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Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout - Elysian Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

695 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 695
Reviews: 307
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 85
Gots: 69 | 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 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

Slatetank, Jun 28, 2007
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.

xnicknj, Jan 09, 2011
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.

Bookseeb, Apr 13, 2011
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!

bobsy, Jan 12, 2008
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.

GPHarris, Dec 03, 2007
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.

RickS95, Mar 29, 2014
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.

Goblinmunkey7, Apr 07, 2013
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.

Sammy, Aug 04, 2006
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

justinhower, Jun 25, 2008
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.

jdhilt, Jul 08, 2006
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.

dgfair, Dec 21, 2006
Photo of ATPete
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle

Pours a rich black color with a nice looking medium sized brown head. Lots of roasty toasty grain in the nose, sweet chocolate malt comes through as well as subtle notes of ground coffee. Good flavor, surprising bitterness which i really enjoyed. Medium bodied for an Imperial Stout but that factored with the moderate ABV make for a very drinkable brew. Well done, by far my favorite offering from Elysian so far.

ATPete, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of canucklehead
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a stout that pulls short of being a RIS and that is not a bad thing. The beer pours black and full headed with the roasty hoppy notes on the nose. When you get to drinking you realize that drinkability is key for this beer though the ABV approachs 8%. The finish is long but almost Oatmeal stoutlike in style. Don't expect the vinous RIS notes but rather enjoy a great drinking stout.

canucklehead, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of GeraldFunk
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into pint glass.

Pours black with brown accents, frothy mocha head with excellent retention and lacing.

Right off the bat I get nice strong coffee and molasses aromas, with nice roasted malt coming through. Smells heavenly.

Roasted malt and coffee are first to arrive on the palate, but soon smooth oatmeal comes into play as well. Slightly sweet on entry but balanced nicely by bitterness mid palate. Very nice.

The mouth feel is full and drying yet smooth. High alcohol comes through.

Overall this is an excellent example of the style that doesn't hold back. Will be enjoying this many more times over the winter months.

GeraldFunk, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of Axnjxn
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bomber into a snifter @ room temp.

pours a dark black with an inch+ thick beige head. Smell is BIG on roasted, charred malts. The taste is very subdued and pleasant. Youd imagine this is a huge stout based on the nose but that isnt the case. The oats did a great job to smooth this one out and make it exceptionally creamy, tasty and easy to drink. The flavors arent too complex, good and standard for the style with not a lot of hop character, but the smoothness of this brew really make it stand out above the rest. Medium bodied with mild carbonation. Exceptional drinkability.

Overall quite impressed by this one. Price point was cheap so i didnt know what to expect but after having it ill definitely be having it again. This is a top of the line oatmeal stout.

Axnjxn, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had a pint of this oatmeal stout at the Blue Tusk.
Pitch black with almost no light penetration whatsoever. One finger mocha colored head that dissipated fairly slowly.
Aroma is very malty, lots of caramel, chocolate, roasted coffee, sweet bready yeast-like notes.
Taste is sweet upfront, with lots of caramel coming through. In the middle it turns very bready and slight hints of roasted malt bitterness set in. The finish has a slight smoky taste with subtle lingering bitterness. This is a very tasty oatmeal stout, although I wasn't able to pick oats in the aroma or in the taste.
Decent lacing along the sides of the glass. Extremely smooth and silky mouthfeel on this one. Just an all round well-crafted stout.
Easy to drink and definitely worth a try.

CaptDavyJones, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: quarter finger head with very nice lacing on a jet black body.

S: roasted malts, hints of earthy hops, burnt toast and coffee beans.

T: very strong on the roasted malt and roasted coffee bean flavors which I love. Not a whole lot else going on with this one though. milk chocolate notes late in the finish.

M: thick body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: this is a very nice stout but its simple. the coffee presence would satisfy the coffee lover and those that like to have coffee as a note or in the background. A nice middle ground from a traditional stout and oatmeal stout.

kylehay2004, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of youradhere
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

youradhere, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of Scotchboy
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Scotchboy, Apr 23, 2012
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.

biboergosum, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of dirtylou
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
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

dirtylou, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

DarkerTheBetter, Jan 17, 2006
Photo of RickJP
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

RickJP, May 27, 2012
Photo of ChugMan
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

ChugMan, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of UncleJimbo
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

UncleJimbo, Dec 03, 2003
Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout from Elysian Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 695 ratings.