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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

888 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 888
Reviews: 388
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 36
Gots: 53 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 11-12-2003)
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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark chestnut with a generous infusion of crimson. I'm able to see light on the opposite side of the glass, despite the fact that this is a dreary, overcast day. The head is the color of toasted wheat bread; fairly light for a stout. It has deflated from two fingers to one finger in the several minutes since the pour and doesn't look as if it's interested in leaving much lace.

The nose is right on the money for an oatmeal stout. I can't appreciate oatmeal (obviously), but I can appreciate plenty of well-roasted barley with strong overtones of bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee beans. Especially the last of those. Please let the flavor follow suit.

It does, it does. Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout packs gobs of flavor into a relatively light-hued, light-bodied beer. Black coffee, unsweetened baker's chocolate and grapefruit zest lead the way. I can't tell if the invigorating bitterness is due to the bitter char of the strenuously roasted grain (barley, wheat and oats) or is due to the hops (Hallertauer, Magnum and Cascade). Probably both.

The beer is almost, but not quite, bitter and dry enough to be considered an Irish dry stout rather than an oatmeal stout. There are just enough malt sugars running interference to keep things from becoming astringent and biting. Hopheads should find plenty to like.

Unfortunately, the mouthfeel doesn't quite meet the high bar set by the aroma and the flavor. If you like your stouts light and snappy, you'll like this one. I like mine full and chewy (or at least heading in that direction), so I'm less than impressed. It's more than adequate though, and works in the grand scheme of a sub-6% stout.

Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout is the second best Otter Creek/Wolaver's beer that I've had to date (Otter Creek Pale Ale still wears the crown). It's a fine effort that is good because it delivers where it matters most: flavor. Sessioning this one should be no problem at all.

BuckeyeNation, Jan 12, 2007
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3.4/5  rDev -14.4%

Nick_martin, Nov 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Beerasaurus, Nov 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

seakayak, Nov 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

OnryAndMean, Nov 20, 2014
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4.15/5  rDev +4.5%

sjones5045, Nov 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

stevej108, Nov 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Kunks80, Nov 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

domnalbrecc, Nov 17, 2014
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5/5  rDev +25.9%

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

AMcT22, Nov 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

LutherBrau, Nov 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Coreynezy4, Nov 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

bahamut6565, Nov 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

meb3476, Nov 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Darwood77, Nov 14, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +10.8%

Rob_Molecule, Nov 12, 2014
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3.96/5  rDev -0.3%

bmichaud145, Nov 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Segelstrom, Nov 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

ScubaSteve00, Nov 09, 2014
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3.9/5  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 

SomethingClever, Nov 09, 2014
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4.16/5  rDev +4.8%

SeanZa, Nov 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Lucular, Nov 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Swaino, Nov 01, 2014
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Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
89 out of 100 based on 888 ratings.