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: 970
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 39
Gots: 109 | 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 RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Dark brown with a reddish hue and a gorgeous head that came up about an inch and showed good retention, leaving some very thick and airy lacing on the glass.

Smell – Big, thick, rich oatmeal along with the traditional Stout aromas of dark, roasted malts, chocolate, and burnt toast.

Taste – The bitterness takes over here but the malty oatmeal is still very noticeable. This one has a nice maple sweetness to it as well.

Mouthfeel – Medium-bodied and very bitter in the mouth. The maple acts as a nice balance, though the salivary glands are definitely working overtime.

Drinkability – This was a nice overall Oatmeal Stout that didn’t wimp out at the end like a lot of others that I’ve had. Well done, Wolaver’s. (746 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased and drank at Starry Night Cafe in Rochester, NY.

Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a 2 inch head, and some little splotches of lacing down the glass.

Smells include dark roasted malt, chocolate, and espresso beans.

Fairly bitter, but still smooth- the roasted malt is a huge component here, when mixed with the coffee- makes for a nicely, bitter dry stout. The oats smooth this beer out, and the chocolate flavors keep it a little bit sweet.

Smooth, silky mouthfeel due to the oats. Medium to light bodied- could be thicker, I suppose.

A great oatmeal stout. Very well balanced, and packs quite a nice dry bitter punch. (647 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a jet black brew with a nice brown/tan head of foam. The aromas are of roasted malts, oats, sweet hops, and slight alcohol. The taste is very roasted, yet sweet, with some nice hops on the finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, just about perfect, IMO and the drinkability is good as well. A nice version of the style! (331 characters)

Photo of Bung
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Dark brown pour, not real opaque. Pleasant roast malt aroma, some chocolates. Body is fuller than the appearance would lend one to believe. Solid medium body, with the creamy oatmeal or rye like body. Body reminds me a bit of the Left Hand Terra-Ryzed. Taste is nicely balanced malt, coffee and chocolate. 5.9% abv?, would not assume it is even that high. Pleasant drinker. Definetely one of the best organic stouts and brews period I've had. (449 characters)

Photo of cokes
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Transparent black cherry, emphasizing black. Thin, skittish tan foam above.
Roasty, glorious nose. Smoky. Earthy. Coffee bean. Oats. It smells exactly how I wish it would.
Enters roasted. Full bean coffee. Not sweet at all, at least not yet. Oily, greasy earthen hues. Oats add a smoothed-over grain quality, and trickles of quelling sweetness. Flaky bitter chocolate. Traces of charcoal-flavored cola. It ends dry and continually earthy.
It's a hair on the thin side. Well, more like two or three hairs. Possibly even an entire sideburn. With more girth, and more hair, this becomes a classic oatmeal stout.
Still pretty dang good regardless. (648 characters)

Photo of Suds
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Here’s a dark, deep, solidly black liquid with a great tan head. The aroma of this brew is really something. Intense and ever-present roasted oats…mixed liberally with roasted barley. Also, you’re hit with smells of coffee, hard rubber, and smoke. Mmmmm….this is one of those beers that you can just smell all day long. The taste follows through, but to a lesser degree. Oats throughout the taste…chocolate, burnt and roasted malts. Just slightly oily, but not quite what the smell lead me to expect. Smooth finish. Very enjoyable. (536 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
3.88/5  rDev -2%
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. (799 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a brown head and very malty nose. The first taste gives off very malty, oaty body with a slight sweetness. This has to be the most oatmeally stout I have ever had. It is almost chewy and goes great with cookies. I can taste the quality of Wolaver's brewing and maybe the organic ingredients add to the flavour. You can't drink too many of these but this is a nice pint. (386 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ok bought in the 12 oz brown bottle at ocal health food store.."Bottled on 11/03/03,Batch# 1447.
Absolutly fantastic looking oatmeal stout to look at ..dark brown with garnet accents when held to the light..nice half inch sized creamy tan head..shrinks but never quite dissapears.
This is one of the better smell oatmeals I have had....lovelly chocolate malts..toasted oats fresh, nice stuff.
Nice taste very smooth and creamy chocolate to start..then I get a thick oat tase..like Scottish porridge, for a sec..then its on to a long lasting but pleasant bitterness..
Very nice and creamy on the tongue..well made..not thin.
A very nice example of an oatmeal stout..and so very drinkable. (692 characters)

