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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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888 Ratings

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Ratings: 888
Reviews: 388
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 36
Gots: 53 | 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 KTCamm
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours dark black with touches of tan foam. Little lacing.

Oatmeal notes, some bitters. Rich full bodied taste, yet smooth. Light hop throughout. Finishes clean. Some roasted coffee taste, but relatively light.

Quite tasty, good solid Oatmeal stout.

KTCamm, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of fascistfaction
5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my new king of Stouts. It is a very good beer and it is organic which makes no difference to me, but does not hurt the taste. It is a bit better on than in a bottle, but both are worth trying. I had it at a bar in Disney's Contempary Hotel (where the old gameroom used to be) and it was on tap with their pale ale. This is my new favorite next to Edmund Fitzgerald by Great Lakes Brewery,

fascistfaction, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of Digimaika2
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black with a nice frothy one finger of head that dissipates to reveal a smattering of tan bubbles.

S: Roasted malts, dark coffee, and a sort of caramel sweetness.

T: Very smooth, creamy, and pleasantly dry. Roasted malts dominate, finishing with coffee and a pleasing bitterness. Well balanced stout.

M: Medium carbonation. Would prefer more thickness, but still nice.

D: Very drinkable. Certainly sessionable. Would recommend it, and purchase again.

Digimaika2, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of zackmoney
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in bottle

This beer has a nice roasted/coffee aroma to it, and the aroma matches the taste real well. The stout has a roasted malt flavor and coffee taste, with a little creaminess also which is pleasant. As stouts go this is one worth drinking for yourself, won't be disappointed.

zackmoney, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of hosehead83
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Ruby/brown in color, with a decent two-inch head of tan foam.
Aroma-Roasted malt/barley, coffee notes
Taste-Coffee, roasted malt/barley. A faint creaminess emerges upon warming. Finish is astringent black coffee, and a hop leaf bitterness. Drinks more like an Irish stout than an oatmeal stout.

hosehead83, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of JoKo
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours near jet black with a small white head that fades quickly.

Smell: Roasted malts up front, some coffee notes

Taste: Roasted malt notes up front with a subtle smooth bitterness in the background. Very smooth, dry flavor, some coffee notes also present.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, crisp, doesn't linger on the palate for too long, moderate amount of carbonation detected.

Drinkability: Very good stout, highly drinkable, would most definitely recommend this beer.

JoKo, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of puboflyons
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked LOT2841111510. Sampled on January 27, 2011. The pour is a rich dark, brown with ruby red hues and a generous one inch silky tan head. The aroma reminds me a bit of coffee grinds that have been sitting around in the morning pot. However it is enticing in that way. Little in the way of hops though. The texture is smooth and creamy and it results in a coffee grinds taste with light malts and a sprinkle of chocolate. Very nice.

puboflyons, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of MaltsOfGlory
4.88/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is by far the best beer I have ever had in my entire life. I for sure haven't had every beer in the world, but so far this is the winner. Color is a black as could be. Smell is amazing, smells malty and smooth just like a stout should smell. Taste is out of the world, so smooth, so creamy, so malty, so GOOD! And of course it's drinkable, how couldn't it be with it tasting that good? I don't know what else to say 10/10!

MaltsOfGlory, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of ujsplace
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic.

Pours a near black brew with hints of ruby/amber around the edge of the glass. The head is a descent one or two finger thick tan head. Descent amount of lacing.

Smells of dark chocolate, roasted caramel and coffee.

Mild chocolates and roasted caramel malt notes dominate. Also some mild coffee bitters in the finish.

Smooth, but a bit on the thin side.

A very drinkable brew - as expected for the style. Would get a case of this.

ujsplace, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of magine
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel glass.

Pours a dark near black color with an off white thin head that settles to a lace rim around the glass. Some patchy lacing. Decent looking brew.

Brew smells roasted; chocolate, nutty and malty, coffee. Decent smell.

Brew is roasted; malty dark chocolate, somewhat hoppy as well. Very balanced and drinkable. Thin and a little bit lacking in the mouthfeel. Still good stuff though. Brew finishes slightly dry. Good brew.

This is a very drinkable brew, lacks the looks and the mouthfeel to make it stand out though. Good stuff, very sessionable.

magine, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of TheBrewo
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We pour a deep brown brew that exhibits maroon speckles when held to the light. It holds a quickly dissipating one finger head, tan in color. Carbonation is noted around the glass. The aroma is composed of tin, up front on the nose, strong roasted malts, dark chocolate, and some sweet cream. As we taste, the metallic sense from the scent comes through moderately on the front. This is overpowered by roasted malts and toasted oat, which dominate the middle. The end is silky smooth, with the flavor of light malts interspersed with flecks of bittersweet cocoa. The aftertaste is calm, with malty sweetness as its spokesperson. The body is light to medium, and there is light to medium carbonation noticeable. The feel is slick, somewhat creamy, and very smooth. The mouth is left on the dryer side, but is not unhappy. The abv is standard and the beer drinks with the ease of a lighter stout.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was how smooth the beer drank. As is afforded in the making of an oatmeal stout, the mouthfeel becomes delicate and soft, and helps the beer drink a bit better. While the beer had these characteristics, it also gave off an unpleasantly metallic aroma, and subsequent taste. This was backed by otherwise mildly strong components, which did little to fulfill the expectations of the drinker.

