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

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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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 11-12-2003)
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Photo of SomethingClever
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft poured into shaker pint

A: the head looks creamy no light is getting through this sucker 

S: very light smell smells a little metallic smells a little like charred roast

T: its sweet but the flavors seem muted probably shouldn't have drank this after an RIS . I get a little roast taste seems a little burnt 

M: great thick mouthfeel for a low ABV stout. A little creamy quite nice

O: it's an ok beer the tastes are very muted I wouldn't go out of my way to find this and I'd only pull one on tap if there are no other stouts 

Photo of silver0rlead
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black with a nice tan head that leaves good lacing down the glass. Aroma is oats, chocolate, molasses and a hing of fig. Taste is similar to the smell, big chocolate, coffee, molasses and oats flavor with a dark fruit and cream in the background. Mouthfeel really is velvety smooth (like it says on the label) with light carbonation, but a crisp and slightly bitter, dry finish that balances the sweetness of the beer well. Drinkability is descent, but its pretty filling (as an Oatmeal stout should be).

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

12 oz bottle with a clearly printed "bottled on" date.

Appearance: Clear dark amber/brown, not the blackest stout around. Reddish highlights appear against the light. Two fingers of head rise in my trusty Sam Adams glass, which settle into a thin ring over the course of a few minutes. Going by appearance, I'd guess this was a brown ale.

Smell: Coffee with a few cubes of sugar. Somewhat sweet for the style, but pleasant enough. This stuff only hints at roasted barley, and there's an undercurrent of sweet lactose sugar.

Taste & mouthfeel: Sweet and rich, mildly roasted and toasted, almost hot chocolate-like. Hints of coffee toward the finish. A little bit of leafy hop appears in the background, but this is a decidedly malty brew. Pretty damn decent stuff really, and I'll give it some bonus points for being organic.

Photo of surprenant1138
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown, almost black with minimal creamy tan head and minimal lacing. Aroma is of coffee, chocolate, earthy, and slightly smokey. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty well carbonated. Taste is of nuts, coffee, some chocolate, and a bit of smoke. Pretty decent stout right here.

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

A - Deep brown (almost pure black) with some brown-amber hints to it. Tan head that dissipates quickly.

S - Sweet coffee and bitter chocolate. Undertones of molasses and roasted malts. I also get some notes of greek olives - yikes - but that might just be the bitter hops coming into play more I thought. Not picking up a lot of oatmeal, in fact.

T - Sweet and smooth, almost like drinking a coffee and Bailey's. Definitely get more of a oat flavor when it hits the tongue, and plenty of bittering hops at the end: think bitter dark chocolate again.

M - Just a touch of carbonation makes for a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. A bit thin for a stout, but that's what makes it drinkable.

O - This is a nice effort from Wolaver's - I'm a big fan of dark chocolate and smooth roasted coffee, so this appeals to my tastes. But more broadly, I think it is a good sample of this style - balanced sweet with a bitter finish gives plenty of complexity without leaving you full.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this on Tap at Bukowski's on Dalton St. last night.

Came with a single finger thick head that was tan in color and rather substantial. Good retention and only spotty lacing with this brew. The beer was extremely dark and almost black. It was pretty dark in Bukowki's so I'm not sure I could describe the color in any more detail. Certainly looked like a classic stout.

Aroma was mostly of chocolate and of roasted goodness. A slight burnt aroma to it. Nice.

The taste began sweet and creamy, then finished almost dry. Lots of chocolate notes and deep roasted flavors. The taste was pretty good and right on for the style.

This was a fairly thick stout and of course had a big mouth feel.

Drinkability was nice and I was happy to have chosen it to close out the evening.

A good effort.

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

Picked up a single at PHP in Brookline. Poured into a Great Divide Yeti glass. Very dark brown color. Nice looking tan head. Really aromatic smell of roasted barley. Taste was immense. Reminded me of an imperial oatmeal stout. Dark roasted barley and malt flavors abound. Really had that super oatmeal flavor to it. This is a great characteristic, but I wonder if they didn't overdo it by just a little too much. It's a smooth beer, but the flavor is really upfront and I am not sure if I would want several of these in one sitting. This stout is definitely a sipping beer. Paired nicely with a bowl of home-made beef chili. This is the second Wolaver's that I have had this month that has really impressed me with its intense flavor.

Photo of NiceTaps
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle in a pint glass.

A- Solid black cherry color. The modest tan head settles to a heavy film. A wall of lacing clings to the glass.

S- Popping off the bottle cap unleashed sweet roasted aromas. Those aromas: lots of malts, coffee, molasses, and extra dark chocolate, improve in the glass. Some alcohol as it warms.

T- Dry roasted malt flavor, strong coffee, some sweet molasses, and bitter dark chocolate.
Dark fruit on the back end.

M-The oats should be building some body here, but they fail. It does have some alcohol and hop bite, not harsh. There's also a long flavorful finish.

