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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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854 Ratings

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Ratings: 854
Reviews: 386
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 34
Gots: 43 | 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  rDev +0.8%

pwdiamond, Sep 18, 2014
Photo of jsdunlop
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black, layer of tan head hangs around on top of the brew for most of the glass, good lacing. Strong chocolate smell, faint coffee and cherry, macadamia nuts. Slight coffee bitterness in the taste, very malt forward brew with a great balance of nuttiness and bakers chocolate with a hint of sweetness, no alcohol noticeable in aroma or taste. Smooth textured and creamy with perfect carbonation and medium body, definitely one of the better oatmeal stouts I've had.

jsdunlop, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of lehows
4.65/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had Wolaver's Brown Ale and wasn't that impressed but I thought I'd give the oatmeal stout a chance. Poured a thick opaque black color with a dense and coarse tan head that rose quickly after the pour. Head dissipated but left an attractive tan ribbon. Good lacing too. Great aromas of dark chocolate, lots of roasted coffee beans and some noticeable hops. Awesome flavors of coffee, chocolate, coffee, a touch of hops, and roasted barley. Coffee is the dominant flavor here and it's done very well. A great offering from Wolaver's.

lehows, Feb 05, 2007
Photo of aakerman
4/5  rDev +0.8%

aakerman, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of pajeff
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

pajeff, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of beerasaurusrex
4/5  rDev +0.8%

beerasaurusrex, Feb 04, 2014
Photo of nafredet1
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

nafredet1, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of MikeBrandman
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours from a bottle into a stein with a deep ruby/black opaque body. Less head than I expected, 1 finger that quickly receded. Good lacing, but again, expected more lacing.

S - Alcohol, nut, a little roasted coffee. Tasty smell, very strong smell overall from the pop of the cap to the pour.

T - Very similar taste to the smell. A little more coffee in the taste than the smell. Very balanced, gives a lot of bitter after taste but fades after a few seconds. Good taste overall, very appealing and complex.

MF - Light for a stout. Compliments the flavor well.

D - The complex flavor and the relatively light mouthfeel makes it a great drinking stout.

MikeBrandman, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of GuyIncognito
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

GuyIncognito, Sep 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Yodo, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of mobud
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pored into pint glass from bottle.

A- Night black with a creamy head that remained til the end.

S- Deep roasted malt with alittle chocolate underneath.

T- At first, I tasted the oatmeal, but soon felt the malt take over.

M- Creamy smooth, almost nitro-like with a lite boozy feel on the tongue. I let each sip linger because I was really enjoying this beer.

D- I would get this beer again. My buddy got this for me and I was not crazy about stouts, but it won me over.

mobud, Mar 29, 2007
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

scmoore81, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of mshallah
4.68/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A two month old sample. Not as dark as expected. More of a dark brown. A few big bubbles mixed in with many tiny fine bubbles. Smells like a sweet mocha iced coffee with floral hop edges. Subtle mellow aroma. Mellow roast flavor with hints of dark chocolate cocoa and lesser hints of dark fruit. Dried plums, figs and raisins. Bittering hops give a quick finish. The roast flavor comes back with the next sip. Velvety, luscious mouthfeel leaving a very slight powdery feel on the tongue. High drinkability. Many organic brews are a gimmick. Wolaver's is the real deal. A must try.

mshallah, Jun 01, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

brocktune, Jul 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

DrewBest, Feb 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

mckowned, Mar 09, 2013
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3.38/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Opaque maple color. Pillowy tan head. Stubborn streaks of lace remain on the glass as the head dissipates.

Smell- Sweet, toasted malt, reminiscent of dark chocolate and caramel. Moderate alcohol presence in the nose.

Taste- Intricate, roasty malt profile. Low levels of carbonation. Smooth, but not creamy; it could definitely stand to be fuller-bodied. Delicately hopped; the hops leave a slight tingle in the aftertaste.

Verdict- Enjoyable flavors, but the mouthfeel is pretty thin. This would be a top oatmeal stout if the mouthfeel weren't so hollow.

bearrunner44, Jan 23, 2006
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3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I found this beer at the bargain bin of my local beer store for 50 cents each! I had a hard time passing it up for that price, although it does make me suspicious...

Apperance - Almost opaque black. Head is kinda small and fizzy.

Smell - Alcohol, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, dates, and brown sugar.

Taste - An unusual coffee-like bitter beginning with husky, bittersweet aftertaste. Some chocolate and brown sugar in there somewhere as well.

Moutfeel - This is the low point of the beer. It's fizzy and thin for a stout.

Notes - The taste is somewhat bitterer than I expected out of an oatmeal stout, but not in a bad way. The problem, as I mentioned above, is the mouthfeel. Far too thin and carbonated. It's not as smooth as an oatmeal stout should be, either. Oh well. For fifty cents it was an outstanding deal, and I have no right to complain.

Fnord, Feb 15, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

jamesewelch, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of Boppar
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: It pours a deep, deep brown, almost black. One finger of tan foam and soap bubbles. Decent head retention and excellent lacing.

S: Roasted malts, chocolate, leather.

T: The taste is malty and smooth with chocolate and sweet malts up front, balanced by slight coffee bitterness mid-palate, and a slightly dry finish.

M: The mouthfeel is rich, thick, and creamy.

O: This is a fine stout and a very good style example.

Boppar, Sep 10, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

greenboat, Mar 20, 2014
Photo of MrNuggets
3.2/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark, but when i hold it to the light i notice a tinge of red.
Not much aroma, little coffee but i don't detect much else.
Off white head that stayed around for half the glass. No lace to speak of. Its not until the beer has left my mouth and started its way down my throught that notice the flavor. coffee with a hint of carmel. There might just be some hops in there too. Feels kind of awkward in the mouth. I've come to expect alot more from an oatmeal stout.

MrNuggets, Mar 10, 2004
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4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mahogany brown with a thin off white head that leaves little to no lacing.
Aroma consists of strong roasted malts, a hint of coffee.
Good smokey flavor, malt and a very slight bitterness that i do not believe is from hops. This one does not have too much depth, but if you like roasted, smoke flavor in a darker beer, perhaps when it is cold out...you will like this one. Kinda thin for an oatmeal stout, but a good hearty flavor.
Very drinkable by the fire with some nuts or cheese. Oh hell, it tasted good watching the Daily Show next to the radiator wishing i was in front of a fireplace...

hungryghost, Mar 10, 2005
Photo of Liquids
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a black color with muted amber and brown around the edges with a burst of carbonation that rises in the glass from a full pour. A dark colored, large, foamy head. A fine looking brew and on par for a stout. Aroma is roasty, noticably hoppy though not overwhelmingly so; both milky and sweet aromas underly the roastiness. Concerned that this will taste too jagged for my tastes from the aroma. Taste is very full, and as it goes down its smooth, nary a trast of harshness. It's gently hoppy, the hops keep up but no more and leave the flavor to the malts which is much like the smell, roasty but no char, very appealing with a subtle sweetness, bingo. Flavors are subtle but complexity without needing to be a big beer. The mouthfeel is just outstandingly creamy and somehow both full on the tongue and yet not syrupy or unpleasant, but medium bodied in consistency. Masterful. Overall a great stout that I originally felt was too dark and bitter (early on), but now that I apreciate darker beers more, this will be one of the the ones I stock; this one will win out over even SN stout in my fridge.

Liquids, Jan 17, 2008
Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
89 out of 100 based on 854 ratings.