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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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395 Reviews

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Reviews: 395
Hads: 982
Avg: 3.96
pDev: 16.92%
Wants: 42
Gots: 118 | 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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Photo of andrewinski1
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. This has a nice one inch medium tan creamy head on top of a pitch black malty body.

The aroma is nearly ideal; bitter chocolate with hint of mocha.

The taste is dry with lots of bitter dark chocolate and mocha. There is a bit of floral hop flavor in the finish.

The carbonation is sharp and this is light to medium bodied.

This is very very delicious. I will get this again for sure.

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Photo of rwrk42
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: A very dark brown with minimal head
Smell: Roasted malts, with a sweet hint of chocolate and coffee
Taste: Creamy and you can immediately taste chocolate and hints of coffee. A very smooth beer with mild carbonation. Finishes with roasted malt character.
One of the best Oatmeal Stouts of I have ever had. Highly recommend.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown / quite nearly black – sort of a tawny mahogany when held to light and the shortest bit shy of opaque. Medium tan head that fades to a ring with moderate speed. It tries to leave lace, but it slides down the glass & fails to adhere except for a couple of spotches.

S: Tons of sweet and softly toasty oatmeal. Behind that are decent hints of chocolate & roast, and quite a bit more malty sweetness. As it warms, roast really grows and takes on a hint of char. Good strength with oatmeal, sweetness, & roast – nice!

T: Far more roasty & bitter than the nose. Initial oatmeal sweetness is quickly overwhelmed by a very firm darkly roasted malts. No real coffee note or anything – just dry, bitter roast with a strong char note. Middle battles back a bit with more oatmeal, some malty sweetness & a hint of caramel. A lot of the bitterness seems to be from roast, but there is a good bit of woody / earthy hop character with herbal & spice hints. Roast & hops both really linger in the finish.

M: Medium body with carbonation the slightest bit over balanced – but still in range. Reasonable smoothness, but less creamy than I anticipated from the nose. A bit of chew. Quite roasty & attenuated with a dry finish.

D: Nicely robust with plenty of character and a strong oatmeal aspect. Good interplay between the dark roast and the oatmeal & malt sweetness. Nicely balancing hops. Lots of flavor and very drinkable - this is quite nice.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a dark black colour with a red hue at the bottom of the glass and a thin foamy white head.

Smelled of malts and a lot of roasted coffee.

This tasted like roasted coffee with some malts and a bitter coffee after taste.

This had the smallest amount of carbonation and felt smooth in the mouth.

Overall the coffee flavour was too much for me, if you really like coffee you'll like this otherwise probably not as much.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Wolavers mixed 12

A- dark black, almost no head, very little carbonation.

S- oatmeal, chocolate, toffee.

T- sweet chocolate, oatmeal, slight toffee.

M- very smooth and drinkable, medium bodied, very well balanced.

O- This was a very good oatmeal stout that had great smooth balance between the flavors. Nice sweetness, could maybe be a tiny bit sweeter but overall very well done.

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Photo of bogus564
3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 fl. oz., poured into a pint glass.

It’s been awhile since I’ve had a stout, so I’m really looking forward to try a new one. Besides, I have a few others in the beer fridge for backup, just in case this one disappoints; always have a Plan B. And a Plan C. And a Plan 9 (100 points if you caught that reference). Once more into the breach, as the saying goes…

A: Well, well, well, it certainly looks like a stout. It’s very dark brown, kind of like a cola, with a caramel head that takes up half the glass’ volume with an aggressive pour. The head lasts for more than two minutes before dissolving, and, oddly, leaving nothing on the side of the glass. I don’t know what to think about that.

