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

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Wolaver's Oatmeal StoutWolaver's Oatmeal Stout

Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Vermont, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 11-12-2003

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Reviews: 399 | Ratings: 1,006
Photo of q33jeff
2.86/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

AROMA: Oats, Beer.
LOOK: Dark black Color, little head.
TASTE: Initial Sour taste, softened through the glass (poured from a bottle). Late coffee and oatmeal flavor.Light carbonation.
FEEL: Thinnish for a stout.Took a while to get into this, but I liked it in the end.
Was initially thinking this beer would score under a 2.0, but it rallied to be about average.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown with a foamy tan head and a creamy tan lace that retains well. A good looking brew.
Moderate aromas of coffee, milk chocolate, and oats.
Smooth on the tongue. Milky sweet and coffee bitterness create a good balance. Some burnt roasted malts and some bitterness in the finish. Overall I like it, my only complaint being that the body is a bit thin and the carbonation a touch flat.

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Photo of AngryDutchman
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle from Kif poured into 6oz sampler glasses.

Medium-dark brown with ruby highlights. Minimal head so can't comment on the color though it appears a bit tan. No lacing to speak of.

Smells somewhat sweet although nothing predominates to my sense. No hop to speak of.

Delicious coffee/toffee/crystal blend, smooth and easy tasting. Sweet aftertaste lingers on the tongue. Very pleasant.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin for an oatmeal stout, but it certainly activates the right taste buds.

A solid session stout. Would like to try this on draught. Nitro would probably jazz up the aroma and mouthfeel but for a bottled beer this is very tasty all things considered.

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Photo of jclrxman
4.44/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had as a draft, poured very dark , Also black , strong coffee smell 1 in head. The most creamy Stout ever had. The taste was great , I highly recommend

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Photo of dar482
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a deep brown color.

The aroma hits of roasted malts, chocolate, a touch of sweetness, licorice, coffee.

The flavor follows with that subtle milk chocolate, a hint of sweetness in the middle, coffee bitterness, and a soft finish of some residual sweetness and bittering hops. Mouthfeel is medium minus with the smoothness of the "oatmeal" part of the stout not very obvious.

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Photo of smakawhat
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 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 BEERMILER12
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a near pitch black color with a fingers worth of head that quickly fades down to pretty much nothing

S: Roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, and anise come out the most. Some dark fruits in the back

T: Follows the nose. Roast, anise, coffee, and dark chocolate all come out nicely. Roast and coffee mitigate any chocolate sweetness. Dark fruits way in the back come out mostly with the anise, which is decently strong. Finishes with very light sweetness and more roast

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Decently smooth from the oats

O: A nice oatmeal stout with some good depth of flavors. Definitely has quite a bit of anise going on, so if you're not a fan of licorice this one might not work for you. Very nice otherwise

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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 BeerMagistrate
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Good beer, but not my liking either.
I was hoping for something creamier and heavier, more body. And there was no head on the pour. After taste was a little unappealing.

I appreciate a Guinness or the Left Hand Milk Stout a lot more.

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Photo of John_Squires
2.99/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black and slick looking, feignt roasty smell. Decent beer but can't get over the bitter aftertaste. May need to give this another try from another batch.

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Photo of MCImes
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is a great, smooth, roasty stout. everything one should be. mine were not bitter at all like some have commented. only thing I might like is a tad more body, but it has enough as is. I just like to chew my stouts and this one is rather drinkable. very good none the less. Will definitely be buying this again. I don't always agree with 'the bros' rating, but fully agree with their 96 this time.

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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 SomethingClever
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft poured into shaker pint

A: the head looks creamy no light is getting through this sucker 

S: very light smell smells a little metallic smells a little like charred roast

T: its sweet but the flavors seem muted probably shouldn't have drank this after an RIS . I get a little roast taste seems a little burnt 

M: great thick mouthfeel for a low ABV stout. A little creamy quite nice

O: it's an ok beer the tastes are very muted I wouldn't go out of my way to find this and I'd only pull one on tap if there are no other stouts 

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.64/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color. The head is a finger high, and lighter tan in shade. Texture-wise, it's a little foamier than I truly like, and its retention isn't amazing, either. Having said that, the collar that stays behind looks good, though there isn't much lacing left behind. (4)

Smell: Very grainy - oats play a big role in the aroma of this brew. The chocolate and roasted notes I like in the style are still prevalent, but secondary to the oat character. Pleasant touches of umami also appear. I'm digging this beer's aroma nicely. (3.75)

Taste: This is far more roasted than I anticipated. Oats appear initially, before being subsumed by a massive wave of charred roast. Smoky notes are slightly prevalent, too. It's not quite complex, but it's a damn nice roast bomb. (3.5)

Mouthfeel: Rather tingly and even biting on occasion - that's how dry this one is. And yet, a touch of lingering sweetness remains on the palate. If I had to complain (and dagnabbit, you know I do), the mouthfeel pre-swallow isn't quite creamy enough to compensate for the post-swallow stodginess. Still, it goes down easily, thanks to decent carbonation. (3.5)

Overall: This is a really nice oatmeal stout, mainly because of how roasty it is. I'll be sure to look for this one in the future. (3.75)

3.63/5: Ever been dropkicked by roasted malts before?

