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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

837 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 837
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 Clydesdale
4.3/5  rDev +8%

A: Pours a deep, dark brown with ruby highlights, although not opaque. The tall, light tan head has a dense, frothy texture. Retention is solid, with several rings of foamy lace.

S: Dark roasted malts and molasses. Vibrant notes of chocolate chips and coffee beans. A considerably fruity nose as well - plums, figs, and raisins. A hint of leafy hops is also present in the background.

T: Firm roasted malts upfront. Hints of caramel. Big notes of semisweet chocolate and cocoa powder, with even stronger coffee bean characteristics. Notes of dark fruit - again, plums and raisins. A mild herbal/leafy hop bite adds some balance into the finish.

M: Fairly crisp and light-bodied for an oatmeal stout. Carbonation is mild, lending a pleasant creaminess. A somewhat acidic dryness into the finish.

D: I'm pretty impressed by this oatmeal stout. I wasn't sure what to expect from Wolaver's, but this is well-crafted beer all around. I'm digging the chocolate and coffee flavors working in tandem with a pleasantly fruity character. In all, a fresh, flavorful, and drinkable beer that is worth seeking out.

Clydesdale, Nov 20, 2009
Photo of donniecuffs
3.33/5  rDev -16.3%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a guinness glass, a dark brown/near-black, with less than a finger of beige head. The smell was one of cocoa powder, caramel, oak, and nuts, and while the taste did confirm all of this, it was very, very subdued. Furthermore, I found the feel to be a little too thin for an oatmeal stout. Sessionable? Yes, but not strong enough of a flavor for me.

donniecuffs, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of tjd112
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%

Poured into my Flying Fish pint glass, I can't say I remember where I got this!!!

A: Black and tan with small head
S: Smoke and oats
T: As the name implies, a classic roasted oatmeal scene with hints of a bitter chocolate
M: A very dry beer with hints of creaminess
D: Very good organic stout, goes down really well for a darker beer.

tjd112, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of droomyster
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%

This guy gets a big stamp of stamp of approval from me, not least of all because it's a surprisingly good value. Pours a deep brown a small tan head. Has a fascinating sourness on the nose and palate that I enjoy immensely. The oatmeal element also shines through, loud and proud. There's something very raw and unrefined about this beer that keeps it from scoring in the stratosphere but makes it a very solid choice that I intend to revisit time and again.

droomyster, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of righthereisay
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%

I was excited to try this. Picked it up in Swansboro North Carolina (a single).

I was not impressed with the smell at all. However, when poured, into a glass, I was impressed with the nice dark color and lacing.

Wow, I loved the taste. Great full flavor, little carbonation. Very nice body. I could throw down a lot of these.

It is Organic, I guess.

righthereisay, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of kindestcut
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%

The Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout pours an impenetrable black with a modest off-white head that dissipated rather quickly.

The aroma is actually quite interesting with notes of molasses, roasted malt and distant smoke.

As for the flavor, definite coffee, smoke and faint hops. There is a bitter finish that lingers, in a very good way. This beer has a smooth mouthfeel, not creamy but very drinkable.

I would rate this beer as a very good stout.

kindestcut, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of champ103
4.22/5  rDev +6%

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black color. At first a two finger beige head forms and gently recedes. Some light sticky lace is left behind.
S: At first an odd metallic/mineral aroma, but that quickly fades away as the beer warms up. Roasted malt, chocolate, toffee. Some smoke and oats as well. After the initial mineral aroma, this is really nice.
T: A big roasted malt flavor dominates. Slightly bitter chocolate and some sweet toffee. Lots of smoke and dry oats. I like this a lot.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. A nice creaminess. Pretty easy and smooth to drink. I can quaff several of these with ease.

I like this beer. One of the best I have had from this brewery. Something I would recommend.

champ103, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of jeffthecheff
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%

This pour looks more like a dark brown ale or porter than it does a stout. Red hues easily come through. Thin, sand colored head with little lacing. Doesn't look like a stout, but it still looks great in a shaped pint.

The aroma is like a fine, dark, bitter black coffee. It actually has more of a sharp aroma than a lot of RIS's I've had. Slight flowery hops linger behind.

Taste follows the aroma with some dark, bitter coffee, plus a hint of bittersweet chocolate. This beer has a light apperance and a strong nose, but the taste parrallels the appearance. Very dry, reminiscent of guinness, only with more bitterness. The bitterness seems to come from both the hops and the dark grain flavors, but are very prevalent because of how dry this beer is.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and dry, with only a slight oatmeal feel to it. This beer has enough flavor and an intense aroma that can keep me interested for a few pints. I'm surprised this beer weighs in at 5.9% abv, I would guess it was less than 5.

jeffthecheff, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of Bung
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%

12 oz. Dark brown pour, not real opaque. Pleasant roast malt aroma, some chocolates. Body is fuller than the appearance would lend one to believe. Solid medium body, with the creamy oatmeal or rye like body. Body reminds me a bit of the Left Hand Terra-Ryzed. Taste is nicely balanced malt, coffee and chocolate. 5.9% abv?, would not assume it is even that high. Pleasant drinker. Definetely one of the best organic stouts and brews period I've had.

