Oatmeal Yeti
Great Divide Brewing Company

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Stout - Oatmeal
Ranked #17
Ranked #1,961
4.19 | pDev: 8.11%
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
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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JohnnyK from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Dec 06, 2013
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papposilenus from New Hampshire

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.

Dec 29, 2016
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Jan 03, 2014
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clayrock81 from Florida

4.08/5  rDev -2.6%

Pours a black body with minimal tan head and lace.
Has a roasted malt aroma that has hints of both chocolate and coffee.
Smooth, slightly sweet from chocolate and balanced with dry, roasted malts that give off a touch of coffee.
Rather simplistic stout but it's so smooth while maintaining both a sweet and dry edge that it is so drinkable (and dangerous as the ABV is well-hidden).
Just a well-tailored stout.

Aug 25, 2014
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vfgccp from New York

4.61/5  rDev +10%

June 2013 bottle, opened August 2014

A - Pitch black body with an espresso foam head. Nice retention and lace.

S - Awesome nose. Best of the Yeti's. Rich oatmeal, sweet cream, light coffee, vanilla, and milk chocolate.

T - Wow, definitely the best tasting of the Yeti's. Cream, raisins, oatmeal, spiced rum, dark chocolate truffles, caramel, dried cocoa nibs, Nutella.

M - Beautiful. Thick, creamy, and super smooth. Touch of warm booze.

O - Best of the Yeti's in my opinion, and one of the best oatmeal stouts I've ever had. Big, chewy, bold, and smooth.

4.61 Oatmeal Yeti
Jay Jon Anth Vin Avg Weight
A - 4.75 4.50 4.50 4.50 4.56 10%
S - 4.50 4.75 4.50 4.25 4.50 20%
T - 5.00 4.25 4.50 4.75 4.63 40%
M - 4.75 4.50 4.50 4.75 4.63 10%
O - 4.75 4.50 4.75 4.75 4.69 20%

Aug 19, 2014
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SamN from Colorado

4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Nov 08, 2016
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Dec 30, 2013
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Nov 15, 2016
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DenverHopHead from Colorado

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle with a bottled on date of 6/19/14; into a snifter.
Appearance - dark as a shadow; creamy mocha head that leaves plenty of lacing.
Smell - roasted coffee, dark fruits (possibly the raisin).
Taste - flavorful espresso, just the right amount of warming alcohol.
Feel - big, bold and creamy!
Overall - another great Yeti, that I have cellared and will review again!

Aug 22, 2014
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ksimons from Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-a thick looking inky black with two fingers worth of dark tan head

S-roasted malt, dark chocolate, vanilla, oatmeal sweetness, light dark fruits, and a little bit of roast

T-taste is very similar to the smell, but you can really tell how the oatmeal makes this Yeti much smoother and mellower than other Yeti's.

M-so smooth, creamy, medium to full body, light to medium carbonation

Overall another delicious Yeti offering, the oatmeal seems to make it a bit mellower than the other Yeti's

Aug 14, 2013
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lsummers from California

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Aug 04, 2013
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Alex5 from South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

Dec 10, 2013
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hockeypuck from Maine

4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sep 27, 2015
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infinitebruner from Arkansas

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

May 19, 2015

22 oz bomber, snifter

A – Opaque black, a bit of bubbly effervescence. An inch of thick, milk chocolate brown head, fairly uniform, with moderate retention.

S – A lot of vanilla, semi-sweet chocolate, caramel, raisins, along with some stone fruit. Some boozy notes, and floral-woodsiness.

T – Semi-sweet chocolate with some dark chocolate bite, vanilla, fruitiness more like plums in the flavor. Woodsy, earthy notes, along with some cherry or stone fruit, and a licorice component mid-palate. Some roastiness evident near the finish, and a quick hob bite as well, before some residual sweetness lingers.

M – Slightly sudsy up front but overall carbonation is low. Fairly full body, definitely some residual sugars, but balanced with hop bitterness, moderate-high. Slightly silky, velvety, lost a bit in the bitterness. Sweetness is a touch high.

O – A very good beer, hard to stand out in the pack of imperial stouts, and this is not my favorite iteration of Yeti. But I certainly wouldn’t turn it down.

May 23, 2015
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drh88 from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dec 08, 2018
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kjkinsey from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Aug 22, 2013
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Buster from Oklahoma

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Aug 17, 2013
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

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%.

Oct 27, 2018
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Rahjr from Kentucky

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

Jan 27, 2015
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schoolboy from Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Nov 26, 2016
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wchasse222 from Oregon

4/5  rDev -4.5%

Oct 15, 2013
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Kramerbarthomer from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Feb 10, 2014
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Fabiand from Texas

4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dec 30, 2014
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TheWiredDJ from Ohio

3.65/5  rDev -12.9%

Dec 05, 2014
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rydev24 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.5%

Aug 22, 2014
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