Oatmeal Stout
Founders Brewing Company

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Stout - Oatmeal
Ranked #185
Ranked #19,375
3.87 | pDev: 10.34%
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Very Good
Notes: A Founders take on a classic style, brewed with a generous amount of flaked oats, chocolate malt, roasted barley and a healthy helping of Nugget hops, Founders Oatmeal Stout is nitrogen-infused to give it an extra smooth and creamy mouthfeel. An attractive cascade effect gives this beer its forthright visual appeal—and the body and clean flavor deliver on that initial promise.
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Gatch from Rhode Island

4.36/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nitro tap. Super roasty with tons of flavor. Drinks way above its ABV. Tons of charred malt, chocolate, and wood. A great beer on a cold night and truly delicious, emphasizing the strength of oats in a dark beer. Fans of stouts will appreciate the full flavor and rich feel.

Nov 30, 2019
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jgido759 from New Jersey

3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep mahogany with a 2 finger tan head. Lacing was present throughout.

Mild coffee smell with a faint oatmeal aroma. Taste is coffee/chocolate/malt with a smooth feel.

Very enjoyable.

Sep 28, 2019
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance – The beer is served a nearly pitch black color with a one finger head of off-white colored foam. The nitro driven head has a great level of retention and slowly fades over time to leave rings of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is strongest of an oatmeal and roasted malt smell. Mixed with these aromas are a little bit of crème and vanilla and a hint of an earthy and herbal hop.
Taste – The taste begins with a very smooth oatmeal and nicely toasted and roasted malt flavor with hints of cocoa and caramel. The roasty and oatmeal flavors create a base flavor for the taste and remain strong throughout. The caramel and the cocoa fade a bit as the taste advances and are replaced by some flavors of a very light earthy hop, some very light coffee and a hint of char. At the very end comes some crème and a bit of herb, leaving one, for a 4.5 % abv brew, with a nice smooth and robust roasted oatmeal taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – With the nitro pour the body of the brew is silky, creamy and smooth with a very rich overall feel. For the dark roasted, and oatmeal tastes the feel is fantastic and accentuates the rich tastes even with the lower abv.
Overall – This is a fantastic presentation of a dry oatmeal stout. It is lower in abv (great for sessioning) big in flavor, very easy drinking, and super smooth in feel. A very well done brew overall!!

May 25, 2019
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Chickenhawk9932 from Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I had this on nitro at the Gingerman.

Pours a deep dark mahogany bordering black with a light brown head.

In the nose it has earthy notes, roasted nuts, dark bread, and coffee.

In the mouth is dark coffee up front, followed by molasses and roasted nuts. It finishes dry and slightly woody despite maintaining its creamy smooth mouthfeel.

Apr 14, 2019
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Wolfdj2 from New York

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To anyone not familiar with an oatmeal stout. It is malty, smooth, full of flavor, and very filling. This is a great example of an oatmeal stout. Served in full pint pour at The Colonial in Binghamton, NY.

Sep 25, 2018
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

op tap at Filet 18, Bloomsburg, PA yesterday

Arrived at the table still settling in the glass. love to watch that. Black body with huge light tan head which persisted throughout leaving a thick sheet of lacing.

Aroma of roasted malts

Smooth drinking beer, with a decent kick of roastiness. No coffee or chocolate taste.

Mouth is between medium & full, finish roasty.

overall, good session oatmeal stout, mostly smooth, but with a nice roasted kick to it.

Jul 23, 2018
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

8oz glass at Beer Revolution YEG Oliver Square - how is an offering that came all the way from Michigan cheaper than anything made in Alberta?

This beer appears a fairly solid black, yet with prominent amber basal edges, and one finger of puffy and thoroughly creamy beige head, which leaves some decent broken cobweb lace around the glass as it very lazily recedes.

It smells of roasted, bready and doughy caramel malt, bittersweet cocoa powder, mild cafe-au-lait, a further plain graininess, tame dark fruity notes, and some understated earthy, leafy, and floral noble hops. The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, a hint of biscuity toffee sweetness, some free-agent ashiness, anise candies, a black stone fruitiness, and more meek earthy, musty, and dead floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly non-existent in its wan frothiness (duh), the body a solid medium weight, and quite smooth, with a nice airy creaminess pretty much there from the get-go. It finishes off-dry, the cocoa and caramel notes holding court in the lingering arena.

