Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout | Otter Creek Brewing

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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:
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Added by Todd on 11-12-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of maddamish
4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A great Oatmeal Stout that should please any fans of the style.


Smell/Mouthfeel: Slightly watery for the style.

Taste: Coffee chocolate and a slight oat presence. There is a bready thing going on in the background which I can't put my finger on. Which is good because I like my beers complicated.

This is just a solid beer all around. Well worth seeking out.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Muddy brown, utterly opaque, under a thick, gooey, cocoa tan head. Nice looking, indeed!

Nose burst with cocoa, rich and powdery at once, with bittersweet espresso hints at the side. Very nice. I'll drink it in as often as I can...ahhh!!!

Tastin' it...big chocolate all over the mouth, thick presence on the palate, powerfully rich and damnably delicious. A humdinger, this one. Dry cocoa feel persists and remains strong on the palate, leaving the dusky husky flavor all over the mouth. Quite an impact!

Full bodied, to say the least, with a long, bittersweet, lightly hoppy, abundantly malty finish.

I really like this one. Makes an impact, and imparts deliciousness. Can't beat that!

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Photo of HighCarbDiet
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the beer that got me liking stouts again. It also proves that great beers can be brewed using natural, organic ingredients. Kudos to Wolaver's/Otter Creek!

ST - 12 oz. brown twist-off bottle. drinking from a no-nick imperial pint glass (from NERAX!)

A - deep brown with ruby highlights near the top and bottom. thin creme-colored head that dissipates to a ring.

S - nice combo of roasted coffee beans and dried hops. it almost smells of oatmeal, but that may be just my imagination.

T - awesome. a beer for breakfast, lunch, dessert, or dinner. the bitterness of the roasted coffee flavor melds perfectly with the hops. not that the beer is all that hoppy, but the interplay between hops and malt is fabulous. would love to try this with some chipotle chili, or a big fat steak.

M - just right. lingers on the mouth for a moment, but not too long. slick, but not oily.

D - dangerous. smooth enough to drink two or three, but rich enough so that one could be enough.

i love this stuff. i'd love to find it on draft somewhere.

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Photo of jwc215
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours black with a decent-sized head that lingers through most of the drink.
It smells of chocolately, coffee-like oatmeal. The taste matches the smell. The smoothness of oats and the complex flavors of coffee and chocolate make this a very enjoyable drink. It has a robust, but very drinkable taste and mouthfeel.
This is certainly one of the best beers of this style that I have tried!

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I sample this brew at room temp in a snifter. The beer pours pitch black with a nice tan head foaming up. Great latticework on this one. Aroma is rich and hearty, oats like a bowl of cheerios, some chocolate hints as well. First sip reveals huge creamy body and very fine spacious carbonation.
Flavor is nice, oats and chocolate sweetness up front, a nice coating of the tongue as I swallow, then it finishes very coffee and roasted malt flavor. This transisition is actually a few seconds after swallowing and not immediate. What a nice ride of flavors in my mouth. A well crafted brew that I will purchase again!

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Photo of pandashaver
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a 1.5 finger light brown head with dark brown body that is opaque save for the reddish hue near the bottom edges of my pint glass - truly a beautiful stout! And the head retention is impressive, as well as some good lacing.

Smell is roasted and nutty. You can definitely also pick up the oats and a sweetness - yes it smells sweet and delicious before you even take the first taste.

Taste is pronounced malts that are sweet, but by no means too sweet. You also get some acidity, and a bit of sour if it swirl it around. A lot going on here.

Nice and full-bodied, not watery, and high carbonation. You can sip and enjoy this one as it warms and the flavor intensifies. The taste lingers, but does not smack your palate around, making you want more.

Very drinkable, but you have to be in the mood for a solid hearty stout. Tonight might just be one of those nights, and I think I'll have another.

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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 Gambrinus1184
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at the Groggy Frogg in Southington, Conn.

A: Poured a blackish brown body with a two-finger head of dense off-white foam and a great lacing factor. Deep and rich looking.

S: Smell was a pleasant blend of roasted malts, bittersweet cocoa powder and some embedded floral hops.

T: Taste is rich, warm and inviting. The malt palate up front is spot on oatmeal stout, with a lush blend of roasted coffee, caramel and bitter chocolate. There's a fine hop presence a very clean roasted finish which caps off every sip very nicely.

