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Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout - Elysian Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

332 Reviews
THE BROS
85
very good

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Reviews: 332
Hads: 886
Avg: 4.04
pDev: 16.83%
Wants: 106
Gots: 149 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States | website

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout | 7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-20-2002

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Reviews: 332 | Hads: 886
Photo of Catracho5
3.61/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle poured into a Belgian style tulip

A: Black with a nice mocha colored head, lots of lacing, creamy head, not much carbonation, looks like a good stout.

A: Roasted chocolate, coffee notes, some alcohol on the end, there is a hoppy northwestern aroma in there, reminds me of Redhook beers.

T: Bitter, hoppy northwestern flavor, some chocolate, coffee like flavors, finishes dry, not getting any smooth oatmeal flavors, never had an oatmeal stout with this much bitterness.

M: Medium mouthfeel, dry finish

O: Very hoppy, bitter, it has that hoppy northwestern aroma and flavor that I get in beers from Redhook, not sure what it is but it's not good, I would prefer this beer with a less hoppy profile, as I don't get any oats on this. Definitely will pass this up, there are better oatmeal stouts out there than this.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.61/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: 4.5 S: 3.5 T: 3.5 M: 4 D: 3.5

From a 22 oz. brown bottle. Pitch black in appearance, crowned by a tall thick creamy beige head with great retention, leaving chunky ring upon ring of lacing.

Roasted malt, oatmeal and some sharp alcohol on the nose.

Intense bitter roasted malts up front in the flavour, some molasses and brewer's liquorice.

Thick creamy mouthfeel, smooth.

Not the most memorable high tests stouts I've tried, but would be interested in making the trip to try it on tap in Seattle.

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Photo of zhanson88
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Apperance: Pours out pitch black with about 1" of thick dark khaki head. Lacing and retention is very good. Pretty good looking beer.

Smell: Smells very roasty. A hint of bitter dark chocolate as well. That's about it.

Taste: Very roasty up front. A bit of coffee comes through as well, and a little dark chocolate. Not much for hops.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Medium to full bodied with very fine carbonation. Very creamy mouthfeel. Overall, a very roasty stout that doesn't have any other defining flavors. Very good mouthfeel though. Worth a try if you have the chance.

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Photo of RuckusDu
3.56/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a beautiful 2 finger deep tan/cappuccino head. Body is black with absolutely no light coming through.

S - Pretty standard. A little chocolate, coffee, and slight hops. I'm getting a decent amount of tobacco.

T - Bitter. Bitter chocolate and still some tobacco. Some hops again.

M - A little light, but overall pretty good. Moderate carbonation.

O - The tobacco is a huge put-off for me, so I'm not the biggest fan. Plus there is no sweetness to balance things out. Looks so good, but dies down after that.

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Photo of beernut7
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is one of the most raw stouts I have tasted in a long time. A nice dark ruby-brown color with no head, the aroma is very light with some hint of malt. The primary governing characteristic here is the bitterness. The bitter quality of teh stout, while not completely unwelcome, accentuates the thin body. The malt presence isn't too bad, but all together not a favorite.

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Photo of JDV
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a short lived tan head. Smell is mild dark roastiness and a hint of cardboard. Taste is dry burnt roastiness. Medium bodied with similar carbonation. A bit ashy and slightly bitter from the nice sharp hops. Could use a touch more body, but the dark, burnt flavor is nice.

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Photo of brdc
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on tap at their main location.

Nearly pitch black, tan head, decent size and good retention.
This one feels more like a good stout, but should be rated as an average imperial stout if one follows the double/imperial designation.
Chocolate, caramel, coffee, both in aroma and flavor with a slight tendency to bitter and somewhat burnt.
Medium bodied, with a nice overall taste but lacking some complexity and power. Again, a good stout, but not so good as "imperial".

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Photo of JWU
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter glass

A- dark black/brown, with a very dark khaki head. Small amount of lacing

S- Hop bitterness is very prevalent for a stout, earthy in nature, burnt malt, coffee, charcoal, and dark chocolate.

