Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout - Elysian Brewing Company

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Dragonstooth Oatmeal StoutDragonstooth Oatmeal Stout

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

793 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 793
Reviews: 327
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 96
Gots: 111 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-20-2002

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Ratings: 793 | Reviews: 327
Reviews by Pinto21:
Photo of Pinto21
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint a black with a hint of red on the edges with a tan/brown head that fades fairly quick.

A touch of chocolate with a bit of coffee, but mostly a sweeter dark fruit smell

Roasted up front, but not overly so. hops in the finish, but just noticeable. Kinda sweet chocolate that then gets more bitter with a touch of coffee? It's complex yet everything melds together very well.

Mouth if full but not too much so. I finished the 22 no problem.

I like it better than FBS!

More User Reviews:
Photo of abeeronthebeach
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Not quite black. Rocky mocha foam.Phenomenal retention.

S - Coffee, mainly with a little sweetness.

T - Fudge, lots of iced coffee. Slightly acrid with burned roasted malt. Portrays most of the classic stout flavours, primarily coffee and malt. Could use either a little more smoke and peat, or maple and chocolate.

M - Creamy, rich, with a buttery finish.

O - I thought this was great, the mouthfeel in particular.

Photo of oberon
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a jet black with a well formed tight creamy-like mocha colored head that had great lasting power,mild molasses and bitter chocolate notes mainly with a hint of raw earthiness as well.Nice velvety smooth creamy mouthfee it glides and coats very well,nice balance of sweetness and dry earthiness notes of molasses and licorice with chocolate tones thruout as well as underlying cola notes,a nice drying subtle earthiness comes thru late making it very drinkable.A damn good double stout to be had very flavorful and pretty complex,recommended.

Photo of RoyalT
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one was almost black in color with a thick brown head that was humongous. It lay there for quite a while and laced the hell out of my glass when it finally went down.

Smell – The rich Seattle-based coffee aroma is gigantic. The coffee is soaked in rich crème, almost like a coffee latte of some kind. The malts are of course heavily roasted and mixed with a strong raw sugar.

Taste – Oh, this one is very milky. It’d almost say that it was a Milk Stout except the malts are so big and brutal. They are unapologetically bitter and, like I said when reviewing this on-tap, it’s like licking coffee grounds. The out of place hops that I picked up when drinking this at the pub on-tap are nowhere to be found, and the beer is all the more better for it.

Mouthfeel – This one is medium-bodied and very bitter all over the tongue. I keep licking my lips for liquid to counteract the dry nature of this beast.

Drinkability – This is one of the few good Stouts that are produced here in the PacNW. The label says that it’s a winner of the gold medal in 2001 & 2004 at the GABF, and I certainly see no reason to doubt that claim.

Photo of NWer
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautiful pour into chalice.
Nice dark brown thick appearance belies the mild nature of this oatmeal stout. Very smooth chocolate with caramel undertones.
I was slow to warm up to Elysian brews but am quickly becoming a true believer. Inexpensive and totally drinkable.
I've discovered one of my favorite stouts.

Photo of Jason
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Redbones.

Light brown head, black as night … just what you’d expect a thick stout to look like.

Smells of sweet roasted malt with hints of oats and some hops as well.

Full bodied with a thick creaminess that rolls off the tongue slowly, roasted character is divided by an acrid roasted flavour and a coffeeish malt. Hopping is well done but does not go too overboard, earthy flavours of yeast and faint charcoal hit more towards the back as the long lingering roasted finish ensues.

Thick and flavourful, a perfect beer to pair with a dessert or chocolate none the less.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to 5000 for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours a black color with a tan head. The aroma has a lot of roasted malt and chocolate malt. The flavor is a little more complex. I get quite a bit of heavily roasted malt and chocolate, as well as some oats and cream notes. There is also a hint of smoke. Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On cask poured into a pint glass.

Pours a very dark black with a one finger fluffy brown head. Nose is malty and rich, a bit of oatmeal comes through.

Taste is sweet, creamy mellow and lots of chocolate, roast coffee and a nice light bitter finish, Mouthfeel is a bit watery but still good.

Photo of masikon
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Elysian bewpub in Seattle. Poured a pitch black with comparitively dark brown head. Aromas are definitely roasted malts through and through with very strong black coffee taking the forefront. Taste is how it smells, coffee coffee coffee, Definitely a coffee lovers stout. Really bold and flavorful but for me a little too much emphasis on coffee, somewhat lacking in the other roasted flavors i enjoy such as chocolates. A delicious beer nonetheless, just a little unbalanced.

