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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

922 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 922
Reviews: 396
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 37
Gots: 76 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of Braudog
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)

Photo of jmilo64
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of brewsclues
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.

Photo of kindestcut
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%

Photo of mcewesr
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of DBosco
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of Avryle
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

Photo of KingdomBobcat
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Faina
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of jniagar1
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of SomethingClever
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft poured into shaker pint


A: the head looks creamy no light is getting through this sucker 


S: very light smell smells a little metallic smells a little like charred roast


T: its sweet but the flavors seem muted probably shouldn't have drank this after an RIS . I get a little roast taste seems a little burnt 


M: great thick mouthfeel for a low ABV stout. A little creamy quite nice


O: it's an ok beer the tastes are very muted I wouldn't go out of my way to find this and I'd only pull one on tap if there are no other stouts 

Photo of xoqx
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.

Photo of sraimondi
4.48/5  rDev +12.6%
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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3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Shawn_Money
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of ryanjtravis
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of brocktune
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Risenhower
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of meb3476
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of VALIS666
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.

Photo of fscottkey
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

Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
89 out of 100 based on 922 ratings.