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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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BA SCORE
89
very good

808 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 808
Reviews: 382
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 28
Gots: 27 | 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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Gavage

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: arrived in a pint glass with a dark brown / almost black color with a thick 2" tan colored head that lasted quite a while. Some nice lace painted the glass.

Smell: tons of roasted malts and dark chocolate.

Taste: the flavor is up front with the strong roasted malts, but is nicely rounded with some bitter dark chocolate, burnt coffee, and very mild bitterness. Lightly dry.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body, almost a liquid meal. Lightly crisp at the start with a smooth thick finish. Long roasted aftertaste.

Drinkability: easy drinking oatmeal stout. Definitely worth having if on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2006 18:49:56 | More by Gavage
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Whoa, heavy on the roased oats. I really dont get much more ou of this beer in either smell or taste. Its good a what it does, but this isn a terribly complex beer. I tend not to like my oatmeal stouts in the bottle as much, as this example isnt as smooth. Maybe this would improve on nitro. I'd still prefer a Sammy Smith over this.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2006 06:46:26 | More by tempest
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My last go-to beer store just got this on so gave it the old college try.

For once I can say an oatmeal stout actually tastes like well... oats. I've had a few in the past which were just stouts but I had one sip of this and it tasted like a warm hearty breakfast. Nice and creamy with a nice sweetness to it, tons of lacing and a nice dark color to it. The best Ive had yet from Wolavers.. I don't really care about the whole organic part but as a beer, its well above average.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 23:49:40 | More by oriolesfan4
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Billolick

New York

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer, with bottled on dating of 10/18/04, nice, its been in the bottle for only about 10 weeks. yeah fresh beer! Pours darkest of browns, dark tan minimal head, almost all lacing slides down the glass., Nose is big and burnt, malty. Taste is dominated here by notes of roasted grain, mocha chocolate and fresh roasted coffee beans. Smooth and tasty, but with an outmeal stout, I'm always looking for that oily,smooth mouthfeel, dont really get it here. Its more dry and chalky. Flavorful stout, worth a try and good to support the organic farmers of the world.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2004 01:34:39 | More by Billolick
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a thin black body with a big bubbly tan head. Even though it is pretty thin there isn't much carbonation that is visible.

S- The strong smell of cold coffee with a note of dark roast has a faint sour/tart note to it.

T- The taste of strong coffee with a tart earthy oatmeal note is followed by a black malt flavor.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slight watery texture.

D- There is good coffee flavors and some nice malt complexity to compliment it but it is a shade on the thin side.


M- This beer has a medium mothfeel with a slight watery texture.

D- There is good coffee flavors and some nice malt complexity to compliment it but it is a shade on the thin side.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2006 02:17:09 | More by rhoadsrage
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +0.8%

02-07-2014 16:15:58 | More by DrunkinYogi
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.43/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two-fingered white head that fades quickly to a ring leaving traces of lace. Deep amber nearly black color. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Roasted coffee nose. Starts roasted/sweet coffee flavor, finish is almost a burnt coffee. $1.25 for a 12 oz bottle from Capital Convenience Concord, NH.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2006 23:31:48 | More by jdhilt
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2004 12:03:34 | More by ppoitras
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Penn Pilsner glass, never tried this one before.

Wolaver's oatmeal stizzout looks light brown out of the bottle resembling a brown ale. Kind of thin looking for this style but it's no thing. Once in the glass it becomes a dark brown color with some mahagony/ruby red under some light. A cola like fizzing brown/tan cap reaches half an inch, no lacing, but a ring around the glass.

The smell is kind of bare, nothing really stands out. Cold, I get a big whiff of old watered down black coffee and minimal roast. Room temp some quaker oats straight from a fresh can pops up but the oatmeal is light. Im not really picking up any chocolate in this. A earthy pine like scent from some hops is abound.

Going off scent, I was not expecting a huge beer here and I did not get it. The taste is pretty minimal and does not pack enough oatiness from mornin breakfast. Under the "oats" some bland coffee with the roast there but a bit subdued. Chocolate is a afterthought and the hops although light make a small impression on the tounge. Some cola like tastes with grains and malts sweetness. On the end a bit of a sour finish that's noticable but it's not a hanging offense.

The feel is weak for a O. Stout. I would not even call it medium, it's approaching a bold light body. The carbonation is overused and is felt throughout the mouth. This is really fizzy and not butter smooth. This could stand to be a bit sweeter or something. Perhaps if the carb was down a few notches I may have enjoyed this more. Not a great aftertaste.

A nice low abv is always welcome, but at what cost, lesser flavor? Im glad i tried it but may not pick uo more of this. A oatmeal stout should be a bit sweet with some chocolate IMO and I got non of that. Im tired im going to bed.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2009 04:08:36 | More by BARFLYB
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Served ontap at Bocktown in a pint glass. Brown body with an off white head that recedes to nothing.

S. Not too strong just some roasted malt and coffee aromas.

T. A wonderful roasted malt flavor and some oatmeal flavor/texture for sure making things smooth and a bit sweeter. Good depth of flavor, no prescence of off flavors and no trace of alcohal in the taste. Coffee, cocoa, roasted malt and oatmeal. Smokiness. Deliciousness.

M. Smooth silky, full bodied. Tasty.

D. This is a very nicely done oatmeal stout and one of my favorites from the style. Nice to have it fresh on tap. Reccommended.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2008 01:34:51 | More by Stinkypuss
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plaid75

New York

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a black hue with a two finger white foamy head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell consisted of a strong coffee and toasted grain aroma, highlighted with elements of cocoa and toffee.

The flavor was that of bitter coffee. Excellent toasted grain aftertaste. Little to no sweetness. Finished very dry.

The mouthfeel was full but very dry.

