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Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout - Elysian Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

324 Reviews
THE BROS
85
very good

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Reviews: 324
Hads: 826
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 102
Gots: 128 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

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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Photo of WAbeerfiend
1/5  rDev -75.2%

Poured from a bomber into a tumbler on 01.09.14.

A: Midnight black. Completely opaque. No red at bottom. Has a brown foamy head. Amazing.

S: Malty. Citrus and flowery hops, which is weird. I feel that the smell clashes.

T: Hoppy bitterness, alcohol burn. Some malt, but it is greatly overpowered by the bitterness.

O: This one had loads of bitterness. It was completely unbalanced. The flowery hops really did not go well in a stout. This seemed more like it was trying to be a thick CDA than an oatmeal stout. It was poorly executed. This was a drain pour with no guilt. (575 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.66/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a nonical pint glass in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given its current ratings on the site. 7.5%.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger head of nice slight tan colour, nice cream, good thickness, and good retention. Colour is a solid nontransparent black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Fairly inviting.

Sm: Slight roast and cream. A very mild strength aroma. Rather simple.

T: Dark malts, cream, badly handled roasted barley, and vague indistinct notes of chocolate. Badly balanced and built for the style. Rather hodpodge. Poorly built structurally. Scattershot. Simple for the style. Without much subtlety or complexity.

Mf: Too thick, even slightly syrupy. Smooth and wet, skirting the border between oatmeal stout and porter. I'd prefer it coarser and more dry. Adequate but off carbonation. Doesn't suit the flavours all that well.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable. I wouldn't have this again. A poor Oatmeal Stout for what it is. A touch pricey. Priced alright. Hides its ABV decently. Pretty boring and bland for the style.

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Photo of jrmoore
2.71/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I should have know because it's Elysian, known for their IPA's. But just was a little disappointed because this was not a traditional, smooth oatmeal stout. Those flavors were there, but it was overwhelmingly hoppy and I was not really a fan. (242 characters)

Photo of philbertk
2.9/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dragonstooth Stout 2004--A Warrior From Thebes Emerges From The Dragonstooth Picture 22 oz. Bottle. 7.40% ABV--55 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) Mild espresso head. Clear thick dark opaque black cherry color. Smoky roasted mild cocoa espresso rich hop front. Rich clean sweet tangy roasted mellow sediment ester body. Hot rich balanced hop end. Smooth. Sampled 3/10/2005.

Elysian Brewing Company--ELYSIAN Dragonstooth Stout--2008 22 oz. Bottle. 7.45% ABV 36 IBU's. (3.5 / 5.0) Thick tight pellicle. Thin lace thin espresso head. Opaque dark black color. Smoky plum fig mild hop front. Sweet smooth chocolate roasted dark fruit creamy smooth rich Stout body. Mild hop spice EtOH hint clean dry chalky rich chocolate end. Aged mildly fruity. Sampled 8/8/2010. 4 @ $3.99 Each. 3 remaining to trade. (786 characters)

Photo of njmoons
3.05/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours and deep dark brown/black, with light carbination.

Smelled of sweet malt, rich and heavy.

Taste - Sweet, mouth puckering sweet, too sweet. The bitterness (hop and malt) came in late and did not offset the sweetness I tasted.

For me, this stout was way out of balance, not a beer I would pick up again. (310 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.13/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 22 bomber into chalice glass

Appearance – Pours a nearly pitch black color with a one finger brownish head. The head faded over a moderate amount of time to leave a nice level of lacing.

Smell – A dark chocolate and oat aroma are the biggest. These are mixed with a light amount of caramel sweetness and some dark bready aromas as well as a decent hit of hoppy aromas.

Taste – Up front the taste is of roasted malt with flavors of dark bread and oats mixed with notes of chocolate and caramel. While not very sweet at first, the taste gets even less sweet as the taste goes on. The caramel quickly fades with the roasted flavors intensifying. There is an earthy hoppiness that mixes in with the roastiness. At the end there is a heavy roasted coffee flavor that takes over the taste. This flavor leaves quite a bitter flavor on the tongue in the end.

Mouthfeel – An average thickness with a slightly above average carbonation level.

Overall - In many ways this beer drinks more like a lighter hopped black IPA. It’s dryness and bitterness are quite heavy. I was expecting something a bit more smooth in transition and flavor, but this it was not. It left some rather unpleasant flavors in the mouth at the end making this a beer I would likely not do again. (1,285 characters)

Photo of nsabo
3.15/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I’ve seen this beer labeled as both an oatmeal stout and an imperial stout (the bottle calls itself an “Imperial Oatmeal Stout”). At only a 7.4% abv and a medium-thin, porter-esque mouthfeel, “Imperial” is a stretch. This is a dry beer: low carbonation, roasted grains, carob, leather, and a strong hop presence.
The last couple of imperial stouts I’ve had have all been fairly hoppy (rasputin, storm king, etc.), and this is no different. Personally, hops ain’t what I look for in a RIS, but this isn’t a bad beer. (531 characters)

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. (546 characters)

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." (1,328 characters)

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. (1,215 characters)

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. (657 characters)

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. (861 characters)

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. (751 characters)

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. (659 characters)

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. (898 characters)

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 (401 characters)

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) (256 characters)

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. (609 characters)

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. (328 characters)

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. (884 characters)

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. (333 characters)

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. (878 characters)

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. (965 characters)

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. (288 characters)

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". (484 characters)

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