1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Wolaver's Oatmeal StoutWolaver's Oatmeal Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
89
very good

887 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 887
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout Alström Bros
Ratings: 887 | Reviews: 388 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of aranheaney
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a regular pint glass, been really looking forward to this one as it has become my stout-loving brother's go to beer as of late:

A-deep, dark brownish black, one finger of foam that disappears quickly, but leaves nice lace.

S-very good, definitely chocolate, coffee and classic roasted nutty goodness

T-a little more carbonation than I would have expected, but good from start to finish

M-awesome, really good from initial sip to the end of the pint

D-little bro didn't steer me wrong, this requires an additional sampling....

aranheaney, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of hmich176
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

hmich176, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of dciBA
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured an attractive deep black with a small head that fades quickly. Smell is strong with a heavy dose of roasted coffee beans. Taste is the same, tons of roastiness with some bitter chocolate as well. Earthy hop undertones balance this one out nicely. I love the taste of the beer but could understand it being too much for others. Body is OK, not as thick as I would like, but not too thin to detract from the beer. Great taste plus average ABV= high drinkability. I pick up a 6er or two whenever I'm in vermont. A real standout in the Wolaver's line

dciBA, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of johnnnniee
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a solid dark brown with a faint garnet brown highlight when held to light. A smallish off white head froths then quickly recedes leaving spotty lace on the way down. The aroma from this beer is quite intoxicating. Toasty and roasty grains with hints of caramel and chocolate balanced by a bit of earth and a hint of dark fruit. The flavor is roasty and chocolate with bits of bread, caramel, and toffee. There's a light fruity sweetness with enough dry roastiness to provide great balance. Light earthy hop flavor with little to no apparent hop bitterness. Medium body with a light level of carbonation and a dry grainy roasty mouthfeel. This beer smells incredible and tastes pretty good too.

johnnnniee, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of Stimack
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this brew the other night over at Mahars. This was the first time that I saw it on tap so had to give it a try and may I say I was not disappointed! This brew was poured to a nice deep almost black color with a nice off brown head that had great retention and lacing. The brew smells heavily of roasted malt with strong hints of coffee, molasses and chocolate. The taste is dominated by the roasted malt flavors and also has a nice bite of hops that seems to enhance the heavier flavors. The brew is very nice and easy drinking, perfect for the colder weather. If you like Oatmeal Stouts give it a try if you get a chance, you will not be disappointed!

Stimack, Nov 15, 2004
Photo of hungryghost
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mahogany brown with a thin off white head that leaves little to no lacing.
Aroma consists of strong roasted malts, a hint of coffee.
Good smokey flavor, malt and a very slight bitterness that i do not believe is from hops. This one does not have too much depth, but if you like roasted, smoke flavor in a darker beer, perhaps when it is cold out...you will like this one. Kinda thin for an oatmeal stout, but a good hearty flavor.
Very drinkable by the fire with some nuts or cheese. Oh hell, it tasted good watching the Daily Show next to the radiator wishing i was in front of a fireplace...

hungryghost, Mar 10, 2005
Photo of Buckettt
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a nice dark mocha color, and the head had a tannish color. Unfortunately, that head did not stick around. Didn't really leave much lacing.

S- Great chocolate presence, along with some coffee.

T- A powerful chocolate/coffee combination. Left a slightly bitter aftertaste that stuck around, an aftertaste that compelled me to keep enjoying this oatmeal stout.

M- Not as thick as I would've expected, but it was extremely smooth and went down quite easily.

O- A great oatmeal stout overall, my main complaint really is just that the head didn't stay around long enough for me to enjoy it.

Buckettt, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Market Basket in Somersworth. Pours a murky dark brown body with a good inch of khaki-colored head leaving some decent stickage. Toast and espresso waft from the glass. Toast, espresso beans, nut, and a dash of dark chocolate flood the palate. Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Wow. For this just being an oatmeal stout, this is truly stellar. Seek this one out.

MrHurmateeowish, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of oriolesfan4
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My last go-to beer store just got this on so gave it the old college try.

For once I can say an oatmeal stout actually tastes like well... oats. I've had a few in the past which were just stouts but I had one sip of this and it tasted like a warm hearty breakfast. Nice and creamy with a nice sweetness to it, tons of lacing and a nice dark color to it. The best Ive had yet from Wolavers.. I don't really care about the whole organic part but as a beer, its well above average.

oriolesfan4, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of beerphan
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber -> nonic
no date

Pours out a rich deep chestnut, but sits in the glass black as night. A huge tan head towers over the beer. Lace sticks to the glass in thick sheets.

Nose: Chocolate, coffee grinds,

Rich malty explosion, chocolate, coffee, roasty and toasty. Finishes with a chalky roasted cocoa along with some dry oates. Some hints of dark fruit.

Rich creamy slick full mouthfeel.

