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 Backer2004
3.54/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received this in my final shipment of the Beer of the Month club. Stamped 1/5/05 and has been sitting at the shipment place for over two weeks, so at least they get their beer out quickly. no lacing, head, or real carbonation found in the poured pint glass. Very rich, overpowering smell of roasted oats, coffee, and chocolate. Too hoppy--roasted oats a bit much. As this warmed up, other scents and flavors more apparent (this raised my taste review.5 points). Have not been a fan yet of Wolaver's organic brews, but it is better than the Middleberry ale.

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Photo of EPseja
3.24/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this in a four Oatmeal Stout taste-off between Samuel Smith's, Troeg's, Wolaver's, and Barney Flats.

Appearance: Almost headless. Slightly watery looking pour. Nothing special. Coca cola looking when held up to light.

Smell: Heavy duty smoked roasted coffee. Fireplace embers. Light dark chocolate sweetness.

Taste: Roasted coffee, dark bittersweet chocolate and chicory. Aftertaste turns to heavy, dark toast and warming smoke - tasty, but a bit uncharacteristic for the style. Roasted aftertaste becomes an overpowering burnt aftertaste after 1/2 a pint.

Mouthfeel: The taste makes it seem as if it should be chewy, but actually turns out to be a little thin.

Drinkability: Because it's not too heavy, it's drinkablility is very high for the style. However, it's overpowering aftertaste makes it hard to want a second pint.

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

Pours a dark clear brown with red highlights. Small and weak tan head which leaves a thin film and pretty good lace. Nice strong chocolate and coffee malt aromas. Tastes of roasted bitter coffee malts on a creamy and sweet oat background. Very nice lasting burnt toast and hop bitterness in the finish. Full in the mouth with fairly strong and prickly carbonation. Not easy-drinking since it's rich and full-bodied, but a dark, robust, and tasty beer nevertheless.

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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 Billolick
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer, with bottled on dating of 10/18/04, nice, its been in the bottle for only about 10 weeks. yeah fresh beer! Pours darkest of browns, dark tan minimal head, almost all lacing slides down the glass., Nose is big and burnt, malty. Taste is dominated here by notes of roasted grain, mocha chocolate and fresh roasted coffee beans. Smooth and tasty, but with an outmeal stout, I'm always looking for that oily,smooth mouthfeel, dont really get it here. Its more dry and chalky. Flavorful stout, worth a try and good to support the organic farmers of the world.

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

Appearance is classically stoutish. Small head, but it lingers plenty long. Nothing detractable here.

Aroma has strong toasted and nutty aromas. Roasted barley also present and enticing.

This is quite tasty, with creamy, nutty flavors surrounded by noticeable, yet well balanced roasted barley. The finish has a nice amount of bitterness, crisp and not rough.

Mouthfeel is OK, but I would prefer it to coat a little more, just because the flavors are so good, but don't last. Still this lends itself well to drinking more than one.

It isn't overwhelming and keeps me coming back for another pour. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Stimack
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this brew the other night over at Mahars. This was the first time that I saw it on tap so had to give it a try and may I say I was not disappointed! This brew was poured to a nice deep almost black color with a nice off brown head that had great retention and lacing. The brew smells heavily of roasted malt with strong hints of coffee, molasses and chocolate. The taste is dominated by the roasted malt flavors and also has a nice bite of hops that seems to enhance the heavier flavors. The brew is very nice and easy drinking, perfect for the colder weather. If you like Oatmeal Stouts give it a try if you get a chance, you will not be disappointed!

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

Pours almost black..head was small but lacing was good. Smell is a blend of roasted malt and light oaty combination. Taste is very deep on malt with a beautiful dry finish that ends in a nice bitterness. Mouthfeel is excellent...dry, somewhat chewy..a nice blend. Very easy on the driinkability scale. Could definitely have another. Good choice for stout lovers.

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Photo of scottum
4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Waterbury Wings.

Served a deep deep darkskish brown almost blacky with a tan headskie that just will not quit. Roasty and sweet black malty goodness in every sip. The bitterr hop flavors also come through quite nice. Great flavor is in every sip! This is, without question, the best Wolaver's brew yet I'm so glad to see this on tap!

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Photo of ppoitras
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap from the Vermont Building at The Big E, West Springfield, MA.

