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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

798 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 798
Reviews: 382
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 27
Gots: 27 | 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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largadeer

California

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a clearly printed "bottled on" date.

Appearance: Clear dark amber/brown, not the blackest stout around. Reddish highlights appear against the light. Two fingers of head rise in my trusty Sam Adams glass, which settle into a thin ring over the course of a few minutes. Going by appearance, I'd guess this was a brown ale.

Smell: Coffee with a few cubes of sugar. Somewhat sweet for the style, but pleasant enough. This stuff only hints at roasted barley, and there's an undercurrent of sweet lactose sugar.

Taste & mouthfeel: Sweet and rich, mildly roasted and toasted, almost hot chocolate-like. Hints of coffee toward the finish. A little bit of leafy hop appears in the background, but this is a decidedly malty brew. Pretty damn decent stuff really, and I'll give it some bonus points for being organic.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 05:55:38 | More by largadeer
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Douglas88

Utah

3.35/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2008 04:03:25 | More by Douglas88
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bruachan

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

i'm pro-organic and i thought i would finally give an organic brew a chance

it looks good enough. some head to start but it dwindled

roasty aroma. some coffee and chicory. a little

mouthfeel isn't quite what i would expect from oatmeal--not quite smooth enough. kinda thin, actually. significant hop flavor, though

meh. i will drink all 6, but it's got some work to do

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2008 02:36:41 | More by bruachan
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botham

Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a deep chalice. pours a very deep chocolate brown with very dark amber highlights and two fingers of tan head that has good retention and leaves moderate lacings.

aroma is mainly of roasted malts, with a smooth base of chocolate, and ancillary notes of coffee, a touch of vanilla, and a light hint of oak. nicely proportioned in the nose.

taste is quite roasted up front, with the same smooth base of chocolate, and a much less pronounced note of coffee, though the finish does bring out the coffee into the aftertaste. a mildly bitter finish imparts a hop quality to the brew, producing a nice balance, along with a solid malt profile. overall the brew lacks a light sweetness that would compliment the malt, and comes off as a bit bitter for the flavors present.

mouthfeel is full bodied with a semi dry mouthfeel and a bitter finish. the aftertaste is of mildly roasted malt.

drinkability is lacking a bit. the bitterness and dry finish take away from the malt complexity and disconnects the finish from the initial impression of the profile. what is left is a semi-flabby attempt at a stout that falls short of a complete brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2008 03:01:27 | More by botham
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nrpellegrini

Maryland

3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first oatmeal stout.. overall a good experience.

Pours a dark rich black brown color with a decent tan head that fades before the end. Smells of sweet sugars. Tastes of coffee and roasted malts. This is a slight oaked flavor that bring the aroma of oatmeal into the mouth. A little bitter taste lingered on the end. Mouthfeel was decent, smooth with a small crisp bite. Drinkability was ok..

In the end it was a little tough to get down as enjoyably as the first sip.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2008 05:15:05 | More by nrpellegrini
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Pleepleus

New York

2.5/5  rDev -37%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Let me start by saying I am not a coffee drinker. That said, I am sure that if I was I would have graded this beer much higher.
Poured from bottle to pint glass balck with some reddish hues and a minimal cream head. Smells like coffee and roasted malts. Tastes bitter like carbonated coffee. Did I mention I don't like coffee? I got this in a trade and I would never buy. I love a good stout but not one that is has such a dominant coffee taste.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2008 01:23:39 | More by Pleepleus
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've always said that this is one of the best oatmeal stouts out there. And now I'll elaborate why.

Pours dark brown with a tan head that falls to nothing. Nose is a gentle roasted thing with a fairly thick cocoa edge. Flavor is roasted, cocoa, and a bitter on the back end. Really excellent flavor ride. Feel is liquid smooth and carbonation is as well. Like I said: one of the best oatmeal stouts out there. And it just happens to be organic.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2008 05:12:02 | More by RblWthACoz
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tonistruth

Nevada

4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- deep brown with lighter brown hughes, two finger tan head with great retent, films of lace

S- roasted malts, oats, and coffee

T- dominately chocolate and coffee flavors with roasted malts, dark chocolate and oats and earthy hop flavor

M- extremely smooth and fluffy

D- amazing moutfeel and delicious flavor this is a solid oatmeal stout and is highly recommended

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 05:06:36 | More by tonistruth
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Onyx black with red highlights if held to the light. Tan head and a full three fingers thick head that fades to a clingy cap. Laces very well. Yummy aromas of coffee, chocolate and malt. Good flavors of mocha, straight coffee, and generally quite drinkable. Medium to heavy body but could be heavier for what it is. Smooth despite the medium carbonation. It's a good stout and a great example of the style but slightly lacking in gumption.