M: Mouthfeel is a bit creamy and full, but the flavor makes it irresistibly drinkable.

D: A very tasty drinkable brew. For a richer stout, ABV is manageable and sufficient for a nice, mellow session.

Wolaver's continues to outshine Otter Creek brews, with the exception of the Stovepipe Porter. They should amend the slogan to read "certified organic and bona fide delicious."

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Photo of dsa7783
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single, 12 oz bottle copped from Super Saver in Somerville...
Pours a jet-black, ebony hue with a hue foamy head that soon receded and left a copious amount of lacing around the glass...
Faint smell of nutmeg, cocoa powder, chocolate, and espresso...
Taste strongly complemented the aroma, bursting with roasted malts, semi-sweet, dark chocolate, rich latte, espresso, and mocha...
Overall, an excellent depiction of the style and a top-notch, American Oatmeal Stout, worthy of recognition and praise with a deep, creamy, rich, thick, milkshake-like flavor...
Creamy, redolent mouthfeel with a super-easy level of drinkability due to the modest ABV and non-cloying flavors and aroma...
Definitely recommended...

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark chocolaty brown with a fairly thick tan head. Aroma is strong, rich, malty, with an overtone of fine roast coffee. Lively, malty flavor has nutty and smoky hints and an undertone of fine coffee. Texture is smooth and tingly, a little thick, leaving a sassy finish.

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

Paid $8.99 for a mixed 6er from Wild Oats...

The beer pours your typical stout, a dark near-black base with a caramel colored head, medium sized, above average retention and nice lacing effects all the way down. The aroma is everywhere, alcohol, coffee, chocolate, and a touch of oats, a pure oatmeal stout smell.

The taste is very impressive, it feels a little heavy at first, but toward the end not so much, you'll notice the chocolate and coffe taste at first but then you'll pick up those oats later on. The mouthfeel is solid; it is very smooth and creamy in the mouth and does not affect the palette. The drinkability is good, would be higher but I probably would not drink another because it is still a stout.

Final Thought: An extremely impressive oatmeal stout made from the states, might be the best one here...

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

If there is anything these guys do well, it's thier porter and stout. This is great. It pours a nice black colour with a frothy tan head. The aroma is of roasted barley with a bit of a coffee hint. The taste was a smooth coffee taste. It was complimented by a slight cocoa and earthy thing that was going on. Rather nice. Complex for a stout.

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Photo of rarevos
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass.

A: Pours a near-black that only shows off its reddish-brown edges when held near the light. Not much head to speak of, and it quickly became a thin foam blanket and a few big bubbles.

S: Pronounced burnt/roasted grain up front with some dark, bitter chocolate underneath that. Some walnut and a hint of dark coffee.

T/M: Roasted grain up front, with a small amount of black coffee. I'm not picking up any chocolate, though it was definitely in the aroma. Balanced with a hoppiness that's part bitter, part citric, part piney/earthy. Finish is long, burnt, and has a nice light bitterness to it. Mouthfeel is silky, smooth, creamy-feeling, and is just a few tingly bubbles away from being the ideal oatmeal stout mouthfeel.

D: A beer I can get excited about considering how easy it is for me to get. It's certainly easier to get than my preferred oatmeal stout (Anderson Valley's Barney Flats), so I can see adding this to my routine. It's a pretty bold beer, big on flavor and easy to put away. Yeah, I'll have another, please. Really, really nice beer.

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Photo of rwrk42
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: A very dark brown with minimal head
Smell: Roasted malts, with a sweet hint of chocolate and coffee
Taste: Creamy and you can immediately taste chocolate and hints of coffee. A very smooth beer with mild carbonation. Finishes with roasted malt character.
One of the best Oatmeal Stouts of I have ever had. Highly recommend.

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Photo of udubdawg
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

Pours very dark brown, capped by a a thick but rapidly receding light tan head. Little lacing left behind.

Nose is an improvement on the appearance. I like that...it is building up to the taste, which is probably the highlight. Chocolate is showcased, along with heavily roasted grains and coffee. Not sure why, but I smell this and think "fresh!"

