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Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout - Elysian Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

325 Reviews
THE BROS
85
very good

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Reviews: 325
Hads: 827
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 102
Gots: 129 | 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 BlackDog
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Elysian Brewing's Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout pours what a nice stout should pour, that is, a deep, deep black with a thick tan head. Lacing and retention are both top notch.

Dragonstooth has a powerful aroma of sweet, roasted malts with coffee and chocolate. There might be a touch of hops in there, but if there is, it's pretty well-hidden.

The taste starts off nice and creamy, with notes of chocolate up front. This is followed by a nice, roasted, bitter coffee flavor, which stays on the tongue for a while.

Dragonstooth is full-bodied, creamy and chewy, with medium-low carbonation.

This is a great example of a thick and powerful stout. (646 characters)

Photo of dsa7783
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Single, 1 pint .6 fl oz bottle copped for $4.99 from Super Saver in Somerville...
Pours a jet-black, ebony hue with a minor tan, frothy head that quickly receded...
Smell: Roasted malts, dark chocolates detectable in the nose...
Taste: Robust, rich, creamy, chocolate, roasted malts, and espresso flavor... Slight hints of vanilla on the back of the tongue with nuances of creamy mocha...
Mouthfeel; Medium-to-full bodied... Creamy, rich...
Easily drinkable for a 7.4% ABV... Hardly any alcohol detectable...
Recommended... (523 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice black color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy tan head, some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, good dose of toffee/coffee/caramel. The taste is slightly sweet/bitter, malty, some nice tones of toffee/coffee/caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very tasty double stout, recommended. (313 characters)

Photo of elgiacomo
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, unknown date. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours black with a two finger brown head that fades to a wispy cap and ring and leaves some webs of lacing behind.

Aroma is chocolate and cocoa, roasted malts, some coffee, a bit of caramel, anise, brown sugar, raisins, cinnamon. Good strength.

Flavor is rich chocolate, roasted malts, notes of coffee, molasses, caramel, anise, perhaps a bit of herbal hops, mild sweetness, moderate bitterness, a bit of alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied, creamy, moderate carbonation.

Really nice Foreign Stout/Imperial Oatmeal Stout. Really rich flavor, a lot of chocolate and supporting cast, creamy mouthfeel from the oats. I can dig it. (708 characters)

Photo of tpd975
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very dark flat black hue with a nice tall tan creamy head. The retention is above average with nice spotty lace noted.

S: Bold charred malt aromas with notes of bitter chocolate and coffee.

T: Wow wonderful toasted malt flavors to start. Hints of light oak come next. Waves of chocolate seems to melt into coffee. A touch of hops lead to a slightly bitter finish.

M: Medium in body, very smooth for an IRS.

D: One of the most drinkable IRS I have ever had. Great beer with a small price tag. If avaliable would be one of my go to winter brews. (558 characters)

Photo of superdavex
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A fullbodied, thick stout. Decent head retention with a nice lace left all the way down. Smells like chocolate and roasted coffee. Tastes likewise with a burned malt. Can detect a slight hop presence also. A very full mouthfeel, this is one thick, filling brew. Thickness hurts drinkability a tad but still excellent. A very good almost great stout. (349 characters)

Photo of dasenebler
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark, brooding pour, as the name of this beer might suggest. Modest tan head, dissipates to a ring. Tangy aroma, with hints of chocolate and alcohol.

Excellent, full-flavored stout. Tangy and and acidic, with a big roasted malt body. Semi-sweet chocolate and lots of dark-roasted coffee. Even with all of that flavor, it's not too heavy and very drinkable for a strong stout. Alcohol is difficult to detect. A lot of carbonation, but it's very fine in texture so I can deal with it. Mouthfeel is very good, but could be even fuller.

