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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Added by MinorThreat on 06-26-2013

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
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 +8.1%
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 +2.6%
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%
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 -4.8%
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 -6.2%
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 -3.6%
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 +1.4%
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 -3.8%
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 -2.4%
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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Photo of SHODriver
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from 2014

A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a finger and a half of dense tan head that retains well.
S: Smells of roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate and espresso with hints of dark fruit from the raisins
T: Taste is roasted malts, with some charred wood, espresso and dark chocolate with slight dark fruit character. Swallow is more roasted malts with dark chocolate, espresso and charred wood at the end.
M: This beer is pretty full in the mouth but quite smooth. The carbonation is just below prickly but it's adequate and the finish on the beer is on the dry side.
O: Overall this is a really nice addition to the Yeti family. These beers are always rock solid with great flavors and complexity. This beer is no different so if you like big stouts you need to pick this up.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
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 bizzaro5
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I got this from a coworker who knows I like dark stouts. When opened you can smell the raisins with a slight alcohol smell, not overpowering though. The hue is dark and muddy almost black. Poured into a delirium sifter ,there was a one finger lacing that dissipated rather fast. Smells of raisins and figs with some coffee and Carmel notes. Shared this with the wife,her response was "has a bite",referring to the strong presence of raisins and alcohol mixture. It does leave an after note of coffee when exhaled. Overall this is a good representation of a dark imperial stout. I would and do recommend picking one up to share with a friend on a weekend or a after work snack. Enjoy!!

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

Really smooth stout. Tastes of roasted choclate,figs,raisins, light carmel and vanilla notes. Light to medium mouthfeel. Overall really smooth and really tasty. Worth trying for sure. Cheers

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Photo of Jeffo
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
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 DrDemento456
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Paid 12 dollars for this but its my end of the year treat so its worth it. Into my goblet.

A - Dark pitch black imperial goodness with such a rich deep dark head it makes me giddy. An impressive inch plus of that head too that takes its time to clear.
S - Smooth milk chocolates and some dark chocolate and roasty body. Bit of dark fruit action but its mostly sweet RIS time!
T - Chocolate is more bitter sweet with some resinous spicy hops and a bit of chalky roast to boot. Very little roast just chocolate and anise like a classic RIS. Wish it was a touch smoother or sweeter...
M - Creamy medium to heavy in body bitter but not unforgiving.

Overall a bit of mixed feeling since I enjoy sweeter stouts I expected this yeti oatmeal to be sweet and balanced similar to the coffee but just sweet chocolate goodness. Its tasty but not something I would get again...

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Photo of do_ob
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into a Boulevard Tank 7 tulip. Dark brown pour and settles pitch black in the glass. 2-3 fingers of foam on top, mocha-colored and very dense. Lots of big bubbles in there. Very nice choclatey aroma with accompanying notes of oats, figs, raisins, oak, dark fruit, and caramel. I get a little alcohol on the nose but not much. The taste is on par with the aroma. Just a huge amount of rich, bittersweet chocolate all the way through. Notes of dark fruit come through as it warms up a little. A nice touch of vanilla on the back end. This beer is very roasty, but it's not overdone. Super smooth, full feel on this one. Maybe just a tad watery for my liking, but done very well.

Overall, a great beer. I'd love to try some others in the Yeti lineup if they're all this good.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.69/5  rDev -11.9%
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 daledeee
4.74/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A nice 22 oz bottle to try.

Poured it and got a nice head and totally dark body , Smells like chocolate and caramel

Taste is great. Lots of chocolate and hints of vanilla. Very smooth drink. Not much hop or malt bitterness. FInish is quite nice. This is really easy to drink for a strong dark beer.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Bomber
Black Foil/Capped
Bottled On: Jun 24 2015

Poured into a chalice a very nice dark brown color, with some very nice carbonation, with a very nice quick/fizzy /creamy small tan head, which leaves a nice small island in the middle of the glass, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with very nice chocolate/toffee notes, slight dark fruits, with some roastyness, vanilla. The taste is very nice malty, roasty, sweet, lots of dark stuff, nice vanilla note. Medium body, ABV hidden very well. Overall, this is one fine brew. Recommended!

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A: Lots of malt roast, small amount of sweetness almost dark fruit-like with touch of oak.

A: Black color, totally opaque with a thinnish deep brownish head that disappates quickly.

T: Rich malts provide toffee, caramel like notes with some malt roast. There is a moderate amount of grain roast and hop bitterness, coupled with woody finish.

M: Medium-heavy bodied with moderate carbonation. The oats provide a smooth mouthfeel.

O: Solid; the deep, rich malt character coupled with the slight dark fruit sweetness is well executed. The base beer ‘s mouthfeel is accentuated by the oats provide a smoothness.

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

12oz. bottle poured into a porter glass.

A- Black as night. No lights makes it through, even on the edges. Huge dark tan head that laces fantastically. Imp. Stout doesn't look much better.

S- Roasty, some light chocolate notes, and some sweetness and earthy hops.

T- Flash of bitterness at the front, earthy hops, but then it's beaten back by the roasty/chocolate/coffee character of the brew. Back end flashes some dark fruits and brown sugar. A bit of booze makes it through.

M- So smooth. Oatmeal additions are most noticeable on the mouthfeel. Thick and verging on the edge of syrupy.

O- If you like your stouts roasty and with a firm but approachable bitterness, this one is spot on and fairly fantastic.

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Photo of warrengw16
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

If you love the darkness this is your brew. Earthy and cozy feeling. Sticky head. Smooth pour. Great aftertaste. The huge bomber bottle will make you feel good in some cabin in the woods in the middle of winter.

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Photo of mlockman
3.48/5  rDev -16.9%
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 Beers-es
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler, it's an impenetrable black. Head is about a finger of mocha/tan that is wonderfully dense, creamy and fine. Really nice looking. The smell of raisins hit me at first, but that quickly transitioned into a complex combination of chocolate, coffee and sweet, dark fruit. Little bit of oatmeal in the nose also. Taste has all the elements in the smell, with a nice coffee bitterness in the finish. It's pleasantly sweet but not at all cloying. Medium feel, maybe just a tiny bit watery. Overall an outstanding imperial stout. Time for another glass.

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