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

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89
very good

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Reviews: 392
Hads: 969
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 38
Gots: 109 | FT: 0
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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 buyBinboaVodka
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the Shepard and the Knuckledhead poured into a pint glass.

A-has a very dark almost pitch black like appearance with a nice tan head. Being on tap the head was only about 1" thick with good retention and some nice frothy lacing around the glass.

S-smells of roasted oats, slightly malty with a dark coffee and dark chocolate aroma.

T-this beer tastes awesome! It is nice and mellow with a creamy and smooth finish. I get some cocoa with coffee and some malty flavor.

M-It is medium bodied with slight carbonation. The flavor stays with you for a little while, but it is very pleasant.

O-overall this a great beer to have on tap. I enjoy this just as much as founders breakfast stout, but with less abv it is a good session beer to have. (762 characters)

Photo of Ranbot
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12oz bottle into a pint glass

Very dark ruby red when held up to the light. A one-inch light tan head quickly faded into a thin film with minimal lacing on the glass.

Smell has a nice roasty oatmeal smell, akin to fresh homemade bread.

Taste is a nice full roasted malt, oatmeal and some bitter chocolate. Very mildly hopped, typical for the style. Hops complement the roasted malts well. A smokey flavor carries long into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good. Light to medium with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I love how low the roasted flavors linger on the palate.

Don't skip this one due to fears of an organic brew being sub-par. This is a very good oatmeal stout and the best organic stout I've tried. (741 characters)

Photo of DanThomas
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the 930 club seeing Darren Hanlon.

A- dark dark brown, no head.

S- roasted malt, chocolate, a hint of bitterness.

T- wow! The roasted malt really hits you, kind of like a concentrated Guinness roasted flavor. There is some sweetness to it, but maybe not quite enough. The finish is very pleasing, it's all bitter chocolate and a hint of hops.

M- love the carbonation, and all in all it's great, but wouldn't mind a little more thickness in the mouthfeel.

D- incredible. For such a strong flavored beer the flavor really doesn't overwhelm the palette even after 1 pint is gone, as happens with some stouts. I guess that means it's time for another...great beer! (683 characters)

Photo of CurtisLoew
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (329 characters)

Photo of HopsYeast
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a-pours a nice stout color. has a dark tan head. put it into a glass and can not see through this at all. nice dark stout.
s-smell mostly dark chocolate. there is a bit of a burnt coffee smell as well.
t-malt dominates the flavor. it is not overwhelming though. has a bit of an oat flavor, but the malt is the dominate flavor.
m-seems to have a much liter mouthfeel than what i expected. no sense of smell or taste and this could be any beer. i like there to be little to no carbonation and a very velvety feel to my stouts.
o-its good, but i have had better ones. kinda glad i didnt get a 6 pack and got it in a variety pack. but, it is still good, and enjoy it. (667 characters)

Photo of altgeeky1
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black, no highlights to shine through. I have this next to a glass of Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout to compare, and Wolaver's is darker for sure. Pour creates a thick creamed-coffee head, but with short retention -- 5 minutes later the head is gone, but there remains lace around the glass and some floating islands of foam. Smells slightly burnt, not smoky, and thin, as if lighter malts were toasted longer to force more color from them, but with weaker smell. Tastes a little burnt, and bitter but not in an overall unpleasant way. The body is thinner compared to Smith's, and the carbonation is stronger and sharper. Carbonation is not overdone or bad, but it doesn't seem to 'support' or add creaminess as the SSOS does. This is one of my favorite oatmeal stouts, always available fresh at Hannafords. (817 characters)

Photo of JWFokker
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle, it's a dark, nearly black beer. The head is a creamy off-white, but it's fairly thin and dissipates quickly. Like most oatmeal stouts, the nose is quite mild and has a faint aroma of roasted malt and coffee. The flavor is much more substantial than the nose and consists of well roasted, but not burnt malt, coffee and a bit of dark chocolate. At the very end you can finally taste some hops. It's a rich, but not overly bitter beer. The mouthfeel is suitably thick and smooth. Some have said it's even a bit oily and I can't say I disagree. I think a better description would be slippery. Drinkability is high, though as filling as this beer is, I don't know how many you could actually drink. But you'd definitely want to have more. (756 characters)

Photo of pandashaver
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a 1.5 finger light brown head with dark brown body that is opaque save for the reddish hue near the bottom edges of my pint glass - truly a beautiful stout! And the head retention is impressive, as well as some good lacing.

