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

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

902 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 902
Reviews: 390
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 36
Gots: 58 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 11-12-2003)
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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 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.

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.18/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of beerphan
4.18/5  rDev +5%
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

Photo of MikeBrandman
4.18/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of DanThomas
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
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!

Photo of Fish113d
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
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!

Photo of RocketWidget
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
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!

Photo of argock
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
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

Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
90 out of 100 based on 902 ratings.