S: I can smell it from two feet away. When I bring it up to my nose, though, I obviously like it more. It has those lovely smells that make a stout a stout – there’s coffee, there’s caramel, there’s dark chocolate, there’s roasted malt (well done, by the way), there’s oatmeal, and, almost hiding back there, there’s hops and orange. I’m starting to build up hope for this one…

T: Diving in – oh, man, fooled again. It’s watery. The 5.9% ABV should have been a dead giveaway. I have confirmation of all that I smelled, but the proportions aren’t all that good, and the wateriness is just too difficult to get past, especially when you’re looking for a beer with a little bit of ‘oomph’. If this beer were meat, it would be boiled beef, when you’re looking for a thick, juicy ribeye.

M: It’s watery. It’s light in body, which is strange for a stout. It’s very carbonated, which isn’t unusual. It’s tough on the palate, being watery when you want something that delights. The finish is watery. Okay, I’ve made my point with overuse of the word ‘watery’, but now you know what I’m feeling when I drink this this beer.

O: This beer walked like a duck, quacked like a duck, but couldn’t swim. That’s just not right, folks. This beer is Winona Ryder when you’re looking for Jennifer Lopez (or Jennifer Hudson, or Fergie, for that matter); it’s okay, but lacks the bam-boom-pow that you really want. Mercifully, I have a few really good stouts in the beer fridge; once again, Plan B proves to be a prudent course of action. Thanks for reading.

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Photo of beerbiatchMD
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Grace in Portland ME 1/30/12, review from notes.

A: dark brown practically black in color, two fingers of thick off-white head sticks around for quite a while. An appropriately appearing stout.

S: lots of coffee, some nuttiness--filberts, chocolate overtones, earthy roasted malts.

T: mostly coffee and roasted malts, some hazelnut, finishes with a hint of chocolate.

M: smooth, good carbonation but not overdone. Pretty easy drinking.

O: A good stout to be sure. Nothing overwhelmingly special but soldly built and everything a stout should be. Definitely recommend.

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Photo of thain709
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Served with a nearly black body that showcased some deep brown highlights...the creamy head was light brown in color and stood three fingers tall...it became rocky and fell to a solid cap that left attractive lacing

S - A normal nose with roasted malts leading the way...chocolate and coffee are present with the latter being a little less

T - The roasted qualities of this oatmeal stout are very nice and show themselves throughout the entire beer...the roast does bring a bit of a bitterness but it's not too harsh...dark chocolate notes can be found towards the back end and they really stand out as the beer warms...subtle coffee and caramel flavors are also lingering

M - Medium bodied...smooth, roasty bitterness...I wanted some more body and creaminess

O - I enjoyed this Oatmeal Stout and even went back for more...it's very easy to drink with nice roasty flavors that provide a decent chocolate fix

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Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of coffee, roasted malts. Taste is coffee up front, some oats are present, a touch of chocolate. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall this is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

one of my favorite oatmeal stouts. organic too. pours a beautiful dark roast coffee color with a 2 inch tan head. smells grainy, definitely picking up the oats here. also baking chocolate and brown sugar in the aroma. flavor matches in a less complex synergy of the aromatic profile. a little bit sweet, but not to the detriment of the mouthfeel, which is fairly carbonated and very full bodied. this is one of my favorite autumn drinks, although i think it works all year. a fine example of the style

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Photo of dubman003
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There are plenty of advocates that will be crisp and clean with their review, but I really want to discuss the feel of this beer. My favorite beer is an oatmeal stout; the greatest oatmeal stout I've ever had came from Front Street Brewery in Wilmington, NC in a large jug that had become flat after some time in a friend's fridge. I drank the entire jug in one sitting; I did that, because I was drinking oatmeal. Literally.

On the opposite side of the spectrum, Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout: Always available, more stout than oatmeal.

Then Wolaver's: I solidly put this in the upper echelon. If the beer from Front Street was a perfect 5.0 (I still remember that day and how I relished that jug), Wolaver's is a perfect 4.0. The oatmeal is present and powerful and the stout does not overpower it.

I'm drinking from a bottle and the beer was a bit tart; I can't be sure if that's from shelf life or the true taste, but I recommend it fully and with gusto. I can only imagine that drinking this from a tap or fresh would be amazing. Grab a six-pack.

