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

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855 Ratings

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Ratings: 855
Reviews: 386
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 34
Gots: 44 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

SkaJenny, Sep 27, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

tommy2x, Feb 11, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

xbrettfavrex, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of beerluvr
4.7/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light brown head over ultra deep dark ruby-brown liquid. Rich coffee like nose with hints of chocolate, very nice. Velvety mouthfeel has flavors of bitter chocolate, roasty maltiness, more coffee and a lingering hop bitterness. Finishes hoppy and bittersweet, a superb oatmeal stout...among the best out there!

beerluvr, Mar 13, 2005
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4.7/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Very dark brown/black color, non-transparent, one finger thick tan color head that faded slowly

S- Expresso, molasses, oatmeal, milk chocolate, hint of hops

T- Oats, dark chocolate, roasted grains, coffee beans, dark malts, smokey

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, crisp, dry roasted feel

D- Would recommend to any stout lover

I could drink this anytime anywhere. Just as good in bottle as it is on tap (but I would always prefer on tap).

iceball585, Aug 06, 2007
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
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4.68/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black. No brown hues, no light, nothing. Just a pitch dark black. Thin head. Aroma of sweet, rich, dark, strong, coffee and brown sugar. Taste is exceptional. Sweet raosted malts. Strong coffee taste. Balanced by some hop character and spices. It has a nice velvety mouthfeel. Feels viscous and thick in the mouth. I wouldn't consider this a session brew because it is very filling. That aside it is very drinkable because it's so damn tasty. If this is Wolaver's first dark beer, I request many, many more.

wcudwight, Nov 23, 2005
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4.68/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A two month old sample. Not as dark as expected. More of a dark brown. A few big bubbles mixed in with many tiny fine bubbles. Smells like a sweet mocha iced coffee with floral hop edges. Subtle mellow aroma. Mellow roast flavor with hints of dark chocolate cocoa and lesser hints of dark fruit. Dried plums, figs and raisins. Bittering hops give a quick finish. The roast flavor comes back with the next sip. Velvety, luscious mouthfeel leaving a very slight powdery feel on the tongue. High drinkability. Many organic brews are a gimmick. Wolaver's is the real deal. A must try.

mshallah, Jun 01, 2007
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4.65/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had Wolaver's Brown Ale and wasn't that impressed but I thought I'd give the oatmeal stout a chance. Poured a thick opaque black color with a dense and coarse tan head that rose quickly after the pour. Head dissipated but left an attractive tan ribbon. Good lacing too. Great aromas of dark chocolate, lots of roasted coffee beans and some noticeable hops. Awesome flavors of coffee, chocolate, coffee, a touch of hops, and roasted barley. Coffee is the dominant flavor here and it's done very well. A great offering from Wolaver's.

lehows, Feb 05, 2007
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4.63/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Firm, one finger of light tan head over a beer that is black-bodied but brown enough around the edges that is more reminiscent of a porter than a stout.
S: Sweet roasted coffee malts, sweet vanilla and maple syrup.
T: Balance of roasted coffee as promised by the aroma; flavorful maple/oat combo, rounded out by slight hoppiness.
M: Mouthfeel is more like a stout than the appearance; heavy body with light but appropriate carbonation; smooth riding down the throat and just the slightest sweet residue coating the mouth.
D: I'd have another, and maybe another. Very similar to a number of porters I've tried. This would make a great breakfast beer--maple-flavored oatmeal and a cup of coffee all in one bottle! I recommend this as one of the most flavorful organic brews I've had.

washburnkid, Mar 03, 2009
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4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice deep chocolate tones, good lacing but the head could be more robust.

S - Dark chocolate and fresh brewed coffee.

T - Really nicely balanced, the roasted coffee is there but it is very smooth without getting too bitter.

M - Slight carbonation but very smooth

O - Pulled this one randomly off the shelf because my son like the farmer on the label. What a great pull! This will be a stout I come back to time and time again, reasonably priced, nice ABV, a great drinking beer!

TileNBeer, Jun 04, 2011
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4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours an oily almost black color. Almost pitch black in the glass, only some slight browns around the edges. Brown head and nice lacing.

S - Wow, amazing. Smoky malts, Chocolates, Coffee, a creamy milk stout smell, and a good base of floral hops underneath. I want to smell like this beer.

T - A smoky earthy taste hit me up front, followed by pretty much everything I smelled. A slightly metallic aftertaste is the only thing keeping this from a 5.

M - Very nice, full, has the carbonation that some stouts lack, but is not overly carbonated.

D - Great session beer, keep them coming.

Wasn't sure about this one when I picked it up, when it comes to stouts I either love them or hate them, this one though is definitely a love. Great beer and has some elements to it that all stouts should strive for. Would love to see an aged version of this. I will be picking this one up again.

cottonkoozie, Sep 01, 2010
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4.59/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Riley and Jakes's in Clinton, NJ. I was pleasantly surprised to find this wonderful tasting beer on tap here. The beer had a lovely balance tilted towards the sweet side; never bitter, beautiful amber color and every sip a pleasure Otter Creek brewery has some fine organic beers and this one is no exception. Having this beer on-tap certainly enhanced the taste, but I will try it in the bottle to see how it compares.

