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Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout - Elysian Brewing Company

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Dragonstooth Oatmeal StoutDragonstooth Oatmeal Stout

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328 Reviews
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Reviews: 328
Hads: 842
Avg: 4.04
pDev: 16.83%
Wants: 106
Gots: 132 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-20-2002

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Photo of Airyk12
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown, with a thick, foamy brown head.

Smells like an Oatmeal stout should; with roasted malts and a bit of bitterness complimented by cocoa and coffee scents.

Taste definitely follows the nose; strong roasted malts up front and a little bitterness, joined by some chocolate sweetness and coffee flavors. There's the slightest hint of alcohol, just enough to add a little warmth.

Creamy smooth with a tiny bit of carbonation and a hint of warming alcohol. Medium body and rich.

All around a great beer; a strong oatmeal stout and a finely balanced one at that. None of the flavors overwhelm, only enhance.

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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 nsabo
3.15/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I’ve seen this beer labeled as both an oatmeal stout and an imperial stout (the bottle calls itself an “Imperial Oatmeal Stout”). At only a 7.4% abv and a medium-thin, porter-esque mouthfeel, “Imperial” is a stretch. This is a dry beer: low carbonation, roasted grains, carob, leather, and a strong hop presence.
The last couple of imperial stouts I’ve had have all been fairly hoppy (rasputin, storm king, etc.), and this is no different. Personally, hops ain’t what I look for in a RIS, but this isn’t a bad beer.

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Photo of Hawksfan79
4.39/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glass: Mug (My Canucks beer mug)
Dark motor oil black with no highlights. Thick mocha head that dissipated pretty quickly leaving a nice thick lacing.
Coffee, roasty and sweet malts, with a slight hint of vanilla in the aroma.
Chocolate, peaty, roasted malts, slight vanilla notes little bit of alcohol, strong coffee and hops bitter finish.
Thick full bodied with a bit of a chewy texture. mellow carbonation with a very dry finish.

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Photo of GNWBC
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Let me start by saying that....Seattle beer kicks ass!

A: pours jet black with a half finger a dirty brown head.

S: over all smell is kinda weak but you do get some nice roasty malts with a hint of sweet toffee on the end of the nose.

Taste: it is more hoppy than most oatmeal stouts but is still very good. you get a sweet malty splash as it hits your palate, as it sinks in you get hit by the toffee/coffee factor and then finishes with a sticky hoppyness.

M: clean up front, finishes with a sticky hoppy resin.

OA: SBA Brew (SBA= Super Bad Ass)

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Photo of superdavex
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A fullbodied, thick stout. Decent head retention with a nice lace left all the way down. Smells like chocolate and roasted coffee. Tastes likewise with a burned malt. Can detect a slight hop presence also. A very full mouthfeel, this is one thick, filling brew. Thickness hurts drinkability a tad but still excellent. A very good almost great stout.

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Photo of 4thoseabout2bock
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3.99 for 22oz bottle at Sam's in Chicago

Again (like the tripel from Elysian we had before this) Dragonstooth bottle poured with considerable head

very dark, liquid blackness (no light passes through)

head quickly dissipated into lacy beige foam topping

slight roasty aroma

thick creamy mouthfeel
dark, lightly sweet, roasty

at 7.4 abv it is not an imperial stout -- either in strength or in taste
but it is a nice strong stout with pleasant sweetness balanced by roastiness

I got a slight bit of toffee on the first sip, but later in the glass I am getting just the light sweet/roasty flavors

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Photo of JamesP123
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a beer mug.

A. Deep black. With an agressive pour ther was 2 fingers of medium brown head thast stuck around a while. Heavy, sticky lacing down the entire glass.

S. First hit is a major dark chocolate, toffee and anise combo. A nice roasted malt aroma.

T. This is an easy drinking stout at 7.45%. Very smooth, no taste is really overpowering. Picking up the anise and roasted malt/coffee as the most predominant flavor. Bitter in the aftertaste as I pick up a little hop bite. The alcohol can be detected as the stout begins to warm up.

