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

Wolaver's Oatmeal StoutWolaver's Oatmeal Stout

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very good

752 Ratings

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Ratings: 752
Reviews: 380
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%

Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's visit their website
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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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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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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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2004 17:40:54 | More by GCBrewingCo
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4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Purchased in 6-pack from Whole Foods (Charlottesville, VA) for $7.99.

A: Dark chestnut brown, opaque, with healthy 1.5-2 finger tan head with average retention and loads of lace.

S: Numerous nice notes of espresso, bittersweet chocolate, roasted black malts, and leafy hops

T: A great blend of chocolate, strong espresso, and roasted dark malt with a drier-than-expected leafy hops finish which is unique but not unwelcome for the style, and more reminiscent of a dry stout

M: A bit thinner and less chewy than an above-average oatmeal stout. Pleasant roasted malt and chocolate aftertaste which is long.

D: A very drinkable and solid oatmeal stout that is a good value

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 05:14:38 | More by argock
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Served overly cold, but free at Goodbar.

Awesome looking beer, with a midnight black body and a finger of tan head that leaft some damn fine lacing. Aroma of oats, mild coffee and tobacco is about right. Flavour is much the same and improves as it warms. Coffee, oat and smoke make for a nice mix. Nothing too complex, but nicely balanced and sessionable for a stout. The body, though, is a touch to light for the style, and errs towards thin.

A decent oatmeal stout that could be bumped up to the next level with a thicker, smoother body.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2009 15:13:31 | More by bobsy
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New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout

Appearance- dark brown with a thick creamy head.
Smell- light roasted hops with a hint of oatmeal grain.
Taste- roasted coffee with a creamy body. Hints of cocoa.
Mouthfeel- smooth and warming.

Overall- A nice session beer. I could easily drink this all night.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2006 19:29:03 | More by NJpadreFan
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3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wolaver's Oatmeal stout has a dark brown, opaque body and a light brown head that is about a finger tall. The head retention is good, but there isn't really any lacing left behind.

The aroma is packed full of roasted malt with sweet malt notes underneath.

The flavor and the aroma are tied together closely, and Wolaver's is a good oatmeal stout. Roasted malts dominate the flavor, but they are also backed by a noticeable amount of sweet malts that add flavors of chocolate, caramel and a little bit of generic sweetness. Underneath that is just a hint of dark fruit.

Nice creamy mouthfeel, just as I would expect from an oatmeal stout.

This one is an easy drinker, and it's not a bad beer at all.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 17:22:49 | More by Hojaminbag
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4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 02:24:33 | More by VelvetExtract
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New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single, 12 oz bottle copped from Super Saver in Somerville...
Pours a jet-black, ebony hue with a hue foamy head that soon receded and left a copious amount of lacing around the glass...
Faint smell of nutmeg, cocoa powder, chocolate, and espresso...
Taste strongly complemented the aroma, bursting with roasted malts, semi-sweet, dark chocolate, rich latte, espresso, and mocha...
Overall, an excellent depiction of the style and a top-notch, American Oatmeal Stout, worthy of recognition and praise with a deep, creamy, rich, thick, milkshake-like flavor...
Creamy, redolent mouthfeel with a super-easy level of drinkability due to the modest ABV and non-cloying flavors and aroma...
Definitely recommended...

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2008 01:12:45 | More by dsa7783
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3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this on Tap at Bukowski's on Dalton St. last night.

Came with a single finger thick head that was tan in color and rather substantial. Good retention and only spotty lacing with this brew. The beer was extremely dark and almost black. It was pretty dark in Bukowki's so I'm not sure I could describe the color in any more detail. Certainly looked like a classic stout.

Aroma was mostly of chocolate and of roasted goodness. A slight burnt aroma to it. Nice.

The taste began sweet and creamy, then finished almost dry. Lots of chocolate notes and deep roasted flavors. The taste was pretty good and right on for the style.

This was a fairly thick stout and of course had a big mouth feel.

Drinkability was nice and I was happy to have chosen it to close out the evening.

A good effort.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2008 14:59:26 | More by Reagan1984
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4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I sample this brew at room temp in a snifter. The beer pours pitch black with a nice tan head foaming up. Great latticework on this one. Aroma is rich and hearty, oats like a bowl of cheerios, some chocolate hints as well. First sip reveals huge creamy body and very fine spacious carbonation.
Flavor is nice, oats and chocolate sweetness up front, a nice coating of the tongue as I swallow, then it finishes very coffee and roasted malt flavor. This transisition is actually a few seconds after swallowing and not immediate. What a nice ride of flavors in my mouth. A well crafted brew that I will purchase again!

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2004 14:06:56 | More by sulldaddy
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North Carolina

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

Paired at Flying Saucer with their Mud Island dessert. Served a dark not-quite opaque black with a thin diminishing head. Aroma is slight roasted malts and burnt caramel. The taste is abundant roasted malts, cocoa, and caramel. The beer is light bodied with decent carbonation. While this is an. enjoyable beer, I just don't see myself seeking it out again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2008 23:34:47 | More by atsprings
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3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2004 21:36:39 | More by bditty187
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4.95/5  rDev +24.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2005 15:58:36 | More by RBorsato
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3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Deep, dark brown that displays a wee bit of light when held up to light. A burly clay colored head doesn't live up to it's pomp and circumstance as it leaves no lace and vanishes completely before sessions end. Boo.

