Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout | Otter Creek Brewing

BA SCORE
89
very good
1,006 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 11-12-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,006
Reviews:
400
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
10.61%
 
 
Wants:
48
Gots:
123
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 1,006 |  Reviews: 400
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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

A: Very dark brown / quite nearly black – sort of a tawny mahogany when held to light and the shortest bit shy of opaque. Medium tan head that fades to a ring with moderate speed. It tries to leave lace, but it slides down the glass & fails to adhere except for a couple of spotches.

S: Tons of sweet and softly toasty oatmeal. Behind that are decent hints of chocolate & roast, and quite a bit more malty sweetness. As it warms, roast really grows and takes on a hint of char. Good strength with oatmeal, sweetness, & roast – nice!

T: Far more roasty & bitter than the nose. Initial oatmeal sweetness is quickly overwhelmed by a very firm darkly roasted malts. No real coffee note or anything – just dry, bitter roast with a strong char note. Middle battles back a bit with more oatmeal, some malty sweetness & a hint of caramel. A lot of the bitterness seems to be from roast, but there is a good bit of woody / earthy hop character with herbal & spice hints. Roast & hops both really linger in the finish.

M: Medium body with carbonation the slightest bit over balanced – but still in range. Reasonable smoothness, but less creamy than I anticipated from the nose. A bit of chew. Quite roasty & attenuated with a dry finish.

D: Nicely robust with plenty of character and a strong oatmeal aspect. Good interplay between the dark roast and the oatmeal & malt sweetness. Nicely balancing hops. Lots of flavor and very drinkable - this is quite nice.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a dark black colour with a red hue at the bottom of the glass and a thin foamy white head.

Smelled of malts and a lot of roasted coffee.

This tasted like roasted coffee with some malts and a bitter coffee after taste.

This had the smallest amount of carbonation and felt smooth in the mouth.

Overall the coffee flavour was too much for me, if you really like coffee you'll like this otherwise probably not as much.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of jaasen64
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
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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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of bogus564
3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 fl. oz., poured into a pint glass.

It’s been awhile since I’ve had a stout, so I’m really looking forward to try a new one. Besides, I have a few others in the beer fridge for backup, just in case this one disappoints; always have a Plan B. And a Plan C. And a Plan 9 (100 points if you caught that reference). Once more into the breach, as the saying goes…

A: Well, well, well, it certainly looks like a stout. It’s very dark brown, kind of like a cola, with a caramel head that takes up half the glass’ volume with an aggressive pour. The head lasts for more than two minutes before dissolving, and, oddly, leaving nothing on the side of the glass. I don’t know what to think about that.

S: I can smell it from two feet away. When I bring it up to my nose, though, I obviously like it more. It has those lovely smells that make a stout a stout – there’s coffee, there’s caramel, there’s dark chocolate, there’s roasted malt (well done, by the way), there’s oatmeal, and, almost hiding back there, there’s hops and orange. I’m starting to build up hope for this one…

T: Diving in – oh, man, fooled again. It’s watery. The 5.9% ABV should have been a dead giveaway. I have confirmation of all that I smelled, but the proportions aren’t all that good, and the wateriness is just too difficult to get past, especially when you’re looking for a beer with a little bit of ‘oomph’. If this beer were meat, it would be boiled beef, when you’re looking for a thick, juicy ribeye.

M: It’s watery. It’s light in body, which is strange for a stout. It’s very carbonated, which isn’t unusual. It’s tough on the palate, being watery when you want something that delights. The finish is watery. Okay, I’ve made my point with overuse of the word ‘watery’, but now you know what I’m feeling when I drink this this beer.

O: This beer walked like a duck, quacked like a duck, but couldn’t swim. That’s just not right, folks. This beer is Winona Ryder when you’re looking for Jennifer Lopez (or Jennifer Hudson, or Fergie, for that matter); it’s okay, but lacks the bam-boom-pow that you really want. Mercifully, I have a few really good stouts in the beer fridge; once again, Plan B proves to be a prudent course of action. Thanks for reading.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Grace in Portland ME 1/30/12, review from notes.

A: dark brown practically black in color, two fingers of thick off-white head sticks around for quite a while. An appropriately appearing stout.

S: lots of coffee, some nuttiness--filberts, chocolate overtones, earthy roasted malts.

T: mostly coffee and roasted malts, some hazelnut, finishes with a hint of chocolate.

M: smooth, good carbonation but not overdone. Pretty easy drinking.

O: A good stout to be sure. Nothing overwhelmingly special but soldly built and everything a stout should be. Definitely recommend.

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Photo of thain709
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Served with a nearly black body that showcased some deep brown highlights...the creamy head was light brown in color and stood three fingers tall...it became rocky and fell to a solid cap that left attractive lacing

S - A normal nose with roasted malts leading the way...chocolate and coffee are present with the latter being a little less

T - The roasted qualities of this oatmeal stout are very nice and show themselves throughout the entire beer...the roast does bring a bit of a bitterness but it's not too harsh...dark chocolate notes can be found towards the back end and they really stand out as the beer warms...subtle coffee and caramel flavors are also lingering

M - Medium bodied...smooth, roasty bitterness...I wanted some more body and creaminess

O - I enjoyed this Oatmeal Stout and even went back for more...it's very easy to drink with nice roasty flavors that provide a decent chocolate fix

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

one of my favorite oatmeal stouts. organic too. pours a beautiful dark roast coffee color with a 2 inch tan head. smells grainy, definitely picking up the oats here. also baking chocolate and brown sugar in the aroma. flavor matches in a less complex synergy of the aromatic profile. a little bit sweet, but not to the detriment of the mouthfeel, which is fairly carbonated and very full bodied. this is one of my favorite autumn drinks, although i think it works all year. a fine example of the style

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Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout from Otter Creek Brewing
3.96 out of 5 based on 1,006 ratings.
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