Photo of moundbz
4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

smooth, nutty. Taste the smoked malt well, good

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first brew from Elysian, it would be hard to mess up strong oatmeal stout in my book but let's go and see what this brew is all about. Buddy Geof, thanks much for the brew let's see how dark WaWaWashington likes their stouts. Appears pitch black no ruby or dark brown highlights to speak of, big ol' mocha tan head forms thick and leaves abundant but scattered lacing around my imperial pint glass.

Aroma has a very nice roasted malt backbone that pretty much dominates the nose with strong black coffe and dark chocolate with an air of fruit and cream tossed in. A touch of herbal and minimal pine accented hops, with dark fruits naming plum as the main one I could pick out.

Flavor is a creamy blend of dark chocolate and mildly acidic iced brewed coffee. This would go well instead of a cup of Joe on a rainy afternoon in Seattle, or you could wait until afternoon if that's more justifiable for you. The roasts roll through first with secondary notes from the rolled oats additions and herbal and pine accented hop flavors.

A bit of alcohol does peak through and carbonation tickles a bit much for my liking in the mouthfeel department. Medium to fuller bodied carbonation makes the brew a bit rougher on the palate than it should be and the dark roasted malts leave an unrelenting burnt flavor on the palate between sips this could be a downer.

Drinkability overall is solid, I have no gripes with the beer or the flavor and I enjoyed my opportunity to try this PacNW offering from Seattle. I haven't had many brews from that region and I'm glad that this one came my way to further my horizons. Very enjoyable up there in the realm of Breakfast Stout, Wake and Bake, JavaHead, and other big beers within this vein.

Photo of rudylaw
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ericwo for knocking off this want with our recent swap!

Hey! A black pour with a light, 1-finger head.

I get a good shot of hops in the nose that goes along with chocolate and espresso notes. Very pleasant.

Bitter hops, chocolate and coffee notes with a sweet finish. This is a nice, take it home to mother kind of stout. It doesn't really change as it warm... nothing is peeking out behind the chocolate and hops.

Very smooth with terrific carbonation. This is another stout that doesn't push any envelopes with the style but it's still enjoyable because of the bitter hops. I was glad to try it but don't need to revisit in the future.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an imperial pint glass)

A- This beer has a black body with a foam made up of a mass of medium-sized bubbles that is light tan. There is a sea of microbubbles racing through the body.

S- This beer has a dark malt aroma with a slight sweetness to it. There is a faint earthy tar note in the background. For the most part it is pretty one dimensional.

T- This beer has a nice dark roasted malt flavor with molasses, faint coffee and a finish with a faint bitterness from the malt. There might be a slight hop bitterness to the finish but it is mostly malt flavors.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a fizz in the finish that really lightens the body and cleans up the finish.

D- This beer has a nice drinkability but there is not much depth so it gets a bit boring for more than one bottle.

Photo of Reino
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes taken on 9/1/08

Appearance- Pours a light black, if such a thing exists. I see just a tiny bit of light working its way into this beer, keeping it from being jet black, but maybe I'm just seeing things. The head is a shade over 2 fingers of dense, shiny bubbles. The cappuccino head sparkles and tempts you to come and play while you wait for the head to slowly recede into a cream and caramel skim on the top. Very good lacing keeps track of my sips.

Smell- BITTER chocolate up the ass, or the nose I guess, and dark caramel with vanilla following along with a faint smell of day old, dark roast coffee. Then there's the hops. Citrus hops pairing very well with the heavy bitter chocolate. I love this in an Imperial Stout. A lot going on in the nose, very nice.

Taste- Following the smells lead, you are beaten over the head with roasted and burnt malts, and bitter chocolate that goes on for days. What's impressive about this stout is all the shit that is going on underneath the onslaught of bitter malts and chocolate. The citrus hops take a back seat, but only by a small margin and speak up plenty along the ride. The vanilla and dark caramel stay low key but you are aware of their presence. Then there are hints of molasses and toffee, along with other complexities that make this beer a thinker. Very complex, and very tasty.

Mouthfeel- Rich and full-bodied. There is enough carbonation to keep it from being too thick, but it is low enough to remind me of fruity-chocolate syrup. This beer will coat your mouth and stay awhile.

Drinkability- I'm between scores on the drinkability because of the complexity. This beer is a prime example (much like Samuel Smith's IS) that an Imperial Stout doesn't have to be loaded with alcohol to be great. I took my sweet time enjoying this beer trying to pick out every flavor and let it coat the mouth. However, after I was done with the bomber, I was ready to move on to something on the lighter side. Give it a try!

Photo of pwoods
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to RoryGilmore for this nice extra from my wants list.

