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

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905 Ratings

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Ratings: 905
Reviews: 391
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 36
Gots: 60 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: Todd on 11-12-2003)
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Photo of Doomcifer
3.98/5  rDev 0%
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 DrDemento456
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Damn that's an impressive pour. Color is a really dark amber almost black, with a slight ruby hue. Head is a nice inch that is dark mocha in color and nice and sticky too.

S - Smells of slight coffee beans, a touch of bittersweet chocolate, and some overall oats.

T - Not the creamiest of oatmeal stouts but the flavors of roast and slight bittersweet chocolates are there but seem a bit mild. Not bad though.

M - Light to medium, I wanted more body but it works.

Overall definitely not the best oatmeal stout I ever had (maybe forth best Samuel Smith being #1) but it goes down smooth and has a pretty good flavor. Almost borderline session-able if it was more available.

Photo of xoqx
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a twist-top brown bottle with a bottled-on-date, this Vermont brewed organic oatmeal stout poured very dark brown, only revealing some dark garnet coloring when held up to the light. The tan head was somewhat thin and flimsy with a rapid deterioration, but then managed to maintain a sheet of foam throughout the drinking of the glass. There was little lacing, but what was there was thick. The smell is biscuity and nutty with coffee scents. The taste is full of caramel, coffee, chocolate and toasty, slightly smoked vanilla. The mouthfeel is rich and creamy and then finishes dryly. Very drinkable. Great beer.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a thin layer of head. Zero lacing. Aroma is of vanilla, coffee, malts and some earthiness. Taste is a sweet coffee upfront along with more vanilla and malt flavor. A bit earthy. Very easy drinking stout but packs a good amount of flavor. Overall, this is a fine Oatmeal Stout and I often look for it. Very good beer.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Thanks to baconsausage for this bottle!

The middle brew enjoyed by VDubb86 and myself amidst a Ghost Adventures kick. It pours a straight obsidian (though bordering on black-brown) topped by a half-finger of glowing off-white foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, light coffee, dark chocolate, molasses, and light maple syrup. The taste holds notes of roasted malts, cocoa, light vanilla, and plenty o' toasted oats. The body is a light-aspiring medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a thickly smooth feel. Overall, a very nice oatmeal stout, rich and chewy without going overboard on the flavors. Get some!

Photo of Kendo
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another one from BEFF's in town. Poured dark brown, almost black in color with a creamy head.

Scent: very coffee-like, though I could discern both the hops and the malt as I sniffed deeply (gathering stares and comments from the folks at the bar). Decent balance, though the coffee dominated.

Taste: Espresso, coffee, roasted malts. Bitterness that seemed more like it came from roasted coffee beans than from beer hops. Malt added to the balance somewhat, but did I mention coffee?

Mouthfeel: surprisingly it seemed a bit light on the mouth, not at all like an Imperial Stout or even some other Oatmeal Stouts I've had, and given the overwhelming espresso flavor, I expected it to have more heft than it did.

Drinkability: I'm not a coffee connoiseur, so I didn't find this to be as drinkable as many other stouts. I didn't find the tastes to be disgusting or "off" however, it's just that I'm not big on coffee. And I do think the coffee taste predominates. If you like coffee you'll probably find this to be extremely drinkable. Though I certainly wouldn't consider this to be a session stout a la Guinness. . . .

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3.98/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Edwin
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks, Sully for this nice brew!

Appearance: Dark black with a tan head. Seems to have larger bubbles. Head vanishes quickly, but leaves a small trace on top. Not much lacing left in the glass.

Smell: Oats, coffee, nuts, grains. Pretty much what I'd expect. A good combination of scents that makes me feel a tad hungry. The label says everything in this is organic...I don't smell anything at all different from regular ingredients.

Taste: Nutty, with a good bit of coffee hints. Oats lined throughout, but not overly so. Seems to a little more subtle on the oats. A slight sweetness on the end. No real alcohol taste.

Mouthfeel: Seems to be smooth, but a tad more liquidy than other oatmeal stouts. Similar to the Wild Goose Oatmeal in texture. Seems to have more of an Ale/Lager feel to it.

Drinkability: I'd say very drinkable. Does not have a huge alcohol tinge to it, so I could definitely down a few of these.

Overall: A fine brew overall. I reccommend it, but not in the face of the upper-echelon Oatmeal Stouts.

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3.96/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Typical stout appearance. Fairly good head retention. Thin craggy rings are left about the glass.

S: Roasty nose with notes of coffee, chocolate, toast, dough, and caramel. Quite nice!

T: Full-flavored roastiness. Coffee, chickory, some dark malt acidity but OK. Chocolate. Burnt brownies. Very mild fruitiness of dark raisins, dry apple, and some vinous undertones. Leafy/grassy hops. Caramel. Crusty bread. Overall pretty full and rounded. Solid bitterness. Finishes dry and roasty with lingering mocha coffee and leafy/grassy hops.

M: Medium bodied, leaning towards medium-light. Standard carb level of about 2.4 volumes CO2/ltr.

D: A decent enough oatmeal stout.

Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very dark amber (close to near black in color) and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin tan head that died down and left some lacing on the surface along with a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of dark roasted malts and oats in the nose along with some notes of coffee beans.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and also has notes of chocolate and coffee. There is a slight amount of bitterness and some hints of sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied, somewhat smooth but yet a bit thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and goes down smoothly. I would have no problem putting down a few of these in succession on any given night.

Photo of errantnight
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a: a nice deep dark black. in bright light there's some ruby brown around the fringe. initial bottle poured a thin head with little retention... but i'm blaming it on the glass. never a thick, rich, head, but there. decent lacing.

s: malt up front. simple, clean, and unspectacular.

t: very nice. mild coffee hints with a light, dry roast. nice clean finish. perfect for a nice late night or after dinner drink. hides the slightly higher alcohol content entirely.

m: a little on the thin side for me, but rolls down nice and smooth.

d: eminantly drinkable. not what i would pick out all the time, but excellent for the price, and certainly worth revisiting.

Photo of mntlover
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice dark brew with tan foamy head lots of carbonation rising. Good wholesome roasted malt, oats slight hint of coffee. Tastes like it should, roasted malt, sweet oats slightly bitter chocolate coffee mix. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but overall a good oatmeal stout. This was a recommendation from the beer store guy on something that would wow me. Said it was as good as my Samuel Smiths, not quite, but still a good stout.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Deep, dark brown that displays a wee bit of light when held up to light. A burly clay colored head doesn't live up to it's pomp and circumstance as it leaves no lace and vanishes completely before sessions end. Boo.

The label boasts coffee, roast malt, and chocolate and delivers on all promises. Good stuff. Taste reiterates the coffee and roast malt sentiment. Woefully watery.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a dark, vibrant, chestnut highlighted brown color with a tall, frothy, lightweight, light tan head that starts tall, but quickly settles into a quarter inch of retaining head. Aromas of milk chocolate, roasted coffee and grains, and a creamy sweetness. Smells solid and tasty. Flavors are roasted coffee backbone, with bitter and roasty characters overall. Chocolate overtones that lean more towards bitter and dark than the milk chocolate that was present on the nose. The beer is light and dry in mouth, with the bitterness giving is a slightly sharp, very clean finish. Tangy sweetness in the aftertaste, with the bittersweet chocolate cutting that quickly. Very good, tasty, dynamic, layered stout. Lower ABV keeps the drinkability high. Solid brew.

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