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Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout - Elysian Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

727 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 727
Reviews: 309
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 87
Gots: 70 | FT: 2
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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Photo of EgadBananas
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black as night, a finger of milk chocolate colored head that leaves sporadic lacing.

Lots of chocolate on the smell. Loads of malts, and nice coffee aromas.

Taste is slightly sweet, chocolaty, bitter coffee, and slight bitterness.

Feel is great. Creamy, thick, velvety, and smooth.

Good drinkability. Very tasty, the alcohol is low enough to warrant drinking multiples.

Photo of CJS
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A Pours out a toasty caramel color. Once it hits the glass its a collective pool of sooty darkness. Less than half a fingers width of a sand toned head, that dissipates kind of fast.

S Not to intense on the senses. Dark chocolate, coffee, toasted sugar mid caramelization.

T Very smooth and chocolatey. slightly bitter on the tip. Roasted nutty on the way out with a very very creamy finish.

M Nice and thick as the flavor compliments. On the palate it just sits chair-like.

O Weighing in with a 7.5 abv I can't tell. One of the creamiest, flavor balanced yet still rich, non imperial, oatmeal stouts I've enjoyed. Good job.

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

I'm sort of getting tired of describing stouts' appearances. Maybe I should stop drinking and reviewing stouts (not likely) or suck it up and stop whining (probably just as not likely). Anyway, here goes: dark, dark brown to jet black with a light tan head that raised a finger and half of foam that reduces to a thick ring with a scum layer.

Now, here's something I never tire of...smelling stouts. This has just a wonderful smell. Bittersweet chocolate and roasted malts tantalize your nose prompting you to gulp the whole thing. Doesn't it know I have a review to write? Temptress! I am seriously digging the smell of this beer. There's a slight floral aroma which indicates the presence of some hops...non-American I'm guessing.

I've once again come across a beer that does not taste as good as it smells, however this still tastes really good. It's just that it smells even better. The bittersweet chocolate is replaced by cocoa, but the roasted malts really come through. The floral hop character is reduced a little bit, but is still there balancing out the bitterness. The aftertaste returns the bittersweet chocolate.

As far as bitterness goes this doesn't have as much as most Imp Stouts, even when cold. There's the graininess that you get when roasted malts are used in abundance and the alcohol is very well-masked. That's partially because this does not have as high an ABV as most Imp Stouts...it sits at the bottom of the style for that. So you can drink even more of it right? Sure, give it a go. After it settles a bit the graininess is mitigated and the beer becomes really silky smooth. This is one nicely crafted stout.

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

Thanks to beerbeing for shipping this to me as part of my BA Anniv. Can't wait to try it.

A: Pours an extremely jet black color with a slight one finger caramel colored head that has a bit of retention and nice lacing.
S: Big roasted malt notes with unsweetened chocolate and bitter coffee notes. Oatmeal flakes also Slight milkyness also. Dark fruit notes of figs and raisins.
T/M: Nice combination of chocolate and coffee notes mingle as if they're dancing. Big roasted malt notes come through also. A bitterness comes through after the roasted malts--hops show their presence here. Soft and smooth on the palate--smoothness almost takes on a milky characteristic. Thick body towards the finish with a nice coffeelike bitterness in the finish. Robust body on this fine offering from
D: Very smooth and drinkable with a nice robust body. A nice stout and one that needs to be had. I've enjoyed this brew.

Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 12/11/11 notes. Not sure exactly why, but this has been a Want of mine for a long time and I never got around to trading for a bottle until now. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Duvel Green tulip.

a - Pours a black color with two inches of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Little head retention and some spotty lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of roasted malts, sweet chocolate, vanilla, and light bitter chocolate. Pretty nice, very roasty.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, sweet chocolate, vanilla or cream, light coffee, light wood, and bakers chocolate. Very nice, a tiny step up from the nose.

m - Medium to full body and low to moderate carbonation, very smooth and creamy. Very easy to drink, a great mouthfeel for an oatmeal stout.

o - Overall I thought this was a really nice oatmeal stout; one of the better ones I've had in recent memory. Ton of roasted notes and chocolate, and very easy to drink. Very glad I bought this, and would buy it again.

Photo of doughanson78
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. Bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Black. Dark. Barely any head but what little there is is a nice mocha color. A few big bubbles in the head. Excellent lacing.

S: Deep roasted coffee. Burnt malts. Chocolate. Nice burnt toasty oat aroma. Faint smokiness.

T: Again very deep roasted/toasted oat flavor. Deep roasted coffee. Light sweet malts with a hint of chocolate. Very faint hop bitterness at the end.

M: Very full bodied. Nice and creamy. Coats the mouth nicely.

O: A very good Oatmeal Stout. Great roasty/toasty notes. Not an overpowering coffee flavor. Definitely will purchase again.

