Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout - Elysian Brewing Company
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2.65/5 rDev -34.6%
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.
06-11-2012 06:42:52 | More by kojevergas
2.9/5 rDev -28.4%
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.
08-08-2010 21:35:42 | More by philbertk
2.98/5 rDev -26.4%
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.
08-11-2009 16:55:13 | More by njmoons
3.05/5 rDev -24.7%
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.
05-13-2012 00:39:31 | More by Darkmagus82
3.1/5 rDev -23.5%
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."
10-12-2009 23:53:52 | More by COBeerBuff
3.18/5 rDev -21.5%
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.
09-23-2011 04:54:04 | More by nsabo
3.23/5 rDev -20.2%
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.
03-17-2012 00:04:00 | More by DrDemento456
3.23/5 rDev -20.2%
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.
03-18-2012 18:56:41 | More by Hophead717
3.23/5 rDev -20.2%
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.
03-30-2011 14:21:02 | More by Onenote81
3.23/5 rDev -20.2%
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.
09-11-2006 01:11:40 | More by benito
3.23/5 rDev -20.2%
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.
11-24-2008 23:38:21 | More by SaCkErZ9
Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout from Elysian Brewing Company
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