Oatmeal Yeti | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Oatmeal YetiOatmeal Yeti

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Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Summer

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Photo of spursfaninla
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I am starting to think that imperial stouts might be too much for me.

I bought a 3-pack of Yeti's because they are so well regarded, and it was the equivalent of getting them almost $3 off each. Bottled in Jun 16, so over 7 months old. I am really shocked this survived so well in a non-AC environment, the place I bought this does not AC.

This does not disappoint, although I thought an oatmeal stout (even imperial) might be softer. Maybe this is softer for a Yeti Imperial stout...

This is as good as it gets for imperial stouts that i have had, and I can barely keep my hand on the reins. Look is a gorgeous black. head a nice brown, laces like a champ.

Feel is for being a rich as it is, is not so thick, which makes it easier going down.

Smell....well, I don't smell that much. I would rate lower based on this, but am going to give it a "pass" because I think my sniffer is getting stuffed.

Taste, well, I don't get all the bells and whistles that some are tasting, but that is often the case I find. I think that is my own deficient sniffer. I get a very slightly sweet, more burnt like a muddy chocolate, fruity follows, (prob the raisins) taste with a nice glow from the aftertaste and a feel of the strong alc content.

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

Pours a very dark brown with a nice head that lingers. Not much, but it leaves a thin brown film.
Aroma of bitter cocoa, coffee, oats, raisin and plum.
Taste follows, and a hint of booze.
Smooth cream mouthfeel.
What's not to like, personally, I prefer it over the Oak Aged Yeti.

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Photo of cbutova
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Draft last night at Sunset Grille, Allston, MA.

A- Blacker than pitch black pour from the taps to a snifter. Atop the body a thick and creamy deep mocha brown cap forms to about one finger high with good retention. A few sheets of lace with mostly spots forming on the glass.

S- Massive presence of bitter cocoa and roasted barley off the top with a slight char on the grains. In Yeti style, the hops are fairly strong but still play extremely well with the stout base.

T- Yeti with a touch of cookie toasty oats. Vanilla sweets. Bitter cocoa. Espresso beans. Milk chcoolate. A massive chocolate presence with both bitter dark cocoa and milk chocolate coming from the darkened grains alongside charred barley, espresso and slight licorice notes. Cereal oats, piney hops and a touch of sweetness come to mind. Again, the hops are strong but somehow balance in with the massive grains amazingly.

MF- Probably the best part of the beer here. The oats add an extremely silky, smooth touch to an already great body. The beer is about as thick as can be without being overly syrupy or slick. Ends with bittersweet cocoa and hop bitterness lingering.

The Yeti series never fails to deliver and this one gets a boost in the body from a great grain in oats. Beating a dead horse but Yeti manages to fold in strong hops better than almost any other RIS out there.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle poured into a "Yeti in a Coffee Cup Looks Like Coffee in a Coffee Cup" mug.

Pours black with a creamy dark brown head.

Cocoa, baker's chocolate, raisin, caramel, toffee, and oats.

Cocoa, baker's chocolate, and dark roast coffee. Caramel, toffee, and some espresso. Raisin, oats, and a subtle earthiness. Piney hops linger.

Full bodied, creamy, velvety, silky, sticky, and smooth.

An unbelievable mouthfeel that is velvety AF. Subtle, refined, smooth, and chocolatey. This is perhaps my favorite Yeti.

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

From a 22oz bottle, dated 06/22/16, served in a nonic. The cap is encrusted with this thin, brittle black foil which disintegrates all to hell when I try to get it off. I'm going to mark appearance down 0.25 because, even though I can't see it, by God, I know there are little flecks of it in my beer.

Pours opaque black with the merest hint of mahogany highlights and a thick pillow of dense mocha head. Retention is good, eventually settling into a solid, silky cap with thick, sloppy wads of lacing.

Smells like breakfast: fresh-perked coffee and oatmeal with raisins, brown sugar and cream. Smells warm and roasty and comfortable. I want to snuggle with it.

Taste is pleasantly dry and bitter with charred, roasted grains and dried fruits, not just the raisins but dates, prunes and dried apricots. Chicory, tobacco, leather and sage. Finishes chalky and drying with a little orange peel and burnt sugar.

Feel is silky, chalky and medium-bodied, adequately carbonated, with a very slight booze haze in the sinuses.

I DID get a little piece of the foil and now it's stuck to the gum behind my last top-left molar and I can not get it off. There'll probably be a whole wad of it in my colon by morning. So, THAT pisses me the fuck off. Other than that, it's a very nice beer.