This beer exceeded my expectations flavor-wise, but I have trouble seeing it as an imperial stout. It's more like a strong american stout, comparable to the Cadillac Mt. or Shakespeare stouts, I'd say. (737 characters)

Photo of Brodybeer
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poors dark brown black. Decent head retention.
Can smell the alcohol. Slight sense of floral from hops. Just a bit. Hmm chocolate. But when warm the alchohol is strong
Taste is great. Has an initial bite of an ipa but very quickly calms to a smooth chocolate flavor. Finishes bittersweet like dark chocolate. Well balanced though. All stages blend seamless. Get quite a bit of chocolate. Alchohol is hidden well despite the alchohol nose. Very late after leaves a dark chocolate bitter sweetness coat on the back of the palate.
Mouthfeel is good. I like a thick beer and hate when os is too thin. This one smooths from a initial bubbly bite to a thicker syrup. Really takes a turn.
Overall a great os. Would have more in the fridge or cellar if I could. (756 characters)

Photo of DiabolikDUB
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from Bomber into Pint glass.

Pours a deep black with a one inch cocoa colored head that slowly dissipates into thin head that stays. As you drink this it leaves thick lacing down the glass. The aroma is strong with roasted malts and bitter coffee with a touch of chocolate that adds a sweetness to the scents. This flavor of this beer is dominated with semi-sweet chocolate and has a bitterness that lasts. It has a heavy to medium body that coats your mouth with every sip. I really like this beer, its highly drinkable and extremely enjoyable. (553 characters)

Photo of Sark
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber

Appearance- Thin caramel colored head and onyx black, lacing down the glass

Smell- Coffee and chocolate hits big on the first sniff, toasted but good sweet notes

Taste- chocolatey from the get go, the bitterness hits mid and back mouth but not before a caramel malt comes in

Mouthfeel- full body, carbonated tingle and wet finish

Overall- a very nice stout, one for the books. This thing is made to chew on for dessert. (437 characters)

Photo of Rman410
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

If you're going to drink this, drink it with a meal. It is hefty for a stout and complex in taste. People give it mixed reviews but I still highly recommend it.

When I tried this one, there was three different tastes just in the first swig. It's dark as hell and has the most bite out of a stout I've had so far. (314 characters)

Photo of SitkaSteve
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've this several times in mugs, and pint glasses. It always seemed like the head was bigger in the mug than the pint glass. Here's the rest.
The appearance had a dark brown to maybe black color. After the head died off, the lacing was semi-thick and clung lightly.
The smell had a rich coffee with a moderate sweet chocolate in the background.
The taste was sweet with a bit of roasty coffee. There was a light coffee aftertaste and a dry coffee finish.
The mouthfeel had a rich and semi-thick blessing of chewy-ness to it. It sat about a medium on the body. Its not that sessionable, but I think I somewhat expected that.
Overall, in my opinion, I'd say this is a wonderful oatmeal stout when I sit back and look at its qualities. It works straight up by Elysian. (765 characters)

Photo of abeeronthebeach
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Not quite black. Rocky mocha foam.Phenomenal retention.

S - Coffee, mainly with a little sweetness.

T - Fudge, lots of iced coffee. Slightly acrid with burned roasted malt. Portrays most of the classic stout flavours, primarily coffee and malt. Could use either a little more smoke and peat, or maple and chocolate.

M - Creamy, rich, with a buttery finish.

O - I thought this was great, the mouthfeel in particular. (423 characters)

Photo of meathookjones
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a tall tan head that leaves a nice coating of lace as it dwindles down. Aroma is full of roasted malts with some bitter dark chocolate backing it. Lingering notes of coffee and a light smokiness were present. Flavor starts off a bit sweet before some notes of bakers chocolate and roasted malts take over. Some mild notes of dark fruit and a good bit of smokiness round it out. Roasty chocolate finish. Smooth and fairly thick but could stand to have a bit bigger body. Easy drinking for a big brew. Great all around effort on this one. (553 characters)

Photo of vkv822
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz : tulip

Black with a thick, foamy light brown head with great retention, nice lacing.

Cocoa, nutty, lightly boozy fudge. Light roast.

Sweet chocolate, pleasant faint boozy note. Very faint roast.

Medium+ body with low, bubbly carbonation.

