Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout | Otter Creek Brewing

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

Another find at Bradley Airport Terminal (Locks Landing), this has a deep dark black brown color, a healthy tan head and fair lacing. The aroma offers a pleasant and definitive coffee with a deep mocha sweetness and roasted nuts. Very nice. The flavor speaks out with a tart coffee bitterness, while the chocolate idea settles into a more subtle blend with leafy hop and even lemon highlights. This beer is a solid medium bodied to full bodied deal that is near silky in feel though a touch thin, very easy drinking...and it's organic! There's a hint of vinegar here that I might do without but it doesn't spoil it. The carbonation is very delicate but it's adequate for the style. Recommended for a try. Smooth and flavorful.

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Photo of jsdunlop
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black, layer of tan head hangs around on top of the brew for most of the glass, good lacing. Strong chocolate smell, faint coffee and cherry, macadamia nuts. Slight coffee bitterness in the taste, very malt forward brew with a great balance of nuttiness and bakers chocolate with a hint of sweetness, no alcohol noticeable in aroma or taste. Smooth textured and creamy with perfect carbonation and medium body, definitely one of the better oatmeal stouts I've had.

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Photo of PubliusII
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- It looks like a bottle of molasses was just poured into my glass. The color is so rich, there is a dark to light spectrum traveling up the 3 finger head. The head retention is fabulous. There is some visible carbonation, but the almost tar-black beer makes it difficult to see.
Smell- There are strong scents of bread, sugar and a little coffee.
Taste- Strong taste of coffee and a bitter, malty taste. The two tastes create a great balance. beer leaves a bite in your mouth
Mouthfeel- The beer has a heavy body and decent carbonation. It does not have a silky feel of Guiness. Rather, it has a robust feel to compliment the bitter bite.
Drinkability- It has a think, busty head, powerful aromas and balanced presence makes for a fabulous experience. If Paul Bunyan drank beer, I think this beer might have made it onto the menu,

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Photo of diamondc
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a single for $1.99. No bottled on date, despite the label promising one.

A: Dark brown, cola-like color. Some scattered lace, leaves a thin wisp of foam.

S: Espresso, chocolate, almost smoky aromas are what this beer's aroma is all about.

T: The taste is mostly all coffee, probably the most coffee-like beer I've tasted without having actual coffee in it. A mild milk chocolate and grape flavor comes out at the end, especially warmed up. The hops add some moderate bitterness, but this beer is about the roasted malts.

M/D: Creamy & velvety, oatmeal stouts almost always excel at mouthfeel. A great beer to drink by itself or with dessert.

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Photo of aranheaney
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a regular pint glass, been really looking forward to this one as it has become my stout-loving brother's go to beer as of late:

A-deep, dark brownish black, one finger of foam that disappears quickly, but leaves nice lace.

S-very good, definitely chocolate, coffee and classic roasted nutty goodness

T-a little more carbonation than I would have expected, but good from start to finish

M-awesome, really good from initial sip to the end of the pint

D-little bro didn't steer me wrong, this requires an additional sampling....

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Photo of StoutKing0104
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a very deep, dark amber with a finger of mocha head disappates quickly but leaves very nice lacing.

S - Strong aroma of roasted malt, bitter scent of hops and a hint of chocolate.

T - Roasted malt hits the tastebuds first followed by a sweet kick. Then black coffee and dark chocolate creep up and steal the show. It finishes off with a pleasingly bitter aftertaste.

F - Moderate carbonation tickles the tongue. This brew has just the right thickness to flow smoothly over the pallet.

D - Rich flavors make this an easy one to drink, it's kinda hard to only have one.

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Photo of DanThomas
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the 930 club seeing Darren Hanlon.

A- dark dark brown, no head.

S- roasted malt, chocolate, a hint of bitterness.

T- wow! The roasted malt really hits you, kind of like a concentrated Guinness roasted flavor. There is some sweetness to it, but maybe not quite enough. The finish is very pleasing, it's all bitter chocolate and a hint of hops.

M- love the carbonation, and all in all it's great, but wouldn't mind a little more thickness in the mouthfeel.

