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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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very good

945 Ratings

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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 HugoGrim
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint. The label states it was bottled on 8/28/2006.

Black almost red body with a thin cream head.

Aroma is quite complex: oats and coffee, but with an underlying spiciness.

Flavor is full and quite smooth. Quite a good oatmeal stout, it paired well with some after dinner cheeses.

Photo of hyland24
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
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 wattersmike90
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of francisweizen
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a jet black brew with a nice brown/tan head of foam. The aromas are of roasted malts, oats, sweet hops, and slight alcohol. The taste is very roasted, yet sweet, with some nice hops on the finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, just about perfect, IMO and the drinkability is good as well. A nice version of the style!

Photo of thekevlarkid
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
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 JWFokker
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
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 LarryKemp
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
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 asabreed
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark with slight amber highlights when some light's on it. Creamy off-white head lingering nicely.

Smell: Toasted malts, grains, oatmeal sweetness, brown sugar, licorice, earthiness, hints of vanilla, mild bitter coffee. A nicely balanced nose overall.

Taste: Roasted characteristics at first, along with some coffee bitterness and husk flavors, going into the sweetness from the oatmeal along with mild dark berries, molasses, brown sugar, and earthliness, finishing semi-dry with a push of citrus from the hops at the end. Fairly complex and balanced overall, and very easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and fairly creamy without being chewy.

Drinkability: One of the better domestics in my opinion. Fairly cheap, a nice sessionable ABV, goes down really smoothly, and enough flavor to make it complex without being overbearing.

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.1/5  rDev +3%

Photo of sitarist
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a deep black with deep ruby hues. The head is 1 finger, off white, and fades quickly to a small ring. There is some lacing.

The aroma is sweet and inviting, oatmeal is present, with dark chocolate, some nuttiness also. Reminds me of a granola bar!

The flavors are sweet, and nutty. There are hints of coco, oatmeal, nuts, and a honey sweetness. I'm still going with granola bar.

It feels thick and sticky on the palate, but not heavy.

Big flavor, light body make this very drinkable. A nice beer to keep on hand and share with friends.

Photo of jockstrappy
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich, burnt mahogany color with a creamy light brown head. Aroma consists of roasted malt , coffee, and dried fruit. Taste is mainly coffee and roasted malts, with a fruity hop bitterness that provides great balance and complexity as it warms. Very slick mouthfeel for the style, as the finish is fairly clean with only a mild coffee and hop aftertaste. I could do a 6-pack of these no problem.

Photo of greenmonstah
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into tulip glass

A - Pours a dark brown with ruby edges. Half a finger of light tan head. Nice lacing

S - Smoky roasted malts and dark chocolate. Deep coffee aroma. Perfect smell for breakfast.

T - Deep dark coffee. Baker's chocolate. Slightly smoky roasted malt. Finishes with more coffee bitterness.

M - Medium bodied and a little creamy. Plenty of carbonation.

O - One of my favorite oatmeal stouts. Perhaps my favorite thing to drink with breakfast foods -- eggs, toast, bacon, and some hash browns. Wow.

Photo of BCMan
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is very good as a session beer. A lot of people don't think of stouts this way but being a big fan of the stout it's pretty easy to throw a few down.

This beer poured up dark and almost root beer in color. The aroma is very sweet. The taste is sweet but slightly bitter in the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth but a little this. After tasate simply makes you want another sip. Very successful for an organic brew. Tree Huggers will love this one! I'd definetly recommend it.

Photo of OntheLambic
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Lawl3ss
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
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 orbitalr0x
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle pours into my glass a light black / dark chestnut brown color with a small half inch of light tan head on top of the brew. Aromas of dark roasted grains, smoky chocolate and burnt black coffee grounds. Some herbal, citric hops in the background. Really vibrant, draws you in.