Very tasty. Quite a bit of chocolate here, some nice charred edge to the malt and of course coffee. Finishes with a refreshing bitterness that never interferes with the enjoyment of this smooth beer and probably keeps me from draining the glass in one motion! I'm going to give credit to the oats for the light residual sweetness and the silky nature of the body my tongue is luxuriating in. Finish leaves my mouth lightly dry with a hint of hoppy bitterness. Really nicely done. Tasty, great feel, and extremely drinkable. It could have a fuller body but in that case I'd probably drop the drinkability score a touch to match. Recommended!

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

Fresh from the brewery ... the bottle poured a pitch black beer with a thick, creamy off-white head that settled into a wonderful laced head with a thick stick to the glass. No doubt the usage of rolled oats plays a big part in such head retention and perceived body.

Molasses, roasted grains and a bit of a lacto/dairy aroma in the background. Hint of hop spice.

Wonderfully complex malt profile upfront with more molasses, bitter chocolate, rough roasted twang, cold coffee. Smooth, even body. Thickish mouthfeel, but definitely not too heavy. Hops are just as complex (Hallertauer, Magnum and Cascade) with an nice citric bitter edge that amplifies the roasted character, plus an herbal spice character, touch of pine and an underlying raw leafy flavour and feel on the palate. The beer finishes dry with residual roasted flavours, char and grainy notes.

In my opinion, a spot on Oatmeal Stout, very solid, well-balanced, easy to drink, packed with character and a great addition to the Wolaver's line-up of organic brews.

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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 EvoRich
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: As dark as anything I've had before. Like used motor oil. About 1 finger of head poured into a snifter, which dissipates into a ring around the glass rather quickly.

Smell: Oats and chocolate. Very roasty.

Taste: The taste matches the smell. No hops present. A nice hint of sweetness and coffee.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Overall: Love Wolaver's Coffee Porter. I've only had a sip of their oatmeal stout until now. This may now become on of my go-to choices. Very good brew.

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

A: Pours a dark brown with a cream colored one finger foamy head that holds its weight during the session. Leaves great lace that looked like a Kandinsky print!

S: Coffee, nutty, chocolatey with a bit of roastyness in there also.

T: Tastes like toffee, chocolate, and a bit of coffee also. There is a little bitter aftertaste, which is nice, goes away pretty fast to make way for the irish cream type finish.

M & D: Mouthfeel is very good, goes down smooth. Wolaver's has done it again, hats off to Otter Creek and upstate Vermont!

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

A- Thin tan head on a black body but when held to light it gets some brown hues.
S- Some oatmeal and chocolate aromas, light metallic, hints of coffee, light grass hops.
T- Big oatmeal flavors with a light backing of roasted malts. A decent helping of grass hops to help balance it out and they leave a nice bitterness on the tongue.
M- Medium to full body with low carbonation.
D- I think it is a pretty tasty oatmeal stout. It could do with a little bit bigger oatmeal but other than that it is very nice.

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

A beautiful tap pour yields a inky black brew wearing a cap of thick, luxurious milk chocolate colored foam. Head retention is remarkable and lacing is ridiculouly thick.

A full blown aroma of deeply roasted chocolatey malts, coffee bitterness, and vanilla creaminess. Smells like there's a liquified brownie in my glass!

Mmm, it's even tastier than it smells! In addition to the lush oatmeal stout flavors, there's a hint of oaky dryness, some dark dried fruit, malted milk balls, and oatmeal-raisin cookies.

The mouthfeel is smooth, thick, and creamy. Body is medium, and finish is balanced between bittersweet chocolate and a nip of floral hops. So good I had a second one!

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Photo of Ranbot
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12oz bottle into a pint glass

Very dark ruby red when held up to the light. A one-inch light tan head quickly faded into a thin film with minimal lacing on the glass.

Smell has a nice roasty oatmeal smell, akin to fresh homemade bread.

Taste is a nice full roasted malt, oatmeal and some bitter chocolate. Very mildly hopped, typical for the style. Hops complement the roasted malts well. A smokey flavor carries long into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good. Light to medium with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I love how low the roasted flavors linger on the palate.

Don't skip this one due to fears of an organic brew being sub-par. This is a very good oatmeal stout and the best organic stout I've tried.

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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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Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout from Otter Creek Brewing
3.96 out of 5 based on 1,007 ratings.
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