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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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Added by MinorThreat on 06-26-2013

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Reviews: 193 | Ratings: 1,226
Photo of delta490
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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 -8.3%

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 clayrock81
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%

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 -2.4%
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 +9.8%

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 +8.6%

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 +9.5%
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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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2013 bottle.

A - Dark brown, opaque, with dark tan head that reduces to a thin film over the top, then to a ring, but does not disappear. Some lacing, but not extensive.

S - Dark fruit, roasted grains, chocolate and coffee notes, and an underlying booziness.

T - The raisins are present and strong, but the roast is stronger. Toasted malts and grains mingle with a subtle hopped bitterness that complements rather than overpowering the other elements.

M - I am really impressed with the way this beer is a smooth, silky drink, thick and full, but does not result in a cloying mess. Added points because though this is a serious brew with high ABV, we are not saddled with a lot of alcohol heat. Best of all, the close, though with solid bitterness, does not build.

O - This is a stout that grew on me. Initially, I wondered if there was much going on, but it being a Yeti, I stayed patient, and that patience was rewarded. A big beer, but with a nice element of restraint that means it doesn't level you with each time you go in for a drink. Watch out, though, because it drinks so easily, you can definitely underestimate this beer's impact.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle On: Jun 24 2013
Drank On: August 8 2014

Pours a thick and viscous dark brown/black with a huge 4 finger chocolate brown head. So much pressure the cap blew off when I popped it.

Smells of sweet oatmeal and chocolate with a nice roasted malt backbone.

The oatmeal is still very bold, but the chocolate has succeeded a bit with age. The roasted malt nuttiness is still very prevalent.

Mouthfeel is very soft, what one could expect with oatmeal. Very pleasant.

Overall, this is a damn good variant of yeti and the year on this made it extra smooth. Very tasty.

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Photo of BB1313
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32 oz. growler filled at Heinen's in Mentor, Ohio

Growler poured into a snifter. It basically pours black with a little light getting through at the right angles; small dark khaki head that leaves nice lacing and retention. The aromas have alot going on. Lots of chocolate and cocoa malts. I'm picking up a nice amount of vanilla too. To finish the aromas off, there's a subtle amount of citrus. There's subtle hints of anise in the aromas and flavors. The flavors are pretty bold. I'll start off by saying that Yeti has always been considered a "hoppy stout", and Oatmeal Yeti is no different. Lots of grapefruit. There's also a very subtle spiciness going on. It feels like there's some rye in the mix. Very earthy as well. Hints of pine. Of course the chocolate does its thing. There's also hints of coffee and espresso. Mouthfeel is nice. It's full-bodied, but not super thick. It's similar to most of the Yetis. There's active carbonation, but it has a nice body to it. The alcohol goes unnoticed although there's a subtle warmth/spiciness in the finish. It's ultimately easy to drink and dangerously drinkable.

This is a very good stout. The craftsmanship is impressive. It's a fun beer to drink. It never gets boring or old. Well done. Recommended.

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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 TMoney2591
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Boulevard tulip glass.

Leave it to a visit to VDubb's to introduce me to a Yeti variant I've somehow not yet tried. Le sigh, amiright? Anyway, this stuff pours a straight onyx topped by a finger-and-a-half of toasted khaki (toasted khaki?) foam. As per usual, Yeti is just damn sexy. The nose comprises roasted malts, mild treacle, light toasted pumpernickel, and a touch of cocoa powder. The taste brings in more of the same, the treacle and toast bringing out the bitter roast of the, well, roast. I think I get some coffee character in there as well, as though a dark-ass biscotti was dunked in some very black coffee. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a somewhat dry finish. Overall, another win for the sasquatch team, though I find myself yearning a bit for the other, richer variants. That said, I will never turn this stuff down.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a pitch black color. The head is a finger high, with a khaki shade. Retention is quite decent for the style, and a goodly amount of lacing clings to the glass.

S: I really pick a strong oatmeal character here. Everything else about smells like classic Yeti (seriously, dat chocolate/roast/umami), but the oatmeal really gives it another stand-out note. As a minor disappointment, I don't pick up much raisin. Otherwise, this is just a very nice imperial stout...as expected from the Yeti.

T: Yep, this tastes like Yeti. The difference being the oatmeal gives it a touch of lightness, and a noticeably grainy finish. The oatmeal seems to expose some of that classic Yeti hoppiness some more, bringing more floral/piny flavors to the forefront. I said it was grainy (and it is), but it doesn't have the harsh fusel notes of other big oatmeal stouts. Just like in the nose, I don't pick up many raisin flavors. Still, the complexity and decadence of this beer is superb.

M: To me, this seems a bit lighter in body than other Yeti variants. But the oatmeal still gives it a superb creaminess which I love in an imperial stout. Carbonation stays in the background, as expected from the style.

O: It's a Yeti, I know exactly what I'm gonna get here. It's a small step down from something like, say, Espresso Oak Yeti, simply because I'm not a huge fan of imperial oatmeal stouts and their graininess. I'd have more trouble killing a bomber of this than the other Yeti variants, let's just say that. Still, it's a great imperial stout, one that's well worth buying.

4/5: Great imperial stout, it's just the oatmeal puts it a small notch below some of the other Yeti variants

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

Pours a dark, oily brown color with an off white head. The aroma is dark and roasty with elements of coffee, chocolate, char and grain. In the taste, roasted malts, oatmeal and booze are the big players, a little dark fruit and a scant bitterness. A lot of oat flavor is here, understandably, and adds to the sweet grain element going with the roast and heat. Full bodied, smooth, and creamy, the beer drinks easily. Overall, this is a nice example of an imperial oatmeal stout, its like breakfast for the daring at heart.