T- Hops are very noticable, and bitterness is a bit overboard. You can really connect the hops back to other offerings from Elysian. Dark chocolate, coffee, and big heaps of charcoal on the back end. A bit acrid.

M- Lighter side of thick/full. Decent carbonation to move things along. Very dry on the finish for a stout, which I don't totally care for.

O- Good, but not great, there are other impy oatmel stouts I will reach for before Dragonstooth.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a good stout, nothing amazing. this beer pours a thick sludgy oil black color with a lively tan head a couple inches high, some retention. there are some yeast floaters in there as well. smells like coffee and licorice and booze. flavor is more malty, not burnt, but very very dark roasted. some mild sweetness in the flavor, plenty of coffee, and maybe even a touch of milk chocolate. feel is alright, low carbonation makes it feel heavier than it is, but it definitely full bodied. i didnt love this, and a bomber would be a lot, but i did use about half of it in a pot of buffalo chili, where i usually use porter and it imparted a ton of rich flavors which made this my best chili yet. for that application it was fantastic, for a drinking stout it wasnt my favorite.

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Photo of bradleyp
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I throughly enjoyed this beer, but I wasn't all that satisfied. It is a dark chcolate color with minimal light brown head. Tons of lacing though which makes me want to enjoy this beer. It smelled really malty, and my nose twinged when I got that strong chocolate aroma. Thanks again to Market of Choice for having this beer in stock.

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Photo of ahalloin
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes:

A: This beer pours thick and dark. Very little light gets through at the edges as I tilt the glass. An impressive beige head sits atop the beer after the pour slowly receding to a thick ring.

S: The smell is typical for a big American stout: Chocolate, molasses and a touch of roast. The Chocolate identified here is more sweet than darkly bitter.

T: The sweetish chocolate is again present in the flavor and dominates the profile a little bit. Not as richly chocolate as I normally like. In the finish I get the touch of roast and bitterness that I don't quite identify as directly espresso qualities but it works. For me the sweetness is a bit too much.

MF: The body of the beer is full and smooth which is very satisfying.

D: The lack of alcohol hotness helps with the drinkability but I find it too sweet to have more than a heathly tasting pour.

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Photo of Duke
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(From a hollow-stemmed chalice)

Appearance: Elysian is very close to black: a very dark aubergine. The moderately sized head is of an interesting fuscous tone, and that dissipated gracefully, leaving an immovable cap and light lacing.

Smell: I'm getting oats aplenty here. It's all quite nicely roasted. Hazelnuts are there behind the light coffee and the dark chocolate, and the hops are evident too.

Taste: The start is sweet with caramel and oats. The beer is surprisingly hoppy, and it finishes with a bitter, dry combination of burnt chocolate and aniseed. In the middle are the sweet oats and light coffee, but they seem strangled.

Mouthfeel: The beer feels smooth and even quite rich before the burnt flavours and the aniseed pull the plug on the experience.

Overall: From the appearance and smell, the beer promised a lot. I feel like while the burnt flavours round the beer off, they're a little too harsh and they left me feeling dry and unsatisfied.

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Photo of clickpush
3.46/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour: 22oz bottle to wide-mouthed glass. Very dark beer capped by a mocha head. About one finger head quickly dissipates to a thin coat of lace and healthy halo. Looks like there's plenty of carbonation inside the beer. Body looks to be on the thinner side, which is what I'm in the mood for right now.

Nose: Seared figs, roasted malt. Somewhat sweet, caramel... or more like burned sugar. Not exactly an aroma that I'm excited about. Not bad, but just not super exciting... missing the coffee/burnt toast that I want.

Mouth: Thicker than it looks, is the first impression. Healthy roast flavors and lingering burnt toast. Some of that burnt sugar again, an acrid finish. Fore flavors are better than hind flavors. Goes well w/ my burger though. Mouthfeel is thick yet highly carbonated... think the body could stand to be a little thinner (lower in alcohol) but it's quite alright.

