Oatmeal Yeti
Great Divide Brewing Company

Oatmeal YetiOatmeal Yeti
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Style:
English Oatmeal Stout
Ranked #11
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
93
Ranked #1,716
Avg:
4.19 | pDev: 8.11%
Reviews:
220
Ratings:
1,318
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Great Divide Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
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Oatmeal YetiOatmeal Yeti
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 create a unique dark fruit character. Just as admired as those that came before it, Oatmeal Yeti Imperial Stout is a gentle beast.
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Photo of Roguer
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

*Review of 33 month old bottle.*

Fantastic head production, and excellent retention. Big, frothy dark brown head sits atop a nutty ebony body.

Incredibly roasty and hoppy aroma, despite the age. Caramel, earth, grains, earthy hops, chocolate, and coffee; very much like an American Barleywine on the nose.

Flavor follows the roasty nose, although there is a ton of smoothness to the profile, as well. Sweet chocolate, red grapes, raisins, minor char, earthy hops, burnt caramel, and a bitter black coffee-like finish.

Smooth, rich, full bodied, and creamy on the palate, while still lively. Big and bold, it's not hiding the high ABV, but it's not overpowering in any way.

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Photo of SB2017
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lovely espresso color, with a thin tan head of dense foam. You can really smell the yeast on this brew, a little overpoweringly. Slightly metallic, sour, and hoppy. The taste is far more mild, with a lot going on. Bright and zesty, very alcoholic with a mellow roasty aftertaste. Sweet and complex, with enough sourness and bitter brown notes to round it out, this beer is tasty, though earns more merit on being a wild ride in its own right. 100% unique and satisfying.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours pitch black with a large tan head. Tons of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma roasted malts, espresso and bakers chocolate.

T - The taste is roasted malts, dark chocolate, espresso, oats and light dark fruits.

M - Medium/full body with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - Really nice imperial stout. The flavors are rich and dark. Deceptively easy drinking at 9.5%.

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Photo of mkh012
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 14 months ago.

Poured at 50ish degrees into a tulip. Near-black with a persistent finger of mocha head.

The nose is chocolate, raisin, leather, and wood.

The taste is chocolate, roasty malt, and faint raisin/grape. Medium bitterness even at over a year old.

The mouthfeel is medium+.

Mocha, light char, and dark fruit delivered in an overall smooth package.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with some black chocolate notes with subtle dry raisins notes is quite enticing. Taste is a great mix of roasted malt with rich black chocolates notes with the oat malt bringing some smooth notes with dry raisins notes adding another layer of complexity. Body is full with good carbonation with no apparent alcohol notes. Very well brewed imperial stout with the dry raisin notes adding interesting flavours.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Body is a beautiful nearly opaque dark chocolate brown color. Pours with a 2-3 finger foamy tan head. Head leaves lacing all the way down the glass.

Nose is pretty roasty. Dark malt, oatmeal, dark chocolate.

Flavor is a lot of dark chocolate upfront and a hint of hops. Finish is a lot of roasted malt and a hint of rich dark chocolate.

Medium to high carbonation and a rich relatively thick body.

Overall this is a relatively thick big beer. I wish the oatmeal brought a little more to it.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12/15/17...pours pitch black with thick fluffy tan foam that patches up. Roasted oatmeal and coffee nose. Light chocolate too. Dark fruit hints. Chocolate milk flavor, creamy, milky that spills into a coffee ground bitter. Sneaky soft closes w/ a concentrated long lasting bitter. Great.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I believe this is the most recent of the Yeti variations. This might be described as a more entry level Yeti. Pours the usual thick black pour that every Yeti iteration has going for it. 3/4" tan head, these beers always look like quality. Aroma yields very little as it should, just pretty much roasted malt and nothing else. You might imagine you're getting a little bit of coffee from the roasted malt.

Taste is more of that roasted malt, a slight chewy smoke layer that is very minimal. The raisins that were added were unnecessary, just make a Russian Imperial Stout if you want to pull those kind of dark fruit notes, it adds bitterness which is what I thought you were trying to get away from when you use oats? Oats provide a smoother mouth feel than the other variations I imagine without the raisin, but otherwise it just becomes a zero sum game.

