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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

806 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 806
Reviews: 382
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 28
Gots: 27 | 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pleasant surprise on-tap brought by Consumer's Beverage at the Buffalo Raceway brewfest. Lots of lace, dry stout - could this be the oatmeal or a new addition? Some chocolate and coffee and roast, but not too much of it. More or less balanced. Decent stout.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2007 04:55:43 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass and oh my, this is some really black beer. I held it up to the light and it wasn't until the beer was right in front of the light that any light got through. It poured with a small amount of head that had no retention and left a small amount of lacing in the glass. The smell is pretty intense. Nutty and roasted smells come out and of course coffee. The taste is similar. Definitely some roasted malts in the taste. The mouthfeel could be described as chewey, imagine eating a coffee flavored granola bar.Heavy body. Pretty drinkable over all.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2007 05:17:17 | More by t0rin0
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

12-13-2011 22:16:53 | More by djrn2
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark chestnut with a generous infusion of crimson. I'm able to see light on the opposite side of the glass, despite the fact that this is a dreary, overcast day. The head is the color of toasted wheat bread; fairly light for a stout. It has deflated from two fingers to one finger in the several minutes since the pour and doesn't look as if it's interested in leaving much lace.

The nose is right on the money for an oatmeal stout. I can't appreciate oatmeal (obviously), but I can appreciate plenty of well-roasted barley with strong overtones of bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee beans. Especially the last of those. Please let the flavor follow suit.

It does, it does. Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout packs gobs of flavor into a relatively light-hued, light-bodied beer. Black coffee, unsweetened baker's chocolate and grapefruit zest lead the way. I can't tell if the invigorating bitterness is due to the bitter char of the strenuously roasted grain (barley, wheat and oats) or is due to the hops (Hallertauer, Magnum and Cascade). Probably both.

The beer is almost, but not quite, bitter and dry enough to be considered an Irish dry stout rather than an oatmeal stout. There are just enough malt sugars running interference to keep things from becoming astringent and biting. Hopheads should find plenty to like.

Unfortunately, the mouthfeel doesn't quite meet the high bar set by the aroma and the flavor. If you like your stouts light and snappy, you'll like this one. I like mine full and chewy (or at least heading in that direction), so I'm less than impressed. It's more than adequate though, and works in the grand scheme of a sub-6% stout.

Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout is the second best Otter Creek/Wolaver's beer that I've had to date (Otter Creek Pale Ale still wears the crown). It's a fine effort that is good because it delivers where it matters most: flavor. Sessioning this one should be no problem at all.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2007 14:55:07 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very dark amber (close to near black in color) and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin tan head that died down and left some lacing on the surface along with a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of dark roasted malts and oats in the nose along with some notes of coffee beans.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and also has notes of chocolate and coffee. There is a slight amount of bitterness and some hints of sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied, somewhat smooth but yet a bit thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and goes down smoothly. I would have no problem putting down a few of these in succession on any given night.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 14:29:46 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with garnet highlights and a moderate head that fails to retain or leave much lacing

Smell: Pleasant coffee aroma combined with a discernable oat influence

Taste: Starts out with a bitter coffee flavor that increases in intensity by mid-palate, with a slight grapefruit fruitiness; after, the swallow, some bitter charcoal flavors join the fray but the overall bitterness mellows out in the finish as the calming oats make their impact

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation; a touch thin for the style

Drinkability: Having been disappointed by a number of the Wolaver's beers, I was hesitant to try this but it is not a bad Oatmeat Stout at all; the coffee flavor is beguiling and it has a nice bitter quality - a bit more body would make this first rate

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2007 01:41:59 | More by brentk56
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +0.5%

11-18-2011 17:49:17 | More by nmann08
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

02-10-2013 15:14:42 | More by acurtis
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
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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oberon

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2004 01:13:08 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Thanks to baconsausage for this bottle!

The middle brew enjoyed by VDubb86 and myself amidst a Ghost Adventures kick. It pours a straight obsidian (though bordering on black-brown) topped by a half-finger of glowing off-white foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, light coffee, dark chocolate, molasses, and light maple syrup. The taste holds notes of roasted malts, cocoa, light vanilla, and plenty o' toasted oats. The body is a light-aspiring medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a thickly smooth feel. Overall, a very nice oatmeal stout, rich and chewy without going overboard on the flavors. Get some!

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 04:11:30 | More by TMoney2591
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largadeer

California

3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a clearly printed "bottled on" date.

Appearance: Clear dark amber/brown, not the blackest stout around. Reddish highlights appear against the light. Two fingers of head rise in my trusty Sam Adams glass, which settle into a thin ring over the course of a few minutes. Going by appearance, I'd guess this was a brown ale.

Smell: Coffee with a few cubes of sugar. Somewhat sweet for the style, but pleasant enough. This stuff only hints at roasted barley, and there's an undercurrent of sweet lactose sugar.

Taste & mouthfeel: Sweet and rich, mildly roasted and toasted, almost hot chocolate-like. Hints of coffee toward the finish. A little bit of leafy hop appears in the background, but this is a decidedly malty brew. Pretty damn decent stuff really, and I'll give it some bonus points for being organic.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 05:55:38 | More by largadeer
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

01-03-2012 04:10:02 | More by JAHMUR
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Typical stout appearance. Fairly good head retention. Thin craggy rings are left about the glass.