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Photo of weareallfalafel
4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled in June 2016, enjoyed six months later in a snifter. Pours opaque, jet black, thick af, with an inch of stable brownish/khaki head that lingers and leaves beautiful lacing. Absolutely beautiful so far! Smell is of caramel, chocolate, dark stone fruit, breakfast, coffee. Not too strong on the nose, but definitely there and defined. Taste is of the same characteristics, but much more bold and intense with a more roasted and robust character! Phenomenal flavors, all enhanced by the amazingly luxurious, velvety mouthfeel. Overall, damn near perfect, and one of the best variants of Yeti, for me. Love it!

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bomber dated July 14,2016 (6 months aged) ,into a Funky Buddha snifter.

Thick,creamy,dark khaki colored,1 finger head with nice retention.Large to small bubbles.Once the head dissolves,it leaves a beautiful lacing on the glass,and patchwork in the center.Black as night,with no light coming through the glass.Light / slow carbonation.

On the nose i get a ton of dark fruits...mostly raisins.Also some chocolate and toffee.Also getting some dark malts,and bread...Almost smells like a strong raisin bread.

The palate follows the nose with chocolate leading,raisin,dark malts, and bread.Just the slightest hint of alcohol at the back end.Nice toasty finish.

The body is heavy,thick,and creamy.A little bit of alcohol warming effects as well.

This is a very good imperial stout...Right up there with the brand yeti,and the chocolate oak aged yeti.

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Photo of stephens101
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Matte black and covered with a bubbly tan froth. Aroma of milk chocolate, raisin, pine and gum. Somewhat estery at second whiff.

The first thing I notice upon tasting is how slippery smooth this beer is. Front and center flavor-wise is a gallery of dark fruits, milk chocolate and caramel. Notes of gum, brown bread and pine find their way to the party later.

Medium to heavy in body yet almost too drinkable, if that's even a thing. Any booziness is kept in check, but never discouraged.

An exceptional brew from an exceptional brewery.

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Photo of SebastianOwl
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 6/22/16; drank on 12/6/16; was not psyched about the date but after tasting I can imagine how this has mellowed over the past few months; I love the Great Divide stouts, a go-to for me every winter

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours out dark brown, but looks pitch black in the glass. Topped by a creamy, light brown head that leaves lots of streaky lacing.

S: Tons of dark fruits like black cherry, plums, and raisins melded with dark chocolate. Comes together almost like red wine. Reminds me a lot of Stone Russian Imperial Stout. In the background, lots of bittersweet chocolate, some medium roast coffee, combined with more and more plums and raisins, which is nicely rounded out by the oats, which is subtle, but provides a musty, grainy edge to balance the intense dark fruits and chocolate.

T: Upfront, you get all the dark fruits and chocolate. It tastes like chocolate covered cherries, with some raisins, figs, and plums. Moving on to the mid-palate, you get hints of the oats and lighter malts. There's toasted brown bread, caramel, and toffee. This quickly moves on to the finish, where you gets tons of bitter cocoa, more of the musty, grainy flavor from the oats, creamy vanilla melds in like a chocolate ice cream, and then a whopping bitter finish that lingers on of bittersweet chocolate, and intensely roasty espresso.

F: Full-bodied, decent amount of carbonation, glides smoothly across the palate. Very bready and chewy. Reminds me of Ten Fidy, though not quite as sludgy.

O: Not quite as oat-forward as I expected, and I still prefer the espresso version, but this an amazing imperial stout chock-full of complex flavors. Highly recommended to any stout fan.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is an exquisite oatmeal stout.

It opens all black and beautiful. The head is seductive. I can't smell much now due to illness, but it seems really nice.

The taste is strong and bitter. Much stronger tan you might have thought possible. This taste works, leaving behind a hollow boozy taste.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Many thanks to SawDog505 for this bottle.

A - Pitch black, opaque, and resembles the color of used engine oil! Massive toffee colored, frothy, creamy head the bonds to the sides of the glass like glue. Wonderful presentation in the glass!

S - Dark roasted chocolate, cream, char, and some smokiness.

T - Coffee beans, alcohol, cherries, cream, dark roasted chocolate, and a lingering alcohol, piney, bitter chocolate finish.

M - Thick and full bodied, silky, alcohol effervescence permeates up through the sinuses, slippery, lip smacking sticky.

