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Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout | Elysian Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
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338 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
338
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906
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
16.83%
 
 
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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: 338 | Ratings: 906
Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pint on tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary. Pitch black with little in the way of colored highlights and a creamy dark tan head, two fingers worth.

Aroma is charred dark malts, with a smaller dose of dried dark fruits and cacao powder. Palate is initially ashy, with some chocolate milk and nut (pecans, walnuts) coming on late. Dark roast coffee and cigar tobacco. A slight tinge of floral hops. Slick and smooth oily mouthfeel. Recalls a milk stout. Body on the light and drinkable side. ABV is remarkably well-concealed. Finishes quite crisp and clean.

Decent low-key stout. The bone dry finish almost recalls a dark lager, although there is some complexity in the ashy/dry versus sweet contrast.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.28/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: [4.75] Pours with a massive 3 finger tan head. The head is dense - I think you could set a quarter on it! The beer itself is an oily black color with no light showing through. The bottle lists the ABV at 7.5% and the born on date of 7/14/14.

S: [4.00] Smells of dark fruits and molasses.

T: [3.00] The taste is charred malts. It is kind of just that one note. No hops, chocolate, coffee, vanilla or sweetness.

M: [2.50] The body is pretty thin especially for an oatmeal or an imperial - this is both! At 7.5% I expected a little more body.

O: [3.50] This beer is very unremarkable. I had been saving it for a while - expecting it to be a really nice one. I wouldn't seek this out. There are way better stouts - even at lower ABV.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Pours very dark with a thing,brown head. Aroma is of medium intensity. Roast and mild char. Not very sweet smelling. The flavor is a match to the beer's scent. Low in sweetness. Roast, bittering dark malt, and chocolate. Finished with another layer of hop/bitter. A Stout that leans away from sweetness according to my palate. Body is fairly full. Higher carbonation. Could stand for some more sweet balance.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown color (borderline pitch black, even). The head is three fingers high and khaki in shade. Annoyingly, the tall head retains very well, and also has a soft/dense texture. Lots of lacing is left on my glass - all told, this beer looks absolutely phenomenal. (4.75)

Smell: The nice hopping is the first thing I notice. Plenty of floral Cascade hops to be found. It doesn't always work in a stout, but it kind of does here. Beneath the hops, I pick up notes of roast, nuts, roasted nuts, oats, vanilla, chocolate, and citrus. Really nice - a hoppier than normal stout that isn't imbalanced. (3.75)

Taste: Like the nose suggested, the hops don't run roughshod over everything, they just balance the nice sweetness provided by the stout base. An initial floral flavor quickly give way to some dark fruit flavors. It finishes with a sneaky roastiness (this has a good roasted barley character, redolent of an Irish stout). The hops and the roast work together to create a rock-solid stout. (3.75)

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, to the point of being practically effortless. It's initially creamy, which melds with the nearly bone-dry finish. Carbonation is a little low. The dryness works so well with the initial softness - it manages to go down very easily without seeming dinky or weak. (4.25)

Overall: I don't like supporting the tyrant that is InBev, but if they make good beer, I'll still send some money their way. And this, well it's a damn good stout. Dry and roasty with a nice hoppy bite. This is an impressive beer worth anyone's time...unless you're anti-corporation, of course. Meh, whatever. (3.75)

3.86/5: So dry yet so delicious

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Photo of arvidkoval
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This looks black as night. Kind of weak on the smell. A robust burnt, toasted, roasty flavor is the first thing I noticed. Next comes that oatmeal sweetness I'd hoped for followed up by a coffee aftertaste. Thick, but not Russian thick. Overall, this is freakin' great!

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours two and half fingers of tan head on a black body. Looks amazing.
The aroma is milk, roasted malt, burnt wood and coffee. Great.
The taste is creamy, a little roasted malt, playing well between sweet and bitter.
The texture is soft and smooth. Outstanding.
Wow.

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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.

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Photo of WAbeerfiend
1/5  rDev -75.2%

Poured from a bomber into a tumbler on 01.09.14.

A: Midnight black. Completely opaque. No red at bottom. Has a brown foamy head. Amazing.

