Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout - Elysian Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

322 Reviews
THE BROS
85
very good

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Reviews: 322
Hads: 817
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 101
Gots: 123 | FT: 3
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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 leaddog
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours a dark cola brown with three fingers of frothy, billowy mocha head.

Smell- roasted malts, dark fruits, cocoa, oats, hint of vanilla

Taste- Roasted malts and oats, bitter cocoa nibs, hint of the dark fruit and vanilla flavours. Finishes with a combo of the bitter cocoa and roasted malts/oats.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - An A+ imperial oatmeal stout by Elysian. Excellent roasted malts and bitter cocoa nib flavour that sets the bar in this beer category. (511 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle served in a snifter.

L - black as night with a creamy tan head that fell to a layer still leaving behind some good globs of lacing.

S - French roast coffee with some cocoa powder earthiness.

T - rich roasted barley malt and chcocolate flavors are balanced out nicely with a light bittering finish.

F - full bodied, rich & creamy feel.

O - very good example of the style. (387 characters)

Photo of IRONRakkasan
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured almost pitch black and thick like molasses. The chocolatey head was minimal, but lacing was nice.

Smelled of a nice dark chocolate and strong coffee. No hops aroma, but the burnt malt smell was pleasant.

It tasted as if I was drinking a very strong black coffee that was stirred with a few dark chocolate stir sticks....not your sissy-Starbucks coffee variety either.

The brew went down smooth and had light carbonation. The alcohol content, while not extrememly high, was well hidden.

The aftertaste was pleasant and mirrored the taste.

Definitely recommended. (573 characters)

Photo of sleazo
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A_dark and almost black. Medium bodied head and plenty of lace.

S_nicely rich bitter roastedness. Good dose of pac nw hops.

T_on the bitterside. Well done with rich roasted malts and coffee standing out. Nice cola like flavours in the background but this is a hardcore roasted stout.

M_thick and velvety and light carbonation. Might have oatmeal in here, not sure.

D_This is a delicious stout. Went really well with an oyster sampler at the Brooklyn. I could down a few of these and would if I lived in Seattle. (517 characters)

Photo of josiahschlender
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I'm not much of a fan of Elysian's labels, but this sure looks good pouring it out. Very black, viscous pour. Color is totally black, with a moderate crema-looking head that reduces to a ring eventually, leaving a bit of lacing.

Great aromas! Bittersweet chocolate, molasses, earthy hops, just a bit of smoke. I bought this beer on a whim, not checking any reviews before... definitely pleasantly surprised by the aromas and flavors.

Lots of bittersweet chocolate, smoky, very dark roasted malts, some espresso, molasses/brown sugar sweetness, and earthy, bitter hops. Good flavor intensity with a long, lingering finish. Not quite up there with the few world class RIStouts I've tried, but not far off, either.

Feel is maybe outpaced by flavors a bit, a little more oomph and chewiness would have been a plus. I feel like I'm reaching though... this is an outstanding beer.

Picked this up for under $4 for a bomber. What a great deal on an insanely drinkable RIS! Price often factors into my drinkabilty score, when coupled with the great tastiness without a punishing ABV makes this the closest I've ever come to seeing a session RIS. Of course, you'd be better off savoring this one slowly to appreciate it. (1,214 characters)

Photo of waldowin
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured an inky black, with a dark brown mottled head that formed quickly, and stuck around for a while. Eventually it sloowly faded back to just a ring, with excellent lacing.

Smells of roast, espresso, cherries, and chocolate.

Tastes of cherries, coffee, dark chocolate, and a hint of bitter smoke in the finish. Extremely tasty.

Mouthfeel is just shy of massive, with a viscous thick body cut nicely by the carbonation. Leaves you with a feeling of coffee roast in the mouth, and cherries on the lips.

This is seriously tasty stuff. The fact that it's "only" 7.4% makes it all the easier to down in my opinion. I will definitely keep my eyes peeled for more of this stuff. (686 characters)

Photo of AlexJ
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In the cellar for almost a year, this black beauty pours thickly, with a dense beige head that leaves rings of clumpy lace as it goes.

The aroma is of darkly roasted malts, bittersweet dark chocolate, creamed coffee, plums, prunes, and malted milk balls.

