Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout | Otter Creek Brewing

very good
400 Reviews
Wolaver's Oatmeal StoutWolaver's Oatmeal Stout

Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 11-12-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 400 | Ratings: 1,007
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.

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Photo of fascistfaction
5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my new king of Stouts. It is a very good beer and it is organic which makes no difference to me, but does not hurt the taste. It is a bit better on than in a bottle, but both are worth trying. I had it at a bar in Disney's Contempary Hotel (where the old gameroom used to be) and it was on tap with their pale ale. This is my new favorite next to Edmund Fitzgerald by Great Lakes Brewery,

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Photo of RBorsato
4.94/5  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

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Photo of vtbeerman
4.85/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smooth and creamy. Perfect coffee, chocolate richness. Carbonation was perfect for style giving it a rich feel. Very dark, almost black, with reddish hues. Very subtle hop aroma and flavor. A perfect example of an Oatmeal Stout.

The perfect winter beer. I can drink these all night long. Fantastic in a growler from the brewery in Middlebury, VT.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
4.85/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is by far the best beer I have ever had in my entire life. I for sure haven't had every beer in the world, but so far this is the winner. Color is a black as could be. Smell is amazing, smells malty and smooth just like a stout should smell. Taste is out of the world, so smooth, so creamy, so malty, so GOOD! And of course it's drinkable, how couldn't it be with it tasting that good? I don't know what else to say 10/10!

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Photo of Brad007
4.85/5  rDev +22.5%
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.

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Photo of iceball585
4.72/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Very dark brown/black color, non-transparent, one finger thick tan color head that faded slowly

S- Expresso, molasses, oatmeal, milk chocolate, hint of hops

T- Oats, dark chocolate, roasted grains, coffee beans, dark malts, smokey

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, crisp, dry roasted feel

D- Would recommend to any stout lover

I could drink this anytime anywhere. Just as good in bottle as it is on tap (but I would always prefer on tap).

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Photo of Jim_Gillespie
4.68/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Quintessential oatmeal stout by my standards. It is soft on the mouth and the flavour is noticeable and, to a degree, peaceful. The brown colour is nice and the smell compliments the flavour very nicely. I highly suggest it.

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Photo of beerluvr
4.67/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light brown head over ultra deep dark ruby-brown liquid. Rich coffee like nose with hints of chocolate, very nice. Velvety mouthfeel has flavors of bitter chocolate, roasty maltiness, more coffee and a lingering hop bitterness. Finishes hoppy and bittersweet, a superb oatmeal stout...among the best out there!

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Photo of wcudwight
4.66/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black. No brown hues, no light, nothing. Just a pitch dark black. Thin head. Aroma of sweet, rich, dark, strong, coffee and brown sugar. Taste is exceptional. Sweet raosted malts. Strong coffee taste. Balanced by some hop character and spices. It has a nice velvety mouthfeel. Feels viscous and thick in the mouth. I wouldn't consider this a session brew because it is very filling. That aside it is very drinkable because it's so damn tasty. If this is Wolaver's first dark beer, I request many, many more.

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Photo of BlueHammer
4.65/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This being one of my favorite beer styles, I find Wolaver's to be one of the best among them - it's a perfect winter brew.

The beer pours a deep opaque brown. It leaves a small tan head that dissipates fairly quickly. It has a strong smell of oats and chocolate and coffee. The first sip is slightly bitter, like black coffee but the finish is sweet and malty. The beer has a certain "bite" on your tongue as you swallow that lingers till you take the next sip.

Like many oatmeal stouts, it should be kept cold but often tastes better when allowed to sit at room temperature before drinking it. If you can't wait (as I often can't) it's best to slip it slowly to experience the beer at different temperatures. This isn't difficult to do since as an outmeal stout, it's somewhat heavy and fairly filling.

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Photo of mshallah
4.64/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A two month old sample. Not as dark as expected. More of a dark brown. A few big bubbles mixed in with many tiny fine bubbles. Smells like a sweet mocha iced coffee with floral hop edges. Subtle mellow aroma. Mellow roast flavor with hints of dark chocolate cocoa and lesser hints of dark fruit. Dried plums, figs and raisins. Bittering hops give a quick finish. The roast flavor comes back with the next sip. Velvety, luscious mouthfeel leaving a very slight powdery feel on the tongue. High drinkability. Many organic brews are a gimmick. Wolaver's is the real deal. A must try.

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Photo of lehows
4.62/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had Wolaver's Brown Ale and wasn't that impressed but I thought I'd give the oatmeal stout a chance. Poured a thick opaque black color with a dense and coarse tan head that rose quickly after the pour. Head dissipated but left an attractive tan ribbon. Good lacing too. Great aromas of dark chocolate, lots of roasted coffee beans and some noticeable hops. Awesome flavors of coffee, chocolate, coffee, a touch of hops, and roasted barley. Coffee is the dominant flavor here and it's done very well. A great offering from Wolaver's.

