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Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout - Elysian Brewing Company

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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 mikul93
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A Pours jet black with a mocha colored head that starts to dissipate, but a little lingers at the end.

S Roasted goodness, chocolate, coffee

T Just like the nose, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, some hops. Nice tasting beer.

M Surprisingly thin. Nice carbonation. Roasted flavor lingers. Nice

O Very impressed with this brew. Would def seek out again.

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Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black with a 2 finger khaki head, little lacing.

S - Smoked malts, light bitter hops.

T - Bitter hops, creamy oatmeal, dark chocolate, roasted malts, coriander seeds, a wisp of smoke.

M - Creamy, full bodied, medium-low carbonation, perfect for the style.

O - I love it!

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

Elysian Dragonstooth 22oz bomber, shared with my wife and poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: Dark...essentially opaque black, with a good amount of tight mocha head and head lacing left behind on the glass.

S: Oatmeal stout, turned up to about 11...oaty, chocolate, roasted coffee and roasted malt, good doses of sweetness, hints of bitter hops.

T: Again, lots of coffee and chocolate here...traces of an oily herbal bittering hop, roasted bitterness, espresso, dark chocolate beans, cocoa, oatmeal, hints of caramel and vanilla...really nice, light burn on the back of the throat

MF: Bitter creamy mouthfeel, medium/moderate body, alcohol is very faint, this beer hides it well.

O: Recommended. I liked it a lot, an Imperial Oatmeal, but not over the top, still approachable and drinkable.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout
Elysian Brewing Company

Pours a oil slick blackish brown, with a light brown foam. Aroma of herbal, minty hops and smokey roasted malts. In the flavor, roasted malts and lots of hop flavor are the driving forces. There is a nice dark chocolate flavor, along with coffee and a wisp of smoke. Hops are bitter, minty, herbal and have a touch of citrus. Some tasters have detected anise, a good compliment to the roasted malt flavor.

Full bodied feel, a bit slick, well carbonated and smooth. Leaves a lingering cocoa/coffee malt flavor in the finish. Overall, an incredibly tasty, well made stout. Well hopped which is always welcome.

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Photo of denver10
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A dark brown with a nice, thumb and half width brown head. Okay lacing. A great sweat and roasty aroma of barley, oats, coffee, and chocolate. Flavor starts off quite roasty and sweet and finishes bitter and hoppy, more typical of a black ipa hoppy finish than the bitter coffee finish I love in my favorite oatmeal stouts. Roasted barley, oats, aniseed, and burnt tobacco. A creamy thin to medium mouthfeel, not much carbonation. I wouldn't have minded it being a touch thicker but I still enjoyed it. Wouldn't have minded if they toned down the aniseed just a touch and can't say the bitter finish was executed well as it has been done in some other oatmeal stouts. Still, a nice oatmel stout that I'd be happy to drink again.

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

Elysian Brewings "Dragonstooth" Stout @ 7.5% served cold into a stein
A-poured a dark brown with tan head , low carbonation , a ring of lacing has attached itself to the edge of the glass
S-Coffee , Chocolate , Hints of Oats
T-A hoppy bitterness is there but then gives way to a almost burnt malt finish
MF-rich and full bodied , dry finish on the palate
Ov-Drinkable , not my favorite , you need to be in a drinking mood maybe (sampled 1, sampled 2, sampled 1)liked it better when I had two ??

Cheers LampertLand

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

22 oz. picked up in PA. Black pour, not the darkest ever but fine. Brown around the edges with a thin layer of off white.

Aroma, quite a bit of roast malt and oat. A slightly nutty caramel also. Light pine.

Taste, a crisp chocolate and oaty malt. Surprising amount of hop presence. Anise, pine and lighter coffee finish, pretty dry.

A little lighter than I'd prefer. The roast starts to border on burnt, which hurts the drinkabity some. Slightly lower imperial abv is not noticeable.
Overall I like it, but it has a few shortcomings to style for me. I like the strong oat presence though. I think I would have again though.

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

Poured from the bottle into my Dogfish snifter glass.

A simple small but dark cocoa brown head, settles slowly and leaving a thick collar among the snifter. Island pucks of foam manage to hang on. Body color is a very dark brown walnut, nearly black hardly any see through at all, can't even see to the top of the head when tilting. Some very large legs and tiny leopard link prints coat the glass on big sips. Impressive.

Nose is a good char, and dark roasted malt. Simple, solid, airy, nothing extremely impressive but just smelling like a solid good stout should.

Taste brings a very great roast character to this. Very dark burnt dry ripping grains, char, carbon almost like. It melds well with a finish that is also very hop bitter in taste. Palate feels a touch of wetness and also prickly cola carbonation that melds well with the palate. No sense of heat on this either for the high abv.

Overall, it's enjoyable, quite good. However, the dry aspect doesn't seem to grab me. If ripping dry grain and char and roast is your deal, you will love this beer to death. Do enjoy, I could have another.

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Photo of Hophead717
3.2/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a CBS snifter.

A: Very dark, with a thin brown head atop the beer.

