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

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857 Ratings

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Ratings: 857
Reviews: 386
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 34
Gots: 45 | 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)
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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
Photo of stewart124
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark delicious stoudt with traces of coffee and the obvious oatmeal. Very rich with a great taste followed by an even better aftertaste. This is a great beer to sit back and relax near a fire on a cold night. The people from Wolaver's created something special with this brew. With a tan head and a silky smooth look this beer goes down with a fizzy taste and a oaty finish. Great for any beer lover.

stewart124, Dec 24, 2003
Photo of skullsplitter
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured an amber-like hue. Very small head that faded pretty quickly. Not much in terms of lacing.

S - Roasted coffee smell. Chocolate notes were apparent. Very nice smell.

T - Nutty (hazelnut?). Nice roasted malt taste. Pretty traditional.

M - Good carbonation. Very easy to drink for a porter. I could drink this all night.

D - Goes down very well.

All in all this is one of the better oatmeal stouts I have had. Pretty dry which is the way I like it. I really enjoyed the taste. The roasted flavor is pretty strong but satisfying.

skullsplitter, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of StoutKing0104
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a very deep, dark amber with a finger of mocha head disappates quickly but leaves very nice lacing.

S - Strong aroma of roasted malt, bitter scent of hops and a hint of chocolate.

T - Roasted malt hits the tastebuds first followed by a sweet kick. Then black coffee and dark chocolate creep up and steal the show. It finishes off with a pleasingly bitter aftertaste.

F - Moderate carbonation tickles the tongue. This brew has just the right thickness to flow smoothly over the pallet.

D - Rich flavors make this an easy one to drink, it's kinda hard to only have one.

StoutKing0104, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of Bitterbill
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle a clear very dark brown with amber hues
and a large head of foam that dissipated slowly leaving a fine layer
with good lacing.

The smell is all roasty and toasty and has big notes of hot chocolate.

The taste is really big. Roasted malt and a semi sweet molasses grab my taste buds right from the go and there's a hop bitterness that doesn't show up for me until near the finish but it does give the over all presentation of this oatmeal stout the proper umphh.

Bottom line: This is a sample of the style that everyone should try given the chance.

Bitterbill, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout.

A: Dark brown with two-finger, tan, creamy head that lasted a few minutes. Pretty good lacing.

S: Sweet malt, oatmeal, and chocolate. Really nice.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Roasted coffee, chocolate, and toffee. Nice roasted flavor. Not too sweet and the light bitterness balances the flavor well.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Really smooth and slightly creamy.

O: Samuel Smith's had a nicer head and lacing and was definitely the creamier of the two, but this Oatmeal Stout had a richer aroma and flavor. I call it a tie. Both are excellent, but then again, I love Oatmeal stouts.

SolipsismalCat, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of Tschnab
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- the pour is black as night, opaque, sticky on the glass, and capped by a fluffy tan head.

S- Good malty background, roasted grains, light dark chocolate, hint of coffee.

T- Chocolate, coffee, roasted grain, very light smoke, char, touch of hops. Craeamy on the way down.

O- A really tasty oatmeal stout that I could have all night, a very solid stout.

Tschnab, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of ChuckD
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Nice creamy, tawny head sits atop black/brown thickness. Ideal laces make their way down the glass.

To the nose, a roasty sweetness. A hint of a hop bite - but slight. The normal oatmeal sourness is in the back.

In the mouth is where this beer excels. It provides layers and layers of maltiness -each with its own characteristics. The taste is wonderful. The feel of it matches properly. Heavy, chewy body - but not enough to turn away another sip. Very drinkable.

This is a smooth drinker. There is a hop presence - but vague enough just to cut the malts. Nice, somewhat dry finish.

Musings: I am an oatmeal guy. This one is very good. Easily drinkable but retaining its own uniqueness. I wouldn't put it over its VT cousin, McNeill's - but its definitely a contender.

ChuckD, Feb 12, 2006
Photo of falloutsnow
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The evening greets me with a night sky burned orange from streetlights and moody piano music. The mourning doves' calls faintly sound in the distance, adding a bit of life, however melancholy, to the otherwise still desolate environment. There's a certain film-noir feeling to all this, I think, as I pry the top off the bottle of Wolaver's oatmeal stout.
A: I tip the bottle and pour its contents into a standard pint glass. The liquid is dark ruby or reddish-brown in color, nearly opaque and quite attractive. I wish I could sit and rest while looking at the world through this color, I think to myself. The head is about 2cm in height, quite pillowy, and off-white in color. It descends within a few minutes, leaving little lacing but a thin head remains on top of beer throughout the entire session.
S: Scent brings to mind coffee with cream at first, then trails into some cocoa and very light hop scents. The smells coalesce into a very enjoyable total presence, one of the more memorable and well-defined of all the oatmeal stouts I've tried.
T: Taste opens up with roasted coffeebeans early on along with some sweet, smoked malt. There's some extra sweetness and smoothness that is no doubt from the use of the oats. As with the scent, some cocoa essences become defined midway and the tasting experience trails off with a combination of very light hop bitterness with burnt coffee and dark chocolate bitterness. For me, as someone who enjoys the taste of coffee, chocolate and hops, this beer presents a very balanced use of all ingredients and remains true to the known style, which is focused more on roasted malt flavors than hops.
M: Medium bodied with just enough carbonation to make the experience interesting on the palate. Moderately thick, though smooth body, again most likely from the usage of the oats. Dry finish from the hops and roasted malt, which when combined with the relatively low alcohol content, practically makes one want another sip as soon as the last one was completed.
D: All aspects of this beer are in near perfect order: this is everything I could want from an oatmeal stout. Easily drinkable again and again, dinstinctive flourishes in taste and with enough complexity to keep multiple partakings interesting.

falloutsnow, Mar 14, 2006
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Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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