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Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout - Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's

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Wolaver's Oatmeal StoutWolaver's Oatmeal Stout

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BA SCORE
89
very good

957 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 957
Reviews: 403
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 39
Gots: 102 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 11-12-2003

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Ratings: 957 | Reviews: 403
Photo of BEERMILER12
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a near pitch black color with a fingers worth of head that quickly fades down to pretty much nothing

S: Roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, and anise come out the most. Some dark fruits in the back

T: Follows the nose. Roast, anise, coffee, and dark chocolate all come out nicely. Roast and coffee mitigate any chocolate sweetness. Dark fruits way in the back come out mostly with the anise, which is decently strong. Finishes with very light sweetness and more roast

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Decently smooth from the oats

O: A nice oatmeal stout with some good depth of flavors. Definitely has quite a bit of anise going on, so if you're not a fan of licorice this one might not work for you. Very nice otherwise

Photo of tlema1
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a really good oatmeal stout...Rich&creamy, full bodied, the only thing that ruins it is the bitter finish

Photo of Jim_Gillespie
4.68/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Quintessential oatmeal stout by my standards. It is soft on the mouth and the flavour is noticeable and, to a degree, peaceful. The brown colour is nice and the smell compliments the flavour very nicely. I highly suggest it.

Photo of jerseyjoe555
4.52/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I could drink this all day...every day

Photo of InkedinRi
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good oatmeal stout. Smooth taste. Oatmeal, chocolate, roasted malts.. Nose is about the same.

Photo of BeerMagistrate
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Good beer, but not my liking either.
I was hoping for something creamier and heavier, more body. And there was no head on the pour. After taste was a little unappealing.

I appreciate a Guinness or the Left Hand Milk Stout a lot more.

Photo of dlmvh5150
3.15/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Good beer but not entirely my liking.

Photo of Jake_hops
4.79/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite beers

Photo of John_Squires
2.99/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black and slick looking, feignt roasty smell. Decent beer but can't get over the bitter aftertaste. May need to give this another try from another batch.

Photo of MCImes
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is a great, smooth, roasty stout. everything one should be. mine were not bitter at all like some have commented. only thing I might like is a tad more body, but it has enough as is. I just like to chew my stouts and this one is rather drinkable. very good none the less. Will definitely be buying this again. I don't always agree with 'the bros' rating, but fully agree with their 96 this time.

Photo of chippo33
2.85/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

oxidized thin chalky needs an overhaul

Photo of j0hnc2468
4.96/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Great oatmeal stout great overaal one of my favorites.

Photo of Buzogine
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

To be honest I like it

Photo of Carolvs
3.69/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Meh - Maybe I had a bad batch or something but this beer didn't wow me as much as it did for others. Coppery aftertaste & no lacing.

Photo of Lordhelmit
5/5  rDev +25.6%

Finally, I found an oatmeal stout that is equal to (POSSIBLY better than, haven't decided yet) Drake's Crude oatmeal stout. This is sooooo tasty and sooo delicious. it tastes like a sweet creamy buttery sweet treat rather than beer. you know the butter beer in harry potter that instantly warmed them up etc? yea thats this stuff right here. the only reason drake's crude i think beats it is because wolavers is 5.9% and DC is 6.9%. Still top notch though.

Photo of AMcT22
5/5  rDev +25.6%

Awesome oatmeal stout. Very comparable to Browns oatmeal stout, but slightly thicker and better hints of oatmeal.

Photo of SomethingClever
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft poured into shaker pint


A: the head looks creamy no light is getting through this sucker 


S: very light smell smells a little metallic smells a little like charred roast


T: its sweet but the flavors seem muted probably shouldn't have drank this after an RIS . I get a little roast taste seems a little burnt 


M: great thick mouthfeel for a low ABV stout. A little creamy quite nice


O: it's an ok beer the tastes are very muted I wouldn't go out of my way to find this and I'd only pull one on tap if there are no other stouts 

Photo of FloppyTopper
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Standard go to

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.64/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color. The head is a finger high, and lighter tan in shade. Texture-wise, it's a little foamier than I truly like, and its retention isn't amazing, either. Having said that, the collar that stays behind looks good, though there isn't much lacing left behind. (4)

Smell: Very grainy - oats play a big role in the aroma of this brew. The chocolate and roasted notes I like in the style are still prevalent, but secondary to the oat character. Pleasant touches of umami also appear. I'm digging this beer's aroma nicely. (3.75)

