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

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

901 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 901
Reviews: 390
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 36
Gots: 58 | 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 richbrew
3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of BelgianDip
5/5  rDev +25.6%

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.4/5  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.

Photo of JustinAniello
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Photo of Tschnab
4.22/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of u2carew
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz longneck
A) Pours with a big tan head. Dark body - opaque. Sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Bready. Hints of dark chocolate.
T) Dark chocolate. Hints of smoke. There is a cola-esque flavor to the profile.
M) Smooth. Not quite a full body. Finishes quite clean.
O) A delicious oatmeal stout. Nice flavor profile. I'd definitely have another one.

Photo of DrewV
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Placeholder for later full review)

Had this on tap -- will provide a full review when I get a chance to sample a 6-pack of this brew.

But for now...

An aromatic stout with molasses leading the way, a moderate amount of baker's cocoa and very light coffee in the background.

Taste is mostly molasses with more cocoa. The flavor really sticks around for quite a while. Not as robust as some other stouts, but the flavor profile remains constant throughout the glass.

A winner. A- all the way.

Photo of tobelerone
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pretty solid offering from the Wolaver’s brand. Nice looking beer, with a black color, strong head and retention; good lacing as well. Roasted and creamy aroma, some bitter hops are noticed in the smell as well. Flavor is very nice, combining the expected roasted malt taste with a bit of bittersweet chocolate and a sort of molasses sweetness in the rear. I had this very fresh and the herbal, piney hops were prominent. Nicely creamy mouthfeel, decent carbonation, thick enough to give it some substance. The one complaint I would make about this beer is I felt the bitterness of the finish went on too long; still tasted the hops about an hour and a few glasses of water later. I like the hops but they dominated the finish too strongly for my taste, overwhelming the other aspects of this beer and kind of wiping them from my memory. Perhaps a little too fresh, methinks. Still, not bad.

Photo of Wamesit
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours near black with some ruby edging. Thick tan head with moderate retention that gives way to minor clumpy lacing.

S - Roasted and sweet malts. Lots of coffee, chocolate, dusty cocoa, bread.

T - Big roasted flavors. Acidic coffee and dark chocolate. Hops bitterness throughout. Crisp finish.

M - Light, watery.

O - Good clean stout. Thicker mouthfeel would work better with the sharp flavors however.

Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very dark amber (close to near black in color) and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin tan head that died down and left some lacing on the surface along with a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of dark roasted malts and oats in the nose along with some notes of coffee beans.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and also has notes of chocolate and coffee. There is a slight amount of bitterness and some hints of sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied, somewhat smooth but yet a bit thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and goes down smoothly. I would have no problem putting down a few of these in succession on any given night.

Photo of CurtisLoew
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown/chestnut color. Nice sized tan head.

Smells like an oatmeal stout. Roasted barley, coffee, chocolate.

Nice light bodied beer. Creamy and smooth like most good oatmeal stouts. Sweet, chocolate, some coffee, roastyness. Not really overpowering taste. Just a nice, simple, easy drinking oatmeal stout.

Good beer.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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!

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!

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.

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!

Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
90 out of 100 based on 901 ratings.