The label boasts coffee, roast malt, and chocolate and delivers on all promises. Good stuff. Taste reiterates the coffee and roast malt sentiment. Woefully watery.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2010 01:47:10 | More by donkeyrunner
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3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep brown with a tan foamy head -- not much retention.

Terrific coffee and cocoa aromas, some smokiness you actually catch from across the room. Some sweetness as well, like a milk stout.

Well, a bit of letdown. Good coffee and bitter chocolate edges, with decent dark roasted malt. Some leafy hops. But there is a sourness in there as well, like milk on a clearing palate. It gets in the way and I don't like it. Decent balance, no harsh elements.

A bit too carbonated and not quite enough body, but still ok.

Overall, a decent and drinkable brew, but not quite up there where the air is rare. Some misfires, but still likable. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 00:05:56 | More by OtherShoe2
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4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Onyx black with red highlights if held to the light. Tan head and a full three fingers thick head that fades to a clingy cap. Laces very well. Yummy aromas of coffee, chocolate and malt. Good flavors of mocha, straight coffee, and generally quite drinkable. Medium to heavy body but could be heavier for what it is. Smooth despite the medium carbonation. It's a good stout and a great example of the style but slightly lacking in gumption.

Serving type: growler

08-20-2008 15:14:49 | More by thekevlarkid
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North Carolina

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

Deep, dark brown hue - nearly black under a slender, creamy tan head. Aromas of mild coffee and cream, semi-sweet chocolate, light smoky roast. Dark, bittersweet, roasted chocolate malty flavor. Subtle dark fruit and nutty oats. Best around cellar temperature. Medium bodied, a bit oily, and smooth. It's been too long since I've had one of these. An excellent choice for a sessionable stout.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 02:45:39 | More by wedge
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3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a quite dark stout with a smallish off-white head. The aroma presents notes of lightly roasted coffee. Nice malty flavor, a blend of very lightly roast and smooth milk chocolate (but not too chocolaty). The body is a little watery, but silky smooth.

A nicely designed oatmeal stout, which is style few brewers seem attracted to these days.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2009 02:55:15 | More by allengarvin
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4.45/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2008 14:09:13 | More by DIM
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3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 12/7
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a rich, dark, chocolate brown almost black with a 1/2 inch of light mocha head. Head recedes quickly leaving wisps of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is oatmeal, chocolate, and some toasted notes.

T: Taste starts with a nice chocolate and toffee presence before an oat, and roast flavoring comes in. Finish has a nicely balanced coffee flavoring that isn't overly dominating but compliments the rest of the beer nicely.

M: Lighterside of medium body, medium carbonation, slightly thin for a stout.

O: Goes down easy, tasty, not filling, mild kick, decent representation of style. This is certainly one I'd have again.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 17:46:01 | More by Jayli
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North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Dark brown pour, not real opaque. Pleasant roast malt aroma, some chocolates. Body is fuller than the appearance would lend one to believe. Solid medium body, with the creamy oatmeal or rye like body. Body reminds me a bit of the Left Hand Terra-Ryzed. Taste is nicely balanced malt, coffee and chocolate. 5.9% abv?, would not assume it is even that high. Pleasant drinker. Definetely one of the best organic stouts and brews period I've had.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 03:35:50 | More by Bung
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received a bottle of this from my friend Mr. Doyle's beer of the month shipment.
This poured a dissapointing head. It is dark brown in color and somewhat opaque. Smell is primarily coffee grounds. Now the tasting...now we are getting somewhere. The taste is of coffee and chocolate. Nice hop finish to cap a great taste. Mouthfeel is blissfully creamy and smooth. Has a somewhat high ABV for the style but it is not too much which makes this beer an extremely drinkable one. Unfortunately I do not have any more. Guess I'll have to find Otter Creek when Da Boss and I are in Vermont in October!

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2005 23:40:58 | More by arizcards
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New York

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

A:Black with some brown in there. Slightly mocha colored head with no lacing.

S: Coffee. caramel, roasted malt, bitterness.

T: Really sweet. The malt really dominates this beer. Everything else is drowned out.

M: A little on the thin side for my tastes. Carbonation is well done.

D: Nice normal stout. Fairly easy drinking. Nothing remarkable just a decent stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2008 02:05:49 | More by aerozeppl
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4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz screw-cap bottle thanks to Sulldaddy. Poured a finger-and-a-half light-brown or tan head over a pitch black liquid. Smelled of freshly roasted coffee beans with a noticalbe backdrop of chocolate. Like the chocolate covered coffee beans my mother sometimes buys. Very rich roasted coffee beans. Tasted Chocolate to start with some sweet. Then a rich sweet rolling in with a coffee and a silky smooth body. Oh boy, this is enjoyable. The end is a bit roasty dry with a *very* faint floral hop rising up. Can't put my finger on the particular hop, perhaps Fuggles. I wish there were more to this beer other than chocolate and coffee, but that's about all I get (mostly coffee). True, there of several different kinds of coffee that roll around, but no other flavors arise to take me on interesting rides. Very enjoyable and very rich and potent in flavor. Md-thick body with mild carbonation. Fantastic lacing on the inside of my glass with a film of head still hanging over the top of the liquid. Has a very nice lactose sweetness throughout that likely comes from the silky smooth oatmeal used to make this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2005 09:31:12 | More by mentor
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