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 BlueHammer
4.65/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This being one of my favorite beer styles, I find Wolaver's to be one of the best among them - it's a perfect winter brew.

The beer pours a deep opaque brown. It leaves a small tan head that dissipates fairly quickly. It has a strong smell of oats and chocolate and coffee. The first sip is slightly bitter, like black coffee but the finish is sweet and malty. The beer has a certain "bite" on your tongue as you swallow that lingers till you take the next sip.

Like many oatmeal stouts, it should be kept cold but often tastes better when allowed to sit at room temperature before drinking it. If you can't wait (as I often can't) it's best to slip it slowly to experience the beer at different temperatures. This isn't difficult to do since as an outmeal stout, it's somewhat heavy and fairly filling.

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Photo of JoKo
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours near jet black with a small white head that fades quickly.

Smell: Roasted malts up front, some coffee notes

Taste: Roasted malt notes up front with a subtle smooth bitterness in the background. Very smooth, dry flavor, some coffee notes also present.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, crisp, doesn't linger on the palate for too long, moderate amount of carbonation detected.

Drinkability: Very good stout, highly drinkable, would most definitely recommend this beer.

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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 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 Maudite
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was my first Wolaver's. I was pleased. Next to Sam Smith's and Young's, my favorit Oatmeal Stout.

A= Pitch black, even held to the light. Poured a nice creamy head. Mine stuck around longer than alot of other reviewers, but slowly dwindled as I sipped. Had nice, not exceptional lacing, but upon first pour, a picture perfect brew.

S= Quite complex for an oatmeal stout. A slight diacetyl buttery scent, a definite aroma of brown sugared oatmeal, roast coffee, a slight aroma of warm dark chocolate, a trail of hops.

T= Almost just like it smelled. Comes on a bit buttery/butterscotchy, a bit of the bitter coffee/cocoa next, then wraps around your tongue like a big bite of maple and brown sugar oatmeal, finishing with a slight floral hop.

M= Doesn't stick long, feels like it will be big and rich like the taste, but falls as quickly as the head.

D= I could go all night with this one, expecially this time of year.

Recommended, to be sure.

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Photo of nms1987
4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Black or dark ruby body with beige head. Looks like a stout. Shocking.

Very pleasant smelling beer. Same notes as most other stouts.. vaugely chocolate and coffee. Again, smells like a stout. Maybe a little licorice and english hops too.
Smells great.

I'm not big on organics in general, esp beers, so I'm not sure about how this will taste but it was highly recommended to me and it smells great... here goes...

WOW. Thats delicious. I love Oatmeal Stouts and this is a good one. Rich taste, slightly sweet. I'm eating some pirolines (chocolate and wafer cookies) right now and its a great pairing.
Actually tastes a little like Bell's Kalamazoo, despite that not being an oat stout. Just an edge of grassy hops to keep things in check at the end, but they aren't what this beer is about.
Perfect balance, really rich.

Mouthfeel is fine, maybe a little thin but no complaints.

It tastes great enough that I'm almost out of this beer already. I'm not even trying to down it.. its just really good

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

Good all around, from top to bottom.

Looks nice, basically as it should. Dark. Aroma is burnt/toasted maltish. Very distinct. Flavor the same. Dark & rich, malt carries it. Good aftertaste. Mouthfeel thick, rich. Easy to drink.

Good beer, easy to drink and tasty. Maybe a tad one dimensional but maybe not. I like it, will buy it again.

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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 AngryDutchman
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle from Kif poured into 6oz sampler glasses.

Medium-dark brown with ruby highlights. Minimal head so can't comment on the color though it appears a bit tan. No lacing to speak of.

Smells somewhat sweet although nothing predominates to my sense. No hop to speak of.

Delicious coffee/toffee/crystal blend, smooth and easy tasting. Sweet aftertaste lingers on the tongue. Very pleasant.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin for an oatmeal stout, but it certainly activates the right taste buds.

A solid session stout. Would like to try this on draught. Nitro would probably jazz up the aroma and mouthfeel but for a bottled beer this is very tasty all things considered.

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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 CurtisLoew
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown/chestnut color. Nice sized tan head.

Smells like an oatmeal stout. Roasted barley, coffee, chocolate.

