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
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,006 |  Reviews: 400
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of dubman003
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There are plenty of advocates that will be crisp and clean with their review, but I really want to discuss the feel of this beer. My favorite beer is an oatmeal stout; the greatest oatmeal stout I've ever had came from Front Street Brewery in Wilmington, NC in a large jug that had become flat after some time in a friend's fridge. I drank the entire jug in one sitting; I did that, because I was drinking oatmeal. Literally.

On the opposite side of the spectrum, Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout: Always available, more stout than oatmeal.

Then Wolaver's: I solidly put this in the upper echelon. If the beer from Front Street was a perfect 5.0 (I still remember that day and how I relished that jug), Wolaver's is a perfect 4.0. The oatmeal is present and powerful and the stout does not overpower it.

I'm drinking from a bottle and the beer was a bit tart; I can't be sure if that's from shelf life or the true taste, but I recommend it fully and with gusto. I can only imagine that drinking this from a tap or fresh would be amazing. Grab a six-pack.

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Photo of jpd7374
4/5  rDev +1%

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

Had this on 2012-01-12 in Columbia, PA

A - Not quite opaque dark brown with tinges of ruby around the glass edges. 1.5 finger tan head that fades to a skim coating and leaves a little lace.

S - Very nutty, coffee, malted chocolate, medium roasted grain, touch of hop floral.

T - Much like the smell with an emphasis on malted chocolate, less coffee, tasty roasted/burnt grain, mild spice, molasses but not overly sweet and with a pleasant balancing leafy hop bitterness.

M - Medium body and light-medium carbonation. Reasonably creamy but not thick.

O - Very nice. I like this flavor a little more than the Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout although not as bold as a Founders Breakfast Stout.

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Photo of stealth
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer had me frustrated for a good 15 minutes while I tried to pour it. The amount of carbonation was insane, and the full-glass head took forever to dissipate enough to pour out the entire bottle. Freak bottle, I think. Once poured, the chocolate and light roast aroma pulled me in, and the taste equaled the aroma. A very nice, well balanced stout. Carbonation was crazy, like I mentioned, and that made it feel a bit different on the palate.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Ruger
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours almost black with a light red hue when held up to the light, tan one finger head with spotty lacing.

S - Freshly ground coffee, chocolate, cream, oats. I'm really impressed with the smell.

T - Tastes like a breakfast consisting of coffee, oatmeal with chocolate bits in it this beer is outstanding.

M - Medium bodied with just the right amount of carbonation.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout.

A: Dark brown with two-finger, tan, creamy head that lasted a few minutes. Pretty good lacing.

S: Sweet malt, oatmeal, and chocolate. Really nice.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Roasted coffee, chocolate, and toffee. Nice roasted flavor. Not too sweet and the light bitterness balances the flavor well.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Really smooth and slightly creamy.

O: Samuel Smith's had a nicer head and lacing and was definitely the creamier of the two, but this Oatmeal Stout had a richer aroma and flavor. I call it a tie. Both are excellent, but then again, I love Oatmeal stouts.

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Photo of Faina
4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of meesh335
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of Shilt
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of animal69
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of noyellowfizzbeer
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of brewerburgundy
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, Sam Adams Perfect Pint, bottling code/date that I can't figure out. Thank you Jayli via Secret Santa 2011.

It's dark, but not the darkest brown red of a standard Stout. Foam is sparse medium brown only in a ring.

The nose rolls deep in pleasant mid-level roast, cocoa powder and creamy chocolate, and black coffee. Very full bodied and creamy with a bit of milk stout about it.

They packed a lot of flavor into this one. No char, just hearty roast and toast and creamy milk chocolate. The finish turns dry with cocoa powder, drying roast, and a whisper of hops.

Oats don't really show up in the mouthfeel. It's round, but not exceedingly smooth with a finish that seems to dry out more than most Oatmeal Stouts. Moderate carbonation.

I wasn't expecting such a show; very nice. While not real low in alcohol, this beer is certainly no slouch. I think these get a bit overshadowed by their imperial brethren at times.

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Photo of Jayli
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 12/7
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a rich, dark, chocolate brown almost black with a 1/2 inch of light mocha head. Head recedes quickly leaving wisps of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is oatmeal, chocolate, and some toasted notes.

T: Taste starts with a nice chocolate and toffee presence before an oat, and roast flavoring comes in. Finish has a nicely balanced coffee flavoring that isn't overly dominating but compliments the rest of the beer nicely.

M: Lighterside of medium body, medium carbonation, slightly thin for a stout.

O: Goes down easy, tasty, not filling, mild kick, decent representation of style. This is certainly one I'd have again.

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Photo of TheNightwatchman
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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