O - Rock solid. period.

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Photo of SamN
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2014 vintage

Unbelievably dark and gritty. Quarter finger of mocha-tan foam sits heavily on top like latte foam. Solid looks, but maybe a bit pedestrian for a stout. The aroma alone on this beer makes me put this as one of the best beers from CO I've ever had. Strong rich malts ooze out a molasses-like sweetness. Distinct charcoal character adds a slight smokey dimension to the sweetness. Coffee, rich port, cherries, poppyseed cake drizzled with glaze, booze. Luscious, decadent, dessert-like aromas. Incredible nose. In the taste, the over-powering hops bitterness that overwhelms fresh bottles has faded to a mere whisp. Dominant are the rich dark, dark roasted malts that impart a baseline sweetness. Fruits and an almost sherry-like quality. Boozy without being hot, sweet without being cloying. Incredibly smooth from the oats. Just dripping with dessert like qualities.

Overall...wow. Fucking amazing beer. Aging two years brought out more sweet qualities and downplayed the rough edges. Everything you'd expect in an oatmeal imperial stout.

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

22 oz

Pours jet opaque black, coffee-and-cream head is pillowy at two inches. Dissipates very slowly to a lacing.

Smells of coffee, dark chocolate, burnt wood, and raisins.

Flavor is of coffee, oak, caramel, vanilla, raisin, molasses, and cocoa. Dry bitter finish, roasty and woody.

Full viscous body with tingly carbonation on the tongue.

Very well put together, great flavor and aroma, and a beautiful presentation. Mouthfeel is decadent. Drinks very slowly as it is potent in both flavor and strength. A top shelf stout and a must try for IS fans.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with lingering layer of brown foam that itself looks tasty. Roasty aromas combine with vanilla and some booze on the nose. Flavor is amazing and incredibly smooth. Sweet malt, some smokiness, dark chocolate, and what must be the oats rounding it out. Mouthfeel is creamy to an extreme, just the smoothest of stuff. Finish is remarkably clean given the dense palate. Excellent stuff.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Bomb

Pitch black, thick appearance with a solid and dense tan colored cap. Very lazy dissipation.
Aroma's : graham crackers, vanilla, roasted oats, alcohol and gritty, earthy hops.
This might be the most smooth, thick and lush mouthfeel of all time. Super creamy, heavy and thick....wow. Still has a crispy bite, with a very, long, dry, gritty earthy finish.
The is a massive, dark chocolate, big bitter, earthy hops, incredibly lush oats and a big wave of alcohol heat. I would call in very hot. Sweet malt with some very subtle dark currents. Oatmeal and smores, with a long gritty hop that finishes earthy and bitter. The flavors are extremely bold, this one is not for a novice. Only beer pro's dare step up to this beast. The complexity and depth of flavor is very high.
Just as wild as the hairy man beast of its namesake. I love the Oat version of this classic, as it adds major depth to the body and mouthfeel. Best body and feel ever for this style. Hands down. Lay this one down for a few more years.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: roasted Malt, coffee. Dark chocolate. Appearance: dark black color, thick look. Rich brownish tan head. Beautiful in a snifter. Legs. Taste: creamy, Smokey, lots of bittersweet Chocolate. Feel: Smooth drinking. Creamy and a touch of carbonation in the lasting head. Very nice beer. Up there with the best."

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - appearance is a true 5/5 on this one. Pitch black beer with a large mocha head that sticks forever and leaves great lacing
S - big roasty malts, cocoa, dark fruits, oatmeal
T - same as smell - very roasty, with some dark fruits (brewed with raisins), cocoa, oatmeal
M - heavy beer. Alcohol covered. Aftertaste is roasty, dark chocolate/cocoa.
O - very nice beer.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

jet black with a dark cream head. looks like a RIS

smell is sweet yet plain. smells like a thin low abv IPA, very strange.

taste is sweet yet very bitter and heavy with flavor. like oil yet good. every bit of 9.5% and this was bottled in June.

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Photo of Mateo2699
3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pour is a very dark brown hue, big fluffy creamy khaki head with very sticky lacing. Big chocolate and nuttiness in the nose, roasty malt in the back end. Hints of dark roasted coffee. Following the nose well, initially bakers chocolate and almonds, and the sweet roasty malt in the back end. Mouthfeel is relatively thick and creamy. Good at best, nothing too complex.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into wine glass

A: Thick creamy tiny bubbled mocha head. Body is a rich black with no light peeking through.