S: Malty. Citrus and flowery hops, which is weird. I feel that the smell clashes.

T: Hoppy bitterness, alcohol burn. Some malt, but it is greatly overpowered by the bitterness.

O: This one had loads of bitterness. It was completely unbalanced. The flowery hops really did not go well in a stout. This seemed more like it was trying to be a thick CDA than an oatmeal stout. It was poorly executed. This was a drain pour with no guilt.

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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 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.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours near black with deep ruby highlights where light can penetrate. Big, 2 finger cocoa colored head with good retention, resulting in as thick layer of suds across the surface. Strong lacing left all around the glass, with phenomenal stick.

Smell - Faint notes of oatmeal and chocolate. Mild roast. Not the most aromatic of oatmeal stouts.

Taste - As in the aroma, the taste is a bit of a letdown after such an amazing pour. Moderate chocolate notes and a light smokiness, followed by even lighter oatmeal and roasted malt character. Finishes with moderate coffee roastiness. Roast comes through a much better as it warms, but still doesn't quite hit the spot.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with fair carbonation and a silky smooth delivery. Goes down with velvet softness. Would be the highlight if it didn't look so awesome.

Overall - Darn. Good beer, but a bit too tame for my taste to call it great. I don't know, maybe the Rogue Shakespeare has spoiled my taste and expectations for all other big oatmeal stouts. In any event, glad I got to try it.

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Photo of RickS95
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extremely dark pour, almost completely black with just a hint of brown. Far too dark to tell if it's hazy. The head is a light brown color early on before fading to an almost white. Not much retention, thin spotty lace.

Roasted grains, coffee, a splash of licorice. You can almost smell the smooth oatmeal.

Aggressive roasty notes, they grab the taste buds immediately. Very coffee-like flavor throughout. No licorice in the taste.

It is smooth like an oatmeal stout should be. Very creamy, but all the while there is an intense bittering the evolves. Finishes bitter and that bitterness never lets go of the palate. Despite the bitter, there's no presence of hops, all the bitter is from burnt coffee and charred grains. Medium bodied and despite the somewhat high ABV, no alcohol taste or feel.

Overall, I'm happy with this outstanding beer from the Left Coast. I like the dark stuff and while it is bitter, it's fairliy smooth.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A quick, thin, frothy beige head leaves a complete veil of lace on a pint glass as the black beer diminishes with each sip.

Moderate roasted and nutty aromas are joined by moderate herbal hop aromas against a backdrop of charcoal.

The flavors somewhat follow the aroma with moderate bitterness, a decent balance, and a long, malted finish.

This Stout has a full body with woolly texture, fizzy carbonation and a dry finish.

Light conversation with friends, or simply relaxing, this beer is best with a meal.

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Photo of dank203
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pretty incredible stout, so smooth creamy, sweet, chocolatey. really drinkable and pretty nice at 7.5 abv nearing imperial range, definitely has big bold flavors and thick imperial stout feel with creaminess and sweetness of oatmeal stouts. very nice

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bottle with no discernible marking indicating bottling or freshness date. Poured into a large Belgian tulip with an exaggerated flare on the rim of the glass.

Appearance - Body is a predominantly black in color--no light passing through except for the slimmest of hints of dark maroon along the very edges. Atop the body sits a dense khaki colored head about three-fingers thick. It dissipates as some of the bubbles grow and burst, leaving a moon surface of craters along the surface before coming to rest as a bubbly film across the surface of the liquid. Lacing is pronounced and mottled, leaving ample spots along the sides of the glass as I drink it down. The liquid is viscous enough to display ample legs when the glass is tipped to coat the sides with dark, dark brown liquid.

Smell - A blend of bittersweet chocolate essence and roasted malt is the primary characteristic, with other sweeter notes like black strap molasses and cacao and the impression of coffee beans.

Taste - Roasted barley and burnt caramel complement the darker chocolate and a surprising bite of hop bitterness that imparts rich, earthy characteristics and hints of peat. As it warms, there is a more prevalent sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Creamy and full-bodied, with a moderate to low level of carbonation. Just enough to provide some counterpoint to the more viscous body. Finish includes a lingering bitterness.

