Wolaver's Brown Ale | Otter Creek Brewing

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Wolaver's Brown AleWolaver's Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by stirgy on 04-01-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 370 |  Reviews: 223
Photo of shoude
4.04/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from bottle into sam adams beer glass

pours a reddish color with an average head that lingers on the glass, has a nice yeasty aroma, a crisp and malty flavor with a nutty twist and a very dry finish, goes down very easy and isn't heavy at all

would pair well with burger and fries, beef stew or even a steak

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Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet. Beer is brown and hazy, forms a thin off white head that nearly disappears quickly after pouring and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is low and steady.

Aroma is sweet with a hint of roast, caramel. Very nice.

Medium to full bodied, sweet up front, interesting caramel on the back end, not a lot of flavor back there. Second taste, more bitterness the second time with some more sweetness. Drinkability is high and mouthfeel is pretty good. Carbonation does really come into play in the palate for this beer but overall really nice.

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Photo of bpbieste
3.79/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is a lighter brown, maybe even a hint of amber cloudy. Very inviting.

Smell: Chocolate and Caramel aroma malts. Strong aroma for a brown.

Taste: Delicious sweet taste, nutty/ chocolate/caramel.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, thin, good carbonation. I get a slight bitterness as it wanders.

Drinkability: Easy to drink. Good way to unwind after a hard days work. 1 is all you need, savor it, drink it slow.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.32/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - brownish-red colour with almost no head and very little visible carbonation.

S - nutty malt nose. Slight caramel. Average hop and malt profile.

M - somewhat thin with average carbonation.

D - The flavour profile dissipates somewhat after a few sips, which is disappointing. Becomes almost watery.

A decent beer, but not one that I would buy again.

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Photo of wangbruins
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Murky, hazy brownish-red with a thin head that didn't stay long

S- Sugar and molasses, some wheat, and some apple

T- Very wheaty and spicy, a little nutmeg, and a very small hint of cinnamon

M- Thin and oily, not much of an aftertaste, but a smooth finish

D- My girlfriend made me get this for her to try to like craft brews and she hated it. I thought it was okay, not good, just okay

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.12/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Eh, for a brown ale. . .

Pours, a little more substantial than I was expecting. Not the thin, dirty quality you'll see in more popular browns. Decent carbonation apparent. Aroma, lacks the heavy earthiness you'll get sometimes, was enjoyable in its possible hop uplift.

Taste, standard roast and hop profile, muted, but alive for a brown. Balanced. This is a good beer to give someone making a step up from the BMC - SA, but not yet ready for something hoppy or bitter. A segue if you will.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ordered a bottle at West On Centre in WR. Poured into a pilsner glass. Very light brown in color. Thin head and not much lacing. Smelled a bit malty and noticed some brown sugar also on the nose. Taste was a high point. Impressive malt flavor, with an earthy undertone on the palate. Very flavorful. Only issue now was the mouthfeel. I felt that it was very thin for a brown ale. Would have liked to have seen more depth. Very drinkable though, decent abv, and smooth body and flavor. I'd order one again since it's on West's permanent beer list.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass the beer is a clear light caramel brown. A thick two finger head leaves huge chunks of lace around the glass. The retention is great.

The aroma is sweet caramel malt and candied dark fruits. There are bready yeasty notes as well. Very sweet and fruity.

The flavor is touch less sweet then the nose. Bready and malty. Light caramel sweetness. Not huge in the taste department but pleasent.

Medium to light body with moderate carbonation.

Overall a nice easy drinker. I could a few of these down without blinking.

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Photo of Tone
3.44/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, brown color with an almost golden/copper color along the bottom. 1/6 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of tart malt, acidity, yeast, slight roasted malt, and some dark citrus. Fits the style of an English Brown Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and sharp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of tart malt, acidity, slight hops, and a hint of syrup. Overall, a good body and blend, but lacking in appearance.

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Photo of unclejimbay
3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wolaver's Brown Ale
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Style: English Brown Ale
ABV: 5.70 %, reviewed from bottle>Pint Glass
reviewed ~11/1/09, thanks to Greg M for homebrew cider trade @ FL/GA party.

