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

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Wolaver's Oatmeal StoutWolaver's Oatmeal Stout

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965 Ratings

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Ratings: 965
Reviews: 403
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 39
Gots: 107 | 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: 965 | Reviews: 403
Reviews by jsanto:
Photo of jsanto
3.46/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

s - 12oz bottle, served in a little chimay glass.

a - it looks like a stout, dark brown, with a little light brown head.

s - i don't like the smell. it's like cocoa/coffee/molasses/alcohol.

t - it's organic, so it gives a little off the taste. harsh, but still flavorful enough to enjoy. the finish was bitter. the front was coffee.

m - dry and sour/bitter.

d- i liked it as a different stout that was not sweet.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of oberon
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of vtbeerman
4.85/5  rDev +21.9%
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.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.51/5  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.

Photo of Todd
4.3/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of Doomcifer
3.97/5  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.

Photo of BlueHammer
4.65/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

Photo of Billolick
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
3.57/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of yankeeheel
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark black with a fluffy espresso head. Served at cellar temperature Lots of lacing down the glass. The smell is almost straight tobacco. Living down south I am all too familiar with the golden leaf, and it smells like it infused in this beer. Little bits of coffee and anise permeate the background.

The taste doesn't reflect the tobacco as strongly, but it's still there. Instead you get a lot of that dark toasted malt with a fair amount of coffee, and a rich tarry overtone. Very oily. Carbonation and mouthfeel are moderate and the oatmeal creaminess carries it through. Pretty good stout.

Photo of skivtjerry
3.33/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not as opaque as a stout should be - more of a deep garnet color. Heavy aroma and flavor of roasted barley, but not the body or smoothness to back it up. Quite malty, but it's in the background. Would be much better as a brown ale if most of the roast and black barley was removed.

Photo of BadBadger
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a descent oatmeal stout. It pours a somewhat translucent dark brown, almost black. The head is rather minimal in size and does not last long. The smell is good, of nice malts. The taste is an odd blend of sweet and bitter, being unfortunately nothing special. The mouthfeel is rather good. While this is a beer certainly worth trying, there are far better ones out there to enjoy.

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 FloppyTopper
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Standard go to

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a thin black body with a big bubbly tan head. Even though it is pretty thin there isn't much carbonation that is visible.

S- The strong smell of cold coffee with a note of dark roast has a faint sour/tart note to it.

T- The taste of strong coffee with a tart earthy oatmeal note is followed by a black malt flavor.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slight watery texture.

D- There is good coffee flavors and some nice malt complexity to compliment it but it is a shade on the thin side.

M- This beer has a medium mothfeel with a slight watery texture.

D- There is good coffee flavors and some nice malt complexity to compliment it but it is a shade on the thin side.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout

Appearance- dark brown with a thick creamy head.
Smell- light roasted hops with a hint of oatmeal grain.
Taste- roasted coffee with a creamy body. Hints of cocoa.
Mouthfeel- smooth and warming.

Overall- A nice session beer. I could easily drink this all night.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on: 11/13/06 consumed on 1/1/07

AP: Pours a totally opaque Darkest brown color with a fizzy but thin looking brownish colored head that dissipated to a swirl and a thick rim around the edges. This is a fairly thick looking beer.

Nose: Mild chocolaty malts>french roast coffee>Burnt grains>herbal hops

Taste: Mmmm...this has really great oatmeal stout flavor! Mild Chocolaty malted flavor>Burnt wheat and oats>French roast-style coffee>Herbal and mildly bitter but hearty hop finish.

MF: This is a heavy lookng, medium body brew that feels substantial in the mounth but clean and rather smooth going down. It's actually a bit light and thin feeling for the style.

DA: This is highly drinkable stuff. Good Organic.

Photo of jmz62565
3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a jet black with a large tan head. The head is foamy and very long lasting.The smell is weak,but you can detect some roasted malt. The taste has alot of roasted malt with some coffee flavor. The texture is very creamy and delicious. The m/f is medium and well balanced. This is another good brew from Otter Creek and I'll buy this again.

Photo of asabreed
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark with slight amber highlights when some light's on it. Creamy off-white head lingering nicely.

Smell: Toasted malts, grains, oatmeal sweetness, brown sugar, licorice, earthiness, hints of vanilla, mild bitter coffee. A nicely balanced nose overall.

Taste: Roasted characteristics at first, along with some coffee bitterness and husk flavors, going into the sweetness from the oatmeal along with mild dark berries, molasses, brown sugar, and earthliness, finishing semi-dry with a push of citrus from the hops at the end. Fairly complex and balanced overall, and very easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and fairly creamy without being chewy.

Drinkability: One of the better domestics in my opinion. Fairly cheap, a nice sessionable ABV, goes down really smoothly, and enough flavor to make it complex without being overbearing.

Photo of Magpie14
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: dark chestnut and walnut brown colors with soft rum colors at the base. The pour looked rather thin and light in color for a stout. Head was airy and foamy with good retention and light khaki in color. This was augmented by a good coverage of random splatters of lace

S: the nose does not disappoint as husky roasted grain flavors dominate the smell. Throw in some chocolate and java and you have a good thing going

T: let me start with the healthy dose of roasted flavors: oats, barley, and malts that leads to a savory soft charred taste on the back of the tongue . This charred taste has hints of a cup of cowboy coffee and a sweetness maintains throughout mostly of delicate dark chocolate undertones. Hops also make pleasant showing and keep things in tune with a shot of grassiness and lemons. Tasty stuff!

M: well, this category leaves much to be desired. Body very mild and thin for a stout. I like'em viscous and thick with these types of flavors. Far from creamy, that charred flavor hangs at the back solely attributed to the dark roasted flavor profile. However, as it warmed it began to feel a little more accommodating

D: not too much bad about this brew. Has plenty of the things I like in a good stout. Maybe a handful of oats would help move this guy along even better. I do like the hop presence and overall flavors...good beer

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