Serving type: growler

08-20-2008 15:14:49 | More by thekevlarkid
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this on Tap at Bukowski's on Dalton St. last night.

Came with a single finger thick head that was tan in color and rather substantial. Good retention and only spotty lacing with this brew. The beer was extremely dark and almost black. It was pretty dark in Bukowki's so I'm not sure I could describe the color in any more detail. Certainly looked like a classic stout.

Aroma was mostly of chocolate and of roasted goodness. A slight burnt aroma to it. Nice.

The taste began sweet and creamy, then finished almost dry. Lots of chocolate notes and deep roasted flavors. The taste was pretty good and right on for the style.

This was a fairly thick stout and of course had a big mouth feel.

Drinkability was nice and I was happy to have chosen it to close out the evening.

A good effort.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2008 14:59:26 | More by Reagan1984
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mountdew1

New Hampshire

3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a dark deep brown that was very slightly translucent. Head was slight, with a mocha brown color that disappeared very quickly. Strongest smell was that of oatmeal cookies but also had a bit of a bitter alcohol aroma. Taste was toasted oatmeal bread with a small touch of vanilla. Felt ok in the mouth, but slightly thin with a little bit of bitterness and over tingly carbonation. Very smooth and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2008 22:40:15 | More by mountdew1
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DIM

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a clear, very dark ruby red. It was seved to me with a very thin off-white head.

s: Roasty grains, sweet lactose, some mild hints of coffe and dark chocolate, and a barely noticeable nutty quality.

t: This is one of the best oatmeal stouts I've tried. Very complex for a small beer. Flavors of sweet grains, smokey malts, coffee, chocoalte, and a hint of cherries. Every sip was seemingly different.

m: I couldn't see the carbonation, but I sure could feel it. It gave this beer a thick lush feeling overall.

d: I can't wait to have more of these. This was a very pleasant surprise.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2008 14:09:13 | More by DIM
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Strix

Wisconsin

3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not quite opaque, a deep reddish-brown in the light. Thin head.

Smells nice, coffee, caramel, woodiness.

Taste doesn't really deliver though. Really has a coffee and tea thing going which I'm not really into. Also burnt, woody, and sweet flavors.

Mouthfeel thin for me, evokes old coffee. A smoother mouthfeel might have helped my impression of this quite a bit.

Drinkable, but fairly forgettable for me.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2008 03:43:49 | More by Strix
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atsprings

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Paired at Flying Saucer with their Mud Island dessert. Served a dark not-quite opaque black with a thin diminishing head. Aroma is slight roasted malts and burnt caramel. The taste is abundant roasted malts, cocoa, and caramel. The beer is light bodied with decent carbonation. While this is an. enjoyable beer, I just don't see myself seeking it out again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2008 23:34:47 | More by atsprings
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Torontoblue

Alberta (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle with a Bottled On date of March 9th 2006. Been cellared since that date.

A: Wonderful dark almost opaque brown with Ruby hues running through when held to the light. Large three fingered off white head from hard pour into large Tulip style glass. Head retention was short before falling to a fine lace around the edge of the beer.

S: Pure roast coffee, espresso, dark bitter chocolate, maltiness, licquorice. Faint aroma of resinous hops comes through too.

T: Wonderful dark chocolate hits the tongue on the first sip. Then the bitterness of the hops and roasted malts comes through. Good carbonation is still retained in the bottle. Mouthfeel has lessened over time (from memory) as it now feels quite thin, almost Porter-like now more-so than a Stout, but the finish is wonderfully long bitter and dry. The roastyness just lingers on the back of the tongue that it is a pleasure to drink more.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2008 13:39:42 | More by Torontoblue
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nasty15108

New York

3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Almost black with ruby hues around the edges. Tan head with goos lacing.

S - Malty aroma. Strong hints of espresso.

T - Malty up front followed by a good amount of roasted coffee and smoke.

MF&D - Decent carbonation, and easy enough to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2008 18:38:53 | More by nasty15108
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hyland24

New York

4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- The beer poured dark brown almost black with a two inch bubbly tannish brown head that settled down to about an inch. First sip left a sheet of sticky tan/brown lace.

S- Roasty malt smell with hints of coffee.

T- Coffee right off the bat, followed by a slightly burnt roasted malt flavor with a smoky aftertaste.