Wow, best 'certified organic' stout i've ever tasted. Hugely sessionable brew

beerphan, Apr 14, 2007
Photo of MikeBrandman
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours from a bottle into a stein with a deep ruby/black opaque body. Less head than I expected, 1 finger that quickly receded. Good lacing, but again, expected more lacing.

S - Alcohol, nut, a little roasted coffee. Tasty smell, very strong smell overall from the pop of the cap to the pour.

T - Very similar taste to the smell. A little more coffee in the taste than the smell. Very balanced, gives a lot of bitter after taste but fades after a few seconds. Good taste overall, very appealing and complex.

MF - Light for a stout. Compliments the flavor well.

D - The complex flavor and the relatively light mouthfeel makes it a great drinking stout.

MikeBrandman, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of DanThomas
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the 930 club seeing Darren Hanlon.

A- dark dark brown, no head.

S- roasted malt, chocolate, a hint of bitterness.

T- wow! The roasted malt really hits you, kind of like a concentrated Guinness roasted flavor. There is some sweetness to it, but maybe not quite enough. The finish is very pleasing, it's all bitter chocolate and a hint of hops.

M- love the carbonation, and all in all it's great, but wouldn't mind a little more thickness in the mouthfeel.

D- incredible. For such a strong flavored beer the flavor really doesn't overwhelm the palette even after 1 pint is gone, as happens with some stouts. I guess that means it's time for another...great beer!

DanThomas, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of Fish113d
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Served chilled at 50 degrees from a bottle into a pint glass, it pours a very dark chestnut brown color with a ruby hue. It appears very clean with a 1/4" creamy, tan head that remains on top throughout the tasting in the form of a slight oily filmy layer.

Aroma is most pungeant (sp.). I smell mostly robust, brown roasted malts, with just a hint of smoke, along with slight molasses or caramel that pops through a little, and some almonds as well.

Taking a sip, I taste lots of sweet caramel malts, along with some toasted almonds, which before the swallow, gives way to some sweet cocoa flavors. The grainy oatmeal flavor does come through slightly before the swallow. Carbonation balances well, and it does not kill much of the flavor. Some slight hops even hits me a bit on the swallow (which is an afterthought "note").

The carbonation is nice throughout. However this isn't as creamy as I had thought it would be. Thinner than expected also.

Overall, a great tasting brew taht I enjoyed totally! Do not let a lesser feel rating scare you from this one...very tasty!

Fish113d, May 09, 2005
Photo of RocketWidget
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first oatmeal stout, but I’ve had quite a few regular old stouts. Pours a dark dream, a proper black, though the yellow brown head wouldn’t appear no matter how much distance I put between the mug and the beer. I usually have a difficult time getting any sort of distinct smell from beer, but this particular brew drew me in with the smell of roast, almost burnt coffee. Taste is marvelous, thick and complex. I detect chocolate, coffee, hops, oatmeal and other indeterminate tastes all intermingling together. Carbonation is subtle and subdued. This beer would go great with a real hearty meal, like steak and potatoes. Easy to finish and easy to drink, a beer I would highly recommend to most, and embellish on for organic food eating folk. And to think, I was never that great a fan of oatmeal!

RocketWidget, Jan 06, 2004
Photo of argock
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Purchased in 6-pack from Whole Foods (Charlottesville, VA) for $7.99.

A: Dark chestnut brown, opaque, with healthy 1.5-2 finger tan head with average retention and loads of lace.

S: Numerous nice notes of espresso, bittersweet chocolate, roasted black malts, and leafy hops

T: A great blend of chocolate, strong espresso, and roasted dark malt with a drier-than-expected leafy hops finish which is unique but not unwelcome for the style, and more reminiscent of a dry stout

M: A bit thinner and less chewy than an above-average oatmeal stout. Pleasant roasted malt and chocolate aftertaste which is long.

D: A very drinkable and solid oatmeal stout that is a good value

argock, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of mwa423
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Aggressive pour gives off a small off white head, dark brown color and no light makes it through.

S - Strong smell that fills the nose, pleasing in every way.

T - Rich malty flavor, lots of chocolate and also very boozy.

M - Very thick, coats the tongue and is exceptionally smooth.

D - As drinkable as an oatmeal stout can possibly be

mwa423, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of PSUDREW
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

interesting beer. refreshing, but still everything you would expect from an oatmeal stout.

pours like guinness on steriods. seriosuly. sinking bubbles, dark brown color, thick creamy head, just ore so then one would expect. Guinness on 'roids!

Thick mouthfeel, nice roasted oat flavor mixed with chocolate undertones. Could be a nice desert beer.Very smooth, and just rich enough to make it right. Also, has a hopped-up coffee finish. And, to me that is an interesting mix. I mean I would expect the coffee to mix w/ the chocolate tones, but no, it mixes with the hops

Nice beer, interesting combos that must be tasted to be undertstood. And those charectereistics make it drinkable yea round, IMO

enjoy

PSUDREW, Jun 16, 2004
Photo of brewerburgundy
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, Sam Adams Perfect Pint, bottling code/date that I can't figure out. Thank you Jayli via Secret Santa 2011.