The flavor starts off with roasty, bittersweet chocolate and coffee notes, dark dried fruit, scorched caramel, with a hint of dry, cracked leather. The finish is chocolatey with hints of piney hops. Nicely balanced and no trace of the alcohol. Not as intense as some other double stouts and deliciously sessionable.

A big, thick body with a silky smooth mouthfeel and creamy texture make this one a treat for the mouth. Yummy stuff!

Thanks to Mickey for the trade! (731 characters)

Photo of MuddyFeet
4.57/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Good Lord, you gotta love Northwest month at Redbones. Served with my dinner on November 17.

Poured an inky brown in color with a decent foamy head on top. Very creamy and heavy looking. Kind of how I would imagine Half & Half mixed with chocolate syrup would look. Lots of cake-like layered lacing.

Nose was mild but very earthy with some chocolate and coffee stuff going on in the glass. Found it oddly soothing.

Dang! So rich and smooth. Another stout where there is quite a lot going on, but in small, measured amounts. Chocolate and coffee was strong at first--and with their characteristic bitterness. Bit of a hop piney tang towards the finish. All got little bits of vanilla, cherries and wood coming out as well. Kind of milky too.

Very full body with just the slightest alcohol bite. Smooth and creamy. Almost like drinking heavy cream.

I was planning on sampling a couple of the NW beers on tap this night. But as soon as I got my lips on the first pint I knew I had found a home for a while and was not going to stray to any other beers. (1,064 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
4.57/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bomber. This brew pours a sinister black color, with only light penetrating at the edges when I tile the glass. There was a 2 finger dark tan head over top when I poured it and it fell to a full coat over top. There is just a light carbonation bubbling up in the brew. Nice looking beer. The aroma is very nice. It starts with a big piney hop, backed with chocolate and deep roasted maltyness. It comes together to give hints of coffee as well. All the aromas are big, but in balance with each other. Flavor is excellent. The hop that smacked me in the nose is much more subdued. The flavor is rich in chocolate, moving to a mild pine and roast character that blends in with the sweetness of the chocolate to finish with a mild coffee and a nice moderate bitterness. I think the flavor on this one is excellent, as nothing is out of line or overly strong. It all meshes well. The mouthfeel is moderate with a very light carbonation that makes it fell nice and full. Overall, this one is a very nice beer. Both the flavor and aroma deliver. As it warms, the body really bulks up to a solid full feel, giving me what I had been looking for. For $4 a bomber, this is an excellent value as far as stouts go. Very nice. (1,220 characters)

Photo of Richardberg
4.57/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Medium-bodied appearance: dark but not black, head showed some froth at first but quickly dissipated. Smell & taste feature strong and richly varied malts, from toffee to biscuit to even a bit of chocolate. Superbly creamy and drinkable, yet pleasantly strong (7.5%). Can't wait to return to this one another night. (315 characters)

Photo of lackenhauser
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black in color with a very nice,deep tan head that lasts a good while. Nice lacing on down the glass. Very subtle aroma-slight roastedness with a great chocolate backround. Wonderful flavor-big roasted malt and a slight coffe-like taste. Somewhat sweet almost could be a milk stout. Nice dryness in the finish-not as harsh as some double/imperial stouts can come off as. Excellent body. Overall really well balanced between the aroma/flavor/body mix. A fantastic beer. Thanks to Art "the man" for bringing this to me from Olympia. Get some!!! (548 characters)

Photo of Magpie14
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

brown bomber with plain gold cap, interesting label

A: great heavy brown and walnut pour with a luscious milk chocolate colored head. Body is black as can be and has copious shades of deep red, burgundy, and maybe dark walnut. Head was a picture in itself and more on the retaining foamy side, rather than dense. A wonderful whirlwind of random filmy lace. Just from the pour, this bad boy looks monstrous and like my kind of stout

S: plenty of deeply roasted malts, oats and semi-sweet chocolate oatmeal cookies. Also what is making me excited is the soft vanilla soaked coffee beans. Smells are a good variety and make me salivate for my first sip

T: oatmeal has a bigger showing than in the nose, a GOOD thing! Malts are deep and rich, as are most of the flavors. I find a hint, and I mean a hint, of cinnamon on the tongue. Otherwise, mostly bitter chocolate covered caramel candies sprinkled with brown sugar and with smoked bitter coffee beans.
Here is what is baffling me...hops are nicely present and compliment the overall darkness of this brew wonderfully, how'd they do it? A nice acidity rounds out the back end and makes me think lemons and grapefruit. Although this sounds like a bizarre paring, far from it. It remains wonderfully sweet and has the right amount of hops, not to much or to little. Or I think so at least, great beer! This is so close to a five...man!

