Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout | Otter Creek Brewing

very good
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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 buyBinboaVodka
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the Shepard and the Knuckledhead poured into a pint glass.

A-has a very dark almost pitch black like appearance with a nice tan head. Being on tap the head was only about 1" thick with good retention and some nice frothy lacing around the glass.

S-smells of roasted oats, slightly malty with a dark coffee and dark chocolate aroma.

T-this beer tastes awesome! It is nice and mellow with a creamy and smooth finish. I get some cocoa with coffee and some malty flavor.

M-It is medium bodied with slight carbonation. The flavor stays with you for a little while, but it is very pleasant.

O-overall this a great beer to have on tap. I enjoy this just as much as founders breakfast stout, but with less abv it is a good session beer to have.

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Photo of wedge
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep, dark brown hue - nearly black under a slender, creamy tan head. Aromas of mild coffee and cream, semi-sweet chocolate, light smoky roast. Dark, bittersweet, roasted chocolate malty flavor. Subtle dark fruit and nutty oats. Best around cellar temperature. Medium bodied, a bit oily, and smooth. It's been too long since I've had one of these. An excellent choice for a sessionable stout.

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

12oz bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a thin layer of head. Zero lacing. Aroma is of vanilla, coffee, malts and some earthiness. Taste is a sweet coffee upfront along with more vanilla and malt flavor. A bit earthy. Very easy drinking stout but packs a good amount of flavor. Overall, this is a fine Oatmeal Stout and I often look for it. Very good beer.

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Photo of surprenant1138
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown, almost black with minimal creamy tan head and minimal lacing. Aroma is of coffee, chocolate, earthy, and slightly smokey. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty well carbonated. Taste is of nuts, coffee, some chocolate, and a bit of smoke. Pretty decent stout right here.

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Photo of CHickman
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque black looking with brown near the edges where light comes through, and a massive 2 finger foamy tan head that faded very slowly and left good lacing.

Smells of charcoal, roasted malt, burnt wood, smoked peat, vanilla, light grains like oats, coffee, toffee and light citrus hops; very nice roasted aroma that's rich and typical of an oatmeal stout; great nose, really rich and tasty.

Tastes like it smells, with roasted malt, burnt wood, charcoal, smoked peat, caramel, vanilla, toasted grains, coffee, toffee, citrus hops, lemon, grass, wet wheat bread, herbs or tea, and then it ends clean with a sharp bitter finish. Very smooth, complex and tasty, this is a great stout.

Mouthfeel is creamy and so smooth that it's almost watery; clean and crisp, with a surprisingly light body, very mild carbonation and just a solid overall drinkability. A definite session beer that I highly recommend.

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Photo of SkunkWorks
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Tap and Barrel in Smithtown, NY. Served in a pint glass.

Look: hard to tell given the dim lighting, but it appears dark brown bordering on black bodied with a finger's worth of slightly off white head. Decent retention and a good amount of lacing is left behind as I drink.

Smell: mostly I am getting some chocolate malt, hints of coffee, and a bit of roast. Smells fairly nice.

Taste: Roasted, chocolate malt really dominates the taste. Nice roasted barley and a bit of coffee. Not incredibly complex but just right in terms of taste.

Feel: unfortunately, this is where this beer kind of falls flat. Its really lacking the creaminess that I want and love in oatmeal stouts. Its just a little too thin. The carbonation is spot on though. As for drinkability, this drinks like a very sessionable brew and feels closer to 4% than 5.9%.

Overall: as a whole, this beer is decent but nothing really spectacular. For me, the defining characteristic of oatmeal stout is the mouthfeel and this comes up short in that area. Still, its pretty tasty and makes for a good, sessionable stout to have a few pints of. Worth trying. Cheers!

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Photo of Daktyls
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
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 beerdepartment
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I want every beer called oatmeal stout to look like oatmeal from the top, but sooner or later the oatmealy froth doth fade and the beer is exposed. The dream ends. Beyond this beer's lack of surreal sudsiness, it looks good. Oatmealy head, coffee beneath. Some lacing.

Smell wasn't too rich, but improved with warmth. Burnt and caramelly (this coming from the opinion of a slightly stuffy nose).

Taste is much more good-type-complex and inviting when the beer warms up a bit. Rich and somehow peachy flavor with burny bitterness and dark, creamy maltiness.

Mouthfeel got creamier and creamier. Nice.

Overall this beer was good. Very good even. Somehow better than its individual averages! But it was also the last one of the 6 pack. Rest in peace, brew.

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Photo of gabedivision
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler to a Otter Creek Pint Glass that came compliments of the growler purchase.

A- Pours a rich dark black with a two finger beige head that settles into the beer after a time.

S- Sweet toasted malts, roasted nuts, light chocolate/toffee scent.

T- Very sweet, smokey, charcoal, coffee. Awesome.

M- Medium bodied, easily drinkable, smooth and creamy. Delicious.

O- This is an awesome stout, it is so full of flavor, every sip i find something sexy i wanna go on and on about. This may be my go to stout from now on.

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Photo of Gushue3
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours dark drown almost black nice medium head that goes away quickly. not much lacing

S- medium malt scent with obvious oatmeal in there. smells like a good oatmeal stout.

