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Oatmeal Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company

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167 Reviews
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Reviews: 167
Hads: 1,108
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 20.71%
Wants: 80
Gots: 232 | FT: 16
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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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Reviews: 167 | Hads: 1,108
Photo of TCMike
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of babaracas
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of jondeelee
4.24/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of arizcards
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bomber from Total Wine in late August for $9.99. Bottled on 7-16-13.

Beer poured jet black with a nice brown head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is roasted malted, mocha, chocolate.

Taste is classic Yeti roasted malts that are mellowed somewhat by rolled oats. Bitter chocolate is prevalent from the beginning. A decent amount of hops balanced leading to a nice bitter chocolate finish.

Mouthfeel is near perfect, medium to full bodied and very smooth.

Overall this is a nice spin of the Yeti franchise. I love oatmeal stouts and this rates right up there with the best i have had. Glad i was able to snag a bottle!

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Photo of richj1970
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22 oz bomber into tulip glass.

A: Pours very dark black with two finger mocha chocolate colored head. Very nice sticky lacing.

S: Roasted malt, chocolate, oatmeal.

T: Bitter chocolate, roasted malts, raisins, chewy oatmeal.

M: Thick almost syrupy consistency. Nicely carbonated for a big stout. Very creamy finish.

O: Very nice imperial stout. The whole Yeti series never ceases to impress me.

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Photo of KTeamLSU
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a pint glass

A: inky black with a finger width of mocha head

S: Sweet Oat and Malt with a little fruit note

T: Good sweetness with a nice bitter finish but lacking any real hoppiness

MF: very smooth, low carbonation

O: Solid Oatmeal Stout but nothing special

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Photo of kojevergas
3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

650ml brown glass bottle with standard Great Divide label art and black foil-ed over branded pry-off pressure cap acquired at Lukas Liquor and served into an EKU 28 stem-snifter in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, CO. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery. Reviewed as an imperial stout because the label clearly identifies it as one. Bottled: Jun 24 2013. 9.5% ABV confirmed. Stout brewed with raisins.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of gorgeous dark tan/brown colour. Fantastic creaminess and thickness. Great smooth consistency and soft inviting complexion. Head retention is superb - about 8-9 minutes. Very impressive for the ABV. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a predictably opaque solid jet-black. Appears well-carbonated. No floating yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it's a very appealing appearance for an imperial stout and I can't wait to try it. Not unique, but it seems special. There are no egregious flaws.

Sm: Rich roasted barley, dark malts, chocolate malts, cream, fairly roasty coffee, light earthiness, some coffee bitterness, faint golden raisins, oats, a kiss of black strap molasses, and extremely faint fennel.

No hop character, yeast character, or even alcohol is detectable.

An assertive, appealing aroma of moderate to strong strength. I'm looking forward to trying it, but so far it's not in league with the best imperial stouts.

T: The foundation/body is comprised of dark malts, chocolate malts, decent roasted barley notes, and lightly bitter coffee. Has some earthiness and bitterness from the coffee. Cream. Oats - though they don't lend any starchiness, which I like. Caramel. Sticky raisin.

Good sweetness/bitterness balance.

A balanced, enjoyable flavour profile. Good complexity and subtle. Little intricacy or nuance. Above average depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour (to style). Very cohesive, but not gestalt.

I like that it doesn't have the burnt character of many imperial stouts. Little alcohol presence is noticeable. No yeast character comes through; it's quite a clean taste.

Mf: I love the creaminess. Smooth and wet. Luscious. Good comforting presence on the palate; it's very approachable. It's soft, but could be softer. Silky. Good body and thickness. Complements the flavour profile well, and even seems custom-tailored to the taste to a degree.

Not oily, astringent, harsh, gushed, hot, or boozy.

Dr: Drinkable for an imperial stout, with a satisfying flavour profile and plenty of character. Another solid offering from Great Divide, this imperial oatmeal stout offers a lot to be desired and comes the closest to a smooth porter texture of any of the Yetis. Hides its ABV well. I'll easily kill this bottle alone, though the fairly high sweetness will impede my efforts somewhat. I'd buy this again, and I'm glad Great Divide started brewing it, but I'm not sure it was worth replacing the beer it did. I'd recommend it to friends, and look forward to revisiting it in the future.

Might age well. I'd be curious to find out.


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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled June 24, 2013. Poured in to snifter.

A - Dark ink black with a half finger of medium brown head.

S - Sweet oatmeal, roast and cocoa notes are present.

