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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 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.

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Photo of VoiceOfTheSoul
3.47/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From bottle, 1/21/14

A: motor oil black with a fluffy brown head, only appears with a 90 degree pour
S: sweet roasted malt, coffee and cocoa, raisins and dates, pumpernickel and a hint of orange
T: Lots of raisin up front and throughout, really great (if quick) coffee and charred notes in the finish with a touch of pine; lingering burnt, cocoa bitterness
M: quite smooth, but not as heavy as I'd like
O: Decent, a bit much on the raisin, but not really overboard. Overall well made.

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

Solid stout; the addition of oats does indeed cut down on some of the roastiness of the standard Yeti, making it taste more like a standard Yeti that has been aged for a year or more. Smooth and sweet, though not cloying, all the flavors meld together wonderfully as hops stay relatively subdued in the background.

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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 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 Ozzylizard
3.69/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

$ 10.99/22 oz bomber ($ 0.499/oz) at Consumer’s Beverage, Lancaster, NY
Bottled on 24 Jun 2015 at 42 degrees into snifter, allowed to warm to 55 degrees
Aroma of alcohol initially which rapidly fades and raisins, shifting to a little roasted malt
Head average (Three cm, aggressive pour), light brown, creamy with rocks, diminishing to irregular six to eleven mm ring with a few short legs and a thing rocky layer
Lacing excellent – complete wide rings of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor – initially just an undefined brownness, no distinct flavors coming through, ending with alcohol. Secondary belches taste like raisins; no malt, no hops, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, creamy, soft carbonation.

Appearance 4, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 3.5, Palate 4, Overall 3.75

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.71/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 9.99. Bottled 7/16/13. Served in a New Belgium globe.

Pours near black with a half finger tan head that quickly disappears to a hazy cap without leaving much lace.

Smells of cocoa, rolled oats, roast and a strange almost dogfood scent. It gets better as it warms but retains hints of that near off putting weirdness.

Taste is creamy and oaty with dark cocoa, raisin bread, burnt coffee, roasted malts and sure enough, that bizarre dogfood thing. Flavor gets much closer to the bold, rich and roasty classic Yeti as the chill subsides but overall creamier with hints of raisins. The booze is just a tad hot but it fits the style.

Medium heavy feel yet smooth and creamy with fairly light carbonation. Dark, roasty aftertaste with that strangeness creeping in to haunt the finish.

I split the bottle with a couple friends and we all agreed it had a strange, semi unappetizing character. I allowed mine to sit a few minutes to warm, at which point the roast came out a bit more. I may buy another to cellar (& consume at cellar temperature) but my initial impression is that this Yeti is just not quite as good as most of his cousins.

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Photo of stewart124
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with tan head.

Espresso and roasted malts on the nose.

More viscous than anticipated. Bigger mouthfeel and chewier that I anticipated.

Complex malt bill but I was expecting something easier to drink. I'm nit sure if the viscosity is more overwhelming or if this is due to the age. I believe this was a 2010.

The bitterness doesn't really come through past the background. Lingering resins hops and caramel. Tasty imperial stout but I was expecting more and an easier drinking beer

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Photo of thecheapies
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured decadently black with dark tan head that fell quickly. Pretty thick stuff.

Smells dark and roasty, but somehow restrained. Boozy note pushes out above espresso and dark fruits. Nothing exceptional.

Chewy mouthfeel, but the flavor is somewhat in-check. There's a dusty coffee tone, and traces of raisin are noticeable, but this is missing the complexity that other Yeti beers provide. The roastiness isn't pronounced, which can be a good thing, but I miss those French Roast char notes. No faint smokiness, no heavy malt bitterness; just stout-y grains and dark fruitiness. The feel is nice and soupy thick. Carbonation is low, even in a fresh beer, but it has its moments.

I expected more from Oatmeal Yeti, but I guess I found my least favorite variation.

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Photo of teromous
3.74/5  rDev -11%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Oily black body with a very large thick fluffy brown head that leaves good lacing and stands for a very long time. It is an outstanding looking beer.