TheBrewo, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of 9InchNails
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Brown head that seems to settle down quickly. Sounds very carbonated with the bubbles sizzling. A dark body but isn't totally opaque. Hints of ruby redness intertwined in the darkness. Decent lacing on the glass.

What a nice smell! Sweet roasted smells of toffee, coffee, caramel, roasted malts, oats and chocalate.

Fluffy body, feels like whip cream, a slight tingliness from carbonation. It seems to dry the mouth out quite a bit.

The taste explosion of roasted malts are very blunt at first. Chocolate up front with maybe a hint of cherry? Toffee in the middle, hops and barley in the aftertaste. There is something so delicious about this stout but yet I do feel like something is lacking.

Drink ability is there if it wasn't too filling. I want more but the tummy is telling me wait a little bit.

I originally tried this on tap and I loved it! If I did the review right then and there, the taste would have gotten a perfect score. Since I'm reviewing it in a bottle, the taste is slightly off, the score suffered slightly and I believe that's why I feel it's lacking.

9InchNails, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Deep, dark brown that displays a wee bit of light when held up to light. A burly clay colored head doesn't live up to it's pomp and circumstance as it leaves no lace and vanishes completely before sessions end. Boo.

The label boasts coffee, roast malt, and chocolate and delivers on all promises. Good stuff. Taste reiterates the coffee and roast malt sentiment. Woefully watery.

donkeyrunner, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wolaver's Oatmeal stout has a dark brown, opaque body and a light brown head that is about a finger tall. The head retention is good, but there isn't really any lacing left behind.

The aroma is packed full of roasted malt with sweet malt notes underneath.

The flavor and the aroma are tied together closely, and Wolaver's is a good oatmeal stout. Roasted malts dominate the flavor, but they are also backed by a noticeable amount of sweet malts that add flavors of chocolate, caramel and a little bit of generic sweetness. Underneath that is just a hint of dark fruit.

Nice creamy mouthfeel, just as I would expect from an oatmeal stout.

This one is an easy drinker, and it's not a bad beer at all.

Hojaminbag, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of Durge
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another find at Bradley Airport Terminal (Locks Landing), this has a deep dark black brown color, a healthy tan head and fair lacing. The aroma offers a pleasant and definitive coffee with a deep mocha sweetness and roasted nuts. Very nice. The flavor speaks out with a tart coffee bitterness, while the chocolate idea settles into a more subtle blend with leafy hop and even lemon highlights. This beer is a solid medium bodied to full bodied deal that is near silky in feel though a touch thin, very easy drinking...and it's organic! There's a hint of vinegar here that I might do without but it doesn't spoil it. The carbonation is very delicate but it's adequate for the style. Recommended for a try. Smooth and flavorful.

Durge, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of jsdunlop
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black, layer of tan head hangs around on top of the brew for most of the glass, good lacing. Strong chocolate smell, faint coffee and cherry, macadamia nuts. Slight coffee bitterness in the taste, very malt forward brew with a great balance of nuttiness and bakers chocolate with a hint of sweetness, no alcohol noticeable in aroma or taste. Smooth textured and creamy with perfect carbonation and medium body, definitely one of the better oatmeal stouts I've had.

jsdunlop, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of PubliusII
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- It looks like a bottle of molasses was just poured into my glass. The color is so rich, there is a dark to light spectrum traveling up the 3 finger head. The head retention is fabulous. There is some visible carbonation, but the almost tar-black beer makes it difficult to see.
Smell- There are strong scents of bread, sugar and a little coffee.
Taste- Strong taste of coffee and a bitter, malty taste. The two tastes create a great balance. beer leaves a bite in your mouth
Mouthfeel- The beer has a heavy body and decent carbonation. It does not have a silky feel of Guiness. Rather, it has a robust feel to compliment the bitter bite.
Drinkability- It has a think, busty head, powerful aromas and balanced presence makes for a fabulous experience. If Paul Bunyan drank beer, I think this beer might have made it onto the menu,

PubliusII, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of diamondc
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a single for $1.99. No bottled on date, despite the label promising one.

A: Dark brown, cola-like color. Some scattered lace, leaves a thin wisp of foam.

