Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout | Otter Creek Brewing

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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 aaronh
2.34/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours rather thin a light colored for an oatmeal stout. Really thin head as well that quickly dissipates. Aroma of carmelized sugar and fresh biscuits. Flavor is strongly of charred marshmallows and pithy grapefruit rinds. A hint of sweetness dances in and out occasionally. Mouthfeel a bit thin and lacks the oily feel of many oatmeal stouts. Drinkability is ok, but the qualities it lacks keeps me from wanting another.

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Photo of Pleepleus
2.58/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Let me start by saying I am not a coffee drinker. That said, I am sure that if I was I would have graded this beer much higher.
Poured from bottle to pint glass balck with some reddish hues and a minimal cream head. Smells like coffee and roasted malts. Tastes bitter like carbonated coffee. Did I mention I don't like coffee? I got this in a trade and I would never buy. I love a good stout but not one that is has such a dominant coffee taste.

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
2.69/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

i've been excited to try this beer since portia99 sent it. an organic oatmeal stout, that sounds amazing. alas, i was to be disappointed. perhaps this was an infected bottle. perhaps there is a percentage sour mash. either way, it does not work. it offends with its glowing amber highlights. an oatmeal stout i expect some nice body not a beer that seems to be worried about its weight. its an oatmeal stout on a diet with a little sour funk. i hope the funk is purposeful, regardless, i am not a fan. perhaps i will try this again. perhaps i will be saddened again.

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Photo of samie85
2.73/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes. Originally consumed 12/24.

A-Pours oil slick black with a white, two finger head.

S-Roasted and chocolate malt with a nice earthiness.

T-The roasted aspect is overwhelming with just a hint of a bittersweet chocolate finish.

M-Thin bodied with medium carbonation.

D-The roasted quality is just too much for me in this one. I tried this about 4 months ago and I figured a little age would mellow the coffee/roastiness. It didn't at all. I'd be hard pressed to try this again.

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Photo of sullysbeer
2.75/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Huge Chocolate and Roasted notes. Rolled oats and sweet. No hop nose detected.

Appearance: Opaque with Deep Ruby highlights when put up to the light. Almost no head retention.

Flavor: Burnt roasted malt sweetness. Coffee. Missing some flavor in between then a piney bitterness creeps up. Sweet up front then dries out, it seems like. Sherry like character.

Mouthfeel: Medium, Medium - Light bodied. A little light on the carbonation which makes the mouthfeel seem lighter. Silky or velvety on the tongue

Overall Impression: Very nicely brewed. The oats give a slick mouthfeel. Believe it or not this beer was bottled on 10/13/05 and has no preservatives and not pasteurized and still was flawless!

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Photo of HBresler
2.86/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Good recipe, flawed execution.
A-black, clear, light tan head dissipated quickly
S-coffee and dark malt, but diacetyl and phenols detract (not good phenols like cloves, but band-aids and plastic)
T-dark malt and hops in balance, good dark malt flavors, but again, flaws apparent in the nose are evident here
M-light to medium, ok but low for an oatmeal stout
O-not awful but I won't order another one on tap. These flaws are preventable and are mostly from brewing technique. This could be a very good beer, and maybe is in the bottle, as other reviews here indicate.

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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 BARFLYB
2.95/5  rDev -25.5%
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.

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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 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.

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Photo of Lordquackingstic
3.06/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

A: One shade lighter than pitch black. Three fingers of off-white head. Nice lacing. Very delicious looking stout!

S: Lots of chocolate malts fill the nose. Bitter coffee.

T: Chocolate milkshake, black coffee, sweet breads, very creamy. Nice, but nothing that blows me off my seat.

M: Dry and just the right amount of carbonation.

O: For $8.99, this is a pretty decent stout. Would have liked a little bit more oatmeal flavors, but still nice nonetheless. Nothing amazing, but worthy of a try.