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Photo of cottonkoozie
4.62/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours an oily almost black color. Almost pitch black in the glass, only some slight browns around the edges. Brown head and nice lacing.

S - Wow, amazing. Smoky malts, Chocolates, Coffee, a creamy milk stout smell, and a good base of floral hops underneath. I want to smell like this beer.

T - A smoky earthy taste hit me up front, followed by pretty much everything I smelled. A slightly metallic aftertaste is the only thing keeping this from a 5.

M - Very nice, full, has the carbonation that some stouts lack, but is not overly carbonated.

D - Great session beer, keep them coming.

Wasn't sure about this one when I picked it up, when it comes to stouts I either love them or hate them, this one though is definitely a love. Great beer and has some elements to it that all stouts should strive for. Would love to see an aged version of this. I will be picking this one up again.

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Photo of washburnkid
4.62/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Firm, one finger of light tan head over a beer that is black-bodied but brown enough around the edges that is more reminiscent of a porter than a stout.
S: Sweet roasted coffee malts, sweet vanilla and maple syrup.
T: Balance of roasted coffee as promised by the aroma; flavorful maple/oat combo, rounded out by slight hoppiness.
M: Mouthfeel is more like a stout than the appearance; heavy body with light but appropriate carbonation; smooth riding down the throat and just the slightest sweet residue coating the mouth.
D: I'd have another, and maybe another. Very similar to a number of porters I've tried. This would make a great breakfast beer--maple-flavored oatmeal and a cup of coffee all in one bottle! I recommend this as one of the most flavorful organic brews I've had.

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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.

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

The beer pours a very dark brown, pretty much black. Nearly opaque, although it appears to be filtered. A thick froth of beige head tops the liquid, dissipating somewhat, but maintaining about 1/8" until about halfway, where it drops to a thick film. Impressive! Lots of sticky belgian lace.
The aroma is surprisingly powerful. Loads of burnt roasted malt are softened somewhat with a slightly lactic oatmeal presence. A touch grainy, adding a welcome coarseness to the overall effect, with a distinct black patent malt aroma. Coffee-like, with a touch of chocolate and prune. Some vague herbal hopping carries through, although mostly buried under the bittersweet malt.
The flavor starts with a surprisingly assertive grainy malt. Coarse blackened malt, with a rather intense bittersweet coffee flavor. Some oats soften it up, not quite as present as most other oatmeal stouts, with a touch of smooth lactic sweetness. Chocolate and a touch of treacle, with just a hint of dried dark fruit, like raisin or prune in the middle. The bittersweetness gains some intensity in the finish, coupling with an earthen herbal hopping. A coffee maltiness lingers in the finish with some oatmeal. Medium to full bodied, with moderate carbonation, and a rugged, unshaven overall feel.
Despite the oatmeal, the beer retains a coarse, backwoods feeling. The overall impression somehow conjures up an image of some grizzled old woodsman decked out in a coonskin hat and furs. He's from back in 1700's ye olde new englande. The fire is a-burnin' and a couple conies are stewing in a black iron pot suspended over the open flame in the fire-pit. The guy has a thick bushy beard with a long scar running over one cheek, from a bear attack he survived back in "ought-six", when the injuns taught him their ways and sent him out into the woods with a bow and a loincloth to test his manhood. Anyways, this is the only beer suitable for ye olde huntsman, and he drinks it out of a wooden flagon. Robust and impressive.

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Photo of claytri
4.57/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a dark brown and drew to a tan head. The aroma was of toasted malt and swee coffee. The taste was a wonderful mix of malt and coffee with a nice alcohol burn on top. The feel was heavy and dry. I walked into the bar at the Borgata one afternoon and was happy to just find a good macro. This went well beyond my expectations. The beer was in great shape and had that wonderful sweet and bitter taste that only a fine stout has. I was particularly impressed with the rich and complex aromas. Definately a beer I will have to find again.

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Photo of TileNBeer
4.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice deep chocolate tones, good lacing but the head could be more robust.

S - Dark chocolate and fresh brewed coffee.

T - Really nicely balanced, the roasted coffee is there but it is very smooth without getting too bitter.

M - Slight carbonation but very smooth

O - Pulled this one randomly off the shelf because my son like the farmer on the label. What a great pull! This will be a stout I come back to time and time again, reasonably priced, nice ABV, a great drinking beer!

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Photo of soulfly967
4.54/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep dark brown with hints of red around the edges and a slight tan head that quickly fell. Fresh gound coffee, toasted malts and dark chocolate to the nose. The taste was of coffee, excellent toasted malt flavors, bittersweet chocolate and a slight hoppy bitterness at the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth, creamy, and not too thick. Very drinkable brew, if I do say so myself. This one is a definite winner.

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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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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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