I would assume this is the same the the Dragon's Toot Oatmeal Stout. Label says rolled oats and 7.45%. Sup, update?

22oz. brown bomber poured into a Stone IRS tulip. No dating.

A: Pours pitch black with a bit of a milky consistency. A short medium tan head forms and holds decently for so short. Decent lacing throughout.

S: Plenty of chocolate with a healthy dose of oats and sweet oatmeal. Some added milky sweetness and a bit of a dry smell.

T/M: Pleasant sweetness throughout brought from a milky and brown sugar oatmeal flavor. It definitely has a bit of dryness and bitterness from the roasted barley... maybe huskless would be the way to go? Body is medium full with smoothing carbonation to keep it from getting heavy.

D: Decently drinkable and midlevel ABV. Tasty brew. Thanks for the bottle, torchednoodle!

Photo of CloudStrife
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a very dark brown appearing black in the glass. A one and a half finger khaki head sits atop this bold brew. Leaves some nice lacing.

S: Roasted malts, oatmeal and a surprisingly hoppy backing. A dark fermented fruit tone as well. A touch of mustiness.

T: This is quite a balanced beer. Starts off with a solid oatmeal and roasted malt character. Just a touch of hops kicks in to smooth things out, but they really aren't too bittering which is pleasant. Just a touch of booze at the end.

M: A very creamy and smooth mouthfeel on this one. Low carbonation. Very pleasant to sip on.

Overall this is certainly one well crafted oatmeal stout. Great balance and incredible mouthfeel. Keeps a rich taste without being overly packed with alcohol.

Photo of r0nyn
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into my DFH snifter.

A dark, inky blackness fills the glass from the bottle. Chocolate brown head that rises to about a quarter-inch before dissipating, leaving lots of sticky spotty and stringy lacing. Really a quite nice looking stout. Smell is pretty malty, with little nuances of caramel. Quite a bit of a hoppy presence too, which is surprising. Concentrated whiffs reveal some chocolate undertones.

Starts off sweet and malty on the initial sip, followed by some roastiness that spreads over the palate warmly. Little bit of hoppiness follows, but doesn't provide much bitterness. Just a little bit of that dark fruitiness typical of most imperial stouts. Alcohol isn't really all that detectable, thanks to a lower ABV. Taste is quite clean and straightforward. Not very much of an aftertaste. Mouthfeel is somewhat on the light side, with a lot less oomph than I was expecting from a big stout.

Drinkability is good for a stout of this caliber. It's clean and well-done, with a tempered alcohol content that'll eventually catch up with you, but for about $5 a bomber, you really can't beat value like this. Not a bad brew at all from Elysian.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours almost black but still with an amber tin and a full two finger tan head that takes forever to melt to very sticky tan lacing.
Aromas are definitely bitter chocolate and coffee that seems to evolve to almost a milk chocolate and coffee.
Taste is deliciously a cross between bitter chocolate and milk chocolate with a heavy note of espresso coffee. Definitely a touch of smoke in there as well.
Toasted amber malts are not completely lost in the flavors nor are the slight hint of citrus hops at the end.
Mouthfeel is very creamy yet surprisingly dry at the end with an aftertaste of the coffee and espresso.
What a wonderful Stout this is.

Photo of biboergosum
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 16oz Yankee pint, something to offset the hop assault of the first offering I dove into at this unassuming, yet crazily attractive location in the Capitol Hill district of Seattle.

This beer appears a solid, light-sucking black, with a rather skimpy cola base, evident only in direct, overbearing sunlight exposure, and one hefty finger of puffy, rocky, and mildly creamy mocha head, which leaves some awesomely gratifying webbed and honeycombed lace around the glass as it slowly and lazily recedes, right in line with my mood in the here and now.

It smells of lightly roasted chocolate malt, bittersweet coffee grounds, oily bar-top nuts (not that there were any available), sour black fruit, and bitter citrusy, leafy hops. The taste is lightly toasted bready and caramel malt, medium nutty bakers' chocolate, grainy, gritty oatmeal, and fruity citrus, mildly bitter hops.

The carbonation is on the low side, but duly supportive at the same rate, the body fairly smooth and silky as all get out, with a subtle tinge of creaminess. It finishes in kind, with some roasted bitter chocolate propping up the sweetness, and a hefty nod to the sassy, and burgeoning sour side of things.

The middling sourness of this offering may be a tad suggestive of a generic porter, but everything else screams out lovely, amped up oatmeal stout, well tempered all PNW-style, with a bit of a dialing down of the IBUs-from-hell that I'm starting to see as the trend 'round these parts. Enjoyable, and drinkable, at least until that alcohol starts to claim its pound or so of flesh.