Taste: This is far more roasted than I anticipated. Oats appear initially, before being subsumed by a massive wave of charred roast. Smoky notes are slightly prevalent, too. It's not quite complex, but it's a damn nice roast bomb. (3.5)

Mouthfeel: Rather tingly and even biting on occasion - that's how dry this one is. And yet, a touch of lingering sweetness remains on the palate. If I had to complain (and dagnabbit, you know I do), the mouthfeel pre-swallow isn't quite creamy enough to compensate for the post-swallow stodginess. Still, it goes down easily, thanks to decent carbonation. (3.5)

Overall: This is a really nice oatmeal stout, mainly because of how roasty it is. I'll be sure to look for this one in the future. (3.75)

3.63/5: Ever been dropkicked by roasted malts before?

Photo of hophugger
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Dark, Dark !. Poured nicely with a slightly off white head which left slowly. Molasses and malt are predominate with a touch of bitterness (hops?). Overall, a good balanced beer and done well. One of the better oatmeal stouts.........

Photo of youngs11
3.69/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

Pours a dark, dark brown, nearly black. Half finger of khaki head that falls to a thin layer about halfway through. Nice, but not as thick, dark, or bad-ass looking as some stouts.

Smell is pleasant but not very strong. Mocha, cherries, brandy.

Taste is a little more pronounced than aroma, chocolate, sunflower seeds, butter.

Great on the palate. Smooth and silky, carbonation is present, but there is no real prickling effect.

This is a solid stout, especially considering a six pack is priced a few dollars less than some of the more well-known examples of the style. Made in New England, organic, and not too pricey. Recommend

Photo of EvoRich
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: As dark as anything I've had before. Like used motor oil. About 1 finger of head poured into a snifter, which dissipates into a ring around the glass rather quickly.

Smell: Oats and chocolate. Very roasty.

Taste: The taste matches the smell. No hops present. A nice hint of sweetness and coffee.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Overall: Love Wolaver's Coffee Porter. I've only had a sip of their oatmeal stout until now. This may now become on of my go-to choices. Very good brew.

Photo of thecheapies
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jet black beer with a creamy collar about 3/4" high. Retains well. Looks great.

Smells roasty sweet with an abundance of char, espresso malts, light lactose cream, old leather, and unlit cigar. Hinting at herbal hops, at times.

Roasty bitter with raw hop, burnt coffee, faint smoke, leather, tobacco herbal notes, and some trailing cocoa nib. Solid. Maltt as hell with a great burly intensity.

Almost creamy. Coats the mouth with a great gulp. Smooth with finishing peppery carbonation. Yields a good hearty burp.

Awesome oatmeal stout. Simple, but great.

Photo of fscottkey
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: minimal head covering a black brew.

s: Soft chocalately aroma, caramel and maybe toasted marshmallows.

t: toasty flavors with smoke late.

m: smooth with a little tanginess on the tongue - with a slight dry feeling on the finish.

o: This used to be a favorite - but now that I sit and try to rate it critically I am not sure why. It is a good brew - but it is not outstanding. I certainly won't turn one down - but I am going in search of a replacement in this category.

Edit : I had this again tonight and man is it awesome. I may have had a bad bottle when I did my previous review. I am amending the taste description and score.

t: nice malted taste with bitter coffee throughout. This is a great stout taste even cold (the flavors are present without warming up). The coffee flavor is very nice and goes down easily.
Old taste score = 3.75
new taste score = 4.25

Photo of wiscokid920
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours pitch black with a two finger, thick, khaki colored head. Excellent retention and sticky lacy holding true to the style.

S- Big dark roast coffee notes. Nice molasses, roasted malt, and maltose like sweetness lingers in. Subtle hoppy spice.

T- Outstanding complexity. Great dark coffee flavors with molasses, dark chocolate, and malt sweetness. Excellent roasted malt qualities. Nice hop background which adds greater complexity further enhancing the roasted characters of the beer. Subtle citric bitter combined with a nice herbal spiciness.

M- True to the style. Smooth full-bodied. Creamy near the middle and finishes dry.

O- A solid Oatmeal Stout. A fantastic, complex yet well-balance brew. All the taste profiles help highlight the style. First time having a Wolaver brew, and look to enjoy some more of their offerings.

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Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
89 out of 100 based on 957 ratings.