Nice light bodied beer. Creamy and smooth like most good oatmeal stouts. Sweet, chocolate, some coffee, roastyness. Not really overpowering taste. Just a nice, simple, easy drinking oatmeal stout.

Good beer.

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Photo of youngs11
3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

Pours a dark, dark brown, nearly black. Half finger of khaki head that falls to a thin layer about halfway through. Nice, but not as thick, dark, or bad-ass looking as some stouts.

Smell is pleasant but not very strong. Mocha, cherries, brandy.

Taste is a little more pronounced than aroma, chocolate, sunflower seeds, butter.

Great on the palate. Smooth and silky, carbonation is present, but there is no real prickling effect.

This is a solid stout, especially considering a six pack is priced a few dollars less than some of the more well-known examples of the style. Made in New England, organic, and not too pricey. Recommend

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Photo of HopsYeast
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a-pours a nice stout color. has a dark tan head. put it into a glass and can not see through this at all. nice dark stout.
s-smell mostly dark chocolate. there is a bit of a burnt coffee smell as well.
t-malt dominates the flavor. it is not overwhelming though. has a bit of an oat flavor, but the malt is the dominate flavor.
m-seems to have a much liter mouthfeel than what i expected. no sense of smell or taste and this could be any beer. i like there to be little to no carbonation and a very velvety feel to my stouts.
o-its good, but i have had better ones. kinda glad i didnt get a 6 pack and got it in a variety pack. but, it is still good, and enjoy it.

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Photo of altgeeky1
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black, no highlights to shine through. I have this next to a glass of Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout to compare, and Wolaver's is darker for sure. Pour creates a thick creamed-coffee head, but with short retention -- 5 minutes later the head is gone, but there remains lace around the glass and some floating islands of foam. Smells slightly burnt, not smoky, and thin, as if lighter malts were toasted longer to force more color from them, but with weaker smell. Tastes a little burnt, and bitter but not in an overall unpleasant way. The body is thinner compared to Smith's, and the carbonation is stronger and sharper. Carbonation is not overdone or bad, but it doesn't seem to 'support' or add creaminess as the SSOS does. This is one of my favorite oatmeal stouts, always available fresh at Hannafords.

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Photo of JWFokker
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle, it's a dark, nearly black beer. The head is a creamy off-white, but it's fairly thin and dissipates quickly. Like most oatmeal stouts, the nose is quite mild and has a faint aroma of roasted malt and coffee. The flavor is much more substantial than the nose and consists of well roasted, but not burnt malt, coffee and a bit of dark chocolate. At the very end you can finally taste some hops. It's a rich, but not overly bitter beer. The mouthfeel is suitably thick and smooth. Some have said it's even a bit oily and I can't say I disagree. I think a better description would be slippery. Drinkability is high, though as filling as this beer is, I don't know how many you could actually drink. But you'd definitely want to have more.

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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 DS31
4.58/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Riley and Jakes's in Clinton, NJ. I was pleasantly surprised to find this wonderful tasting beer on tap here. The beer had a lovely balance tilted towards the sweet side; never bitter, beautiful amber color and every sip a pleasure Otter Creek brewery has some fine organic beers and this one is no exception. Having this beer on-tap certainly enhanced the taste, but I will try it in the bottle to see how it compares.

Riley and Jake's is a famiily restaurant with a typical American pub menu. The food is fine for this type of restaurant and the place gets quite busy on the weekends.

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Photo of BrewMan13
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was a little excited to get this as its ~4.0 rated beer here and very reasonable price-wise <$7/6pack. Anyway, it pours out slightly lighter then your typical stout...well, its mostly black with some high-lights on the edges. A fairly small head emerges when all is said and done. A burnt aroma is the only really noticeable smell.
My 1st impression with the taste is the burnt quality I noticed in the aroma. Reminds me a little of their Stovepipe-porter in that regard. Becomes less astringent at the end of the swallow. No hints of sweetness typical of oatmeal stouts. Mouthfeel is on the thin side as well for this type of stout. My personal favorites of the style are Anderson valley barney flats (due to its robustness) and Samuel Smith's (for its flavor). But this one falls flat compared to those. Still a fairly enjoyable beer, but nothing to set it apart. TBH, I'm surprised its a ~4.0 beer, as it pretty much comes up a little short in most aspects.

