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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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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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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of mattbk
4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep dark black, I don't see any light getting through this. Looks fairly thick, as it should. Nice creamy head, slowly dissipating.

S: Deep, deep roast. This is one of the best roast characters I have ever gotten from a beer. The roast is sort of indescribable; not coffee exactly, and not burnt, just - roast. Very inviting.

T: The taste is a really good balance of sweet and bitter. There's some bitter hop flavor at the end too, although this may be from black malt. The flavor is not as roasted as the aroma. It's a bit more on the coffee side, no real chocolate flavor. Those may be finishing hops I am tasting, a bit piney, not overly so though.

M: Mouthfeel is close to perfect, medium-heavy, not so heavy that it is filling, light and big bubbles, not at all prickly. Just a bit creamy. I suppose it could be just a tad heavier, but I don't have much of a problem here.

D: I feel this is a truly great beer, although the aroma is really what stands out. I'd take this over Sam Smith any day of the week.

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Photo of kindestcut
4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

this one was fresh as hell: bottled 11.03.03. drank: 11.18.03. kudos to otter creek/wolaver's for continuously getting fresh beer to the market. the new wolaver's oatmeal stout pours a dark, dark brown to near black colour, with a slightly off-white, creamy head that leaves a nice stickiness on the glass. a sweet smell dominates here, with chocolate, coffee, oats and hops apparent. the taste is quite similar to the smell, with all of the aformentioned detected before a nice dry finish. the order that the flavours hit me seemed to be: chocolate to oat to earthy flavours to coffee to the dry hop finish. very nice. this one is silky smooth and creamy and quite easy to drink. a great oatmeal stout. easily recommended.

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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 thlayli87
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into nonic pint glass. Almost black with two fingers of tan colored head. Smells of chocolate and roasted malt. Taste follows the nose. Exceptionally well balanced. The roasty flavors are there but they don't overpower the sweet and chocolatey flavors. The mouthfeel is what really sets this one apart. Rich, smooth, and creamy. Dry finish with moderate bitterness. Perfect example of what an oatmeal stout should be. I think I'll be reaching for this one often.

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Photo of stealth
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer had me frustrated for a good 15 minutes while I tried to pour it. The amount of carbonation was insane, and the full-glass head took forever to dissipate enough to pour out the entire bottle. Freak bottle, I think. Once poured, the chocolate and light roast aroma pulled me in, and the taste equaled the aroma. A very nice, well balanced stout. Carbonation was crazy, like I mentioned, and that made it feel a bit different on the palate.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Samuel Adams pint glass. Purchased at Wakefield Liquors in Wakefield, RI

A - The darkest stout I've seen to date. Deep brown, big airy head that gets lighter towards the top. Heavy retention, heaving lacing that reduces to a nice 1" brown layer of foam. Perfect. The first five I've given for appearance.

S- Milk chocolate, dark roasted chocolate malt. Subtle aroma, but nice on the nose.

T- I'm really enjoying this one. Dark chocolate, roasted malt, slightly bitter coffee aftertaste.

M- Creamy, thick mouthfeel. Little carbonation detected. Almost like a milkshake.

Overall a rich, enjoyable stout. This is how a stout should feel, look and taste. I'd recommend it. One of my favorite stouts.

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Photo of taulpepper
4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.42/5  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!

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Photo of CHickman
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque black looking with brown near the edges where light comes through, and a massive 2 finger foamy tan head that faded very slowly and left good lacing.

Smells of charcoal, roasted malt, burnt wood, smoked peat, vanilla, light grains like oats, coffee, toffee and light citrus hops; very nice roasted aroma that's rich and typical of an oatmeal stout; great nose, really rich and tasty.

Tastes like it smells, with roasted malt, burnt wood, charcoal, smoked peat, caramel, vanilla, toasted grains, coffee, toffee, citrus hops, lemon, grass, wet wheat bread, herbs or tea, and then it ends clean with a sharp bitter finish. Very smooth, complex and tasty, this is a great stout.

Mouthfeel is creamy and so smooth that it's almost watery; clean and crisp, with a surprisingly light body, very mild carbonation and just a solid overall drinkability. A definite session beer that I highly recommend.

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Photo of gfreed
4.42/5  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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.42/5  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.

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Photo of JustinAniello
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of atr2605
4.44/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours black with a tan head, average retention
S- lots of chocolate, oats, and roasted coffee
T- rich coffee up front with creamy oats followed by oustanding chocolate flavor.
M- medium- full body, extremely creamy silky texture
O- Wow. Awesome beer. I was so pleased with the complexity and texture of this beer. It was rich with flavor with maintaining such a rich and delicate mouthfeel. Excellent oatmeal stout and fantastic beer overall. Highly recommended

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Photo of DIM
4.44/5  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.