Photo of argock
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
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 (729 characters)

Photo of tgbljb
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a deep brown color with reddish notes. Tannish head was impressive. Smell is of toasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. Taste is pf toasted malt, coffee, and caramel with a nice dry bitterness. Fishished with a bitter malt flavor. A very good oatmeal stout (260 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.64/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color. The head is a finger high, and lighter tan in shade. Texture-wise, it's a little foamier than I truly like, and its retention isn't amazing, either. Having said that, the collar that stays behind looks good, though there isn't much lacing left behind. (4)

Smell: Very grainy - oats play a big role in the aroma of this brew. The chocolate and roasted notes I like in the style are still prevalent, but secondary to the oat character. Pleasant touches of umami also appear. I'm digging this beer's aroma nicely. (3.75)

Taste: This is far more roasted than I anticipated. Oats appear initially, before being subsumed by a massive wave of charred roast. Smoky notes are slightly prevalent, too. It's not quite complex, but it's a damn nice roast bomb. (3.5)

Mouthfeel: Rather tingly and even biting on occasion - that's how dry this one is. And yet, a touch of lingering sweetness remains on the palate. If I had to complain (and dagnabbit, you know I do), the mouthfeel pre-swallow isn't quite creamy enough to compensate for the post-swallow stodginess. Still, it goes down easily, thanks to decent carbonation. (3.5)

Overall: This is a really nice oatmeal stout, mainly because of how roasty it is. I'll be sure to look for this one in the future. (3.75)

3.63/5: Ever been dropkicked by roasted malts before? (1,385 characters)

Photo of Morey
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black in color, but you can see some brown if it's held up to the light. Small head that quickly reduces to a thin lacing.

Smells of coffee and burnt sugar. This is a pretty good oatmeal stout for sure. Has a subtle smokey-burnt taste to go along with the coffee like features. Mouthfeel is silky smooth.

Morey's Bottom Line: I remember how easy this stout seemed to go down the first time that I had it...just as easy this time. Very drinkable stout for sure. (470 characters)

Photo of wedge
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep, dark brown hue - nearly black under a slender, creamy tan head. Aromas of mild coffee and cream, semi-sweet chocolate, light smoky roast. Dark, bittersweet, roasted chocolate malty flavor. Subtle dark fruit and nutty oats. Best around cellar temperature. Medium bodied, a bit oily, and smooth. It's been too long since I've had one of these. An excellent choice for a sessionable stout. (392 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jet black beer with a creamy collar about 3/4" high. Retains well. Looks great.

Smells roasty sweet with an abundance of char, espresso malts, light lactose cream, old leather, and unlit cigar. Hinting at herbal hops, at times.

Roasty bitter with raw hop, burnt coffee, faint smoke, leather, tobacco herbal notes, and some trailing cocoa nib. Solid. Maltt as hell with a great burly intensity.

Almost creamy. Coats the mouth with a great gulp. Smooth with finishing peppery carbonation. Yields a good hearty burp.

Awesome oatmeal stout. Simple, but great. (559 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer arrived at the table a deep black with amber highlights when held to the light. The head was tan, nice, and laced the glass.

The aroma was huge chocolate and coffee. Very nice.

The flavor was coffee bitterness in the front with chocolate and a slight acidity. No sweetness in the flavor and fairly bitter.

The finish was dry coffee well into the aftertaste. The body was medium full.

A little more sweetness and body would have put this beer on the map. Still a nice drinkable stout however.

Pint glass at the Bass Lake Draft House in Holly Springs, NC. (577 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a quite dark stout with a smallish off-white head. The aroma presents notes of lightly roasted coffee. Nice malty flavor, a blend of very lightly roast and smooth milk chocolate (but not too chocolaty). The body is a little watery, but silky smooth.

