Oatmeal Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Reviews: 147
Hads: 1,000
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 6.67%
Wants: 78
Gots: 180 | FT: 13
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Colorado, United States

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

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: MinorThreat on 06-26-2013

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Photo of Ri0
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

poured 22oz bottle into chalice.

A - As black as coal with a very thin dark brown head. Minimal and spotty lacing on the glass.

S - Roasted malts and bakers chocolate. I can pick up notes of the dark fruit and raisins that are mentioned on the bottle. There may even be a little black licorice.

T - Starts off with roasted malt flavors that blend into bakers chocolate. After a bit I start to taste the dark fruit and raisin notes. The finish is bitter chocolate and black licorice. I don't get much sweetness as others have noted.

M - Medium bodied, rich and decadent. Carbonation is low, but within the style. There is a lingering bitterness on the palate.

O - Great Divide has to the the stout king in the US. I never had so many great stouts from one brewery. If they make a stout, I want it, because it is always amazing. Wish they were in WI. (858 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bomber shared at a 2013 yeti tasting. bottled on: JULY 16, 2013.

pours a very dark brown with a brown frothy head. a mild fruitiness makes its way to the chocolate/roast of the yeti. there is a weird prune-like flavor going on here. definitely get some of the raisins. the rolled oats mellow out the coffee and chocolate typically found in regular yeti. a mild bitterness. lingering roast. lingering prune and raisins. alcohol heat.

probably my least favorite of all the 2013 yeti's. the classic is great, all the oak varieties are quite good, I just feel like this missed the mark a little bit. however, still excited to see what they do next year. (651 characters)

Photo of gillagorilla
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (315 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Black in the glass, one finger dark brown head that leaves nice lacing as well.

S-Oats chocolates, roasted malt, tad bit of coffee.

T-Oat heavy, rather sweet, chocolate (mainly dark), roasted malt, some burnt notes, coffee. Ends with a nice bitterness. But I didn't get much of the raisin favor that was said to be in there.

M-Lighter for the style, but creamy and well carbonated.

O-Another great yeti. However the oak aged really put coffee and chocolate over the top (475 characters)

Photo of Hopswagger
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

P: Pours a pitch black body with super dark espresso head. A short flare of froth that dissipates to a honeycomb of bubbles. Not much retention but a nice band if silky lacing.

S: Roasted, sweet dark malts, powdery graininess from the rolled oats, slight coffee and earthy notes.

T/M: Dark fruits show up more in the flavor than the nose. Bittersweet chocolate, rum soaked raisins, roasted molasses, powdered cocoa and dusty rolled oats that kinda get stuck in the throat. This is much sweeter than the original and has more of a syrupy body. Earthy hops linger at the finish. Smoldered wood and alcohol come out toward the end once warmed.

O: You really can't go wrong with any I the Yeti offerings. I enjoyed the extra sweet malt with the syrupy body. I like that fact that this displays more natural flavors rather than the often used artificial flavors. Glad I grabbed this up. (887 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

No head but decent lacing on a jet bleak body no light getting through. Aroma is a bit too mild with mostly wood, oat and some roasted malts, little else. Flavor follows with a very smooth chocolatey, coffee, oats, roasted malt and a hint if vanilla sweetness very early in the taste. Full body and light to moderate carbonation, very smooth. Very complete and flavorful but not all that complex. (396 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from pops! Pours pitch black with a big brown creamy head. Aroma of big chocolate and dark fruits. Smells smooth and sweet. Flavor is big creamy chocolate, slight anise, and lots of dark fruits. Definite Yeti hop bitter in there but not as much as the others. Super creamy smooth and thick mouthfeel with low carbonation. Would have liked a little more carbonation on this. Very solid big stout. (402 characters)

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

appearance: Very dark and opaque. A slight ruby ribbon around the edges when held to light but this beast is dark. A relatively modest mocha head, slight oily lacing.
smell: Roasty cocoa up front. Some smoky char. A dark fruit background. A lot of nice things happening.
taste: much like the nose with an interesting slightly bitter, lingering dry finish.
mouthfeel: Full and silky.
overall: Very satisfying addition to the Yeti's. (431 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance. Pours thick and black with close to two fingers of dark tan head. Very nice.

Smell. Chocolate, raisins and other dark fruits, and some very dark malts. Bring it.

Taste. Big dark chocolate and dark roasted malts, sweet raisins and a little bit of plum and cherry. Finishes with lightly bitter dark chocolate and dry, dark roasted malts. Very nice.

