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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

820 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 820
Reviews: 384
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 28
Gots: 31 | 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 jockstrappy:
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jockstrappy

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%

Pours a rich, burnt mahogany color with a creamy light brown head. Aroma consists of roasted malt , coffee, and dried fruit. Taste is mainly coffee and roasted malts, with a fruity hop bitterness that provides great balance and complexity as it warms. Very slick mouthfeel for the style, as the finish is fairly clean with only a mild coffee and hop aftertaste. I could do a 6-pack of these no problem.

01-18-2008 23:15:47 | More by jockstrappy
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oberon

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

06-25-2004 01:13:08 | More by oberon
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

05-08-2004 00:35:26 | More by RoyalT
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev -3%

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.

08-27-2005 21:05:47 | More by DaPeculierDane
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vtbeerman

Vermont

4.88/5  rDev +22.9%

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.

02-02-2009 23:32:16 | More by vtbeerman
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LongTrailer

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

10-08-2013 21:47:15 | More by LongTrailer
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +4%

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.

07-24-2007 00:01:48 | More by orbitalr0x
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StephSwander

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

06-23-2013 00:02:02 | More by StephSwander
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chOAKbarrell

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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.

01-13-2006 00:03:10 | More by chOAKbarrell
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BK2084

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

08-25-2012 02:14:06 | More by BK2084
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Todd

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +9.1%

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.

11-12-2003 22:03:54 | More by Todd
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SmellsofMahagony

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

05-09-2013 02:45:22 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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TimoP

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

04-23-2012 00:21:31 | More by TimoP
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

02-04-2008 20:48:22 | More by Doomcifer
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BlueHammer

Connecticut

4.68/5  rDev +17.9%

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.

01-22-2008 23:58:43 | More by BlueHammer
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Billolick

New York

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

12-29-2004 01:34:39 | More by Billolick
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csniezek

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

07-04-2013 05:01:36 | More by csniezek
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mctizzz

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

01-28-2013 03:35:38 | More by mctizzz
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aquazr1

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

02-23-2014 04:16:33 | More by aquazr1
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KolbMarley

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

11-14-2013 17:10:04 | More by KolbMarley
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Mora2000

Texas

3.55/5  rDev -10.6%

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.

02-15-2010 21:21:25 | More by Mora2000
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GreenMountainBoy

Vermont

4/5  rDev +0.8%

09-28-2012 01:45:32 | More by GreenMountainBoy
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sgn4779

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

03-23-2014 16:41:18 | More by sgn4779
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mjtiernan

New York

4/5  rDev +0.8%

11-15-2011 06:11:01 | More by mjtiernan
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dogfishandi

New York

3.78/5  rDev -4.8%

poured out of brown 12 oz bottle, bottled on 2/3/09 into my hefe buffalo bills glass. pours almost black with a some ruby colors when held up to the light. some creamy off white head that has decent retention. some nice sticky lacing. in the aroma, roasty malts, oatmeal, coffee, chocolate perhaps even a touch of vanilla. the taste is again roasty malts, some creaminess from the oats, a touch of coffee and chocolate in the finish. the mouthfeel is medium to light bodied. the carbonation is on the light side which is perfect. drinkability pretty good, a tasty stout, but a little on the light side. a little disappointed with the appearance and the mouthfeel. to me not very stout like. if it were a little more heavily bodied, it would be a great beer, right now its just good. i wouldnt go out of my way to get this again, but if i come across, id drink it again.

03-14-2009 20:20:05 | More by dogfishandi
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Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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