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Photo of hophugger
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Dark, Dark !. Poured nicely with a slightly off white head which left slowly. Molasses and malt are predominate with a touch of bitterness (hops?). Overall, a good balanced beer and done well. One of the better oatmeal stouts.........

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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

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Photo of EvoRich
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: As dark as anything I've had before. Like used motor oil. About 1 finger of head poured into a snifter, which dissipates into a ring around the glass rather quickly.

Smell: Oats and chocolate. Very roasty.

Taste: The taste matches the smell. No hops present. A nice hint of sweetness and coffee.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Overall: Love Wolaver's Coffee Porter. I've only had a sip of their oatmeal stout until now. This may now become on of my go-to choices. Very good brew.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jet black beer with a creamy collar about 3/4" high. Retains well. Looks great.

Smells roasty sweet with an abundance of char, espresso malts, light lactose cream, old leather, and unlit cigar. Hinting at herbal hops, at times.

Roasty bitter with raw hop, burnt coffee, faint smoke, leather, tobacco herbal notes, and some trailing cocoa nib. Solid. Maltt as hell with a great burly intensity.

Almost creamy. Coats the mouth with a great gulp. Smooth with finishing peppery carbonation. Yields a good hearty burp.

Awesome oatmeal stout. Simple, but great.

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Photo of fscottkey
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: minimal head covering a black brew.

s: Soft chocalately aroma, caramel and maybe toasted marshmallows.

t: toasty flavors with smoke late.

m: smooth with a little tanginess on the tongue - with a slight dry feeling on the finish.

o: This used to be a favorite - but now that I sit and try to rate it critically I am not sure why. It is a good brew - but it is not outstanding. I certainly won't turn one down - but I am going in search of a replacement in this category.

Edit : I had this again tonight and man is it awesome. I may have had a bad bottle when I did my previous review. I am amending the taste description and score.

t: nice malted taste with bitter coffee throughout. This is a great stout taste even cold (the flavors are present without warming up). The coffee flavor is very nice and goes down easily.
Old taste score = 3.75
new taste score = 4.25

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Photo of wiscokid920
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours pitch black with a two finger, thick, khaki colored head. Excellent retention and sticky lacy holding true to the style.

S- Big dark roast coffee notes. Nice molasses, roasted malt, and maltose like sweetness lingers in. Subtle hoppy spice.

T- Outstanding complexity. Great dark coffee flavors with molasses, dark chocolate, and malt sweetness. Excellent roasted malt qualities. Nice hop background which adds greater complexity further enhancing the roasted characters of the beer. Subtle citric bitter combined with a nice herbal spiciness.

M- True to the style. Smooth full-bodied. Creamy near the middle and finishes dry.

O- A solid Oatmeal Stout. A fantastic, complex yet well-balance brew. All the taste profiles help highlight the style. First time having a Wolaver brew, and look to enjoy some more of their offerings.

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Photo of Mini4x
3.18/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure how they rate this a 96, don't get me wrong it's a good beer, but not really above average for an oatmeal stout. Nice flavor, very drinkable, nothing super interesting though. I got a Wolavers Mix box for Xmas and everything in it was good, but just good. I've been to their brewery several time and they always have something better on tap there than you can find in a bottle.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased and drank at Starry Night Cafe in Rochester, NY.

Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a 2 inch head, and some little splotches of lacing down the glass.

Smells include dark roasted malt, chocolate, and espresso beans.

Fairly bitter, but still smooth- the roasted malt is a huge component here, when mixed with the coffee- makes for a nicely, bitter dry stout. The oats smooth this beer out, and the chocolate flavors keep it a little bit sweet.

Smooth, silky mouthfeel due to the oats. Medium to light bodied- could be thicker, I suppose.

A great oatmeal stout. Very well balanced, and packs quite a nice dry bitter punch.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle in a pint glass.

A- Solid black cherry color. The modest tan head settles to a heavy film. A wall of lacing clings to the glass.

S- Popping off the bottle cap unleashed sweet roasted aromas. Those aromas: lots of malts, coffee, molasses, and extra dark chocolate, improve in the glass. Some alcohol as it warms.

T- Dry roasted malt flavor, strong coffee, some sweet molasses, and bitter dark chocolate.
Dark fruit on the back end.

M-The oats should be building some body here, but they fail. It does have some alcohol and hop bite, not harsh. There's also a long flavorful finish.

O The abv is right and drinkable, but it could be more 'stout-like'.

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Photo of hmich176
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle
Date: August 7, 2013

I didn't pour aggressively, so there wasn't much head. What was was brown in appearance. The beer is very dark with a hue of a ruby red color. I didn't pick up too much on the smell beyond what you'd normally expect of a stout. I thought it had a nice, creamy flavor.

Overall, I enjoyed this brew and I would get it again.

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