T- lots of malt with a nice sweet kick in in the middle. subtle bitterness finish. tastes like... an oatmeal stout

M- somewhat light but on par for an oatmeal stout? medium to light carbonation

D- drinkable oatmeal stout.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to TCassell1 for this as an extra.

A: Nice Dark Brown hue with lighter brown highlights. small ring of head and just a touch of lacing.

S: A nice compact smell with happy mocha coffee notes, a little roast, a soft oatmeal malt presence, and a semi sweet lactose presence.

T: Taste basically follows the smell, with nice balanced roast, coffee, chocolate, vanillaish lactose sugar, and semi smoky malt. Great taste without much sticking out in terms of roast-sweetness-bitters.

M: Thin for a stout, but balanced nice.

D: Very drinkable. Gives me hope for orangic beers as this one is enjoyable.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours dark black with touches of tan foam. Little lacing.

Oatmeal notes, some bitters. Rich full bodied taste, yet smooth. Light hop throughout. Finishes clean. Some roasted coffee taste, but relatively light.

Quite tasty, good solid Oatmeal stout.

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Photo of fascistfaction
5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my new king of Stouts. It is a very good beer and it is organic which makes no difference to me, but does not hurt the taste. It is a bit better on than in a bottle, but both are worth trying. I had it at a bar in Disney's Contempary Hotel (where the old gameroom used to be) and it was on tap with their pale ale. This is my new favorite next to Edmund Fitzgerald by Great Lakes Brewery,

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black with a nice frothy one finger of head that dissipates to reveal a smattering of tan bubbles.

S: Roasted malts, dark coffee, and a sort of caramel sweetness.

T: Very smooth, creamy, and pleasantly dry. Roasted malts dominate, finishing with coffee and a pleasing bitterness. Well balanced stout.

M: Medium carbonation. Would prefer more thickness, but still nice.

D: Very drinkable. Certainly sessionable. Would recommend it, and purchase again.

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Photo of zackmoney
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in bottle

This beer has a nice roasted/coffee aroma to it, and the aroma matches the taste real well. The stout has a roasted malt flavor and coffee taste, with a little creaminess also which is pleasant. As stouts go this is one worth drinking for yourself, won't be disappointed.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Ruby/brown in color, with a decent two-inch head of tan foam.
Aroma-Roasted malt/barley, coffee notes
Taste-Coffee, roasted malt/barley. A faint creaminess emerges upon warming. Finish is astringent black coffee, and a hop leaf bitterness. Drinks more like an Irish stout than an oatmeal stout.

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Photo of JoKo
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours near jet black with a small white head that fades quickly.

Smell: Roasted malts up front, some coffee notes

Taste: Roasted malt notes up front with a subtle smooth bitterness in the background. Very smooth, dry flavor, some coffee notes also present.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, crisp, doesn't linger on the palate for too long, moderate amount of carbonation detected.

Drinkability: Very good stout, highly drinkable, would most definitely recommend this beer.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked LOT2841111510. Sampled on January 27, 2011. The pour is a rich dark, brown with ruby red hues and a generous one inch silky tan head. The aroma reminds me a bit of coffee grinds that have been sitting around in the morning pot. However it is enticing in that way. Little in the way of hops though. The texture is smooth and creamy and it results in a coffee grinds taste with light malts and a sprinkle of chocolate. Very nice.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
4.85/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is by far the best beer I have ever had in my entire life. I for sure haven't had every beer in the world, but so far this is the winner. Color is a black as could be. Smell is amazing, smells malty and smooth just like a stout should smell. Taste is out of the world, so smooth, so creamy, so malty, so GOOD! And of course it's drinkable, how couldn't it be with it tasting that good? I don't know what else to say 10/10!

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Photo of ujsplace
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic.

Pours a near black brew with hints of ruby/amber around the edge of the glass. The head is a descent one or two finger thick tan head. Descent amount of lacing.

Smells of dark chocolate, roasted caramel and coffee.

Mild chocolates and roasted caramel malt notes dominate. Also some mild coffee bitters in the finish.

Smooth, but a bit on the thin side.

A very drinkable brew - as expected for the style. Would get a case of this.

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Photo of magine
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel glass.

Pours a dark near black color with an off white thin head that settles to a lace rim around the glass. Some patchy lacing. Decent looking brew.

Brew smells roasted; chocolate, nutty and malty, coffee. Decent smell.

Brew is roasted; malty dark chocolate, somewhat hoppy as well. Very balanced and drinkable. Thin and a little bit lacking in the mouthfeel. Still good stuff though. Brew finishes slightly dry. Good brew.

This is a very drinkable brew, lacks the looks and the mouthfeel to make it stand out though. Good stuff, very sessionable.

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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 BeerdedEric
4.04/5  rDev +2%
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 donkeyrunner
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Deep, dark brown that displays a wee bit of light when held up to light. A burly clay colored head doesn't live up to it's pomp and circumstance as it leaves no lace and vanishes completely before sessions end. Boo.

The label boasts coffee, roast malt, and chocolate and delivers on all promises. Good stuff. Taste reiterates the coffee and roast malt sentiment. Woefully watery.

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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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