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Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout | Elysian Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding
339 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
339
Ratings:
911
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
16.83%
 
 
Wants:
112
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Dragonstooth Oatmeal StoutDragonstooth Oatmeal Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States | website

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-20-2002

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Reviews: 339 | Ratings: 911
Photo of tavernjef
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Its appearance is of used motor oil black - with nary a tone of brown to be towed in slack.
A thick medium sized foam sits atop, and man it just doesn't stop, compact and chocolate hued - wow, its a quite a sight to be viewed.
The lacing cakes itself in frosty sheeting - it stays ever present and never fleeting.

Aroma is roasty and burnt with a fairly strong coffee presense - yet underneath lies bitter dark chocolate which carries its own essence.
It stays strong with cold pressed coffee - when its the roast and bitter chocolate that take the trophy.

Taste is just as roasty with a flat pace of choc-O-lat - building up as it goes and plenty of that its definately got.
A gradual increase of molasses tang hides behind it - as its coffee presense tends to find it.
It finishes well rounded and extended - all the while maintaining what's intended.
With bittered dark chocolate tones competing - the coffee creates roughly textured points of seating.
Quite complexing as it gets warm - man this stuff just ain't the norm.

Feel is bold and rich, quite smooth and succulant - that goes with its character, wondering now where it went.
Drys out late with chocolate earth - yet the coffee still gives lots of birth.

It really is quite a treat, but watch out - it may knock you off your feet.

A big thanks to a fella in Washington named Corey - for helping me get behind the source of this story.

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Photo of JayWhitson
4.44/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle dated 4/30/15 - 8.1% abv... start off with the fact a 22oz bottle is $3.99 so economically great purchase, roast grain and coffee flavor with a slick silky mouthfeel, bit of burnt embers and subtle chocolate malts, moderate carbonation which I love in an Imperial Stout (labeled Imperial Oatmeal Stout and the fact this years batch broke the 8% plateau I believe it applies)... paired it with a finger of Stranahan's Whiskey and complimented it very nicely, overall great brew and a staple in my fridge

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Photo of PaulietheBrit
4.44/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

sweet coffee aromas with chocolate and coffee and roasted malts.
creamy and rich with a smooth roasty chocolate finish.
good drinkability light, not cloying.

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Photo of NWer
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautiful pour into chalice.
Nice dark brown thick appearance belies the mild nature of this oatmeal stout. Very smooth chocolate with caramel undertones.
I was slow to warm up to Elysian brews but am quickly becoming a true believer. Inexpensive and totally drinkable.
I've discovered one of my favorite stouts.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours almost black but still with an amber tin and a full two finger tan head that takes forever to melt to very sticky tan lacing.
Aromas are definitely bitter chocolate and coffee that seems to evolve to almost a milk chocolate and coffee.
Taste is deliciously a cross between bitter chocolate and milk chocolate with a heavy note of espresso coffee. Definitely a touch of smoke in there as well.
Toasted amber malts are not completely lost in the flavors nor are the slight hint of citrus hops at the end.
Mouthfeel is very creamy yet surprisingly dry at the end with an aftertaste of the coffee and espresso.
What a wonderful Stout this is.

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Photo of gestyr
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a schooner glass

A: Pours a deep opaque brown with a thick long lasting tan head

S: Malty, roast, nutty, caramel, coffee mocha

T: The taste follows the smell. Nice and rich. Malts and roast grains followed by a balanced caramel sweetness and a nutty, coffee. cocoa flavor

M: A bit thinner than I anticipated. Smooth and has a slight alcohol sting.

O: A nice oatmeal stout. The smoothness from the oatmeal is present and it goes down well. My wife, who doesn't drink beer, choose this off the shelf for me. I consider myself lucky.

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Photo of ssteakley
4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I completely agree with KangarooAdem59, he nailed it. Not time for it in Texas yet but here in Seattle it could not be a better night for a Stout. Light the fireplace pour into a fine beer glass and kickback and enjoy every taste of this fine beer. Tonight I decided to make sure to drink at least one Stout of the quality every week"

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got this as an extra from travisd13. Big, big thanks!

Appearance: Pours muddy black from the bottle. No transparency whatsoever. Creamy, brown head slowly emerges as the pour comes to an end. Head climbs to about 1/4 inch, but dissipates back to a thin ring after a minute or so, dragging wispy lace behind it. Looks very, very thick and delicious. EDIT: Vicious pour created a gorgeous 2-finger, extremely tight, creamy head. Looks like it came out of a nitro-tap. Great retention, great lacing. Just, wow!

Smell: Mocha, oats, chocolate flakes, roasted malts, and a touch of molasses.

Taste: Wow, this is excellent! Where to begin... rich milk chocolate, oats, mocha, and roasted woody flavors. Finishes a bit dry and burnt with hints of bourbon, molasses, and toffee. A very rich, complex, and balanced taste with just the right amount of sweetness. One of the best imperial stouts I've ever had!
EDIT: Had this again on 05-17-09 and wasn't as impressed. Still delicious, but not mind-blowing.

Burp: Hearty, chunky, chocolately, delicious.

Mouthfeel: Thick and velvety smooth. Body is firm and moderately syrupy. Great mouth coating and good warming. Very well done!

