Oatmeal Yeti | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Oatmeal YetiOatmeal Yeti

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Summer

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Reviews: 186 | Ratings: 1,205
Photo of CHickman
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled July 9, 2014: Pours pitch black opaque color with a 1 finger creamy brown head that was full of tiny bubbles and looked like lava percolating at first, settling into a creamy head that faded slowly, leaving great lacing coating the sides and rings as it went down.

Smells of rich toasted grains, oats, molasses, brown sugar, dark chocolate, caramel, maple syrup, cocoa powder, coffee beans, sweet fruit and the raisins listed on the bottle coming through at the end. It has some earthy notes and light piney hops, but the sweet sugary molasses and raisin notes take over and nullify the malts and oats as it fades. A little less complex nose as compared to its Yeti brethren, but still really nice to inhale.

Flavor is very sweet with a lot more chocolate, coffee and cocoa presence up front and some mild booze, but basically it’s just like the nose with molasses, brown sugar, toasted grains, oats and/or chocolate oatmeal, dark chocolate, caramel, maple syrup, cocoa powder, vanilla, light charred wood, raisins and other sweet fruit, piney hops, grapefruit and espresso that seems like Hershey’s chocolate syrup was added to it. The bitterness and mild booze reduce the sweetness to keep it below cloying level and make it extremely smooth to drink. Hop spices linger as an added bonus at the end, mixing well with the sweet chocolate and malts.

Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth, like "butta", it is creamy and slick and way too easy to drink for a chewy, heavy beer that’s 9.5% ABV. Basically zero carbonation, a slightly bitter aftertaste and a very complex flavor profile that has excellent malty sweetness and a ton of chocolate/malty/coffee notes that mix well with the classic Great Divide hoppy balance.

Every Yeti beer that I’ve tried has been impressive and extremely enjoyable, and while this may be a slight notch below some of the others it is still an excellent brew and one I will look to purchase and drink on a yearly basis. Could be the best oatmeal infused beer I’ve ever had, and the raisins add a nice touch and fine additions to the nose and taste. I highly recommend this stout.

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Photo of Vogie
3.77/5  rDev -10%
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 ZebraCakez
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber on 1/16/15.

A: Black, one finger head of caramel colored foam.

S: Chocolate and roasted malts, sweet.

T: Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, dried fig/raisin, very well balanced.

F: Thick and creamy, smooth, full body, proper carbonation.

O: This is essentially oatmeal cookie beer. It is absolutely delicious. A fantastic example of the style.

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Photo of SebD
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It has a nice jet black color to it. It has a nice creamy tan head that dies down slowly and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of roasted malts, loads of chocolate, coffee, oats and dark fruits.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has roasted malts, coffee, sweet chocolate, oats, molasses and sweet dark fruit (figs, raisins and plums).

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

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

22oz bottle, bottled 6/24/13, poured into a teku glass

A- pours pitch black in color with a small creamy dark brown head that retains nicely, eventually reducing to a film and ring around the edges, leaving some lacing behind

S- deep dark chocolate malt aromas up front with a hint of smoked wood & ash, dark berries, fig & raisin, smoked pork, oat bread, black strap molasses, toffee and a hint of coffee closes it out

T- creamy dark artisanal chocolate up front with hints of smoked wood & dried smoked pork, velvety oats mix with flavors of dark cherry, raisin and licorice. Caramelized sugar and caramel malt sweetness carries the mid-palate, leading to an oatmeal-raisin-cookie flavored finish with lingers of charred ash

M- heavy bodied with low carbonation leads to a chewy and creamy mouthfeel, and a velvety-silk, smooth, warming finish

O- the depth of this beer is impressive, while managing to keep all of the elements in balance, perhaps my favorite Yeti to date, a fine oatmeal stout

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%

Poured into a tulip glass, this beer is a very deep and dark opaque brown with a rich, dark tan head.
The aroma is rich and roasty with whiffs of coffee, dark chocolate and dark fruit.
A great tasting brew! Chocolate and roast coffee notes along with flavors of raisin and dates. A rich, lingering bitter finishes the sip.
The mouthfeel is lovely, smooth and so creamy.
Overall, a topnotch imperial stout.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours black like oil with the same viscosity, and has khaki colored head. Oats, roasted malt, and a hint of chocolate on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a rougher roasted note.