Lists; caramel, munich and chocolate malts
Tettnang/Hallertauer/Liberty Hops


A * Lighter color than expected, light chestnut/rust color. Mediocre i finger head with short retention but some respectable lace forms.
S * Dark caramel/toffee/malt aromas with hints of grain/bread & nutty-ness.
T * Tastes as it smells with a semi sweet finish of nut/toffee/caramels
MF * is medium-thin, high carbonation.
D * This is an enjoyable brown ale with a bit more caramel/toffee malty-ness than most. It's sort of a brown ale/amber type hybrid IMHO.

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Photo of Travlr
2.9/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Cask at Churchkey. Muddy chestnut color with very scant bubbles and no lacing. Aroma of untreated pine and caramel. Decent malt flavor, maybe some light spice, but not much else - could use just a touch more hops. Fairly thin body and not much finish.

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Photo of ajmoody76
3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bought in a mix a six pack. twelve ounce bottle pours clear amber brown. thin tan head. some nice lacing.

fruity nose with biscuit malt aroma. no off odors.

sweet malt taste. caramel. low hop presence. sweet aftertaste.

mid body beer. enough carbonation. it is cool that it is organic. good beer.

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Photo of thespaceman
3.87/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at Wood-N-Tap in Southington, CT

Appearance: Pours a deep amber to light brown in color, lots of soapy lacing sticking around here. Head size slowly dissapates yet head retention is decent.

Smell: Lots of toasted grain and sweet maltiness up front. An underlaying array of deep esters and some chocolate. Alot lighter in the nose then this beer appears.

Taste: I get roasted nuttiness up front, a bit sweet upon first sip but a bit of spiciness evens it out. Some roasted malt sits in the mouth nicely, it's smooth and a tad sweet. I also get some earth like elements with a touch of light chocolate.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin for a brown ale but very smooth nonetheless. A touch of bitterness and a medium amount of carbonation are nicely aligned.

Drinkability: Overall a very good, sessionable brown ale. I like that Wolaver's does organic stuff, and though I don't care for it too much, most of their offerings are above average including this one. A nicely crafted English Brown that is just right for any occasion.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into nonic.

More of a copper/amber than a brown hue. A one finger light tan head slowly settles to a thin cap.

Some toasty grain, caramel, and a little bit of roasted walnut.

A lot of caramel is in the flavor, along with a little bit of coffee.

An okay brown ale, a bit on the lighter side in looks and color. Not bad, though.

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Photo of TheDeuce
3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Wolaver's Organic Brown Ale....

Appearance-dark brown color with a solid lace filled head.

Smell-sweet malt, tan roasted bread aroma, sugary sweetness.

Taste/Mouthfeel-malty flavor a heavy sweetness that's a little over the top but just saves itself, chocolate and coffee flavors beneath the layers.

Drinkability-a little sweet but just fine compared to other brown ales.

Overall-recent reports say Organic food/drink makes no difference compared to normal foods. Regardless this is an ok brown ale.

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Photo of Patrick999
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Stone imperial pint glass a murky brown with the added sediment at the bottom. Bottle says it's from 11/07, so this is kinda old for a standard brown, but it looks pretty good.

Aroma is of lightly roasted malt, still smells pretty fresh.

Still tastes pretty good. Nice caramel malt going on, a tad crusty cinnamon bread.

Feel is substantively bubbly, like a typical brown.

