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

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Wolaver's Oatmeal StoutWolaver's Oatmeal Stout

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888 Ratings

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Ratings: 888
Reviews: 388
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
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 CurtisLoew
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

CurtisLoew, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.85/5  rDev -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.

DaPeculierDane, Aug 27, 2005
Photo of barleyroad
3.85/5  rDev -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.

barleyroad, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of Bobzilla
3.85/5  rDev -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.

Bobzilla, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of Morey
3.85/5  rDev -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.

Morey, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.85/5  rDev -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.

mostpoetsdo, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of bditty187
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
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!

bditty187, Jun 02, 2004
Photo of beerphilosopher
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

beerphilosopher, Jul 11, 2006
Photo of mobud
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

mobud, Mar 29, 2007
Photo of Naes
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Naes, Jun 28, 2005
Photo of orfeu
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

orfeu, Mar 30, 2006
Photo of Hoagie1973
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Hoagie1973, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of Truh
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Truh, Apr 15, 2005
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
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!

ChainGangGuy, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of SFLpunk
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New label. 12oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Date code that is super long and I don't feel like typing it here.

Pours a thin black with some light tan head that recedes quickly. Nose is all about coffee and roasted grains. Palate is crisp and sharp with some bitterness and alcohol burn up front. Flavors are of French-press coffee, caramel and super dark 80+% cocoa chocolate. Moderate length finish.

Notes: An excellent oatmeal stout. More bitter than I remember it being. I've heard all the O.C./Wolaver's recipes have been tweaked lately. Cheers to that!

SFLpunk, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

NJpadreFan, Jan 29, 2006
Photo of jmz62565
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

jmz62565, Mar 10, 2006
Photo of MiScusi
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dated as bottled in November 2006. 12oz twist off bottle.

Poured an almost opaque brown but ruby red comes through at the corners. Finger tan bubbly head....not much retention. Smell was a bit chalky, roasted and chocolate of course. Taste was the same... Chocolate and coffee were blended pretty well.

Mouthfeel was only *slightly* (if at all) more slick/heavy than some of my favorite porters. I would have liked this stout to come out a bit more heavy and a bit more slick from the oats. The carbonation is also quite abundant and prickly. However, overall the beer tastes good and is easily quaffable.

MiScusi, Jun 17, 2007
Photo of mountdew1
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a dark deep brown that was very slightly translucent. Head was slight, with a mocha brown color that disappeared very quickly. Strongest smell was that of oatmeal cookies but also had a bit of a bitter alcohol aroma. Taste was toasted oatmeal bread with a small touch of vanilla. Felt ok in the mouth, but slightly thin with a little bit of bitterness and over tingly carbonation. Very smooth and easy to drink.

mountdew1, Jul 06, 2008
Photo of Shawn_Money
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%

Shawn_Money, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of timeforabeer
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a dated 12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Poured black with a nice tan head. Rich stout flavor, not over powering, no hint of alochol. Smooth clean drink, not a heavy after taste as with some stouts.

Very enjoyable, so much so I had a second writing this review, my first review here at BA.

timeforabeer, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of SkunkWorks
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Tap and Barrel in Smithtown, NY. Served in a pint glass.

Look: hard to tell given the dim lighting, but it appears dark brown bordering on black bodied with a finger's worth of slightly off white head. Decent retention and a good amount of lacing is left behind as I drink.

Smell: mostly I am getting some chocolate malt, hints of coffee, and a bit of roast. Smells fairly nice.

Taste: Roasted, chocolate malt really dominates the taste. Nice roasted barley and a bit of coffee. Not incredibly complex but just right in terms of taste.

Feel: unfortunately, this is where this beer kind of falls flat. Its really lacking the creaminess that I want and love in oatmeal stouts. Its just a little too thin. The carbonation is spot on though. As for drinkability, this drinks like a very sessionable brew and feels closer to 4% than 5.9%.

Overall: as a whole, this beer is decent but nothing really spectacular. For me, the defining characteristic of oatmeal stout is the mouthfeel and this comes up short in that area. Still, its pretty tasty and makes for a good, sessionable stout to have a few pints of. Worth trying. Cheers!

SkunkWorks, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of LucaBrasi
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad. Bottle has a bottled on date and a batch number. This beer pours what appears to be a deep brown, but when held up to the light tints of red glow through. A minimal head forms and disappears but laces the glass well. The smell is of chocolate and roasted goodness. The taste is much like the smell, hints of chocolate and just roasted. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated, but nice. It still seems a little light on the palate, but this is a good beer. After a few of these I would feel quite filled.

LucaBrasi, Aug 27, 2005
Photo of Gatch
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinking this at nearly room temperature after sitting out for two hours in the glass because I poured it before getting dinner ready and forgot about it. Oops.

A: Dark black with a light-to-medium brown head that fades quickly leaving behind no lace or retention. Very...stout.

S: Roasted malt, some hops, lactose, oats, strange chemical smell?

T: Not at off-putting as the nose. Roasted malt, oats, hops are there, a bit of chocolate and coffee. Overall, the flavors that should be in an Oatmeal Stout and enjoyable.

M: Smooth, tasty, on-point for the style. Traditional, well-crafted beer. Although the body can be thin at times and the finish a bit watery.

O: Surprisingly delicious at room temperature. A quality Oatmeal Stout.

Gatch, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of zackmoney
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in bottle

This beer has a nice roasted/coffee aroma to it, and the aroma matches the taste real well. The stout has a roasted malt flavor and coffee taste, with a little creaminess also which is pleasant. As stouts go this is one worth drinking for yourself, won't be disappointed.

zackmoney, Feb 21, 2011
Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
89 out of 100 based on 888 ratings.