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Founders Oatmeal Stout - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 94
Hads: 701
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 31
Gots: 52 | 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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Reviews: 94 | Hads: 701
Photo of adamette
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
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 (784 characters)

Photo of Reneejane
4.23/5  rDev +9%
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! (406 characters)

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. (387 characters)

Photo of WakeandBake
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (304 characters)

Photo of ProfessorHops
4.34/5  rDev +11.9%
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. (258 characters)

Photo of nrbw23
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (314 characters)

Photo of Jerzdevil1116
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (470 characters)

Photo of HopDerek
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (447 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
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. (494 characters)

Photo of Phatz
3.87/5  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! (1,589 characters)

Photo of leftmindedrighty
3.53/5  rDev -9%
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. (602 characters)

Photo of adammills
4.53/5  rDev +16.8%
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. (360 characters)

Photo of mcallister
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (456 characters)

Photo of wingman14
4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
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! (500 characters)

Photo of CortexBomb
3.61/5  rDev -7%
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. (906 characters)

Photo of nmyers
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
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. (470 characters)

Photo of ncbrewerbun
4.53/5  rDev +16.8%
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. (574 characters)

Photo of granger10
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My first nitro-tap. Obviously it took awhile for the head to dissipate but eventually I got a dark beer with a creamy tan head. I really couldn't get much from the aroma because of the nitro (i think). The taste was very roasted. Roasted oatmeal, roasted coffee, and more roasted grains (i think i tasted rye). This beer had a definite bitterness to it which I think is from the grains (not a hoppy bitterness). However there was an acidity in the finish that I could've done without. A really good beer that I would like to try without the nitro, but I'm glad I tried it atleast once on nitro-tap. (598 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
4.31/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in the company of Mike and Tim at the brewery.

Served on nitro tap, forming a cascading pallisade of creamy tan bubbles in contrast to the semi-hazy nearly black brew, forming a creamy tan head with butter yellow accents. Retention and lacing are exceptional. Aroma of grassy hops, chocolate bars, iced coffee, some dark fruits, and must. Mouthfeel is creamy with a medium-dense body. Carbonation is mild. Taste includes the requisite coffee and chocolate bit, but with a creamy vanilla/oatmeal body and a lingering weaker coffee note...some rye/pumpernickel bread with fresh green hops and a mild bitterness in the coffeeish finish.

This is very good stuff! Another exceptional brew from Founders! (713 characters)

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Founders Oatmeal Stout from Founders Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.