Mouthfeel. Full body with smooth low+ carbonation.

Overall. Just like all of the Yetis, a fine big stout (mind you I haven't had the Belgian...). Maybe not especially exciting, but very well made and everything you'd expect from a quality big stout. (613 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another great version of Yeti. This one has the same basic flavor profile as the standard Yeti- nicely roasted barley with bitter chocolate and espresso notes, and a lingering bitterness- but this version is silkier on the palate due to the addition of the oats. On the other hand, what the oats add to the mouthfeel, they take away from the taste. This is just a little bit less bitter, roasty, and rich than the standard version. I probably like the standard a little better, but this is still very nice, and on a warmer day I might prefer this version. In any case, nice. (574 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

July 16, 2013 bottling date.

A: Pitch black pour with a head that's nearly as dark. They sorta meld together initially and then the head starts to lighten. Large and dense head that fades very very slowly. Top notch retention. Thick and heavy walls of lacing. Great appearance.

S: Interesting aroma. Charry grains and black malts loaded with raisins. Fresh juicy raisins, not that typical raisin aroma you get in a lot of BSDAs and barleywines and such. An interesting dark bread aroma too which I think might be the oatmeal.

T: Right up front there's lots of burnt oatmeal. Thick, chewy roasted oatmeal. Mild raisin with it, not nearly as strong as the aroma. More of an afterthought. That bready flavor is still here, kinda tastes like raisin bread in the middle and in the finish. Okay, a LOT like raisin bread sometimes. Bitter char lingers around in the finish and beyond, giving it a fairly accurate burnt raisin bread aftertaste.

M: Heavy and thick and smooth.

O: I'm not entirely sure how to score this one. I expected an oatmeal stout with some raisins to add a little complexity. What I got is a startlingly accurate burnt raisin bread beer. It's good, but I was hoping for a nice creamy oatmeal version of yeti. It's quite different than that. Good but I think the other versions are much better than this one. (1,327 characters)

Photo of ocelot2500
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep mahogany color with a tight, mocha head that leaves fairly big chunks of lacing.

Smells of a big roasted character with some booze to it.

Tastes of the big roasted character with plenty of depth to it. Semi-sweet chocolate and coffee lead off with some molasses like sweetness as well. This then lead its way into some fig and raisin notes which play off the sweetness. A moderate roasted bitterness then makes an appearance and rounds out the sweetness. Typical oat notes come through and add a slight nuttiness and smoothness to the profile. Booze is present, but very slight and well tamed.

Mouthfeel is full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is exactly what I wanted, a version of Yeti with oats smoothing everything out. (759 characters)

Photo of fitrock2112
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured Oatmeal Yeti into a Belgian Tulip.

A - Pours black as midnight with one and half finger of creamy mocha head.

S - Roasted malts, light whiskey notes. A touch of dark fruits.

T - Wow, this is nice. Smooth roasted malts, flaky oatmeal in there, some dark chocolates. It has touch of dark fruits in there as well. The real deal here my friend.

M - Perfect mouthfeel. This Imperial is smooth as silk, heavy mouthfeel, with medium carbonation. Its hard to beat the mouthfeel of this brew. Fantastic!

O - This is a great brew, easily up there for the Yeti series for me. Highly Recommended! Cheers! (604 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bottle - $9.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Bottled: July 16, 2013.

Appearance: Glugs out a jet black body with a smallish, tan-colored head. A simple, but commanding, oat-laden presence. Meager lacing.

Smell: Heavy roastiness, chary with a layer of gooey molasses, coagulated oats, and dark-minded chocolate. Initially, a few cutting higher alcohol scents, but, they've since blown away. A dark fruitiness is noted, though how much is contributed by the inclusion of raisins isn't entirely certain.

Taste: Smooth albeit pounding roast with a soft, creamy oat texture. Molasses mingled with melted chocolate and a few drops of blood and a chilled shot of espresso. Sweetness is kept in check by the dark grain astringency, hop bitterness, and alcohol. Dark fruitiness, as with the nose, is noted, but, like the nose, it's hard to evaluate how much is brought on by the addition of a "small amount of raisins." Light anise. Pine and some obscured citrus from the hops, with ample bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: While it's not my favorite of the Yeti herd, I would take this over numerous other beers. (1,162 characters)

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22 oz bottle.
Bottled: 07-16-2013

Pours a very nice pitch black color with a nice 1 inch tan head that is pretty dense and frothy. The retention is nice with some nice sticky notes as the brew goes down.

