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 Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Thanks to baconsausage for this bottle!

The middle brew enjoyed by VDubb86 and myself amidst a Ghost Adventures kick. It pours a straight obsidian (though bordering on black-brown) topped by a half-finger of glowing off-white foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, light coffee, dark chocolate, molasses, and light maple syrup. The taste holds notes of roasted malts, cocoa, light vanilla, and plenty o' toasted oats. The body is a light-aspiring medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a thickly smooth feel. Overall, a very nice oatmeal stout, rich and chewy without going overboard on the flavors. Get some!

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

Pours a solid dark brown with a faint garnet brown highlight when held to light. A smallish off white head froths then quickly recedes leaving spotty lace on the way down. The aroma from this beer is quite intoxicating. Toasty and roasty grains with hints of caramel and chocolate balanced by a bit of earth and a hint of dark fruit. The flavor is roasty and chocolate with bits of bread, caramel, and toffee. There's a light fruity sweetness with enough dry roastiness to provide great balance. Light earthy hop flavor with little to no apparent hop bitterness. Medium body with a light level of carbonation and a dry grainy roasty mouthfeel. This beer smells incredible and tastes pretty good too.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of tdm168
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chippo33
2.85/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

oxidized thin chalky needs an overhaul

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Photo of smakawhat
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Deep classic and simple opaque brown walnut with some real nice red edges for the body color. Head makes about two fingers, fairly creamy looking with espresso to a slightly darker tan brown color. Settles to a nice controlled thin top, creamy collar and scooped bowl like edging.

Excellent aroma. Chewy grains and sweet tones all over. Milk chocolate, creamy milk and vanilla smelling, a real nice cake like quality, fluffy dough and chocolate cake flavors abound.

Palate comes out a little differently. Mild bitter sensing milk like chocoalte in the mid palate but finishes more dark and burnt and powdery for the aftertaste. Warm a big but also a twinge of acrid and sour grain as well. Milky and slightly wet but a decent enough body that handles some good cream like flavors as well. Mild berry twinges of raspberry and fruit like esters that compliment nicely with the chocolate qualities as well. The sourness does dissapate after the first sip at least, even giving into more roast and char complexity as well.

Not bad, just doesn't taste as good as it smells unfortunately.

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

I've always said that this is one of the best oatmeal stouts out there. And now I'll elaborate why.

Pours dark brown with a tan head that falls to nothing. Nose is a gentle roasted thing with a fairly thick cocoa edge. Flavor is roasted, cocoa, and a bitter on the back end. Really excellent flavor ride. Feel is liquid smooth and carbonation is as well. Like I said: one of the best oatmeal stouts out there. And it just happens to be organic.

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Photo of mklisz
4/5  rDev +1%

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 malfunxion
4/5  rDev +1%

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 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 Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased and drank at Starry Night Cafe in Rochester, NY.

Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a 2 inch head, and some little splotches of lacing down the glass.

Smells include dark roasted malt, chocolate, and espresso beans.

Fairly bitter, but still smooth- the roasted malt is a huge component here, when mixed with the coffee- makes for a nicely, bitter dry stout. The oats smooth this beer out, and the chocolate flavors keep it a little bit sweet.

Smooth, silky mouthfeel due to the oats. Medium to light bodied- could be thicker, I suppose.

A great oatmeal stout. Very well balanced, and packs quite a nice dry bitter punch.

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Photo of IPAchris
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of coffee, roasted malts. Taste is coffee up front, some oats are present, a touch of chocolate. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall this is an enjoyable beer.

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

Appearance: arrived in a pint glass with a dark brown / almost black color with a thick 2" tan colored head that lasted quite a while. Some nice lace painted the glass.

Smell: tons of roasted malts and dark chocolate.

Taste: the flavor is up front with the strong roasted malts, but is nicely rounded with some bitter dark chocolate, burnt coffee, and very mild bitterness. Lightly dry.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body, almost a liquid meal. Lightly crisp at the start with a smooth thick finish. Long roasted aftertaste.

Drinkability: easy drinking oatmeal stout. Definitely worth having if on tap.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of tempest
3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Whoa, heavy on the roased oats. I really dont get much more ou of this beer in either smell or taste. Its good a what it does, but this isn a terribly complex beer. I tend not to like my oatmeal stouts in the bottle as much, as this example isnt as smooth. Maybe this would improve on nitro. I'd still prefer a Sammy Smith over this.

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