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

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89
very good

965 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 965
Reviews: 403
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 39
Gots: 107 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 11-12-2003

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Photo of jdhilt
3.41/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Photo of johnnnniee
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of chippo33
2.85/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

oxidized thin chalky needs an overhaul

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of plaid75
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of ppoitras
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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 flagmantho
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of DrJay
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of coffee, roasted malts. Taste is coffee up front, some oats are present, a touch of chocolate. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall this is an enjoyable beer.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of Brad007
4.85/5  rDev +21.9%
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.

Photo of puboflyons
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked LOT2841111510. Sampled on January 27, 2011. The pour is a rich dark, brown with ruby red hues and a generous one inch silky tan head. The aroma reminds me a bit of coffee grinds that have been sitting around in the morning pot. However it is enticing in that way. Little in the way of hops though. The texture is smooth and creamy and it results in a coffee grinds taste with light malts and a sprinkle of chocolate. Very nice.

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 dirtylou
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
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

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Durge
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another find at Bradley Airport Terminal (Locks Landing), this has a deep dark black brown color, a healthy tan head and fair lacing. The aroma offers a pleasant and definitive coffee with a deep mocha sweetness and roasted nuts. Very nice. The flavor speaks out with a tart coffee bitterness, while the chocolate idea settles into a more subtle blend with leafy hop and even lemon highlights. This beer is a solid medium bodied to full bodied deal that is near silky in feel though a touch thin, very easy drinking...and it's organic! There's a hint of vinegar here that I might do without but it doesn't spoil it. The carbonation is very delicate but it's adequate for the style. Recommended for a try. Smooth and flavorful.

Photo of clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
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!

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a a close approximation to black. Light manages to penetrate fairly effectively. Not black, but dark brown. Head dies off to a filmy tan skin atop the beer. Head leaves light lacing curtains. Relatively light color for the style.

S-Smells pretty damn good. Very nice roasted coffee presence. Mild dark chocolate and charred oats. Light vanilla extract. The roast is definitely the most stressed piece of the aroma. I enjoy the nose quite a bit.

T-The roast is still quite potent. Bitter mixture of coffee beans and dark chocolate and even a tint of hops. Unfortunately there is a watery aspect to the feel and the flavor. The flavor is pretty nice nonetheless, and the beer has an incredibly long finish. The burnt oatmeal flavor is tasty too. Grainy cereal notes.

M-Slightly watery, which is a big no-no for a stout in my opinion. However, this lends a certain sessionability that other fuller bodied stouts cannot offer. Plenty of bubbles. Feels like a Porter.

O/D-A combination of highs and lows. But in the end this is a nice Oatmeal Stout. Plenty to like, and the good outweighs the bad in the end. Despite its relatively minor flaws, this is a good time in a bottle as far as I am concerned.

Photo of champ103
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Dogbrick
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Photo of RBorsato
4.94/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark brown with a decent brown head, good carbonation and some lace rings; poured "creamy"... Roasty, coffee, chocolate aroma and rich flavor .. a bit bittersweet but handles it nicely. Medium-full bodied, creamy, and smooth with a dry roasty bitter finish.

Excellent drinkability !!!

Per label: "Certified Organic" & "Organic Barley, Wheat, and Oats, Organic Hallertauer hops, Magnum and Cascade hops" & "98% Organic and 2% Non-Organic"

Bottled: 01/05/05 (Batch #1669)
Tasted: 04/14/05

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