M: what do you know, high marks in this category as well. Slick, creamy, and a very easy drinkability. My palate is pleased with this liquid goodness, flavor improves upon warming

D: sometimes I struggle with the idea of giving 5's for scores and this beer challenged me quite a bit. I have found, yet another, great stout since my move to the west coast. It does not get much better than this: rich, malty, complex, and smooth. Has to be a 5! (1,831 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Foreboding black with slim edges of dragon's blood burgundy. The cinnamon colored crown is a thickly creamy beast squatting in the center of the glass. As it slowly retreats, it develops rounded, melted edges encircling a mesa-like middle. To cap it all off in fine fashion, a copious amount of shotgun-riddled lace makes its way to the glass. This is an outstanding looking stout.

The nose is amazing as well. Each sniff delivers dark, rich, pungent scents of concentrated bittersweet chocolate, dark caramel, dark brown sugar and (less so) coffee. Nearly equally prominent (and the aromas that make this beer stand out from the crowd) are sugared vanilla bean and citric fruity hops. The vanilla, especially, makes me go back to the glass again and again.

I just knew that Elysian wouldn't let me down. I didn't have the patience to allow the bottle to warm, so I fully expect the near bombastic flavor to be full-on bombastic within the next 10 minutes. First off let's discuss hops. This brewery has a hop fetish which is why I absolutely love most of what they brew. I've had hoppier stouts (Big Bear Black for instance), but this is a hop lover's double stout if there ever was one. Shredded, candied grapefruit pith and peel permeates every mouthful and refuses to take a back seat to the considerable malt presence. Magnum bittering with Cascade and Centennial finishing. Inspired choices.

Malt is still large and in charge with a flavor that veers closer to a massive sweet stout than to a Russian Imperial stout. The beer is sweet without being cloying, thanks in large part to all of the alpha acids running interference. It's richly, wonderously chocolatey, with that same caramel-toffee-brown sugar undertow that I appreciated in the nose. This is fantastically delicious beer.

The mouthfeel is much closer to full than to medium. It doesn't seem all that impressive when beer first enters mouth, but it increases in heavily silkiness as the mouthful progresses. A significant degree of heavy cream-like mouthcoating on the finish doesn't hurt either. If you want clean, look elsewhere. If you want lingering chocolate beershake creaminess, pull up a barstool.

Being an enthusiastic fan of Elysian Brewing Company beer, I had every confidence that this would be a humdinger of an American Double Stout. I'm still surprised, however, by just how good it is. I don't remember every detail and haven't memorized the scores of my favorites, but there's no doubt in my mind that Dragontooth stands proudly among them. (2,541 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
4.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pitch black with a big brown head. Oatmeal on the nose, chocolate, big roastiness, toffee, coffee, fresh baked hearty grain bread. Touch of smoke.

Medium bodied with a full mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. This beer is almost steak like in flavor with a distinct savoriness in the form of umami. Semi smoky and rich, mouth watering. These savory flavors offset by chocolate, hearty warm bread, and an oatmeal sweetness. All of this is complimented by earthy hops and a prevalent coffee flavor. Good for morning or with a hearty meal.

very hearty with flavor and bitterness that needs respect. Highly recommend for splitting or accompanied by food. (652 characters)

Photo of markman
4.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dragonstooth Stout:

This is one helluva brew…and this particular 22 oz bottle survived the trip from Seattle to CT in checked luggage (wish I could say the same for Doggie Claws). Anyway, this beer is all a Double Stout should be without the over-the-top ABV%. Black, silky smooth, chocolaty, vinous, and lip-smacking good.

Cheers… (340 characters)

Photo of mscottjohnston
4.67/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful looking beer. Chocolate brown with a massive three finger head that leaves full lacing around the glass. Nose is heavy on malt with notes of nuts and wood. Malt hits first, followed by chocolate, smoke and wood flavors. Lingers long and begs to be consumed slowly and appreciated. Stellar brew. (305 characters)

Photo of Greenfloyd
4.7/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Holy goodnight, what a stout...

