This body of the beer is black. It is so smooth. Coffee, chocolate, creamy. I really love this beer. The flavor is not overwhelming or over the top, all the edges are very smooth. Overall, great beer and at five percent you can afford to tip back a few.

adammills, Nov 03, 2006
Photo of mcallister
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, nearly black, with no penetration of light. Creamy tan head rests atop with spectacular retention. Leaves thick creamy lace as it slowly fades away.

Hard to pull anything out of the nose on this one. A little coffee, with a oaty, whole grain, dark chocolate sense.

Unbelievably smooth rich and creamy. Dark chocolate prevails, with a vanilla, oatmeal twist. Bold statements of strong coffee. Very delicious and refreshing and drinkable as hell.

mcallister, Jul 08, 2006
Photo of wingman14
4.55/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This one is a winner. Pours a midnight black with a dark tan head that fades quickly. Smells a little sweet with burnt characteristics. Taste is similar but amazingly smooth. I have never had a beer this smooth. The only thing close was Murphy's Stout, but this is up a notch. The taste was great as well as the mouthfeel. This beer was like velvet across the palette. I enjoyed it very much. I could drink these at any time, a very versatile beer. Go to founders and pick one of these up! Delicious!

wingman14, Jun 18, 2006
Photo of CortexBomb
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Classic stout pour on this one...jet with a slight, tan head on top. The beer left significant lacing in the glass as I drank it and was really impressive in the apperance department. The smell, fairly average. Generic oatmeal stout with malts dominant and some chocolate tones.

The flavour on this was like the nose, a fairly standard fare oatmeal stout...malty with chcolate tones...a bit of roast, but not a lot in comparison to heavier stouts. Pretty flavourful given its low ABV though.

The mouth, only average. Oatmeal stouts are usually light bodied and don't have a lot of hop tingle and this was a standard in that regard. Drinkability, solid. Easy drinking, light in the mouth, full flavoured but easy to quaff.

Overall, a good "break" beer if one is sampling a few things...it's one of the lower ABV beers at Founders and despite that, has a very solid, if not overly distinct flavour.

CortexBomb, May 14, 2006
Photo of nmyers
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another great beer from Founders.

This stout had a nice jet black color with a nice tan head on it. With an aroma of roasted oatmeal, coffee, grains and a hint of dark chocolate this beer had great appeal from the start.

The taste of this beer was a little bitter, but not a hoppy bitter. Maybe the bitterness was from the grains or the dark chocolate. I could defiantly taste the oatmeal in this beer.

This was one of the best oatmeal stouts I have ever had.

nmyers, Apr 23, 2006
Photo of ncbrewerbun
4.55/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed at the brewery after a few samples of the higher gravity beers there.

First impressions are important, and the first one this beer made for me was smoooth!

Came to the table a nearly jet-black with a nice creamy tan head. An inviting looking beer.

Aroma is roast, chocolate and a touch of coffee.

Taste is spot on for an oatmeal stout....creamy, malty, with the dark and roast coming through very nicely.

This is a beer to enjoy and enjoy again...at 4.2%, you can drink a few and really appreciate this fine beer...hopefully, with some fine friends.

ncbrewerbun, Jul 04, 2005
Founders Oatmeal Stout from Founders Brewing Company
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