I dunno, this is a good beer, but doesn't really resonate amongst the other great varieties they make of this beer.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black color,medium body with right amount of carbonation. Aroma is complex and takes a while to sort everything out. Ciffee,cocoa,dried fruit,and malt. Taste is similar,not sweet at all with all of the mix of flavors showing up. Has a dry finish with a bitterness that linger a on the end that takes away from this being smooth. Overall a very good beer

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Photo of Muss42
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Quite soft and smooth on the palate due to the palate. Smoother than regular with less overwhelming roast. Aged about a year which may have helped it mellow.

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Photo of Brolo75
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pours pitch black with a mocha colored head, head is full and creamy, good amount of lacing, very little carbonation, looks dark and deep like a good imperial stout should.

A: Heavy aromas of dark fruits, figs, dates, plums, soy sauce, roasted malts, espresso, chocolate, lovely aroma with no alcohol on the nose and a touch of sweetness from the oats.

T: Drinks like a champ, dark fruits, deep, rich notes of dark chocolate and espresso, roasted malts, alcohol is well hidden, finish dry with lingering notes of dark chocolate and espresso, very nice.

M: For having such a high ABV this drinks incredibly smooth, oats really smooth out the mouthfeel that full bodied with very little carbonation, well done.

O: I think this is my favorite Yeti variant so far, it's like an oatmeal stout on steroids, lots of rich, deep aromas and flavors with a very smooth and velvety mouthfeel. Definitely going to pick up another bottle or two to cellar.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz, bottled on JUN 29 2017, 9.5%
Jet black body with a frothy brown head that holds good retention. Rich nose with chocolate, dark fruit, roast, port wine, and cherry. Bold, rich, and sweet with ample bitterness from hops and roast; complex notes of dark baker's chocolate, roasted barley, oat, cherry, raisin, plum, more port wine in flavor too. Full body, moderate carbonation, alcohol is warming, finishing with bitter piney and earthy hops along with a bunch of roast and datk chocolate lingering. Excellent beer here! Glad to finally try it!

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a rich tan finger’s worth of head that dissipated practically immediately. Thin glossy sticky messy lacing trimmed the sides of the glass. The aroma starts off with rugged roasty to bitter bite gripping my nose (yeah, I think that’s a real yeti in there, lol, he sounds pissed). Slight coffee, subtle dried cocoa bean (seems really fresh, probably why I say the "yeti" seems pissed, yes, this is a bit rough). The flavor leans roasty bold with the fresh coffee bean "green"-ness coming out. Sweetness is really contained. Dry coffee fresh/green edge really strikes the aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sits about a medium on the body with a sipping quality about it. Carbonation rides fairly light, but the rugged edges of the coffee bean freshness hit perhaps a bit too hard. Overall, well, in my opinion, I think I opened this too early, I really think this could have used some age to develop the "said" flavors on the side of the bottle, with that in mind, I will be kind with this rating.

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Photo of OompaMentor
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 7/16/2013; poured into snifter. Dark color with brown head that clings to sides and dissipates. Roasted malts, chocolate bitters, coffee and raisins to nose. Full body, little carbonation but balanced. This beer aged well, very enjoyable!

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Photo of beergoot
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Opaque black body; rich, creamy, light tan head; sheets of foam clinging to the glass. Roasted grain aroma; mocha; dark fruit esters. Charred grain flavors, rich with notes of chocolate, fudge; nice alcohol edge; sweet with a balanced hop bitterness on the backend. Dense, chewy mouthfeel; sweet; somewhat coarse; finishes with a nice combination of sweetness and dryness.

Well, now...this is a very fine heavy duty imperial stout. It has exemplary depth and complexity with the flavor and just coats the tongue with awesome elements of roasted grains and chocolate-related goodness. The oats add some very pleasing smoothness to the mouthfeel. A fine representation of the regional "dark arts"...

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Photo of spursfaninla
4.19/5  rDev 0%
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 +7.4%
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 +3.8%
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 +2.6%
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.

Appearance
Pours black with a creamy dark brown head.

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

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

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

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

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Photo of papposilenus
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
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 +15.3%
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 +11.5%
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 +3.8%
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 +2.1%
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 +6.7%
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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