Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout - Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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4.22/5 rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
The evening greets me with a night sky burned orange from streetlights and moody piano music. The mourning doves' calls faintly sound in the distance, adding a bit of life, however melancholy, to the otherwise still desolate environment. There's a certain film-noir feeling to all this, I think, as I pry the top off the bottle of Wolaver's oatmeal stout.
A: I tip the bottle and pour its contents into a standard pint glass. The liquid is dark ruby or reddish-brown in color, nearly opaque and quite attractive. I wish I could sit and rest while looking at the world through this color, I think to myself. The head is about 2cm in height, quite pillowy, and off-white in color. It descends within a few minutes, leaving little lacing but a thin head remains on top of beer throughout the entire session.
S: Scent brings to mind coffee with cream at first, then trails into some cocoa and very light hop scents. The smells coalesce into a very enjoyable total presence, one of the more memorable and well-defined of all the oatmeal stouts I've tried.
T: Taste opens up with roasted coffeebeans early on along with some sweet, smoked malt. There's some extra sweetness and smoothness that is no doubt from the use of the oats. As with the scent, some cocoa essences become defined midway and the tasting experience trails off with a combination of very light hop bitterness with burnt coffee and dark chocolate bitterness. For me, as someone who enjoys the taste of coffee, chocolate and hops, this beer presents a very balanced use of all ingredients and remains true to the known style, which is focused more on roasted malt flavors than hops.
M: Medium bodied with just enough carbonation to make the experience interesting on the palate. Moderately thick, though smooth body, again most likely from the usage of the oats. Dry finish from the hops and roasted malt, which when combined with the relatively low alcohol content, practically makes one want another sip as soon as the last one was completed.
D: All aspects of this beer are in near perfect order: this is everything I could want from an oatmeal stout. Easily drinkable again and again, dinstinctive flourishes in taste and with enough complexity to keep multiple partakings interesting.
Serving type: bottle
03-14-2006 02:37:15 | More by falloutsnow
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