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Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout - Elysian Brewing Company

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672 Ratings
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Ratings: 672
Reviews: 305
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 82
Gots: 64 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of Gavage
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

Appearance: rich dark black color with a 1/2" tan head. Nice lacing develops.

Smell: easily detectable dark chocolate and strong roasted malts.

Taste: strong roasted malt level with a nice smattering of dark chocolate bitterness. Some coffee, molasses, slightly noticeable alcohol, and a bit of burnt nuts rounds it out.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Smooth from start to finish. Roasted flavors linger briefly on the tongue.

Drinkability: this could be considered a meal. But this is a solid double stout in my opinion.

Gavage, Jul 12, 2006
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout
Elysian Brewing Company

Pours a oil slick blackish brown, with a light brown foam. Aroma of herbal, minty hops and smokey roasted malts. In the flavor, roasted malts and lots of hop flavor are the driving forces. There is a nice dark chocolate flavor, along with coffee and a wisp of smoke. Hops are bitter, minty, herbal and have a touch of citrus. Some tasters have detected anise, a good compliment to the roasted malt flavor.

Full bodied feel, a bit slick, well carbonated and smooth. Leaves a lingering cocoa/coffee malt flavor in the finish. Overall, an incredibly tasty, well made stout. Well hopped which is always welcome.

Stinkypuss, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of Dope
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

A: Pours a quite dark brown with a good sized fluffy medium brown head. Fades at a moderate pace, decent retention. Quite decent fluffy patchwork of lacing too.

S: Oatmeal, quite a bit of it. More than you normally get in an oatmeal stout. Almost grainy as a result. Very mild chocolate and char.

T: Chocolate and a little char up front. Lots of oatmeal in the middle lending a smooth and creamy aspect. Also makes it quite sweet, turning the chocolate into a creamy and sweet milk chocolate flavor. Almost like chocolate syrup. A little dry on the back end as the sweetness runs out and the oatmeal turns a bit grainy. Some mild piney bitterness in the finish, giving it a dry lingering aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and creamy. A bit grainy at points.

O: Excellent oatmeal stout. Extra oatmeal really brings that flavor to the forefront. Some hop bitterness adds some nice complexity. Overall I really enjoyed it. I just didn't give it amazing scores due to the relative simplicity of the brew. For an oatmeal stout it is one of the best.

Dope, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

Pours black with a tan head. Nose is molasses and malty. Though I have to confess it's hard to smell anything after walking out in the cold. Flavor is thick with malts and a molasses. Thick almost tar thing going on mildly. Smooth. Same goes for liquid feel. Carbonation is low but bites a bit. A very easy drinking double stout.

RblWthACoz, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of Slatetank
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

Presentation - Served cold but allowed to warm to 45 degrees in a standard pint glass
A - an Inky black + dark brown thin head w/ almost no lace

S - Fruity, Roasted, sweet, subtle chocolate and oats with a sublte alcohol scent.

M -Full, sweet and honey-like with a pleasant bitterness.
Deep in complexity- dry but carries a residual sweetness, with the bitterness hanging on in the finish.

T - A big, Sweet, full in body (from oats) beer w/ big dark malts, buter not a charred taste. Just enough bitterness to balance the sheer depth of this sturdy stout. Very flavorful, but shows it's strength. Could use a skosh of finesse. The balance is a weighted slightly more toward bitter with the hops giving off more of their piney essence as it warms. I enjoyed this immensely like a very strong and hoppy oatmeal stout basically a meal in a glass.

D - Smooth and malty with alcohol well hidden with no cloying sweetness or overly bitter flavors. A good strong stout with flavor to spare

Slatetank, Jun 28, 2007
Photo of xnicknj
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

750mL bottle poured into tulip glass - thanks to jconrick1 for this during the bourbon, scotch, beer BIF

Pours a murky black with a thinner tanned head which fades out completely with very little retention. Random streaks and patches of lacing on the glass.

A surprising flair of smoke with caramel, molasses, and coffee beans alongside some light licorice scents.

Bold flavors right out of the gate with strong dry roasted malts and oatmeal. Coffee and espresso beans mix in with chocolate malted sweetness. Hints of licorice add a dash of complexity. A nice bolt of smoke is also present towards the end, which I wasn't expecting. Finishes with some hoppy bitterness, light smokiness, and a bit of boozy warmth.

