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

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 cherche
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of john0721
3.36/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Hophead717
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of arevalo
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of billshmeinke
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
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 Raisingfable
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dwagner003
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JratBones
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rsquared59
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
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 -4%
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 -2.6%
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 AmeriCanadian
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of corywalston
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of SHODriver
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
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 Narthax
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of WCKDVBZ
2.89/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of SierraFlight
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jcarriglio
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BenBull3030
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pstam87
4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oatmeal Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.2 out of 5 based on 1,260 ratings.
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