Photo of Pinto21
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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!

Photo of RoyalT
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
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 weeare138
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears pitch black with a 1 finger dark tan head that lasts for a minute. Nice tan film stays through the duration of sit. Beautiful lacing spread throughout the goblet. Smells of sweet cream, espresso, raisins, black grapes, and bitter chocolate. Tastes creamy up front that resonates fruity bitterness from the middle to the back of the mouth. Mouthfeel is smooth and bitter. Medium bodied and lingering on the back of the tongue with all the fruity bitterness and roasted malt. The abv is evident towards the bottom of the 22 oz. bomber.

Finger licking good!

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

Appearance: rich dark black color with a 1/2" tan head. Nice lacing develops.

Smell: easily detectable dark chocolate and strong roasted malts.

Taste: strong roasted malt level with a nice smattering of dark chocolate bitterness. Some coffee, molasses, slightly noticeable alcohol, and a bit of burnt nuts rounds it out.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Smooth from start to finish. Roasted flavors linger briefly on the tongue.

Drinkability: this could be considered a meal. But this is a solid double stout in my opinion.

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

Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout
Elysian Brewing Company

Pours a oil slick blackish brown, with a light brown foam. Aroma of herbal, minty hops and smokey roasted malts. In the flavor, roasted malts and lots of hop flavor are the driving forces. There is a nice dark chocolate flavor, along with coffee and a wisp of smoke. Hops are bitter, minty, herbal and have a touch of citrus. Some tasters have detected anise, a good compliment to the roasted malt flavor.

Full bodied feel, a bit slick, well carbonated and smooth. Leaves a lingering cocoa/coffee malt flavor in the finish. Overall, an incredibly tasty, well made stout. Well hopped which is always welcome.

Photo of Dope
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a quite dark brown with a good sized fluffy medium brown head. Fades at a moderate pace, decent retention. Quite decent fluffy patchwork of lacing too.

S: Oatmeal, quite a bit of it. More than you normally get in an oatmeal stout. Almost grainy as a result. Very mild chocolate and char.

T: Chocolate and a little char up front. Lots of oatmeal in the middle lending a smooth and creamy aspect. Also makes it quite sweet, turning the chocolate into a creamy and sweet milk chocolate flavor. Almost like chocolate syrup. A little dry on the back end as the sweetness runs out and the oatmeal turns a bit grainy. Some mild piney bitterness in the finish, giving it a dry lingering aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and creamy. A bit grainy at points.

O: Excellent oatmeal stout. Extra oatmeal really brings that flavor to the forefront. Some hop bitterness adds some nice complexity. Overall I really enjoyed it. I just didn't give it amazing scores due to the relative simplicity of the brew. For an oatmeal stout it is one of the best.

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

Pours black with a tan head. Nose is molasses and malty. Though I have to confess it's hard to smell anything after walking out in the cold. Flavor is thick with malts and a molasses. Thick almost tar thing going on mildly. Smooth. Same goes for liquid feel. Carbonation is low but bites a bit. A very easy drinking double stout.

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

Presentation - Served cold but allowed to warm to 45 degrees in a standard pint glass
A - an Inky black + dark brown thin head w/ almost no lace

S - Fruity, Roasted, sweet, subtle chocolate and oats with a sublte alcohol scent.

M -Full, sweet and honey-like with a pleasant bitterness.
Deep in complexity- dry but carries a residual sweetness, with the bitterness hanging on in the finish.

T - A big, Sweet, full in body (from oats) beer w/ big dark malts, buter not a charred taste. Just enough bitterness to balance the sheer depth of this sturdy stout. Very flavorful, but shows it's strength. Could use a skosh of finesse. The balance is a weighted slightly more toward bitter with the hops giving off more of their piney essence as it warms. I enjoyed this immensely like a very strong and hoppy oatmeal stout basically a meal in a glass.

D - Smooth and malty with alcohol well hidden with no cloying sweetness or overly bitter flavors. A good strong stout with flavor to spare

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

750mL bottle poured into tulip glass - thanks to jconrick1 for this during the bourbon, scotch, beer BIF

Pours a murky black with a thinner tanned head which fades out completely with very little retention. Random streaks and patches of lacing on the glass.

A surprising flair of smoke with caramel, molasses, and coffee beans alongside some light licorice scents.

Bold flavors right out of the gate with strong dry roasted malts and oatmeal. Coffee and espresso beans mix in with chocolate malted sweetness. Hints of licorice add a dash of complexity. A nice bolt of smoke is also present towards the end, which I wasn't expecting. Finishes with some hoppy bitterness, light smokiness, and a bit of boozy warmth.

Full body, decently carbonated, very smooth and pleasant on the palate. Surprisingly solid drinking, nice smoky flavor with tempered sweetness, and the ABV is masked well. This is the best one I've had from Elysian yet.