Quite enjoyable stout. Definitely agree with the bottle in that this is an "Imperial Oatmeal Stout". Bold, rich flavors, pleasant boozy notes. (391 characters)

Photo of Xadoor
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark black in the glass, a black hole for light. Head was very thick and frothy with a dark tan colour. Foam dissipated slowly and left some nice lacing. Very mild aroma, but some roasted malts detectable. Very rich and smooth flavour. Delicious strong roasted coffee taste to start with some slight sweetness, but finishes with a dry and bitter chocolate flavour. Higher ABV not noticeable at all. Was lighter tasting then I expected. A fantastic and very drinkable stout. (473 characters)

Photo of idResponse
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm drinking this from a 22oz bomber but have had it many times on tap at my favorite watering hole... I can only praise this thing...
from tap it pours a dark... thick... dark... thick... DARK... just dark... :D same from the bottle...
it smells a little like what i would imagine a dragon with stout for blood would have as breath...
it tastes just great... this nutty flowery slightly carmely general festival on the tounge. i find myself wanting to just suckle a mouthfull until it all slowly drips down the back of my throat... this beer is a must have, especially if you find it on tap. you will be the envy of your friends... or you can be the hero of the day and bring them a whole pitcher to share! (710 characters)

Photo of RedBiddy
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When I rate a beer I like to use a pilsner glass to note the color, head, and lacing. The color ranged from dense black, the color of a hole, to dark mahogany when held up to light. Great tan head and lacing expected of a fine brew. The taste was sweet Sulawesi. It poured thick over my tongue as it slowly sought the lower elevations of my mouth. Drinkable...I'm not sure **wink wink** ...better have another! (410 characters)

Photo of Kendo
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Consumed on 11-21-08.

A: Poured into a pint glass. Body is dark brown when poured, but black with brown edges once it's in the glass and backlit. Small, thin film of a chocolate-brown head disappears fast, leaving no lace.

S: Roasted barley malt, roasted coffee beans and some chocolate.

T: Follows the nose, though it's more chocolatey than expected, especially as it warms. Roasted malt, a hint of dark fruit and some roasted coffee bitterness towards the back of the sip. More like burnt charcoal at times, though as it warms the bitterness seems to become more hop-related than char or coffee bitterness.

M: Medium bodied, but a good fizziness gives it a creamy feel. Active carbonation makes it feel a bit lighter.

D: Excellent. Highly quaffable if you're a stout fan.

Notes: I could see this becoming a go-to, middle of the road "everyday" stout if it were reasonably priced and more easily found. . . . (936 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A firm and hardy motor oil black with very little, where any, give to the light. The odd flash of chestnut exist only in the very thinnest of slivers. Quick to assemble was a big patch of nutmeg brown that has since parted ways and currently comprises the bold outer crowning.

I've scarcely smelt hops competing with roast like this. A big front of fresh roasted coffee, hefty rolled oats, and bittersweet bakers chocolate dominate the aroma, but aren't the sole attributes. An underlying leafiness does well to hold its own within a bouquet so dark and rich.

Notes rich and roasty encompass most of the taste as well. Bakers chocolate was melted over chocolate chip and oatmeal cookies with espresso in place of milk served on the side. I'm not sure how they get past the vanilla or coffee beans, but those hops still manage to make the odd appearance. There is no mixing words - this is a stout to and through.

The mouthfeel is fantastic. It is as velvety as any drink will ever be. Every sip is like chocolate fondue over oats, cookies, and coffee beans. It drinks as smooth as silk, which is somewhat elegant for a beer containing this much roast. The higher alcohol, although not noticeable, is only appropriate for a drink this indulgent.

This would make an incredible dessert beer and as good as it is on its own, I can only imagine the delicious pairing possibilities. With a sort of medium alcohol level and medium bitterness level, this stout turns out to be of only medium decadence which means you don't need a special occasion as excuse to treat yourself to one.