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Photo of Tucquan
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-01-12 in Columbia, PA

A - Not quite opaque dark brown with tinges of ruby around the glass edges. 1.5 finger tan head that fades to a skim coating and leaves a little lace.

S - Very nutty, coffee, malted chocolate, medium roasted grain, touch of hop floral.

T - Much like the smell with an emphasis on malted chocolate, less coffee, tasty roasted/burnt grain, mild spice, molasses but not overly sweet and with a pleasant balancing leafy hop bitterness.

M - Medium body and light-medium carbonation. Reasonably creamy but not thick.

O - Very nice. I like this flavor a little more than the Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout although not as bold as a Founders Breakfast Stout.

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Photo of stealth
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer had me frustrated for a good 15 minutes while I tried to pour it. The amount of carbonation was insane, and the full-glass head took forever to dissipate enough to pour out the entire bottle. Freak bottle, I think. Once poured, the chocolate and light roast aroma pulled me in, and the taste equaled the aroma. A very nice, well balanced stout. Carbonation was crazy, like I mentioned, and that made it feel a bit different on the palate.

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Photo of Ruger
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours almost black with a light red hue when held up to the light, tan one finger head with spotty lacing.

S - Freshly ground coffee, chocolate, cream, oats. I'm really impressed with the smell.

T - Tastes like a breakfast consisting of coffee, oatmeal with chocolate bits in it this beer is outstanding.

M - Medium bodied with just the right amount of carbonation.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout.

A: Dark brown with two-finger, tan, creamy head that lasted a few minutes. Pretty good lacing.

S: Sweet malt, oatmeal, and chocolate. Really nice.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Roasted coffee, chocolate, and toffee. Nice roasted flavor. Not too sweet and the light bitterness balances the flavor well.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Really smooth and slightly creamy.

O: Samuel Smith's had a nicer head and lacing and was definitely the creamier of the two, but this Oatmeal Stout had a richer aroma and flavor. I call it a tie. Both are excellent, but then again, I love Oatmeal stouts.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, Sam Adams Perfect Pint, bottling code/date that I can't figure out. Thank you Jayli via Secret Santa 2011.

It's dark, but not the darkest brown red of a standard Stout. Foam is sparse medium brown only in a ring.

The nose rolls deep in pleasant mid-level roast, cocoa powder and creamy chocolate, and black coffee. Very full bodied and creamy with a bit of milk stout about it.

They packed a lot of flavor into this one. No char, just hearty roast and toast and creamy milk chocolate. The finish turns dry with cocoa powder, drying roast, and a whisper of hops.

Oats don't really show up in the mouthfeel. It's round, but not exceedingly smooth with a finish that seems to dry out more than most Oatmeal Stouts. Moderate carbonation.

I wasn't expecting such a show; very nice. While not real low in alcohol, this beer is certainly no slouch. I think these get a bit overshadowed by their imperial brethren at times.

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Photo of Jayli
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 12/7
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a rich, dark, chocolate brown almost black with a 1/2 inch of light mocha head. Head recedes quickly leaving wisps of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is oatmeal, chocolate, and some toasted notes.

T: Taste starts with a nice chocolate and toffee presence before an oat, and roast flavoring comes in. Finish has a nicely balanced coffee flavoring that isn't overly dominating but compliments the rest of the beer nicely.

M: Lighterside of medium body, medium carbonation, slightly thin for a stout.

O: Goes down easy, tasty, not filling, mild kick, decent representation of style. This is certainly one I'd have again.

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Photo of brewsclues
3.88/5  rDev -2%
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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Photo of Flounder57
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a guiness pint glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a one finger mocha head. Dark brwon/pitch black by color with no clarity or signs of carbonation. The head has reduced to a thin layer. No lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: roasted coffee, sweet malts, chocolate, and some smokiness too. As the beer warmed up a litle bit, the oatmeal aroma produced by the oats was a little more noticeable.

Taste: All the aromas above are blended very nicely. The smokiness is actually not too much and blends good with the sweet malts and oats.