Overall - this is certainly a pleasant and approachable version of the style, with lots of agreeable flavours abounding. Easy to drink, and a joy to behold, I can see why they've been making it for so long.

May 06, 2018
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beersampler6 from Michigan

4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tried this one on tap at Founders. Very nice rich dark almost-black color with some creamy tan head and abundant sheets of lingering lacing. Amazing appearance. Delicious smooth tastes of chocolate, malt, coffee, mild notes of oatmeal and biscuit. Finishes smooth with nice creamy mouthfeel and mild carbonation, little bitterness at the end. The nitro addition definitely helps the beer. Very impressive brew!

Apr 18, 2018
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Aegelis from Delaware

4.68/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Deep, complex, chocolately, sweet and remids me of a fragrant grill. It's beautiful to the eye, dark as night and produces a roasted chestnut caramel froth. I have no idea what is oatmeal about this stout nor do I care, because this deliciously heavy dessert replaces a slice of dark chocolate cake. I was a bit reserved at selecting at the store because of the price, but the potency makes the 4 for $11 price forgiveable. It's a delicious treat and would blame no one tapping the glass for last drop. One of the best, I'm now officially a fan of Founders, challenging them to make something that I don't like.

Jan 21, 2018
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I'm trying this at Monks Pub in Chicago...nitro pour baby! It poured an opaque dark with thin tan head that isn't leaving any lace. The scent was roast and grain. The taste was nicely balanced and easy with espresso and grain presence. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a decent beer.

Dec 04, 2017
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Jacobier10 from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On nitro @ Beef Trust Kitchen & Bar in Pompton Lakes, NJ.

Pours black with a cool cascading effect from the nitro pour, which never gets old to look at. Creamy tan head rests on top. Very mild aroma of chocolate and coffee. It's faint though, likely due to the nitro. Roasted malt and chocolate flavor. Smooth and creamy. Medium-full bodied.

Likely a better beer on regular tap but still a good offering, if a bit lackluster. Paired nicely with a roast beef sandwich.

Dec 01, 2017
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dd53grif from Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a high alcohol brew (4.5% ABV) but had the Nitro version so it was a smooth, silky beer. Pours a dark brown with a huge foamy tan head that lasts quite a while. Aroma of roasted malt. Tastes of coffee, chocolate and malt.

Sep 16, 2017
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark opaque black body, full tan head, copious lacing. Smell is brisk malt notes of roasted grains, slight acidity. Taste is toast and dark chocolate. Feel is silky and lush, with a quick drop off. Exactly what I'd expected. Right on target.

Jul 09, 2017
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Taste: creamy smooth from oats, only slightly sweet, Chocolate malts, slick mouth-feel and dry finish. Mild malt and cocoa nose. Blackish brown, opaque, nice soft nitro foam head with refined lattice on glass. Medium to Med/lite body. Smoother than Guinness. 38 IBUs

Apr 24, 2017
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Scotchboy from Idaho

3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Prefunk, Boise ID. Served in a nonic - great to have Founders in Boise, and this is one I've been wanting to try.

Cascading carbonation rolls upward on this gorgeous nitro brew, the head is light tan and retains well, body is nearly opaque brown, very inviting. Muted nose and flavors though, suggestions of chocolate and roast, but fairly light in both categories, and the oatmeal character is not prominent either. There is a little fruity sweetness, and the body is lighter than I expected (though this is a 4.5% beer, so...). Overall I had higher expectations for this given the brewery and the high scores, but it is what it is and its nice having an oatmeal stout option under 5% abv.

Mar 10, 2017
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a jet-black color with light brown bubbles quickly rising to the top. It smelled of chocolate and oats. Tasted of chocolate, toffee and burnt toast maltiness. Creamy and smooth.

