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

Wolaver's Oatmeal StoutWolaver's Oatmeal Stout

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751 Ratings

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Ratings: 751
Reviews: 380
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%

Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's visit their website
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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2.84/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Good recipe, flawed execution.
A-black, clear, light tan head dissipated quickly
S-coffee and dark malt, but diacetyl and phenols detract (not good phenols like cloves, but band-aids and plastic)
T-dark malt and hops in balance, good dark malt flavors, but again, flaws apparent in the nose are evident here
M-light to medium, ok but low for an oatmeal stout
O-not awful but I won't order another one on tap. These flaws are preventable and are mostly from brewing technique. This could be a very good beer, and maybe is in the bottle, as other reviews here indicate.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2013 19:42:08 | More by HBresler
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New Jersey

4.59/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Riley and Jakes's in Clinton, NJ. I was pleasantly surprised to find this wonderful tasting beer on tap here. The beer had a lovely balance tilted towards the sweet side; never bitter, beautiful amber color and every sip a pleasure Otter Creek brewery has some fine organic beers and this one is no exception. Having this beer on-tap certainly enhanced the taste, but I will try it in the bottle to see how it compares.

Riley and Jake's is a famiily restaurant with a typical American pub menu. The food is fine for this type of restaurant and the place gets quite busy on the weekends.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2013 22:30:02 | More by DS31
Photo of MDDMD


4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark brown black color with a small tan head and minimal lacing

S-dark roasted malt, coffee, chocolate

T-espresso, dark roasted malt, molasses, chocolate, mild bitterness in the finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and somewhat creamy

O-I was surprised how much I enjoyed this oatmeal stout, very well made and with nice balance

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2013 01:28:48 | More by MDDMD
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3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Grace in Portland ME 1/30/12, review from notes.

A: dark brown practically black in color, two fingers of thick off-white head sticks around for quite a while. An appropriately appearing stout.

S: lots of coffee, some nuttiness--filberts, chocolate overtones, earthy roasted malts.

T: mostly coffee and roasted malts, some hazelnut, finishes with a hint of chocolate.

M: smooth, good carbonation but not overdone. Pretty easy drinking.

O: A good stout to be sure. Nothing overwhelmingly special but soldly built and everything a stout should be. Definitely recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2012 05:01:24 | More by beerbiatchMD
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3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Served with a nearly black body that showcased some deep brown highlights...the creamy head was light brown in color and stood three fingers tall...it became rocky and fell to a solid cap that left attractive lacing

S - A normal nose with roasted malts leading the way...chocolate and coffee are present with the latter being a little less

T - The roasted qualities of this oatmeal stout are very nice and show themselves throughout the entire beer...the roast does bring a bit of a bitterness but it's not too harsh...dark chocolate notes can be found towards the back end and they really stand out as the beer warms...subtle coffee and caramel flavors are also lingering

M - Medium bodied...smooth, roasty bitterness...I wanted some more body and creaminess

O - I enjoyed this Oatmeal Stout and even went back for more...it's very easy to drink with nice roasty flavors that provide a decent chocolate fix

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2012 21:20:14 | More by thain709
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New York

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2011 01:06:28 | More by Tschnab
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3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pretty solid offering from the Wolaver’s brand. Nice looking beer, with a black color, strong head and retention; good lacing as well. Roasted and creamy aroma, some bitter hops are noticed in the smell as well. Flavor is very nice, combining the expected roasted malt taste with a bit of bittersweet chocolate and a sort of molasses sweetness in the rear. I had this very fresh and the herbal, piney hops were prominent. Nicely creamy mouthfeel, decent carbonation, thick enough to give it some substance. The one complaint I would make about this beer is I felt the bitterness of the finish went on too long; still tasted the hops about an hour and a few glasses of water later. I like the hops but they dominated the finish too strongly for my taste, overwhelming the other aspects of this beer and kind of wiping them from my memory. Perhaps a little too fresh, methinks. Still, not bad.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2011 13:08:21 | More by tobelerone
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New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the Shepard and the Knuckledhead poured into a pint glass.

A-has a very dark almost pitch black like appearance with a nice tan head. Being on tap the head was only about 1" thick with good retention and some nice frothy lacing around the glass.

S-smells of roasted oats, slightly malty with a dark coffee and dark chocolate aroma.

T-this beer tastes awesome! It is nice and mellow with a creamy and smooth finish. I get some cocoa with coffee and some malty flavor.