S: Very hoppy floral on the nose with some rich maltiness and nuttiness. Some chocolate and coffee as well.

T: This beer almost drinks like a black IPA. Its rich malty creamy coffee tinted slightly nutty but at the back end the hops are there and they are floral and bitter.

M: Very nice creamy full, yet not quite thick and chewy as you would like.

O: It is a good beer, but a very hoppy one. So if you like your stouts hoppy you will love this one. It isn't as abrasive as Storm King, but it isn't near as smooth as Ten Fidy or Founder's Imperial Stout.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a wine glass.

Look: Two fingers of a sort of dark khaki colored head. Leaves lots of lacing down the sides of the glass. Very, very dark brown, bordering on jet black colored beer. Head dies down to a very solid cap of foam. Great looking imperial stout.

Smell: Raisins, chocolate, and booze are the big three here. There's also a sort of musty/earthy/spicy fragrance, that I can only assume is due to the hops. There is an almost lactic fragrance, but I think that is coming from the musty/earthy hop thing. Complex dark fruits - raisins are definitely present accompanied by all sorts of other dark fruit notes, the chocolate comes through as cocoa nibs - not too sweet, but not dark chocolate either, a hefty dose of booze, and a grainy cereal/oatmeal thing going on. Smell is pretty solid, nothing too crazy, but definitely very nice.

Taste: Mellow chocolatey notes, followed by some hits of dark fruit that are fairly quickly washed away by an earthy, almost woody bitterness. Alcohol is a lot less present on the palate than in the nose, but it's still there and adds to the spicy character.

Mouthfeel: Light on its feet for a stout of this abv. A little on the dry side even. The carbonation is smooth, light, and creamy. A touch of stickiness reminds you that it's an imperial stout, and there's a slight alcohol tingle on the tongue.

Overall: Very enjoyable. I think the mouthfeel is where this one really shines. Great Divide doesn't mess around when it comes to imperial stouts.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a pitch black color with 2 fingers of head that slowly fades down to a nice cap that leaves some good lacing

S: Roast, dark chocolate, dark fruits, and toffee/caramel make up most of the nose

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the roast and some dark chocolate and then really moves into the dark fruits and quite a bit of anise. Bitterness also increases as the fruitiness picks up. Finishes with lingering bitterness and anise

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth

O: A great oatmeal stout that really goes down the dark fruit route. Anise is also a key hitting point, so you'd better at least enjoy licorice a little bit. A nice sipper and a great candidate for aging

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Photo of ccg
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the best-looking stouts I've ever seen. It pours with a healthy foam but does not appear overly carbonated. The head has two layers: larger bubbles on the bottom half and tiny bubbles in the top half. I don't think I've seen that before. The head is initially brown but lightens up to tan as it settles. It leaves a ton of lacing on the glass just from settling. Head retention is excellent.

The smell is also pleasantly surprising. There is a scent hops mixed with Danish chocolate. It smells a lot like a Mikkeller stout, in a good way. Strongly sweet with a bit of bitterness in the background and a hint of spice.

The flavor is pretty similar: semisweet chocolate, earthy hops, and a slight bitterness on the finish that balances the initial sweetness. I'd be lying if I said I could detect the raisins in it, but I think that's a good thing. I wanted a solid stout, not a liquified oatmeal-raisin cookie.

Mouthfeel is also quite good. It's not a dense as something like Mexican Cake, but the oats and the carbonation give it a full, soft, and chewy feel.

This beer was a great surprise. I've had the base Yeti before, and I remember it being over-hopped and overly bitter. Admittedly, this beer is not the most complex (I'm really only getting two notes: chocolate and that Mikkeller-like hop profile), but it's creamy and smooth and very well balanced. This bottle is dated July 23, 2015, so maybe the year in the cellar smoothed everything out.

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

Opaque black pour, small coffee coloured head with a decent amount of lace sticking around the glass.

Deep, dark roasted malt and grain on the nose. Hints of fresh ground coffee beans and cacao. A bit subdued.

Roasty oats and grains right up front on this one, holding true to it's name. Along with the these attributes are cacao beans, coffee, charred wood, molasses. Plum, raisin, nectarine and fig are there as well. Slight hop bite

Excellent build off of an already excellent beer. Oats give this one a rich, creamy, full body. Nice lingering roast and a slight cacao bitterness. ABV cloaked very well. Love the Yeti family of beers, would definitely have another of these. Cheers

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