Riley and Jake's is a famiily restaurant with a typical American pub menu. The food is fine for this type of restaurant and the place gets quite busy on the weekends.

DS31, Apr 02, 2013
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4.58/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a very dark brown, pretty much black. Nearly opaque, although it appears to be filtered. A thick froth of beige head tops the liquid, dissipating somewhat, but maintaining about 1/8" until about halfway, where it drops to a thick film. Impressive! Lots of sticky belgian lace.
The aroma is surprisingly powerful. Loads of burnt roasted malt are softened somewhat with a slightly lactic oatmeal presence. A touch grainy, adding a welcome coarseness to the overall effect, with a distinct black patent malt aroma. Coffee-like, with a touch of chocolate and prune. Some vague herbal hopping carries through, although mostly buried under the bittersweet malt.
The flavor starts with a surprisingly assertive grainy malt. Coarse blackened malt, with a rather intense bittersweet coffee flavor. Some oats soften it up, not quite as present as most other oatmeal stouts, with a touch of smooth lactic sweetness. Chocolate and a touch of treacle, with just a hint of dried dark fruit, like raisin or prune in the middle. The bittersweetness gains some intensity in the finish, coupling with an earthen herbal hopping. A coffee maltiness lingers in the finish with some oatmeal. Medium to full bodied, with moderate carbonation, and a rugged, unshaven overall feel.
Despite the oatmeal, the beer retains a coarse, backwoods feeling. The overall impression somehow conjures up an image of some grizzled old woodsman decked out in a coonskin hat and furs. He's from back in 1700's ye olde new englande. The fire is a-burnin' and a couple conies are stewing in a black iron pot suspended over the open flame in the fire-pit. The guy has a thick bushy beard with a long scar running over one cheek, from a bear attack he survived back in "ought-six", when the injuns taught him their ways and sent him out into the woods with a bow and a loincloth to test his manhood. Anyways, this is the only beer suitable for ye olde huntsman, and he drinks it out of a wooden flagon. Robust and impressive.

UnionMade, Feb 01, 2004
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4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a dark brown and drew to a tan head. The aroma was of toasted malt and swee coffee. The taste was a wonderful mix of malt and coffee with a nice alcohol burn on top. The feel was heavy and dry. I walked into the bar at the Borgata one afternoon and was happy to just find a good macro. This went well beyond my expectations. The beer was in great shape and had that wonderful sweet and bitter taste that only a fine stout has. I was particularly impressed with the rich and complex aromas. Definately a beer I will have to find again.

claytri, Sep 13, 2007
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4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- deep brown with lighter brown hughes, two finger tan head with great retent, films of lace

S- roasted malts, oats, and coffee

T- dominately chocolate and coffee flavors with roasted malts, dark chocolate and oats and earthy hop flavor

M- extremely smooth and fluffy

D- amazing moutfeel and delicious flavor this is a solid oatmeal stout and is highly recommended

tonistruth, Aug 21, 2008
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4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one is a bit of an experiment.

Purchased a growler from the brewery the last week of August, 2007, on my return from a biz trip to Montreal. Was immediately refrigerated and placed on its side so to eliminate any air in the bottle's neck and seal beer from any additional air incursion.

Pours with a huge tan/light brown rocky head which slowly dissipates to about 1/4 inch, with copious sheet lacing. Completely opaque color which doesn't allow any light though.

Smell is of roasted/toasted malt with some hops in the end. Some coffee/toffee hints too, and even some milk/lactose in the nose.

Taste, WOW! Aging this one has allowed the sweet to meld perfectly with the bitter to create a very, very balanced taste; even better than the usual bottled version. It actually exhibits some attributes of a milk stout, with roast qualities!

This beer is even smoother than the bottle version, but the aging has thinned it out a bit, so not as full.

It seems my experiment has been successful. Almost 5 months after the pour, not only did this beer hold up, but I think it excelled from the original, except that the mouthfeel was not as full. I'm sure that part of the "success" comes from the beer's use of the highest quality and organic ingredients. On my 3rd pint and counting. Yummy!


sraimondi, Jan 06, 2008
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4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep dark brown with hints of red around the edges and a slight tan head that quickly fell. Fresh gound coffee, toasted malts and dark chocolate to the nose. The taste was of coffee, excellent toasted malt flavors, bittersweet chocolate and a slight hoppy bitterness at the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth, creamy, and not too thick. Very drinkable brew, if I do say so myself. This one is a definite winner.

soulfly967, May 06, 2005
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4.52/5  rDev +13.9%

jordanian2, Sep 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

squezey, Apr 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Bdel34, Jan 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

spark3148857, Feb 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

flynndan, Mar 02, 2013
Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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