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

Appearance is a dark brown ale with a dark tan head leaving nice lace. Smell of rich roasted malts, coffee and some dark fruits in the back. Taste has lightly sweetened roasted malts, coffee, dark bitter chocolate with a nice balance of hops. Mouthfeel is full bodied and very creamy with just the right amount of carbonation. A very enjoyable full bodied Stout.

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

Draft at Elysian Fields in Seattle. I had this beer and the porter, and this was definitely the better of the two. Poured a midnight black with a large, well-lacing tan head, that showed good retention. Very rich, roasty nose, but every now and then it seemed more subdued and fainter. Flavours included chocolate and caramel, and there was a pleasant bitterness from deeply roasted coffee grinds. Full, creamy body. I could drink this all night long!

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

a - poured a two-fingers thick coffee-colored head into an oversized goblet. it left thick sheets and clingy lace that really coated the glass, nice retention on this one. the body was dark black.
s - hints of coffee and dry chocolate.
t - coffee, sweet chocolate with a little hop kick.
m - creamy, smooth and very clean on the tongue. a little thin though.
d - nice sipper and my girlfriend and i really enjoyed this one.

Photo of RickS95
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extremely dark pour, almost completely black with just a hint of brown. Far too dark to tell if it's hazy. The head is a light brown color early on before fading to an almost white. Not much retention, thin spotty lace.

Roasted grains, coffee, a splash of licorice. You can almost smell the smooth oatmeal.

Aggressive roasty notes, they grab the taste buds immediately. Very coffee-like flavor throughout. No licorice in the taste.

It is smooth like an oatmeal stout should be. Very creamy, but all the while there is an intense bittering the evolves. Finishes bitter and that bitterness never lets go of the palate. Despite the bitter, there's no presence of hops, all the bitter is from burnt coffee and charred grains. Medium bodied and despite the somewhat high ABV, no alcohol taste or feel.

Overall, I'm happy with this outstanding beer from the Left Coast. I like the dark stuff and while it is bitter, it's fairliy smooth.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Split with angrybabboon.

Appearance: Super dark brown, almost black before being held to direct light. Small.dark khaki head is super creamy and smooth. Drops to a small cap and rocky loose collar. Solid carbonation visible on the side of the glass.

Smell: Super chocolate and roasted malts. Dark chocolate, cocoa powder, with a tiny bit of sweet milk.chocolate on the back. A touch of burnt malts. Almost milky lactose sweetness. Rich roasted malt. Some oats in the back. A bit gritty and raw. So much chocolate. Castings of citrus on the top. Some brownie batter.

Taste: Roasted chocolate. Coffee beans. Milky chocolate. Some solid baker's chocolate and cocoa powder. Crazy roasted, almost burnt with some char. Big sweetness tempered by the bitter roasted profile. Some vaguely citrus notes. Chocolate.covered espresso beans. Slight husky grain. Did I mention chocolate?

Mouthfeel: Crazy creamy. Very smooth. Medium body with a slightly above average carbonation. Clean. Not particularly dry or wet.

Overall: Jimmy and Jimmy approved.

A stellar take on the oatmeal stout. Lots of malt character with a subtle hop influence. Crazy amounts of chocolate and roast. Worth seeking out and drinking when you're looking for a truly great example of the style.

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.

Photo of stratusjeans
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%

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

I enjoyed the beer, but it wasn't much of an imperial. No alcohol sting to it at all. It was well-balanced and highly quaffable, but I doubt it will age well. Frankly, the pleasure was too much in the balance, and with age that would get muddied. So I guess I'd say a good but not special beer

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

Pours a two finger brown head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Color can't get any blacker. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Roasted coffee nose. Starts almost sweet with a roasted coffee/chocolate flavor, smooth, finish has hints of burnt coffee. Nice stout. $3.49 for a 22oz bottle from John's Market Place Tigard, Or.

Photo of dgfair
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

22 oz. bomber poured into my Delirium snifter

A - Black, almost opaque body with a creamy tan, chocolate milk colored head. It dissipates nicely to a thin layer leaving some lacing on the glass.
S - Sweet milky smell with an undertoning of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt. At first it was a smoky smell, but turns to a very sugary scent as it warms...nice and surprising. A tad of an alcohol smell at times too, but not overwhelming.
T - Coffee and roasted malt up front, followed by a nice touch of bitter chocolate. Still a touch of sweetness underpinning the entire experience. Aftertaste is pure roasted malt, and very nice.
M - Not bad, but a little thinner than I was hoping for. Even a little bit of a chalky type feel at times. Definitely the low point of this great beer.
D - As far as drinkability goes, this is amazingly easy to drink for a 7.4% Double Stout. Easier to drink than a lot of session beers to be perfectly honest, and a nice price point that makes it very accessible.

Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout from Elysian Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 727 ratings.