Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout | Otter Creek Brewing

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Wolaver's Oatmeal StoutWolaver's Oatmeal Stout
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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

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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: 401
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3/5  rDev -24.6%

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3/5  rDev -24.6%

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3/5  rDev -24.6%

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3/5  rDev -24.6%

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3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of joshsbeerblog
3.05/5  rDev -23.4%
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 -23.1%
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 -22.4%
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 -22.1%
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 -21.6%
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 -21.4%
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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3.15/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Good beer but not entirely my liking.

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Photo of Mini4x
3.18/5  rDev -20.1%
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 -20.1%
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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3.18/5  rDev -20.1%
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 -20.1%
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 -19.1%
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 -18.6%
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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3.24/5  rDev -18.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout from Otter Creek Brewing
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 1,006 ratings
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