Overall, one of the better oatmeal stouts I've had. Luscious and rich, but not overpowering and hard to drink. A great blend of sweet and bitter helps maximize drinkability. If Elysian were easier to obtain in my neck of the woods, I'd likely buy this one with some regularity.

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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 BastardKing24
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My first Elysian beer so far, here goes.

Pours out a deep black that no light can penetrate. solid head that leaves some lacing and bubbles after 5 min. Looks like a winner to me.

Smell is right away bitter cocoa and coffee. Others are maybe some tobacco and leather, and some raisin.

Taste is very nice with a generous dose of chocolate flavors, along with an astringent roasty quality that sits well with me. Coconut and coffee hints are there, as well as perhaps some caramel and oatmeal. This oatmeal stout is creamy and luscious with just a hint of the oats to keep it a decadent and sessionable roasty stout with just a touch of sweetness.

Feel is medium carbed, with a semi slick feel, and a generous warming from it's high abv single stout status.

This is alot better than samuel smith oatmeal stout, just what I think.

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Photo of jhartley
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Poco Grande style glass.
Pours into the glass a deep black body forming into a frothy head full of tight tiny bubbles.
Aromas of dark fruit, coffee and bittersweet chocolate.
Tastes of bittersweet chocolate, almost a bourbon barrel flavor as well.
Very smooth and creamy body with an underlying sweetness at the end.
Overall a very easy drinker for an Imperial stout, a low abv makes this super easy to drink.

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Photo of BWED
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into my big 20 oz. nonic.

A- Black, and that's it. Not light shines through. Towering, thick and creamy brown head. Great retention. Thick globs of lacing all around.

S- Roasted coffee, and some cocoa notes. Pleasant but basic; I was expecting more complexity in the aroma.

T- Sweeter cocoa/dark chocolate. The coffee from the aroma takes a back seat. Slight, subtle earthy hop character.

M- Full bodied. So creamy and thick. Sweet and just a hint of bitterness in the finish.

O- Epically drinkable. Smooth and sweet. Not as strong as most stouts with this much flavor and feel. The oatmeal has to do with that, I'm sure. Really tasty and I could drink a couple bombers in a sitting and not feel full, or wiped out.

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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 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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tieman for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and char aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and oat flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but gets much better as it warms up.

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Photo of Kuaff
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I drank Dragonstooth in a mug at cellar temperature.

We have here a black brew with a two-finger, mocha-tan head. What's not to like about that?

Smells of dark, earthy coffee, maple syrup, oats, and rich chocolate. I like it.

Tastes like bitter, unsweetened chocolate, with some oat sweetness and roasty, toasty coffee in the finish. Quite nice indeed.

The feel is creamy and fairly full.

A rock-steady oatmeal stout that'll never disappoint.

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Photo of wl0307
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Coming in a 650ml bomber brown bottle, bottle-conditioned; production date 15/02/2013, served gently chilled in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: pours a black hue, coming with a dark khaki foamy head retreating slowly to a thin cap, while the carbonation level is pretty low.
S: rich, oily and deeply chocolaty, roast/black malts balanced by equally robust and lively hop aroma as of citrus-rich hop varieties. The second layer consists of jammy black dates, oily nuts, and creamy treacle-flavoured fudge. Overall, the aroma is rich but definitely not overwhelming, delivering a really decent and deep impact on the nose.
T: light-bodied on the entry, the foretaste is initially aromatically citric hoppy, bitter-sweet nutty, bitter chocolaty, roasty-malty at the same time, ensued by a burned-walnut (on skins) aroma, a good acidity, a decent level of fruity hoppiness & bitterness and a dry-ish palate lasting towards the chewy, aromatically roast-malt and hoppy finish. Oatmeal? Can’t say if there is or isn’t, but the smooth texture alongside the light-ish body does make me wonder that oatmeal is used in the brew.
M&O: softly carbonated on the mouthfeel, the body remains medium against a rather rich but not heavy flavour profile; this “Imperial Oatmeal Stout”, to me, is a lovely twist of the older concept of rich and oily export stout that benefits from good craftsmanship and skilful manipulation of aromatic American hops. Absolutely lovely…!!

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Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout from Elysian Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 338 ratings.