D- incredible. For such a strong flavored beer the flavor really doesn't overwhelm the palette even after 1 pint is gone, as happens with some stouts. I guess that means it's time for another...great beer!

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with an undecipherable code stamp. Pours a near-black color with some brown highlighting on the edges. Tan foam is of modest size and does not stick around too long. Does leave some nice lacing though.

Nose is full of roasty coffee, dark chocolate and oaty grains. Nice and bold, quite nice. Just a touch of fruit pokes through, but overall a pretty clean aroma.

Taste has a nice balance of chocolaty sweetness and bitter roast, with the roast winning out by a hair. Provides a rich mouthfeel with plenty of flavor but not necessarily creamy. There is a definite hop presence on the finish along with a little bit of raisin. This is a very drinkable stout. A six-pack of this could disappear in a hurry in my fridge. Probably makes my top 5 Oatmeal Stouts!

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Photo of cottonkoozie
4.62/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours an oily almost black color. Almost pitch black in the glass, only some slight browns around the edges. Brown head and nice lacing.

S - Wow, amazing. Smoky malts, Chocolates, Coffee, a creamy milk stout smell, and a good base of floral hops underneath. I want to smell like this beer.

T - A smoky earthy taste hit me up front, followed by pretty much everything I smelled. A slightly metallic aftertaste is the only thing keeping this from a 5.

M - Very nice, full, has the carbonation that some stouts lack, but is not overly carbonated.

D - Great session beer, keep them coming.

Wasn't sure about this one when I picked it up, when it comes to stouts I either love them or hate them, this one though is definitely a love. Great beer and has some elements to it that all stouts should strive for. Would love to see an aged version of this. I will be picking this one up again.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep brown with a tan foamy head -- not much retention.

Terrific coffee and cocoa aromas, some smokiness you actually catch from across the room. Some sweetness as well, like a milk stout.

Well, a bit of letdown. Good coffee and bitter chocolate edges, with decent dark roasted malt. Some leafy hops. But there is a sourness in there as well, like milk on a clearing palate. It gets in the way and I don't like it. Decent balance, no harsh elements.

A bit too carbonated and not quite enough body, but still ok.

Overall, a decent and drinkable brew, but not quite up there where the air is rare. Some misfires, but still likable. Worth a try.

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Photo of biglite351
3.64/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A - mild red through the middle of the glass. Tall off whit head that leaves some lacing.

S - heavy on oatmeal with roasted malts and American chocolate and coffee.

T - strong roasted flavor and malts with mild chocolate.

M - thin with into a slight tingle at tip of tongue.

D - easily drinkable all night.

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

A: Pours a fluffy slightly dark colored 2 finger head that fades slowly with a little lacing, over very dark colored beer, mostly black with just a hint of dark brown where the light comes through on the corners of the glass.

N: A nice malty roasty nose. Lots of dark malts, some roast, a little chocolate and hint of cocoa nibs, roasted barley, a little chocolate milk, and creamy aromas. Just a hint of bitterness combined from roasty malts and a little earthy hops.

T: Starts creamy with malts. A chocolate milk flavor, a little cocoa nibs, creamy chocolate, combined with roasted malts, quite a bit of bitterness from the roast, touch of bitterness from earthy hops, fluffy and smooth oatmeal flavors. Somewhat lush. Mostly smooth, delicious, and easy drinking.

M: Smooth and slightly luscious with medium body and decent carbonation. Some smooth oatmeal feel but looses a little bit of points as it's a little more on the watery side than it needs to be. Perhaps a little more unfermentables and oatmeal in the beer would have helped.

F: Some bitterness again mostly from the roasted earthy malts. A hint of earthy hops too. Lingering roasted malt flavors, some smooth oatmeal still, a little dark chocolate even, touch of caramel and sweetness. A very drinkable and tasty oatmeal stout. Being organic doesn't mean much to me, but being a sessionable, smooth, and tasty oatmeal stout for cheap and somewhat local, great!

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Photo of DerekP
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As usual, I poured a 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Black and opaque look. A nice grayish-beige head. Sticky-dry lacing.

Smells of freshly ground coffee - dark roast. Dark chocolate undertones, slightly subdued by the coffee presence.

