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Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout | Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's

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Wolaver's Oatmeal StoutWolaver's Oatmeal Stout

Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Vermont, United States

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

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's - Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout, poured into a Craftgeer snifter.

Look - Pours an oil brown black and settles black with a thin soapy head that dissipates quickly. Lots of lacing.

Smell - Aroma is somewhat faint with some roasted malts, some coffee, and some chocolate. Notes of oatmeal and spice.

Taste - Molasses, roasted malts and oats. Some semi-sweet chocolate and a touch of coffee and hops. Everything comes together so nicely!

Mouthfeel - Rests bitter chocolate and coffee with oats and some pine bitter hops. Full bodied but not creamy, which is fine but if there was one tiny aspect I was longing for it was that. Dry and roasted with great drinkability. The booziness is just right.

Overall - I feel like this is a hugely underrated brew. Every time I get it I am impressed. Complex yet subtle enough to put down several. Balanced and clean. 100% recommend this brew. While I said in the mouthfeel that I wanted it to be creamier, I feel that if it were, it might make it into an entirely different brew in terms of booziness and drinkability, so I think it being the way it is works for it, there are other brews that come at the oatmeal stout from a more "imperial" angle.

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Photo of usechopstix4soup
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured straight into an English pub glass, very dark, molasses color. Appeared very thin-bodied, head was very thin that soon dissipated.

Smell strongly of roasted coffee and cocoa beans. Hints of something that smells like coffee mate and hazelnuts. It's hard to smell anything besides the coffee because it is so pungent. Maybe some malts.

The taste is reminds me of black coffee, no sugar, with a little bit of whole milk. The beer prizes itself on being organic and I must say, it rings true through the taste. The flavors are not overly sweet or manufactured, but I could imagine someone feeling like it's under-flavored.

Thin-bodied but finishes off with a nice creamy feel.

Great beer, coffee is complimented with the creaminess perfectly. Must-try.

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Photo of Act25
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into stemless wine glass. Served with Robusto and smoked cheddar cheese (also organic).

A: Home run dark chestnut w thick, retentive tan head, and lots, lots of lacing. Head returns in swirling galaxy arms when I swirl the glass. Great look.

S: The nose is perfect stout: coffee, chocolate, grass, charcoal, fire, hay. Subtle, grows as it warms.

T: Follows the nose. Lots of flavor, intense and complex, but always smooth. Black coffee, unsweetened chocolate and citrus, then that charcoal, roasted bread, oats, combining with stinging, interesting hops. This beer is Wolaver's best!

The beer is more hoppy, stinging, bitter than sweet. It's a balance of the sweet and bitter with a great flavor direction and arc, a great finish.

F: Is good, as if more body, than is there, because of the oatmeal, grain, and dense flavors. Great finish. Leaves the mouth in a happy place. GREAT with cheese!

Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout is the best Otter Creek/Wolaver's beer that I've had to date - by far. Sessionable, organic, good for you! I'd like to have a case of this along side my favorite Dales Pale Ale, and sometimes I'd black & tan them!

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Photo of HBresler
2.86/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Good recipe, flawed execution.
A-black, clear, light tan head dissipated quickly
S-coffee and dark malt, but diacetyl and phenols detract (not good phenols like cloves, but band-aids and plastic)
T-dark malt and hops in balance, good dark malt flavors, but again, flaws apparent in the nose are evident here
M-light to medium, ok but low for an oatmeal stout
O-not awful but I won't order another one on tap. These flaws are preventable and are mostly from brewing technique. This could be a very good beer, and maybe is in the bottle, as other reviews here indicate.

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Photo of davey101
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 010213 stamp on the neck so it has a little bit of age on it.

Pours a deep black body with two fingers of light khaki foam which fades away quickly leaving behind a thin and frail cap. Decent lacing with poor retention. Aroma is strong on the milk chocolate with lighter notes of coffee, roast and some grainy oats. Taste is similar with a predominately milk chocolate flavor with light roasty malts and a slight metallic aftertaste. Mouth feel is on the thinner side of things leading the beer to be somewhat lacking. Really needs more body to support the chocolate. Overall, a bit of a thin example of the style but still rather tasty and enjoyable. Not bad at all.