Feb 20, 2017
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cbenson from California

4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: served in a tulip glass. Had a 3/4 inch brown head with no carbonation. Dusty black
Smell: Strong odor of bourbon, molasses, sweet french vanilla, espresso, and toffee. Exceptional!
Taste: Notes of vanilla, dark chocolate with noticeable dry hop character. The malt character is toasted and light. Overall the taste is sweet and salty.
Mouthfeel: Thick like sweet cream or half n' half. The mouth-coating aftertaste is dry and refreshing. Overall, the mouthfeel could be a little smoother.
Overall: Amazingly pungent beer with an appealing taste profile and a slightly underwhelming mouthfeel.

Jan 21, 2017
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I enjoyed this on Nitro-tap at Holy Hound in York served chilled in a pint.

The color has that distinctive cascade of a nitro poured stout black fade up to dark medium brown like coffee. The smell is very fragrant with malt that is mostly roasted aroma however subtle note of chocolate and caramel are there too perhaps. The feel is liquid luxury and this is coming from a person who normally doesn't like nitro dispensed beers even stouts. The reason I think it is so great in the feel is there is no stripping of the body and the bitterness is not enhanced it all stays balanced with nice creamy texture.

The flavor is almost as good as the smooth feel the precedes the taste with a slight roasted and mildly bitter entry yet the oatmeal smoothness is the part that makes it most enjoyable this rounds the edges of the slightly burnt malt flavor and gives a slight French roast quality with both bitter and roast almost smoke-like flavor in the back with dark chocolate and coffee-like roastiness leading in the flavor yet a nice amount of caramel to add a touch of sweetness too. Overall this is a top quality example of the style in my opinion you can't go wrong when it comes to Founders stouts

Dec 27, 2016
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RAFH from Michigan

3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a 5 ounce pour at the Founder's Brewery Restaurant on my birthday in 2016 with my Dad and his wife Sherrie. Nitro definitely creates less carbonation and seems to give it a creamy aftertaste, but it also seems to dilute the flavor.

Dec 24, 2016
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Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Industry public house in Robinson. I'm a huge founders breakfast Stout fan, so I had to try this one. I do get the oatmeal taste and smoothness. However, I don't get much else from this. I think my taste buds are going bad:-(

Sep 17, 2016
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RyanK252 from California

3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Kuni Sama

A: Pours gorgeous cascading milk chocolate to dark brown with a creamy beige head that hangs around and leaves some nice sticky lacing.

S: Roasted malt, toasted bread, a little chocolate, dark fruit, and a little toffee sweetness.

T: Roasty, toasty bready malt, earthy, a hint of dark fruit, and a little toffee sweetness.

M: Medium body, mild carbonation, creamy smooth.

O: Pretty solid oatmeal stout.

Aug 11, 2016
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cambabeer from New York

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Good, easy drinking. It does come across as a little watery. But the roasty bitterness and caramel chocolate sweetness do a good job together. Silky nitro body along with the lower ABV make this extremely drinkable. This would actually be a good beer to hand someone not into craft beer.

May 20, 2016
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.19/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On nitro tap at Bill Gray's Seabreeze Taproom in Rochester, NY.

This one pours really pretty and nice, classic nitro look, cascading and dark, with a tight foamy head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells like not much, roasted barley, some chocolate, pretty bland.

I can tell this would be way better on C02. The nitro kind of flattens it and gives a standard generic nitro stout taste, bitter malt and hops, a little bit of old coffee, and just a generic creaminess. It's certainly drinkable. But not tasty.

This has a thin and watery mouthfeel. It is creamy, though, so it's what they intended, I suppose.

Nitro beers are traditionally disappointing, and this is no exception.

May 20, 2016
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bbtkd from South Dakota

3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Founders Nitro Oatmeal Stout on tap. It's OK, but a bit too bitter for my taste. Many will like it, and the nitro does not dissipate very fast. Though I am a huge Founders Fan, this is one I can't add to my favorites list. This is no FBS.

May 01, 2016
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57md from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hard to resist comparing this to Guinness Draught, so I won't stop myself.

Looks like Guinness. Smells a bit roastier than Guinness. It also tastes roastier than Guinness with a decent cocoa bite on the finish.

That said, it is creamy, smooth and easy to drink. I could knock down these all day.

Apr 06, 2016
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