O The abv is right and drinkable, but it could be more 'stout-like'.

Photo of altgeeky1
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black, no highlights to shine through. I have this next to a glass of Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout to compare, and Wolaver's is darker for sure. Pour creates a thick creamed-coffee head, but with short retention -- 5 minutes later the head is gone, but there remains lace around the glass and some floating islands of foam. Smells slightly burnt, not smoky, and thin, as if lighter malts were toasted longer to force more color from them, but with weaker smell. Tastes a little burnt, and bitter but not in an overall unpleasant way. The body is thinner compared to Smith's, and the carbonation is stronger and sharper. Carbonation is not overdone or bad, but it doesn't seem to 'support' or add creaminess as the SSOS does. This is one of my favorite oatmeal stouts, always available fresh at Hannafords.

Photo of thain709
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Served with a nearly black body that showcased some deep brown highlights...the creamy head was light brown in color and stood three fingers tall...it became rocky and fell to a solid cap that left attractive lacing

S - A normal nose with roasted malts leading the way...chocolate and coffee are present with the latter being a little less

T - The roasted qualities of this oatmeal stout are very nice and show themselves throughout the entire beer...the roast does bring a bit of a bitterness but it's not too harsh...dark chocolate notes can be found towards the back end and they really stand out as the beer warms...subtle coffee and caramel flavors are also lingering

M - Medium bodied...smooth, roasty bitterness...I wanted some more body and creaminess

O - I enjoyed this Oatmeal Stout and even went back for more...it's very easy to drink with nice roasty flavors that provide a decent chocolate fix

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

This is a quite dark stout with a smallish off-white head. The aroma presents notes of lightly roasted coffee. Nice malty flavor, a blend of very lightly roast and smooth milk chocolate (but not too chocolaty). The body is a little watery, but silky smooth.

A nicely designed oatmeal stout, which is style few brewers seem attracted to these days.

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

Pours dark brown/chestnut color. Nice sized tan head.

Smells like an oatmeal stout. Roasted barley, coffee, chocolate.

Nice light bodied beer. Creamy and smooth like most good oatmeal stouts. Sweet, chocolate, some coffee, roastyness. Not really overpowering taste. Just a nice, simple, easy drinking oatmeal stout.

Good beer.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
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 barleyroad
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok like this is Brown, dark and it is that simple, no need to get fancy. Smooth, toasty and creamy. Nicely done. Oh you want to know about the taste. Well roasted and toasted very well and leaves the mouth/tongue clean. The feel on the mouth is, "give me more" and refreshing to boot. Overall this is a well brewed oatmeal stout.

Photo of Bobzilla
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Bottle from the brewery.
C: Black, with a hint of red-brown, dark amber through the light. Tan head, but it gets thin quickly.

S: toasty, roasted smell. A bit of cardboard as well. Reminds me a bit of canned tuna in the mixture of smells.

M: A bit fizzy than I would expect. The oatmeal smoothness is getting lost in the carbonation.

T: Chocolate, coffee, and cookie flavors.

-The Oatmeal smell starts to come through after much more warming. This beer is best served warm, or at most , cooled slightly. Even at 50 degrees in our basement, it seemed to be too cold to get the aroma out of the beer. The odd smells were only when it was colder.

D: Its a drinkable beer, but only with the above things in mind. On tap at the brewery, it was definitely a beer that was worth picking up. At home, it seemed to be lacking some of the character I originally noticed.

Photo of Morey
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black in color, but you can see some brown if it's held up to the light. Small head that quickly reduces to a thin lacing.

Smells of coffee and burnt sugar. This is a pretty good oatmeal stout for sure. Has a subtle smokey-burnt taste to go along with the coffee like features. Mouthfeel is silky smooth.

Morey's Bottom Line: I remember how easy this stout seemed to go down the first time that I had it...just as easy this time. Very drinkable stout for sure.

Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Red hues striking through a dark brown with a tan head and some lacing.

S: Strong smell of malts, chocolate, oats, and barley. Very nice.

T: Big roasted malt and coffee flavor. The oats are prevalent too. A chocolate bite at the end.

M: Kind of thin, but a nice smoothness to it.

D: Tasty and a low ABV, but nothing too special.

