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Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout - Elysian Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

716 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 716
Reviews: 309
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 86
Gots: 73 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-20-2002)
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Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to TheBungyo for the trade. Surprisingly smooth and balanced stout. Neither on sweet nor bitter side, thick mouthfeel and not overally creamy. The little I allowed my office mates to drink they loved, and one hates stouts! A tad oatmeal matter. Very good, black with lots of lace and creamy, obviously quite fresh. And not too roasty either.Chocolate notes with some oatmeal grainess.

Sammy, Aug 04, 2006
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -0.7%

djrn2, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -0.7%

zestar, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

acurtis, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to drabmuh for opening this bottle.

Pours black with a single-finger tan head with moderate retention. This falls down to a collar around the edges. The nose is pretty sweet to start with a good amount of chocolate as well as some sweetness, coffee, and maybe a hint of black licorice. The taste is mostly chocolate-focused with some roasted malt in there as well. A bit of booze coming through in the end, and this takes over a bit in the feel, which consists of a somewhat-low carbonated brew with a pretty big body. Drinks well enough, but not a standout among the style.

Thorpe429, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

nmann08, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Texasfan549, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a half finger high dark tan head that has good retention properties and hardly died down.
S: Moderate aromas of dark roasted malts are present in the nose, along with some hints of pine resin hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the flavors of pine resin hops are a little more noticeable and contribute a light amount of bitterness, which lingers through the finish. Some slight hints of alcohol are also present.
M: It feels a little heavier than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a slight amount of warming from alcohol.
O: This beer hides its alcohol very well and is rather easy to drink. It's quite hopped compared to other beers in the style so this helps to cut through the malts and improve its drinkability.

metter98, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

kjkinsey, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 02, 2006
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

ygtbsm94, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up as a great little treat in a recent birthday box. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 07/16/2009.
 
Appearance - Very nice. Deep dark brown in color with a big had of tan that came up and over the top. Nice retention and great lacing up and down the sides of the glass.
 
Smell - Roasted malts, sweet with molasses and hints of brown sugar. Nice touches of chocolate as well as a hint of light vanilla.
 
Taste - Mellow and a touch hoppier then I would have thought. Very nice chocolate notes here, really laid down quite well. Hints of molasses again and a decent touch of vanilla poking its head up. The finish comes through with a light bitterness and a touch of dark fruit.
 
Feel - Smooth, decently carbonated and very coating, definite full body here and nicely put together as well.
 
Drinkability - Not bad at all, a bit heavy but at only 7.5% it is not out of this world. Easily could go down in a night.
 
Overall - I have to say this was pretty darn tasty. Not quite up there with the big boys but definitely something I would not mind going towards again, I could see myself trying another one for sure.

mikesgroove, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

jaydoc, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: quarter finger head with very nice lacing on a jet black body.

S: roasted malts, hints of earthy hops, burnt toast and coffee beans.

T: very strong on the roasted malt and roasted coffee bean flavors which I love. Not a whole lot else going on with this one though. milk chocolate notes late in the finish.

M: thick body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: this is a very nice stout but its simple. the coffee presence would satisfy the coffee lover and those that like to have coffee as a note or in the background. A nice middle ground from a traditional stout and oatmeal stout.

kylehay2004, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a thick black color with a thin tan head on top. The retention is thin, but the lacing is sticky. The smell of the beer is slightly hoppy, roasted and malty. The taste of the beer has a pretty strong bitterness, lots of dry chocolatey roasted malt. The mouthfeel is thick, nicely carbonated with a dry finish. Overall this is a pretty good brew.

Knapp85, May 04, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a tiny, wispy, khaki-colored head.

Smell: Aroma full of dark, roasty malts yielding notes of chocolate, dark caramel, anise, and even a quick whiff of oatmeal.

Taste: Semi-sweet chocolate and dark malts that are a touch roasty providing a hint of coffee. Modestly sweet taste of thick dark caramel. There's only ever a slight bitterness. Tastes of of vanilla and anise emerge on the relatively sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A fine, tasty stout from Elysian.

ChainGangGuy, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a jet black with a well formed tight creamy-like mocha colored head that had great lasting power,mild molasses and bitter chocolate notes mainly with a hint of raw earthiness as well.Nice velvety smooth creamy mouthfee it glides and coats very well,nice balance of sweetness and dry earthiness notes of molasses and licorice with chocolate tones thruout as well as underlying cola notes,a nice drying subtle earthiness comes thru late making it very drinkable.A damn good double stout to be had very flavorful and pretty complex,recommended.

oberon, Dec 29, 2006
Photo of biboergosum
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 16oz Yankee pint, something to offset the hop assault of the first offering I dove into at this unassuming, yet crazily attractive location in the Capitol Hill district of Seattle.

This beer appears a solid, light-sucking black, with a rather skimpy cola base, evident only in direct, overbearing sunlight exposure, and one hefty finger of puffy, rocky, and mildly creamy mocha head, which leaves some awesomely gratifying webbed and honeycombed lace around the glass as it slowly and lazily recedes, right in line with my mood in the here and now.

