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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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very good

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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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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5/5  rDev +25.6%

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4.02/5  rDev +1%
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.

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4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
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)

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3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: minimal head covering a black brew.

s: Soft chocalately aroma, caramel and maybe toasted marshmallows.

t: toasty flavors with smoke late.

m: smooth with a little tanginess on the tongue - with a slight dry feeling on the finish.

o: This used to be a favorite - but now that I sit and try to rate it critically I am not sure why. It is a good brew - but it is not outstanding. I certainly won't turn one down - but I am going in search of a replacement in this category.

Edit : I had this again tonight and man is it awesome. I may have had a bad bottle when I did my previous review. I am amending the taste description and score.

t: nice malted taste with bitter coffee throughout. This is a great stout taste even cold (the flavors are present without warming up). The coffee flavor is very nice and goes down easily.
Old taste score = 3.75
new taste score = 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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4.39/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.09/5  rDev -22.4%
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

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.97/5  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.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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