Aroma of grainy oats with some slight roast. Nice semi-sweet cocoa notes are present. Not much in the sweetness department coming out. Some burnt notes in the nose. Some mild hop notes on the back end are perceived.

Flavor starts off with dark cocoa notes mixed in with notes of oat and some nice coffee roast. There is mild dark fruit sweetness but it is pretty roasty still. Flavor is smooth and slick as expected with the oat notes because they do temper the roasted notes a bit. Definitely some nice swemi-sweet coca notes mixed in there with a nice silky and medium velvety body.

Not a bad variant of Yeti. The roast is slightly tempered but some more sweetness would be nice. (923 characters)

Photo of pants678
2.94/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Black with a brown head that's hardly there.

At first I thought I picked up the raisins but that was in the bottle not the pint glass. After that, not much.

There's this little something with the Yetis that rubs me wrong. It's an edge of... baker's chocolate, maybe. And hops. The raisin creeps up as the beer warms, doesn't seem out of place. Still tastes oak aged, slightly smokey. Still, this isn't the rich, bursting flavor I was looking for. The beer's in desperate need of a sweet note.

Very leathery but not creamy, which would go a long way. (552 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a large snifter.

A: Pours inky black, as dark as it gets. Brown head retains very well. Condensed dots of lacing cover the glass in a uniform pattern.

S: Lots of semi-sweet dark chocolate, some acrid roast, piney and earthy hops, and raisins. Strong sense of oatmeal cookies.

T: Fudge sauce and semi-sweet dark chocolate all over the attack. Acrid roasted malts push through soon after. Plump, purple raisin taste come on strong mid-palate. Cookie-like baked oat taste. Earthy, piney hops lay down formidable bitterness toward the end. Fading dark chocolate, oatmeal cookies, and woody roast on the long finish.

M: Thick, heavy body. Chewy and very full. Mouth-coating. Little in the way of carbonation.

O: Delicious. My new favorite of the Yeti series. Much more tame than the rest, Oatmeal Yeti is very well polished. Absolutely no trace of alcohol to be found, and the harsher roasted malt tastes that pull through in the other Yetis are tempered here. Great Divide sure knows how to make a big, honkin' imperial stout. (1,054 characters)

Photo of JEdmund
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours out looking thick and inky black; a nice crop of tan foam forms on top and lingers around nicely.

Smells of cocoa, slight tobacco, raisin, oat, coffee, char, dark chocolate deliciousness.

First sip impresses me with the absolutely luscious texture and balanced drinkability. This one really shines on body thanks to those oats, and they must also really help balance out the insane amount of hops and malt, as I found this to be the easiest sipping Yeti of the bunch. On the other hand, I also really like the hop brashness of regular Yeti, the vanilla sweetness of Oak Yeti, and the huge coffee flavor of Espresso Yeti.

It's hard to pick a favorite (Espresso) because they each shine in their own way. I think Oatmeal Yeti is a much better iteration than Belgian Yeti, so I'm glad they replaced it (or at lest I hope they did). I enjoyed this so much I'm tempted to buy another bottle. (897 characters)

Photo of SawDog505
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 16 oz snifter, bottled on 7/16/13. Pours midnight black, with the signature beautiful mocha two inch head, that leaves behind amazing lace. Smell is chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit, smoke, leather, and some coffee. Taste is such a contrast of everything, bold flavors coffee, chocolate, and vanilla most dominant, but not a one trick pony at all. Body is chewy like the other Yetis, plenty of life, on the dry side, and I am trying to sip slowly and it is difficult, because it is so yummy and easy to drink. Not my favorite of the clan, but still a stand out compared to most stouts. Great Divide makes amazing stouts... (634 characters)

Photo of nova009
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I haven't had Yeti or any of its variations in a couple of years, so I'm excited.
Poured from a bomber into a snifter.

A- pours motor oil black, a nice half finger mocha head that dissipates after a few minutes to a nice covering, very nice lacing, perfect looking imperial stout

S- dark chocolate, roasted malt, some oak, creamy vanilla, the dark fruits are an interesting factor here

T- very similar to the nose, very roasty, bitter, dark chocolate, black coffee, creamy vanilla accentuated by the oatmeal, dark fruits slightly less noticable, chewy as well, slight alcohol burn at the end of the sip, solid

M- heavy body but has that nice creamy smoothness from the oatmeal, covers the whole palate, slight burn from the alcohol but nothing offensive

O- I like this variation of better than others I've tried, I'm still a traditional Yeti guy at heart but this is a nice style with the oatmeal, def worth a try (918 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 16 Jul 13

