Oatmeal Yeti | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
greatdivide.com

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.


Added by MinorThreat on 06-26-2013

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206
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4.2
pDev:
8.1%
 
 
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

No head but decent lacing on a jet bleak body no light getting through. Aroma is a bit too mild with mostly wood, oat and some roasted malts, little else. Flavor follows with a very smooth chocolatey, coffee, oats, roasted malt and a hint if vanilla sweetness very early in the taste. Full body and light to moderate carbonation, very smooth. Very complete and flavorful but not all that complex.

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

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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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

part of me was surprised to learn that regular yeti wasn't already made with oatmeal, its already so smooth and big, i figured it had to be. huh. anyway, this edition is awesome, a little sweeter from the oats, and although I'm not sure i can taste raison specifically, they definitely add some stuff to it. same inky black color they all have, dense and determined. short mocha head but its easily raised with a gentle swirl of the glass. the nose has a strange almost citrusy component that carries through to the taste. right in the middle there is a sharp hit of citrus. orange zest or ripe ruby red grapefruit, not sure if that comes from the raisins or what, but its potent and turns into bitterness as the beer swallows. we sometimes forget this has a whole lot of IBUs, and it shows a little more in this version. still, a nice vein of sweetness from the oats running through it and wonderful mouthfeel velvety and dry. raisins add an almost fibrous, gummy texture to it, which doesnt sound so good, but it really is neat on the palate. that dry stone fruit thing is there too, subtle, but it is. chocolate notes and coffee too, its as complex as ever, but with a few new wrinkles. worth picking up for sure. its delicious.

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Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that quickly died down, leaving only a collar around the edge of the glass and a small patch of bubbles on the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark and burnt malts are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of burnt and roasted malts
M: It feels medium- to full- bodied and a little smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has nice flavors of burnt and roasted malts but manages to stay drinkable because it hides

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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.

B

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4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours pitch black, as one would expect, but there is little head and no persistence; quickly fades to a ringlet though the streaky lacing is impressive

Smell: Chocolate, roast, ash and a hint of raisin

Taste: Chocolate fudge, up front, with a growing roasty bitterness building through the mid-palate, when the raisins add a fruity aspect; the oatmeal raisin cookie adds a nice dimension to the finish, though the harsh, ashy bitterness lingers in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with moderate carbonation; considerable burn in the gullet

Overall: A huge stout with a lot of flavor; my bottle is just under five months old but I imagine the drinking would be spectacular in about a year; just a bit raw in its youth

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 6/25/2013. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dark brown head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, char, toast, raisin, molasses, oats, dark bread, herbal, pine, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and moderate hop/raisin notes; with great strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, char, toast, oats, dark bread, molasses, raisin, herbal, pine, and roasted earthiness. Good amount of pine/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, char, toast, molasses, oats, dark bread, raisin, herbal, pine, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic balance, complexity, and robustness of intense dark/roasted malt flavors with moderate raisin and hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and moderately chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding imperial stout as expected. Fantastic complexity and balance of intense dark/roasted malt flavors with moderate raisin/hop presence; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Oatmeal Yeti (with raisins) on tap.

Dark, essentially black, opaque body with a light brown head.

Smooth thick body with more evidence of high ABV than desired. The high ABV also has a touch more impact on the flavor than I prefer, but it's well hidden in the aroma. The raisins are not particularly evident given that some 'raisin' flavor appears in many RIS ales that have no actual raisins.

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4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on June 24th 2013.Poured into an oversized wine glass black and thick looking with a perfectly formed deep mocha colored one finger head atop,very menacing looking...in a good way.Char and dark fruit stand out most in the nose,the raisin used in this brew stands out most.A full airy feel in the mouth,I knew it would be creamy but this goes beyond that,it just glides down to easily.It's charred and surprisingly earthy on the palate,I was expecting much sweeter,it's sweet with it chocolate and's dark fruit character but it doesn't come close to being cloyining,the earth and smoke is just as big.I expected some earthiness but not smoke in how big it is,just a great beer,the mouthfeel is almost perfect.

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