T - Sweet oatmeal, cocoa and roast flavours are complimented by a nice raisin presence, a hint of dark fruit and sweet molasses. Fairly sweet overall with a bitter finish.

M - Full body. Creamy. Light carbonation.

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Photo of hardy008
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark black with a one finger mocha head, with nice retention and lacing. The aroma is very nice with chocolate, roasted malt, molasses, and raisins.

Tastes much like it smells with chocolate, dark roasted malt, molasses, raisins, oats, and some earthiness. This has to be one of the best tasting versions of Yeti I have tried. I wish Great Divide would make this all the time.

Full bodied with modest carbonation. Very smooth and easy to drink, likely due to the addition of oats. An incredible Imperial Stout, which I highly recommend trying.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.76/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This yeti was not one of my favorites, It seems that everything was mellowed out.
The appearance was standard yeti with a menacingly dark brew with a thick and clingly head.The aroma was odd really to say the least. The roasted malts were very subdued and restaint with a off aroma that for lack of had a creamy feel.
I had plenty of oatmeal stouts so I had a pretty good idea about what I was going to smell, and this ain't it.
Tame flavor. The roasted malts were very tame, from the oatmeal? I don't know.
Alcohol warming slapped the sides of my tongue while the rest of this velvetty flowing fluid coated everthing else.
This really wasn't that bad but I'll mark it as one of my lesser favorites.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Oatmeal Yeti pours black into the glass with a big, thick brown head on top. The foam fades away slowly leaving a coating of lace on the glass.

The aroma is malty and earthy. Roast malt, chocolate, nuts, molasses, alcohol and a little coffee are all present.

Each sip of this full bodied beer is soft and creamy on the palate with moderate carbonation. The flavor is sweet and rich in chocolate and roasted malt. It's also a bit nutty with a little molasses, vanilla, and toffee mixed in. It finishes with a moderate amount of bitterness and some grassy hops. Once gone the chocolate and roast malt lingers on the palate.

This beer has a great mouthfeel and nice sweet stout flavor. It's like dessert in a glass.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. The pour is black and viscous with a fudgy-looking rocky foam on top. On the nose I get some harsh roasty notes, a touch of graininess, and a faint, creamy, vanilla-like sweetness.

Nice full body and a flavor that is well-balanced between roasty and sweet. I get flavors of dark, burnt fruit, baker's chocolate, espresso, and molasses. The feel is slightly creamy and you get a nice, roasty bitterness that lingers behind after you swallow.

I bought this bottle months ago and kept it in the fridge, waiting for it to get cold outside before cracking it open. I was half-expecting an oatmeal stout, but this is all Yeti - it's a big, roasty Russian Imperial Stout with a hint of earthy, grainy sweetness. To me it's like the Oak-Aged Yeti, but a bit softer and smoother on the palate. A nice new twist on the classic Yeti beer, but my favorite is still Chocolate Oak-Aged Yeti (and it's not even close).

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Photo of Murp
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz beer was poured into a large snifter.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger mocha head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no clarity or vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Bready and sweet oatmeal, chocolate, roasted coffee, smoke, molasses, and a little boozy alcohol.

Taste: Chocolate, roasted coffee, ash, char, molasses, subtle and sweet oatmeal, andvwarming booze.

Mouthfeel: Balanced deliciousness, smooth, a little chewy, full bodied, medium carbonation, and warming alcohol.

Overall: Out of all the yeti versions I have tried, this one is the best. The oatmeal balances out the normal flavors of the regular yeti.

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

22oz bottle served in a snifter
Bottled July 16, 2013

A - A hard pour reveals a thick black liquid forming 1 finger of dark espresso frappa on top. The dark head forms a milky cap with a strong collar speckled lacing weaved around the vertical legs.

S - Rich roasted malts, creamy chocolate, coffee, roasted raisins/dark fruit, charred oats/grain, hickory wood, smells sweet but dry at the same time. Intoxicating aroma.

T - Semi sweet bakers chocolate, malts are roasted and robust, creamy cherries, sweet center with charred molasses, then back to charred oats, smokey, vanilla, notions of dry wood with earthy hop bitterness taking it home to the extremely dry finish.

M - Thick and decadent, as full bodied as they come, the oats really ad some heft here, velvety and creamy feel, coats the mouth, super dry finish.

This is an oatmeal stout! Lots of oat presence added to a stellar base beer with the raisins only showing up in the nose for the most part. Just a big bold stout that hits all the right notes. An excellent brew to celebrate on this International Stout Day!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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Oatmeal Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.