Overall, a nice oatmeal stout. Not as smooth as most, but the sharpness was very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2006 03:38:38 | More by plaid75
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark with mahogany edges and ruby highlights. The beer was capped by a fluffy tan head that showed some sticky lacing. Decent aroma - roasty and nutty with a little burnt character and slight acidity. Full flavour with plenty of roast, restrained bitterness, oat sweetness, caramel, burnt, with a dark chocolate finish. Chewy and full bodied, quite smooth with low carbonation and light dryness. This was a very easy drinking oatmeal stout, solid, and one of the best I've had in some time.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2007 22:25:32 | More by DrJay
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

01-17-2013 06:29:57 | More by Kelp
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

10-04-2012 02:59:48 | More by PEIhop
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Brad007

Vermont

4.88/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark color with minimal head from a growler. It was tightly capped though. Aroma is thick and rich with hints of coffee/oatmeal. Taste starts out with oatmeal in the front but turns into more of a black coffee finish towards the back of the mouth. Smooth and goes down very well. Roasty as well. Nice. Tastes much better in a growler than it does in bottles. I would definitely rate it high for drinkability for one thing. Would make an excellent breakfast beer too.

Serving type: growler

07-15-2007 00:08:44 | More by Brad007
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dirtylou

Washington

3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, Steve's - University, bottled 12/13/05

appearance: pours into a pint glass...dark charcoal-mahogany body, very light garnet tint, creamy tan-khaki head

smell: very rich and robust...bittersweet dark chocolate, burnt malt, cocoa powder, big espresso aromas as well, very lightly hopped

taste: big roasted malt, burnt malt flavours, cocoa powder and sweet dark chocolate, espresso, oatmeal flavours are light, trace citrus hopping...an all around "burnt" flavour which gives this beer a nice character

mouthfeel: pretty creamy, roasty

drinkability: good

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2006 23:33:24 | More by dirtylou
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a solid dark brown with a faint garnet brown highlight when held to light. A smallish off white head froths then quickly recedes leaving spotty lace on the way down. The aroma from this beer is quite intoxicating. Toasty and roasty grains with hints of caramel and chocolate balanced by a bit of earth and a hint of dark fruit. The flavor is roasty and chocolate with bits of bread, caramel, and toffee. There's a light fruity sweetness with enough dry roastiness to provide great balance. Light earthy hop flavor with little to no apparent hop bitterness. Medium body with a light level of carbonation and a dry grainy roasty mouthfeel. This beer smells incredible and tastes pretty good too.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 00:00:59 | More by johnnnniee
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a dark, vibrant, chestnut highlighted brown color with a tall, frothy, lightweight, light tan head that starts tall, but quickly settles into a quarter inch of retaining head. Aromas of milk chocolate, roasted coffee and grains, and a creamy sweetness. Smells solid and tasty. Flavors are roasted coffee backbone, with bitter and roasty characters overall. Chocolate overtones that lean more towards bitter and dark than the milk chocolate that was present on the nose. The beer is light and dry in mouth, with the bitterness giving is a slightly sharp, very clean finish. Tangy sweetness in the aftertaste, with the bittersweet chocolate cutting that quickly. Very good, tasty, dynamic, layered stout. Lower ABV keeps the drinkability high. Solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 02:50:17 | More by GarthDanielson
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2011 13:08:21 | More by tobelerone
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flagmantho

Washington

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich, very dark brown, bordering on black. Head is nearly two fingers of frothy tan foam with nice retention. I like it.

Smell: stout aroma of sweet malt and roasted grain; the sweetness adds a chocolatey character to the smell. There's a nice caramel character in there as well, and the vegetal hops that often come with the style are at a minimum. Good stuff.

Taste: smooth and chocolatey right up front, but then the flavor evens out and finishes quite dry. A nice dynamic which leaves me wanting another sip. Quite good.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a decent carbonation which is smooth and creamy. Delicious.

Overall: a tasty, creamy and satisfying oatmeal stout. I would definitely have this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 22:54:48 | More by flagmantho
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avalon07

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a somewhat thick texture. There was a huge, tan-colored, long-lasting, creamy head and good lacing.

S: Aroma of coffee, oatmeal and malts.

T: Tasted of roasted malt, coffee and oatmeal, thouth it's less pronounced than I expected. Fairly complex and flavorful for an organic beer.

M: A good amount of carbonation and a dry finish. Full-bodied.

D: Overall, this is a solidly made oatmeal stout. Not my favorite of the style, but tasty nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 15:50:04 | More by avalon07
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle a clear very dark brown with amber hues
and a large head of foam that dissipated slowly leaving a fine layer
with good lacing.

The smell is all roasty and toasty and has big notes of hot chocolate.

The taste is really big. Roasted malt and a semi sweet molasses grab my taste buds right from the go and there's a hop bitterness that doesn't show up for me until near the finish but it does give the over all presentation of this oatmeal stout the proper umphh.

Bottom line: This is a sample of the style that everyone should try given the chance.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2006 20:15:52 | More by Bitterbill
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Dogbrick

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2004 14:47:12 | More by Dogbrick
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured in to a Duvel tulip

A - Poured a medium brown, not as thick and dark as most stouts. Some visible carbonation and one finger of bubbly white head that very quickly disappeared.

S - A very strong nose of sweet roasted malts, coffee and nuts.

T - Very sweet up front. Roasted malts, caramel, coffee and a very faint hint of hazelnut. A nice overall palate.

M - Too light for a stout. Wouldn't even call this medium body. Not thick or silky at all. No chew. Too much carbonation. Would make a very good porter.

D - A good oatmeal stout and very easy to drink. But not one I would seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2010 02:27:00 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 04:21:35 | More by DrDemento456
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