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Oatmeal Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 493
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 8.15%

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: MinorThreat on 06-26-2013)
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Photo of Murp


3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A solid imperial stout. The oatmeal gets buried a little in all the flavor, so don't go into it expecting oatmeal to dominate, but it adds nicely to the body and balances the flavor a touch.

Appearance is good, but standard. Dark with a slight, but sturdy head.

Old alcohol dominates the smell, with a touch of sweet dark gains. It's not bad, but it doesn't do the flavor of the beer justice.

It tastes of dark molasses, wood, and burnt (in a good way) oatmeal. there's a touch of dark cherry on the finish. Lingers a bit on the palette, perhaps too much. Make sure you drink it at or just below cellar temp. Too chilled and it tastes like syrupy nothing, too warm and it clings to the palette for far too long and becomes cloying.

Overall? Very good, But not terribly memorable. It's a great way to introduce someone to heavy-duty stouts, but I doubt it will get a lot of return visits.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2013 03:07:06 | More by Murp
Photo of GreesyFizeek

New York

4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap Joe Bean Coffee Roasters in Rochester, NY.

Pours a dark, deep black, with a dark mocha head, 2 inches, with good lacing down the glass.

The aromas include dark roasted malts, almost burnt, and chocolate.

The taste is great. The incredibly roasted malts, cocoa powder, raisins, and rolled oats all play a big part here. Relatively bitter due to how roasty this one is.

Silky smooth mouthfeel, due to the addition of oats. Very creamy and thick. Very drinkable.

Another great variant of Yeti. Duh.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2013 04:36:35 | More by GreesyFizeek
Photo of gillagorilla


4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Mahaffey's (from notes).

A: Pitch black. Thin mocha head with nice lacing.

S: Oatmeal and sweet malts. Subdued but fruitier with lots of raisin.

T: This is excellent. Full stout flavors. Lots of sweet malts and raisin.

M: Smooth and creamy oatmeal body.

O: I think this might be my favorite Yeti yet.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2013 03:01:46 | More by gillagorilla
Photo of EBeckett3

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Classic, dark, thick with brownish head, very strong laces, "sticky" even
S-dark roast, choc, slight spiciness
T-flavor bomb, spicy, chocolate, slight dark coffee, herbal, toasted grains, slight alcohol finish
M-full-bodied - oatmeal pulling it all together without any overt oat taste, carbonation keeps it lighter than expected but creamy, robust
O-Very good, velvety, but light-easy drinking and therefore enjoyable and possibly dangerous due to abv

Served in wine glass, The Pour House, Westmont, NJ

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2013 23:21:17 | More by EBeckett3
Photo of Bung

North Carolina

3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at Grapevine Ft. Mill. Thick black pour, straight brown head. Sticks to the glass quite a bit.

Aroma, a little subdued, roast malt, anise, dark chocolate.

Taste, more pronounced. Roast malts, dark chocolate, cocoa. Light plum or prune type dark fruit. Some herbal hop notes and anise bitterness. Just a slight coffee component.

Near full body, the carbonation just keeps it from being creamy. Coats well. Very little abv shown. This is pretty standard for all the Yeti series.

Didn't really get much of the oats, but this is still rock solid. Not a large off shoot from the standard in my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2013 00:57:59 | More by Bung
Photo of dar482

New York

4.66/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a black color with a gorgeous deep brown mocha head.

The aroma is just huge. So freaking chocolate forward. Roasty malt, sweet raisins, brown sugar.

The flavor follows with tons of chocolate, roasty malt, a bit of coffee, dark fruit and raisins, some oats, with a bit of hops in the end. The bitterness is actually quite gentle and inviting instead of the big abrasive taste instead of regular Yeti.

The mouthfeel is wonderful. It is the highlight of the beer with a huge viscous mouthfeel. It's so thick and creamy, almost like a milk shake.

This is one of my favorite Yetis. What a delicious and thick Imperial Stout.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2013 23:11:31 | More by dar482
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

@ Ridgewood

Black with a gorgeous, thick, frothy tan head. Aromas of malt, char, dark fruit, dark chocolate, and oats. Sweet and black malt flavor joined by raisins, chocolate, and some hops in the finish. Soft, thick, velvety smooth, and chewy. Rich, but not boozy at all. Another fine Yeti encounter.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2013 22:47:02 | More by wedge
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4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from tap at the brewery. Ok...its an awesome stout. Great roasted character and hints of chocolate...its bold robust and smooth. Swirly tan lacing hand around the entire drink. Its a superb brew..but low on the rankings of an imperial stout...maybe a new category. ..imperial oatmeal stout. ..now we're talking. Wow simply awesome.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2013 22:41:46 | More by DrinkSlurm
Photo of VoiceOfTheSoul


