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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 11-12-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.54/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received this in my final shipment of the Beer of the Month club. Stamped 1/5/05 and has been sitting at the shipment place for over two weeks, so at least they get their beer out quickly. no lacing, head, or real carbonation found in the poured pint glass. Very rich, overpowering smell of roasted oats, coffee, and chocolate. Too hoppy--roasted oats a bit much. As this warmed up, other scents and flavors more apparent (this raised my taste review.5 points). Have not been a fan yet of Wolaver's organic brews, but it is better than the Middleberry ale.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- motor oil black with minimal head and minimal head that is light tan.

S- coffee bean and light caramel malt

F- coffee and sweet caramel malt (Mild)

M- creamy but lacks the maltiness i prefer in a stout.

O- a good beer but not a favorite. easy to drink though

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Photo of Bartrob6
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass on tap at soul infusion in sylva, nc.

black beer. can't see through this thing. extremely tiny head. i have to try hard to see it.

aroma is of roasted malts and some coffee. but definitely not a strong aroma.

tastes good with a nice balance of roasted malts, and awesome creamy mouthfeel that compliments the taste.

very drinkable stout. the oatmeal is what makes this beer as nice as it is, in my opinion.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We pour a deep brown brew that exhibits maroon speckles when held to the light. It holds a quickly dissipating one finger head, tan in color. Carbonation is noted around the glass. The aroma is composed of tin, up front on the nose, strong roasted malts, dark chocolate, and some sweet cream. As we taste, the metallic sense from the scent comes through moderately on the front. This is overpowered by roasted malts and toasted oat, which dominate the middle. The end is silky smooth, with the flavor of light malts interspersed with flecks of bittersweet cocoa. The aftertaste is calm, with malty sweetness as its spokesperson. The body is light to medium, and there is light to medium carbonation noticeable. The feel is slick, somewhat creamy, and very smooth. The mouth is left on the dryer side, but is not unhappy. The abv is standard and the beer drinks with the ease of a lighter stout.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was how smooth the beer drank. As is afforded in the making of an oatmeal stout, the mouthfeel becomes delicate and soft, and helps the beer drink a bit better. While the beer had these characteristics, it also gave off an unpleasantly metallic aroma, and subsequent taste. This was backed by otherwise mildly strong components, which did little to fulfill the expectations of the drinker.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.57/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown to black with red highlights. There is a very small tan head. The aroma is chocolate and coffee. The flavor is coffee, chocolate and roasted malts. The aftertaste is coffee. The mouthfeel is a little bit on the thin side for the style and is not creamy as I expected. Low carbonation.

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Photo of BeefyMee
3.57/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Appearance: Looks black but is actually semi-transparent when held up to light. The head didn't quite shape up.

Smell: Roasty, vanilla, and even some alcohol, but there's something strange that I can't put my finger on.

Taste: This beer lives in its aftertaste. Luckily, the aftertaste is superb with a rich, espresso and vanilla flavor, but there should be more of an immediate taste. This just doesn't deliver anything upfront, and that's very odd.

Mouthfeel: Thin and somewhat abrasive. I expect a lot from oatmeal stouts in the mouthfeel department. This one has some explaining to do.

Drinkability: I think part of the poor mouthfeel lends itself to the beer having good drinkability. The only points off here came from the fact that I might not want to drink too many of these.

Beef Notes: This would be a great beer to have in small doses because all you really need to do is drink a little and you'll have the basic effect of the beer for an hour or two. I'm talking about the lingering coffee aftertaste, which I love. This also means that I like really like the beer but only when I'm not drinking it. Man, this beer confuses me. I'll have to try it again sometime just to make heads or tails of it.

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Photo of Sycodrummer
3.57/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the half-gallon black growler into a basic pint glass the beer was a near pitch black with a half finger of light brown head. An agressive pour from the growler will still only yeild a small head (but that's to be expected). No signs of carbonation, but some spotty lace down the sides of the glass throughout the sample.

Some strong roasted malt and grain in the nose. A slight hop presence complimented by chocolate, slight coffee, oatmeal, and cream.

The taste delivers an immediate roasted character of oatmeal, malt, and chocolate. This taste is quickly countered by an semi-pronounced hop profile that's more than what I would expect from the style. This throws the balance a little off for me. Still a smooth to the finish taste that finishes with a creamy consistancy.

Medium body lacking a sturdy stout consistancy: a little thin for my taste and the style. Very little carbonation.

This is not one of my favorite examples of the style but an okay stab nonetheless. I thought the body was a little thin and the hop/malt balance favored the hops a bit too much. Still enjoyable, just not one I'll long for.

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Photo of ngandhi
3.57/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

What this beer lacks in looks, it makes up for in personality. Sure, it could use some volumizing shampoo and maybe a little cream to smooth out the skin, but when you sit down with this beer, it tells you who it is.

