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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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very good

395 Reviews

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Reviews: 395
Hads: 982
Avg: 3.96
pDev: 16.92%
Wants: 42
Gots: 118 | 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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Reviews: 395 | Hads: 982
Photo of longarm
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is classically stoutish. Small head, but it lingers plenty long. Nothing detractable here.

Aroma has strong toasted and nutty aromas. Roasted barley also present and enticing.

This is quite tasty, with creamy, nutty flavors surrounded by noticeable, yet well balanced roasted barley. The finish has a nice amount of bitterness, crisp and not rough.

Mouthfeel is OK, but I would prefer it to coat a little more, just because the flavors are so good, but don't last. Still this lends itself well to drinking more than one.

It isn't overwhelming and keeps me coming back for another pour. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Stimack
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this brew the other night over at Mahars. This was the first time that I saw it on tap so had to give it a try and may I say I was not disappointed! This brew was poured to a nice deep almost black color with a nice off brown head that had great retention and lacing. The brew smells heavily of roasted malt with strong hints of coffee, molasses and chocolate. The taste is dominated by the roasted malt flavors and also has a nice bite of hops that seems to enhance the heavier flavors. The brew is very nice and easy drinking, perfect for the colder weather. If you like Oatmeal Stouts give it a try if you get a chance, you will not be disappointed!

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Photo of edchicma
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours almost black..head was small but lacing was good. Smell is a blend of roasted malt and light oaty combination. Taste is very deep on malt with a beautiful dry finish that ends in a nice bitterness. Mouthfeel is excellent...dry, somewhat chewy..a nice blend. Very easy on the driinkability scale. Could definitely have another. Good choice for stout lovers.

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Photo of scottum
4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Waterbury Wings.

Served a deep deep darkskish brown almost blacky with a tan headskie that just will not quit. Roasty and sweet black malty goodness in every sip. The bitterr hop flavors also come through quite nice. Great flavor is in every sip! This is, without question, the best Wolaver's brew yet I'm so glad to see this on tap!

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Photo of ppoitras
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap from the Vermont Building at The Big E, West Springfield, MA.

Clear plastic pint cup presentation. Nice tan 1/2" brown head over a dark brown opaque brew. Aroma is deeply of dark grains. Taste is dominated by dark malts as well, but not overpowered by coffee bitterness, rather balanced with sweet chocolate flavors. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both great, the creaminess makes it all come together.

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Photo of ngandhi
3.57/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

What this beer lacks in looks, it makes up for in personality. Sure, it could use some volumizing shampoo and maybe a little cream to smooth out the skin, but when you sit down with this beer, it tells you who it is.

Great roasted nose opens the curtain for powerful mocha flavor. Malted milk. Dominant roasted barley, like eating the raw kernels themselves.

Mixed bitterness from the malt and hops. Dry burnt malt acid.

Wolaver's never really develops into anything, getting quite boring after half a pint, but there's no denying it's a certified stout, excellent for homebrew competitions.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a very dark red-brown, clear brew with a very sparse tan head that dissipated quite rapidly.

The aroma was of roasted barley and chocolate malts, slightly estery, slightly sweet, with hints of grapefruit. Very intriguing.

The taste was very strong. First a strong roasted malt taste... which transitioned very quickly into a VERY strong coffee taste. A little too one-dimensional to make a truly good oatmeal stout.

It was a little thin, but quite drinkable once the initial surprise over the taste was gotten over.

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Photo of beerinator
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark. Black with hints of reddish around the edges when light strikes it. Tan head faded quickly.

Aroma: Burned. Roasted coffee and burnt chocolate aromas.

Taste: Theres a sharp kick from the roastyness at the beginning of the swallow, that never really fades until the lingering finish. There is a bit of sweetness that shows through in the aftertaste. There are no noticable hints of hop flavor. The flavors are more along the lines of roasted coffee beans than dark chocolate. Mouthfeel seems a bit lighter than other stouts.

Notes: Good stout. The mouthfeel seems a bit thin, but this may actually help it's long term drinkability. Would be good paired with desert.

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Photo of oberon
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours almost a deep ruby more than black when held up to the light this a very thin head,aroma of malted milk and bitter chocolate also a small does of nuttiness.deep roasted malt flavor with some milk choclate thrown in and a nice earthy/nutty finish.Not to sweet I get an almost caramel corn aftertaste to this brew wich is very appetizing and different.Alot of flavor here from chocolate to earth to that caramel corn a real nice nightcap for me here.

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Photo of cbl2
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Approaching total blackness with hints of ruby peeking through when heldup to the light. Capped by a thin (1/4") tan head that settles rapidly.