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Elysian- Dragonstooth

A- Deep thick black with a big creamy thick lacing head.
S- Light roasted coffee bean, chocolate, and vanilla.
T- Very smooth chocolate/ vanilla med. roast coffee. Nice touch of earthy hops in the end.
M- Very smooth and very creamy. Thick chewy finish.

Overall- Very tasty and incredibly smooth. Excellent stout!

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours near black with deep ruby highlights where light can penetrate. Big, 2 finger cocoa colored head with good retention, resulting in as thick layer of suds across the surface. Strong lacing left all around the glass, with phenomenal stick.

Smell - Faint notes of oatmeal and chocolate. Mild roast. Not the most aromatic of oatmeal stouts.

Taste - As in the aroma, the taste is a bit of a letdown after such an amazing pour. Moderate chocolate notes and a light smokiness, followed by even lighter oatmeal and roasted malt character. Finishes with moderate coffee roastiness. Roast comes through a much better as it warms, but still doesn't quite hit the spot.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with fair carbonation and a silky smooth delivery. Goes down with velvet softness. Would be the highlight if it didn't look so awesome.

Overall - Darn. Good beer, but a bit too tame for my taste to call it great. I don't know, maybe the Rogue Shakespeare has spoiled my taste and expectations for all other big oatmeal stouts. In any event, glad I got to try it.

Photo of Magpie14
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

brown bomber with plain gold cap, interesting label

A: great heavy brown and walnut pour with a luscious milk chocolate colored head. Body is black as can be and has copious shades of deep red, burgundy, and maybe dark walnut. Head was a picture in itself and more on the retaining foamy side, rather than dense. A wonderful whirlwind of random filmy lace. Just from the pour, this bad boy looks monstrous and like my kind of stout

S: plenty of deeply roasted malts, oats and semi-sweet chocolate oatmeal cookies. Also what is making me excited is the soft vanilla soaked coffee beans. Smells are a good variety and make me salivate for my first sip

T: oatmeal has a bigger showing than in the nose, a GOOD thing! Malts are deep and rich, as are most of the flavors. I find a hint, and I mean a hint, of cinnamon on the tongue. Otherwise, mostly bitter chocolate covered caramel candies sprinkled with brown sugar and with smoked bitter coffee beans.
Here is what is baffling me...hops are nicely present and compliment the overall darkness of this brew wonderfully, how'd they do it? A nice acidity rounds out the back end and makes me think lemons and grapefruit. Although this sounds like a bizarre paring, far from it. It remains wonderfully sweet and has the right amount of hops, not to much or to little. Or I think so at least, great beer! This is so close to a five...man!

M: what do you know, high marks in this category as well. Slick, creamy, and a very easy drinkability. My palate is pleased with this liquid goodness, flavor improves upon warming

D: sometimes I struggle with the idea of giving 5's for scores and this beer challenged me quite a bit. I have found, yet another, great stout since my move to the west coast. It does not get much better than this: rich, malty, complex, and smooth. Has to be a 5!

Photo of Lazerlobe
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Newer dragon tattoo label

A: Standard dark cola pour, good cap of Desert Storm colored khaki head.

S: Sweet, crisp roast, followed by dry chocolate

T: Start off a touch astringent before breaking out with robust chocolate, well kilned barley and mellowed hops. Strong roasted finish.

M: Smooth and lightly viscous, goes down too easy!

O: Easy to drink and robust. It's bit too roasty and untempered for me but is too easy to drink with its light, playful body.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to SuzyGreenberg for this extra.

This bottle is better than I had remembered dragonstooth. Pours jet black with a nice one finger tan/brown head. The head dissipates quickly with a bit of lace. The nose has some alcohol tones but is mostly of bitter chocolate. The first taste is much richer and more chocolaty than i had expected. Great dark chocolate and mocha type flavors. The finish has some alcohol with a little hoppy bite. This is an interesting brew, and more complex than i had expected. At 7.4 it is slightly on the weak side for an imperial, but is thick and chewy like one, with the finish and smoothness of an oatmeal stout. I like it. I think it is an interesting beer. Unusually refreshing and drinkable for a stout of its kind. A solid beer, nothing incredibly extraordinary, but a solid brew.

Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to TheBungyo for the trade. Surprisingly smooth and balanced stout. Neither on sweet nor bitter side, thick mouthfeel and not overally creamy. The little I allowed my office mates to drink they loved, and one hates stouts! A tad oatmeal matter. Very good, black with lots of lace and creamy, obviously quite fresh. And not too roasty either.Chocolate notes with some oatmeal grainess.

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Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout from Elysian Brewing Company
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