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

This beer poured very dark and opaque with a small and quickly-fading head. Nose is barley and coffee, and the beer is quite sweet, with the grapefruit zest of the hops coming forward and quite a lot of bitter chocolate flavor as well as a splash of cola towards the end. Coffee is not as apparent in the taste as it was in the nose, although the roasted barley is still there. The major drawback is that it's light on the tongue and not quite as creamy as I would like--a good light drinking stout when you're in the mood.

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

A - Dark, inky black with a red tinge when held up to the light, thin tan lacing

S - Capuccino, coffee, toffee / caramel; no detectable hops

M - Has a bit more carbonation than I'd expect, mouthfeel is more porter than stout

T - Tastes a lot like Starbucks Ice Cream; coffee / capuccino flavors with a hint of dark chocolate

D - Delicious after-dinner drink

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

Dark chestnut with a generous infusion of crimson. I'm able to see light on the opposite side of the glass, despite the fact that this is a dreary, overcast day. The head is the color of toasted wheat bread; fairly light for a stout. It has deflated from two fingers to one finger in the several minutes since the pour and doesn't look as if it's interested in leaving much lace.

The nose is right on the money for an oatmeal stout. I can't appreciate oatmeal (obviously), but I can appreciate plenty of well-roasted barley with strong overtones of bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee beans. Especially the last of those. Please let the flavor follow suit.

It does, it does. Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout packs gobs of flavor into a relatively light-hued, light-bodied beer. Black coffee, unsweetened baker's chocolate and grapefruit zest lead the way. I can't tell if the invigorating bitterness is due to the bitter char of the strenuously roasted grain (barley, wheat and oats) or is due to the hops (Hallertauer, Magnum and Cascade). Probably both.

The beer is almost, but not quite, bitter and dry enough to be considered an Irish dry stout rather than an oatmeal stout. There are just enough malt sugars running interference to keep things from becoming astringent and biting. Hopheads should find plenty to like.

Unfortunately, the mouthfeel doesn't quite meet the high bar set by the aroma and the flavor. If you like your stouts light and snappy, you'll like this one. I like mine full and chewy (or at least heading in that direction), so I'm less than impressed. It's more than adequate though, and works in the grand scheme of a sub-6% stout.

Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout is the second best Otter Creek/Wolaver's beer that I've had to date (Otter Creek Pale Ale still wears the crown). It's a fine effort that is good because it delivers where it matters most: flavor. Sessioning this one should be no problem at all.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Upon pouring a deep tan head cascades atop the dark brown to black body with hints of deep ruby hues sitting at the foot of the glass. The head patiently dissipates to a thin, but sticky lacing that clings to the glass.

The aroma is very pleasant highlighted by roasted and sweet malt, sweet chocolate, possibly vanilla, and oats.

The palate is more roasted than sweet, but greatly reflective of the aroma. Very nice, traditional flavors for the style such as roasted malt, milk chocolate, and oats.

This is a smooth beer, medium in palate, and carbonation, perhaps just a touch creamy.

I really enjoyed this brew and it is certainly a winner in the oatmeal stout category. Not to mention, it seems to be very easy to find.

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Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very dark amber (close to near black in color) and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin tan head that died down and left some lacing on the surface along with a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of dark roasted malts and oats in the nose along with some notes of coffee beans.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and also has notes of chocolate and coffee. There is a slight amount of bitterness and some hints of sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied, somewhat smooth but yet a bit thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and goes down smoothly. I would have no problem putting down a few of these in succession on any given night.

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Photo of errantnight
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a: a nice deep dark black. in bright light there's some ruby brown around the fringe. initial bottle poured a thin head with little retention... but i'm blaming it on the glass. never a thick, rich, head, but there. decent lacing.

s: malt up front. simple, clean, and unspectacular.

t: very nice. mild coffee hints with a light, dry roast. nice clean finish. perfect for a nice late night or after dinner drink. hides the slightly higher alcohol content entirely.

m: a little on the thin side for me, but rolls down nice and smooth.

d: eminantly drinkable. not what i would pick out all the time, but excellent for the price, and certainly worth revisiting.

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Photo of Wamesit
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours near black with some ruby edging. Thick tan head with moderate retention that gives way to minor clumpy lacing.

S - Roasted and sweet malts. Lots of coffee, chocolate, dusty cocoa, bread.

T - Big roasted flavors. Acidic coffee and dark chocolate. Hops bitterness throughout. Crisp finish.

M - Light, watery.

O - Good clean stout. Thicker mouthfeel would work better with the sharp flavors however.

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Photo of Ardeer
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Gajo74
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown with a foamy tan head and a creamy tan lace that retains well. A good looking brew.
Moderate aromas of coffee, milk chocolate, and oats.
Smooth on the tongue. Milky sweet and coffee bitterness create a good balance. Some burnt roasted malts and some bitterness in the finish. Overall I like it, my only complaint being that the body is a bit thin and the carbonation a touch flat.

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Photo of TimberSwanson
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smithj4
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mthomp081
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A: Typical stout appearance. Fairly good head retention. Thin craggy rings are left about the glass.

S: Roasty nose with notes of coffee, chocolate, toast, dough, and caramel. Quite nice!

T: Full-flavored roastiness. Coffee, chickory, some dark malt acidity but OK. Chocolate. Burnt brownies. Very mild fruitiness of dark raisins, dry apple, and some vinous undertones. Leafy/grassy hops. Caramel. Crusty bread. Overall pretty full and rounded. Solid bitterness. Finishes dry and roasty with lingering mocha coffee and leafy/grassy hops.

M: Medium bodied, leaning towards medium-light. Standard carb level of about 2.4 volumes CO2/ltr.

D: A decent enough oatmeal stout.

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Photo of PaleAleWalt
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Nice dark brew with tan foamy head lots of carbonation rising. Good wholesome roasted malt, oats slight hint of coffee. Tastes like it should, roasted malt, sweet oats slightly bitter chocolate coffee mix. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but overall a good oatmeal stout. This was a recommendation from the beer store guy on something that would wow me. Said it was as good as my Samuel Smiths, not quite, but still a good stout.

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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 tjd25
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Half-inch brown head, dense and regular on an opaque dark purple color. The smell gives a great impression of smoothness, with a deep chocolaty character, dry roaste coffee and a controlled fruity potential. Quite milky too. The taste is quite interesting and enjoyable too. A heavy malty chocolaty character, with also pronounced notes of roasted coffee. Light biting notes of citrus, lemon. A raspberry feeling. Hops appear, and stay on the tongue, with the mixed bitterness of the dry cocoa note. Mouthfeel is very smooth. It feels heavy at times but it is pretty drinkable. Not as velvety as one could expect from an oatmeal stout, but pretty enjoyable.

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

poured a deep brown color with reddish notes. Tannish head was impressive. Smell is of toasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. Taste is pf toasted malt, coffee, and caramel with a nice dry bitterness. Fishished with a bitter malt flavor. A very good oatmeal stout

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

Bottled on 08/25/2005.

Pours a not quite black with ruby around the edges, and a fairly small brown head (my glass may have been to blame for that because it was accidentally run through the washer). It smells deliciously roasty.

The flavor is roasty with a bit of a chocolate taste. It has all of the stout flavor without a hugely bitter finish. It leaves a mild burnt taste in the mouth for a little while after swallowing. All in all really nice and smooth if a bit thinner than the taste would suggest (I noticed that the Pale Ale had a similar level of carbonation). I'll be getting this again.

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

Photo of bmichaud145
3.96/5  rDev 0%

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