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

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Ratings: 884
Reviews: 388
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 36
Gots: 53 | 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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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.

xoqx, Nov 19, 2006
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.

PicoPapa, May 05, 2011
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!

TMoney2591, Jun 06, 2011
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. . . .

Kendo, Feb 23, 2006
Photo of Flounder57
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.

Flounder57, Dec 11, 2011
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.

Edwin, Mar 24, 2004
Photo of bmichaud145
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%

bmichaud145, Nov 12, 2014
Photo of NeroFiddled
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.

NeroFiddled, Mar 07, 2009
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.

metter98, Oct 01, 2011
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.

errantnight, Apr 17, 2006
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.

mntlover, Mar 17, 2004
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.

donkeyrunner, Dec 07, 2010
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.

GarthDanielson, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of tjd25
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Half-inch brown head, dense and regular on an opaque dark purple color. The smell gives a great impression of smoothness, with a deep chocolaty character, dry roaste coffee and a controlled fruity potential. Quite milky too. The taste is quite interesting and enjoyable too. A heavy malty chocolaty character, with also pronounced notes of roasted coffee. Light biting notes of citrus, lemon. A raspberry feeling. Hops appear, and stay on the tongue, with the mixed bitterness of the dry cocoa note. Mouthfeel is very smooth. It feels heavy at times but it is pretty drinkable. Not as velvety as one could expect from an oatmeal stout, but pretty enjoyable.

tjd25, Mar 24, 2005
Photo of wac9
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thought i had this beer before but i didnt , what a wonderful sexy smooth creamy beer with chocolate and hints of coffee wow what a taste just loving this beer yummy so drink up amd smile because when this goes down your happy a winter beer that your sure you will enjoy

wac9, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of Jayli
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 12/7
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a rich, dark, chocolate brown almost black with a 1/2 inch of light mocha head. Head recedes quickly leaving wisps of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is oatmeal, chocolate, and some toasted notes.

T: Taste starts with a nice chocolate and toffee presence before an oat, and roast flavoring comes in. Finish has a nicely balanced coffee flavoring that isn't overly dominating but compliments the rest of the beer nicely.

M: Lighterside of medium body, medium carbonation, slightly thin for a stout.

O: Goes down easy, tasty, not filling, mild kick, decent representation of style. This is certainly one I'd have again.

Jayli, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of tgbljb
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a deep brown color with reddish notes. Tannish head was impressive. Smell is of toasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. Taste is pf toasted malt, coffee, and caramel with a nice dry bitterness. Fishished with a bitter malt flavor. A very good oatmeal stout

tgbljb, Aug 12, 2005
Photo of righthereisay
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was excited to try this. Picked it up in Swansboro North Carolina (a single).

I was not impressed with the smell at all. However, when poured, into a glass, I was impressed with the nice dark color and lacing.

Wow, I loved the taste. Great full flavor, little carbonation. Very nice body. I could throw down a lot of these.

It is Organic, I guess.

righthereisay, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of Durge
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another find at Bradley Airport Terminal (Locks Landing), this has a deep dark black brown color, a healthy tan head and fair lacing. The aroma offers a pleasant and definitive coffee with a deep mocha sweetness and roasted nuts. Very nice. The flavor speaks out with a tart coffee bitterness, while the chocolate idea settles into a more subtle blend with leafy hop and even lemon highlights. This beer is a solid medium bodied to full bodied deal that is near silky in feel though a touch thin, very easy drinking...and it's organic! There's a hint of vinegar here that I might do without but it doesn't spoil it. The carbonation is very delicate but it's adequate for the style. Recommended for a try. Smooth and flavorful.

Durge, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of unknownlamer
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 08/25/2005.

Pours a not quite black with ruby around the edges, and a fairly small brown head (my glass may have been to blame for that because it was accidentally run through the washer). It smells deliciously roasty.

The flavor is roasty with a bit of a chocolate taste. It has all of the stout flavor without a hugely bitter finish. It leaves a mild burnt taste in the mouth for a little while after swallowing. All in all really nice and smooth if a bit thinner than the taste would suggest (I noticed that the Pale Ale had a similar level of carbonation). I'll be getting this again.

unknownlamer, Nov 16, 2005
Photo of Admiraldinty
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Andover Liquors on a whim.

Poured a beautiful pitch black with a lacy coffee-coloured head.

Smells of burnt toast (toasted malt), coffee, and a little lactose.

Taste is malt, coffee, bitter chocolate, and more burnt taste.

Mouthfeel is disappointingly thin (maybe I'm crazy) but smooth.

Good, but I'll stick with Ipswich for my Oatmeal Stout of choice.

Admiraldinty, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

rhoadsrage, Jul 09, 2006
Photo of SickGnar
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown / quite nearly black – sort of a tawny mahogany when held to light and the shortest bit shy of opaque. Medium tan head that fades to a ring with moderate speed. It tries to leave lace, but it slides down the glass & fails to adhere except for a couple of spotches.

S: Tons of sweet and softly toasty oatmeal. Behind that are decent hints of chocolate & roast, and quite a bit more malty sweetness. As it warms, roast really grows and takes on a hint of char. Good strength with oatmeal, sweetness, & roast – nice!

T: Far more roasty & bitter than the nose. Initial oatmeal sweetness is quickly overwhelmed by a very firm darkly roasted malts. No real coffee note or anything – just dry, bitter roast with a strong char note. Middle battles back a bit with more oatmeal, some malty sweetness & a hint of caramel. A lot of the bitterness seems to be from roast, but there is a good bit of woody / earthy hop character with herbal & spice hints. Roast & hops both really linger in the finish.

M: Medium body with carbonation the slightest bit over balanced – but still in range. Reasonable smoothness, but less creamy than I anticipated from the nose. A bit of chew. Quite roasty & attenuated with a dry finish.

D: Nicely robust with plenty of character and a strong oatmeal aspect. Good interplay between the dark roast and the oatmeal & malt sweetness. Nicely balancing hops. Lots of flavor and very drinkable - this is quite nice.

SickGnar, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of wedge
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep, dark brown hue - nearly black under a slender, creamy tan head. Aromas of mild coffee and cream, semi-sweet chocolate, light smoky roast. Dark, bittersweet, roasted chocolate malty flavor. Subtle dark fruit and nutty oats. Best around cellar temperature. Medium bodied, a bit oily, and smooth. It's been too long since I've had one of these. An excellent choice for a sessionable stout.

wedge, May 07, 2011
Photo of jyeast101
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chocolate brown with a thick half inch carmel colored head. Much darker than many of the Oatmeal Stouts that I've had. A seemingly thick beer that is suprisingly light on the pallate. Strong smell of oats and barley. Sweet malty taste with nice balance of grains and hops that finishes clean. An easy drinking and yet very fulfilling beer.

jyeast101, Apr 04, 2006
Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
90 out of 100 based on 884 ratings.