Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout | Otter Creek Brewing

very good
1,006 Ratings
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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Ratings: 1,006 |  Reviews: 400
Photo of thegerm87
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of maxpower
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark and deep black color, I can't see through the glass when held up to a light, decent creamy light brown head that leaves good lacing in my glass, has a chocolate and coffee aroma. Dark roasted malty chocolate flavors, medium body that has a soft and creamy mouthfeel, nice bitter and sweet chocolate flavors in the finish, well done.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of imbibehour
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Deep classic and simple opaque brown walnut with some real nice red edges for the body color. Head makes about two fingers, fairly creamy looking with espresso to a slightly darker tan brown color. Settles to a nice controlled thin top, creamy collar and scooped bowl like edging.

Excellent aroma. Chewy grains and sweet tones all over. Milk chocolate, creamy milk and vanilla smelling, a real nice cake like quality, fluffy dough and chocolate cake flavors abound.

Palate comes out a little differently. Mild bitter sensing milk like chocoalte in the mid palate but finishes more dark and burnt and powdery for the aftertaste. Warm a big but also a twinge of acrid and sour grain as well. Milky and slightly wet but a decent enough body that handles some good cream like flavors as well. Mild berry twinges of raspberry and fruit like esters that compliment nicely with the chocolate qualities as well. The sourness does dissapate after the first sip at least, even giving into more roast and char complexity as well.

Not bad, just doesn't taste as good as it smells unfortunately.

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Photo of tlema1
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a really good oatmeal stout...Rich&creamy, full bodied, the only thing that ruins it is the bitter finish

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours dark black with touches of tan foam. Little lacing.

Oatmeal notes, some bitters. Rich full bodied taste, yet smooth. Light hop throughout. Finishes clean. Some roasted coffee taste, but relatively light.

Quite tasty, good solid Oatmeal stout.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Bjorn2bWild
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Another one from BEFF's in town. Poured dark brown, almost black in color with a creamy head.

Scent: very coffee-like, though I could discern both the hops and the malt as I sniffed deeply (gathering stares and comments from the folks at the bar). Decent balance, though the coffee dominated.

Taste: Espresso, coffee, roasted malts. Bitterness that seemed more like it came from roasted coffee beans than from beer hops. Malt added to the balance somewhat, but did I mention coffee?

Mouthfeel: surprisingly it seemed a bit light on the mouth, not at all like an Imperial Stout or even some other Oatmeal Stouts I've had, and given the overwhelming espresso flavor, I expected it to have more heft than it did.

Drinkability: I'm not a coffee connoiseur, so I didn't find this to be as drinkable as many other stouts. I didn't find the tastes to be disgusting or "off" however, it's just that I'm not big on coffee. And I do think the coffee taste predominates. If you like coffee you'll probably find this to be extremely drinkable. Though I certainly wouldn't consider this to be a session stout a la Guinness. . . .

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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.

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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.

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Photo of BAsbill
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Thanks, Sully for this nice brew!

Appearance: Dark black with a tan head. Seems to have larger bubbles. Head vanishes quickly, but leaves a small trace on top. Not much lacing left in the glass.

Smell: Oats, coffee, nuts, grains. Pretty much what I'd expect. A good combination of scents that makes me feel a tad hungry. The label says everything in this is organic...I don't smell anything at all different from regular ingredients.

Taste: Nutty, with a good bit of coffee hints. Oats lined throughout, but not overly so. Seems to a little more subtle on the oats. A slight sweetness on the end. No real alcohol taste.

Mouthfeel: Seems to be smooth, but a tad more liquidy than other oatmeal stouts. Similar to the Wild Goose Oatmeal in texture. Seems to have more of an Ale/Lager feel to it.

Drinkability: I'd say very drinkable. Does not have a huge alcohol tinge to it, so I could definitely down a few of these.

Overall: A fine brew overall. I reccommend it, but not in the face of the upper-echelon Oatmeal Stouts.

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Photo of Doomcifer
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown, with shades of burgandy when held up to the light. Small, light brown head that vaguely sticks around. Smells very roasty, lots of dark chocolate, coffee grains. Great aroma. Taste is good as well. Roastiness, some dark chocolate/cocoa, slight hop bitterness in finish. Slightly dry finish, the mouthfeel could stand to be a bit more heavy. A tad thin. Lots of carbonation. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

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Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout from Otter Creek Brewing
3.96 out of 5 based on 1,006 ratings.
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