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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

916 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 916
Reviews: 393
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 37
Gots: 73 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 11-12-2003

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Photo of Reidrover
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ok bought in the 12 oz brown bottle at ocal health food store.."Bottled on 11/03/03,Batch# 1447.
Absolutly fantastic looking oatmeal stout to look at ..dark brown with garnet accents when held to the light..nice half inch sized creamy tan head..shrinks but never quite dissapears.
This is one of the better smell oatmeals I have had....lovelly chocolate malts..toasted oats fresh, nice stuff.
Nice taste very smooth and creamy chocolate to start..then I get a thick oat tase..like Scottish porridge, for a sec..then its on to a long lasting but pleasant bitterness..
Very nice and creamy on the tongue..well made..not thin.
A very nice example of an oatmeal stout..and so very drinkable.

Photo of DNICE555
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a pint glass at Flatbread in Canton. Complimenting a deliscious nitrate free pepperoni pizza perfectly. Tried side by side with my good buddies C-Note and Mikey Larse.

A - Hearty black body with a tan grainy head

S - Smoke and oats

T: Burnt oatmeal, bitter chocolate. Malty finish.

M - Thick, rich, creamy, hearty.

D - Solid oatmeal stout - I could drink a couple but I would get full pretty quickly.

Photo of hyland24
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- The beer poured dark brown almost black with a two inch bubbly tannish brown head that settled down to about an inch. First sip left a sheet of sticky tan/brown lace.

S- Roasty malt smell with hints of coffee.

T- Coffee right off the bat, followed by a slightly burnt roasted malt flavor with a smoky aftertaste.

MF&D- Thin for a stout but slightly sticky which coated the mouth well. Mild carbonation that goes down smooth. Normally I dont consider stouts session beers because of the heavy body but this one qualifies due to the thin to medium body and creamy drinkability.

Photo of drpimento
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is from an older bottle. Had a slight "psst" when I opened it. Poured with a nice frothy, foamy head that quickly subsided. Some lace. Very dark brown, almost opaque, with some garnet highlights. Good malty, chocolatey, roasty, darkly bittersweet aroma that's about the same as the flavor. Great mouth filling body. Good beer. Very pleasant finish.

Photo of thekevlarkid
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Onyx black with red highlights if held to the light. Tan head and a full three fingers thick head that fades to a clingy cap. Laces very well. Yummy aromas of coffee, chocolate and malt. Good flavors of mocha, straight coffee, and generally quite drinkable. Medium to heavy body but could be heavier for what it is. Smooth despite the medium carbonation. It's a good stout and a great example of the style but slightly lacking in gumption.

Photo of LarryKemp
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This stout poured a pretty puny medium tan head that disappeared quickly. The beer itself was a extremely dark amber brown.

The aroam was dominated by the sweet and roasted grains.

The taste was exceptional. The chocolate dominated the tongue although some bittering was able to jump into the finish. In the finish, the front of my tongue still held the nice sweetness, but the rear of the tongue and the roof of my mouth got the bitterness.

The mouthfeel was surprisingly light. Much more medium than full and I was not able to appreciate what the oatmeal contributed to this beer.

I like this beer and recommend anyone trying it. It is not one of those full bodied stouts that I REALLLY like but the aroma and taste make it a good beer.

Photo of Lawl3ss
4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Chilled 12 oz. bottle into a 12 oz. snifter. Bottling date 12.13.12

Look- Deep brown, nearly opaque. Topped with a half-finger of beige foam that falls over the course of a few minutes. Good lacing.

Smell- Baker's chocolate, whole dark roast espresso beans, light sweetness. Very pleasant. Swirling brings out a stronger char aroma and a hint of acorn flour.

Taste- Follows the aroma, with a healthy dose of herbal bittering up front along with a hint of dried apricot. Roasted flavors take the upper hand shortly after the sip, coupled with a light sweetness. Overall impression of charred biscuit and chocolate-dipped espresso beans followed by cold brewed coffee.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, moderate carbonation. Doesn't quite have the heft or body I'd expect from an oatmeal stout, but it's not bad either. Clean, dry finish.