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Photo of brentk56
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
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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Photo of Apellonious
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a jet black, one finger bubbly tan head.

S - cocoa, burnt grains, heat

T - chocolate, heat, cocoa, toasted grains, oatmeal

M - somewhat soft and silky, very dense, low carbonation, coats everything in site.

O - A top level stout, a step above standard yeti. A slow sipper.

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Photo of BenwayPHD
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Pours black with a light brown, thin head. Smell is very sweet. Figs, chocolate, vanilla, mocha. The flavor is incredibly. Extremely roasty, nowhere near as hoppy as the regular yeti. It's complex yet light. There is a lingering bitterness that I quite enjoy. Quite a nice mouthfeel.

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

22oz bomber – standard pint glass
Notes taken on 09/01/14

A: Pours fairly thick and black as pitch with a thick mocha brown head. Above average hang time is noted with some broken tracks of sticky chocolate lace left clinging to the glass wall.

S: Aromas are made up of toasted malt cereals, oat bread, dark chocolate with raisin, and carry even deeper into dark berry fruit with brown sugar. There is faint hint of cocoa laced coffee but it is fairly mild to the other notes. Smells rich and roasty with the advertised ingredients showcased which is always refreshing to experience.

T: Dark roasted malts with toasted oats, brown bread, and dark chocolate covered raisin. Lots of malted oat coming through in the flavor which is great with an overall brown sugar sweetness to it. There is a good amount of dark fruit midway and more raisin influence that I think works well here. Super smooth and clean with no harsh char notes. The alcohol is very subtle here and there is quite a healthy bitterness to the brew. Cuts through the malt sweetness and adds a twist of earthiness with some mild spice. Finishes up with more chocolate . A really great drinking stout.

M: Thick and full bodied but with a super creamy feel on the palate. So smooth with some mild bitterness that moves into a bit of drying at the finish. Lots of sleek tongue coat left behind.

D: This was incredible. Might be a new favorite for me. The perfect breakfast brew. Super rich and creamy with loads of chocolate, oat, and dark fruit coming through and a near perfect balance to offset any negatives. Another one of those sippers that turns into gulps. Will be grabbing more of this one while it lasts.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours jet black with a cocoa powder colored finger width head. Fair retention leads to a thin layer of surface suds and a thick ring around the edge of the glass. Nice lacing around the glass with good stick.

Smell - Prominent oatmeal aroma, while lesser notes of chocolate make up the bulk of what's left. Hints of roast and fruity dark raisin.

Taste - Smooth and heavily influenced by the oatmeal when cold, but opens up beautifully once warmed. Heavy chocolate and coffee flavor upfront, but is fairly met by some oatmeal character to tide over the rough roasted bitterness. Raisin somewhat comes through toward the finish with darkened sweetness, but that lovely dark and roasty bitterness prevails.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with low carbonation. Silky smooth delivery, going down with ease before a drying finish.

Overall - Good. Really good. Drinks somewhere between Rogue's Shakespeare Stout and North Coast's Old Rasputin. Why do I even bother putting impy stouts in the fridge? They are so much better once they hit room temp!

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Photo of zander4dawin
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%

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 Acidik_Inc
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Better than the Imperial Stout IMO. Yeti's Oatmeal stout brings home a richer and smoother flavor than the original. Dark flavorful malts with a dark khaki colored froth. Delicious to every last drop. And the idea of roasting with raisins really nailed it with the Oatmeal and caramel wrapped in hints of dark chocolate flavors. This is like candy for the taste buds but with a monster ale punch. Yum!

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Photo of Ksoden1186
4/5  rDev -4.5%

June 2013 bottle - Opened September 2014

Completely black. No light through glass at all. Light brown head. Lacing on glass.

Aroma is heavy espresso and chocolate. Some dark fruits on background, but they are really overpowered by the coffee and chocolate. Booze on the nose as well.