S: Roasty nose with notes of coffee, chocolate, toast, dough, and caramel. Quite nice!

T: Full-flavored roastiness. Coffee, chickory, some dark malt acidity but OK. Chocolate. Burnt brownies. Very mild fruitiness of dark raisins, dry apple, and some vinous undertones. Leafy/grassy hops. Caramel. Crusty bread. Overall pretty full and rounded. Solid bitterness. Finishes dry and roasty with lingering mocha coffee and leafy/grassy hops.

M: Medium bodied, leaning towards medium-light. Standard carb level of about 2.4 volumes CO2/ltr.

D: A decent enough oatmeal stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2009 21:25:56 | More by NeroFiddled
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've always said that this is one of the best oatmeal stouts out there. And now I'll elaborate why.

Pours dark brown with a tan head that falls to nothing. Nose is a gentle roasted thing with a fairly thick cocoa edge. Flavor is roasted, cocoa, and a bitter on the back end. Really excellent flavor ride. Feel is liquid smooth and carbonation is as well. Like I said: one of the best oatmeal stouts out there. And it just happens to be organic.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2008 05:12:02 | More by RblWthACoz
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 2/23/07 at The Celtic Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of strong chocolate with roasted malt, oats and a little bit of hops.

T: Flavors of dark chocolate, roasted malt and oats start out. There’s a good hops presence for a beer in this style. The after-taste is bitter-sweet. This is one of the better tasting organic beers that I’ve had.

M: Crisp and very smooth, very heavy body, medium carbonation, dry but sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, extremely filling, good representation of style but not quite up there with other Oatmeal Stouts that I’ve had. Since the beer is so filling I can’t see myself having more than one or two, but it’s a good sipper.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2007 16:32:06 | More by TheManiacalOne
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Muddy brown, utterly opaque, under a thick, gooey, cocoa tan head. Nice looking, indeed!

Nose burst with cocoa, rich and powdery at once, with bittersweet espresso hints at the side. Very nice. I'll drink it in as often as I can...ahhh!!!

Tastin' it...big chocolate all over the mouth, thick presence on the palate, powerfully rich and damnably delicious. A humdinger, this one. Dry cocoa feel persists and remains strong on the palate, leaving the dusky husky flavor all over the mouth. Quite an impact!

Full bodied, to say the least, with a long, bittersweet, lightly hoppy, abundantly malty finish.

I really like this one. Makes an impact, and imparts deliciousness. Can't beat that!

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2006 10:45:35 | More by feloniousmonk
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

09-11-2013 03:23:10 | More by WVbeergeek
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.5%

05-25-2013 22:02:01 | More by Slatetank
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a fluffy slightly dark colored 2 finger head that fades slowly with a little lacing, over very dark colored beer, mostly black with just a hint of dark brown where the light comes through on the corners of the glass.

N: A nice malty roasty nose. Lots of dark malts, some roast, a little chocolate and hint of cocoa nibs, roasted barley, a little chocolate milk, and creamy aromas. Just a hint of bitterness combined from roasty malts and a little earthy hops.

T: Starts creamy with malts. A chocolate milk flavor, a little cocoa nibs, creamy chocolate, combined with roasted malts, quite a bit of bitterness from the roast, touch of bitterness from earthy hops, fluffy and smooth oatmeal flavors. Somewhat lush. Mostly smooth, delicious, and easy drinking.

M: Smooth and slightly luscious with medium body and decent carbonation. Some smooth oatmeal feel but looses a little bit of points as it's a little more on the watery side than it needs to be. Perhaps a little more unfermentables and oatmeal in the beer would have helped.

F: Some bitterness again mostly from the roasted earthy malts. A hint of earthy hops too. Lingering roasted malt flavors, some smooth oatmeal still, a little dark chocolate even, touch of caramel and sweetness. A very drinkable and tasty oatmeal stout. Being organic doesn't mean much to me, but being a sessionable, smooth, and tasty oatmeal stout for cheap and somewhat local, great!

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 02:33:30 | More by jlindros
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WesWes

New York

4.1/5  rDev +3%
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).

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2004 23:01:28 | More by WesWes
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Mora2000

Texas

3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown to black with red highlights. There is a very small tan head. The aroma is chocolate and coffee. The flavor is coffee, chocolate and roasted malts. The aftertaste is coffee. The mouthfeel is a little bit on the thin side for the style and is not creamy as I expected. Low carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 21:21:25 | More by Mora2000
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

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

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 22:05:10 | More by StonedTrippin
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours black with a decent-sized head that lingers through most of the drink.
It smells of chocolately, coffee-like oatmeal. The taste matches the smell. The smoothness of oats and the complex flavors of coffee and chocolate make this a very enjoyable drink. It has a robust, but very drinkable taste and mouthfeel.
This is certainly one of the best beers of this style that I have tried!

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2006 20:45:32 | More by jwc215
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +0.5%

11-28-2011 20:35:43 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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