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Photo of Avryle
3.09/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep, dark brown-black. Some light coming through. Minimal head on the pour. What's there leaves intricate lacing

S- Roasty chocolate notes & burnt twigs??? Not an overly pleasant nose

T- This is a case of tastes better than it smells. Burnt coffee, bitter chocolate, oat & wood. A little boozy on the finish

M- Medium bodied. A bit too highly carbonated.

D- Blah. Its okay, but probably won't pick up another by choice

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Photo of Onenote81
3.1/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a jet black with a big frothy tan head on top. Decent retention leaves some lacing, not much though. Smells like grains, chocolate, booze, and minerals.

The mouth is a tad thin; I prefer a little more depth in my stouts. Creamy, as an oatmeal stout should be. The flavor on this one is a bit off. It's got some roasty chocolate flavors present, but it finishes tart and sour. Slightly bready, but there's a weird metallic twang in there that I am not digging. I had higher hopes for this beer, as this is one of my favorite styles, but this fell short.

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Photo of KajII
3.12/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Suggested Glassware: Nonic pint]

The pour was a murky dark brown with some ruby highlights and an average (1-2 finger) beige creamy head that diminished almost completely, down to a light wispy film and small collar with poor spotty lacing.

The aroma was of a roasted cereal malt and a light leathery yeast with notes of milk chocolate, coffee, lactose sugar and a mild smoky nuttiness.

The taste was mildly malty sweet with a hint of chocolate and a light milky lactose feel in the beginning, and then became rather roasty with a decent coffee presence and a smoky oat finish. The flavor lasted only a short while proceeding the swallow, with a light smoky roastiness fading quickly off the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was a step below medium in body with a thin watery texture and a nice soft carbonation.

Overall this was a brew that was very light tasting for a Stout both in body and flavor. That being said it I still found it to be rather tasty and quite easy to drink...


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Photo of dbalsock
3.13/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

App: Pours a dark brown with an off white head of about 1 finger. The head definitely sticks around for awhile and provides a little bit of lacing as it leaves.

Smell: Strong roasted coffee scents comes from this beer along with a nose of burnt chocolate. The coffee is quite appealing, the chocolate... not so much.

Taste: Roasted coffee again, but a little more intense than the smell. A little bit of caramel joins the nose for the tastealong with some light fruity hoppage.

Mouthfeel: The malt creates a biterness that is a little to extreme and interupts the smoothness of the oatmeal. It's also too thin bodied for my tastes and feels somewhat watered down.

Drinkability: Aside from the mouthfeel it's a pretty normal oatmeal stout. It's not one I'd pick up everytime, but when I'm in the mood to support Vermont breweries I'll consider this one.

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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 botham
3.18/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a deep chalice. pours a very deep chocolate brown with very dark amber highlights and two fingers of tan head that has good retention and leaves moderate lacings.

aroma is mainly of roasted malts, with a smooth base of chocolate, and ancillary notes of coffee, a touch of vanilla, and a light hint of oak. nicely proportioned in the nose.

taste is quite roasted up front, with the same smooth base of chocolate, and a much less pronounced note of coffee, though the finish does bring out the coffee into the aftertaste. a mildly bitter finish imparts a hop quality to the brew, producing a nice balance, along with a solid malt profile. overall the brew lacks a light sweetness that would compliment the malt, and comes off as a bit bitter for the flavors present.

mouthfeel is full bodied with a semi dry mouthfeel and a bitter finish. the aftertaste is of mildly roasted malt.

drinkability is lacking a bit. the bitterness and dry finish take away from the malt complexity and disconnects the finish from the initial impression of the profile. what is left is a semi-flabby attempt at a stout that falls short of a complete brew.

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

Pours out a deep brown and settles nearly black with some nice red-orange showing through the sides. A nice big tan head sits atop with some decent lacings.

Smells strongly of roasted grains and chocolate malts with some good hop presence. Traces of coffee and some nutty aromas also float around. Tastes like heavily roasted grains with lots of coffee blended in. Slight chocolaty sweetness and bitter nearly all the way through. A metallic warmth stays with the sides of your tongue pretty much all the way as well, not too pleasant. Seems to be a bit watered down in flavor, but still maintains a nice medium body with great carbonation that doesn't interfere.