Drinkability: Really, really wish I had another bomber of this. Flavor and mouthfeel are superb. Goes down very smooth, and creates a nice, friendly, warm spot in your belly. A top notch imperial stout that I'd recommend to anyone!

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Photo of jwc215
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a light brown head that descends to a lasting thin cover, leaving some trailing lace on the glass.

The smell is of coffee, chocolate, molasses with earthy notes.

The taste is malty indeed! Chocolate, coffee and toffee balanced by roastiness and an earthy, piney, slightly citric bitterness. Finishes dry.

The feel is velvety and rich. Rich, yet smooth and approachable - not overwhelming. Near enough to full-bodied to call it that.

As rich as it is, it drinks incredibly well. Alcohol is dangerously disguised. Malty, but balanced. A very nice stout to say the least.

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Photo of ccrida
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into my Meantime snifter, Dragonstooth Stout is a dark, blackish brown with a very large, light brown head, dense, leaving nice lace.

Smell is big chocolate, sweet but clean alcohol, some caramel and very light nuttiness coming out as it warms.

Taste is more cocoa like, the roastiness of the malt cutting the sweet chocolate notes of the malt, providing a very nice balance overall, somewhat espresso like. Man, this is just a damn tasty American stout, my only complaint would be I could use a tad less crystal.

Mouthfeel is thicker but very smooth, nice.

Drinkability is high, this is an awesome stout for sure. Wow, loving it. More impressive then I recall the oatmeal version, although it's been quite a while since I had that one. This one gets extra points for being a decent value and year round staple.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured jet black with good carbonation capped off with a nice brown head

S: Nose is charred, coffee, bitter cocoa

T: Very good. Lots coffee, cocoa, light booze and roasted malts.

M: Very good, well carbonated, nice feel, not to boozy,plenty of flavor

D: Yeah, try it! Drink it.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours a jet black with a thick cream/chocolate head.

smells like chocolate coffee.

tastes like chocolate coffee, i like this.

has a thick mouth feel but goes down smooth, thick in a good way.

very good beer, i like this! nice thick chocolate stout taste, looks fantastic in a glass!

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Photo of speter
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22-oz bottle into nonic

A: Pours jet-black with a three-finger tan head that actually went downward into the beer, as if on nitro-tap. Very impressive.

S: Chocolate and coffee roasts with a whiff of booze, but well balanced.

T: Exactly what one would expect from the smell. A bitter start goes into chocolate, coffee and a hint of booze in the center, followed by hops and chocolate in the finish. The malty notes in the center balance out the other flavors nicely.

M: Very creamy, as befits the style. On the fuller side, but very refreshing.

D: Beautiful. A bit lower on the ABV, and this would make a killer session beer. As it is now, I'd call it dessert!

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Photo of Realbeer1542
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown and a 1/2 inch of tan head. Quick dissipation to medium lace.

S: Sweet dark chocolate milk.

T: Chocolate and toffee. Sweet finish. Hides alcohol well.

M: Creamy medium body - definitely 3 of these

O: Nice but sweet stout with a good ABV. Will definitely seek out again on a cold NY night.

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

Received in a trade from a good friend in Cali. Cheers and thanks!

2009 vintage.

Poured into my handy dandy 16oz snifter.

Lovely, rich, creamy body. Dark, with a soft brown edge. Head is fluffy, pillowy and big. Khaki/mocha head with a edge towards the dark side. So dark and yet so inviting. Lovely bit of lacing to match.

Nose is dominated by chocolate and earthy roasted notes. Very tempting from the get go. Some dark fruits come into play, but the dominate profile is milk chocolate.

Smooth entrance with a resurgent roasted finish. Crisp hop back with notes of citrus and a lingering roasted malt profile. Well rounded, and yet deeply satisfying. Chocoalte malts dominate the malt back of this beer.

Creamy, luscious, silky smooth and oh so quaffable.

Easily one of the best Oatmeal Stouts in resent memory. Excellent, down right near perfect example.

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Photo of ibbjamin
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up a bomber from Healthy Spirits in San Francisco, CA and poured into a snifter. I begin to review at 50°F.

Leaves a decent sized head of about a half inch. Head color is light tan/beige and it retains pretty well. Black in color. Strong lacing.

Smells of vanilla, lightly roasted malts and creme. Milk chocolate becomes evident as it warms more.

Tastes delicious. Full flavored, but the intensity is more mild than most imperial stouts. Similar in characteristic to the nose.

World class mouthfeel. Thick, full bodied and very creamy. Medium finish, minimal carbonation. Very drinkable and the alcohol is seemingly non-existent.

This was a surprisingly good stout and it is relatively inexpensive (I believe around $4.69/bomber). I do not believe Elysian has distribution much further than the pacific northwest, so I recommend to give it a try if you can get it.

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

Enjoyed this large bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark black hue with a thick, dark-brown 2-finger head that slowly dissipates down the slide of glass and ends in a solid persistent lace.

S: Malty chocolate and coffee aroma.

T: Dark rich ale with a generous malt sweetness and decent hop bitterness. Strong chocolate and coffee overtones, with a nice malt background. Very malty but balanced by the hops and finishes smooth.

M: Thick body and medium carbonation.

O: Awesome stout. A nice sipping beer @ 7.5 % alcohol by volume

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout from Elysian Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 339 ratings.