M. Sticks to your tongue, smooth and creamy. Medium body for the style.

D. An overall good stout. Nothing over top, just an all around really good/balanced ale.

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Photo of Duke
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(From a hollow-stemmed chalice)

Appearance: Elysian is very close to black: a very dark aubergine. The moderately sized head is of an interesting fuscous tone, and that dissipated gracefully, leaving an immovable cap and light lacing.

Smell: I'm getting oats aplenty here. It's all quite nicely roasted. Hazelnuts are there behind the light coffee and the dark chocolate, and the hops are evident too.

Taste: The start is sweet with caramel and oats. The beer is surprisingly hoppy, and it finishes with a bitter, dry combination of burnt chocolate and aniseed. In the middle are the sweet oats and light coffee, but they seem strangled.

Mouthfeel: The beer feels smooth and even quite rich before the burnt flavours and the aniseed pull the plug on the experience.

Overall: From the appearance and smell, the beer promised a lot. I feel like while the burnt flavours round the beer off, they're a little too harsh and they left me feeling dry and unsatisfied.

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Photo of jsanto
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

s - large bottle in a russian river glass.

a - it looked black, and poured very thick looking. scarry.

s - i almost forgot about the smell, probably because i did not smell much. alcohol and coffee and a littlefruit.

t - coffee in the middle, light carbonation in the front, and a slight alcohal/coffe finish.

m - just like the taste i guess. the finish lingers a little longer if you wait between sips, and be still and think about it for a few moments.

d - this is my desert tonight. with a little blue cheese.

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Photo of session1979
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Brooklyn Seafood-Steak House in Seattle.

Appearance: Midnight black with a one finger tan head.

Nose: Cocoa, mild coffee, chocolate and roasted malts.

Taste: The coffee, chocolate and roasted malts that were present in the aroma show up first followed by a slightly bitter finish on the back of the tongue. Really nice full flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very nice mouthfeel, not what I would call thick but almost. Lightly carbonated.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, almost no alcohol presence.

Overall: I went to lunch not expecting much of a craft beer selection but this was a very nice surprise on the Brooklyn Seafood-Steak House menu. A very solid beer that I would make a staple in my fridge if I could get it locally.

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Photo of RedBiddy
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When I rate a beer I like to use a pilsner glass to note the color, head, and lacing. The color ranged from dense black, the color of a hole, to dark mahogany when held up to light. Great tan head and lacing expected of a fine brew. The taste was sweet Sulawesi. It poured thick over my tongue as it slowly sought the lower elevations of my mouth. Drinkable...I'm not sure **wink wink** ...better have another!

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Photo of CascadeConan
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is opaque with deep brown tinges towards the edge, with a more aggressive pour it achieves an ever lasting carmel head with tumbling carbonation that laces beautifully and provides a wicked "nose and glasses disguise" when sipped deeply.

Burnt and roasted grains are foremost in the nose fading towards chocolate, vanilla and coffee with faint hop aromas. Smokey bitterness and toasted oats envelop the tongue transitioning to dry bitter dutch process chocolate, no doubt thanks to the combination of chocolate malt and Magnum bitter, fading toward the sides of the mouth finishing dry and warming.

This beer is a thinker, a few sips and a break to let it warm produces numerous interpretations of the malt and hop characters of this beer.

Overall great beer, true to the spirit of the style and packing a well hidden punch. This is a beer I will be returning to when I'm in the mood for a bigger stout with year round availability.

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Photo of BlackDog
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Elysian Brewing's Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout pours what a nice stout should pour, that is, a deep, deep black with a thick tan head. Lacing and retention are both top notch.

Dragonstooth has a powerful aroma of sweet, roasted malts with coffee and chocolate. There might be a touch of hops in there, but if there is, it's pretty well-hidden.

The taste starts off nice and creamy, with notes of chocolate up front. This is followed by a nice, roasted, bitter coffee flavor, which stays on the tongue for a while.

Dragonstooth is full-bodied, creamy and chewy, with medium-low carbonation.

