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Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout - Elysian Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

637 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 637
Reviews: 304
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 78
Gots: 52 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-20-2002)
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youradhere

Arkansas

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at the snorting elk on crystal mountain.

A- Pitch black with a cola tan head that quickly dissapates, leaves good lacing.

S- malty, slightly fruity aroma

T- Coffee up front, dark malt character, sweetness to offset the coffe. A well ballanced beer.

M- nice, low carbonation, coats the tongue without being too much, smooth.

D- very drinkable, especially after a hard day on the mountain.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2010 23:10:04 | More by youradhere
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Scotchboy

Idaho

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Elysian Dragonstooth 22oz bomber, shared with my wife and poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: Dark...essentially opaque black, with a good amount of tight mocha head and head lacing left behind on the glass.

S: Oatmeal stout, turned up to about 11...oaty, chocolate, roasted coffee and roasted malt, good doses of sweetness, hints of bitter hops.

T: Again, lots of coffee and chocolate here...traces of an oily herbal bittering hop, roasted bitterness, espresso, dark chocolate beans, cocoa, oatmeal, hints of caramel and vanilla...really nice, light burn on the back of the throat

MF: Bitter creamy mouthfeel, medium/moderate body, alcohol is very faint, this beer hides it well.

O: Recommended. I liked it a lot, an Imperial Oatmeal, but not over the top, still approachable and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 14:46:31 | More by Scotchboy
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2011 03:18:46 | More by biboergosum
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dirtylou

Washington

4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

not sure who sent me this (in a recent bif) - i've seen it around before on the west coast but have never sampled

appearance: 22oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass, lovely chocolate brown body with a chocolatey head, nice retention and very strong lacing - nice

smell: milk chocolate, lactose, a touch of char and smoke, faint licorice, smooth and roasty

taste: very nice stout - big milk chocolate notes, very mild roasty flavor, a touch of licorice and very little booze

mouthfeel: creamy and smooth, milky and rich

drinkability: good

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2009 03:34:19 | More by dirtylou
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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark black with a creamy tan head that left good lace. Smelled of heavy roasted chocolate with a slight sourness. The flavor began with big initial roasted malts but then shifted into a nicely paired citrus, almost cola-like sourness and sweet prunes. Finished with a blast of espresso. Mouth feel was medium bodied with a light lingering carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2006 23:45:18 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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RickJP

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I drank this beer straight from the bottle (I'm in the middle of moving and drank it while painting a room).

I thought that the mouthfeel was tremendous. It says on the bottle that it is full-bodied and it lives up to that claim, especially on the finish.

Bit of a coffee bean flavor. More caramel than chocolate, I thought. Smoky. I actually didn't think it was as hoppy as some others seem to think.

Overall, very good. Nothing revolutionary, just really solid, well done, and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2012 16:23:38 | More by RickJP
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ChugMan

Washington

4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Food Pairing: Roasted root vegetables were great with this! It included sweet, redskin and yukon gold potatoes, carrot, parsnip, onion and garlic. Some salt and seasoning too. Really good, especially the sweet potato. The earthiness of the drink and the food went very well together.

A - Darkest of dark brown/red. Light scarcely penetrates its thinnest edge. Nice head with good lacing.
S - Moderately aromatic. Clean and yet unmistakably earthy. Uncut cocoa and grain. Intriguing, and a little dangerous.
T - Strong alcohol flavor right away: that 7.5% feels a lot bigger than it is. Once you push past that though, some nice rich roasty-bready flavors are lying in wait for you, and after a couple sips the alcohol doesn't have the same shock that it did at first. Molassas, coffee, chocolate. Some very subtle fruit flavors like cherry and pineapple come in with a lightly sweet finish of cream and vanilla.
M - Alcohol and hop bitterness pack a wallop! No fufu beer here. Thick, like a chunk of dark bread. None of this lingers too long though, just a bit of that creamy sensation.
O - This is sort of like a hardcore spiked cup of joe- not for the faint of taste buds nor session-seekers. This stout demands your undivided attention, and the longer you enjoy it the more it will reward you.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 05:18:58 | More by ChugMan
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Redbones.

This stout poured an almost opaque black color with brown foam that left nice lace on the glass. The smell was slightly sweet and malty with an almost vinous, fruity quality. The taste was mainly dark roasted malt and barley but with some sweet oats and a slight fruitiness. The hop bitterness was mildly noticeable in the finish. This stout was smooth but a bit sharp on the tongue. Overall it was tangy and malty with a dry finish. The body was full with good carbonation. This was a very nice and enjoyable stout.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2003 06:44:18 | More by UncleJimbo
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popery

California

4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very good stout, label art aside. It's a good stout with a rich, sweet chocolate, coffee roasted stout flavor. The beer pours dark and looks thick (and I mean that as a compliment). The aroma is jumping between a good chocolate milk shake with a dash of espresso and one of those cheap Italian espresso soda things. So, it's a mixed bag but ultimately good. The flavor is also fairly sweet, but it has some bite. There's more to it than I was expecting. The roasted malt flavor is rich and full, a beer that tastes bigger than its size. Feel is smooth with a mildly acrid finish. Drinkability is good, but it's a fairly light for the category.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2009 07:18:48 | More by popery
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deereless

