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

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89
very good

392 Reviews
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Reviews: 392
Hads: 975
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 40
Gots: 113 | FT: 0
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Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 11-12-2003

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Photo of Sammy
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
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. (257 characters)

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +1%
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. (596 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.93/5  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. (764 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
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 (501 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.92/5  rDev -1%
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 (816 characters)

Photo of largadeer
3.88/5  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. (827 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.92/5  rDev -1%
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. (1,939 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (454 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.8/5  rDev -4%
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! (593 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
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! (658 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (674 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
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! (1,429 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
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. (848 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (480 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
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. (445 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
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! (700 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
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! (392 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4.12/5  rDev +4%
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). (462 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.57/5  rDev -9.8%
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. (301 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: arrived in a pint glass with a dark brown / almost black color with a thick 2" tan colored head that lasted quite a while. Some nice lace painted the glass.

Smell: tons of roasted malts and dark chocolate.

Taste: the flavor is up front with the strong roasted malts, but is nicely rounded with some bitter dark chocolate, burnt coffee, and very mild bitterness. Lightly dry.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body, almost a liquid meal. Lightly crisp at the start with a smooth thick finish. Long roasted aftertaste.

Drinkability: easy drinking oatmeal stout. Definitely worth having if on tap. (614 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
2.95/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Penn Pilsner glass, never tried this one before.

Wolaver's oatmeal stizzout looks light brown out of the bottle resembling a brown ale. Kind of thin looking for this style but it's no thing. Once in the glass it becomes a dark brown color with some mahagony/ruby red under some light. A cola like fizzing brown/tan cap reaches half an inch, no lacing, but a ring around the glass.

The smell is kind of bare, nothing really stands out. Cold, I get a big whiff of old watered down black coffee and minimal roast. Room temp some quaker oats straight from a fresh can pops up but the oatmeal is light. Im not really picking up any chocolate in this. A earthy pine like scent from some hops is abound.

Going off scent, I was not expecting a huge beer here and I did not get it. The taste is pretty minimal and does not pack enough oatiness from mornin breakfast. Under the "oats" some bland coffee with the roast there but a bit subdued. Chocolate is a afterthought and the hops although light make a small impression on the tounge. Some cola like tastes with grains and malts sweetness. On the end a bit of a sour finish that's noticable but it's not a hanging offense.

The feel is weak for a O. Stout. I would not even call it medium, it's approaching a bold light body. The carbonation is overused and is felt throughout the mouth. This is really fizzy and not butter smooth. This could stand to be a bit sweeter or something. Perhaps if the carb was down a few notches I may have enjoyed this more. Not a great aftertaste.

A nice low abv is always welcome, but at what cost, lesser flavor? Im glad i tried it but may not pick uo more of this. A oatmeal stout should be a bit sweet with some chocolate IMO and I got non of that. Im tired im going to bed. (1,783 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer, with bottled on dating of 10/18/04, nice, its been in the bottle for only about 10 weeks. yeah fresh beer! Pours darkest of browns, dark tan minimal head, almost all lacing slides down the glass., Nose is big and burnt, malty. Taste is dominated here by notes of roasted grain, mocha chocolate and fresh roasted coffee beans. Smooth and tasty, but with an outmeal stout, I'm always looking for that oily,smooth mouthfeel, dont really get it here. Its more dry and chalky. Flavorful stout, worth a try and good to support the organic farmers of the world. (565 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Whoa, heavy on the roased oats. I really dont get much more ou of this beer in either smell or taste. Its good a what it does, but this isn a terribly complex beer. I tend not to like my oatmeal stouts in the bottle as much, as this example isnt as smooth. Maybe this would improve on nitro. I'd still prefer a Sammy Smith over this. (333 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (603 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (699 characters)

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Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
89 out of 100 based on 392 ratings.