It's dark, but not the darkest brown red of a standard Stout. Foam is sparse medium brown only in a ring.

The nose rolls deep in pleasant mid-level roast, cocoa powder and creamy chocolate, and black coffee. Very full bodied and creamy with a bit of milk stout about it.

They packed a lot of flavor into this one. No char, just hearty roast and toast and creamy milk chocolate. The finish turns dry with cocoa powder, drying roast, and a whisper of hops.

Oats don't really show up in the mouthfeel. It's round, but not exceedingly smooth with a finish that seems to dry out more than most Oatmeal Stouts. Moderate carbonation.

I wasn't expecting such a show; very nice. While not real low in alcohol, this beer is certainly no slouch. I think these get a bit overshadowed by their imperial brethren at times.

brewerburgundy, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of dgallina
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark clear brown with red highlights. Small and weak tan head which leaves a thin film and pretty good lace. Nice strong chocolate and coffee malt aromas. Tastes of roasted bitter coffee malts on a creamy and sweet oat background. Very nice lasting burnt toast and hop bitterness in the finish. Full in the mouth with fairly strong and prickly carbonation. Not easy-drinking since it's rich and full-bodied, but a dark, robust, and tasty beer nevertheless.

dgallina, Feb 01, 2005
Photo of redmagik99
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mad River Glen. Poured black with a little creamy head that dissapated too quickly. Smells toasty and sweet, though coffee/espresso dominates. Espresso is definitely most prominent in the taste, along with some dark chocolate and lovely oat malt. Hops do this beer well; I haven't had many of the style, but this one is amazingly well balanced. Enough bitterness to go round yet not interfere with the stouty goodness at all. After the initial burst of flavor, there comes a slight twang of alcohol followed by the lingering flavor of burnt toast. This is a pleasant aftertaste I might add, even though I don't like burnt toast. A great oatmeal stout from Otter Creek.

redmagik99, Jan 11, 2008
Photo of Charthepirate
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whoa simply awesome.

Pours black as night, with a small head that left little lacing.

Smell is wonderfully complex, with a big roasted coffee and malt over-riding.

flavor starts with this big roasted coffiness. It dissolves into some slightly tea like flavors, with a bit of cinamon, notes of apples and a sweetness from the oatmeal come out. At the back is some really mild hops, which lend a great dryness, and a slight bitter.

Wonderfull, wonderfull beer.

Char

Charthepirate, Apr 10, 2004
Photo of gabedivision
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler to a Otter Creek Pint Glass that came compliments of the growler purchase.

A- Pours a rich dark black with a two finger beige head that settles into the beer after a time.

S- Sweet toasted malts, roasted nuts, light chocolate/toffee scent.

T- Very sweet, smokey, charcoal, coffee. Awesome.

M- Medium bodied, easily drinkable, smooth and creamy. Delicious.

O- This is an awesome stout, it is so full of flavor, every sip i find something sexy i wanna go on and on about. This may be my go to stout from now on.

gabedivision, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of champ103
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black color. At first a two finger beige head forms and gently recedes. Some light sticky lace is left behind.
S: At first an odd metallic/mineral aroma, but that quickly fades away as the beer warms up. Roasted malt, chocolate, toffee. Some smoke and oats as well. After the initial mineral aroma, this is really nice.
T: A big roasted malt flavor dominates. Slightly bitter chocolate and some sweet toffee. Lots of smoke and dry oats. I like this a lot.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. A nice creaminess. Pretty easy and smooth to drink. I can quaff several of these with ease.

I like this beer. One of the best I have had from this brewery. Something I would recommend.

champ103, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Served ontap at Bocktown in a pint glass. Brown body with an off white head that recedes to nothing.

S. Not too strong just some roasted malt and coffee aromas.

T. A wonderful roasted malt flavor and some oatmeal flavor/texture for sure making things smooth and a bit sweeter. Good depth of flavor, no prescence of off flavors and no trace of alcohal in the taste. Coffee, cocoa, roasted malt and oatmeal. Smokiness. Deliciousness.

M. Smooth silky, full bodied. Tasty.

D. This is a very nicely done oatmeal stout and one of my favorites from the style. Nice to have it fresh on tap. Reccommended.

Stinkypuss, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of greybeardloon
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled on May 9, 2011

A: Dark brown with a tan head. Some retention.

S: Roastiness and some caramel or other sweetness.

T: Sweet chocolate and roastiness initially. Then the hops kick in with some more bitterness and earthiness. The char lingers a bit on the palate afterwards. Is there lactose in this beer?

M: Smooth but a bit thinner than I would like.

O: This is one of the best readily available stouts. It degrades quickly, though, and the flavors aren't as sharp after three months in the bottle. It's still better than most, though.

greybeardloon, Aug 22, 2011
Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
89 out of 100 based on 887 ratings.