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Ebony espresso, thick brown, wonderful lacing - 4.25, S: Hints of oatmeal, heavy on the grain - 4.25, T: Extremely grainy in a good way, loads of chocolate malt, some nice bittering, on the mild side in terms of an Imperial Stout - 4.25, M: Nice and creamy - 4.50, D: This is a solid stout, nicely crafted and quite flavorful - 4.25

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2008 01:14:04 | More by deereless
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CloudStrife

New York

4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 00:39:11 | More by CloudStrife
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cjgator3

Florida

4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into an imperial pint glass. Pours a thick pitch dark black with a tan head. The aroma is dark roasted malt and a lot of roasted coffee flavors explode from the aroma as well. The taste is dark roasted malts up front with some bitter coffee flavors in the finish and a good dose of lingering hops. This brew is definitely on the hoppy side as far as stouts go. The mouthfeel is heavy and thick and slightly chewy. Overall, this is a very flavorful stout that is recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2008 02:38:59 | More by cjgator3
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brystmar

Texas

4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared 3 ways.

Pours like a stout, nice tan head. Lots of roastyness and oatmeal in the nose, hints of booze too.

Viscous, smooth body delivers flavors directly to my palate. Finishes a touch sweet as malts meld with bittersweet chocolate. Love oatmeal stouts, and this is a good, straightforward example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 02:16:30 | More by brystmar
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Suds

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A thick, black stout...obsidian and as dard ans a coal mine. The head is a brownish tan, full and thick ,with serious staying power. A complex and boozy brew, the smell is a wild mix of alcohol, smoke, grain, oats, peach skins, hay, and charcoal. Interesting and intense. Full and medium sweet taste. If anything, it has a bit too much warming and high alcohol scent and feel.m it would be a great winter brew. Full in body. Substantial in all respects.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 02:42:51 | More by Suds
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gford217

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Lee at the Brick Store.

Pours dark, dark brown, pretty close to black, with a small short-lived tan head that leaves little lacing.

The dark roasted malts are very big in the nose, but there are plenty of sweet notes with vanilla and dark chocolate in the nose. Hints of brown sugar as well.

The taste has the same dominant roasted malts with some bittersweet chocolate. There is also a bit of coffee in there as well. But the sweetness just keeps building after each sip, with brown sugar and vanilla.

The mouthfeel definitely shows the oatmeal presence with a characteristic smoothness complemented with soft carbonation. It's a pretty full mouthfeel overall for a stout of this style.

This is an excellent stout with a great combination of roasted malts and big sweetness. It's complexity and heft put it on the border of impy stout status. Very, very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2009 03:40:15 | More by gford217
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a half finger beige head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic streaks of spotty lacing left behind.

Slightly smokey roasted malt aroma with a decent amount of sweetness for balance. Pretty robust with hints of coffee bean, burnt toast, oatmeal and dark chocolate countered by caramel, toffee and rich fudge-y bakers chocolate. There's definitely a a sweet dessert like quality that counters the heavier elements.

Full bodied with a deeply roasted, robust dark malt flavor that's countered by lighter malt sweetness and faint earthy hop bitterness. Pretty dry and almost burnt tasting up front without becoming acrid or overwhelming. Hints of burnt toast, roasted gourmet coffee, dark chocolate and of course oatmeal followed by toffee, chocolate cake and resinous hops. Lots of dry bitterness yet this big beer remains well balanced and pretty easy to drink considering it's complexity.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2012 09:50:11 | More by corby112
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jclovebrew

Washington

4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Elysian Tangletown.

Pitch black. Fantastic lacing and head that stuck around till the end. Subdued west coast C-hops on the nose. Full bodied, robust stout. Huge hop flavor. With my eyes closed I'd think the beer is hop-green, not black. A bit on the sweet side. Nice chunky oatmeal mouthfeel. The high alcohol had a warming effect. This is an imperial stout disguised as a stout.

One negative comment - the serving temp was too cold.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2005 02:06:05 | More by jclovebrew
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another beer I received via Fed-ex from Shopper's Vineyard.

Pours a straight black slightly viscous syrup. Their is a little, light Bosco syrup cling after ever swirl. Barely any head after the pour, and none after the first sip. Heavy mocha aroma, French roast coffee grounds and some faint milk mixed with bitter chocolate. Very roasty. The taste starts creamy and syrupy. The milk chocolate and espresso slowly strenghen towards the finish. Well integrated mix of flavors and faint alcohol in the mouthfeel's finish. Very glad I ordered this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 00:26:24 | More by scruffwhor
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orcasteve

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into my duvel tulp glass, poured a heavy black that cant be seen through with a heavy one finger darker tan head that quickley fades to a lacing around the rim, the taste is sweet with hints of mollases, coffiee, rich dark malts, a hint of hops, fine belgan dark choclate. this is smooth from start to finish. this one hides the alchoal well. the second pour is so much better than the first, this is a world class beer for sure.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2008 16:56:05 | More by orcasteve
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black body, no highlights. Three fingers of level tight highly whipped tan microbubbles. Excellent lacing.

Roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and licorice in the aroma.

Taste begins with black coffee, picks up a little milk, then a chocolate kick. Sensation of oats rolling across the tongue. Bitter bite at swallow merges into coffee at the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is slick and oily and full and rich, befitting an imperial oatmeal stout.

For a big and complex beer, very good drinkability.

A highly enjoyable Imperial Oatemal Stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2009 04:28:26 | More by RonfromJersey
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BWED

Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into my big 20 oz. nonic.

A- Black, and that's it. Not light shines through. Towering, thick and creamy brown head. Great retention. Thick globs of lacing all around.

S- Roasted coffee, and some cocoa notes. Pleasant but basic; I was expecting more complexity in the aroma.

T- Sweeter cocoa/dark chocolate. The coffee from the aroma takes a back seat. Slight, subtle earthy hop character.

M- Full bodied. So creamy and thick. Sweet and just a hint of bitterness in the finish.

O- Epically drinkable. Smooth and sweet. Not as strong as most stouts with this much flavor and feel. The oatmeal has to do with that, I'm sure. Really tasty and I could drink a couple bombers in a sitting and not feel full, or wiped out.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2014 19:47:59 | More by BWED
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up as a great little treat in a recent birthday box. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 07/16/2009.
 
Appearance - Very nice. Deep dark brown in color with a big had of tan that came up and over the top. Nice retention and great lacing up and down the sides of the glass.
 
Smell - Roasted malts, sweet with molasses and hints of brown sugar. Nice touches of chocolate as well as a hint of light vanilla.
 
Taste - Mellow and a touch hoppier then I would have thought. Very nice chocolate notes here, really laid down quite well. Hints of molasses again and a decent touch of vanilla poking its head up. The finish comes through with a light bitterness and a touch of dark fruit.
 
Feel - Smooth, decently carbonated and very coating, definite full body here and nicely put together as well.
 
Drinkability - Not bad at all, a bit heavy but at only 7.5% it is not out of this world. Easily could go down in a night.
 
Overall - I have to say this was pretty darn tasty. Not quite up there with the big boys but definitely something I would not mind going towards again, I could see myself trying another one for sure.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2009 18:02:30 | More by mikesgroove
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flagmantho

Washington

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass. My bottle reads 7.45% ABV.

Appearance: entirely black body with no transit of light. Head is half a finger of compact tan foam. You can't ask for much more in a stout.

Smell: light, chocolatey aroma with just a suggestion of tartness. Not complex at all, but quite nice indeed.

Taste: smooth, rich chocolatey malt flavor with a hint of bitterness toward the end. Hop character does not really stand out, and you can taste just an edge of the alcohol. Quite smooth and tasty if, again, not all that complex.

Mouthfeel: medium to medium-heavy body with a low level of carbonation. This guy is pretty smooth, but I feel like a little more bubbles would help.

Drinkability: quite drinkable, especially considering the ABV. I would definitely have this again.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 16:03:08 | More by flagmantho
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Foxman

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

it pours a seared brown that appears black and seems to eat light. A finger of brownish tan head sinks to a fine mesh of froth. Rivets of lacing pop along the inside of the glass.

The aroma is initially dark roasted malt, sweet with burnt sugar and molasses. Coffee, nuts, and charred biscuit join spiced toffee and a distant but distinct flare of alcohol.

Upon tasting, there comes the bittersweet sugary char of roasted malt layered with biscuit, nuts, molasses, dark chocolate, and a touch of soy. Coffee and a muted hoppiness bring a crisp character alongside a casual current of warm alcohol. Baked dough, burnt sugar, and a poignant residual bitterness feed a very crisp, dry, and lingering finish. It's basic and very enjoyable.

Medium bodied, it starts creamy but seems to drop off rather quickly, but only after making a positive impression.

Sometimes a stout is just a stout, and when it's this tasty, just being a stout is a good thing. It's got all the right parts put together in a fetching way. It's bold but mannered. The ABV is north of average, but even with that, it drinks smooth and well. It's not double imperial, cave-aged in Amontillado casks with vanilla and premium espresso tossed in. No, instead, it's a good, gracious, enjoyable stout that I'll pour gladly any day.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2009 19:22:00 | More by Foxman
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beergoot

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An opaque, black beer. Head is thin and tan.

Aroma is dark, sweet milk chocolate, rich black coffee, and rich, earthy hops.

Robust roasted malts, like softly burnt toast; bitter chocolate. Pretty fantastic smooth hop bitterness throughout. Alcohol warmth sneaks up on you at the finish, melding nicely with the bitterness.

Smooth mouthfeel, medium bodied.

A very good stout. Has many of the deep, dark goodness I look for in this imperial style. Interesting interaction with the hop bitterness and the alcohol: they seem to complement each other nicely for a big beer. I would have liked a better, thicker head, but otherwise everything else comes together for this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 02:21:18 | More by beergoot
Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout from Elysian Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 637 ratings.