Smell is roasted and nutty. You can definitely also pick up the oats and a sweetness - yes it smells sweet and delicious before you even take the first taste.

Taste is pronounced malts that are sweet, but by no means too sweet. You also get some acidity, and a bit of sour if it swirl it around. A lot going on here.

Nice and full-bodied, not watery, and high carbonation. You can sip and enjoy this one as it warms and the flavor intensifies. The taste lingers, but does not smack your palate around, making you want more.

Very drinkable, but you have to be in the mood for a solid hearty stout. Tonight might just be one of those nights, and I think I'll have another. (904 characters)

Photo of BrewMan13
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was a little excited to get this as its ~4.0 rated beer here and very reasonable price-wise <$7/6pack. Anyway, it pours out slightly lighter then your typical stout...well, its mostly black with some high-lights on the edges. A fairly small head emerges when all is said and done. A burnt aroma is the only really noticeable smell.
My 1st impression with the taste is the burnt quality I noticed in the aroma. Reminds me a little of their Stovepipe-porter in that regard. Becomes less astringent at the end of the swallow. No hints of sweetness typical of oatmeal stouts. Mouthfeel is on the thin side as well for this type of stout. My personal favorites of the style are Anderson valley barney flats (due to its robustness) and Samuel Smith's (for its flavor). But this one falls flat compared to those. Still a fairly enjoyable beer, but nothing to set it apart. TBH, I'm surprised its a ~4.0 beer, as it pretty much comes up a little short in most aspects. (966 characters)

Photo of joshsbeerblog
3.05/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

i'm going to have to disagree with the bros on this one... sweet roast and smell of carbonation come through first. bitter hops define this flavor in my opinion, with some coffee and molasses in back of taste. this really reminds me of a thin porter... not what you look for in an oatmeal stout. i really want to like these organic beers too, but this one didn't cut it for me. (377 characters)

Photo of youngs11
3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

Pours a dark, dark brown, nearly black. Half finger of khaki head that falls to a thin layer about halfway through. Nice, but not as thick, dark, or bad-ass looking as some stouts.

Smell is pleasant but not very strong. Mocha, cherries, brandy.

Taste is a little more pronounced than aroma, chocolate, sunflower seeds, butter.

Great on the palate. Smooth and silky, carbonation is present, but there is no real prickling effect.

This is a solid stout, especially considering a six pack is priced a few dollars less than some of the more well-known examples of the style. Made in New England, organic, and not too pricey. Recommend (675 characters)

Photo of Lordhelmit
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Finally, I found an oatmeal stout that is equal to (POSSIBLY better than, haven't decided yet) Drake's Crude oatmeal stout. This is sooooo tasty and sooo delicious. it tastes like a sweet creamy buttery sweet treat rather than beer. you know the butter beer in harry potter that instantly warmed them up etc? yea thats this stuff right here. the only reason drake's crude i think beats it is because wolavers is 5.9% and DC is 6.9%. Still top notch though. (456 characters)

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

I want every beer called oatmeal stout to look like oatmeal from the top, but sooner or later the oatmealy froth doth fade and the beer is exposed. The dream ends. Beyond this beer's lack of surreal sudsiness, it looks good. Oatmealy head, coffee beneath. Some lacing.

Smell wasn't too rich, but improved with warmth. Burnt and caramelly (this coming from the opinion of a slightly stuffy nose).

Taste is much more good-type-complex and inviting when the beer warms up a bit. Rich and somehow peachy flavor with burny bitterness and dark, creamy maltiness.