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Photo of krberg
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Holy black stout! Light will not show through this beer. I bet I could float a quarter on that huge, dense, tan head.

Roasty, sweet and chocolaty, malty with a touch of hops. Smells like a typical milk stout in a lot of ways.

So close to too roasty, but a sweet maltiness swells up to balance the dark grains. Long finish with a late hop bitterness. Not much in the way of flavor hops.

Just how I like a stout: thick and slick. Not a lot of CO2.

An easy drinking stout. The slightly high ABV, keeps its drinkability in the average range.

Overall, a decent stout. Certainly not great, but solid.

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Photo of Moondog
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Opaque, dark brown, somewhat creamy foam, 1.5" thick, slowly dissipates within a few minutes

S - Bit hoppy, sweet, slightly roasted

T - Layered, cocoa nib, creamy coffee, a bit hoppy bitter on the finish, roasted malt

M - Nice mouthfeel, good carbonation

O - A decent stout, nothing I'd go out of my way for... but good.

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Photo of wac9
3.41/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

finally picked this beer up. at frist i didnt like it but the more i drink the more i liked it pours blacks which i like. it smells like it would be too much alcohol in it but it doesnt and the taste , it taste better then it smells your thinking its gonna gag me and stick in the back of my thoart but it doesnt , its a beer to drink but notall the time but give it shot if havent tried it glad i did

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.41/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 8/15/08. Bottle. Pours black with a pretty dark tan head. Aroma of roasted and sweet malt. Flavor is very sweet, lots of sweet malt along with some bitter chocolate. Smooth palate. This was just ok for me, a little too sweet.
6/4/7/4/14 (3.5/5)

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Photo of stakem
3.36/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Eric for sharing this bomber. It pours black in color with a thin line of clarity around the edges and a thick brown head. A webby wall of lace sticks to the glass as the cap fades.

The aromatics for the most part are muted. What does emit is an overall feel of burnt grain smelling like roasty coffee mixed with a bit of citrus hop component.

The flavor is very roasted as you might expect based off the nose. Almost a borderline unpleasant acrid to ashy flavoring that is burnt and earthy. Not bad but not terribly inviting either.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew which was unexpected for the proclamation of this being an imperial oatmeal stout. It was modestly carbonated but overall not wowing and lacked the feel associated with the style. The price point on this is set low enough that you should try it but chances are you will feel the same and desire no need to revisit.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.28/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: [4.75] Pours with a massive 3 finger tan head. The head is dense - I think you could set a quarter on it! The beer itself is an oily black color with no light showing through. The bottle lists the ABV at 7.5% and the born on date of 7/14/14.

S: [4.00] Smells of dark fruits and molasses.

T: [3.00] The taste is charred malts. It is kind of just that one note. No hops, chocolate, coffee, vanilla or sweetness.

M: [2.50] The body is pretty thin especially for an oatmeal or an imperial - this is both! At 7.5% I expected a little more body.

O: [3.50] This beer is very unremarkable. I had been saving it for a while - expecting it to be a really nice one. I wouldn't seek this out. There are way better stouts - even at lower ABV.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.28/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this beer back in February of this year. Reviewed from notes. Pours a deep pitch black, with a small, goopy tan head. Nice lace left behind. Nose is woodsy with damp trail, some faint chocolate, and alcohol. Not bad.

The mouth starts out quite creamy, but doesn't finish well. Thins out considerably. For a big stout such as this, the mouth needs to hold its ground. This one does not. The thinness carries over to the flavor as well. Weak flavors of mild roast, alcohol, and chilled old coffee. Meh. This one was alright. Nothing that would cause me to seek this out again, maybe on tap if I ever saw it. But most likely pass on this one in the future.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.27/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to shaebs99 for this one.

Pours from a 22oz bomber into a snifter. Pitch black in appearance with a small, rather wispy, cocoa colored head. No lacing and not much head retention either.

Aroma is fruity sweet and roasted, chocolate malts. Perhaps a touch of west coast hops join the ranks in there as well. Slightly alcoholic.

