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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing
Vermont, United States
ottercreekbrewing.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
401
Ratings:
1,006
pDev:
10.55%
Bros Score:
4.3
 
 
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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark chestnut with a generous infusion of crimson. I'm able to see light on the opposite side of the glass, despite the fact that this is a dreary, overcast day. The head is the color of toasted wheat bread; fairly light for a stout. It has deflated from two fingers to one finger in the several minutes since the pour and doesn't look as if it's interested in leaving much lace.

The nose is right on the money for an oatmeal stout. I can't appreciate oatmeal (obviously), but I can appreciate plenty of well-roasted barley with strong overtones of bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee beans. Especially the last of those. Please let the flavor follow suit.

It does, it does. Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout packs gobs of flavor into a relatively light-hued, light-bodied beer. Black coffee, unsweetened baker's chocolate and grapefruit zest lead the way. I can't tell if the invigorating bitterness is due to the bitter char of the strenuously roasted grain (barley, wheat and oats) or is due to the hops (Hallertauer, Magnum and Cascade). Probably both.

The beer is almost, but not quite, bitter and dry enough to be considered an Irish dry stout rather than an oatmeal stout. There are just enough malt sugars running interference to keep things from becoming astringent and biting. Hopheads should find plenty to like.

Unfortunately, the mouthfeel doesn't quite meet the high bar set by the aroma and the flavor. If you like your stouts light and snappy, you'll like this one. I like mine full and chewy (or at least heading in that direction), so I'm less than impressed. It's more than adequate though, and works in the grand scheme of a sub-6% stout.

Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout is the second best Otter Creek/Wolaver's beer that I've had to date (Otter Creek Pale Ale still wears the crown). It's a fine effort that is good because it delivers where it matters most: flavor. Sessioning this one should be no problem at all.

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Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of johnnnniee
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a solid dark brown with a faint garnet brown highlight when held to light. A smallish off white head froths then quickly recedes leaving spotty lace on the way down. The aroma from this beer is quite intoxicating. Toasty and roasty grains with hints of caramel and chocolate balanced by a bit of earth and a hint of dark fruit. The flavor is roasty and chocolate with bits of bread, caramel, and toffee. There's a light fruity sweetness with enough dry roastiness to provide great balance. Light earthy hop flavor with little to no apparent hop bitterness. Medium body with a light level of carbonation and a dry grainy roasty mouthfeel. This beer smells incredible and tastes pretty good too.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Thanks to baconsausage for this bottle!

The middle brew enjoyed by VDubb86 and myself amidst a Ghost Adventures kick. It pours a straight obsidian (though bordering on black-brown) topped by a half-finger of glowing off-white foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, light coffee, dark chocolate, molasses, and light maple syrup. The taste holds notes of roasted malts, cocoa, light vanilla, and plenty o' toasted oats. The body is a light-aspiring medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a thickly smooth feel. Overall, a very nice oatmeal stout, rich and chewy without going overboard on the flavors. Get some!

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Photo of chippo33
2.85/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

oxidized thin chalky needs an overhaul

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Photo of tdm168
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of Billolick
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer, with bottled on dating of 10/18/04, nice, its been in the bottle for only about 10 weeks. yeah fresh beer! Pours darkest of browns, dark tan minimal head, almost all lacing slides down the glass., Nose is big and burnt, malty. Taste is dominated here by notes of roasted grain, mocha chocolate and fresh roasted coffee beans. Smooth and tasty, but with an outmeal stout, I'm always looking for that oily,smooth mouthfeel, dont really get it here. Its more dry and chalky. Flavorful stout, worth a try and good to support the organic farmers of the world.

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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 imbibehour
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
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 JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a dark, vibrant, chestnut highlighted brown color with a tall, frothy, lightweight, light tan head that starts tall, but quickly settles into a quarter inch of retaining head. Aromas of milk chocolate, roasted coffee and grains, and a creamy sweetness. Smells solid and tasty. Flavors are roasted coffee backbone, with bitter and roasty characters overall. Chocolate overtones that lean more towards bitter and dark than the milk chocolate that was present on the nose. The beer is light and dry in mouth, with the bitterness giving is a slightly sharp, very clean finish. Tangy sweetness in the aftertaste, with the bittersweet chocolate cutting that quickly. Very good, tasty, dynamic, layered stout. Lower ABV keeps the drinkability high. Solid brew.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've always said that this is one of the best oatmeal stouts out there. And now I'll elaborate why.

Pours dark brown with a tan head that falls to nothing. Nose is a gentle roasted thing with a fairly thick cocoa edge. Flavor is roasted, cocoa, and a bitter on the back end. Really excellent flavor ride. Feel is liquid smooth and carbonation is as well. Like I said: one of the best oatmeal stouts out there. And it just happens to be organic.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of jwc215
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours black with a decent-sized head that lingers through most of the drink.
It smells of chocolately, coffee-like oatmeal. The taste matches the smell. The smoothness of oats and the complex flavors of coffee and chocolate make this a very enjoyable drink. It has a robust, but very drinkable taste and mouthfeel.
This is certainly one of the best beers of this style that I have tried!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Muddy brown, utterly opaque, under a thick, gooey, cocoa tan head. Nice looking, indeed!

Nose burst with cocoa, rich and powdery at once, with bittersweet espresso hints at the side. Very nice. I'll drink it in as often as I can...ahhh!!!

Tastin' it...big chocolate all over the mouth, thick presence on the palate, powerfully rich and damnably delicious. A humdinger, this one. Dry cocoa feel persists and remains strong on the palate, leaving the dusky husky flavor all over the mouth. Quite an impact!

Full bodied, to say the least, with a long, bittersweet, lightly hoppy, abundantly malty finish.

I really like this one. Makes an impact, and imparts deliciousness. Can't beat that!

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Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
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 IPAchris
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of tobelerone
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
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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Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout from Otter Creek Brewing
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 1,006 ratings
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