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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

945 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 945
Reviews: 402
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 38
Gots: 92 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 11-12-2003

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Ratings: 945 | Reviews: 402
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 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Photo of Ardeer
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wac9
3.94/5  rDev -1%
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

Photo of mthomp081
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
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
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
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 Wamesit
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours near black with some ruby edging. Thick tan head with moderate retention that gives way to minor clumpy lacing.

S - Roasted and sweet malts. Lots of coffee, chocolate, dusty cocoa, bread.

T - Big roasted flavors. Acidic coffee and dark chocolate. Hops bitterness throughout. Crisp finish.

M - Light, watery.

O - Good clean stout. Thicker mouthfeel would work better with the sharp flavors however.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of SickGnar
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of wedge
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of ndekke39
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a housewarming gift of a six-pack of this from a good friend. Let's give it a try...

Poured it into my Mikasa stout glass.

A: Thin black with off-white white, little retention

S: Chocolate, smoky, oatmeal.

T: Dark chocolate, smokey, oatmeal, coffee, with a slightly burnt aftertaste.

M: Light fizz, lighter than medium bodied.

D: Not amazing, but a good, solid stout. My first organic beer - can't even tell the difference between a regular stout and an organic one!

Photo of irishevans
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of brentk56
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with garnet highlights and a moderate head that fails to retain or leave much lacing

Smell: Pleasant coffee aroma combined with a discernable oat influence

Taste: Starts out with a bitter coffee flavor that increases in intensity by mid-palate, with a slight grapefruit fruitiness; after, the swallow, some bitter charcoal flavors join the fray but the overall bitterness mellows out in the finish as the calming oats make their impact

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation; a touch thin for the style

Drinkability: Having been disappointed by a number of the Wolaver's beers, I was hesitant to try this but it is not a bad Oatmeat Stout at all; the coffee flavor is beguiling and it has a nice bitter quality - a bit more body would make this first rate

Photo of TheMistler
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured dark brown, from a 12oz. bottle (no freshness date) into a pint glass. Pretty opaque. Soda-like head, just off-white. Displayed pretty good retention, and nice drapery lacing.

Coffee on the nose, lots of roasted notes. Milky sweetness in the background. Oats.

Grainy malt taste, oats. Dark chocolate. Aftertaste of coffee powder, pretty dry and somewhat bitter. Good balance between malt and hops.

Well carbonated, light in body, this is a crisp, flavorful, and quaffable beer.

Photo of beerinator
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark. Black with hints of reddish around the edges when light strikes it. Tan head faded quickly.

Aroma: Burned. Roasted coffee and burnt chocolate aromas.

Taste: Theres a sharp kick from the roastyness at the beginning of the swallow, that never really fades until the lingering finish. There is a bit of sweetness that shows through in the aftertaste. There are no noticable hints of hop flavor. The flavors are more along the lines of roasted coffee beans than dark chocolate. Mouthfeel seems a bit lighter than other stouts.

Notes: Good stout. The mouthfeel seems a bit thin, but this may actually help it's long term drinkability. Would be good paired with desert.

Photo of woemad
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.49, I believe. According to the label this was bottled on 3/20/06. I haven't had a lot of luck with organic ales. I applaud the sentiment behind them and am happy to support the theory, but every beer labeled organic that I've tried has turned out to be thoroughly mediocre - at best.

Poured a jet black color that would block out the sun. If held up to light, there is an ever so slight garnet hue at it's extreme edges.3/4 inch tan head that dropped in about 2 minutes but left a skiff of foam behind. Vague, spotty lace.

Smell is a combination of fresh, dark roast coffee beans, sweet molasses and dark chocolate. No scent is terribly big, but they are definitely noticeable.

The taste on this is pleasing without being stellar. There's a roasty, coffee flavor that is paired up with a dark chocolate sweetness. The balance between the two is pretty even. There's a mild dryness at the swallow.

I do wish this had a little more body to it, as it seems a little watery for an oatmeal stout. Still, compared to my luck with most organic ales, it's not too bad.

This is a middle of the road stout that has a nice roasty bite to it and is coupled with a sweetness that never takes over. If it had a little more substantial body to it I would be ery impressed by it. Instead, it's good , but not great.

Photo of lstokes
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured very dark and opaque with a small and quickly-fading head. Nose is barley and coffee, and the beer is quite sweet, with the grapefruit zest of the hops coming forward and quite a lot of bitter chocolate flavor as well as a splash of cola towards the end. Coffee is not as apparent in the taste as it was in the nose, although the roasted barley is still there. The major drawback is that it's light on the tongue and not quite as creamy as I would like--a good light drinking stout when you're in the mood.

Photo of yourunclewalt
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark, inky black with a red tinge when held up to the light, thin tan lacing

S - Capuccino, coffee, toffee / caramel; no detectable hops

M - Has a bit more carbonation than I'd expect, mouthfeel is more porter than stout

T - Tastes a lot like Starbucks Ice Cream; coffee / capuccino flavors with a hint of dark chocolate

D - Delicious after-dinner drink

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark chestnut with a generous infusion of crimson. I'm able to see light on the opposite side of the glass, despite the fact that this is a dreary, overcast day. The head is the color of toasted wheat bread; fairly light for a stout. It has deflated from two fingers to one finger in the several minutes since the pour and doesn't look as if it's interested in leaving much lace.

The nose is right on the money for an oatmeal stout. I can't appreciate oatmeal (obviously), but I can appreciate plenty of well-roasted barley with strong overtones of bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee beans. Especially the last of those. Please let the flavor follow suit.

It does, it does. Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout packs gobs of flavor into a relatively light-hued, light-bodied beer. Black coffee, unsweetened baker's chocolate and grapefruit zest lead the way. I can't tell if the invigorating bitterness is due to the bitter char of the strenuously roasted grain (barley, wheat and oats) or is due to the hops (Hallertauer, Magnum and Cascade). Probably both.

The beer is almost, but not quite, bitter and dry enough to be considered an Irish dry stout rather than an oatmeal stout. There are just enough malt sugars running interference to keep things from becoming astringent and biting. Hopheads should find plenty to like.

Unfortunately, the mouthfeel doesn't quite meet the high bar set by the aroma and the flavor. If you like your stouts light and snappy, you'll like this one. I like mine full and chewy (or at least heading in that direction), so I'm less than impressed. It's more than adequate though, and works in the grand scheme of a sub-6% stout.

Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout is the second best Otter Creek/Wolaver's beer that I've had to date (Otter Creek Pale Ale still wears the crown). It's a fine effort that is good because it delivers where it matters most: flavor. Sessioning this one should be no problem at all.

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Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
89 out of 100 based on 945 ratings.