3.49/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From bottle, 1/21/14

A: motor oil black with a fluffy brown head, only appears with a 90 degree pour
S: sweet roasted malt, coffee and cocoa, raisins and dates, pumpernickel and a hint of orange
T: Lots of raisin up front and throughout, really great (if quick) coffee and charred notes in the finish with a touch of pine; lingering burnt, cocoa bitterness
M: quite smooth, but not as heavy as I'd like
O: Decent, a bit much on the raisin, but not really overboard. Overall well made.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 14:09:08 | More by VoiceOfTheSoul
Photo of craftbeersweden


4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thick, black beer with a dark brown to beige, two finger head. Lacing on the glass when the head sinks down to a thin, brown layer.

Nose: Chocolate cream, vanilla, ice cream, honey, toffee, brown sugar, nuts, hops, coffee and of course the special "Great Divide" smell! I JUST LOVE IT!

Mouth: Full, great, big, complex body with a very small amount of carbonation. Coffee, dark roasted malt, espresso, ash, caramel malt and a lot of dark chocolate!

This is a MUST HAVE. I love it. I’m glad I’ve saved a few in the beercellar :)

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 23:09:10 | More by craftbeersweden
Photo of RickS95


4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick, pitch black pour. Completely devoid of anything light. The head doesn't immediately form, but when it doesn, it's brown and creamy. Moderate retention, fluffy creamy bubbles, with a chocolate lace left in its wake.

Dark, roasty malt, expresso, smoky scent fill the nose. Subsequent is the wave of caramel and faint dark fruits that fill the nose. No hop presence, but you can smell the bitterness from the roasted grains.

It's all vague malts up front, but as the beers wonders toward the throat, the gentle chocolate flavor evolves. The raisin gives some balance as the bittersweet chocolate intensifies the flavors in the finish.

For some a big beer, it's very easy to drink. The oatmeal provides plenty of creamy smoothe texture so you don't get a grainy feel like its brothers. Sweetness collides with bitterness throughout before a warming bitterness lingers til the next sip starts. Full bodied, you can feel thick viscosity. No carbonation so the palate is left sticky with a syrupiness.

Overall, it's a hell of a beer and exceptionally drinkable. Not something you chug, you could easily nurse this for an hour or more...and love every sip. Would make a great nightcap or dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 03:50:22 | More by RickS95
Photo of TBoneJones


4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black pour, deep tan head, thick and rich-looking and with sticky lacing evident off the bat. Settles.
Smells like cocoa, dark cordials, banana esters, raisin, yet much hidden.
So thick and velvety upon sipping this. The oatmeal IS this beer now. It glues everything else together, the raisin, the dark pudding (yes, with this mouthfeel it's like chocolate pudding). Sweet, and with a roast flavor that that does not turn too bitter. Not complex, but a big treat of its own.
Thick-bodied and slick, with medium carbonation.
This is a tasty, rich and oily imperial stout. A sipper, and a dessert beer no doubt.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 23:54:52 | More by TBoneJones
Photo of superspak


4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 6/25/2013. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dark brown head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, char, toast, raisin, molasses, oats, dark bread, herbal, pine, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and moderate hop/raisin notes; with great strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, char, toast, oats, dark bread, molasses, raisin, herbal, pine, and roasted earthiness. Good amount of pine/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, char, toast, molasses, oats, dark bread, raisin, herbal, pine, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic balance, complexity, and robustness of intense dark/roasted malt flavors with moderate raisin and hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and moderately chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding imperial stout as expected. Fantastic complexity and balance of intense dark/roasted malt flavors with moderate raisin/hop presence; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 00:04:05 | More by superspak
Photo of Powderhornphil


4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours black and thicker than I expected based on other yetis I have had. Some mocha head.

Aroma is chocolate, espresso, dark fruits.

Taste follows the nose but with a big raisin note about midway through.

The fullest mouthfeel I have experienced with Yeti. Likely my favorite Yeti that I have had.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 00:33:29 | More by Powderhornphil
Photo of stewart124


3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with tan head.

Espresso and roasted malts on the nose.

More viscous than anticipated. Bigger mouthfeel and chewier that I anticipated.

Complex malt bill but I was expecting something easier to drink. I'm nit sure if the viscosity is more overwhelming or if this is due to the age. I believe this was a 2010.