Without doing my homework I had expected a dry stout. Sitting down to review it I discovered it listed as an American Double. The truth is it lay somewhere in between. It has the rich cast of character like an Imperial, but the drinkability of an average stout - the already empty glass in front of me is proof of that. Fortunately for me, that glass only held half the bottle! (1,964 characters)

Photo of henrysunset
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

l: 4.5, poured slowly forming an enormous, dense tan/mocha head. liquid isn't the slightest bit transparent.

s: 4.5, hint of chocolate & malt, teeny hops scent; balanced and nice.

t: 4.5, dry, hop flavor, hint of chocolate malt... aftertaste goes through phases. initially; you taste the hops and the alchohol, afterall it's 8%. later, you taste the chocolatey rich flavors, finally leaving a pleasently hoppy flavor on the tongue.

m: 4, not terribly thick or rich texture; but pleasent.

d: 4, its strong and rich, but very enjoyable. (547 characters)

Photo of Airyk12
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown, with a thick, foamy brown head.

Smells like an Oatmeal stout should; with roasted malts and a bit of bitterness complimented by cocoa and coffee scents.

Taste definitely follows the nose; strong roasted malts up front and a little bitterness, joined by some chocolate sweetness and coffee flavors. There's the slightest hint of alcohol, just enough to add a little warmth.

Creamy smooth with a tiny bit of carbonation and a hint of warming alcohol. Medium body and rich.

All around a great beer; a strong oatmeal stout and a finely balanced one at that. None of the flavors overwhelm, only enhance. (625 characters)

Photo of soze47
4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this at Red Bones at their NW Fest on 11/09/10

Appearance: Rich light brown/khaki head. Great looking beer here.

Aroma: Chocolate malt, roasted malt, and faint whiffs of booze on the nose. Not a huge smell, but nice.

Taste: Big flavors in play here. Nice dark chocolate and almost burnt roastiness to it. The warming booze doesn't so much stand out on its own as it enhances the dark fruit flavors that would stay hidden in a smaller ABV beer.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Rich, smooth and easy to drink. Sticks to your ribs, but not super huge like many others in the style.

Overall: I really liked this brew. It checks in on the low side of Imperial/Double Stouts, which gives you the best of both worlds: robust flavors, but a smoother, easy drinking body. (763 characters)

Photo of vladdswrath
4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This thing looks like a piece of kinetic art when you pour it. It's an explosion of clay colored, tightly packed frenetic bubbles that quickly dissipate before your eyes into an absolutely gorgeous jet black capped with beautiful tan head. Thick and pillowy, it laces the glass perfectly as it retreats. The smell is mostly of coffee, but it is not overbearing. It is somewhat sweet, but has the bitter taste of coffee grounds as the most recognizable flavor. A little boozy, but it compliments the bitterness of the coffee really well.

One of my favorites. (561 characters)

Photo of djeucalyptus
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a beautiful rich black with hints of gold around the edges. An average pour yielded a dense ans smooth two-plus finger head of a beautiful dark cocoa color, which faded relatively quicky leaving some nice solid lacing.

Aroma is boss. coffee, malt, a bit of bittersweet cocoa, a hint of fruity spiciness, overall what I want my strong stout to smell like. Perfect. nothing funky, nothing unique, just a damn good aroma.

Taste follows aroma. Lots of rich malts, bready and cocoa, roasted coffee (without burnt or bitter notes) and smoothness. There's a finish that seems to be a blend of bitter hops, bitter coffee, and just a hint of sour fruit. Also has an underlying earthiness and slightly woody, almost smoky note, which plays perfectly with the sweetness.

moutfeel is spot on as well. Creamy, thick, a bit chewy but not chunky. Velvety and creamy. Almost a touch light for the intensity of flavors, but great in the mouth with carbonation that seemed fitting.

drinkability is high. This may be one of my favorite regular stouts. Definitely can't really session this one, at it's higher abv and thickness/full flavorness. But this is definitely one of the ones I'll turn to when I'm craving stout next time. Definitely worth a try. (1,244 characters)

Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout from Elysian Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 325 ratings.