First sip brings a wonderful deep roasted malt upfront. Creamy and smooth it follows with chocolate, smokiness, and black coffee flavors. It flows down with some bitterness and a touch of herbal, lightly citric hops. Finishes a bit dry. Overall, a tasty oatmeal stout with a nice hop profile.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied with a nice creamy aspect. Goes down easily and this brew does the job of satisfying my oatmeal stout craving. Probably the best organic beer I've yet to sample. I'd pick up a sixer of this for a party without a problem. Cheers to Wolaver's for producing a tasty oatmeal stout with almost all organic ingredients! If you're an oatmeal stout fan you best check this one out.

Photo of plaid75
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a black hue with a two finger white foamy head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell consisted of a strong coffee and toasted grain aroma, highlighted with elements of cocoa and toffee.

The flavor was that of bitter coffee. Excellent toasted grain aftertaste. Little to no sweetness. Finished very dry.

The mouthfeel was full but very dry.

Overall, a nice oatmeal stout. Not as smooth as most, but the sharpness was very enjoyable.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wolaver’s Oatmeal Stout

The color’s a little on the light side, but it’s a nice shade of mahogany. Not much head at all.

Smells great. Great roasted character that is more chocolate than coffee, and the oatmeal really comes through.

Good roasting in the flavor with a great taste of oats. Again, the roasted flavor is more chocolate than coffee. Finishes with a strange but oddly pleasant hop and sour combination that follows nicely from the chocolate and leaves the palate eager for the next sip.

Fantastic in the mouth! A bit thick with plenty of carbonation that gets quite active when swallowing. A lot of fun.

This is a nice sipper. Playful, yet easy going. If there ever was a stout for warmer months, this is it.

Photo of jasmith
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a 6-pack from Capone's bottle shop.. a little pricey at $11, but I was in an experimental mood I suppose.

First thing I noticed was the smell. From the bottle the smell was strong and inviting. The initial couple bottles were drank from a small round glass cup, and it helped accentuate the smell. Even Amy remarked how well it smelled.

Initially I was very impressed with the taste, though on subsequent evenings I was still happy with it, but not as ecstatic as the first night.

Amy tried to give one to Nate and Kaylie, who are really light bear / corona drinkers. It was pretty amusing to see their faces. Nate kept saying how good it tasted, but his face told a different story. They drank it from a bottle though, which I mentioned would not allow it to be smelled properly.

Photo of WesWes
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep dark brown color with a thick tan head. The aroma is good. It is a roasted, nutty, and chocolatey scent; very nice. The taste is good. It has quite a dark malt palate to it. It has chocolate, and black barley flavor. It has a dry bite, but it finishes smooth and creamy. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. The beer drinks well. This is a fine stout. Another quality brew from Wolaver's (Otter Creek).

Photo of NEhophead
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Foamy, coffee colored head a top a coal/very deep brown color. Thin and somewhat intricate lacing with good strength.

Sweet milk chocolate; rich, roasted malt aromas. Freshly ground coffee beans; hints of cream and caramel.

Intensely bitter roasted chocolate malts; notes of hazlenut and other overn-baked nuts. Strong cafe flavors: creamy, a touch sweet; yet, bold and and raw. The roasted oat presence is very noticeable. Very dry finish followed by a caramel, coffee, and bitter chocolate aftertaste.

Full bodied; dry, gritty, and robust mouthfeel.

A great version of the style. Robust flavors; a little rough around the edges, but perfect for a bold take on the style. My favorite Otter Creek/Wolaver's offering to date.

Photo of Buckettt
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
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 xgrigorix
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce brown twist cap bottle. Date of bottling clearly printed on back label.

Dark brown, bordering on black. Topped by a thin tan head. Looks similar to coca-cola.

Awesome roast coffe note (almost smokey). This mixes well with hints of chocolate & some spritzy hop aromas.

More great espresso - strong & up front. Some nice chocolate, & the roast flavours keep the sweetness in check right from the begining. A tingle of citrusy hops is left on the tongue. Velvety smooth, medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

Photo of drpimento
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
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 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.

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