S: Espresso, chocolate, almost smoky aromas are what this beer's aroma is all about.

T: The taste is mostly all coffee, probably the most coffee-like beer I've tasted without having actual coffee in it. A mild milk chocolate and grape flavor comes out at the end, especially warmed up. The hops add some moderate bitterness, but this beer is about the roasted malts.

M/D: Creamy & velvety, oatmeal stouts almost always excel at mouthfeel. A great beer to drink by itself or with dessert.

diamondc, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of aranheaney
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a regular pint glass, been really looking forward to this one as it has become my stout-loving brother's go to beer as of late:

A-deep, dark brownish black, one finger of foam that disappears quickly, but leaves nice lace.

S-very good, definitely chocolate, coffee and classic roasted nutty goodness

T-a little more carbonation than I would have expected, but good from start to finish

M-awesome, really good from initial sip to the end of the pint

D-little bro didn't steer me wrong, this requires an additional sampling....

aranheaney, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of StoutKing0104
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a very deep, dark amber with a finger of mocha head disappates quickly but leaves very nice lacing.

S - Strong aroma of roasted malt, bitter scent of hops and a hint of chocolate.

T - Roasted malt hits the tastebuds first followed by a sweet kick. Then black coffee and dark chocolate creep up and steal the show. It finishes off with a pleasingly bitter aftertaste.

F - Moderate carbonation tickles the tongue. This brew has just the right thickness to flow smoothly over the pallet.

D - Rich flavors make this an easy one to drink, it's kinda hard to only have one.

StoutKing0104, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of DanThomas
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the 930 club seeing Darren Hanlon.

A- dark dark brown, no head.

S- roasted malt, chocolate, a hint of bitterness.

T- wow! The roasted malt really hits you, kind of like a concentrated Guinness roasted flavor. There is some sweetness to it, but maybe not quite enough. The finish is very pleasing, it's all bitter chocolate and a hint of hops.

M- love the carbonation, and all in all it's great, but wouldn't mind a little more thickness in the mouthfeel.

D- incredible. For such a strong flavored beer the flavor really doesn't overwhelm the palette even after 1 pint is gone, as happens with some stouts. I guess that means it's time for another...great beer!

DanThomas, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with an undecipherable code stamp. Pours a near-black color with some brown highlighting on the edges. Tan foam is of modest size and does not stick around too long. Does leave some nice lacing though.

Nose is full of roasty coffee, dark chocolate and oaty grains. Nice and bold, quite nice. Just a touch of fruit pokes through, but overall a pretty clean aroma.

Taste has a nice balance of chocolaty sweetness and bitter roast, with the roast winning out by a hair. Provides a rich mouthfeel with plenty of flavor but not necessarily creamy. There is a definite hop presence on the finish along with a little bit of raisin. This is a very drinkable stout. A six-pack of this could disappear in a hurry in my fridge. Probably makes my top 5 Oatmeal Stouts!

twiggamortis420, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of cottonkoozie
4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours an oily almost black color. Almost pitch black in the glass, only some slight browns around the edges. Brown head and nice lacing.

S - Wow, amazing. Smoky malts, Chocolates, Coffee, a creamy milk stout smell, and a good base of floral hops underneath. I want to smell like this beer.

T - A smoky earthy taste hit me up front, followed by pretty much everything I smelled. A slightly metallic aftertaste is the only thing keeping this from a 5.

M - Very nice, full, has the carbonation that some stouts lack, but is not overly carbonated.

D - Great session beer, keep them coming.

Wasn't sure about this one when I picked it up, when it comes to stouts I either love them or hate them, this one though is definitely a love. Great beer and has some elements to it that all stouts should strive for. Would love to see an aged version of this. I will be picking this one up again.

cottonkoozie, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep brown with a tan foamy head -- not much retention.

Terrific coffee and cocoa aromas, some smokiness you actually catch from across the room. Some sweetness as well, like a milk stout.

Well, a bit of letdown. Good coffee and bitter chocolate edges, with decent dark roasted malt. Some leafy hops. But there is a sourness in there as well, like milk on a clearing palate. It gets in the way and I don't like it. Decent balance, no harsh elements.

A bit too carbonated and not quite enough body, but still ok.

Overall, a decent and drinkable brew, but not quite up there where the air is rare. Some misfires, but still likable. Worth a try.

OtherShoe2, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of biglite351
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A - mild red through the middle of the glass. Tall off whit head that leaves some lacing.

S - heavy on oatmeal with roasted malts and American chocolate and coffee.

T - strong roasted flavor and malts with mild chocolate.

M - thin with into a slight tingle at tip of tongue.

D - easily drinkable all night.

biglite351, May 31, 2010
Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
89 out of 100 based on 888 ratings.