Founders Oatmeal Stout | Founders Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
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.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.56/5  rDev -33.9%
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.

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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 BStalf21
2.66/5  rDev -31.3%
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.

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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 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 kylelenk
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nitro-tap from the Founders Taproom.

A: Pretty much what you would expect from a nitro-stout. Comparable color profile to Guinness although the cascade isn't quite as spectacular.

S: Not too much on the nose. Just a normal barley smell with nothing really sticking out.

T: Don't get me wrong, I love this beer. It's an easy drinker after a night of heavier Founders beers or something you can drink without getting a buzz on (4.5% ABV). For some reason, I can't find anything exceptional about this beer. It has it's moments and it is sure to please for those looking for a simple brew.

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Photo of Brian46594
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I had a pint glass of this at a local pub. As a mainly stout drinker, I was pleased with this beer.

Pour/appearance: very dark (similar to Guinness) with a thick milky head.

Aroma: coffee, chocolate, nutty. Maybe a hint of vanilla.

Taste: smooth, light, thin, different from many stouts.

Finish: coffee and chocolate.

Overall a fine beer. I would recommend this to a stout drinker to at least try. I was disappointed to not have experienced more of the oats factor of the oatmeal stout. That may have just been me.

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

A - Standard dark cascading brew with brown foam the beer. Thick one finger cap of thick mocha foam.

S - A bit of cocoa an dairy milk.

T - Bitter roast. There's some cocoa flavor and dry oats.

M - Light to medium bodied brew, high carbonation. Easy drinking and creamy.

O - An easy drinking, smooth and tasty oatmeal stout.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.44/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at The Pony Bar in New York, NY

A: Pours a dark black with a finger high tan head. The head reduces to a thing layer of bubbles across the entire top of the beer. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Very mild smell with hints of roasted malts, caramel, and a subtle chocolate + coffee.

T: Moderate amounts of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and oats (like in an oat bran bread). Nice complexity and some subtle hints of sweetness that I generally associate more with a milk stout. No taste of alcohol but that is not surprising considering the low ABV.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin and dry in the finish.

O: Pretty easy to drink and combined with low ABV make it quite sessionable. Very enjoyable with a light flavor and one to have again if I come across it.

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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 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 leftmindedrighty
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On nitro at Capone's.

Never had this one before, so I figured I'd give it a try. Nice nitro-pour, obsidian color with a thick, creamy, tan head that sank to about a quarter inch and held there, lacing the glass as I sipped. Pretty basic aroma, roasty dark malts, toasted oatmeal. Basically the same in the taste, dark malts, toasted oats, unsweetened chocolate giving a light bitterness. A good brew, even if there's nothing here you haven't had before. Medium body, smooth mouthfeel, thanks to Mr. Nitrogen. A pretty basic brew, but still good. Doesn't really stack up to Founders' other stouts, but it's a solid base beer.

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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 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 TheBear11D
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Nitro-tap pint

Pours a thick black color with a thick creamy dark brown head with excellent lacing.

Chocolate and roasted malts are present up front with caramel notes also noticeable.

Flavors are not very present. Chocolate, caramel and roasted malts are noticeable but somewhat blended with earthy undertones.

Thick body but very smooth with the nitro-tap.

Fairly drinkable but not enough to rank with the best. I am looking for a little more flavor.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2013-03-30 at the brew pub

A - opaque dark brown with strong tan head and great lace

S - almost no smell

T - somewhat sour malt with a bit of chocolate and decent roasted and hop bitterness.

M - creamy. medium body and very light carbonation.

O - decent but won't seek it out. Kudos for lots of flavor for low ABV.

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Photo of CortexBomb
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
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's one of the lower ABV beers at Founders and despite that, has a very solid, if not overly distinct flavour.

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Photo of minterro
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of thedoubler55
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Complete black in color, with a nice tan head at the top that leaves a strong lacing around the glass as you drink.

S: Lots going on here, bits of chocolate, oatmeal, coffee, some malts and a roastyness as well.

T: This beer is subtle, a good amount of oatmeal and chocolate, very roasty taste on the backend, a little bitterness.

M: Full bodied and a good amount of carbonation, slight sticky backend.

O: This was not a bad beer, very tasty as well as well balanced. A good brew from Founders who never really lets us down.

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Photo of Gmann
3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a near black color with a fairly short dense creamy head that settled into a pretty creamy cap.

The aroma is a bit light but I do pick up the Founders stout flavors. Nice earthy, woody malt with a hint of char. A touch of chocolate and coffee.

The taste is of a very light roast, nice woody flavors. A hint of chocolate and coffee. Toasted bready malt; pumpernickle. Good flavors but a bit weak.

The feel light to moderate with semi soft carbonation. Drinks very smooth. Good balance. Definitely the little sister compared to Founder's other stouts. Sessionable ABV.

Tastes more like a beefy brown ale than a stout but thats ok. Nice flavors but are pretty weak. Good sessionable stout.

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Photo of granger10
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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