This is a great example of a thick and powerful stout.

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Photo of jclovebrew
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Elysian Tangletown.

Pitch black. Fantastic lacing and head that stuck around till the end. Subdued west coast C-hops on the nose. Full bodied, robust stout. Huge hop flavor. With my eyes closed I'd think the beer is hop-green, not black. A bit on the sweet side. Nice chunky oatmeal mouthfeel. The high alcohol had a warming effect. This is an imperial stout disguised as a stout.

One negative comment - the serving temp was too cold.

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Photo of plehnus
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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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 CheeseTurds
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmmm...my scores turned into straight "4"s but I'm not gonna go back and change any of them. Does that make this an "80%" beer? I don't think so. This is the second time I've had this beer and I was definitely looking forward to having it again. At $5 per bomber, it's not necessarily a bargain but it's still cheap enough that it tempts me up to that "next level." I knew I was gonna love this and, dammit, it satisfies! That's way better than 80%!

This beer is one of those ultra black, oily stouts. The mouthfeel is probably the most extreme trait- this sorta rolls out on your tongue. The flavor itself is bold, malty, chocolatey. Very drinkable- not the strongest stout out there (read: you can easily drink one of these without feeling bombed) but by no means a pushover. This is a solid stout that deserves your attention and will reward you back! Grab this one when you see it and dig in!

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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 Brodybeer
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poors dark brown black. Decent head retention.
Can smell the alcohol. Slight sense of floral from hops. Just a bit. Hmm chocolate. But when warm the alchohol is strong
Taste is great. Has an initial bite of an ipa but very quickly calms to a smooth chocolate flavor. Finishes bittersweet like dark chocolate. Well balanced though. All stages blend seamless. Get quite a bit of chocolate. Alchohol is hidden well despite the alchohol nose. Very late after leaves a dark chocolate bitter sweetness coat on the back of the palate.
Mouthfeel is good. I like a thick beer and hate when os is too thin. This one smooths from a initial bubbly bite to a thicker syrup. Really takes a turn.
Overall a great os. Would have more in the fridge or cellar if I could.

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Photo of washingtonstatebeerfan
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Is this a stout? Yes it is, and boy is it one. I can't think of any other way to put it. Poured it into a pint glass and was rewarded with a rich cola-colored head, a rich dark brown body, and the dark roasted malt characteristics of a stout. By itself, a wonderful drink, and just as well made for a good black-and-tan, if that's your taste.

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

A - Opaque, dark brown, somewhat creamy foam, 1.5" thick, slowly dissipates within a few minutes

S - Bit hoppy, sweet, slightly roasted

T - Layered, cocoa nib, creamy coffee, a bit hoppy bitter on the finish, roasted malt

M - Nice mouthfeel, good carbonation

O - A decent stout, nothing I'd go out of my way for... but good.

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Photo of justinhower
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed the beer, but it wasn't much of an imperial. No alcohol sting to it at all. It was well-balanced and highly quaffable, but I doubt it will age well. Frankly, the pleasure was too much in the balance, and with age that would get muddied. So I guess I'd say a good but not special beer

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Photo of Rman410
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

If you're going to drink this, drink it with a meal. It is hefty for a stout and complex in taste. People give it mixed reviews but I still highly recommend it.

When I tried this one, there was three different tastes just in the first swig. It's dark as hell and has the most bite out of a stout I've had so far.

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Photo of GeraldFunk
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into pint glass.

Pours black with brown accents, frothy mocha head with excellent retention and lacing.

Right off the bat I get nice strong coffee and molasses aromas, with nice roasted malt coming through. Smells heavenly.

Roasted malt and coffee are first to arrive on the palate, but soon smooth oatmeal comes into play as well. Slightly sweet on entry but balanced nicely by bitterness mid palate. Very nice.

The mouth feel is full and drying yet smooth. High alcohol comes through.

Overall this is an excellent example of the style that doesn't hold back. Will be enjoying this many more times over the winter months.

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Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout from Elysian Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 328 ratings.