A nicely designed oatmeal stout, which is style few brewers seem attracted to these days. (349 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-01-12 in Columbia, PA

A - Not quite opaque dark brown with tinges of ruby around the glass edges. 1.5 finger tan head that fades to a skim coating and leaves a little lace.

S - Very nutty, coffee, malted chocolate, medium roasted grain, touch of hop floral.

T - Much like the smell with an emphasis on malted chocolate, less coffee, tasty roasted/burnt grain, mild spice, molasses but not overly sweet and with a pleasant balancing leafy hop bitterness.

M - Medium body and light-medium carbonation. Reasonably creamy but not thick.

O - Very nice. I like this flavor a little more than the Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout although not as bold as a Founders Breakfast Stout. (691 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I sample this brew at room temp in a snifter. The beer pours pitch black with a nice tan head foaming up. Great latticework on this one. Aroma is rich and hearty, oats like a bowl of cheerios, some chocolate hints as well. First sip reveals huge creamy body and very fine spacious carbonation.
Flavor is nice, oats and chocolate sweetness up front, a nice coating of the tongue as I swallow, then it finishes very coffee and roasted malt flavor. This transisition is actually a few seconds after swallowing and not immediate. What a nice ride of flavors in my mouth. A well crafted brew that I will purchase again! (616 characters)

Photo of Todd
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh from the brewery ... the bottle poured a pitch black beer with a thick, creamy off-white head that settled into a wonderful laced head with a thick stick to the glass. No doubt the usage of rolled oats plays a big part in such head retention and perceived body.

Molasses, roasted grains and a bit of a lacto/dairy aroma in the background. Hint of hop spice.

Wonderfully complex malt profile upfront with more molasses, bitter chocolate, rough roasted twang, cold coffee. Smooth, even body. Thickish mouthfeel, but definitely not too heavy. Hops are just as complex (Hallertauer, Magnum and Cascade) with an nice citric bitter edge that amplifies the roasted character, plus an herbal spice character, touch of pine and an underlying raw leafy flavour and feel on the palate. The beer finishes dry with residual roasted flavours, char and grainy notes.

In my opinion, a spot on Oatmeal Stout, very solid, well-balanced, easy to drink, packed with character and a great addition to the Wolaver's line-up of organic brews. (1,034 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours dark black with touches of tan foam. Little lacing.

Oatmeal notes, some bitters. Rich full bodied taste, yet smooth. Light hop throughout. Finishes clean. Some roasted coffee taste, but relatively light.

Quite tasty, good solid Oatmeal stout. (294 characters)

Photo of bobsy
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (541 characters)

Photo of CRJMellor
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky, thick black color with maroon highlights. Tan head forms about one-finger high and deposits moderate lace on the glass.
Aroma is dark malt, oatmeal, leafed hops, oatmeal and light bread and butter hit.
Flavors of brown sugar, dark caramel and hint of chocolate are detected first. Later some coffee, some grain and a light hint of bittering at the end is noted.
Mouthfeel is great. Smooth and creamy and long on the palate.
Drinkability is very high, nice and creamy and good stuff.
Thanks to PBrian for this one. (533 characters)

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout

Appearance- dark brown with a thick creamy head.
Smell- light roasted hops with a hint of oatmeal grain.
Taste- roasted coffee with a creamy body. Hints of cocoa.
Mouthfeel- smooth and warming.

Overall- A nice session beer. I could easily drink this all night. (293 characters)

Photo of arizcards
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received a bottle of this from my friend Mr. Doyle's beer of the month shipment.
This poured a dissapointing head. It is dark brown in color and somewhat opaque. Smell is primarily coffee grounds. Now the tasting...now we are getting somewhere. The taste is of coffee and chocolate. Nice hop finish to cap a great taste. Mouthfeel is blissfully creamy and smooth. Has a somewhat high ABV for the style but it is not too much which makes this beer an extremely drinkable one. Unfortunately I do not have any more. Guess I'll have to find Otter Creek when Da Boss and I are in Vermont in October! (596 characters)

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