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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-22-2004

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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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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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

jet black, and thick looking as well with an almost oil like appearance, really quite nice. Rich chocolate colored tan foam that rose up a good two inches over the top of the glass before finally settling down to a thin half inch layer that lasted the rest of the session, but not before dropping copious amounts of side glass lace all over the sides. Really nice and a classic stout look.

So as I go in and take a closer look I was a bit surprised to be honest. This really did not smell much like an oatmeal stout. At least to me it was much more reminiscent of a Baltic porter, well at first it did. It had that sharp alcohol nose to it and a hint of some dark spicy fruit mixed in. Quite interesting and definitely more then a little unique. I decided to let it warm to really bring out what was hiding in here and then came out the nice sweet notes of chocolate and coffee along with hints of lactose that I was looking for. The flavors followed along with a hint again something sweet, but yet a tart sort of fruit flavor as well. Very nice. Very rich full body on this one with great carbonation that never really gave up any ground at all.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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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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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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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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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Founders Oatmeal Stout from Founders Brewing Company
3.87 out of 5 based on 770 ratings.
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