Full body, decently carbonated, very smooth and pleasant on the palate. Surprisingly solid drinking, nice smoky flavor with tempered sweetness, and the ABV is masked well. This is the best one I've had from Elysian yet.

xnicknj, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of Bookseeb
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

Appearance is a dark brown ale with a dark tan head leaving nice lace. Smell of rich roasted malts, coffee and some dark fruits in the back. Taste has lightly sweetened roasted malts, coffee, dark bitter chocolate with a nice balance of hops. Mouthfeel is full bodied and very creamy with just the right amount of carbonation. A very enjoyable full bodied Stout.

Bookseeb, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of bobsy
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

Draft at Elysian Fields in Seattle. I had this beer and the porter, and this was definitely the better of the two. Poured a midnight black with a large, well-lacing tan head, that showed good retention. Very rich, roasty nose, but every now and then it seemed more subdued and fainter. Flavours included chocolate and caramel, and there was a pleasant bitterness from deeply roasted coffee grinds. Full, creamy body. I could drink this all night long!

bobsy, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of GPHarris
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

a - poured a two-fingers thick coffee-colored head into an oversized goblet. it left thick sheets and clingy lace that really coated the glass, nice retention on this one. the body was dark black.
s - hints of coffee and dry chocolate.
t - coffee, sweet chocolate with a little hop kick.
m - creamy, smooth and very clean on the tongue. a little thin though.
d - nice sipper and my girlfriend and i really enjoyed this one.

GPHarris, Dec 03, 2007
Photo of sjones5045
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%

sjones5045, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of EgadBananas
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%

Black as night, a finger of milk chocolate colored head that leaves sporadic lacing.

Lots of chocolate on the smell. Loads of malts, and nice coffee aromas.

Taste is slightly sweet, chocolaty, bitter coffee, and slight bitterness.

Feel is great. Creamy, thick, velvety, and smooth.

Good drinkability. Very tasty, the alcohol is low enough to warrant drinking multiples.

EgadBananas, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of CJS
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%

A Pours out a toasty caramel color. Once it hits the glass its a collective pool of sooty darkness. Less than half a fingers width of a sand toned head, that dissipates kind of fast.

S Not to intense on the senses. Dark chocolate, coffee, toasted sugar mid caramelization.

T Very smooth and chocolatey. slightly bitter on the tip. Roasted nutty on the way out with a very very creamy finish.

M Nice and thick as the flavor compliments. On the palate it just sits chair-like.

O Weighing in with a 7.5 abv I can't tell. One of the creamiest, flavor balanced yet still rich, non imperial, oatmeal stouts I've enjoyed. Good job.

CJS, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of Naugros
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%

I'm sort of getting tired of describing stouts' appearances. Maybe I should stop drinking and reviewing stouts (not likely) or suck it up and stop whining (probably just as not likely). Anyway, here goes: dark, dark brown to jet black with a light tan head that raised a finger and half of foam that reduces to a thick ring with a scum layer.

Now, here's something I never tire of...smelling stouts. This has just a wonderful smell. Bittersweet chocolate and roasted malts tantalize your nose prompting you to gulp the whole thing. Doesn't it know I have a review to write? Temptress! I am seriously digging the smell of this beer. There's a slight floral aroma which indicates the presence of some hops...non-American I'm guessing.

I've once again come across a beer that does not taste as good as it smells, however this still tastes really good. It's just that it smells even better. The bittersweet chocolate is replaced by cocoa, but the roasted malts really come through. The floral hop character is reduced a little bit, but is still there balancing out the bitterness. The aftertaste returns the bittersweet chocolate.

As far as bitterness goes this doesn't have as much as most Imp Stouts, even when cold. There's the graininess that you get when roasted malts are used in abundance and the alcohol is very well-masked. That's partially because this does not have as high an ABV as most Imp Stouts...it sits at the bottom of the style for that. So you can drink even more of it right? Sure, give it a go. After it settles a bit the graininess is mitigated and the beer becomes really silky smooth. This is one nicely crafted stout.

