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

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Reviews: 394
Hads: 980
Avg: 3.96
pDev: 16.92%
Wants: 40
Gots: 118 | 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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Photo of smakawhat
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Deep classic and simple opaque brown walnut with some real nice red edges for the body color. Head makes about two fingers, fairly creamy looking with espresso to a slightly darker tan brown color. Settles to a nice controlled thin top, creamy collar and scooped bowl like edging.

Excellent aroma. Chewy grains and sweet tones all over. Milk chocolate, creamy milk and vanilla smelling, a real nice cake like quality, fluffy dough and chocolate cake flavors abound.

Palate comes out a little differently. Mild bitter sensing milk like chocoalte in the mid palate but finishes more dark and burnt and powdery for the aftertaste. Warm a big but also a twinge of acrid and sour grain as well. Milky and slightly wet but a decent enough body that handles some good cream like flavors as well. Mild berry twinges of raspberry and fruit like esters that compliment nicely with the chocolate qualities as well. The sourness does dissapate after the first sip at least, even giving into more roast and char complexity as well.

Not bad, just doesn't taste as good as it smells unfortunately.

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a black as night color.

Overall: This beer is a smooth as silk stout brimming with darkly roasted malts and rich notes of chocolate and coffee. The dark color gives way to a surprisingly smooth full-bodied beer. Very Good.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a near pitch black color with a fingers worth of head that quickly fades down to pretty much nothing

S: Roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, and anise come out the most. Some dark fruits in the back

T: Follows the nose. Roast, anise, coffee, and dark chocolate all come out nicely. Roast and coffee mitigate any chocolate sweetness. Dark fruits way in the back come out mostly with the anise, which is decently strong. Finishes with very light sweetness and more roast

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Decently smooth from the oats

O: A nice oatmeal stout with some good depth of flavors. Definitely has quite a bit of anise going on, so if you're not a fan of licorice this one might not work for you. Very nice otherwise

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Photo of Jim_Gillespie
4.68/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Quintessential oatmeal stout by my standards. It is soft on the mouth and the flavour is noticeable and, to a degree, peaceful. The brown colour is nice and the smell compliments the flavour very nicely. I highly suggest it.

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Photo of BeerMagistrate
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Good beer, but not my liking either.
I was hoping for something creamier and heavier, more body. And there was no head on the pour. After taste was a little unappealing.

I appreciate a Guinness or the Left Hand Milk Stout a lot more.

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Photo of John_Squires
2.99/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black and slick looking, feignt roasty smell. Decent beer but can't get over the bitter aftertaste. May need to give this another try from another batch.

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Photo of MCImes
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is a great, smooth, roasty stout. everything one should be. mine were not bitter at all like some have commented. only thing I might like is a tad more body, but it has enough as is. I just like to chew my stouts and this one is rather drinkable. very good none the less. Will definitely be buying this again. I don't always agree with 'the bros' rating, but fully agree with their 96 this time.

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Photo of Lordhelmit
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Finally, I found an oatmeal stout that is equal to (POSSIBLY better than, haven't decided yet) Drake's Crude oatmeal stout. This is sooooo tasty and sooo delicious. it tastes like a sweet creamy buttery sweet treat rather than beer. you know the butter beer in harry potter that instantly warmed them up etc? yea thats this stuff right here. the only reason drake's crude i think beats it is because wolavers is 5.9% and DC is 6.9%. Still top notch though.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
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 

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.64/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color. The head is a finger high, and lighter tan in shade. Texture-wise, it's a little foamier than I truly like, and its retention isn't amazing, either. Having said that, the collar that stays behind looks good, though there isn't much lacing left behind. (4)

Smell: Very grainy - oats play a big role in the aroma of this brew. The chocolate and roasted notes I like in the style are still prevalent, but secondary to the oat character. Pleasant touches of umami also appear. I'm digging this beer's aroma nicely. (3.75)

Taste: This is far more roasted than I anticipated. Oats appear initially, before being subsumed by a massive wave of charred roast. Smoky notes are slightly prevalent, too. It's not quite complex, but it's a damn nice roast bomb. (3.5)

Mouthfeel: Rather tingly and even biting on occasion - that's how dry this one is. And yet, a touch of lingering sweetness remains on the palate. If I had to complain (and dagnabbit, you know I do), the mouthfeel pre-swallow isn't quite creamy enough to compensate for the post-swallow stodginess. Still, it goes down easily, thanks to decent carbonation. (3.5)

Overall: This is a really nice oatmeal stout, mainly because of how roasty it is. I'll be sure to look for this one in the future. (3.75)

3.63/5: Ever been dropkicked by roasted malts before?