Easy to drink, but lacks the variety of aromas and flavors that I so sorely desire. The watered down feeling this has doesn't help it out either. An okay stout, but nothing great. Reminds me of Goose Island Oatmeal Stout actually...but a bit better.

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Photo of MrNuggets
3.18/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark, but when i hold it to the light i notice a tinge of red.
Not much aroma, little coffee but i don't detect much else.
Off white head that stayed around for half the glass. No lace to speak of. Its not until the beer has left my mouth and started its way down my throught that notice the flavor. coffee with a hint of carmel. There might just be some hops in there too. Feels kind of awkward in the mouth. I've come to expect alot more from an oatmeal stout.

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Photo of FirstMan
3.22/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured this into a regular pint glass and my first impression is that it looks lighter than the usual stout. A dark amber color generally, but it allows more light through it than many stouts I've had. The head is light brown with nice cavities and settles into a thin, but complete layer atop the beer. Lacing on the sides of the glass.

Roasted caramel with hints of chocolate in the nose.

A tang of carbination gives way to a nice smooth and slippery mouthfeel. Robust enough to warrent the Stout name.

Nice roasted character with a malty, sweet start gives way to a hop bitterness that lingers almost too long, eventually followed by quick hint of alcohol and a warm full finish. My only complaint is a lingering bitterness that may just be a problem because of personal preference.

Not the best or most complex stout I've had, but certainly drinkable and worth a try.

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Photo of EPseja
3.24/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this in a four Oatmeal Stout taste-off between Samuel Smith's, Troeg's, Wolaver's, and Barney Flats.

Appearance: Almost headless. Slightly watery looking pour. Nothing special. Coca cola looking when held up to light.

Smell: Heavy duty smoked roasted coffee. Fireplace embers. Light dark chocolate sweetness.

Taste: Roasted coffee, dark bittersweet chocolate and chicory. Aftertaste turns to heavy, dark toast and warming smoke - tasty, but a bit uncharacteristic for the style. Roasted aftertaste becomes an overpowering burnt aftertaste after 1/2 a pint.

Mouthfeel: The taste makes it seem as if it should be chewy, but actually turns out to be a little thin.

Drinkability: Because it's not too heavy, it's drinkablility is very high for the style. However, it's overpowering aftertaste makes it hard to want a second pint.

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Photo of bruachan
3.28/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

i'm pro-organic and i thought i would finally give an organic brew a chance

it looks good enough. some head to start but it dwindled

roasty aroma. some coffee and chicory. a little

mouthfeel isn't quite what i would expect from oatmeal--not quite smooth enough. kinda thin, actually. significant hop flavor, though

meh. i will drink all 6, but it's got some work to do

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Photo of Moxley
3.32/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a nice dark brown, almost black opaque color with a thin tan head that settled very quickly. Minimal lacing.

Coffee, and a faint burnt caramel aroma with a lot of sweet malt.

Good for a stout, and organic to boot! Because it's organic, you just feel somewhat better about drinking it. If you're in to organically produced beers you might try Samuel Smith's Organically Produced Lager.

Lot's of burnt coffee flavors with a touch of caramelly sweetness.

Good beer, not a session beer though. Definitely best served not too cold.

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Photo of skivtjerry
3.33/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not as opaque as a stout should be - more of a deep garnet color. Heavy aroma and flavor of roasted barley, but not the body or smoothness to back it up. Quite malty, but it's in the background. Would be much better as a brown ale if most of the roast and black barley was removed.

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Photo of Douglas88
3.35/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle thanks to Mark. Pours a dark brown color with a medium light-brown head. The aroma is very nice; loads of coffee, rich burnt malts, and lots of nutty notes. The flavor was also very good; up front coffee and rich chocolates, some roasted malts and a dry sweet finish. The oats and roasted flavors, along with the nice ABV add a real heft to this beer. Very nice. The only critique I have is it is a bit too thin. But very nice overall.

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