Naugros, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of bjohnson
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%

Thanks to beerbeing for shipping this to me as part of my BA Anniv. Can't wait to try it.

A: Pours an extremely jet black color with a slight one finger caramel colored head that has a bit of retention and nice lacing.
S: Big roasted malt notes with unsweetened chocolate and bitter coffee notes. Oatmeal flakes also Slight milkyness also. Dark fruit notes of figs and raisins.
T/M: Nice combination of chocolate and coffee notes mingle as if they're dancing. Big roasted malt notes come through also. A bitterness comes through after the roasted malts--hops show their presence here. Soft and smooth on the palate--smoothness almost takes on a milky characteristic. Thick body towards the finish with a nice coffeelike bitterness in the finish. Robust body on this fine offering from
D: Very smooth and drinkable with a nice robust body. A nice stout and one that needs to be had. I've enjoyed this brew.

bjohnson, Feb 10, 2007
Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%

From 12/11/11 notes. Not sure exactly why, but this has been a Want of mine for a long time and I never got around to trading for a bottle until now. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Duvel Green tulip.

a - Pours a black color with two inches of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Little head retention and some spotty lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of roasted malts, sweet chocolate, vanilla, and light bitter chocolate. Pretty nice, very roasty.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, sweet chocolate, vanilla or cream, light coffee, light wood, and bakers chocolate. Very nice, a tiny step up from the nose.

m - Medium to full body and low to moderate carbonation, very smooth and creamy. Very easy to drink, a great mouthfeel for an oatmeal stout.

o - Overall I thought this was a really nice oatmeal stout; one of the better ones I've had in recent memory. Ton of roasted notes and chocolate, and very easy to drink. Very glad I bought this, and would buy it again.

mdfb79, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of doughanson78
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%

22oz. Bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Black. Dark. Barely any head but what little there is is a nice mocha color. A few big bubbles in the head. Excellent lacing.

S: Deep roasted coffee. Burnt malts. Chocolate. Nice burnt toasty oat aroma. Faint smokiness.

T: Again very deep roasted/toasted oat flavor. Deep roasted coffee. Light sweet malts with a hint of chocolate. Very faint hop bitterness at the end.

M: Very full bodied. Nice and creamy. Coats the mouth nicely.

O: A very good Oatmeal Stout. Great roasty/toasty notes. Not an overpowering coffee flavor. Definitely will purchase again.

doughanson78, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of Pinto21
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%

Poured into pint a black with a hint of red on the edges with a tan/brown head that fades fairly quick.

A touch of chocolate with a bit of coffee, but mostly a sweeter dark fruit smell

Roasted up front, but not overly so. hops in the finish, but just noticeable. Kinda sweet chocolate that then gets more bitter with a touch of coffee? It's complex yet everything melds together very well.

Mouth if full but not too much so. I finished the 22 no problem.

I like it better than FBS!

Pinto21, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of ONUMello
4.16/5  rDev +3%

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Pitch black with a one-finger mocha colored head
S: Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, oatmeal, toasted nuts
T: Matches the nose, very complex. Adds a bit of charred meat on the midpalate and hops on the finish
M: Medium-bodied, a nice dried roasted grain feel, balanced
O: Complex, tastes very toasted. I like that the oatmeal comes distinctly through which it doesn't often for the style

ONUMello, Apr 17, 2014
Photo of sathomp17
4.16/5  rDev +3%

sathomp17, Yesterday at 03:47 PM
Photo of Reino
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%

From notes taken on 9/1/08

Appearance- Pours a light black, if such a thing exists. I see just a tiny bit of light working its way into this beer, keeping it from being jet black, but maybe I'm just seeing things. The head is a shade over 2 fingers of dense, shiny bubbles. The cappuccino head sparkles and tempts you to come and play while you wait for the head to slowly recede into a cream and caramel skim on the top. Very good lacing keeps track of my sips.

Smell- BITTER chocolate up the ass, or the nose I guess, and dark caramel with vanilla following along with a faint smell of day old, dark roast coffee. Then there's the hops. Citrus hops pairing very well with the heavy bitter chocolate. I love this in an Imperial Stout. A lot going on in the nose, very nice.

