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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Photo of BenwayPHD
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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 +5.7%
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 -1.9%
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 -10%

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 +1.2%

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 -4.8%

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 +3.1%

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 +4.3%

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 +1.7%
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 +1.2%

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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Oatmeal Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.2 out of 5 based on 1,253 ratings.
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