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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

839 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 839
Reviews: 384
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 30
Gots: 35 | 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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Photo of DrDemento456
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Damn that's an impressive pour. Color is a really dark amber almost black, with a slight ruby hue. Head is a nice inch that is dark mocha in color and nice and sticky too.

S - Smells of slight coffee beans, a touch of bittersweet chocolate, and some overall oats.

T - Not the creamiest of oatmeal stouts but the flavors of roast and slight bittersweet chocolates are there but seem a bit mild. Not bad though.

M - Light to medium, I wanted more body but it works.

Overall definitely not the best oatmeal stout I ever had (maybe forth best Samuel Smith being #1) but it goes down smooth and has a pretty good flavor. Almost borderline session-able if it was more available.

DrDemento456, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of Boppar
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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
Photo of FickleBeast
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass at the shore.

Pours pitch black with a finger of creamy foam about the top. Aroma is dark, roasty malt. Nice smell of coffee.

First sip is.... pretty smooth, with a fantastic coffee finish. Smooth, creamy, mouthfeel. This has a great flavor to it. The dark malts are the star and really lend a nice astringency to the beer. Finishes pretty dry and refreshing despite the dark color.

I'm a big fan of this one. Best of the mix pack by far.

FickleBeast, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of mralphabet
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Poured pitch black with a nice tan head... good finger and a half of head... settles to a nice thin layer and leaves good lacing.

S: I'm getting roasted malt right up front, then a little dark coffee, and a hint of caramel.

T: Runs right in line with the smell... roasted malt hits you right up from.... mid palate has a very nice hit of caramel, the finish kicks in with a hit of bitter coffee.... after taste is a little on the bitter side.

M: Carbonation is right on point for a stout, very creamy feeling in the mouth.. Little on the dry side.

D: Very drinkable stout with a good sessionable ABV. Worth looking for.

mralphabet, Aug 28, 2011
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.

greybeardloon, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of silentjay
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a deep brown with a sizeable light khaki head that quickly settles to a tiny film, laces okay.

aroma is of burnt toast, cereal grains, cocoa, butterscotch, molasses and surprisingly with a bit of lactose in there.

starts kind of bland and watery like watered down day old coffee, but quickly perks up on the swallow with considerable roast and bittersweet chocolate and creamed, sweetened coffee flavors.

a bit thin, yet smooth with subtle carbonation and a skim-millk like finish... just a touch of a burnt aftertaste.

nice example of the style. maybe lacks a bit of body and flavor, but nothing out of character.

silentjay, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of HopsYeast
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a-pours a nice stout color. has a dark tan head. put it into a glass and can not see through this at all. nice dark stout.
s-smell mostly dark chocolate. there is a bit of a burnt coffee smell as well.
t-malt dominates the flavor. it is not overwhelming though. has a bit of an oat flavor, but the malt is the dominate flavor.
m-seems to have a much liter mouthfeel than what i expected. no sense of smell or taste and this could be any beer. i like there to be little to no carbonation and a very velvety feel to my stouts.
o-its good, but i have had better ones. kinda glad i didnt get a 6 pack and got it in a variety pack. but, it is still good, and enjoy it.

HopsYeast, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of airforbes1
3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours nearly black, with traces of brown that show up when held to the light. The head simply vanishes, giving this beer an appearance comparable to flat cola.

The aroma gives off the smell of burnt malts, and that's what I taste. It tastes like they went a touch too far with the roasting. The slick, viscous mouthfeel compensates for this defect.

I thought this beer was enjoyable, albeit somewhat flawed. Drinking the next five in the six pack won't be a chore, but it's also not something I'm eagerly anticipating.

airforbes1, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of atr2605
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours black with a tan head, average retention
S- lots of chocolate, oats, and roasted coffee
T- rich coffee up front with creamy oats followed by oustanding chocolate flavor.
M- medium- full body, extremely creamy silky texture
O- Wow. Awesome beer. I was so pleased with the complexity and texture of this beer. It was rich with flavor with maintaining such a rich and delicate mouthfeel. Excellent oatmeal stout and fantastic beer overall. Highly recommended

atr2605, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of SFLpunk
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New label. 12oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Date code that is super long and I don't feel like typing it here.

Pours a thin black with some light tan head that recedes quickly. Nose is all about coffee and roasted grains. Palate is crisp and sharp with some bitterness and alcohol burn up front. Flavors are of French-press coffee, caramel and super dark 80+% cocoa chocolate. Moderate length finish.

Notes: An excellent oatmeal stout. More bitter than I remember it being. I've heard all the O.C./Wolaver's recipes have been tweaked lately. Cheers to that!