Bung, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of Onenote81
3.03/5  rDev -23.9%

This beer pours a jet black with a big frothy tan head on top. Decent retention leaves some lacing, not much though. Smells like grains, chocolate, booze, and minerals.

The mouth is a tad thin; I prefer a little more depth in my stouts. Creamy, as an oatmeal stout should be. The flavor on this one is a bit off. It's got some roasty chocolate flavors present, but it finishes tart and sour. Slightly bready, but there's a weird metallic twang in there that I am not digging. I had higher hopes for this beer, as this is one of my favorite styles, but this fell short.

Onenote81, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of mwa423
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%

A - Aggressive pour gives off a small off white head, dark brown color and no light makes it through.

S - Strong smell that fills the nose, pleasing in every way.

T - Rich malty flavor, lots of chocolate and also very boozy.

M - Very thick, coats the tongue and is exceptionally smooth.

D - As drinkable as an oatmeal stout can possibly be

mwa423, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of nate4g63
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%

A = Pretty typical for a stout. Nice and dark and I see no light getting through. Nice off-white creamy head.

S = First time for an oatmeal stout for me. Definite oat smell with a little burnt chocolate smell, or maybe dark chocolate. My allergies suck right now so it's hard to smell sometimes.

T = I'm a huge fan. Love the oaty/coffee taste. I don't seem to find too much of a chocolate or cocoa taste, not too bitter but not too soft.

M = Pretty creamy feeling but actually pretty light overall.

D = I think it's very drinkable. Not real thick like other stouts so its a good drinker. I will most likely keep this on hand as often as I can.

nate4g63, Jun 01, 2009
Photo of demcorhip
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%

Quite clear, dark garnet hued brew. Decent enough one finger pale tan head on the pour. Nothing special as far as retention goes. Quite finely and mildly carbonated.

Grainy oatmeal, some richer hints of caramel and nougat, as well a char that deepens into an almost acrid note. Interesting.

Actually almost light on the roasted flavours, they hint at dark chocolate and burnt coffee, in a good enough way. Almost musty grains with a dose of oats provide the main experience. Finishes with a mild touch of acrid char and some leafy earthiness from the hops.

Strangely watery yet thick bodied, smooth yet not quite velvety. A solid, middle of the road approach to the style with fairly mild use of roasted malts.

But certainly drinkable. Sessionable. A good enough example of the style, and certainly approachable. Im glad to have had a chance to try this thanks to the awesomeness of Papat444 in CanBif 5...

demcorhip, May 23, 2009
Photo of allengarvin
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%

This is a quite dark stout with a smallish off-white head. The aroma presents notes of lightly roasted coffee. Nice malty flavor, a blend of very lightly roast and smooth milk chocolate (but not too chocolaty). The body is a little watery, but silky smooth.

A nicely designed oatmeal stout, which is style few brewers seem attracted to these days.

allengarvin, May 19, 2009
Photo of Bartrob6
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%

poured into a pint glass on tap at soul infusion in sylva, nc.

black beer. can't see through this thing. extremely tiny head. i have to try hard to see it.

aroma is of roasted malts and some coffee. but definitely not a strong aroma.

tastes good with a nice balance of roasted malts, and awesome creamy mouthfeel that compliments the taste.

very drinkable stout. the oatmeal is what makes this beer as nice as it is, in my opinion.

Bartrob6, May 06, 2009
Photo of ThaBobfather
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Pours opaque near black with millimeter whispy brown/beige head.
Smells like fresh brewed coffee with a bit of roasted malt hidden in there.
Like drinking iced coffee from Starbucks. Some sweet malt in front with a strong ground coffee finish.
A sweet flavor of expresso stays with me.
Mildly drinkable, sometimes the coffee flavor is too much.

ThaBobfather, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of nms1987
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%

Black or dark ruby body with beige head. Looks like a stout. Shocking.

Very pleasant smelling beer. Same notes as most other stouts.. vaugely chocolate and coffee. Again, smells like a stout. Maybe a little licorice and english hops too.
Smells great.

I'm not big on organics in general, esp beers, so I'm not sure about how this will taste but it was highly recommended to me and it smells great... here goes...

WOW. Thats delicious. I love Oatmeal Stouts and this is a good one. Rich taste, slightly sweet. I'm eating some pirolines (chocolate and wafer cookies) right now and its a great pairing.
Actually tastes a little like Bell's Kalamazoo, despite that not being an oat stout. Just an edge of grassy hops to keep things in check at the end, but they aren't what this beer is about.
Perfect balance, really rich.

Mouthfeel is fine, maybe a little thin but no complaints.

