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
Photo of bort11
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of sulldaddy. Bottled on date 11/15/05 Nice pastoral image on the label of what I think is supposed to Amish cutting grain by hand.

Poured into an Imperial pint glass. Nice black color with ruby notes around the edges. Small head and very little lacing. Smell is a pleasant espresso-mocha flavor. Taste is full on maltiness. Very warm roasted flavor. Chocolate/coffee/toffee, and sweetness. Mouthfeel is wonderfully chewy. It's not sticky or syrupy, but still very solid. This is a very good stout.

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Photo of redfish2942
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a a close approximation to black. Light manages to penetrate fairly effectively. Not black, but dark brown. Head dies off to a filmy tan skin atop the beer. Head leaves light lacing curtains. Relatively light color for the style.

S-Smells pretty damn good. Very nice roasted coffee presence. Mild dark chocolate and charred oats. Light vanilla extract. The roast is definitely the most stressed piece of the aroma. I enjoy the nose quite a bit.

T-The roast is still quite potent. Bitter mixture of coffee beans and dark chocolate and even a tint of hops. Unfortunately there is a watery aspect to the feel and the flavor. The flavor is pretty nice nonetheless, and the beer has an incredibly long finish. The burnt oatmeal flavor is tasty too. Grainy cereal notes.

M-Slightly watery, which is a big no-no for a stout in my opinion. However, this lends a certain sessionability that other fuller bodied stouts cannot offer. Plenty of bubbles. Feels like a Porter.

O/D-A combination of highs and lows. But in the end this is a nice Oatmeal Stout. Plenty to like, and the good outweighs the bad in the end. Despite its relatively minor flaws, this is a good time in a bottle as far as I am concerned.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Wolavers mixed 12

A- dark black, almost no head, very little carbonation.

S- oatmeal, chocolate, toffee.

T- sweet chocolate, oatmeal, slight toffee.

M- very smooth and drinkable, medium bodied, very well balanced.

O- This was a very good oatmeal stout that had great smooth balance between the flavors. Nice sweetness, could maybe be a tiny bit sweeter but overall very well done.

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Photo of ThaBobfather
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours opaque near black with millimeter whispy brown/beige head.
Smells like fresh brewed coffee with a bit of roasted malt hidden in there.
Like drinking iced coffee from Starbucks. Some sweet malt in front with a strong ground coffee finish.
A sweet flavor of expresso stays with me.
Mildly drinkable, sometimes the coffee flavor is too much.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Dark brown with a reddish hue and a gorgeous head that came up about an inch and showed good retention, leaving some very thick and airy lacing on the glass.

Smell – Big, thick, rich oatmeal along with the traditional Stout aromas of dark, roasted malts, chocolate, and burnt toast.

Taste – The bitterness takes over here but the malty oatmeal is still very noticeable. This one has a nice maple sweetness to it as well.

Mouthfeel – Medium-bodied and very bitter in the mouth. The maple acts as a nice balance, though the salivary glands are definitely working overtime.

Drinkability – This was a nice overall Oatmeal Stout that didn’t wimp out at the end like a lot of others that I’ve had. Well done, Wolaver’s.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
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 UniversitateaDeBere
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gavage
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: arrived in a pint glass with a dark brown / almost black color with a thick 2" tan colored head that lasted quite a while. Some nice lace painted the glass.

Smell: tons of roasted malts and dark chocolate.

Taste: the flavor is up front with the strong roasted malts, but is nicely rounded with some bitter dark chocolate, burnt coffee, and very mild bitterness. Lightly dry.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body, almost a liquid meal. Lightly crisp at the start with a smooth thick finish. Long roasted aftertaste.

Drinkability: easy drinking oatmeal stout. Definitely worth having if on tap.

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Photo of NickyDee21
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Damian
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Connecticut Beverage Mart, Newington, CT
Label read: bottled on 9/16/06

Poured a translucent black with mocha colored highlights at the fringes of the glass. The thin film of fizz (no head to speak of) quickly faded to a tiny ring of lace.

Aroma was outstanding. Rich and full with dry, whole grain oats and sweet, cereal-like notes (kind of like sticking your nose in a box of Quaker Oats). Deep roasted malts and some peaty smokiness were apparent as well.

The taste was full-flavored with strong, dry, oatmeal-like characteristics as well. Some faintly detectable caramel malts up front before the oats and distinct dryness became apparent. The flavors became more intense as they moved to the rear of the palate, with dark roasted malts, espresso/burnt coffee notes and a noticeable hop bite leaving the palate feeling bone dry. Deep, roasted malts and toasted oats carried into the long-lived aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied (thinner then expected) and a bit flat.

Drinkability however was quite good. I don't think I have had an oatmeal stout that had such strong, oatmeal-like characteristics.

While this beer has its imperfections, its near perfect balance of flavors combined with its light body made for a pleasant and memorable drinking experience.

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Photo of mschofield
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown with red highlights, topped with a two finger dark tan head. Leaves full thick rings of lace.
Roasted, almost burnt and acrid aroma, strong coffee, dark chocolate.
Roasted coffee, oat, earthy taste, chocolate, caramel.
Full-smooth body.