Great roasted nose opens the curtain for powerful mocha flavor. Malted milk. Dominant roasted barley, like eating the raw kernels themselves.

Mixed bitterness from the malt and hops. Dry burnt malt acid.

Wolaver's never really develops into anything, getting quite boring after half a pint, but there's no denying it's a certified stout, excellent for homebrew competitions.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of silentjay
3.57/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a deep brown with a sizeable light khaki head that quickly settles to a tiny film, laces okay.

aroma is of burnt toast, cereal grains, cocoa, butterscotch, molasses and surprisingly with a bit of lactose in there.

starts kind of bland and watery like watered down day old coffee, but quickly perks up on the swallow with considerable roast and bittersweet chocolate and creamed, sweetened coffee flavors.

a bit thin, yet smooth with subtle carbonation and a skim-millk like finish... just a touch of a burnt aftertaste.

nice example of the style. maybe lacks a bit of body and flavor, but nothing out of character.

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Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of coffee, roasted malts. Taste is coffee up front, some oats are present, a touch of chocolate. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall this is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Jesstyr
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this at the Marsh Tavern in Manchester Village, Vermont - served in an oversized pilsner glass.

Pours a super dark brown with a subtle amber glow that grows from the bottom of the glass. Head is off white, and lingers with nice lacing. Nose is heavily roasted, with a significant bit of hops in there that I notice.

Very nutty flavor, but not without its share of hops, almost too much for this style to me. Malt is roasted, to give this beer a strong bite to it - almost coffee-like. Body is a full-medium, but not entirely smooth. Very good oatmeal stout, but not perfect - maybe just a little too much of the bitter hops.

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Photo of sacfly
3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 10/18/04, batch #1635

Pours black with hints of red around the edges. Little to no head. Smells strongly of roasted grain. Burnt toast, with a bit of coffee.

First taste is coffee. Roasted… no… BURNT grain. Medium to light body. Light for an oatmeal stout. Bitter, burnt flavor lingers long into the aftertaste and into the back of the mouth.

OK, but there are plenty of others in this category I prefer. Just being organic is not enough incentive for me to seek this out.

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Photo of BrewMan13
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was a little excited to get this as its ~4.0 rated beer here and very reasonable price-wise <$7/6pack. Anyway, it pours out slightly lighter then your typical stout...well, its mostly black with some high-lights on the edges. A fairly small head emerges when all is said and done. A burnt aroma is the only really noticeable smell.
My 1st impression with the taste is the burnt quality I noticed in the aroma. Reminds me a little of their Stovepipe-porter in that regard. Becomes less astringent at the end of the swallow. No hints of sweetness typical of oatmeal stouts. Mouthfeel is on the thin side as well for this type of stout. My personal favorites of the style are Anderson valley barney flats (due to its robustness) and Samuel Smith's (for its flavor). But this one falls flat compared to those. Still a fairly enjoyable beer, but nothing to set it apart. TBH, I'm surprised its a ~4.0 beer, as it pretty much comes up a little short in most aspects.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a very dark brown with a creamy white head that scatters. Decent lacing on the glass.

Deep dark roasted aroma with some espresso and chocolate tones. Smells very robust.

Rich roasted flavor upfront with deep coffee and mocha notes. However, it dies quickly and leaves bitter aftertaste. Not a hop bitterness, but rather a black coffee bitterness.

Body is thin, could use more carbonation.

Prety drinkable, it just falls a bit short.

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Photo of demcorhip
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Quite clear, dark garnet hued brew. Decent enough one finger pale tan head on the pour. Nothing special as far as retention goes. Quite finely and mildly carbonated.

Grainy oatmeal, some richer hints of caramel and nougat, as well a char that deepens into an almost acrid note. Interesting.

Actually almost light on the roasted flavours, they hint at dark chocolate and burnt coffee, in a good enough way. Almost musty grains with a dose of oats provide the main experience. Finishes with a mild touch of acrid char and some leafy earthiness from the hops.

Strangely watery yet thick bodied, smooth yet not quite velvety. A solid, middle of the road approach to the style with fairly mild use of roasted malts.

But certainly drinkable. Sessionable. A good enough example of the style, and certainly approachable. Im glad to have had a chance to try this thanks to the awesomeness of Papat444 in CanBif 5...

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Photo of Sammy
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pleasant surprise on-tap brought by Consumer's Beverage at the Buffalo Raceway brewfest. Lots of lace, dry stout - could this be the oatmeal or a new addition? Some chocolate and coffee and roast, but not too much of it. More or less balanced. Decent stout.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Reddish amber... suprisingly light for a stout. I can make out the Superbowl through it. It does have a nice two fingers of offwhite puffy head, though.