M-It is medium bodied with slight carbonation. The flavor stays with you for a little while, but it is very pleasant.

O-overall this a great beer to have on tap. I enjoy this just as much as founders breakfast stout, but with less abv it is a good session beer to have.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2011 19:50:56 | More by buyBinboaVodka
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New York

3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Tap and Barrel in Smithtown, NY. Served in a pint glass.

Look: hard to tell given the dim lighting, but it appears dark brown bordering on black bodied with a finger's worth of slightly off white head. Decent retention and a good amount of lacing is left behind as I drink.

Smell: mostly I am getting some chocolate malt, hints of coffee, and a bit of roast. Smells fairly nice.

Taste: Roasted, chocolate malt really dominates the taste. Nice roasted barley and a bit of coffee. Not incredibly complex but just right in terms of taste.

Feel: unfortunately, this is where this beer kind of falls flat. Its really lacking the creaminess that I want and love in oatmeal stouts. Its just a little too thin. The carbonation is spot on though. As for drinkability, this drinks like a very sessionable brew and feels closer to 4% than 5.9%.

Overall: as a whole, this beer is decent but nothing really spectacular. For me, the defining characteristic of oatmeal stout is the mouthfeel and this comes up short in that area. Still, its pretty tasty and makes for a good, sessionable stout to have a few pints of. Worth trying. Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2011 15:26:51 | More by SkunkWorks
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5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my new king of Stouts. It is a very good beer and it is organic which makes no difference to me, but does not hurt the taste. It is a bit better on than in a bottle, but both are worth trying. I had it at a bar in Disney's Contempary Hotel (where the old gameroom used to be) and it was on tap with their pale ale. This is my new favorite next to Edmund Fitzgerald by Great Lakes Brewery,

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2011 21:08:54 | More by fascistfaction
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3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another find at Bradley Airport Terminal (Locks Landing), this has a deep dark black brown color, a healthy tan head and fair lacing. The aroma offers a pleasant and definitive coffee with a deep mocha sweetness and roasted nuts. Very nice. The flavor speaks out with a tart coffee bitterness, while the chocolate idea settles into a more subtle blend with leafy hop and even lemon highlights. This beer is a solid medium bodied to full bodied deal that is near silky in feel though a touch thin, very easy drinking...and it's organic! There's a hint of vinegar here that I might do without but it doesn't spoil it. The carbonation is very delicate but it's adequate for the style. Recommended for a try. Smooth and flavorful.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2010 04:46:53 | More by Durge
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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!

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2010 05:02:08 | More by DanThomas
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Served overly cold, but free at Goodbar.

Awesome looking beer, with a midnight black body and a finger of tan head that leaft some damn fine lacing. Aroma of oats, mild coffee and tobacco is about right. Flavour is much the same and improves as it warms. Coffee, oat and smoke make for a nice mix. Nothing too complex, but nicely balanced and sessionable for a stout. The body, though, is a touch to light for the style, and errs towards thin.

A decent oatmeal stout that could be bumped up to the next level with a thicker, smoother body.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2009 15:13:31 | More by bobsy
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4.13/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2009 16:43:28 | More by DNICE555
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North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass on tap at soul infusion in sylva, nc.

black beer. can't see through this thing. extremely tiny head. i have to try hard to see it.

aroma is of roasted malts and some coffee. but definitely not a strong aroma.

tastes good with a nice balance of roasted malts, and awesome creamy mouthfeel that compliments the taste.

very drinkable stout. the oatmeal is what makes this beer as nice as it is, in my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2009 20:41:17 | More by Bartrob6
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark chocolaty brown with a fairly thick tan head. Aroma is strong, rich, malty, with an overtone of fine roast coffee. Lively, malty flavor has nutty and smoky hints and an undertone of fine coffee. Texture is smooth and tingly, a little thick, leaving a sassy finish.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2009 17:06:42 | More by Cyberkedi
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3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A black body w/ no light coming through (thick) with a tan head that leaves some lace and slowly dies. The sweet malt aroma is strong with this oatmeal stout and I don't really pick up any hops. Medium-bodied, a tad syrupy but very smooth thanks to the oat malts and the malts in the taste come on strong with some cocoa, toffee, hint of caramel and some roasted malts, although there is no dry/burnt taste, even in the backbite. Hops are almost an afterthought. Judging by other reviews I wonder if I got a good sample (flat beer/old keg/dirty tap?). The sweetness was there but the hops and dry malt sensation expected wasn't, leaving the beer a little lacking in my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2009 18:36:55 | More by clayrock81
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4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: Pours a deep black color with a medium sized and medium bodied an colored head that laces the glass very nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet and burnt malts, a sweet oatmeal flavor, and hints of chocolate and caramelized malts.
T: Very nice mix of malts, some burnt, some caramelized, some chocolate as well. Oats are a prevalent taste in the beginning and are a very nice finish to the beer.
M: Very nice, chewy, smooth, warming, right amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, not too high in abv and the flavors blend very well. Also love the organic factor to it.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2009 00:31:11 | More by erosier
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3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 oz. - $5.25 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Dark brown, near black body. Fairly clear. Thin, bone white head.