Aroma: I get a strong alcohol presence. There is also a very discernible sweet oat scent to the beer which is nice and is not always present in beers that use oatmeal.

Taste: There are a lot of flavors going on here. I pick up a dark roasted coffee flavor along with some woody flavors of cedar and pine. There is a slightly acrid burnt flavor as well. The flavor of alcohol is also there. For the most part this is a strong roasted burnt popcorn flavored beer. There is a little bit of sweetness at the end after all of the bitterness has faded.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is excellent. It is very thick and coats nicely in the mouth. There isn't much to say about it except that it is perfect.

Overall: The beer telegraphs a much higher ABV than 9.5% in both the aroma and flavor. This could be very off-putting for people. If you can get past this you are left with a beer that has a good amount of complexity and is enjoyable to drink. I probably won't be picking it up again though.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Got on trade. 22oz bottle served at 10deg C in a tulip.

A- Opens well and pours a tiny 1/4" light brown head that films out within a minute or two. Fairly dark brown colour

S- Metallic and light on any stouty goodness

T- Nice brew but light on flavor. Light on raisins which I was looking for and light on chocolate, coffee and any other body really. Not a very good brew. Not complex at all.

M- Watery

O- Ok at best. Not my cup of tea. No oatmeal richness. Not drinking again

Food Pairing

This ok at best brew went well with.... Prime rib roast! Pick the sides you like


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Photo of Beaver13
3.76/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours inky black with a big creamy brown head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is roasted chocolate malts and raisins with a little chalkiness.

The flavor is roasted black patent malt with a little chocolate and dark fruit. There's a good amount of bitterness from the roast. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a decent addition to the yetis. A bit too much bitter roast, and I don't notice much from the oatmeal or raisin.

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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 MacQ32
3.76/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

Consumed from my Brooklyn Tulip at about 55-60 degrees.

A - Pours a deep deep dark chocolate, almost black with a nice 2 finger dark mocha colored head, retention is great and lacing is as good as I could ask for

S - Lots of light oats, bitter rich chocolates, smokey and some really faint sugary raisin aromas. A bit faint

T - Bitter roasty chocolates and coffee with warming alcohol burn up front. Smoked oats and a mild sugary/molasses dark fruit kick in towards the finish - decent flavor but very much outshined by the roastyness and alcohol. Aftertaste is roasty bitter and smokey. quite smokey overall

M - pretty full bodied, incredibly silky smooth carbonation is nearly non existent

O - Not a bad beer by any means but just not nearly as good as I had hoped for :/. Mostly just bitter roasty chocolate notes a smokey flavors.

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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.

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

Bottled 6/19/2014. Served in a tulip glass.

Pours a dark coffee with a finger of java pancake head that has some nice staying power but withers down to a ring with some lacing. Aromas of dark coffee, chocolate fudge, raisin juice, char, roasted malts, earthy hops, and alcohol. Taste of creamy raisin juice and dark fruits upfront followed by dry roasted malts, earthy hops, and alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is creamy from the oatmeal, medium body, and no carbonation.

My first beer from Great Divide. Perhaps the name caught my attention more then the taste itself. A well crafted beer that will be appreciated by stout drinkers. Yet for an American Imperial Stout, its standing on a very big stage.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Got this one in Buffalo during the 2015 Edition of GABER. Good times gents!

From a bomber into a snifter
Bottled 24 June 2015
Yeti with oatmeal and raisins

APPEARANCE: Pours out black but just a touch lighter than regular Yeti. Yields a one finger, thicker, tan head with great retention. Jet black body with little carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a good wisp and clings to the sides of the glass. A splotchy wisp and ring remain and leaves some dots of lacing down the glass. Jut a touch lighter in color and head color than the original. Still a good looker, though.

SMELL: Roasted malts, oats, chocolate notes, raisins, touches of leather and dark fruit on the nose. Aromatic for sure.