Taste: chocolate and espresso with some dark fruits and raisins. The back end is pretty boozy, however. A little more boozy, especially at room temp., than I prefer. Even after a year, this is still a very boozy stout. That said, exceptional taste overall. If you like your stouts a bit boozy, this would be no problem for you at all.

Excellent mouth feel. Rich. Thick. Creamy. Coats the mouth. Very nice.

Overall, this is another nice Yeti stout. A very excellent beer, but again, a bit boozy for me. I probably wouldn't drink this again right away. I have another bottle I'll let sit for a while, maybe let the heat settle a bit before another go-around.

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Photo of BigRedDog
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

Poured from a a bomber into an Innis and gunn thistle.

Pours black in color with a nice thicker, creamy mocha colored head. Decent lacing.

Smell is roasted malt, chocolate, and dark fruit. As the beer warmed up a little bit, the raisins really began to shine through on the nose more

Taste begins with a roasted malt sweetness with some hints of caramel. Moves into a bittersweet dark chocolate flavor that dominates and continues on the finish as well as being joined by a rich dark fruit flash right at the end. As the beer warms, the roasted malt takes a backseat to the dark chocolate and the dark fruit/raisin.

Mouthfeel is still fairly rich and creamy. Creamier than a standard yeti, but still just as rich.

Overall I give the beer a 4.33. Big, rich, and very good.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a Yeti snifter. Purchased in Sturbridge, MA.

Pours a deep brown translucent body with cherry highlights and a light coffee colored head that reduces slowly and leaves blotchy lacing.. very nice appearance. Deep aromas of cocoa, marshmallow, toffee, caramel, and some dark fruits come through. The first notes to hit the tongue are cocoa, fresh coffee, toasted marshmallow, roasty malt, some dark fruit. The finish is slightly bitter like dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is not as heavy as you'd expect with medium low carbonation.

Overall a great variant of one of my favorite stouts. Easy to drink, complex, and balanced, and not too heavy on the wallet. Recommended.

Appearance 4.4
Smell 4.5
Taste 4.5
Mouthfeel 4
Overall 4.2

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Photo of cjgiant
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled in 6/2014
The beer pours a nice black, not seeming too viscous, and generating a modest head, tan with normal size bubbles (not as foamy as might be expected). The carbonation dies maintain a light film on the surface.

The initial nose (cold) is woody with hints of roasted malt and coffee, not very strong. Warmth brings a bit more of a chocolate scent, but still nothing too strong.

The first sips bring a mélange dark chocolate, raisin, alcohol, and a slight piney bitterness. All the tastes do have a smoothness to them, perhaps tempered by the oats (I do recall feel the Oak-Aged Yeti was a bit overpowering in its tastes). The carbonation is light but noticeable, lending to an overall medium-full body.

A nice beer, well made and enjoyable. A tad on the dry side, but a very nice sipping beer, especially for breakfast.

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Photo of delta490
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

All the good things about Yeti are here: the rich roast aroma, the deep malt flavors, the silky mouthfeel. But this is a mellow Yeti and that's in no way a bad thing. The oatmeal smooths out the sometimes rougher edges and the raisin adds just a hint of sweetness near the finish.

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Photo of avalon07
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%

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 clayrock81
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.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
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!

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Photo of vfgccp
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%

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Photo of screamking
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%

22oz bottle poured into snifter.

Aroma notes: roasted coffee, chocolate,black cherry, plum.

Tasting notes: milk chocolate, mocha, espresso, oatmeal, lemon, black cherry.

One of the smoothest RIS I've ever tasted. Tons of big flavors but milk chocolate is at the forefront. This is my favorite yeti so far.

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Photo of jerefreakinmiah
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What? I haven't rated this???

Appearance - black as night, Dark as coal. Sexy, light tan head that disappears fast.

Smell - pleasing, breakfasty oatmeal nose. Slight chocolate notes.

Taste - chocolate malt, period. Maybe a touch of oats in there. Some noticeable alcohol, but not distracting.

Mouthfeel - just like a big stout should be: heavy and lingers on the palate.

Overall: YETI! Fun to drink, even in this hot weather. What I think is the closest to the archetype for a IRS that we have.

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Oatmeal Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.19 out of 5 based on 1,205 ratings.
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