It smells of lightly roasted chocolate malt, bittersweet coffee grounds, oily bar-top nuts (not that there were any available), sour black fruit, and bitter citrusy, leafy hops. The taste is lightly toasted bready and caramel malt, medium nutty bakers' chocolate, grainy, gritty oatmeal, and fruity citrus, mildly bitter hops.

The carbonation is on the low side, but duly supportive at the same rate, the body fairly smooth and silky as all get out, with a subtle tinge of creaminess. It finishes in kind, with some roasted bitter chocolate propping up the sweetness, and a hefty nod to the sassy, and burgeoning sour side of things.

The middling sourness of this offering may be a tad suggestive of a generic porter, but everything else screams out lovely, amped up oatmeal stout, well tempered all PNW-style, with a bit of a dialing down of the IBUs-from-hell that I'm starting to see as the trend 'round these parts. Enjoyable, and drinkable, at least until that alcohol starts to claim its pound or so of flesh.

biboergosum, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a good stout, nothing amazing. this beer pours a thick sludgy oil black color with a lively tan head a couple inches high, some retention. there are some yeast floaters in there as well. smells like coffee and licorice and booze. flavor is more malty, not burnt, but very very dark roasted. some mild sweetness in the flavor, plenty of coffee, and maybe even a touch of milk chocolate. feel is alright, low carbonation makes it feel heavier than it is, but it definitely full bodied. i didnt love this, and a bomber would be a lot, but i did use about half of it in a pot of buffalo chili, where i usually use porter and it imparted a ton of rich flavors which made this my best chili yet. for that application it was fantastic, for a drinking stout it wasnt my favorite.

StonedTrippin, May 20, 2012
Photo of Jason
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Redbones.

Light brown head, black as night … just what you’d expect a thick stout to look like.

Smells of sweet roasted malt with hints of oats and some hops as well.

Full bodied with a thick creaminess that rolls off the tongue slowly, roasted character is divided by an acrid roasted flavour and a coffeeish malt. Hopping is well done but does not go too overboard, earthy flavours of yeast and faint charcoal hit more towards the back as the long lingering roasted finish ensues.

Thick and flavourful, a perfect beer to pair with a dessert or chocolate none the less.

Jason, Nov 20, 2002
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first brew from Elysian, it would be hard to mess up strong oatmeal stout in my book but let's go and see what this brew is all about. Buddy Geof, thanks much for the brew let's see how dark WaWaWashington likes their stouts. Appears pitch black no ruby or dark brown highlights to speak of, big ol' mocha tan head forms thick and leaves abundant but scattered lacing around my imperial pint glass.

Aroma has a very nice roasted malt backbone that pretty much dominates the nose with strong black coffe and dark chocolate with an air of fruit and cream tossed in. A touch of herbal and minimal pine accented hops, with dark fruits naming plum as the main one I could pick out.

Flavor is a creamy blend of dark chocolate and mildly acidic iced brewed coffee. This would go well instead of a cup of Joe on a rainy afternoon in Seattle, or you could wait until afternoon if that's more justifiable for you. The roasts roll through first with secondary notes from the rolled oats additions and herbal and pine accented hop flavors.

A bit of alcohol does peak through and carbonation tickles a bit much for my liking in the mouthfeel department. Medium to fuller bodied carbonation makes the brew a bit rougher on the palate than it should be and the dark roasted malts leave an unrelenting burnt flavor on the palate between sips this could be a downer.

Drinkability overall is solid, I have no gripes with the beer or the flavor and I enjoyed my opportunity to try this PacNW offering from Seattle. I haven't had many brews from that region and I'm glad that this one came my way to further my horizons. Very enjoyable up there in the realm of Breakfast Stout, Wake and Bake, JavaHead, and other big beers within this vein.

WVbeergeek, Oct 14, 2009
Photo of nickfl
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of medium brown foam on top of an opaque, black body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves a light trace of lace on the glass.

S - A roasty aroma of coffee and dark chocolate with some Bready malt notes and a touch of smoke.

T - Dark, smoky malt up font with some espresso notes. Burnt caramel in the middle and a slick oat character with a finish of dark sugar, coffee, and bakers chocolate

M - A thick, oily body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - a better than average oatmeal stout. This beer has a sweet, thick body but also the complex, dark roast of an imperial stoutl. Really a hybrid between the two styles it is more drinkable an your average imperial and more complex than an oatmeal stout, which makes for an enjoyable experience overall.

nickfl, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin brown head that fades very quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains dark fruit, oats, some coffee and chocolate, roasted malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of coffee, chocolate and dark fruit followed by oats and a hearty roasted malt character. There’s a little bit of creaminess to it. The hops presence is very mild but provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid stout to drink for a while.

TheManiacalOne, Dec 19, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Kegatron, Nov 20, 2013
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Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout from Elysian Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 716 ratings.