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Photo of KajII
3.12/5  rDev -21.2%
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 thlayli87
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into nonic pint glass. Almost black with two fingers of tan colored head. Smells of chocolate and roasted malt. Taste follows the nose. Exceptionally well balanced. The roasty flavors are there but they don't overpower the sweet and chocolatey flavors. The mouthfeel is what really sets this one apart. Rich, smooth, and creamy. Dry finish with moderate bitterness. Perfect example of what an oatmeal stout should be. I think I'll be reaching for this one often.

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Photo of Andrew041180
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Looks like a perfectly normal stout to me. Nearly black with 2 fingers of bubbles that disappeared surprisingly fast (note to check glass next time)

S - I'm not great with stouts, but I didn't pick up much. Mostly the burnt coffee bitterness.

T - Follows the smell. Not really that impressive. Mostly bitterness without any nice flavors to take the edge off.

M - I thought it was pretty thin and unsubstantial.

O - Not sure if there was something wrong with this bottle or my palate has developed to favor the IPA's that I've been drinking for the past year. I've had some stouts that I loved (Founders), but this one falls flat for me.

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Photo of tviz33
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle bored in to a tulip.

A-Nearly black with almost one finger of tan head after an aggressive pour.

S- Maple syrup and dark chocolate.

T- Very enjoyable. Flavor develops as it glides across the palate. This one doesn't smack you in the face with complexity, but is solid with milk and dark chocolate coming out the most.

M- Silky smooth and tingly.

O- This beer is solid, but not terrific. I wouldn't mind having another.

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Photo of Omnium
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle > Pint Glass
A - Pours a real nice dark deep brown, thick 2 finger khaki colored head, nice lacing.
S - Toasted oats, dark chocolate, light maple syrup, a hint of smoke, rich malts.
T - Very nice flavor, lots of smooth roasted coffee bean, some good smoke flavor, oats, chocolate.
M - Just right, some sweet malt feeling on your palate, well balanced and carbonated.
O - What a great stout, not high in ABV, but packed with flavor, love the roasted smoked flavor in this as well.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Chilled 12 oz. bottle into a 12 oz. snifter. Bottling date 12.13.12

Look- Deep brown, nearly opaque. Topped with a half-finger of beige foam that falls over the course of a few minutes. Good lacing.

Smell- Baker's chocolate, whole dark roast espresso beans, light sweetness. Very pleasant. Swirling brings out a stronger char aroma and a hint of acorn flour.

Taste- Follows the aroma, with a healthy dose of herbal bittering up front along with a hint of dried apricot. Roasted flavors take the upper hand shortly after the sip, coupled with a light sweetness. Overall impression of charred biscuit and chocolate-dipped espresso beans followed by cold brewed coffee.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, moderate carbonation. Doesn't quite have the heft or body I'd expect from an oatmeal stout, but it's not bad either. Clean, dry finish.

Overall- A very solid no-frills representation of the style that's just bold enough to keep things interesting. I'd pick this up once in a while if it was available in my area. Recommended.

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Photo of DS31
4.58/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Riley and Jakes's in Clinton, NJ. I was pleasantly surprised to find this wonderful tasting beer on tap here. The beer had a lovely balance tilted towards the sweet side; never bitter, beautiful amber color and every sip a pleasure Otter Creek brewery has some fine organic beers and this one is no exception. Having this beer on-tap certainly enhanced the taste, but I will try it in the bottle to see how it compares.

Riley and Jake's is a famiily restaurant with a typical American pub menu. The food is fine for this type of restaurant and the place gets quite busy on the weekends.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours pitch black with a 4" dark tan head. Some trails of lacing remain on the glass.

S- roasted malts, maple syrup, chocolate.

T- roasted malts, dark chocolate, maple syrup, light coffee.

M- medium body and carbonation. Super creamy and smooth.

O- very good oatmeal stout. Pretty straight forward but very creamy with roast and sweetness.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark brown black color with a small tan head and minimal lacing

S-dark roasted malt, coffee, chocolate

T-espresso, dark roasted malt, molasses, chocolate, mild bitterness in the finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and somewhat creamy

O-I was surprised how much I enjoyed this oatmeal stout, very well made and with nice balance

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This brew pours almost black with a thin mocha colored head which dissapears rather quickly. There is very little lacing.

The smell is strong with coffee, chocolate, roasted oats, malts and brown sugar. A very sweet smell; which is common for this style.