SFLpunk, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Thanks to baconsausage for this bottle!

The middle brew enjoyed by VDubb86 and myself amidst a Ghost Adventures kick. It pours a straight obsidian (though bordering on black-brown) topped by a half-finger of glowing off-white foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, light coffee, dark chocolate, molasses, and light maple syrup. The taste holds notes of roasted malts, cocoa, light vanilla, and plenty o' toasted oats. The body is a light-aspiring medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a thickly smooth feel. Overall, a very nice oatmeal stout, rich and chewy without going overboard on the flavors. Get some!

TMoney2591, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of Buckettt
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a nice dark mocha color, and the head had a tannish color. Unfortunately, that head did not stick around. Didn't really leave much lacing.

S- Great chocolate presence, along with some coffee.

T- A powerful chocolate/coffee combination. Left a slightly bitter aftertaste that stuck around, an aftertaste that compelled me to keep enjoying this oatmeal stout.

M- Not as thick as I would've expected, but it was extremely smooth and went down quite easily.

O- A great oatmeal stout overall, my main complaint really is just that the head didn't stay around long enough for me to enjoy it.

Buckettt, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of TileNBeer
4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice deep chocolate tones, good lacing but the head could be more robust.

S - Dark chocolate and fresh brewed coffee.

T - Really nicely balanced, the roasted coffee is there but it is very smooth without getting too bitter.

M - Slight carbonation but very smooth

O - Pulled this one randomly off the shelf because my son like the farmer on the label. What a great pull! This will be a stout I come back to time and time again, reasonably priced, nice ABV, a great drinking beer!

TileNBeer, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of greenmonstah
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into tulip glass

A - Pours a dark brown with ruby edges. Half a finger of light tan head. Nice lacing

S - Smoky roasted malts and dark chocolate. Deep coffee aroma. Perfect smell for breakfast.

T - Deep dark coffee. Baker's chocolate. Slightly smoky roasted malt. Finishes with more coffee bitterness.

M - Medium bodied and a little creamy. Plenty of carbonation.

O - One of my favorite oatmeal stouts. Perhaps my favorite thing to drink with breakfast foods -- eggs, toast, bacon, and some hash browns. Wow.

greenmonstah, May 17, 2011
Photo of buyBinboaVodka
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the Shepard and the Knuckledhead poured into a pint glass.

A-has a very dark almost pitch black like appearance with a nice tan head. Being on tap the head was only about 1" thick with good retention and some nice frothy lacing around the glass.

S-smells of roasted oats, slightly malty with a dark coffee and dark chocolate aroma.

T-this beer tastes awesome! It is nice and mellow with a creamy and smooth finish. I get some cocoa with coffee and some malty flavor.

M-It is medium bodied with slight carbonation. The flavor stays with you for a little while, but it is very pleasant.

O-overall this a great beer to have on tap. I enjoy this just as much as founders breakfast stout, but with less abv it is a good session beer to have.

buyBinboaVodka, May 11, 2011
Photo of wedge
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep, dark brown hue - nearly black under a slender, creamy tan head. Aromas of mild coffee and cream, semi-sweet chocolate, light smoky roast. Dark, bittersweet, roasted chocolate malty flavor. Subtle dark fruit and nutty oats. Best around cellar temperature. Medium bodied, a bit oily, and smooth. It's been too long since I've had one of these. An excellent choice for a sessionable stout.

wedge, May 07, 2011
Photo of PicoPapa
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a thin layer of head. Zero lacing. Aroma is of vanilla, coffee, malts and some earthiness. Taste is a sweet coffee upfront along with more vanilla and malt flavor. A bit earthy. Very easy drinking stout but packs a good amount of flavor. Overall, this is a fine Oatmeal Stout and I often look for it. Very good beer.

PicoPapa, May 05, 2011
Photo of surprenant1138
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown, almost black with minimal creamy tan head and minimal lacing. Aroma is of coffee, chocolate, earthy, and slightly smokey. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty well carbonated. Taste is of nuts, coffee, some chocolate, and a bit of smoke. Pretty decent stout right here.

surprenant1138, May 05, 2011
Photo of CHickman
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque black looking with brown near the edges where light comes through, and a massive 2 finger foamy tan head that faded very slowly and left good lacing.

Smells of charcoal, roasted malt, burnt wood, smoked peat, vanilla, light grains like oats, coffee, toffee and light citrus hops; very nice roasted aroma that's rich and typical of an oatmeal stout; great nose, really rich and tasty.