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Photo of hophugger
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Dark, Dark !. Poured nicely with a slightly off white head which left slowly. Molasses and malt are predominate with a touch of bitterness (hops?). Overall, a good balanced beer and done well. One of the better oatmeal stouts.........

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Photo of youngs11
3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

Pours a dark, dark brown, nearly black. Half finger of khaki head that falls to a thin layer about halfway through. Nice, but not as thick, dark, or bad-ass looking as some stouts.

Smell is pleasant but not very strong. Mocha, cherries, brandy.

Taste is a little more pronounced than aroma, chocolate, sunflower seeds, butter.

Great on the palate. Smooth and silky, carbonation is present, but there is no real prickling effect.

This is a solid stout, especially considering a six pack is priced a few dollars less than some of the more well-known examples of the style. Made in New England, organic, and not too pricey. Recommend

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Photo of EvoRich
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: As dark as anything I've had before. Like used motor oil. About 1 finger of head poured into a snifter, which dissipates into a ring around the glass rather quickly.

Smell: Oats and chocolate. Very roasty.

Taste: The taste matches the smell. No hops present. A nice hint of sweetness and coffee.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Overall: Love Wolaver's Coffee Porter. I've only had a sip of their oatmeal stout until now. This may now become on of my go-to choices. Very good brew.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jet black beer with a creamy collar about 3/4" high. Retains well. Looks great.

Smells roasty sweet with an abundance of char, espresso malts, light lactose cream, old leather, and unlit cigar. Hinting at herbal hops, at times.

Roasty bitter with raw hop, burnt coffee, faint smoke, leather, tobacco herbal notes, and some trailing cocoa nib. Solid. Maltt as hell with a great burly intensity.

Almost creamy. Coats the mouth with a great gulp. Smooth with finishing peppery carbonation. Yields a good hearty burp.

Awesome oatmeal stout. Simple, but great.

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Photo of fscottkey
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: minimal head covering a black brew.

s: Soft chocalately aroma, caramel and maybe toasted marshmallows.

t: toasty flavors with smoke late.

m: smooth with a little tanginess on the tongue - with a slight dry feeling on the finish.

o: This used to be a favorite - but now that I sit and try to rate it critically I am not sure why. It is a good brew - but it is not outstanding. I certainly won't turn one down - but I am going in search of a replacement in this category.

Edit : I had this again tonight and man is it awesome. I may have had a bad bottle when I did my previous review. I am amending the taste description and score.

t: nice malted taste with bitter coffee throughout. This is a great stout taste even cold (the flavors are present without warming up). The coffee flavor is very nice and goes down easily.
Old taste score = 3.75
new taste score = 4.25

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Photo of wiscokid920
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours pitch black with a two finger, thick, khaki colored head. Excellent retention and sticky lacy holding true to the style.

S- Big dark roast coffee notes. Nice molasses, roasted malt, and maltose like sweetness lingers in. Subtle hoppy spice.

T- Outstanding complexity. Great dark coffee flavors with molasses, dark chocolate, and malt sweetness. Excellent roasted malt qualities. Nice hop background which adds greater complexity further enhancing the roasted characters of the beer. Subtle citric bitter combined with a nice herbal spiciness.

M- True to the style. Smooth full-bodied. Creamy near the middle and finishes dry.

O- A solid Oatmeal Stout. A fantastic, complex yet well-balance brew. All the taste profiles help highlight the style. First time having a Wolaver brew, and look to enjoy some more of their offerings.

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Photo of Mini4x
3.18/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure how they rate this a 96, don't get me wrong it's a good beer, but not really above average for an oatmeal stout. Nice flavor, very drinkable, nothing super interesting though. I got a Wolavers Mix box for Xmas and everything in it was good, but just good. I've been to their brewery several time and they always have something better on tap there than you can find in a bottle.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased and drank at Starry Night Cafe in Rochester, NY.

Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a 2 inch head, and some little splotches of lacing down the glass.

Smells include dark roasted malt, chocolate, and espresso beans.

Fairly bitter, but still smooth- the roasted malt is a huge component here, when mixed with the coffee- makes for a nicely, bitter dry stout. The oats smooth this beer out, and the chocolate flavors keep it a little bit sweet.

Smooth, silky mouthfeel due to the oats. Medium to light bodied- could be thicker, I suppose.

A great oatmeal stout. Very well balanced, and packs quite a nice dry bitter punch.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
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'.