I actually drank this beer from the bottle while tailgating at Quest Field for the Seahawks home opener. All I had was plastic cups, so after viewing the color, and getting a second perspective on the nose, I opted to enjoy the rest against the glass it came in! The color was a deep espresso hue, with the foamy light brown head that would accompany it. The nose had fantastic hints of chocolate, caramel, and subtle coffee tones. The taste was comparable....milk chocolate malts, coffee, fresh rolled oats, and a finish of dark chocolate. The mouth feel was velvety and rich, probably due to the rich oily texture that the oats tend to lend to the body of a beer. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer with Italian bread, fresh ricotta cheese, and thinly sliced cappacola...would fare well on it’s own as well...Enjoy (848 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
4.71/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

07/31/07- Purchased at John's Marketplace in Portland, OR.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness info found. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Pretty black colored pour. Bottle spewed massive foam when I opened it. Thought for sure it was infected. Massive 2 inch plus foamy large bubbled head on the pour. After it settled, it became a beautiful 1/2 inch off white creamsickle looking velvet. Left behind very nice lace patches and streaks as well.

Smell- Deep roasted chocolate malt, a mocha coffee scent as well. Maybe a bit of hops too.

Taste- Great mocha malt ball chocolate flavor. This carries most of the beer. Light coffee notes as well. WIth a wondeful perfect hop bitterness to follow the swallow. Flavor meld is fabulous.

Mouthfeel- Mid level, maybe a bit less carbonation after the massive head settled. Became smooth and creamy.

Drinkability- The best tasting 7.4% stout I have had. Can't believe it's that low in alcohol with all the massive flavors. Maybe the best price for a great beer I have had as well. Only $3.29! For a bomber of very quality double stout. (1,109 characters)

Photo of GIVEMEBACKMYSON
4.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Smells of malted mocha americano with just a hint, a stray tendril of Borkum Riff from a day or two past.

Opaque brown in color with a sludgy, chunky, french press coffee look to the heterogenous mix. Head is small but thick and squat, with the tan color pocked by brown gobs of sediment and sludge clinging to the carbonated froth and held aloft like raindrops ready to fall from the clouds.

In the onset, caramel and nougat are the big time players, and stand alone, the quality of these two basic flavors, and the easy satisfaction of them would already make this beer a winner. I feel like Ron Popeil when I say "wait, there's more." I suppose a "set it and forget it" could be in order as well, but do what you will. Somewhere mid swallow, espresso and the darkest of German chocolate gives closure to the satisfying sweetness that preceded. Coupled with an inexcapable whiff of the aforementioned smell, it makes for the best recent sensory experience for this BA. Ever drink a cup of java at a bakery while they're making donuts? It's not altogether different.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly lush and pillowy, giving purpose and life to the oily flat slick to which I erroneously feared this stout would succumb. On the pour this drooped like a Dali pocketwatch, but in the cheeks and jowls it dances like a Rockette. Covered in caramel, dark chocolate, coffee feans and whipped cream as it were. Now there's a thought... (1,435 characters)

Photo of cvfish
4.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - This beer poured a dark brown, almost black, color which produced a fluffy brown head that produced great lace and wonderful retention

S - The aromas that were produced were a wonderful combination of roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee beans, oats, and vanilla beans

T - The taste of this Stout was pretty perfect, the roasted dark malts, smooth oats, bitter chocolate, ground coffee beans, and vanilla was perfectly blended

M - The mouthfeel on this beer is exactly how I like my Stouts, thick, creamy, smooth, and slight carbonation

D - This was an exceptional Stout by Elysian, everything was there, and I can wait to try more of their beers (655 characters)

Photo of Wackyfoot
4.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Roasted oaty maltiness with a dash of coffee flavors to balance it all out. One of the easiest drinking stouts I've ever had, a guy could easily drink two or three 22 oz bottles and not realize it until the alcohol hit. Not that I'd know anything about that... (260 characters)

Photo of washingtonstatebeerfan
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Is this a stout? Yes it is, and boy is it one. I can't think of any other way to put it. Poured it into a pint glass and was rewarded with a rich cola-colored head, a rich dark brown body, and the dark roasted malt characteristics of a stout. By itself, a wonderful drink, and just as well made for a good black-and-tan, if that's your taste. (342 characters)

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Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout from Elysian Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 322 ratings.