Pours ebony with 2 fingers of mocha colored head. Superior lacing & head retention

S: Dark fruit, roastyness & boozeyness

T: Roastyness, charcoal, cocoa & molasses up front. Chocolate, roastyness, dryness & carob as this warms, a little bit of iron & raisin. Finishes roasty, dry, with carob, figs & currants & a whisper of boozeyness & smokeyness. plus leafy hops

MF: Chewy, dryness & slight carbonation, nice smoothness

Super drinkability, don't like this much as some of the iterations, but damn tasty, just the same. Would certainly buy again, will revisit during the winter if possible (613 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Bottled on June 24th, 2013.

Appearance: Pours an oily pitch black with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of deep tan head that recedes into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A rich and sweet roasty aroma with a lot of chocolate malt hints and dark fruit undertones. Dark roasted barley malts with big hints of dark chocolate, coffee bean, toasted bread, burnt caramel, toffee, grains, and biscuit. Oatmeal hints along with a little smoke. Sweet burnt molasses and a little anise spice. Deep undertones of dark fruit with hints of raisin, fig, prune, and dark cherry. Some earthy hops are also in the background. A very nice rich dark aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a very roasty and rich dark malt driven taste with good notes of chocolate and dark fruit. Dark roasted barley malts upfront with a big rich taste of dark chocolate, coffee beans, burnt caramel, burnt toast, toffee, grains, biscuit, and nuts. Good notes of oatmeal and smoked malt. Sweet notes of burnt molasses. Subtle anise spice. Good presence of dark dried fruits with notes of raisins, fig, prune, dark cherry, and dates. Some earthy hops add a nice balance of bitterness. A very good dark taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very rich, creamy, silky, and fairly chewy. Alcohol heat is hidden pretty well.

Overall: Another good spin on this great imperial stout. Has all the great dark notes of the base stout with a nice extra punch of oats and raisin. (1,575 characters)

Photo of JackieTH
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black and roiling, like a hard used motor oil capped with a finger of tan foam that persists with a bit of lacing.

Smells of rich roast, hint of coffee, dark dried figs, smooth and inviting.

Taste is velvety on the palate with roasted malt, dried dark fruit such as figs and raisins, hints of dark chocolate and French pressed coffee. Good balance of sweet and bitter elements.

Finish is relatively clean, roasty, delicious.. and it was way too easy to down the entire bomber.

Yet another excellent addition to the Yeti family. (547 characters)

Photo of artoolemomo
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up a fair amount of head that seems to have some retention. The head is the color of chocolate milk while the body is an opaque, dark chocolate black that shows a tiny bit of ruby at the bottom of the glass when held up to the light. Lacing is almost non-existent.

Nose- Full aroma that is dominated by raisins. I get that and some chocolate, leather, and tobacco from the bottle while the glass shows more toffee, roasted notes, caramel, and vanilla. Very well integrated such that it is hard to parse.

Taste- Raisins are the first note on my palette as well. This moves into figs, currants, and cherries which are followed by chocolate and espresso notes. Some leather and smoke on the finish. At the moment it seems a little messy but it could perhaps use more time to open up. Raisins are definitely the dominant aspect of this beer and the oatmeal does mellow out a finish I wish had more presence. The raisins give this beer a lot of vinosity such that it's hard to think of this as a stout at all. It's not bad; it's just not what I expected. At the moment, this definitely my least favorite Yeti. There is a little bit of heat on the finish and it seems that the raisin component is just a little too sweet for me. Fairly solid beer but mediocre in comparison to the rest of the Yeti series. A little bit of chalk on the finish as well.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation- perhaps too much. A little thin for an imperial stout.

Drinkability- The raisins are a tiny bit cloying but overall, this pretty easygoing. Don't think I would pay 10 bucks for this again.

Overall- On its own, it would be a solid beer. However, it has to judged by its counterparts and it simply doesn't not measure up. I had high expectations, so don't that deter you from trying it. It's competent to good in each department but doesn't excite me in anyway. Oh well. (1,901 characters)

Photo of Stunmai
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This was one damn good beer. It was the first Yeti I've tried, and it was great. It got beer as it warmed up, I poured a bit too cool.It was incredibly creamy, dark and smooth. It had a good raison and smoke flavor, but I wouldn't really call it an oatmeal stout, not in the same way that the Sam Smith, Anderson Valley or Wolavers is.

Can't wait to try the second one I have in a few years. (393 characters)

Oatmeal Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.