Tastes like it smells, with roasted malt, burnt wood, charcoal, smoked peat, caramel, vanilla, toasted grains, coffee, toffee, citrus hops, lemon, grass, wet wheat bread, herbs or tea, and then it ends clean with a sharp bitter finish. Very smooth, complex and tasty, this is a great stout.

Mouthfeel is creamy and so smooth that it's almost watery; clean and crisp, with a surprisingly light body, very mild carbonation and just a solid overall drinkability. A definite session beer that I highly recommend.

CHickman, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of SkunkWorks
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Tap and Barrel in Smithtown, NY. Served in a pint glass.

Look: hard to tell given the dim lighting, but it appears dark brown bordering on black bodied with a finger's worth of slightly off white head. Decent retention and a good amount of lacing is left behind as I drink.

Smell: mostly I am getting some chocolate malt, hints of coffee, and a bit of roast. Smells fairly nice.

Taste: Roasted, chocolate malt really dominates the taste. Nice roasted barley and a bit of coffee. Not incredibly complex but just right in terms of taste.

Feel: unfortunately, this is where this beer kind of falls flat. Its really lacking the creaminess that I want and love in oatmeal stouts. Its just a little too thin. The carbonation is spot on though. As for drinkability, this drinks like a very sessionable brew and feels closer to 4% than 5.9%.

Overall: as a whole, this beer is decent but nothing really spectacular. For me, the defining characteristic of oatmeal stout is the mouthfeel and this comes up short in that area. Still, its pretty tasty and makes for a good, sessionable stout to have a few pints of. Worth trying. Cheers!

SkunkWorks, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of Daktyls
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours with a nice oatmeal colored head with a dark brown/black body. The head dissipates rather quickly leaving an incredibly fine head.

S: Definitely oatmeal in the nose. It is present almost immediately and is followed by a light maltiness, coffee and a slight hint of cocoa.

T: Just like the nose. Creamy and malty at the beginning with a little bit of cocoa and coffee in the middle. Not too much else going on, a very good oatmeal stout.

M: Low amount of carbonation that works quite well with the medium-light body. A very nice creamy feeling as mentioned before.

O: Quite good overall, would definitely be a buy again. I'd almost say that it would work as a session beer but is a little high on the alcohol content for that.

Daktyls, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of beerdepartment
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I want every beer called oatmeal stout to look like oatmeal from the top, but sooner or later the oatmealy froth doth fade and the beer is exposed. The dream ends. Beyond this beer's lack of surreal sudsiness, it looks good. Oatmealy head, coffee beneath. Some lacing.

Smell wasn't too rich, but improved with warmth. Burnt and caramelly (this coming from the opinion of a slightly stuffy nose).

Taste is much more good-type-complex and inviting when the beer warms up a bit. Rich and somehow peachy flavor with burny bitterness and dark, creamy maltiness.

Mouthfeel got creamier and creamier. Nice.

Overall this beer was good. Very good even. Somehow better than its individual averages! But it was also the last one of the 6 pack. Rest in peace, brew.

beerdepartment, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of gabedivision
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler to a Otter Creek Pint Glass that came compliments of the growler purchase.

A- Pours a rich dark black with a two finger beige head that settles into the beer after a time.

S- Sweet toasted malts, roasted nuts, light chocolate/toffee scent.

T- Very sweet, smokey, charcoal, coffee. Awesome.

M- Medium bodied, easily drinkable, smooth and creamy. Delicious.

O- This is an awesome stout, it is so full of flavor, every sip i find something sexy i wanna go on and on about. This may be my go to stout from now on.

gabedivision, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of Gushue3
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours dark drown almost black nice medium head that goes away quickly. not much lacing

S- medium malt scent with obvious oatmeal in there. smells like a good oatmeal stout.

T- lots of malt with a nice sweet kick in in the middle. subtle bitterness finish. tastes like... an oatmeal stout

M- somewhat light but on par for an oatmeal stout? medium to light carbonation

D- drinkable oatmeal stout.

Gushue3, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to TCassell1 for this as an extra.

A: Nice Dark Brown hue with lighter brown highlights. small ring of head and just a touch of lacing.

S: A nice compact smell with happy mocha coffee notes, a little roast, a soft oatmeal malt presence, and a semi sweet lactose presence.

T: Taste basically follows the smell, with nice balanced roast, coffee, chocolate, vanillaish lactose sugar, and semi smoky malt. Great taste without much sticking out in terms of roast-sweetness-bitters.

M: Thin for a stout, but balanced nice.

D: Very drinkable. Gives me hope for orangic beers as this one is enjoyable.

Dreadnaught33, Mar 09, 2011
Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
89 out of 100 based on 839 ratings.