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Photo of joshsbeerblog
3.05/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

i'm going to have to disagree with the bros on this one... sweet roast and smell of carbonation come through first. bitter hops define this flavor in my opinion, with some coffee and molasses in back of taste. this really reminds me of a thin porter... not what you look for in an oatmeal stout. i really want to like these organic beers too, but this one didn't cut it for me.

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Photo of Lordhelmit
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Finally, I found an oatmeal stout that is equal to (POSSIBLY better than, haven't decided yet) Drake's Crude oatmeal stout. This is sooooo tasty and sooo delicious. it tastes like a sweet creamy buttery sweet treat rather than beer. you know the butter beer in harry potter that instantly warmed them up etc? yea thats this stuff right here. the only reason drake's crude i think beats it is because wolavers is 5.9% and DC is 6.9%. Still top notch though.

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Photo of beerdepartment
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I want every beer called oatmeal stout to look like oatmeal from the top, but sooner or later the oatmealy froth doth fade and the beer is exposed. The dream ends. Beyond this beer's lack of surreal sudsiness, it looks good. Oatmealy head, coffee beneath. Some lacing.

Smell wasn't too rich, but improved with warmth. Burnt and caramelly (this coming from the opinion of a slightly stuffy nose).

Taste is much more good-type-complex and inviting when the beer warms up a bit. Rich and somehow peachy flavor with burny bitterness and dark, creamy maltiness.

Mouthfeel got creamier and creamier. Nice.

Overall this beer was good. Very good even. Somehow better than its individual averages! But it was also the last one of the 6 pack. Rest in peace, brew.

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Photo of mwearl
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very good stout. poured from a 12oz bottle, this beer had very low head with minimal lacing. Very dark with no light showing through. Smell was pleasant. Slighly sweet but little hop fragrance. Taste was good with a coffee cacao finish. Not very bitter; little in the way of hops or complexity. Mouthfeel was medium nothing too tanic or foamy about it. This is a very drinkable Stout. Not quite on par with a Samuel Smith but good nevertheless.

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Photo of dubman003
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There are plenty of advocates that will be crisp and clean with their review, but I really want to discuss the feel of this beer. My favorite beer is an oatmeal stout; the greatest oatmeal stout I've ever had came from Front Street Brewery in Wilmington, NC in a large jug that had become flat after some time in a friend's fridge. I drank the entire jug in one sitting; I did that, because I was drinking oatmeal. Literally.

On the opposite side of the spectrum, Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout: Always available, more stout than oatmeal.

Then Wolaver's: I solidly put this in the upper echelon. If the beer from Front Street was a perfect 5.0 (I still remember that day and how I relished that jug), Wolaver's is a perfect 4.0. The oatmeal is present and powerful and the stout does not overpower it.

I'm drinking from a bottle and the beer was a bit tart; I can't be sure if that's from shelf life or the true taste, but I recommend it fully and with gusto. I can only imagine that drinking this from a tap or fresh would be amazing. Grab a six-pack.

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Photo of Bobzilla
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Bottle from the brewery.
C: Black, with a hint of red-brown, dark amber through the light. Tan head, but it gets thin quickly.

S: toasty, roasted smell. A bit of cardboard as well. Reminds me a bit of canned tuna in the mixture of smells.

M: A bit fizzy than I would expect. The oatmeal smoothness is getting lost in the carbonation.

T: Chocolate, coffee, and cookie flavors.

-The Oatmeal smell starts to come through after much more warming. This beer is best served warm, or at most , cooled slightly. Even at 50 degrees in our basement, it seemed to be too cold to get the aroma out of the beer. The odd smells were only when it was colder.

D: Its a drinkable beer, but only with the above things in mind. On tap at the brewery, it was definitely a beer that was worth picking up. At home, it seemed to be lacking some of the character I originally noticed.

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Photo of BeerMagistrate
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Good beer, but not my liking either.
I was hoping for something creamier and heavier, more body. And there was no head on the pour. After taste was a little unappealing.

I appreciate a Guinness or the Left Hand Milk Stout a lot more.

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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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