Clear plastic pint cup presentation. Nice tan 1/2" brown head over a dark brown opaque brew. Aroma is deeply of dark grains. Taste is dominated by dark malts as well, but not overpowered by coffee bitterness, rather balanced with sweet chocolate flavors. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both great, the creaminess makes it all come together.

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Photo of ngandhi
3.57/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

What this beer lacks in looks, it makes up for in personality. Sure, it could use some volumizing shampoo and maybe a little cream to smooth out the skin, but when you sit down with this beer, it tells you who it is.

Great roasted nose opens the curtain for powerful mocha flavor. Malted milk. Dominant roasted barley, like eating the raw kernels themselves.

Mixed bitterness from the malt and hops. Dry burnt malt acid.

Wolaver's never really develops into anything, getting quite boring after half a pint, but there's no denying it's a certified stout, excellent for homebrew competitions.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a very dark red-brown, clear brew with a very sparse tan head that dissipated quite rapidly.

The aroma was of roasted barley and chocolate malts, slightly estery, slightly sweet, with hints of grapefruit. Very intriguing.

The taste was very strong. First a strong roasted malt taste... which transitioned very quickly into a VERY strong coffee taste. A little too one-dimensional to make a truly good oatmeal stout.

It was a little thin, but quite drinkable once the initial surprise over the taste was gotten over.

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

Appearance: Dark. Black with hints of reddish around the edges when light strikes it. Tan head faded quickly.

Aroma: Burned. Roasted coffee and burnt chocolate aromas.

Taste: Theres a sharp kick from the roastyness at the beginning of the swallow, that never really fades until the lingering finish. There is a bit of sweetness that shows through in the aftertaste. There are no noticable hints of hop flavor. The flavors are more along the lines of roasted coffee beans than dark chocolate. Mouthfeel seems a bit lighter than other stouts.

Notes: Good stout. The mouthfeel seems a bit thin, but this may actually help it's long term drinkability. Would be good paired with desert.

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

Pours almost a deep ruby more than black when held up to the light this a very thin head,aroma of malted milk and bitter chocolate also a small does of nuttiness.deep roasted malt flavor with some milk choclate thrown in and a nice earthy/nutty finish.Not to sweet I get an almost caramel corn aftertaste to this brew wich is very appetizing and different.Alot of flavor here from chocolate to earth to that caramel corn a real nice nightcap for me here.

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Photo of cbl2
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Approaching total blackness with hints of ruby peeking through when heldup to the light. Capped by a thin (1/4") tan head that settles rapidly.


Smoked coffee predominates with hints of a chocolatey smores aroma.


Smooth beyond belief, with flavors of intense coffee, and hints of chocolate. Finish is slightly bitter (as is coffee), but the parting flavor is that of cream with a coffee tinge. An excellent beer that is reminiscent of coffee.

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Photo of PSUDREW
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

interesting beer. refreshing, but still everything you would expect from an oatmeal stout.

pours like guinness on steriods. seriosuly. sinking bubbles, dark brown color, thick creamy head, just ore so then one would expect. Guinness on 'roids!

Thick mouthfeel, nice roasted oat flavor mixed with chocolate undertones. Could be a nice desert beer.Very smooth, and just rich enough to make it right. Also, has a hopped-up coffee finish. And, to me that is an interesting mix. I mean I would expect the coffee to mix w/ the chocolate tones, but no, it mixes with the hops

Nice beer, interesting combos that must be tasted to be undertstood. And those charectereistics make it drinkable yea round, IMO


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Photo of bditty187
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown if not black in hue, when held to a light ruby highlights shine around the edges. A foamy brown head reached a maximum height of one finger, and then it quickly faded to a bubbly cap. The subsequent lacing was almost none. The nose is quite pleasant. There is great roasted depth with aromas of chocolate, hints of milk, oats, charred wood (not smoky), earth, and coffee. All of these smells work in perfect harmony. This is close to perfection. The bouquet is terrific, there is reasonable potency and the invitation is quite clear. The palate is almost as pleasant as the nose. The alcohol warmth seems out of place to me. The heat is off-putting, just a bit. There are excellent roasted flavors: earthy, charred wood with astringent acidity that melts into one with the chocolate flavors. The coffee stands alone, as does the herbal hoppines. The oats do an excellent job of rounding out the flavors; nothing becomes too extensive or too aggressive. The flavors are straightforward. This is a very tasty beer… until the aftertaste, which seems flawed because it tastes like rubbing alcohol, it isn’t very strong but it is still gross. I managed to get around this well enough and I’d still consider the palate to be very lovely. The mouthfeel is a little too thin for me, it lacks in bulk and the fact there is very low carbonation doesn’t help this aspect of that beer much. The consistency is a bit creamy. This is a good Oatmeal Stout, the recipe seems very old school, like centuries old. I’m digging that! This was quite good, IMO, this is a hard style to get right. This one was close. Thanks UnionMade!

