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

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

902 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 902
Reviews: 390
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 36
Gots: 59 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of xoqx
3.98/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of DBosco
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of sraimondi
4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
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!

Steve

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.8/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of Douglas88
3.35/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle thanks to Mark. Pours a dark brown color with a medium light-brown head. The aroma is very nice; loads of coffee, rich burnt malts, and lots of nutty notes. The flavor was also very good; up front coffee and rich chocolates, some roasted malts and a dry sweet finish. The oats and roasted flavors, along with the nice ABV add a real heft to this beer. Very nice. The only critique I have is it is a bit too thin. But very nice overall.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of greybeardloon
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled on May 9, 2011

A: Dark brown with a tan head. Some retention.

S: Roastiness and some caramel or other sweetness.

T: Sweet chocolate and roastiness initially. Then the hops kick in with some more bitterness and earthiness. The char lingers a bit on the palate afterwards. Is there lactose in this beer?

M: Smooth but a bit thinner than I would like.

O: This is one of the best readily available stouts. It degrades quickly, though, and the flavors aren't as sharp after three months in the bottle. It's still better than most, though.

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3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Andover Liquors on a whim.

Poured a beautiful pitch black with a lacy coffee-coloured head.

Smells of burnt toast (toasted malt), coffee, and a little lactose.

Taste is malt, coffee, bitter chocolate, and more burnt taste.

Mouthfeel is disappointingly thin (maybe I'm crazy) but smooth.

Good, but I'll stick with Ipswich for my Oatmeal Stout of choice.

Photo of ChuckS
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of aranheaney
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a regular pint glass, been really looking forward to this one as it has become my stout-loving brother's go to beer as of late:

A-deep, dark brownish black, one finger of foam that disappears quickly, but leaves nice lace.

S-very good, definitely chocolate, coffee and classic roasted nutty goodness

T-a little more carbonation than I would have expected, but good from start to finish

M-awesome, really good from initial sip to the end of the pint

D-little bro didn't steer me wrong, this requires an additional sampling....

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of maddamish
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A great Oatmeal Stout that should please any fans of the style.

Highlights:

Smell/Mouthfeel: Slightly watery for the style.

Taste: Coffee chocolate and a slight oat presence. There is a bready thing going on in the background which I can't put my finger on. Which is good because I like my beers complicated.

This is just a solid beer all around. Well worth seeking out.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
90 out of 100 based on 902 ratings.