Smoked coffee predominates with hints of a chocolatey smores aroma.


Smooth beyond belief, with flavors of intense coffee, and hints of chocolate. Finish is slightly bitter (as is coffee), but the parting flavor is that of cream with a coffee tinge. An excellent beer that is reminiscent of coffee.

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Photo of PSUDREW
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

interesting beer. refreshing, but still everything you would expect from an oatmeal stout.

pours like guinness on steriods. seriosuly. sinking bubbles, dark brown color, thick creamy head, just ore so then one would expect. Guinness on 'roids!

Thick mouthfeel, nice roasted oat flavor mixed with chocolate undertones. Could be a nice desert beer.Very smooth, and just rich enough to make it right. Also, has a hopped-up coffee finish. And, to me that is an interesting mix. I mean I would expect the coffee to mix w/ the chocolate tones, but no, it mixes with the hops

Nice beer, interesting combos that must be tasted to be undertstood. And those charectereistics make it drinkable yea round, IMO


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Photo of bditty187
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown if not black in hue, when held to a light ruby highlights shine around the edges. A foamy brown head reached a maximum height of one finger, and then it quickly faded to a bubbly cap. The subsequent lacing was almost none. The nose is quite pleasant. There is great roasted depth with aromas of chocolate, hints of milk, oats, charred wood (not smoky), earth, and coffee. All of these smells work in perfect harmony. This is close to perfection. The bouquet is terrific, there is reasonable potency and the invitation is quite clear. The palate is almost as pleasant as the nose. The alcohol warmth seems out of place to me. The heat is off-putting, just a bit. There are excellent roasted flavors: earthy, charred wood with astringent acidity that melts into one with the chocolate flavors. The coffee stands alone, as does the herbal hoppines. The oats do an excellent job of rounding out the flavors; nothing becomes too extensive or too aggressive. The flavors are straightforward. This is a very tasty beer… until the aftertaste, which seems flawed because it tastes like rubbing alcohol, it isn’t very strong but it is still gross. I managed to get around this well enough and I’d still consider the palate to be very lovely. The mouthfeel is a little too thin for me, it lacks in bulk and the fact there is very low carbonation doesn’t help this aspect of that beer much. The consistency is a bit creamy. This is a good Oatmeal Stout, the recipe seems very old school, like centuries old. I’m digging that! This was quite good, IMO, this is a hard style to get right. This one was close. Thanks UnionMade!

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Photo of mschofield
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown with red highlights, topped with a two finger dark tan head. Leaves full thick rings of lace.
Roasted, almost burnt and acrid aroma, strong coffee, dark chocolate.
Roasted coffee, oat, earthy taste, chocolate, caramel.
Full-smooth body.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew is a very dark brown color, not quite opaque with a slight reddish tint. Medium thin and quickly dissipating light tan head, and very thin lacing. The aroma consists of roasted coffee and soy. Dry and a little too thin-bodied for my tastes, with flavors of coffee, caramel and a bit of chocolate. Some sweetness comes through in the finish, along with a touch of hops. This Stout falls short in about every area, but despite that it is still drinkable.

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Photo of Puddleglum
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I managed to find this in Cincinnati at the Dilly Deli and have since bought all they had. The appearance is a beautiful dark mahogony with a good head that left traces down the side of the glass. The aroma was a toasty, malted oat aroma that immediately jumpstarted my taste buds. I was prepared for that nice toasted malted oatmeal stout experience but found a surprising amount of bitterness that masked what I was longing for. Still it was a great beer and very drinkable. Not to heavy, not to burnt. I would have happily sacrificed drinkability for a little more sweetness though.

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Photo of Onceeven
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.

Picked this on up at Beers of the World (needless to say?) There's a lot to like about this stout. It appears a little lighter than most of the stouts I've tried, I mean some of them dont let any light in, this one glows deep crimson.
Not much of a head, but some patchy lacing is there.
Smells like your typical oatmeal stout, lovely.
This one went down easy, though the immediate flavor is a metallic note. Mellows out into a subtle smokiness & oatmeal flavor.
Not a bad beer, still like Young's better.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Dark brown with a reddish hue and a gorgeous head that came up about an inch and showed good retention, leaving some very thick and airy lacing on the glass.

Smell – Big, thick, rich oatmeal along with the traditional Stout aromas of dark, roasted malts, chocolate, and burnt toast.

Taste – The bitterness takes over here but the malty oatmeal is still very noticeable. This one has a nice maple sweetness to it as well.

