Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout - Elysian Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

321 Reviews
THE BROS
85
very good

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Reviews: 321
Hads: 816
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 101
Gots: 123 | FT: 3
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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 FriedSlug
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very dark with with a nice chocolatey and malty aroma. I keep tasting a light citrus flavor that is reminiscent of lemon grass or a small amount of lemon zest. The dark roasted malt flavor is dominating and there is a lingering hop bitterness. This is a very intriguing stout. (276 characters)

Photo of DoctorZombies
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black draft pour with tan head and very good lacing; sweet malt and fresh bread aromas; bittersweet chocolate, fresh baked bread and toasted nuts flavors; lite, creamy mouthfeel. Overall,very good with a roasted nut linger. (223 characters)

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. (314 characters)

Photo of jrmoore
2.71/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I should have know because it's Elysian, known for their IPA's. But just was a little disappointed because this was not a traditional, smooth oatmeal stout. Those flavors were there, but it was overwhelmingly hoppy and I was not really a fan. (242 characters)

Photo of Catracho5
3.61/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle poured into a Belgian style tulip

A: Black with a nice mocha colored head, lots of lacing, creamy head, not much carbonation, looks like a good stout.

A: Roasted chocolate, coffee notes, some alcohol on the end, there is a hoppy northwestern aroma in there, reminds me of Redhook beers.

T: Bitter, hoppy northwestern flavor, some chocolate, coffee like flavors, finishes dry, not getting any smooth oatmeal flavors, never had an oatmeal stout with this much bitterness.

M: Medium mouthfeel, dry finish

O: Very hoppy, bitter, it has that hoppy northwestern aroma and flavor that I get in beers from Redhook, not sure what it is but it's not good, I would prefer this beer with a less hoppy profile, as I don't get any oats on this. Definitely will pass this up, there are better oatmeal stouts out there than this. (834 characters)

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. (561 characters)

Photo of Bone53
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber

Appearance: Pretty thick pour; Black as can be with no light shining through. Two finger mocha brown head. Looks amazing in the glass

Smell: Good balance between cocoa and charred malts, and slight coffee. Almost reminds me of Edmund Fitzgerald and Left Hands Nitro Milk Stout in that regard. I also get roasted and caramel malts in the backend

Taste: Not as good as the smell unfortunately. Mostly chocolate, with slight coffee, roasted and caramel malt, and a smooth oatmeal quality. I also taste more hops than expected

Mouthfeel: Medium body; Goes down smooth but the finish is too bitter

Overall: This is a pretty good oatmeal stout, but it does have its flaws. I thought the nose was great, but the taste doesnt quite live up to it. Mostly a subtle chocolatey, hop bite. I also feel that the finish is a bit too bitter for this style. Its still solid and worth the $6 i paid for the bomber, but probably won't go for it again (949 characters)

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

650ml bomber poured into tulip 21/2/15

A not quite black, two fingers of loose mocha foam quickly falls leaving some polka dot lace around the top half of the glass

S coco powder, some char, still has a fair amount of hops, a little coffee and licorice mix well with faint dark fruit

T more of the same really but the roast is just a little darker, some chocolate syrup I didn`t smell, tastes pretty solid

M almost full bodied, silky upon entry but sticky on the lips, sweet and roasty on the finish

O I rather liked this one, simple but solid, easy to drink and all the important aspects are well taken care of

I`ve been looking at this one for a while on the shelf and I`m glad I finally pulled the trigger, solid brew that`s well worth a try (759 characters)

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. (700 characters)

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. (751 characters)

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. (416 characters)

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 (1,699 characters)

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! (274 characters)

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. (266 characters)

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. (765 characters)

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. (575 characters)

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. (157 characters)

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. (423 characters)

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 (427 characters)

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. (1,068 characters)

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. (936 characters)

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. (511 characters)

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 (250 characters)

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. (1,702 characters)

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. (511 characters)

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Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout from Elysian Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 321 ratings.