MF&D- Thin for a stout but slightly sticky which coated the mouth well. Mild carbonation that goes down smooth. Normally I dont consider stouts session beers because of the heavy body but this one qualifies due to the thin to medium body and creamy drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2008 05:21:34 | More by hyland24
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Moxley

New York

3.33/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a nice dark brown, almost black opaque color with a thin tan head that settled very quickly. Minimal lacing.

Coffee, and a faint burnt caramel aroma with a lot of sweet malt.

Good for a stout, and organic to boot! Because it's organic, you just feel somewhat better about drinking it. If you're in to organically produced beers you might try Samuel Smith's Organically Produced Lager.

Lot's of burnt coffee flavors with a touch of caramelly sweetness.

Good beer, not a session beer though. Definitely best served not too cold.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2008 03:42:50 | More by Moxley
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gfreed

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coffee galore, very very toasty. Nice ruby color in a glass with a head that doesn't last very long. As dark/black beer goes, this is an affordable choice that does well on its own. Drink warm: if you drink it too cold you'll miss out on tons of aroma and flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2008 02:23:49 | More by gfreed
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aerozeppl

New York

3.43/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A:Black with some brown in there. Slightly mocha colored head with no lacing.

S: Coffee. caramel, roasted malt, bitterness.

T: Really sweet. The malt really dominates this beer. Everything else is drowned out.

M: A little on the thin side for my tastes. Carbonation is well done.

D: Nice normal stout. Fairly easy drinking. Nothing remarkable just a decent stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2008 02:05:49 | More by aerozeppl
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Avryle

New York

3.15/5  rDev -20.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2008 02:00:23 | More by Avryle
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Bobzilla

New York

3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

3/19/08

Bottle from the brewery.
C: Black, with a hint of red-brown, dark amber through the light. Tan head, but it gets thin quickly.

S: toasty, roasted smell. A bit of cardboard as well. Reminds me a bit of canned tuna in the mixture of smells.

M: A bit fizzy than I would expect. The oatmeal smoothness is getting lost in the carbonation.

T: Chocolate, coffee, and cookie flavors.

-The Oatmeal smell starts to come through after much more warming. This beer is best served warm, or at most , cooled slightly. Even at 50 degrees in our basement, it seemed to be too cold to get the aroma out of the beer. The odd smells were only when it was colder.

D: Its a drinkable beer, but only with the above things in mind. On tap at the brewery, it was definitely a beer that was worth picking up. At home, it seemed to be lacking some of the character I originally noticed.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2008 14:58:43 | More by Bobzilla
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dsa7783

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single, 12 oz bottle copped from Super Saver in Somerville...
Pours a jet-black, ebony hue with a hue foamy head that soon receded and left a copious amount of lacing around the glass...
Faint smell of nutmeg, cocoa powder, chocolate, and espresso...
Taste strongly complemented the aroma, bursting with roasted malts, semi-sweet, dark chocolate, rich latte, espresso, and mocha...
Overall, an excellent depiction of the style and a top-notch, American Oatmeal Stout, worthy of recognition and praise with a deep, creamy, rich, thick, milkshake-like flavor...
Creamy, redolent mouthfeel with a super-easy level of drinkability due to the modest ABV and non-cloying flavors and aroma...
Definitely recommended...

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2008 01:12:45 | More by dsa7783
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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at the Groggy Frogg in Southington, Conn.

A: Poured a blackish brown body with a two-finger head of dense off-white foam and a great lacing factor. Deep and rich looking.

S: Smell was a pleasant blend of roasted malts, bittersweet cocoa powder and some embedded floral hops.

T: Taste is rich, warm and inviting. The malt palate up front is spot on oatmeal stout, with a lush blend of roasted coffee, caramel and bitter chocolate. There's a fine hop presence a very clean roasted finish which caps off every sip very nicely.

M: Mouthfeel is a bit creamy and full, but the flavor makes it irresistibly drinkable.

D: A very tasty drinkable brew. For a richer stout, ABV is manageable and sufficient for a nice, mellow session.

Wolaver's continues to outshine Otter Creek brews, with the exception of the Stovepipe Porter. They should amend the slogan to read "certified organic and bona fide delicious."

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2008 00:17:03 | More by Gambrinus1184
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cswhitehorse

Oregon

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout poured a black as opal color with a tiny foam head that took off quickly. I didn't notice any freshness date on the bomber. It didn't seem to have any lacing which I remember for the style.

The smell was molasses and brown sugar. The taste was molasses flavor with a bitterness to finish. It had a cold coffee bitterness to it on the finish. Overall a very good Oatmeal Stout and definitely the best organic one I have had to date.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2008 02:40:45 | More by cswhitehorse
Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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