Drinkability?
It tastes great enough that I'm almost out of this beer already. I'm not even trying to down it.. its just really good

nms1987, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of dogfishandi
3.78/5  rDev -5%

poured out of brown 12 oz bottle, bottled on 2/3/09 into my hefe buffalo bills glass. pours almost black with a some ruby colors when held up to the light. some creamy off white head that has decent retention. some nice sticky lacing. in the aroma, roasty malts, oatmeal, coffee, chocolate perhaps even a touch of vanilla. the taste is again roasty malts, some creaminess from the oats, a touch of coffee and chocolate in the finish. the mouthfeel is medium to light bodied. the carbonation is on the light side which is perfect. drinkability pretty good, a tasty stout, but a little on the light side. a little disappointed with the appearance and the mouthfeel. to me not very stout like. if it were a little more heavily bodied, it would be a great beer, right now its just good. i wouldnt go out of my way to get this again, but if i come across, id drink it again.

dogfishandi, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of Magpie14
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%

A: dark chestnut and walnut brown colors with soft rum colors at the base. The pour looked rather thin and light in color for a stout. Head was airy and foamy with good retention and light khaki in color. This was augmented by a good coverage of random splatters of lace

S: the nose does not disappoint as husky roasted grain flavors dominate the smell. Throw in some chocolate and java and you have a good thing going

T: let me start with the healthy dose of roasted flavors: oats, barley, and malts that leads to a savory soft charred taste on the back of the tongue . This charred taste has hints of a cup of cowboy coffee and a sweetness maintains throughout mostly of delicate dark chocolate undertones. Hops also make pleasant showing and keep things in tune with a shot of grassiness and lemons. Tasty stuff!

M: well, this category leaves much to be desired. Body very mild and thin for a stout. I like'em viscous and thick with these types of flavors. Far from creamy, that charred flavor hangs at the back solely attributed to the dark roasted flavor profile. However, as it warmed it began to feel a little more accommodating

D: not too much bad about this brew. Has plenty of the things I like in a good stout. Maybe a handful of oats would help move this guy along even better. I do like the hop presence and overall flavors...good beer

Magpie14, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%

A: Typical stout appearance. Fairly good head retention. Thin craggy rings are left about the glass.

S: Roasty nose with notes of coffee, chocolate, toast, dough, and caramel. Quite nice!

T: Full-flavored roastiness. Coffee, chickory, some dark malt acidity but OK. Chocolate. Burnt brownies. Very mild fruitiness of dark raisins, dry apple, and some vinous undertones. Leafy/grassy hops. Caramel. Crusty bread. Overall pretty full and rounded. Solid bitterness. Finishes dry and roasty with lingering mocha coffee and leafy/grassy hops.

M: Medium bodied, leaning towards medium-light. Standard carb level of about 2.4 volumes CO2/ltr.

D: A decent enough oatmeal stout.

NeroFiddled, Mar 07, 2009
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4.63/5  rDev +16.3%

A: Firm, one finger of light tan head over a beer that is black-bodied but brown enough around the edges that is more reminiscent of a porter than a stout.
S: Sweet roasted coffee malts, sweet vanilla and maple syrup.
T: Balance of roasted coffee as promised by the aroma; flavorful maple/oat combo, rounded out by slight hoppiness.
M: Mouthfeel is more like a stout than the appearance; heavy body with light but appropriate carbonation; smooth riding down the throat and just the slightest sweet residue coating the mouth.
D: I'd have another, and maybe another. Very similar to a number of porters I've tried. This would make a great breakfast beer--maple-flavored oatmeal and a cup of coffee all in one bottle! I recommend this as one of the most flavorful organic brews I've had.

washburnkid, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%

Pours a dark chocolaty brown with a fairly thick tan head. Aroma is strong, rich, malty, with an overtone of fine roast coffee. Lively, malty flavor has nutty and smoky hints and an undertone of fine coffee. Texture is smooth and tingly, a little thick, leaving a sassy finish.

Cyberkedi, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of jsanto
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%

s - 12oz bottle, served in a little chimay glass.

a - it looks like a stout, dark brown, with a little light brown head.

s - i don't like the smell. it's like cocoa/coffee/molasses/alcohol.

t - it's organic, so it gives a little off the taste. harsh, but still flavorful enough to enjoy. the finish was bitter. the front was coffee.

m - dry and sour/bitter.

d- i liked it as a different stout that was not sweet.

jsanto, Feb 15, 2009
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3.03/5  rDev -23.9%

i'm going to have to disagree with the bros on this one... sweet roast and smell of carbonation come through first. bitter hops define this flavor in my opinion, with some coffee and molasses in back of taste. this really reminds me of a thin porter... not what you look for in an oatmeal stout. i really want to like these organic beers too, but this one didn't cut it for me.

joshsbeerblog, Feb 10, 2009
Photo of clayrock81
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%

A black body w/ no light coming through (thick) with a tan head that leaves some lace and slowly dies. The sweet malt aroma is strong with this oatmeal stout and I don't really pick up any hops. Medium-bodied, a tad syrupy but very smooth thanks to the oat malts and the malts in the taste come on strong with some cocoa, toffee, hint of caramel and some roasted malts, although there is no dry/burnt taste, even in the backbite. Hops are almost an afterthought. Judging by other reviews I wonder if I got a good sample (flat beer/old keg/dirty tap?). The sweetness was there but the hops and dry malt sensation expected wasn't, leaving the beer a little lacking in my opinion.

clayrock81, Feb 09, 2009
Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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