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Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout - Elysian Brewing Company

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Dragonstooth Oatmeal StoutDragonstooth Oatmeal Stout

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

332 Reviews
THE BROS
85
very good

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Reviews: 332
Hads: 886
Avg: 4.04
pDev: 16.83%
Wants: 106
Gots: 149 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States | website

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout | 7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-20-2002

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Photo of wise456
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 22 ounce bomber into a pint glass on a cold and snowy night.

A- Dark brown opaque brew with a small but long-lived head.

S- Not much going on in aroma department - maybe some coffee notes and a faint hint of raisins.

T - This is what I call an almost-imperial stout. It has great balance in that three or four prominent flavors all arrive in perfect harmony without any single taste taking center stage. Bittersweet chocolate, barley, oats and a little toffee/caramel add up to one great effort.

M- Creamy and full-bodied. What else would you expect from the style?

D - This one definitely falls between the classic oatmeal stout and over-the-top imperials that are all the rage these days. A restrained, balanced effort that is worth seeking out.

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Photo of COBeerBuff
3.2/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber received via trade from mcduck. Thanks!

Appearance: Pours an almost opaque brown-black with slivers of reddish-brown light seeping around the edges. A finger of mocha colored head dissipates quickly leaving a ring around the glass interspersed with some larger bubbles.

Smell: Smells like a chocolate coffee mess. Cocoa, coffee, some espresso, and roasted grains dominate the nose. This is definitely an ominous smelling imperial stout.

Taste: The taste is confusing. There's the coffee and chocolate I was expecting, but almost none of the malt sweetness. In their place is a almost tartness that is befuddling. There is an trace of hop bitterness as well, but the tart and sour flavors almost make this beer unappetizing. As the beer warms, more of the maltiness comes out. This is definitely a beer that should be given time to warm.

Mouthfeel: Much lighter than the appearance and nose would suggest. There is some stickiness from the malts, but the overall mouthfeel is somewhat less than what I was hoping for.

Drinkability: The 7.4% ABV makes this a very drinkable imperial stout, but the tartness of the taste and the mouthfeel make this a one-and-done for me. If the beer is allowed to warm, it becomes far more drinkable in both categories, but overall, this beer just leaves me feeling sort of "meh."

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Photo of tylerprince
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap with dinner at Falling Rock Taphouse in Denver.

A: Extremely dark brown and close to pitch black. One finger tan head resolves into nice rings of lacing.

S: Primarily coffee, with some chocolate and a hoppy licorice, the latter of which could stand to be toned down a bit.

T: Chocolate and coffee up front fades relatively quickly into a bitter licorice flavor with hints of toffee. While it's not quite astringent or unpleasant, the licorice flavor definitely needs to be toned down a bit. This is a beer you should age, not drink fresh, and I wonder if I should blame Falling Rock or myself for being dumb enough to order it.

M: This is where this beer really shines. It starts thick and creamy, foaming on the way down, with resins sticking to the teeth like a much more hop-forward beer. Overall, interesting.

O: A nice hoppy twist on a stout. I just wish this hop fad would calm down a little bit and leave my stouts alone...almost a nice twist, but just a little too much.

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Photo of dgfair
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

22 oz. bomber poured into my Delirium snifter

A - Black, almost opaque body with a creamy tan, chocolate milk colored head. It dissipates nicely to a thin layer leaving some lacing on the glass.
S - Sweet milky smell with an undertoning of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt. At first it was a smoky smell, but turns to a very sugary scent as it warms...nice and surprising. A tad of an alcohol smell at times too, but not overwhelming.
T - Coffee and roasted malt up front, followed by a nice touch of bitter chocolate. Still a touch of sweetness underpinning the entire experience. Aftertaste is pure roasted malt, and very nice.
M - Not bad, but a little thinner than I was hoping for. Even a little bit of a chalky type feel at times. Definitely the low point of this great beer.
D - As far as drinkability goes, this is amazingly easy to drink for a 7.4% Double Stout. Easier to drink than a lot of session beers to be perfectly honest, and a nice price point that makes it very accessible.