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Photo of spoony
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 650 ml bottle (dated June 19, 2014) to a snifter.

A-The brew is opaque and nearly black. No light getting through here. The head is short, but retention is good and there is even a bit of lacing on the glass.

S-The aroma is rich and dense with dark chocolate, some creaminess, a light char-roasted flavor, as well as some raisin and prune. Bitterness is pretty high, but more from hop flavor than roasted or smoke.

T-The taste is similar to the smell. It is dense and opulent with dark, dried fruit (raisins and prunes), blueberry, some dark chocolate, and milky chocolate.The famous Yeti hop hit also creeps in among the malts. The finish is a touch rough and hot compared the opening with some alcohol burn.

M-The feel is medium to full body with mostly smooth carbonation of average strength for the style.

O-Ho hum, another Yeti variant and another great beer. The oats don't really come through on their own, but they add a noticeable smoothness and richness to the beer that is not there in the normal version. This beer also has more dark fruit than normal Yeti, as you might expect. All that smoothness falls off a bit on the finish, but this is still a very fine beer.

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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 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 craftbeersweden
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thick, black beer with a dark brown to beige, two finger head. Lacing on the glass when the head sinks down to a thin, brown layer.

Nose: Chocolate cream, vanilla, ice cream, honey, toffee, brown sugar, nuts, hops, coffee and of course the special "Great Divide" smell! I JUST LOVE IT!

Mouth: Full, great, big, complex body with a very small amount of carbonation. Coffee, dark roasted malt, espresso, ash, caramel malt and a lot of dark chocolate!

This is a MUST HAVE. I love it. I’m glad I’ve saved a few in the beercellar :)

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Photo of RickS95
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick, pitch black pour. Completely devoid of anything light. The head doesn't immediately form, but when it doesn, it's brown and creamy. Moderate retention, fluffy creamy bubbles, with a chocolate lace left in its wake.

Dark, roasty malt, expresso, smoky scent fill the nose. Subsequent is the wave of caramel and faint dark fruits that fill the nose. No hop presence, but you can smell the bitterness from the roasted grains.

It's all vague malts up front, but as the beers wonders toward the throat, the gentle chocolate flavor evolves. The raisin gives some balance as the bittersweet chocolate intensifies the flavors in the finish.

For some a big beer, it's very easy to drink. The oatmeal provides plenty of creamy smoothe texture so you don't get a grainy feel like its brothers. Sweetness collides with bitterness throughout before a warming bitterness lingers til the next sip starts. Full bodied, you can feel thick viscosity. No carbonation so the palate is left sticky with a syrupiness.

Overall, it's a hell of a beer and exceptionally drinkable. Not something you chug, you could easily nurse this for an hour or more...and love every sip. Would make a great nightcap or dessert beer.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black pour, deep tan head, thick and rich-looking and with sticky lacing evident off the bat. Settles.
Smells like cocoa, dark cordials, banana esters, raisin, yet much hidden.
So thick and velvety upon sipping this. The oatmeal IS this beer now. It glues everything else together, the raisin, the dark pudding (yes, with this mouthfeel it's like chocolate pudding). Sweet, and with a roast flavor that that does not turn too bitter. Not complex, but a big treat of its own.
Thick-bodied and slick, with medium carbonation.
This is a tasty, rich and oily imperial stout. A sipper, and a dessert beer no doubt.

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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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Photo of Powderhornphil
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours black and thicker than I expected based on other yetis I have had. Some mocha head.

Aroma is chocolate, espresso, dark fruits.

Taste follows the nose but with a big raisin note about midway through.

The fullest mouthfeel I have experienced with Yeti. Likely my favorite Yeti that I have had.

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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 jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Like all yeti's, pitch black and viscous, deep brown thin head. Nose is definitely a bit different on this one with a bit of that added raisin comes through, dark fruit, rum raisin. Some classic yeti scents come through as well earthy herbal hops and rich roasted barley.

Familiar yet with a bit more balance. Still has that wicked unruly yeti hop character but theres a nice balance sweet dark fruit character up front. Rich viscous chewy body. Sweet rum raisin, dark chocolate notes up front, herbal earthy bitterness through out. A monster of a beer without a touch of alcohol, rich bitterness, touch of sweetness. A welcome addition to the yeti line in my opinion. Different enough to stand amongst the others and just as good. Almost like a halfway tamed yeti. Pretty damn good, sweetness mellows out some of that rough abrasiveness.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a wine glass. Bottled 25 June 2013.

A: Completely black. The head is darkest mocha but fleeting. Light bubbles. Nice.

S: My lord! This is so good. It's hard to put my finger on it, but it's incredibly dry, roasty, and faintly sweet. The added raisins are all but indiscernible in the afterscent. Coffee notes.

T/M: Thick, bittersweet, and incredible. Viscous but with an excellent hop/dry roast character. The maintaste is smooth and bittersweet -- sweet from the big malt and added raisins (still unsure whether this was necessary) and bitter from the roasted malt and unusually obvious hop characteristic (this is especially obvious on the aftertaste).

O: This Yeti is absolutely incredible, as are all the others (Chocolate and Original come to mind). Pleased and impressed. Highly recommended, if a bit too sweet. Would have again.

Notes: "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 creates 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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