Photo of bditty187
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown if not black in hue, when held to a light ruby highlights shine around the edges. A foamy brown head reached a maximum height of one finger, and then it quickly faded to a bubbly cap. The subsequent lacing was almost none. The nose is quite pleasant. There is great roasted depth with aromas of chocolate, hints of milk, oats, charred wood (not smoky), earth, and coffee. All of these smells work in perfect harmony. This is close to perfection. The bouquet is terrific, there is reasonable potency and the invitation is quite clear. The palate is almost as pleasant as the nose. The alcohol warmth seems out of place to me. The heat is off-putting, just a bit. There are excellent roasted flavors: earthy, charred wood with astringent acidity that melts into one with the chocolate flavors. The coffee stands alone, as does the herbal hoppines. The oats do an excellent job of rounding out the flavors; nothing becomes too extensive or too aggressive. The flavors are straightforward. This is a very tasty beer… until the aftertaste, which seems flawed because it tastes like rubbing alcohol, it isn’t very strong but it is still gross. I managed to get around this well enough and I’d still consider the palate to be very lovely. The mouthfeel is a little too thin for me, it lacks in bulk and the fact there is very low carbonation doesn’t help this aspect of that beer much. The consistency is a bit creamy. This is a good Oatmeal Stout, the recipe seems very old school, like centuries old. I’m digging that! This was quite good, IMO, this is a hard style to get right. This one was close. Thanks UnionMade!

Photo of beerphilosopher
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an almost opaque brown color with a solid, thick light chocolate head. Good retention. Nose is of roasted malts, coffee, and oats. Pleasant. Palate is malty, with chocolate overtones. The oat flavors are subtle. Slight hop bitterness after the initial malt softness. Mouthfeel is smooth, light/medium bodied, and lightly carbonated. Though this stout tastes just a bit thin at times, it's a very good small batch stout over all. Definitely worth a try if you can get it.

Photo of mobud
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pored into pint glass from bottle.

A- Night black with a creamy head that remained til the end.

S- Deep roasted malt with alittle chocolate underneath.

T- At first, I tasted the oatmeal, but soon felt the malt take over.

M- Creamy smooth, almost nitro-like with a lite boozy feel on the tongue. I let each sip linger because I was really enjoying this beer.

D- I would get this beer again. My buddy got this for me and I was not crazy about stouts, but it won me over.

Photo of Naes
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is jet black and only shows the tiniest bit of brown around the edges when held up to the light. The head is a very light tan and is semi sticky and creamy.

The aroma is of oatmeal and chocolate, a powerful one at that.

The taste is a complex blend of malts and oatmeal. The aftertaste is a wonderful blend of chocolate and coffee. It is a great match to its aroma.

The beer is nicely carbonated, but is just a little bit watery for an oatmeal stout. It’s highly drinkable though, smooth yet flavorful.

Just as good as I remember it being last winter. Bottled about 3 months ago and still delicious.

Photo of orfeu
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ruby-brown; not even close to black when backlit. Chunky yet smooth beige foam cap. Roasted malt, chocolate, and sour vinous aromas. Some floral hop scents come through as well. Taste is not nearly as vinous or sour as the aroma would portend. Nor is it as sweet as the nose led me to believe. What I do taste is dark roasted maltiness: primarily cocoa and a bit of coffee. Spicy and floral hop bitterness is evident from the middle to the finish. Slight acidity emerges in the aftertaste. Earthy hops haunt burps. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, but the body is far too light: medium-thin. Nothing about this stout is going to clobber you, so I guess in that sense it's relatively easy to drink. The taste is pretty solid, but it just seems too light in appearance and in body for me to give it higher marks. I really wanted to like this one more, but there were just a few too many "off" aspects.

Photo of Hoagie1973
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok Wolaver, I re-tried your organic tree-hugging hippie stout (first had this beer at some fruity coffee house on University Ave. in Rochester. They gave it to me in the bottle - no glass - which really pissed me off), and here's what I found:

Pours a rich black that shows a nice clear redness when held to the light, like the color of a dark garnet. Rather disappointing thin head that dissipated quickly, leaving little to no lace.

Smells of smoky roasted malt and coffee.

Nice roasted chocolate malt flavor, earthy oats, & coffee. Piney hops come through in a dry finish.

Thick, full mouthfeel. A little slick and oily on the palette.

Pretty solid overall.

Photo of Truh
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chowed down on a sprout sandwich with this one on 4/12/2005. 12-oz. bottle, dated 12/29/2004, poured in a shaker glass.

Mercury beads and sheeting initial covering falls down to just ghostly wisps. Dark brown hue, not black as expected, and can actually be seen through in less than 100% lighting – not accustomed to that in a stout; no discernible action. Real husky roasted oat on nose with some black licorice, thick molasses, and crispy toast crusts. Damnably fine tasting with a strong burnt caramel character, crunchy malt and beef jerky, and a light-medium body.

Despite my initial misgivings based on the appearance, I was happily surprised that this organic offering had such a full flavor – makes me wonder what the non-organic stouts are doing so wrong on more than a few occasions.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 oz. - $5.25 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Dark brown, near black body. Fairly clear. Thin, bone white head.

Smell: Aroma smelling of roast, sweetish toffee, dull chocolate, and, yes, even some oats.

Taste: Roasty, dark malts with a mild toffee sweetness and minor hint of oats. Light earthy bitterness. A semisweet chocolate flavor develops more upon warming. Splash of cola. Dry, earthy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A decent, drinkable oatmeal stout. Plus, it's mostly organic. Doesn't that make you feel good? I know it does me!

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