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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

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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Reviews by Flounder57:
Photo of Flounder57
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a guiness pint glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a one finger mocha head. Dark brwon/pitch black by color with no clarity or signs of carbonation. The head has reduced to a thin layer. No lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: roasted coffee, sweet malts, chocolate, and some smokiness too. As the beer warmed up a litle bit, the oatmeal aroma produced by the oats was a little more noticeable.

Taste: All the aromas above are blended very nicely. The smokiness is actually not too much and blends good with the sweet malts and oats.

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium to high carbonation, a little dry and chewy, and medium to full bodied.

Overall: Not a bad Oatmeal Stout from Northern VT. Wish I had time over Thanksgiving weekend to take a trip. Not enough time and Windsor was only ten minutes away from where we staying. Will be looking for more of this in the future.

Flounder57, Dec 11, 2011
More User Reviews:
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
Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours almost a deep ruby more than black when held up to the light this a very thin head,aroma of malted milk and bitter chocolate also a small does of nuttiness.deep roasted malt flavor with some milk choclate thrown in and a nice earthy/nutty finish.Not to sweet I get an almost caramel corn aftertaste to this brew wich is very appetizing and different.Alot of flavor here from chocolate to earth to that caramel corn a real nice nightcap for me here.

oberon, Jun 25, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Dark brown with a reddish hue and a gorgeous head that came up about an inch and showed good retention, leaving some very thick and airy lacing on the glass.

Smell – Big, thick, rich oatmeal along with the traditional Stout aromas of dark, roasted malts, chocolate, and burnt toast.

Taste – The bitterness takes over here but the malty oatmeal is still very noticeable. This one has a nice maple sweetness to it as well.

Mouthfeel – Medium-bodied and very bitter in the mouth. The maple acts as a nice balance, though the salivary glands are definitely working overtime.

Drinkability – This was a nice overall Oatmeal Stout that didn’t wimp out at the end like a lot of others that I’ve had. Well done, Wolaver’s.

RoyalT, May 08, 2004
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I held off buying this beer for some time because “Certified Organic” = Certified Lame in my book. Last night, however, I decided to overlook this hippie propaganda and try this beer.

It pours thin. The beer is a little bit too light in color. You can easily see through it compared to other stouts and has an unimpressive head.

Smells like wonderfully roasted, fresh coffee beans.

Tastes the same with some notes of toffee and chocolate. The finish is slightly bitter and consists of grassy or grainy hops.

Very Drinkable. Relatively full flavor but not heavy.

Will drink again sometime when I am in the mood for stout flavor without the sometimes hefty feel.

DaPeculierDane, Aug 27, 2005
Photo of vtbeerman
4.88/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smooth and creamy. Perfect coffee, chocolate richness. Carbonation was perfect for style giving it a rich feel. Very dark, almost black, with reddish hues. Very subtle hop aroma and flavor. A perfect example of an Oatmeal Stout.

The perfect winter beer. I can drink these all night long. Fantastic in a growler from the brewery in Middlebury, VT.

vtbeerman, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of LongTrailer
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

LongTrailer, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle pours into my glass a light black / dark chestnut brown color with a small half inch of light tan head on top of the brew. Aromas of dark roasted grains, smoky chocolate and burnt black coffee grounds. Some herbal, citric hops in the background. Really vibrant, draws you in.

First sip brings a wonderful deep roasted malt upfront. Creamy and smooth it follows with chocolate, smokiness, and black coffee flavors. It flows down with some bitterness and a touch of herbal, lightly citric hops. Finishes a bit dry. Overall, a tasty oatmeal stout with a nice hop profile.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied with a nice creamy aspect. Goes down easily and this brew does the job of satisfying my oatmeal stout craving. Probably the best organic beer I've yet to sample. I'd pick up a sixer of this for a party without a problem. Cheers to Wolaver's for producing a tasty oatmeal stout with almost all organic ingredients! If you're an oatmeal stout fan you best check this one out.

orbitalr0x, Jul 24, 2007
Photo of StephSwander
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

StephSwander, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Barely-there head on this beer, even with a strong pour. What little head there was quickly vanished. Disappointing.