Overall- A very solid no-frills representation of the style that's just bold enough to keep things interesting. I'd pick this up once in a while if it was available in my area. Recommended.

Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours almost a deep ruby more than black when held up to the light this a very thin head,aroma of malted milk and bitter chocolate also a small does of nuttiness.deep roasted malt flavor with some milk choclate thrown in and a nice earthy/nutty finish.Not to sweet I get an almost caramel corn aftertaste to this brew wich is very appetizing and different.Alot of flavor here from chocolate to earth to that caramel corn a real nice nightcap for me here.

Photo of sjones5045
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%

Photo of reallyhoppie
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. It's an opaque brown/black with a thick, almost white head.

Smells of roasted grains, sweet cream, and dark chocolate.

Tastes of a complex mix of dark malts, hop bitterness, a smallish amount of coffee, and I even get a little cream and dark fruits (maybe plum).

Very smooth with a robust mouthfeel.

A great beer. To be honest, I'm often wary of anything that is marketed as organic, but this was a wonderful stout. This is the type of beer that makes me love outmeal stouts and reminds me that something doesn't have to push the boundaries of what beer is to be complex and interesting.

Photo of Shiredave
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown color with a thick tan head that clings in streaks on the glass. Head slumps after a few minutes and dissapears.

Aroma is dessert - coffee and chocolate cake! Great chocolate malt aroma along side rich toffee notes and a hint of faint floral hop.

More chocolate and toffee flavors up front, smooth and lush from the first sip. Creamy oat texture and medium boidied mouth feel makes this a very drinkable stout.

My only complaint is a rough burnt grain aspect on the finish. Hop bittering is subdued but the burnt, bitter aftertaste is all from the grains I think. A very good example of the style overall.

Photo of jsdunlop
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black, layer of tan head hangs around on top of the brew for most of the glass, good lacing. Strong chocolate smell, faint coffee and cherry, macadamia nuts. Slight coffee bitterness in the taste, very malt forward brew with a great balance of nuttiness and bakers chocolate with a hint of sweetness, no alcohol noticeable in aroma or taste. Smooth textured and creamy with perfect carbonation and medium body, definitely one of the better oatmeal stouts I've had.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

one of my favorite oatmeal stouts. organic too. pours a beautiful dark roast coffee color with a 2 inch tan head. smells grainy, definitely picking up the oats here. also baking chocolate and brown sugar in the aroma. flavor matches in a less complex synergy of the aromatic profile. a little bit sweet, but not to the detriment of the mouthfeel, which is fairly carbonated and very full bodied. this is one of my favorite autumn drinks, although i think it works all year. a fine example of the style

Photo of JWFokker
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle, it's a dark, nearly black beer. The head is a creamy off-white, but it's fairly thin and dissipates quickly. Like most oatmeal stouts, the nose is quite mild and has a faint aroma of roasted malt and coffee. The flavor is much more substantial than the nose and consists of well roasted, but not burnt malt, coffee and a bit of dark chocolate. At the very end you can finally taste some hops. It's a rich, but not overly bitter beer. The mouthfeel is suitably thick and smooth. Some have said it's even a bit oily and I can't say I disagree. I think a better description would be slippery. Drinkability is high, though as filling as this beer is, I don't know how many you could actually drink. But you'd definitely want to have more.

Photo of andrewinski1
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. This has a nice one inch medium tan creamy head on top of a pitch black malty body.

The aroma is nearly ideal; bitter chocolate with hint of mocha.

The taste is dry with lots of bitter dark chocolate and mocha. There is a bit of floral hop flavor in the finish.

The carbonation is sharp and this is light to medium bodied.

This is very very delicious. I will get this again for sure.

Photo of SeanZa
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of aranheaney
4.18/5  rDev +5%
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....

Photo of hmich176
4.18/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of dciBA
4.18/5  rDev +5%
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

Photo of johnnnniee
4.18/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of Stimack
4.18/5  rDev +5%
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!

Photo of hungryghost
4.18/5  rDev +5%
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...

Photo of Buckettt
4.18/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of mudboneINla
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.18/5  rDev +5%
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.

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