Mouthfeel got creamier and creamier. Nice.

Overall this beer was good. Very good even. Somehow better than its individual averages! But it was also the last one of the 6 pack. Rest in peace, brew. (765 characters)

Photo of dubman003
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There are plenty of advocates that will be crisp and clean with their review, but I really want to discuss the feel of this beer. My favorite beer is an oatmeal stout; the greatest oatmeal stout I've ever had came from Front Street Brewery in Wilmington, NC in a large jug that had become flat after some time in a friend's fridge. I drank the entire jug in one sitting; I did that, because I was drinking oatmeal. Literally.

On the opposite side of the spectrum, Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout: Always available, more stout than oatmeal.

Then Wolaver's: I solidly put this in the upper echelon. If the beer from Front Street was a perfect 5.0 (I still remember that day and how I relished that jug), Wolaver's is a perfect 4.0. The oatmeal is present and powerful and the stout does not overpower it.

I'm drinking from a bottle and the beer was a bit tart; I can't be sure if that's from shelf life or the true taste, but I recommend it fully and with gusto. I can only imagine that drinking this from a tap or fresh would be amazing. Grab a six-pack. (1,056 characters)

Photo of DS31
4.58/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Riley and Jakes's in Clinton, NJ. I was pleasantly surprised to find this wonderful tasting beer on tap here. The beer had a lovely balance tilted towards the sweet side; never bitter, beautiful amber color and every sip a pleasure Otter Creek brewery has some fine organic beers and this one is no exception. Having this beer on-tap certainly enhanced the taste, but I will try it in the bottle to see how it compares.

Riley and Jake's is a famiily restaurant with a typical American pub menu. The food is fine for this type of restaurant and the place gets quite busy on the weekends. (599 characters)

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

Very good stout. poured from a 12oz bottle, this beer had very low head with minimal lacing. Very dark with no light showing through. Smell was pleasant. Slighly sweet but little hop fragrance. Taste was good with a coffee cacao finish. Not very bitter; little in the way of hops or complexity. Mouthfeel was medium nothing too tanic or foamy about it. This is a very drinkable Stout. Not quite on par with a Samuel Smith but good nevertheless. (444 characters)

Photo of Bobzilla
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

3/19/08

Bottle from the brewery.
C: Black, with a hint of red-brown, dark amber through the light. Tan head, but it gets thin quickly.

S: toasty, roasted smell. A bit of cardboard as well. Reminds me a bit of canned tuna in the mixture of smells.

M: A bit fizzy than I would expect. The oatmeal smoothness is getting lost in the carbonation.

T: Chocolate, coffee, and cookie flavors.

-The Oatmeal smell starts to come through after much more warming. This beer is best served warm, or at most , cooled slightly. Even at 50 degrees in our basement, it seemed to be too cold to get the aroma out of the beer. The odd smells were only when it was colder.

D: Its a drinkable beer, but only with the above things in mind. On tap at the brewery, it was definitely a beer that was worth picking up. At home, it seemed to be lacking some of the character I originally noticed. (874 characters)

Photo of jsanto
3.46/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

s - 12oz bottle, served in a little chimay glass.

a - it looks like a stout, dark brown, with a little light brown head.

s - i don't like the smell. it's like cocoa/coffee/molasses/alcohol.

t - it's organic, so it gives a little off the taste. harsh, but still flavorful enough to enjoy. the finish was bitter. the front was coffee.

m - dry and sour/bitter.

d- i liked it as a different stout that was not sweet. (417 characters)

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

Poured from a bottle with a Bottled On date of March 9th 2006. Been cellared since that date.

A: Wonderful dark almost opaque brown with Ruby hues running through when held to the light. Large three fingered off white head from hard pour into large Tulip style glass. Head retention was short before falling to a fine lace around the edge of the beer.

S: Pure roast coffee, espresso, dark bitter chocolate, maltiness, licquorice. Faint aroma of resinous hops comes through too.