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium to high carbonation, a little dry and chewy, and medium to full bodied.

Overall: Not a bad Oatmeal Stout from Northern VT. Wish I had time over Thanksgiving weekend to take a trip. Not enough time and Windsor was only ten minutes away from where we staying. Will be looking for more of this in the future.

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Photo of lstokes
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured very dark and opaque with a small and quickly-fading head. Nose is barley and coffee, and the beer is quite sweet, with the grapefruit zest of the hops coming forward and quite a lot of bitter chocolate flavor as well as a splash of cola towards the end. Coffee is not as apparent in the taste as it was in the nose, although the roasted barley is still there. The major drawback is that it's light on the tongue and not quite as creamy as I would like--a good light drinking stout when you're in the mood.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.35/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured an almost headless dark brown/black body. Minimal lacing of glass. Scent is sweet and unremarkable. Taste is sweetened coffee, bready. Could use a lot more bittering to balance. The taste is further a bit acrid and very thin feeling on the palate. To reduce it to one word : "Meh".

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Photo of taulpepper
4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vigorous pour yielded a big three-finger, tan head that lasted a long time. Deep brown/black.

Aroma is mild, clean and light. As expected smells like roasted grains, chicory, coffee. No real fruity or yeastiness.

If you're looking for a solid oatmeal stout, the taste here will not disappoint. Everything is on point for the style. A good amount of bitterness which is pronounced when the beer is cold, but fades into a great balance with the sweetness when it warms up a bit. Not sweet, but well-balanced. Probably a bit more bitterness than you'd get in some traditional oatmeal stouts, but certainly within the normal range. Dark roasted malt flavor, some chocolate lingers, some chicory/coffee flavor, a little iron.

Nice smooth mouthfeel you'd expect from an oatmeal stout. Good carbonation. Bitterness and bubbles stay on the tongue and palette for quite a while.

Overall I really like this beer. Totally on point for the style. Exactly what I'm looking for when I want a standard oatmeal stout (as opposed when I want a more extreme American stout). And it's organic too, which is great.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a really dark brown to pitch black color from a 12 oz bottle, with almost no light penetration. Freshness code is printed on the bottle.
One finger tan head that dissipates slowly to a thin film that stays. Good head retention.
Aroma upfront was of sweet milk chocolate, and slowly gave way to roasted malts, dark coffee/espresso and hints of oats.
This is a delicious stout. Almost full-bodied, the taste is sweet upfront and slowly gives way to a nice roasty bitterness in the middle followed by just a slight lingering bitterness in the finish. Slightly dry finish, makes you want to have another mouthful.
Silky complexion coats the palate very nice. This is one of the best oatmeal stouts around. Very good mouthfeel and very good drinkability. One of the best beers brewed by Otter Creek/Wolaver's.
If you enjoy stouts, particularly oatmeal stouts, then this is an absolute must-try, if you haven't had it yet. Highly, highly recommended.

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Photo of JustinAniello
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours very dark brown with a two finger cream colored head. Dissipates to a light cap and lacing.

S - Chocolate and coffee are the main aromas. Heavy malts as well with a mild sweetness.

T - Chocolate at first followed by the coffee. Caramel from the malt moves in and out. A light sweetness with a hoppy bitterness shows throughout in the background.

M - Medium bodies with light carbonation. Nice for the style.

O - This is a good showing for an oatmeal stout. Nice, crisp flavors and aromas. A slightly heavier body would help improve it. Still, a good beer that I could drink all night, especially nice as it is an organic.

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Photo of Tschnab
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- the pour is black as night, opaque, sticky on the glass, and capped by a fluffy tan head.

S- Good malty background, roasted grains, light dark chocolate, hint of coffee.

T- Chocolate, coffee, roasted grain, very light smoke, char, touch of hops. Craeamy on the way down.

O- A really tasty oatmeal stout that I could have all night, a very solid stout.

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Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
89 out of 100 based on 395 ratings.