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Photo of mschofield
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown with red highlights, topped with a two finger dark tan head. Leaves full thick rings of lace.
Roasted, almost burnt and acrid aroma, strong coffee, dark chocolate.
Roasted coffee, oat, earthy taste, chocolate, caramel.
Full-smooth body.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew is a very dark brown color, not quite opaque with a slight reddish tint. Medium thin and quickly dissipating light tan head, and very thin lacing. The aroma consists of roasted coffee and soy. Dry and a little too thin-bodied for my tastes, with flavors of coffee, caramel and a bit of chocolate. Some sweetness comes through in the finish, along with a touch of hops. This Stout falls short in about every area, but despite that it is still drinkable.

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Photo of Puddleglum
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I managed to find this in Cincinnati at the Dilly Deli and have since bought all they had. The appearance is a beautiful dark mahogony with a good head that left traces down the side of the glass. The aroma was a toasty, malted oat aroma that immediately jumpstarted my taste buds. I was prepared for that nice toasted malted oatmeal stout experience but found a surprising amount of bitterness that masked what I was longing for. Still it was a great beer and very drinkable. Not to heavy, not to burnt. I would have happily sacrificed drinkability for a little more sweetness though.

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Photo of Onceeven
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.

Picked this on up at Beers of the World (needless to say?) There's a lot to like about this stout. It appears a little lighter than most of the stouts I've tried, I mean some of them dont let any light in, this one glows deep crimson.
Not much of a head, but some patchy lacing is there.
Smells like your typical oatmeal stout, lovely.
This one went down easy, though the immediate flavor is a metallic note. Mellows out into a subtle smokiness & oatmeal flavor.
Not a bad beer, still like Young's better.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Dark brown with a reddish hue and a gorgeous head that came up about an inch and showed good retention, leaving some very thick and airy lacing on the glass.

Smell – Big, thick, rich oatmeal along with the traditional Stout aromas of dark, roasted malts, chocolate, and burnt toast.

Taste – The bitterness takes over here but the malty oatmeal is still very noticeable. This one has a nice maple sweetness to it as well.

Mouthfeel – Medium-bodied and very bitter in the mouth. The maple acts as a nice balance, though the salivary glands are definitely working overtime.

Drinkability – This was a nice overall Oatmeal Stout that didn’t wimp out at the end like a lot of others that I’ve had. Well done, Wolaver’s.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a brown head and very malty nose. The first taste gives off very malty, oaty body with a slight sweetness. This has to be the most oatmeally stout I have ever had. It is almost chewy and goes great with cookies. I can taste the quality of Wolaver's brewing and maybe the organic ingredients add to the flavour. You can't drink too many of these but this is a nice pint.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer arrived at the table a deep black with amber highlights when held to the light. The head was tan, nice, and laced the glass.

The aroma was huge chocolate and coffee. Very nice.

The flavor was coffee bitterness in the front with chocolate and a slight acidity. No sweetness in the flavor and fairly bitter.

The finish was dry coffee well into the aftertaste. The body was medium full.

A little more sweetness and body would have put this beer on the map. Still a nice drinkable stout however.

Pint glass at the Bass Lake Draft House in Holly Springs, NC.

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

Whoa simply awesome.

Pours black as night, with a small head that left little lacing.

Smell is wonderfully complex, with a big roasted coffee and malt over-riding.

flavor starts with this big roasted coffiness. It dissolves into some slightly tea like flavors, with a bit of cinamon, notes of apples and a sweetness from the oatmeal come out. At the back is some really mild hops, which lend a great dryness, and a slight bitter.

Wonderfull, wonderfull beer.


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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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