Smell: Aroma smelling of roast, sweetish toffee, dull chocolate, and, yes, even some oats.

Taste: Roasty, dark malts with a mild toffee sweetness and minor hint of oats. Light earthy bitterness. A semisweet chocolate flavor develops more upon warming. Splash of cola. Dry, earthy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A decent, drinkable oatmeal stout. Plus, it's mostly organic. Doesn't that make you feel good? I know it does me!

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2009 07:05:45 | More by ChainGangGuy
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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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2008 01:34:51 | More by Stinkypuss
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3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this on Tap at Bukowski's on Dalton St. last night.

Came with a single finger thick head that was tan in color and rather substantial. Good retention and only spotty lacing with this brew. The beer was extremely dark and almost black. It was pretty dark in Bukowki's so I'm not sure I could describe the color in any more detail. Certainly looked like a classic stout.

Aroma was mostly of chocolate and of roasted goodness. A slight burnt aroma to it. Nice.

The taste began sweet and creamy, then finished almost dry. Lots of chocolate notes and deep roasted flavors. The taste was pretty good and right on for the style.

This was a fairly thick stout and of course had a big mouth feel.

Drinkability was nice and I was happy to have chosen it to close out the evening.

A good effort.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2008 14:59:26 | More by Reagan1984
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4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a clear, very dark ruby red. It was seved to me with a very thin off-white head.

s: Roasty grains, sweet lactose, some mild hints of coffe and dark chocolate, and a barely noticeable nutty quality.

t: This is one of the best oatmeal stouts I've tried. Very complex for a small beer. Flavors of sweet grains, smokey malts, coffee, chocoalte, and a hint of cherries. Every sip was seemingly different.

m: I couldn't see the carbonation, but I sure could feel it. It gave this beer a thick lush feeling overall.

d: I can't wait to have more of these. This was a very pleasant surprise.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2008 14:09:13 | More by DIM
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3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not quite opaque, a deep reddish-brown in the light. Thin head.

Smells nice, coffee, caramel, woodiness.

Taste doesn't really deliver though. Really has a coffee and tea thing going which I'm not really into. Also burnt, woody, and sweet flavors.

Mouthfeel thin for me, evokes old coffee. A smoother mouthfeel might have helped my impression of this quite a bit.

Drinkable, but fairly forgettable for me.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2008 03:43:49 | More by Strix
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North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Paired at Flying Saucer with their Mud Island dessert. Served a dark not-quite opaque black with a thin diminishing head. Aroma is slight roasted malts and burnt caramel. The taste is abundant roasted malts, cocoa, and caramel. The beer is light bodied with decent carbonation. While this is an. enjoyable beer, I just don't see myself seeking it out again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2008 23:34:47 | More by atsprings
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4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at the Groggy Frogg in Southington, Conn.

A: Poured a blackish brown body with a two-finger head of dense off-white foam and a great lacing factor. Deep and rich looking.

S: Smell was a pleasant blend of roasted malts, bittersweet cocoa powder and some embedded floral hops.

T: Taste is rich, warm and inviting. The malt palate up front is spot on oatmeal stout, with a lush blend of roasted coffee, caramel and bitter chocolate. There's a fine hop presence a very clean roasted finish which caps off every sip very nicely.

M: Mouthfeel is a bit creamy and full, but the flavor makes it irresistibly drinkable.

D: A very tasty drinkable brew. For a richer stout, ABV is manageable and sufficient for a nice, mellow session.

Wolaver's continues to outshine Otter Creek brews, with the exception of the Stovepipe Porter. They should amend the slogan to read "certified organic and bona fide delicious."

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2008 00:17:03 | More by Gambrinus1184
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