Founders Oatmeal Stout | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-22-2004

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Reviews: 98 | Ratings: 765
Photo of GreesyFizeek
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.

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Photo of muffiewolf
3.34/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours dark and creamy. Taste is bland. Compared to Wolvers Oatmeal Stout or the best Samuel Smith's it doesn't make the grade for $10.00 a 6 pack. Not going to try it again unless I'm desperate.

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Photo of oldirtycaffrey
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Delicious oatmeal stout. Pours a dark brown/near black with a billowy tan/off-white head. Left a fair amount of lacing on the glass. Taste was malty, slightly sweet, hint of chocolate, smooth -- very refreshing stout. Light & very easy to drink.

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Photo of smcolw
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black pour (as far as I can tell); no light will pass. Thick head, but it settles to a thin layer of bubbles. Limited lace considering: an odd combination of web and blanket lace.

Nutty and dark chocolate are the first impressions. A bit chalky and a touch cream to the nose.

Very much like a dry Irish stout, this has a bit more cream. Chewy body, but with a good carbonation level. Richer body than most stouts, the carbonation is similar to nitrogen fed beers. The flavor is of burnt malts and bitter chocolate. Full bodied with nitro-inspired bubbles.

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Photo of hophugger
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Deep brown color with amazing head and lacing. Aromas of cereal and coffee. Taste is slightly thin and watery with chewy oatmeal and coffee. Slight hops are present and finish is thick and taste lingers with a light bitter coffee taste

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Photo of uvachief
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft. Dark brown but not black brown. Full finger of tan head that disappeared quickly. Smells of oatmeal, chocolate and tiny amount of hops. Taste is much the same. Little too thin for me. Decent. No abv burn. Lots of oatmeal and chocolate but oatmeal dominates. Not their best stout. However, low ABV so you can drink all day.

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Photo of Bone53
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Blue Dust

Appearance: Absolutely perfect look for a oatmeal stout. Dark Brown with a two to three finger creamy beige head

Smell: Slight yet clean roasted malt and chocolate notes

Taste: Similar to the nose; light and clean . perhaps a hint of smoke

Mouthfeel: Very light, creamy and smooth as expected. Nice slightly dry finish

Overall: about what i expected. A light, smooth and refreshing oatmeal stout. Not real much oatmeal character other than maybe the Mouthfeel. I could session this all day. Cheers Founders!!

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Photo of champ103
2.64/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

On nitro, not going to review the nitro listing cause these are the same beer. You don't need a different listing for every type of serving.

A: Pours dark black, that is not quite opaque. Some ruby brown around the edges. A tan head that rises with that cascading look that all nitro taps give.
S: Bland. Just a bit of bitter roast. Day old, cold coffee. Nothing is really here.
T: Again, bland as can be. Except for a bitter roasted finish. More, bad old coffee than anything.
M/D: What feel? Lifeless, artificial, thin. Blah. I did not enjoy this at all. The nitro has done a wonderful job of killing any kind of oatmeal stout that might be here.

I had to do it...give it a try. Who knows if one of my favorite breweries could change my mind or not? If nothing else to reaffirm that nitro is such a waist of good beer. Maybe there is an actual oatmeal stout lingering somewhere? I can't tell however, cause there is no character at all.

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Photo of jp32
4.51/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drank this on-tap at the source in Grand Rapids, MI. Pours dark, nearly black in color. Small head. Its a smooth, easy-drinking, tasty beer. One of my go-to beers when I'm at Founder's Brewery, but I dont think I've ever bought this in bottled form.

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Photo of FLima
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Black color with the thickest head that won't go away.
Nice chocolaty aroma, it feels real. Hints of oatmeal and roasted, not burnt malt.
Flavor of creamy chocolate, chalky yeast, sweetened coffee, roasted malts and vanilla.
Dry aftertaste with a long roasted note.
Smooth medium body with low carbonation and a nitro feeling. It gets much lighter once nitro fades away.
All right Oatmeal Stout (or Brown Ale?), a session stout if you will, one of the easiest to drink. Tasty, but it doesn’t expect as much complexity as other of their dark beers, though some is likely masked by the nitro.

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Photo of GRPunk
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nitro-tap in a shaker pint at Monelli's restaurant

A- Near jet black body. 2-finger, tan head sustains itself at a solid finger and leaves awesome rings on the glass.

S- quite roasty. Sweetened, dark roast coffee with hints of chocolate.

T- roasted malts hit heavy at first. Warmth mellows the bitter coffee and rounds out with sweeter qualities (vanilla, chocolate, even sugared coffee).

M- classic nitro feel, smooth and creamy.

O- a dangerously drinkable beer, though the lower ABV makes for less danger and more enjoyment. 2 pints could have easily become 3 or 4 with more time and less to do in the morning.

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Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

Poured into a snifter a deep cola color with a creamy nitro cascading beige head.Some roast and coffee with a little bitter chocolate in the nose.Dryer on the palate with roast ans earth with just a tinge of vanilla-like sweetness.An easy drinking creamy dryer oatmeal stout,very quaffable.