Taste- Following the smells lead, you are beaten over the head with roasted and burnt malts, and bitter chocolate that goes on for days. What's impressive about this stout is all the shit that is going on underneath the onslaught of bitter malts and chocolate. The citrus hops take a back seat, but only by a small margin and speak up plenty along the ride. The vanilla and dark caramel stay low key but you are aware of their presence. Then there are hints of molasses and toffee, along with other complexities that make this beer a thinker. Very complex, and very tasty.

Mouthfeel- Rich and full-bodied. There is enough carbonation to keep it from being too thick, but it is low enough to remind me of fruity-chocolate syrup. This beer will coat your mouth and stay awhile.

Drinkability- I'm between scores on the drinkability because of the complexity. This beer is a prime example (much like Samuel Smith's IS) that an Imperial Stout doesn't have to be loaded with alcohol to be great. I took my sweet time enjoying this beer trying to pick out every flavor and let it coat the mouth. However, after I was done with the bomber, I was ready to move on to something on the lighter side. Give it a try!

Reino, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%

Thanks to SuzyGreenberg for this extra.

This bottle is better than I had remembered dragonstooth. Pours jet black with a nice one finger tan/brown head. The head dissipates quickly with a bit of lace. The nose has some alcohol tones but is mostly of bitter chocolate. The first taste is much richer and more chocolaty than i had expected. Great dark chocolate and mocha type flavors. The finish has some alcohol with a little hoppy bite. This is an interesting brew, and more complex than i had expected. At 7.4 it is slightly on the weak side for an imperial, but is thick and chewy like one, with the finish and smoothness of an oatmeal stout. I like it. I think it is an interesting beer. Unusually refreshing and drinkable for a stout of its kind. A solid beer, nothing incredibly extraordinary, but a solid brew.

AKBelgianBeast, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of Docer
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%

Picked up a bomber to try...

- Really dark viscous stout... rich solid black/brown, mild finger of head, rich mocha colored... down to some minor spotting... looks delicious.

- Nice sweet chocolate... slight bitterness... and a touch of rubbing alcohol booziness.. some grains, oatmeal.. etc,.

- Smooth and creamy chocolate goodness.. superior balance, and perfect touch of sweetness. Thank god the taste doesn't mimic the scent too much. Nice light bittering hop, grains, oats..

- Medium to heavy bodied... rather thick and viscous, but not too cloying and rich to boot. rather smooth sailing... a fantastic and unique feel.

- Overall this is a fantastic stout, and and quite pleased with it.. one I would certainly purchase again. Smooth, not too sweet, and tasty!

Docer, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of plehnus
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%

Aroma: Faint floral and earthy hops. Sweet and deeply roasted malts. Very faint sour notes. Licorice.

Appearance: Blackish-brown body with a compressed, relatively, tan head.

Flavor: Bitter-sweet roasted notes. Coffee. Smooth malt hop balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy body. Seems clean and light on the mouth. Gently lingers after each sip.

Overall: Complex well balanced and easily drinkable. Nice roast malt and bitter hop balance.

plehnus, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of WesWes
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy brown head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a rich, chocolatey scent with a dry, coffee-like earthiness as well. The taste is good. It has a smooth black and chocolate malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry with an earthy feel. It's only slightly warming in the finish. The chocolate malts really make the flavor with this one. The mouthfeel is awesome. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a trendous beer. It's rich with malt complexity and has a lovely mouthfeel.

WesWes, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of MisterClean
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%

Purchased bomber in PDX, tasted in Cali.

A - Pours black with a 2 fingered chocolate head. Dissipates slow and leaves nice lacing. Good head retention.

S - Chocolate, leather, light roast coffee, and bittering hops.

T - Hearty roast coffee, light leather, light biittering hops, and lightly smoky. Very roasty and bitter.

M - Full bodied, and well-balanced, maybe slightly hoppier than malty. Finishes very dry, but surprisingly smooth leaving you thirsty for more. I can't stop drinking it. What is wrong with me?

D - Good drinkability. Leaves you thirsty for more. I can't explain it, and my beer is just sitting here waiting to be drank.

MisterClean, Aug 15, 2009
Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout from Elysian Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 672 ratings.