Mouthfeel – Medium-bodied and very bitter in the mouth. The maple acts as a nice balance, though the salivary glands are definitely working overtime.

Drinkability – This was a nice overall Oatmeal Stout that didn’t wimp out at the end like a lot of others that I’ve had. Well done, Wolaver’s.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a brown head and very malty nose. The first taste gives off very malty, oaty body with a slight sweetness. This has to be the most oatmeally stout I have ever had. It is almost chewy and goes great with cookies. I can taste the quality of Wolaver's brewing and maybe the organic ingredients add to the flavour. You can't drink too many of these but this is a nice pint.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer arrived at the table a deep black with amber highlights when held to the light. The head was tan, nice, and laced the glass.

The aroma was huge chocolate and coffee. Very nice.

The flavor was coffee bitterness in the front with chocolate and a slight acidity. No sweetness in the flavor and fairly bitter.

The finish was dry coffee well into the aftertaste. The body was medium full.

A little more sweetness and body would have put this beer on the map. Still a nice drinkable stout however.

Pint glass at the Bass Lake Draft House in Holly Springs, NC.

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Photo of Charthepirate
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whoa simply awesome.

Pours black as night, with a small head that left little lacing.

Smell is wonderfully complex, with a big roasted coffee and malt over-riding.

flavor starts with this big roasted coffiness. It dissolves into some slightly tea like flavors, with a bit of cinamon, notes of apples and a sweetness from the oatmeal come out. At the back is some really mild hops, which lend a great dryness, and a slight bitter.

Wonderfull, wonderfull beer.


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Photo of xgrigorix
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce brown twist cap bottle. Date of bottling clearly printed on back label.

Dark brown, bordering on black. Topped by a thin tan head. Looks similar to coca-cola.

Awesome roast coffe note (almost smokey). This mixes well with hints of chocolate & some spritzy hop aromas.

More great espresso - strong & up front. Some nice chocolate, & the roast flavours keep the sweetness in check right from the begining. A tingle of citrusy hops is left on the tongue. Velvety smooth, medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

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Photo of CBFanWish
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If there is anything these guys do well, it's thier porter and stout. This is great. It pours a nice black colour with a frothy tan head. The aroma is of roasted barley with a bit of a coffee hint. The taste was a smooth coffee taste. It was complimented by a slight cocoa and earthy thing that was going on. Rather nice. Complex for a stout.

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Photo of Skidz
3.18/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a deep brown and settles nearly black with some nice red-orange showing through the sides. A nice big tan head sits atop with some decent lacings.

Smells strongly of roasted grains and chocolate malts with some good hop presence. Traces of coffee and some nutty aromas also float around. Tastes like heavily roasted grains with lots of coffee blended in. Slight chocolaty sweetness and bitter nearly all the way through. A metallic warmth stays with the sides of your tongue pretty much all the way as well, not too pleasant. Seems to be a bit watered down in flavor, but still maintains a nice medium body with great carbonation that doesn't interfere.

Easy to drink, but lacks the variety of aromas and flavors that I so sorely desire. The watered down feeling this has doesn't help it out either. An okay stout, but nothing great. Reminds me of Goose Island Oatmeal Stout actually...but a bit better.

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Photo of abents
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

App: Dark brownish black with light tan head decent lacing.

Smell: coffee, oats, hops

Taste: RIch oaty taste, like oatmeal with coffee and a roasted nutty taste

Mouthfeel: light/medium with little carbonation and smooth all the way down.

drinkablity: Smooth for an oat stout, pretty tasty.

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Photo of Edwin
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks, Sully for this nice brew!

Appearance: Dark black with a tan head. Seems to have larger bubbles. Head vanishes quickly, but leaves a small trace on top. Not much lacing left in the glass.

Smell: Oats, coffee, nuts, grains. Pretty much what I'd expect. A good combination of scents that makes me feel a tad hungry. The label says everything in this is organic...I don't smell anything at all different from regular ingredients.

Taste: Nutty, with a good bit of coffee hints. Oats lined throughout, but not overly so. Seems to a little more subtle on the oats. A slight sweetness on the end. No real alcohol taste.

Mouthfeel: Seems to be smooth, but a tad more liquidy than other oatmeal stouts. Similar to the Wild Goose Oatmeal in texture. Seems to have more of an Ale/Lager feel to it.

Drinkability: I'd say very drinkable. Does not have a huge alcohol tinge to it, so I could definitely down a few of these.

Overall: A fine brew overall. I reccommend it, but not in the face of the upper-echelon Oatmeal Stouts.

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Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
89 out of 100 based on 395 ratings.