Tastes like cold coffee, with a ratio of 5 scoops to 3 cups. Let it warm up a bit and you'll enjoy a grainy-bitter quality, but one coupled with enough sweetness to balance it all together. The coffee dryness hangs around as an aftertaste that I can't complain about.

A medium-thick brew; personally it is perfect for the style. It can hang around the mouth for quite a bit without a fuss, but still lets you know it's meant to be respected.

In my opinion, Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout is the beer version of coffee. I love it!

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured in to a Duvel tulip

A - Poured a medium brown, not as thick and dark as most stouts. Some visible carbonation and one finger of bubbly white head that very quickly disappeared.

S - A very strong nose of sweet roasted malts, coffee and nuts.

T - Very sweet up front. Roasted malts, caramel, coffee and a very faint hint of hazelnut. A nice overall palate.

M - Too light for a stout. Wouldn't even call this medium body. Not thick or silky at all. No chew. Too much carbonation. Would make a very good porter.

D - A good oatmeal stout and very easy to drink. But not one I would seek out again.

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Photo of Jesstyr
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this at the Marsh Tavern in Manchester Village, Vermont - served in an oversized pilsner glass.

Pours a super dark brown with a subtle amber glow that grows from the bottom of the glass. Head is off white, and lingers with nice lacing. Nose is heavily roasted, with a significant bit of hops in there that I notice.

Very nutty flavor, but not without its share of hops, almost too much for this style to me. Malt is roasted, to give this beer a strong bite to it - almost coffee-like. Body is a full-medium, but not entirely smooth. Very good oatmeal stout, but not perfect - maybe just a little too much of the bitter hops.

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Photo of skullsplitter
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured an amber-like hue. Very small head that faded pretty quickly. Not much in terms of lacing.

S - Roasted coffee smell. Chocolate notes were apparent. Very nice smell.

T - Nutty (hazelnut?). Nice roasted malt taste. Pretty traditional.

M - Good carbonation. Very easy to drink for a porter. I could drink this all night.

D - Goes down very well.

All in all this is one of the better oatmeal stouts I have had. Pretty dry which is the way I like it. I really enjoyed the taste. The roasted flavor is pretty strong but satisfying.

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Photo of MikeBrandman
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours from a bottle into a stein with a deep ruby/black opaque body. Less head than I expected, 1 finger that quickly receded. Good lacing, but again, expected more lacing.

S - Alcohol, nut, a little roasted coffee. Tasty smell, very strong smell overall from the pop of the cap to the pour.

T - Very similar taste to the smell. A little more coffee in the taste than the smell. Very balanced, gives a lot of bitter after taste but fades after a few seconds. Good taste overall, very appealing and complex.

MF - Light for a stout. Compliments the flavor well.

D - The complex flavor and the relatively light mouthfeel makes it a great drinking stout.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bad-ass pairing with a bowl of generic-brand Frosted Mini-Wheats. Classy, I know. Pours dark brown, small tan head quickly fizzes away to a thin ring. Leaves lace dots so small they are barely visible to the human eye. Great smell, fresh roasted coffee up front with a bit of caramel-like sweetness. Taste is pretty weak compared to the nose, but the nice flavors make up for it. Coffee is definitely the main thing going on, chocolate + oat come through more so as it's going down. A decent amount of hops.A bit of vanilla sweetness starts to show through in the finish. Mouthfeel almost feels watery thin at times, but this isn't exactly a high-body beer anyway and it makes it very drinkable. Spiky carbonation is a problem at first, but gets alot smoother once it seems to go away after a bit (or maybe I just got used to it). An enjoyable oatmeal stout that is pretty easy-drinking.

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Photo of chickenflea
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours almost black with ruby cast around the edges. One-finger head that dissipates quickly into a shallow ring. Light lacing.

S - A nice open and airy aroma, filled with roasted coffee beans, cocoa powder, and almonds.

T - Taste is true to the aroma. Sweet and nutty with good roasted coffee bitterness. Some sour lactose notes.

M - Medium body with a slick texture. Carbonation softens within a few minutes. Nice long finish.

D - Very pleasant. A good stout that doesn't sacrifice taste for drinkability. This is my first from Wolover's. Now I know it will not be my last.

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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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