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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 Xadoor
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark black in the glass, a black hole for light. Head was very thick and frothy with a dark tan colour. Foam dissipated slowly and left some nice lacing. Very mild aroma, but some roasted malts detectable. Very rich and smooth flavour. Delicious strong roasted coffee taste to start with some slight sweetness, but finishes with a dry and bitter chocolate flavour. Higher ABV not noticeable at all. Was lighter tasting then I expected. A fantastic and very drinkable stout.

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Photo of masikon
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Elysian bewpub in Seattle. Poured a pitch black with comparitively dark brown head. Aromas are definitely roasted malts through and through with very strong black coffee taking the forefront. Taste is how it smells, coffee coffee coffee, Definitely a coffee lovers stout. Really bold and flavorful but for me a little too much emphasis on coffee, somewhat lacking in the other roasted flavors i enjoy such as chocolates. A delicious beer nonetheless, just a little unbalanced.

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Photo of zacharius
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark body with a thick dirty brown head. Aroma is of citrusy, piney hops with a hint of roasted malt. The taste is smooth with just a hint of coffee taste and sweet malt. The taste is balanced with piney hops and has a citrusy hop aftertaste. The mouthfeel of this beer is thin, drinkability is good. The alcohol content is well hidden.

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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 njmoons
3.05/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours and deep dark brown/black, with light carbination.

Smelled of sweet malt, rich and heavy.

Taste - Sweet, mouth puckering sweet, too sweet. The bitterness (hop and malt) came in late and did not offset the sweetness I tasted.

For me, this stout was way out of balance, not a beer I would pick up again.

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Photo of Grabbin2nd
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From Notes: 3/28/09
Elysian Brewing Co.
Dragonstooth Stout
7.45% Abv.
22 oz. Bottle into NB Snifter

Appearance= Vigorous pour into NB snifter yields a 2 finger caramel colored head. Black body with nice initial carbonation. Nice lacing and clingyness as the beer goes down.

Smell= Not a helluva lot going on. Smells like a stout.

Taste= Really good. Chocolate, coffee, raspberry? Tastes like a nice ass stout. I will say there is not a great depth of flavor. Simple and straight forward.

Mouthfeel= Finishes thin. Not as creamy as I was expecting. Nothing lingers.

Drinkability= Abv. is not detected, flavor is good, finish is thin. Overall, I would say it's highly drinkable.

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Photo of sam_bliss
3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Deep dark brown, nearly black. Latte foam head.

S- Smells of dark chocolate and toasty malts.

T- Bitter dark-roast coffee and toast over hot oatmeal. Just enough unfermented sugar to offset the bitterness, which doesn't taste like much hop bitterness. The faint hops are more grassy and citrusy. Finishes kind of creamy

M- Not overly thick like some heavy stouts. Just right.

O- This is a solid beer. This category is great for dessert or fireside chats in my opinion, not for refreshment of course. Or maybe with breakfast before a long snowshoe?

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Photo of sockeye101
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've passed over various Elysian brews at my local grocery store for a while now, and I thought I'd give one of them a go. Wise choice...indeed. The thick black liquid poured a nice thick tan head and very dark, black, not Stone Imp. Russian Stout black, but black nonetheless. Carbonation bubbles clung to inside of the glass and it was overall a very attractive beer. Smells of fruits, nuts and tones of sweetness caught my attention. The taste was excellent. A hit of bitterness up front with a lingering burnt malt and coffee flavor. A twinge of chocolate in there, but much less than other porters I've had. Smooth and easy to drink, and it got even better as the beer warmed to room temperature.

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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…

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Photo of vladdswrath
4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This thing looks like a piece of kinetic art when you pour it. It's an explosion of clay colored, tightly packed frenetic bubbles that quickly dissipate before your eyes into an absolutely gorgeous jet black capped with beautiful tan head. Thick and pillowy, it laces the glass perfectly as it retreats. The smell is mostly of coffee, but it is not overbearing. It is somewhat sweet, but has the bitter taste of coffee grounds as the most recognizable flavor. A little boozy, but it compliments the bitterness of the coffee really well.

One of my favorites.