I'm surprised by this easy-drinking brown ale. I remember the caramel being stronger fresh, but it's hardly bad. 11/07, this one got away from me a little bit, but it has kept itself up fairly well.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.84/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Off the tap at the brewery this beer was a copper/amber color with an off-white skim for a head. The retention was ok and the lacing light. The aroma was a nice balance of sweet malt, toasted malt and floral hops. The flavors were full of caramel malt and sweet malt with some pale malt and floral hops that added a little bitterness and balance. Enjoyable, refreshing and totally sessionable. The mouthfeel was watery, the body medium and the carbonation soft. Though I considered the 'feel' of the beer to be weak and the flavors to be rather boring its light nature added to it being a very drinkable, session beer.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
4.09/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber (more red than expected) with one finger of smooth foam. Good lacing.
Smells of earthy malts, roasted nuts, and dark bread. Hint of caramel. Mostly smells like sticking your nose into a bowl of mixed nuts (that's a good thing).
Tastes like toasted malt and nuts. Nice caramel/chocolate sweetness, balanced by a drying hop presence in the finish and a bit of alcohol bitterness as well.
Mouthfeel is full and smooth; a bit creamy.
A very tasty and drinkable Brown.
I've only had three beers from this brewery so far, but they've all been excellent.

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Photo of BabyBastard
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, darker brown, minimal head that has nice lacing left around the entire glass. Looks like a decent brew.
Smells of sweet maltiness.
Taste is also dominated by that sweet maltiness, seems to have a roasted, earthy flavor to it.
Mouthfeel is pretty much spot on, not overly heavy, just about right. Carbonation level on this one is just about perfect for me, has a nice tingling on the tounge.
Drinkability is good. Would surely have another.

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Photo of u2carew
3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A) Pours reddish brown with barely any head. Visible signs of carbonation with slight lacing around the edge of the glass.
S) Caramel notes with a touch of roasted coffee. Mostly a sweet aroma, just a bit of yeast scent.
T) Earthy sweetness in the nose. Flavors of caramel and toffee with a bit of smokiness.
M) Crisp and bold up front, but then fades quickly with a slight buttery, dry feel at then end.
D) A decent brown ale, well crafted but not a stand out.

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Photo of giblet
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer poured a medium brown with about one quarter inch of head that quickly settled. nice steady carbonation. smell was of roasted malts and a nutty aroma. taste was pretty darn good of the same as the smell. good finish that was a bit drier and cleaner than most browns. for me that is a good thing cuz i dont like too sweet. good light lacing down the glass.

suckem up and movem out.


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Photo of Earwacks
2.42/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

ALERT: I am reviewing this beer (scores) as a Flemish Ale since that can only be what they accidentally put in the bottles.

(That's all I'll write. Seems silly to waste my time describing my impressions of a Brown Ale that tastes like a lame attempt at a Flemish. See scores for any more detail.)

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a bright mahogany brown hue with a large tawny white head, brilliant foam with ample fine lacing. Aromatics offer up nice roasted nuts and minimal caramel with a touch of cocoa. Herbal hop quality comes across as well, not bad. Flavor has a slight sour dirty earthy character, from a mix of the roasted malts and more of an English hop profile. Mouthfeel is unoffensive medium bodied carbonation is smooth, drinkability is solid all around flavor is good but not stellar glad I picked up the 12 pack sampler with the IPA, Pale, and Brown to mix it up.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A slightly hazy deep auburn color. Tan head is resilient.

This brown has a slightly fruity aroma, twisted around a sweet maltiness with hints of caramel and bread. Taste is sweet, with a light roastiness to the malt. Even a bit of spice in the background. Hop spice turns mildly bitter as it fades. Nice.

Nice smooth feel, good medium body with nice carbonation. This is a highly sessionable beer as it should be.

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Photo of argock
2.51/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Frehsness date lasered on bottle above label. Purchased as 6-pack from Whole Foods (Charlottesville, VA) for $7.99.

A: Very red hued with bit-o-honey colored 1-finger head with respectable retention and lacing.

S: Caramel, roasted malt, and stewed vegetables

T: Very sweet and the vegetable flavor is very strong, but identifiable as due to the heavy load of Fuggles hops. It way over herbalizes the beers aroma and flavor, giving it an almost-minty finish after a too-sweet malty flavor. These flavors do not go well together.

M: Medium-bodied with adequate carbonation but unpleasant sweet-herbal aftertaste.

D: Not a beer I will be going back to. A disappointment after the roasted goodness of their oatmeal stout.

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Wolaver's Brown Ale from Otter Creek Brewing
3.52 out of 5 based on 370 ratings.
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