T: Wonderful dark chocolate hits the tongue on the first sip. Then the bitterness of the hops and roasted malts comes through. Good carbonation is still retained in the bottle. Mouthfeel has lessened over time (from memory) as it now feels quite thin, almost Porter-like now more-so than a Stout, but the finish is wonderfully long bitter and dry. The roastyness just lingers on the back of the tongue that it is a pleasure to drink more. (919 characters)

Photo of yeastpuppet
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Opaque in the pint glass with 1"of foam that dissipates to an 1/8 inch , light brown layer .

Appealing smell of dark malts , coffee , and slight chocolate . No hop aroma that I can discern .

Taste is not as full as I expected , coffee hits first with some dark malt and chocolate/bitterness that leads to a pleasant , lingering finish .

Mouth feel is light with an amount of carbonation (light) that dos'nt get in the way of the flavors .

Quite drinkable .,with a taste that grows on you . I'll have another . (524 characters)

Photo of PubliusII
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- It looks like a bottle of molasses was just poured into my glass. The color is so rich, there is a dark to light spectrum traveling up the 3 finger head. The head retention is fabulous. There is some visible carbonation, but the almost tar-black beer makes it difficult to see.
Smell- There are strong scents of bread, sugar and a little coffee.
Taste- Strong taste of coffee and a bitter, malty taste. The two tastes create a great balance. beer leaves a bite in your mouth
Mouthfeel- The beer has a heavy body and decent carbonation. It does not have a silky feel of Guiness. Rather, it has a robust feel to compliment the bitter bite.
Drinkability- It has a think, busty head, powerful aromas and balanced presence makes for a fabulous experience. If Paul Bunyan drank beer, I think this beer might have made it onto the menu, (845 characters)

Photo of Bartrob6
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass on tap at soul infusion in sylva, nc.

black beer. can't see through this thing. extremely tiny head. i have to try hard to see it.

aroma is of roasted malts and some coffee. but definitely not a strong aroma.

tastes good with a nice balance of roasted malts, and awesome creamy mouthfeel that compliments the taste.

very drinkable stout. the oatmeal is what makes this beer as nice as it is, in my opinion. (435 characters)

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

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. It's an opaque brown/black with a thick, almost white head.

Smells of roasted grains, sweet cream, and dark chocolate.

Tastes of a complex mix of dark malts, hop bitterness, a smallish amount of coffee, and I even get a little cream and dark fruits (maybe plum).

Very smooth with a robust mouthfeel.

A great beer. To be honest, I'm often wary of anything that is marketed as organic, but this was a wonderful stout. This is the type of beer that makes me love outmeal stouts and reminds me that something doesn't have to push the boundaries of what beer is to be complex and interesting. (633 characters)

Photo of HighCarbDiet
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the beer that got me liking stouts again. It also proves that great beers can be brewed using natural, organic ingredients. Kudos to Wolaver's/Otter Creek!

ST - 12 oz. brown twist-off bottle. drinking from a no-nick imperial pint glass (from NERAX!)

A - deep brown with ruby highlights near the top and bottom. thin creme-colored head that dissipates to a ring.

S - nice combo of roasted coffee beans and dried hops. it almost smells of oatmeal, but that may be just my imagination.

T - awesome. a beer for breakfast, lunch, dessert, or dinner. the bitterness of the roasted coffee flavor melds perfectly with the hops. not that the beer is all that hoppy, but the interplay between hops and malt is fabulous. would love to try this with some chipotle chili, or a big fat steak.

M - just right. lingers on the mouth for a moment, but not too long. slick, but not oily.

D - dangerous. smooth enough to drink two or three, but rich enough so that one could be enough.

i love this stuff. i'd love to find it on draft somewhere. (1,055 characters)

Photo of jpagewatts
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Beige/cream colored head over a solid black beer

S- oats and cream predominantly. very rich, with a hint of roasted coffee

T- chocolate at first, then coffee with some lingering bitterness

M- full bodied with a dry finish, classic stout characteristics

D- good, not overpowering (293 characters)

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