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Photo of BigB415
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black into my Kona Brew pint glass. Smells of oatmeal and alcohol. Tastes of oatmeal and chocolate which is a nice combination. I don't taste much alcohol. The oatmeal and the chocolate don't overwhelm you it's very subtle in after taste. This is my first offering from Elysian, I always see their beers everywhere and their label is catchy. I have been to Seattle twice and haven't been to their brewery but I will go next time I'm in town.

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Photo of angelogarcia3
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An American Imperial Stout with a very light chocolate aroma. A very clean taste with hints of bittersweet chocolate. A very small head with a beautiful dark color. A slight bitter aftertaste. A very good beer that went well with Sapsucker's Decadent Dog. Definitely a beer I would like to drink again.

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Photo of Goldfish19
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

~ Purchased this 22 oz bomber from Big Z Beverage in Huntington, NY. I must say, at first, I did not really know what to expect from this beer? Sure, I had a very good idea on how it was going to taste, but I snatched this at 50% off, and at $2.75 I am sure you would not know what to expect either.

This stout pours dark brown with a nice lasting tan head. Aromas are of roasted malt, chocolate, and some oatmeal. As this stout warms up - so do all the flavors. The hops are under control, so this treat went down way too damn smooth. I felt this was just a little on the light side for a beer of this magnitude, but hey, I am not complaining. It is so civilized. At a little more than 7% ABV, I feel I could drink this all day long. A truly unexpected surprise! ~

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Photo of idResponse
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm drinking this from a 22oz bomber but have had it many times on tap at my favorite watering hole... I can only praise this thing...
from tap it pours a dark... thick... dark... thick... DARK... just dark... :D same from the bottle...
it smells a little like what i would imagine a dragon with stout for blood would have as breath...
it tastes just great... this nutty flowery slightly carmely general festival on the tounge. i find myself wanting to just suckle a mouthfull until it all slowly drips down the back of my throat... this beer is a must have, especially if you find it on tap. you will be the envy of your friends... or you can be the hero of the day and bring them a whole pitcher to share!

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Photo of bradleyp
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I throughly enjoyed this beer, but I wasn't all that satisfied. It is a dark chcolate color with minimal light brown head. Tons of lacing though which makes me want to enjoy this beer. It smelled really malty, and my nose twinged when I got that strong chocolate aroma. Thanks again to Market of Choice for having this beer in stock.

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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 TheStove
3.72/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Elliot's in Seattle.

Delivered in an imperial pint. Jet black with a nice single finger of foam that disappeared shortly after being placed in front of me.

Drinks like a nice creamy stout latte. Creamy and rich with toasted oatmeal flavors dominating and giving way to a light chocolate sweetness and a dry finish. I believe there may be periods where this goes down too easy but as an oatmeal stout it drinks well and an imperial pint was more than appealing for this type of beer. Would be a perfect beer breakfast because it is so rich and creamy (over using this word I know) but this is was both my appetizer and dessert at Elliot's.

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Photo of Drazzamatazz
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Typical oatmeal stout appearance with a dark creamy body and a full foamy head. Pretty inviting.

S: Cocoa, chocolate, espresso roast, and dark caramel. Also some light smoke and anise.

T: Toasted, malty, bitter chocolate and espresso. Start sweet and finishes dry. Lingering coffee notes.

M: Medium, maybe even a little thin for an "imperial oatmeal stout". As it warms up I'm getting some alcohol heat, nothing too assertive though. Carbonation aids the body to give a full creamy feel.

O: Subtle and smooth, but still interesting. Easy drinking, but at the same time its definitely something that's better suited for slow leisurely drinking.

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Photo of krberg
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Holy black stout! Light will not show through this beer. I bet I could float a quarter on that huge, dense, tan head.

Roasty, sweet and chocolaty, malty with a touch of hops. Smells like a typical milk stout in a lot of ways.

So close to too roasty, but a sweet maltiness swells up to balance the dark grains. Long finish with a late hop bitterness. Not much in the way of flavor hops.

Just how I like a stout: thick and slick. Not a lot of CO2.

An easy drinking stout. The slightly high ABV, keeps its drinkability in the average range.

Overall, a decent stout. Certainly not great, but solid.

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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

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Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout from Elysian Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 332 ratings.