TASTE: Roasted malts, oats, leather up front with flavors of dark fruit at the swallow. A big finish with roasted malts, leather, burnt malts, oats, dark fruits and raisins for sure. Plenty of hop bitterness as well as chocolate notes linger with the rest of it. Flavorful and a rather fruity variant of the base beer.

PALATE: Full body and medium, soft carbonation. Very creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Big, full, thick palate that really makes its presence felt. Fantastic, just like the base.

OVERALL: Definitely a well executed brew and a unique member of the Yeti family. The feel on this one is just as phenomenal as the base beer too. Still, I'm not sure the fruity qualities are my bag in the imperial stout style, as the raisin addition plays a big role in the profile here. Quality stuff, just not a variant I'd need to re-visit.

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Photo of zander4dawin
3.78/5  rDev -10%

Deep dark toasty, hoppy stout with coffee and bitter dark chocolate notes. Somewhat buttry. Cookie grain notes in the background and decently concealed alcohol.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
3.81/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into snifter, bottled on July 9, 2014 so +9 months of aging.
A: pours a raisin black body, chocolate milk foam head that leads to a thin pancake with minimal wisps of lacing
S: burnt wood char, chocolate, alcohol, raisin,
M:thick and chunky, viscous and resin that sticks to your tongue
T: the flavors are kinda less than I thought, strong char is dominant to me, oatmeal, boozy, coca nibs, coffee, raisins,
O: not my favorite Yeti in the series, felt the flavor was dominated by the wood char and took away from other flavors.

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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 mactrail
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rich, robust, and tangy Stout. As black a beer as I've seen, with dark beige head. Loads of lacing in the small nonic.

This has quite a hoppy bite after some sipping, but it balances the deep maltiness. Powerfully malty with dark roast along with the chaffed grains and a faint sourness. Just a touch sweet on the lips, with more of a dry finish than most RIS in my experience. Slight mineral edge. They say it is brewed with raisins. I taste more of a plummy, jammy flavor.

Very rewarding sipping beer, intensely flavored. This is one that doesn't lose its flavor on the bed stand overnight. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Liticker's Liquor & Deli in San Diego.

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Photo of avalon07
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick consistency. There was an inch and a half of foamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Great lacing.

S: A pretty good aroma of malt, chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit.

T: Tasted of a bit of chocolate, roasted malt, raisins, a hint of the advertised oatmeal, and coffee. There was a burnt quality to the flavor that slightly diminished the power of the other ingredients, but aside from this it was solid enough.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a viscous finish. Full-bodied.

O: While this beer is a bit uneven in spots, it's still well worth checking out. A substantial brew.

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Photo of Gmann
3.89/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The next addition to the Yeti series. Pours a pitch black color with a short dense brown head that settles into a light ring.

The aroma is sweet and roasty. Not overly roasty but has some woody notes. Some vanilla or caramel but its subtle. Light raisin notes. Mellow.

The taste is big on the roast but is quickly mellowed by what seems to be milk sugars. The roasted bitterness then quickly returns. Bitterness is a touch harsh. There is some caramel. Some powdery chocolate. The is a bright fruit sweetness which I assume is from the raisins.

The feel is moderate almost light. The carbonation is quite soft. Sweet but mostly bitter on the palate. I would think the oat would smooth out the bitterness but no. Slightly sticky in the finish.

A good stout. I thought I would like it more than I did. It's a tad thin.

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Photo of Bung
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at Grapevine Ft. Mill. Thick black pour, straight brown head. Sticks to the glass quite a bit.

Aroma, a little subdued, roast malt, anise, dark chocolate.

Taste, more pronounced. Roast malts, dark chocolate, cocoa. Light plum or prune type dark fruit. Some herbal hop notes and anise bitterness. Just a slight coffee component.

Near full body, the carbonation just keeps it from being creamy. Coats well. Very little abv shown. This is pretty standard for all the Yeti series.

Didn't really get much of the oats, but this is still rock solid. Not a large off shoot from the standard in my opinion.

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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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Oatmeal Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
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