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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

937 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 937
Reviews: 401
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 38
Gots: 86 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 11-12-2003

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.35/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured an almost headless dark brown/black body. Minimal lacing of glass. Scent is sweet and unremarkable. Taste is sweetened coffee, bready. Could use a lot more bittering to balance. The taste is further a bit acrid and very thin feeling on the palate. To reduce it to one word : "Meh".

Photo of mjrtchie
5/5  rDev +25.6%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of taulpepper
4.41/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vigorous pour yielded a big three-finger, tan head that lasted a long time. Deep brown/black.

Aroma is mild, clean and light. As expected smells like roasted grains, chicory, coffee. No real fruity or yeastiness.

If you're looking for a solid oatmeal stout, the taste here will not disappoint. Everything is on point for the style. A good amount of bitterness which is pronounced when the beer is cold, but fades into a great balance with the sweetness when it warms up a bit. Not sweet, but well-balanced. Probably a bit more bitterness than you'd get in some traditional oatmeal stouts, but certainly within the normal range. Dark roasted malt flavor, some chocolate lingers, some chicory/coffee flavor, a little iron.

Nice smooth mouthfeel you'd expect from an oatmeal stout. Good carbonation. Bitterness and bubbles stay on the tongue and palette for quite a while.

Overall I really like this beer. Totally on point for the style. Exactly what I'm looking for when I want a standard oatmeal stout (as opposed when I want a more extreme American stout). And it's organic too, which is great.

Photo of logicalparadox
4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3/5  rDev -24.6%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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5/5  rDev +25.6%

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
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
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
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
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
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
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
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
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
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
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
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
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
89 out of 100 based on 937 ratings.