Well, things can only go up from there, right? The smell is pretty rockin. Bold and earthy with a strong malty sweetness.

The taste is good, but there's something missing. There doesnt seem to be much of a finish to this beer. The caramel, the malt, the breadiness, its all there, but then it just kind of drops off into nowhereland.

I thought the mouthfeel was thin. I suppose this could be a good thing if you're looking for a lighter, easier-drinking stout.

Maybe worth a try out of curiousity, if you're a fan of this style. Not a bad beer, but not very memorable.

chOAKbarrell, Jan 13, 2006
Photo of BK2084
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

BK2084, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of Todd
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh from the brewery ... the bottle poured a pitch black beer with a thick, creamy off-white head that settled into a wonderful laced head with a thick stick to the glass. No doubt the usage of rolled oats plays a big part in such head retention and perceived body.

Molasses, roasted grains and a bit of a lacto/dairy aroma in the background. Hint of hop spice.

Wonderfully complex malt profile upfront with more molasses, bitter chocolate, rough roasted twang, cold coffee. Smooth, even body. Thickish mouthfeel, but definitely not too heavy. Hops are just as complex (Hallertauer, Magnum and Cascade) with an nice citric bitter edge that amplifies the roasted character, plus an herbal spice character, touch of pine and an underlying raw leafy flavour and feel on the palate. The beer finishes dry with residual roasted flavours, char and grainy notes.

In my opinion, a spot on Oatmeal Stout, very solid, well-balanced, easy to drink, packed with character and a great addition to the Wolaver's line-up of organic brews.

Todd, Nov 12, 2003
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

bahamut6565, Nov 14, 2014
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

SmellsofMahagony, May 09, 2013
Photo of TimoP
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

TimoP, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of Doomcifer
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown, with shades of burgandy when held up to the light. Small, light brown head that vaguely sticks around. Smells very roasty, lots of dark chocolate, coffee grains. Great aroma. Taste is good as well. Roastiness, some dark chocolate/cocoa, slight hop bitterness in finish. Slightly dry finish, the mouthfeel could stand to be a bit more heavy. A tad thin. Lots of carbonation. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

Doomcifer, Feb 04, 2008
Photo of BlueHammer
4.68/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This being one of my favorite beer styles, I find Wolaver's to be one of the best among them - it's a perfect winter brew.

The beer pours a deep opaque brown. It leaves a small tan head that dissipates fairly quickly. It has a strong smell of oats and chocolate and coffee. The first sip is slightly bitter, like black coffee but the finish is sweet and malty. The beer has a certain "bite" on your tongue as you swallow that lingers till you take the next sip.

Like many oatmeal stouts, it should be kept cold but often tastes better when allowed to sit at room temperature before drinking it. If you can't wait (as I often can't) it's best to slip it slowly to experience the beer at different temperatures. This isn't difficult to do since as an outmeal stout, it's somewhat heavy and fairly filling.

BlueHammer, Jan 22, 2008
Photo of Billolick
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer, with bottled on dating of 10/18/04, nice, its been in the bottle for only about 10 weeks. yeah fresh beer! Pours darkest of browns, dark tan minimal head, almost all lacing slides down the glass., Nose is big and burnt, malty. Taste is dominated here by notes of roasted grain, mocha chocolate and fresh roasted coffee beans. Smooth and tasty, but with an outmeal stout, I'm always looking for that oily,smooth mouthfeel, dont really get it here. Its more dry and chalky. Flavorful stout, worth a try and good to support the organic farmers of the world.

Billolick, Dec 29, 2004
Photo of csniezek
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

csniezek, Jul 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

mctizzz, Jan 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

aquazr1, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of KolbMarley
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

KolbMarley, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown to black with red highlights. There is a very small tan head. The aroma is chocolate and coffee. The flavor is coffee, chocolate and roasted malts. The aftertaste is coffee. The mouthfeel is a little bit on the thin side for the style and is not creamy as I expected. Low carbonation.

Mora2000, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4/5  rDev +0.8%

GreenMountainBoy, Sep 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

sgn4779, Mar 23, 2014
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Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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