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Photo of usechopstix4soup
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured straight into an English pub glass, very dark, molasses color. Appeared very thin-bodied, head was very thin that soon dissipated.

Smell strongly of roasted coffee and cocoa beans. Hints of something that smells like coffee mate and hazelnuts. It's hard to smell anything besides the coffee because it is so pungent. Maybe some malts.

The taste is reminds me of black coffee, no sugar, with a little bit of whole milk. The beer prizes itself on being organic and I must say, it rings true through the taste. The flavors are not overly sweet or manufactured, but I could imagine someone feeling like it's under-flavored.

Thin-bodied but finishes off with a nice creamy feel.

Great beer, coffee is complimented with the creaminess perfectly. Must-try.

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass at the shore.

Pours pitch black with a finger of creamy foam about the top. Aroma is dark, roasty malt. Nice smell of coffee.

First sip is.... pretty smooth, with a fantastic coffee finish. Smooth, creamy, mouthfeel. This has a great flavor to it. The dark malts are the star and really lend a nice astringency to the beer. Finishes pretty dry and refreshing despite the dark color.

I'm a big fan of this one. Best of the mix pack by far.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's - Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout, poured into a Craftgeer snifter.

Look - Pours an oil brown black and settles black with a thin soapy head that dissipates quickly. Lots of lacing.

Smell - Aroma is somewhat faint with some roasted malts, some coffee, and some chocolate. Notes of oatmeal and spice.

Taste - Molasses, roasted malts and oats. Some semi-sweet chocolate and a touch of coffee and hops. Everything comes together so nicely!

Mouthfeel - Rests bitter chocolate and coffee with oats and some pine bitter hops. Full bodied but not creamy, which is fine but if there was one tiny aspect I was longing for it was that. Dry and roasted with great drinkability. The booziness is just right.

Overall - I feel like this is a hugely underrated brew. Every time I get it I am impressed. Complex yet subtle enough to put down several. Balanced and clean. 100% recommend this brew. While I said in the mouthfeel that I wanted it to be creamier, I feel that if it were, it might make it into an entirely different brew in terms of booziness and drinkability, so I think it being the way it is works for it, there are other brews that come at the oatmeal stout from a more "imperial" angle.

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Photo of sraimondi
4.48/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one is a bit of an experiment.

Purchased a growler from the brewery the last week of August, 2007, on my return from a biz trip to Montreal. Was immediately refrigerated and placed on its side so to eliminate any air in the bottle's neck and seal beer from any additional air incursion.

Pours with a huge tan/light brown rocky head which slowly dissipates to about 1/4 inch, with copious sheet lacing. Completely opaque color which doesn't allow any light though.

Smell is of roasted/toasted malt with some hops in the end. Some coffee/toffee hints too, and even some milk/lactose in the nose.

Taste, WOW! Aging this one has allowed the sweet to meld perfectly with the bitter to create a very, very balanced taste; even better than the usual bottled version. It actually exhibits some attributes of a milk stout, with roast qualities!

This beer is even smoother than the bottle version, but the aging has thinned it out a bit, so not as full.

It seems my experiment has been successful. Almost 5 months after the pour, not only did this beer hold up, but I think it excelled from the original, except that the mouthfeel was not as full. I'm sure that part of the "success" comes from the beer's use of the highest quality and organic ingredients. On my 3rd pint and counting. Yummy!


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Photo of Enola
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first reveiw so be patient. Bar none, this is the best beer I have ever drank. And I have drank a lot of beer, limited only (untill recently) by NC's 6% cap. As soon as this beer hits your mouth the roasted oatmeal comes alive. (pauses for another swig) Wow!! There is nothing but the sheer grace of a higher power coming from this bottle. If you have never treated yourself to a Wolavers please do so. When I am fortunate enough to have this beer in my refrigerator, the fridge smiles back at me. Too bad I have to drive an hour each way just to get this beer. But if that is what it takes.

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Photo of ericj551
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout pours an inky black with a thin but lasting off-white head. The aroma is rich coffee, chocolate and roasted malt with undertones of a sweet caramel malts. The flavor is just a bit sweet with a perfect level of roasted astringency to it. More coffee and bittersweet chocolate with a lingering burnt aftertaste. There is a nice hop bitterness that works well with the astringent dark malts. The oatmeal really gives this beer a nice body and mouthfeel.

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a black as night color.

Overall: This beer is a smooth as silk stout brimming with darkly roasted malts and rich notes of chocolate and coffee. The dark color gives way to a surprisingly smooth full-bodied beer. Very Good.

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Photo of JoKo
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of tonistruth
4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
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

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