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Photo of DrJay
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark with mahogany edges and ruby highlights. The beer was capped by a fluffy tan head that showed some sticky lacing. Decent aroma - roasty and nutty with a little burnt character and slight acidity. Full flavour with plenty of roast, restrained bitterness, oat sweetness, caramel, burnt, with a dark chocolate finish. Chewy and full bodied, quite smooth with low carbonation and light dryness. This was a very easy drinking oatmeal stout, solid, and one of the best I've had in some time.

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Photo of bobv
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mentor
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz screw-cap bottle thanks to Sulldaddy. Poured a finger-and-a-half light-brown or tan head over a pitch black liquid. Smelled of freshly roasted coffee beans with a noticalbe backdrop of chocolate. Like the chocolate covered coffee beans my mother sometimes buys. Very rich roasted coffee beans. Tasted Chocolate to start with some sweet. Then a rich sweet rolling in with a coffee and a silky smooth body. Oh boy, this is enjoyable. The end is a bit roasty dry with a *very* faint floral hop rising up. Can't put my finger on the particular hop, perhaps Fuggles. I wish there were more to this beer other than chocolate and coffee, but that's about all I get (mostly coffee). True, there of several different kinds of coffee that roll around, but no other flavors arise to take me on interesting rides. Very enjoyable and very rich and potent in flavor. Md-thick body with mild carbonation. Fantastic lacing on the inside of my glass with a film of head still hanging over the top of the liquid. Has a very nice lactose sweetness throughout that likely comes from the silky smooth oatmeal used to make this beer.

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Photo of Daktyls
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours with a nice oatmeal colored head with a dark brown/black body. The head dissipates rather quickly leaving an incredibly fine head.

S: Definitely oatmeal in the nose. It is present almost immediately and is followed by a light maltiness, coffee and a slight hint of cocoa.

T: Just like the nose. Creamy and malty at the beginning with a little bit of cocoa and coffee in the middle. Not too much else going on, a very good oatmeal stout.

M: Low amount of carbonation that works quite well with the medium-light body. A very nice creamy feeling as mentioned before.

O: Quite good overall, would definitely be a buy again. I'd almost say that it would work as a session beer but is a little high on the alcohol content for that.

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Photo of psweendogg
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TheBierBand
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I decided to do a side-by-side taste test with two Oatmeal Stouts:
1) New Holland - The Poet
2) Wolaver's - Oatmeal Stout

The pour into the pint glass revealed that the Wolaver's was creamier... left tremendous lacing (more so than the Poet). The beer itself was very similar in appearance. You could see a fair bit of ruby when held to a bright light source.

The aroma of the Wolaver's was sweeter than the Poet. The Wolaver's had a sweeter/maltier smell as opposed to the smokey smell of the Poet. Other nuances of the Walaver's were: more of a toffee/caramel.

Taste: Very similer between the two: Quite smokey and bitter. I believe that this is a wash between the two.... there are definate hints of coffee, just a bit of a sour astringent note with the Wolaver's

Mouthfeel: Same between the two: On the thin side. but appropriate for the style. Carbonation is similar.... average.

Drinkability: I can't say that I prefer one over the other. I have to give this match-up a tie.

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Photo of cokes
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Transparent black cherry, emphasizing black. Thin, skittish tan foam above.
Roasty, glorious nose. Smoky. Earthy. Coffee bean. Oats. It smells exactly how I wish it would.
Enters roasted. Full bean coffee. Not sweet at all, at least not yet. Oily, greasy earthen hues. Oats add a smoothed-over grain quality, and trickles of quelling sweetness. Flaky bitter chocolate. Traces of charcoal-flavored cola. It ends dry and continually earthy.
It's a hair on the thin side. Well, more like two or three hairs. Possibly even an entire sideburn. With more girth, and more hair, this becomes a classic oatmeal stout.
Still pretty dang good regardless.

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Photo of Mersh
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.04/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.04/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.04/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of BeerdedEric
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Brown head that seems to settle down quickly. Sounds very carbonated with the bubbles sizzling. A dark body but isn't totally opaque. Hints of ruby redness intertwined in the darkness. Decent lacing on the glass.

What a nice smell! Sweet roasted smells of toffee, coffee, caramel, roasted malts, oats and chocalate.

Fluffy body, feels like whip cream, a slight tingliness from carbonation. It seems to dry the mouth out quite a bit.

The taste explosion of roasted malts are very blunt at first. Chocolate up front with maybe a hint of cherry? Toffee in the middle, hops and barley in the aftertaste. There is something so delicious about this stout but yet I do feel like something is lacking.

Drink ability is there if it wasn't too filling. I want more but the tummy is telling me wait a little bit.

I originally tried this on tap and I loved it! If I did the review right then and there, the taste would have gotten a perfect score. Since I'm reviewing it in a bottle, the taste is slightly off, the score suffered slightly and I believe that's why I feel it's lacking.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
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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Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout from Otter Creek Brewing
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 1,006 ratings