The bitterness doesn't really come through past the background. Lingering resins hops and caramel. Tasty imperial stout but I was expecting more and an easier drinking beer

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 03:48:18 | More by stewart124
Photo of jtierney89

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Like all yeti's, pitch black and viscous, deep brown thin head. Nose is definitely a bit different on this one with a bit of that added raisin comes through, dark fruit, rum raisin. Some classic yeti scents come through as well earthy herbal hops and rich roasted barley.

Familiar yet with a bit more balance. Still has that wicked unruly yeti hop character but theres a nice balance sweet dark fruit character up front. Rich viscous chewy body. Sweet rum raisin, dark chocolate notes up front, herbal earthy bitterness through out. A monster of a beer without a touch of alcohol, rich bitterness, touch of sweetness. A welcome addition to the yeti line in my opinion. Different enough to stand amongst the others and just as good. Almost like a halfway tamed yeti. Pretty damn good, sweetness mellows out some of that rough abrasiveness.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 03:17:43 | More by jtierney89
Photo of AgentMunky


4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a wine glass. Bottled 25 June 2013.

A: Completely black. The head is darkest mocha but fleeting. Light bubbles. Nice.

S: My lord! This is so good. It's hard to put my finger on it, but it's incredibly dry, roasty, and faintly sweet. The added raisins are all but indiscernible in the afterscent. Coffee notes.

T/M: Thick, bittersweet, and incredible. Viscous but with an excellent hop/dry roast character. The maintaste is smooth and bittersweet -- sweet from the big malt and added raisins (still unsure whether this was necessary) and bitter from the roasted malt and unusually obvious hop characteristic (this is especially obvious on the aftertaste).

O: This Yeti is absolutely incredible, as are all the others (Chocolate and Original come to mind). Pleased and impressed. Highly recommended, if a bit too sweet. Would have again.

Notes: "Much like its legendary predecessors, this Yeti is big, bold, and dark. The addition of rolled oats softens Yeti's notoriously roasty backbone, and the small amount of raisins added in the brew kettle creates a unique dark fruit character. Just as admired as those that came before it, Oatmeal Yeti Imperial Stout is a gentle beast."

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 08:10:14 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of BierJager89


4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a brown ring of head.

S: Dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, molasses, anise in the nose.

T: Dark bittersweet chocolate, dark/medium roast coffee, molasses, a touch of anise. Also a touch of pine and citrus hop character. Floral notes are much stronger in the hop presence.

M: Full bodied and smoothish.

O: I'd say this is better than Espresso Yeti, not quite Chocolate Yeti. It's absolutely delicious and well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 08:06:35 | More by BierJager89
Photo of TCMike


4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours an ultra deep brown color, and produced a half finger of beige head. Left decent lacing.
The aroma is of roasted malts, burnt sugar, dark chocolate, and a bit of alcohol.
The taste is similar, but with a little dark fruit taste, and a hop bite. Heavy, and sticmy mouth-feel. Low carbonation.
Very good, sipping beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 22:50:25 | More by TCMike
Photo of KYGunner


4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This poured with an obvious thickness and viscosity, a deep onyx opaqueness and a dark brown head. The head mounted with a creamy cloud of foam with very dense lacing.

The aroma is chocolatey, with roasted coffee, charred oats, marshmallows and Graham cracker. Almost like a S'More.

The flavors are roasted oats and dry malt Graham Cracker. Chocolate washes over mid palate with a charred ember and smoky finish.

The feel is velvety smooth with a decent fullness and a moderate thickness.

I have had Yeti and Oak Aged Yeti and find this to be my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 01:15:11 | More by KYGunner
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4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nearly opaque very dark brown, two finger thick creamy brown head that settles to a thin ring with a few steaks of lace on the glass. Smell: dark chocolate, raisin, currant, subdued espresso, dark brown sugar. Taste: black plum, raisin, black bread, espresso, earthy hop balance, dark chocolate note. Syrupy into creamy, alcohol note in the finish. Very tasty. 7/13 bottling.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 04:36:06 | More by babaracas
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4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Oatmeal Yeti opens to a thick waft of sugar, the initial aromas sweet and smelling more like a heavy Barleywine, with raisins, figs, and scads of candi sugar dripping from the open mouth. After a few seconds, an ashy undercurrent kicks in to temper the sugars, bringing coffee, ash, tobacco, and very light bits of char. The sugars are still developing as well, with heavy cream, vanilla, caramel, and toffee joining the mix, as well as milk chocolate. Thick brown breads, marble rye toast, and fresh barley build up the base, adding earthiness. As a whole, the nose is very nice, offering everything one could expect from a Yeti: fullness, balance, development, and strength. The nose does lack in the savoir faire of some of Yeti's barrel-aged and funkier pieces, but what is present here is simple, clean, and lovely.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a double shot of sugar and ash, the former surprisingly strong and reminiscent immediately of wildflower honey, with berry, raisin, fig, and black cherry fruit esters added for good measure, and the latter nicely dark, the ash, tobacco, black coffee grounds, and peppery char playing very nicely together. The thick brown breads and marble rye are also present, balancing the beer as a go-between for the sugars and ashes, joined by vanilla, caramel, and toffee, as well as bits of toasted nut. These flavors are strong enough to not fade over the course of several mouthfuls, though the sugars do tend to overtake the initial parts of the later mouthfuls. The ashy notes tend to creep up toward the end, and last well into the aftertaste, which lingers on the tongue in burnt goodness for a long time, joined by a bourbon-like overtone (though this has not been barrel-aged) from the 9.5% ABV. Mouthfeel is medium to medium-heavy, though it does feel somewhat light, given the fullness of the flavors, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is an excellent Imperial Stout, and the oatmeal gives the mouthfeel a nice slickness that contributes to the sensation that the viscosity is less than it should be. The flavors are excellent and superbly balanced, as is characteristic of the Yeti line, the sugars being especially full and round. This is actually one of the beer's weaker points, however, for the sugars are so full that they overshadow much of the darker, ashy notes for most of the mouthful. Still, this is excellent fare, and worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 01:39:31 | More by jondeelee
Photo of Immortale25

North Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Label says Bottled On: JUN 24 2013.

A- Pours a deep jet black color with a 1/2 inch brown head that retains very well before settling to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a thick bubbly ring behind.

S- Dark roast with a bit of sweetness, likely from the raisins. Notes of coffee, molasses and brown sugar. Also a bit of a booze fume.

T- The smooth, roasty flavor brings notes of milk chocolate and combines with the dark fruit-like taste of the raisins making for a lusciously decadent sweetness. Alcohol is beautifully well-hidden.

M- When this hit my tongue, my eyes rolled in the back of my head. Velvety soft feel where calling it creamy just doesn't do it justice. Medium carbonation and the fullest of bodies.

O- I think this is my favorite Yeti and I've now had all of them. The Espresso Oak-aged was previously my favorite but this is otherworldy as far as depth and flavor goes. GD killed it with this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 23:08:48 | More by Immortale25
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4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I have been trying to do a vertical of all the Yetis for a while now, and every time I bring it to the table with friends it ends up being too much of an endeavor. So instead I finally decided to just start drinking them one at a time. To start, I'm doing the freshest, bottled on July 16, 2013.

Pours a jet black semi thick frothy little creamy head covering that fades at a med to quicker pace, very little lacing but nice legs as the thick beer runs down the sides of the glass much better than the lacing, and the beer is just pitch black, no light getting through, and it even seems to stain the glass a little.

Nose is pretty nice, starting with plenty of dark malts, and continuing with them for a while, little roasty malt with plenty of varying caramels that bring a little creme brulee, into a super dark chocolate, thick syrupy but bitter dark chocolate, little baker's and semi sweet as well. Then into a creamy aroma, oats and oats rolled in dark chocolate, touch of roasted coffee, and interesting caramelized raisin covered in chocolate.

Taste starts rich and creamy, more oats and again oats rolled in dark chocolate, into big heavy malts, mostly chocolate and dark caramel malts, with a touch of roasty and black malt that gets fairly sweet and just a bit burnt. Hint of coffee from the roast leads into the different chocolate levels, dark and baker's mostly, with a nice creamy lush feel that's not too far off from melting chocolate, nice oat level almost chewy like, and some caramel flavors with a little caramelized sugar and fluffy nougat but not a ton, and just a hint of a fruity raisin like flavor, chocolate covered caramelized raisin again which is so light I wouldn't have found it if I wasn't looking for it. Finish is long, some decent bitterness kicks in with a little earthy and spicy hop and bitterness from the roasted characters, more lingering creamy lush chocolate and dark malts, little caramel, bit more of the chocolate covered raisin coming through too.

Mouth is really nice, big creamy and lush, velvety, nice fluffy carb even, very faint hint of warming booze which is good for 9.5%.

Overall very nice, as expected from any of the Yetis, delicious malt characters, so creamy and lush, chewy even, very faint hint of raisin that I wish was a bit more, nice bitterness, good long finish, drinks very well for 9.5%. can't wait to get to the rest of the Yetis.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 02:30:11 | More by jlindros
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3.81/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle I brought to share at the DTLA bottle share held at Beer Belly in Los Angeles, CA.

Bottled 7/16/13.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, toasted oat, cocoa, and charred fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and char flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with lots of roast and char qualities all around.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 05:10:50 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Oatmeal Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 493 ratings.