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Photo of hmich176
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle
Date: August 7, 2013

I didn't pour aggressively, so there wasn't much head. What was was brown in appearance. The beer is very dark with a hue of a ruby red color. I didn't pick up too much on the smell beyond what you'd normally expect of a stout. I thought it had a nice, creamy flavor.

Overall, I enjoyed this brew and I would get it again.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's - Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout, poured into a Craftgeer snifter.

Look - Pours an oil brown black and settles black with a thin soapy head that dissipates quickly. Lots of lacing.

Smell - Aroma is somewhat faint with some roasted malts, some coffee, and some chocolate. Notes of oatmeal and spice.

Taste - Molasses, roasted malts and oats. Some semi-sweet chocolate and a touch of coffee and hops. Everything comes together so nicely!

Mouthfeel - Rests bitter chocolate and coffee with oats and some pine bitter hops. Full bodied but not creamy, which is fine but if there was one tiny aspect I was longing for it was that. Dry and roasted with great drinkability. The booziness is just right.

Overall - I feel like this is a hugely underrated brew. Every time I get it I am impressed. Complex yet subtle enough to put down several. Balanced and clean. 100% recommend this brew. While I said in the mouthfeel that I wanted it to be creamier, I feel that if it were, it might make it into an entirely different brew in terms of booziness and drinkability, so I think it being the way it is works for it, there are other brews that come at the oatmeal stout from a more "imperial" angle.

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Photo of usechopstix4soup
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured straight into an English pub glass, very dark, molasses color. Appeared very thin-bodied, head was very thin that soon dissipated.

Smell strongly of roasted coffee and cocoa beans. Hints of something that smells like coffee mate and hazelnuts. It's hard to smell anything besides the coffee because it is so pungent. Maybe some malts.

The taste is reminds me of black coffee, no sugar, with a little bit of whole milk. The beer prizes itself on being organic and I must say, it rings true through the taste. The flavors are not overly sweet or manufactured, but I could imagine someone feeling like it's under-flavored.

Thin-bodied but finishes off with a nice creamy feel.

Great beer, coffee is complimented with the creaminess perfectly. Must-try.

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Photo of Act25
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into stemless wine glass. Served with Robusto and smoked cheddar cheese (also organic).

A: Home run dark chestnut w thick, retentive tan head, and lots, lots of lacing. Head returns in swirling galaxy arms when I swirl the glass. Great look.

S: The nose is perfect stout: coffee, chocolate, grass, charcoal, fire, hay. Subtle, grows as it warms.

T: Follows the nose. Lots of flavor, intense and complex, but always smooth. Black coffee, unsweetened chocolate and citrus, then that charcoal, roasted bread, oats, combining with stinging, interesting hops. This beer is Wolaver's best!

The beer is more hoppy, stinging, bitter than sweet. It's a balance of the sweet and bitter with a great flavor direction and arc, a great finish.

F: Is good, as if more body, than is there, because of the oatmeal, grain, and dense flavors. Great finish. Leaves the mouth in a happy place. GREAT with cheese!

Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout is the best Otter Creek/Wolaver's beer that I've had to date - by far. Sessionable, organic, good for you! I'd like to have a case of this along side my favorite Dales Pale Ale, and sometimes I'd black & tan them!

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Photo of HBresler
2.86/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Good recipe, flawed execution.
A-black, clear, light tan head dissipated quickly
S-coffee and dark malt, but diacetyl and phenols detract (not good phenols like cloves, but band-aids and plastic)
T-dark malt and hops in balance, good dark malt flavors, but again, flaws apparent in the nose are evident here
M-light to medium, ok but low for an oatmeal stout
O-not awful but I won't order another one on tap. These flaws are preventable and are mostly from brewing technique. This could be a very good beer, and maybe is in the bottle, as other reviews here indicate.

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Photo of davey101
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 010213 stamp on the neck so it has a little bit of age on it.

Pours a deep black body with two fingers of light khaki foam which fades away quickly leaving behind a thin and frail cap. Decent lacing with poor retention. Aroma is strong on the milk chocolate with lighter notes of coffee, roast and some grainy oats. Taste is similar with a predominately milk chocolate flavor with light roasty malts and a slight metallic aftertaste. Mouth feel is on the thinner side of things leading the beer to be somewhat lacking. Really needs more body to support the chocolate. Overall, a bit of a thin example of the style but still rather tasty and enjoyable. Not bad at all.

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Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
89 out of 100 based on 394 ratings.