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Photo of BMMillsy
2.98/5  rDev -23%

On nitro at World of Beer Tioga (Gainesville, FL). Pours pitch black with a beautiful creamy espresso head on top. Aroma of next to nothing here, maybe some lightly roasted malts, water, that’s it. Flavor follows incredibly bland, watered down roast with very little else going on. Thin mouthfeel even for nitro--which always comes off thin to me, despite the silkiness--and low carbonation. Overall, I would take this over Guinness, but it’s just not my style. What’s the point? I’d just rather drink water and save the liver.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On nitro-tap 10/12/2014 at Doherty’s Ale East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tapered pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large dense foamy beige head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, oats, coffee and chocolate.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty roasted malt character and toasted oats. Then some flavors of coffee and chocolate come in. The hops presence is very mild but complementary and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, light carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid stout to pound down for a long time if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of kellyej
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

A: Black color with hint of garnet, bubbly head along the side of the glass
S: Coffee, Roasty; Hints of bacon grease, nuts, and grains
M: Smooth/creamy, Medium Body, Dry finish
T: Coffee, roasty oats; Surprisingly sessionable. Great beer.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a shaker pint glass at Tap House - Palatine.

Figured I'd grab a quick pint at this new Tap House, and I realized I've never had this particular Founders brew before. Done. It pours a straight murky onyx topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises mild roasted malts, cocoa powder, and a touch of vanilla bean in the background. The taste brings in more of the same, though now the vanilla is replaced by a bit of treacle. The body is a solid medium, with a nice nitrogenation and a subsequently velvety feel. Overall, a nice, by-the-numbers oatmeal stout. Not bad at all.

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Photo of seedyone
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

01/12/14 On tap. A solid, solid brew. It's all in this glass. Body, flavor, aroma, smoothness and above all satisfaction. If you're looking for anything else...start in the mirror because you need to find out who you are. This concoction has no doubts.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown with a tan head. The aroma has roast and oats to it, like a light breakfast coffee and nip of oatmeal.

In the taste, bitter roasted grain, coffee cream, light acidic hop/malt thing going on acceptable for style. Creamy, smooth feel. Light, bready sweet cereal beer. The nitro gives it a dangerously drinkable element as it goes down smooth.

Overall, this is a good oatmeal stout. The nitro makes it smooth. It was who we thought it was.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on a nitro pour and really enjoyed watching it settle. It is black in color but a bit of light will seep through when held up to light. An inch thick creamy khaki colored head caps it off. I smell flaked oats and dark malt. The taste is more about subtlety and I get dark malt and flaked oats. There's a reserved bitterness from the dark malt. The texture is creamy and smooth.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks awesome. Dark as night with a creamy tan nitro-dense head of two fingers. Laces carefully.

Semi-sweet coffee notes, baker's chocolate, husky roasted malts, oat-y bitterness, faint pine hop, and smooth earthiness. Lightly kissed with a smoky nuance. Excellent.

Roasty chocolate malts is cut by a creamy nitro-flatness and ridiculous dryness. Chewy oats, crushed coffee bean, carob, and soft earthy hops. Faintly herby. The hint of smoke from the nose is now gone.

Creamy, but not rich. Insanely drinkable, in part, because it's not as hefty as I would have imagined or preferred. Nitro carb doesn't push as hard as i want. Still, elegant and a good "soft".

Great beer. A premier oatmeal stout that I will have to look for.

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

Creamy tan head. Lots of lace. Good retention. Color is a dark caramel brown.

Flavor: caramel, chocolate, roasted malt. Vanilla and cocoa. Hershey's syrup in the finish.

Mouthfeel: smooth and creamy. Medium bodied.

Overall, very easy drinking beer. Ltd of flavor for such a low abv beer. The nitro was great for this beer.

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Photo of WillKorn
5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of the best beers I have ever had. I am lucky enough to be from Grand Rapids so it is very easy for me to access this beer because of being a nitro tap, it is hard to find other places. It appears to be a very dark beer, but because of the nitro, it is very light and smooth with a very rich taste and and a slight taste of oatmeal. It's definitely a good winter beer.

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Photo of Badger6
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A re-review, a retrospective if you will. 12oz pour in the Founder's Taproom from a nitro-tap on 18 April 2014.

A: Inky black-brown body, no light gets through this. Lot's of bubbles, and a creamy head, one finger, excellent retention, light tan color. Significant lacing.

S: Lots of roasted malts, scents of chocolate and coffee. Sweet aromas abound.

T: Roasted malts and toasty, biscuity flavor, clearly sweet. The oats and creaminess make the flavors incredibly smooth and combined. Finishes with a nice hop bitterness to even out the sweetness up front, but not strongly hopped.

M: Medium body, gentle carbonation. Creamy. Crisp finish.

O: Tasty oatmeal stout. Enjoyable to drink, slightly heavy. Could easily be a go to for accompanying a steak or burger. The lower 4.5% abv makes this an easily drinkable beer that accompanies food or good conversation.

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Photo of garuda
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Black, nitro pour tan head has good retention and lacing.

S/T - Mild, with oats, light roasted malt and mildly bitter roasted grains.

M - Light body, creamy smooth texture at first, then turns a little watery, expected with the nitro pour. Finishes clean.

O - Nice lunch session beer, with mild flavors. I could drink a few of these easy.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On nitro tap at 2 Bros. Pours a dark brownish black color with over an inch of thick brown head. Good amount of lacing. The aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and earth. Taste is a lot like the aroma. Roasty and lightly smokey with dark chocolate. Light hints of sweet vanilla and oatmeal. Slight dark chocolate bitterness but it's a sweet beer overall. Caramel and toasted malts at the finish. Has that nice velvety and creamy mouthfeel you expect from nitro. Overall, I'm glad I got to try this on nitro and would like to have a chance to try the regular version. Worth looking for.

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