S: Smell is wonderful. Rich, roasted malts and unsweetened chocolate, and the oatmeal stands out. Lovely.

T: The flavours are quite similar to the aromas, but express themselves a little differently, if that makes any sense. An intense flavour of deep roasted malts and oat.

M + D: A little light... more slick than creamy, but with a flavour so big, it could be a little much if it were to be creamy. That said, it does seem to have a little trouble balancing the flavour and feel... I'd expect something would work out a little better. It has wonderful potential, and I love the aroma of it, but it's not quite for my palate.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a very dark red-brown, clear brew with a very sparse tan head that dissipated quite rapidly.

The aroma was of roasted barley and chocolate malts, slightly estery, slightly sweet, with hints of grapefruit. Very intriguing.

The taste was very strong. First a strong roasted malt taste... which transitioned very quickly into a VERY strong coffee taste. A little too one-dimensional to make a truly good oatmeal stout.

It was a little thin, but quite drinkable once the initial surprise over the taste was gotten over.

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Photo of Onceeven
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.

Picked this on up at Beers of the World (needless to say?) There's a lot to like about this stout. It appears a little lighter than most of the stouts I've tried, I mean some of them dont let any light in, this one glows deep crimson.
Not much of a head, but some patchy lacing is there.
Smells like your typical oatmeal stout, lovely.
This one went down easy, though the immediate flavor is a metallic note. Mellows out into a subtle smokiness & oatmeal flavor.
Not a bad beer, still like Young's better.

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Photo of biglite351
3.64/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A - mild red through the middle of the glass. Tall off whit head that leaves some lacing.

S - heavy on oatmeal with roasted malts and American chocolate and coffee.

T - strong roasted flavor and malts with mild chocolate.

M - thin with into a slight tingle at tip of tongue.

D - easily drinkable all night.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.64/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dispensed from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass, Home2Suites Style. Pours damn near opaque with chocolate highlights along the edges. A nice, fluffy, billowy head of mocha color tops the beer and remains a steady influence for quite a while; very nice. Head recedes slowly into a .25in facade depicting a cappucino froth.

Aroma left much to be desired. Smelled like "beer". Some slight roastiness, but thats about all. Very disappointing. Alkalinity and maybe some salt?

Solid flavors here. Very roasty. Good dose of coffee, bready, burnt toast, charred oak. Very nice indeed. I dont really get any oatmeal influences be it in the mouthfeel, flavor, or aromas, but still a very nice beer. Slight dose of fruitiness. Diggin everything.

Mouthfeel is medium to full, fairly chewy, slightly oily. If only the aroma was indicative of what was to come in the bottle. A very nice representative of the style and surely deserves a second or third visit.

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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 yesyouam
3.64/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This black beer lets a little red through when held to the light. It has a creamy, frothy tan head That fades and leaves excellent lacing. The aroma is chocolate and roasted grain. The hops provide a bit of spruce and herbs. It's nicely bittered (Hallertauer, Magnum and Cascade) to provide a zap of bitterness on the tongue, washed by semi-sweet dark chocolate. Spicy pine and herbs linger. Medium body with a soft, dry feel.
(rated Feb 6, 2007)

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Photo of tobelerone
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pretty solid offering from the Wolaver’s brand. Nice looking beer, with a black color, strong head and retention; good lacing as well. Roasted and creamy aroma, some bitter hops are noticed in the smell as well. Flavor is very nice, combining the expected roasted malt taste with a bit of bittersweet chocolate and a sort of molasses sweetness in the rear. I had this very fresh and the herbal, piney hops were prominent. Nicely creamy mouthfeel, decent carbonation, thick enough to give it some substance. The one complaint I would make about this beer is I felt the bitterness of the finish went on too long; still tasted the hops about an hour and a few glasses of water later. I like the hops but they dominated the finish too strongly for my taste, overwhelming the other aspects of this beer and kind of wiping them from my memory. Perhaps a little too fresh, methinks. Still, not bad.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wolaver's Oatmeal stout has a dark brown, opaque body and a light brown head that is about a finger tall. The head retention is good, but there isn't really any lacing left behind.

The aroma is packed full of roasted malt with sweet malt notes underneath.

The flavor and the aroma are tied together closely, and Wolaver's is a good oatmeal stout. Roasted malts dominate the flavor, but they are also backed by a noticeable amount of sweet malts that add flavors of chocolate, caramel and a little bit of generic sweetness. Underneath that is just a hint of dark fruit.

Nice creamy mouthfeel, just as I would expect from an oatmeal stout.

This one is an easy drinker, and it's not a bad beer at all.

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Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout from Otter Creek Brewing
3.96 out of 5 based on 1,007 ratings.
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