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

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Wolaver's Oatmeal StoutWolaver's Oatmeal Stout

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938 Ratings

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Ratings: 938
Reviews: 401
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 37
Gots: 87 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 11-12-2003

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Photo of LarryKemp
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This stout poured a pretty puny medium tan head that disappeared quickly. The beer itself was a extremely dark amber brown.

The aroam was dominated by the sweet and roasted grains.

The taste was exceptional. The chocolate dominated the tongue although some bittering was able to jump into the finish. In the finish, the front of my tongue still held the nice sweetness, but the rear of the tongue and the roof of my mouth got the bitterness.

The mouthfeel was surprisingly light. Much more medium than full and I was not able to appreciate what the oatmeal contributed to this beer.

I like this beer and recommend anyone trying it. It is not one of those full bodied stouts that I REALLLY like but the aroma and taste make it a good beer.

Photo of MerkurKing16
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of s35keith
3.7/5  rDev -7%

Photo of njbusa
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of BeefyMee
3.57/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Appearance: Looks black but is actually semi-transparent when held up to light. The head didn't quite shape up.

Smell: Roasty, vanilla, and even some alcohol, but there's something strange that I can't put my finger on.

Taste: This beer lives in its aftertaste. Luckily, the aftertaste is superb with a rich, espresso and vanilla flavor, but there should be more of an immediate taste. This just doesn't deliver anything upfront, and that's very odd.

Mouthfeel: Thin and somewhat abrasive. I expect a lot from oatmeal stouts in the mouthfeel department. This one has some explaining to do.

Drinkability: I think part of the poor mouthfeel lends itself to the beer having good drinkability. The only points off here came from the fact that I might not want to drink too many of these.

Beef Notes: This would be a great beer to have in small doses because all you really need to do is drink a little and you'll have the basic effect of the beer for an hour or two. I'm talking about the lingering coffee aftertaste, which I love. This also means that I like really like the beer but only when I'm not drinking it. Man, this beer confuses me. I'll have to try it again sometime just to make heads or tails of it.

Photo of pdonovan16
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Chinaskifan1
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.51/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Barely-there head on this beer, even with a strong pour. What little head there was quickly vanished. Disappointing.

Well, things can only go up from there, right? The smell is pretty rockin. Bold and earthy with a strong malty sweetness.

The taste is good, but there's something missing. There doesnt seem to be much of a finish to this beer. The caramel, the malt, the breadiness, its all there, but then it just kind of drops off into nowhereland.

I thought the mouthfeel was thin. I suppose this could be a good thing if you're looking for a lighter, easier-drinking stout.

Maybe worth a try out of curiousity, if you're a fan of this style. Not a bad beer, but not very memorable.

Photo of themegamancave
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Carb-Overlord
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of jrutigs
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of jl2414
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of DerekP
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As usual, I poured a 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Black and opaque look. A nice grayish-beige head. Sticky-dry lacing.

Smells of freshly ground coffee - dark roast. Dark chocolate undertones, slightly subdued by the coffee presence.

Tastes like cold coffee, with a ratio of 5 scoops to 3 cups. Let it warm up a bit and you'll enjoy a grainy-bitter quality, but one coupled with enough sweetness to balance it all together. The coffee dryness hangs around as an aftertaste that I can't complain about.

A medium-thick brew; personally it is perfect for the style. It can hang around the mouth for quite a bit without a fuss, but still lets you know it's meant to be respected.

In my opinion, Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout is the beer version of coffee. I love it!

Photo of Happyhopper
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of beerphilosopher
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an almost opaque brown color with a solid, thick light chocolate head. Good retention. Nose is of roasted malts, coffee, and oats. Pleasant. Palate is malty, with chocolate overtones. The oat flavors are subtle. Slight hop bitterness after the initial malt softness. Mouthfeel is smooth, light/medium bodied, and lightly carbonated. Though this stout tastes just a bit thin at times, it's a very good small batch stout over all. Definitely worth a try if you can get it.

Photo of jifigz
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

The appearance of this brew is a deep dark brown with mahogany highlights when held up to some sunlight. In a darker environment (sitting on my coffee table) it appears a solid black. The head was offwhite creamed coffee color and disappeared rather quickly. The aroma is chocolatey with hints of coffee and wet dog. The aroma smells as if the beer will be smooth and creamy. There are also hints of toasted nuts. The flavor is this brew is light yet full at the same time. It tastes like a burnt chocolate milkshake with an extremely creamy and delightful, although light, mouthfeel thanks to the oats. The milky flavor lingers for quite a long time after the swallowing of the actual liquid. There is just a touch of bitterness riding the coat-tails of this one to keep things balanced. The MF is on the lighter side....smooth and creamy and slick.

This is a wonderful session beer. The flavor is light yet very satisfying and the alcohol doesn't prevent you from having several of these delicious brews.

Photo of Enriquehopnog
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of Jesstyr
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this at the Marsh Tavern in Manchester Village, Vermont - served in an oversized pilsner glass.

Pours a super dark brown with a subtle amber glow that grows from the bottom of the glass. Head is off white, and lingers with nice lacing. Nose is heavily roasted, with a significant bit of hops in there that I notice.

Very nutty flavor, but not without its share of hops, almost too much for this style to me. Malt is roasted, to give this beer a strong bite to it - almost coffee-like. Body is a full-medium, but not entirely smooth. Very good oatmeal stout, but not perfect - maybe just a little too much of the bitter hops.

Photo of quakeroatmealstout
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of DrewRPS
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of BadBadger
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a descent oatmeal stout. It pours a somewhat translucent dark brown, almost black. The head is rather minimal in size and does not last long. The smell is good, of nice malts. The taste is an odd blend of sweet and bitter, being unfortunately nothing special. The mouthfeel is rather good. While this is a beer certainly worth trying, there are far better ones out there to enjoy.

Photo of Risenhower
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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

Bottled Nov. 3, 2003

Label features picture of colorfully shirted men harvesting in ye ole fashion manner. It also claims to support small independent farmers and "every purchase supports a healthier environment for us all."

Pours deep, deep, brown. Fair tan head, rocky.

The oat smell is detectible, roastiness and coffee is strong. Grain smell overall is quite apparent.

Taste is chocolate first, so much so that I almost forgot it is an oatmeal stout. Then comes a bitterness and coffee. Finishes rather dry. Not as full-bodied as expected.

Smooth and enjoyable all the way down the glass.

My first "Certified Organic" beer. I must admit I view anything with claims of "organic" on the label with a large amount of skepticism. But, wherever they get their oats, and however those oats are grown, Wolaver's has got a winner here.

Photo of microbrewlover
3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This brew pours almost black with a thin mocha colored head which dissapears rather quickly. There is very little lacing.

The smell is strong with coffee, chocolate, roasted oats, malts and brown sugar. A very sweet smell; which is common for this style.

The taste is mostly roasted oats and sweet malts with a strong burnt coffee note followed by chocolate in the middle and light hops on the backend. Very sweet, almost no bitterness.

The mouthfeel is smooth creamy and milky with a little hop oilness on the back end.

Overall this is a very drinkable oatmeal stout, it is smooth and creamy. The sweetness of oats dominates; like it should in this style. The coffee and chocolate are also very stong. One can drink several of these in a row.

Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
89 out of 100 based on 938 ratings.