The taste is mostly roasted oats and sweet malts with a strong burnt coffee note followed by chocolate in the middle and light hops on the backend. Very sweet, almost no bitterness.

The mouthfeel is smooth creamy and milky with a little hop oilness on the back end.

Overall this is a very drinkable oatmeal stout, it is smooth and creamy. The sweetness of oats dominates; like it should in this style. The coffee and chocolate are also very stong. One can drink several of these in a row.

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Photo of jifigz
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

The appearance of this brew is a deep dark brown with mahogany highlights when held up to some sunlight. In a darker environment (sitting on my coffee table) it appears a solid black. The head was offwhite creamed coffee color and disappeared rather quickly. The aroma is chocolatey with hints of coffee and wet dog. The aroma smells as if the beer will be smooth and creamy. There are also hints of toasted nuts. The flavor is this brew is light yet full at the same time. It tastes like a burnt chocolate milkshake with an extremely creamy and delightful, although light, mouthfeel thanks to the oats. The milky flavor lingers for quite a long time after the swallowing of the actual liquid. There is just a touch of bitterness riding the coat-tails of this one to keep things balanced. The MF is on the lighter side....smooth and creamy and slick.

This is a wonderful session beer. The flavor is light yet very satisfying and the alcohol doesn't prevent you from having several of these delicious brews.

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Photo of wac9
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thought i had this beer before but i didnt , what a wonderful sexy smooth creamy beer with chocolate and hints of coffee wow what a taste just loving this beer yummy so drink up amd smile because when this goes down your happy a winter beer that your sure you will enjoy

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Photo of socon67
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pour is dark brown to near black. Foam is cola colored but fades fast. No lacing of note.

S - Smells of roasted malt, toasted oat flakes, and maple.

T - Has a nice vibe of roasted grain, chocolate, and maple candy. Very subdued but has a ncie complexity about it.

M - Easy drinking, light feel, and no carbonation. This is a beer for thise hanging around the bar late on a winter night.

O - i like it. a solid example of the style and worth revisiting again.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
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 johnnnniee
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
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 flagmantho
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich, very dark brown, bordering on black. Head is nearly two fingers of frothy tan foam with nice retention. I like it.

Smell: stout aroma of sweet malt and roasted grain; the sweetness adds a chocolatey character to the smell. There's a nice caramel character in there as well, and the vegetal hops that often come with the style are at a minimum. Good stuff.

Taste: smooth and chocolatey right up front, but then the flavor evens out and finishes quite dry. A nice dynamic which leaves me wanting another sip. Quite good.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a decent carbonation which is smooth and creamy. Delicious.

Overall: a tasty, creamy and satisfying oatmeal stout. I would definitely have this again.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Samuel Adams pint glass. Purchased at Wakefield Liquors in Wakefield, RI

A - The darkest stout I've seen to date. Deep brown, big airy head that gets lighter towards the top. Heavy retention, heaving lacing that reduces to a nice 1" brown layer of foam. Perfect. The first five I've given for appearance.

S- Milk chocolate, dark roasted chocolate malt. Subtle aroma, but nice on the nose.

T- I'm really enjoying this one. Dark chocolate, roasted malt, slightly bitter coffee aftertaste.

M- Creamy, thick mouthfeel. Little carbonation detected. Almost like a milkshake.

Overall a rich, enjoyable stout. This is how a stout should feel, look and taste. I'd recommend it. One of my favorite stouts.

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Photo of Gatch
3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinking this at nearly room temperature after sitting out for two hours in the glass because I poured it before getting dinner ready and forgot about it. Oops.

A: Dark black with a light-to-medium brown head that fades quickly leaving behind no lace or retention. Very...stout.

S: Roasted malt, some hops, lactose, oats, strange chemical smell?

T: Not at off-putting as the nose. Roasted malt, oats, hops are there, a bit of chocolate and coffee. Overall, the flavors that should be in an Oatmeal Stout and enjoyable.

M: Smooth, tasty, on-point for the style. Traditional, well-crafted beer. Although the body can be thin at times and the finish a bit watery.

O: Surprisingly delicious at room temperature. A quality Oatmeal Stout.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
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 Lordquackingstic
3.06/5  rDev -22.7%
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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Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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