The taste was interesting. The first taste was a solid, nice chocolate, burnt grain roastiness. Some sweet fruits as well. But the aftertaste was almost nasty. Tastes like a bandaid with rubbing alcohol on it. The first three seconds are sublime but the last five seconds really ruin everything for me.

Rather thin for the style. That aftertaste really hurts this one. Aside from that, this would be a great beer. But, when the last flavor in your mouth is medicinal and pungent, everything before it doesnt really matter.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.24/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - As expected for an imperial oatmeal stout is deep black with a nice deep mocha head. Sticky head too.

S - Smells a bit hoppy which really covers up any other smells of roast or chocolate. Just oatmeal and hops with mild roasts at best.

T - I applaud the balance of hops to chocolate malts and roast but really it's just bland to me. Citrus hops, then ashy roastiness, then a finish of bittering hoppy pine that leaves mild bitterness on the tongue.

M - Medium bodied but not as creamy as I would expect from an imperial stout.

Overall definitely something I would not get again. Kind of hate hoppy stouts truthfully but this is only average at best.

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Photo of benito
3.21/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

From a bomber that I picked up at the beginning of the summer, aged (or rather stored) at Leadville temperatures, guaranteeing that this hasn't gone bad sitting in the 'cellar' (read: laundry room) over the summer.

It pours an impenetrable black with a meaty, tan head that dissipates and lingers as a thinnish layer above the brew. The alcohol's prominence in the bouquet surprised me, as this is only a 7.4% brew, but alcohol it is and almost nothing else. All told, the straightforward (and disappointing) nose on this offering is its biggest flaw.

Fortunately the taste offers a little more to chew on and think about. It has a nice bittering hop presence up front and a smooth malty finish, with hints of marshmallow, leather, and milk. This is followed by another dose of hops that lingers long into the aftertaste. Like so many American stouts (single or double), I personally think that this indulges the hop a little too much at the cost of a more complex balance. That qualm notwithstanding, it's still a tasty and enjoyable brew.

Highly drinkable for a beer of its strength. This is a smooth and rather mellow strong stout. It may not be the best of Elysian's beers, but it's still worth a look.

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Photo of Hophead717
3.2/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a CBS snifter.

A: Very dark, with a thin brown head atop the beer.

S: Light chocolate malts, with some fresh hops noticeable as well. Some sweet notes as well, partly caramel

T: Sweet chocolate up front, with a little oatmeal chewiness. Light coffee midsip, with a strong hop-presence, given the style. The finish is bittersweet chocolate.

M: Medium-bodied, but significantly thinner than I anticipated/hoped for.

O: An average oatmeal stout. Less thick than I'd like and a standard, slightly boring flavor profile.

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Photo of COBeerBuff
3.2/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber received via trade from mcduck. Thanks!

Appearance: Pours an almost opaque brown-black with slivers of reddish-brown light seeping around the edges. A finger of mocha colored head dissipates quickly leaving a ring around the glass interspersed with some larger bubbles.

Smell: Smells like a chocolate coffee mess. Cocoa, coffee, some espresso, and roasted grains dominate the nose. This is definitely an ominous smelling imperial stout.

Taste: The taste is confusing. There's the coffee and chocolate I was expecting, but almost none of the malt sweetness. In their place is a almost tartness that is befuddling. There is an trace of hop bitterness as well, but the tart and sour flavors almost make this beer unappetizing. As the beer warms, more of the maltiness comes out. This is definitely a beer that should be given time to warm.

Mouthfeel: Much lighter than the appearance and nose would suggest. There is some stickiness from the malts, but the overall mouthfeel is somewhat less than what I was hoping for.

Drinkability: The 7.4% ABV makes this a very drinkable imperial stout, but the tartness of the taste and the mouthfeel make this a one-and-done for me. If the beer is allowed to warm, it becomes far more drinkable in both categories, but overall, this beer just leaves me feeling sort of "meh."

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Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout from Elysian Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 332 ratings.