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

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858 Ratings

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Ratings: 858
Reviews: 386
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 34
Gots: 46 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

MidtowneMarket, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of njbusa
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

njbusa, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of microbrewlover
3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

microbrewlover, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of blt2646
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

blt2646, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of ZacharyJ
5/5  rDev +25.9%

ZacharyJ, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of edskirk3
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An organic Oatmeal Stout. Good for the environment as well as my taste buds. It's packaged in a 12oz brown bottle, with the date 08/22/07 stamped on it.

Pours into a Cognac glass inky black and syrupy thick. The head is a finger thick before wearing down to a sticky lace. Smells nice and roasted with a little bit of spice.

Roasted grains, molasses, coffee, pine or mint, and even a spritz of lemon at the end. I like how the hops (the lemon) make an appearance in the flavor profile. Weighs thick on the tongue but not overly filling.

This was my first taste of an organic beer and I am quite pleased. I can tell some good quality ingredients were used. I would surely try it again.

edskirk3, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of Braudog
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz bottle, poured a pitch-black, motor-oil color with a solid foam tan head ... the last bits dripped from the lip of the bottle with the black gold melting into the big head without a trace. The aroma is a dessert-like heaven ... fudge-like chocolate, bit of espresso heat. The first swig is a nice delivery of toasty coffee. As it warms, the dark, bitter chocolate comes through the java more assertively, but this is still a roasty, toasty cup of cold Colombian coffee ... (#2679, 2/3/07)

Braudog, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of _RL_
4/5  rDev +0.8%

_RL_, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of brewsclues
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep brown (almost pure black) with some brown-amber hints to it. Tan head that dissipates quickly.

S - Sweet coffee and bitter chocolate. Undertones of molasses and roasted malts. I also get some notes of greek olives - yikes - but that might just be the bitter hops coming into play more I thought. Not picking up a lot of oatmeal, in fact.

T - Sweet and smooth, almost like drinking a coffee and Bailey's. Definitely get more of a oat flavor when it hits the tongue, and plenty of bittering hops at the end: think bitter dark chocolate again.

M - Just a touch of carbonation makes for a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. A bit thin for a stout, but that's what makes it drinkable.

O - This is a nice effort from Wolaver's - I'm a big fan of dark chocolate and smooth roasted coffee, so this appeals to my tastes. But more broadly, I think it is a good sample of this style - balanced sweet with a bitter finish gives plenty of complexity without leaving you full.

brewsclues, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of Carb-Overlord
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Carb-Overlord, May 30, 2014
Photo of kindestcut
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout pours an impenetrable black with a modest off-white head that dissipated rather quickly.

The aroma is actually quite interesting with notes of molasses, roasted malt and distant smoke.

As for the flavor, definite coffee, smoke and faint hops. There is a bitter finish that lingers, in a very good way. This beer has a smooth mouthfeel, not creamy but very drinkable.

I would rate this beer as a very good stout.

kindestcut, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of Wizzman
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Wizzman, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of mcewesr
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

mcewesr, Apr 16, 2013
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

REY_CORTEZ, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of Avryle
3.15/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep, dark brown-black. Some light coming through. Minimal head on the pour. What's there leaves intricate lacing

S- Roasty chocolate notes & burnt twigs??? Not an overly pleasant nose

T- This is a case of tastes better than it smells. Burnt coffee, bitter chocolate, oat & wood. A little boozy on the finish

M- Medium bodied. A bit too highly carbonated.

D- Blah. Its okay, but probably won't pick up another by choice

Avryle, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of Faina
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Faina, Jan 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

jniagar1, May 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

jefftuck47, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of xoqx
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a twist-top brown bottle with a bottled-on-date, this Vermont brewed organic oatmeal stout poured very dark brown, only revealing some dark garnet coloring when held up to the light. The tan head was somewhat thin and flimsy with a rapid deterioration, but then managed to maintain a sheet of foam throughout the drinking of the glass. There was little lacing, but what was there was thick. The smell is biscuity and nutty with coffee scents. The taste is full of caramel, coffee, chocolate and toasty, slightly smoked vanilla. The mouthfeel is rich and creamy and then finishes dryly. Very drinkable. Great beer.

xoqx, Nov 19, 2006
Photo of jmilo64
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

jmilo64, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of sraimondi
4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one is a bit of an experiment.

Purchased a growler from the brewery the last week of August, 2007, on my return from a biz trip to Montreal. Was immediately refrigerated and placed on its side so to eliminate any air in the bottle's neck and seal beer from any additional air incursion.

Pours with a huge tan/light brown rocky head which slowly dissipates to about 1/4 inch, with copious sheet lacing. Completely opaque color which doesn't allow any light though.

Smell is of roasted/toasted malt with some hops in the end. Some coffee/toffee hints too, and even some milk/lactose in the nose.

Taste, WOW! Aging this one has allowed the sweet to meld perfectly with the bitter to create a very, very balanced taste; even better than the usual bottled version. It actually exhibits some attributes of a milk stout, with roast qualities!

This beer is even smoother than the bottle version, but the aging has thinned it out a bit, so not as full.

It seems my experiment has been successful. Almost 5 months after the pour, not only did this beer hold up, but I think it excelled from the original, except that the mouthfeel was not as full. I'm sure that part of the "success" comes from the beer's use of the highest quality and organic ingredients. On my 3rd pint and counting. Yummy!


sraimondi, Jan 06, 2008
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

ryanjtravis, Sep 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

KingdomBobcat, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of DBosco
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

DBosco, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of chucksim
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

chucksim, Dec 26, 2012
Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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