S: Light chocolate malts, with some fresh hops noticeable as well. Some sweet notes as well, partly caramel

T: Sweet chocolate up front, with a little oatmeal chewiness. Light coffee midsip, with a strong hop-presence, given the style. The finish is bittersweet chocolate.

M: Medium-bodied, but significantly thinner than I anticipated/hoped for.

O: An average oatmeal stout. Less thick than I'd like and a standard, slightly boring flavor profile.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.24/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - As expected for an imperial oatmeal stout is deep black with a nice deep mocha head. Sticky head too.

S - Smells a bit hoppy which really covers up any other smells of roast or chocolate. Just oatmeal and hops with mild roasts at best.

T - I applaud the balance of hops to chocolate malts and roast but really it's just bland to me. Citrus hops, then ashy roastiness, then a finish of bittering hoppy pine that leaves mild bitterness on the tongue.

M - Medium bodied but not as creamy as I would expect from an imperial stout.

Overall definitely something I would not get again. Kind of hate hoppy stouts truthfully but this is only average at best.

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

An opaque, black beer. Head is thin and tan.

Aroma is dark, sweet milk chocolate, rich black coffee, and rich, earthy hops.

Robust roasted malts, like softly burnt toast; bitter chocolate. Pretty fantastic smooth hop bitterness throughout. Alcohol warmth sneaks up on you at the finish, melding nicely with the bitterness.

Smooth mouthfeel, medium bodied.

A very good stout. Has many of the deep, dark goodness I look for in this imperial style. Interesting interaction with the hop bitterness and the alcohol: they seem to complement each other nicely for a big beer. I would have liked a better, thicker head, but otherwise everything else comes together for this one.

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Photo of RuckusDu
3.56/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a beautiful 2 finger deep tan/cappuccino head. Body is black with absolutely no light coming through.

S - Pretty standard. A little chocolate, coffee, and slight hops. I'm getting a decent amount of tobacco.

T - Bitter. Bitter chocolate and still some tobacco. Some hops again.

M - A little light, but overall pretty good. Moderate carbonation.

O - The tobacco is a huge put-off for me, so I'm not the biggest fan. Plus there is no sweetness to balance things out. Looks so good, but dies down after that.

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

Had a pint of this oatmeal stout at the Blue Tusk.
Pitch black with almost no light penetration whatsoever. One finger mocha colored head that dissipated fairly slowly.
Aroma is very malty, lots of caramel, chocolate, roasted coffee, sweet bready yeast-like notes.
Taste is sweet upfront, with lots of caramel coming through. In the middle it turns very bready and slight hints of roasted malt bitterness set in. The finish has a slight smoky taste with subtle lingering bitterness. This is a very tasty oatmeal stout, although I wasn't able to pick oats in the aroma or in the taste.
Decent lacing along the sides of the glass. Extremely smooth and silky mouthfeel on this one. Just an all round well-crafted stout.
Easy to drink and definitely worth a try.

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Photo of kennylopez
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 22oz bottle into a DFH goblet. It pours a dark black with a tan head about a fingers thick that fades fastand leaves minimal lacing. Smells like a sweeter heavy roasted stout with a hint of chocolate. The taste is a thick bread like roasted malt and little bitterness from the hops but the creamy bitter chocolate has a nice compliment. For just under 8% this brew is very enjoyable and tame on the carbonation which is unique and in a bad way. I enjoyed this stout, and for then less that $4 a bottle I consider it a steal.

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

Excellent, chocolately, caramely aroma. Medium level of carbonation, with head clinging to the sides. Head lingers long after pouring, with Brussels lace. Rich, dark brown pour, hard for light to penetrate. Flavors of coffee and caramel. Overall an excellent beer that I enjoyed.

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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 TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 12/11/11 notes. Not sure exactly why, but this has been a Want of mine for a long time and I never got around to trading for a bottle until now. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Duvel Green tulip.

a - Pours a black color with two inches of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Little head retention and some spotty lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of roasted malts, sweet chocolate, vanilla, and light bitter chocolate. Pretty nice, very roasty.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, sweet chocolate, vanilla or cream, light coffee, light wood, and bakers chocolate. Very nice, a tiny step up from the nose.

m - Medium to full body and low to moderate carbonation, very smooth and creamy. Very easy to drink, a great mouthfeel for an oatmeal stout.

o - Overall I thought this was a really nice oatmeal stout; one of the better ones I've had in recent memory. Ton of roasted notes and chocolate, and very easy to drink. Very glad I bought this, and would buy it again.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I purchased a bottle in 2010 and have been aging it in my cellar until tonight. Poured into a Brooklyn Brewery oversized snifter. Dark brown colored body. Thin white head, meaning some carbonation may have been lost over time. Spots of lacing here and there on the glass. Smell was faint; mostly coffee but just a slight hint of butter. Taste was enjoyable. Lots of layers of coffee, roasted grain, cocoa, and maybe some cereal. Mouthfeel was smooth but there was a slight bitterness at the end on the palate. The abv was toned down well, and not overly noticeable. The label calls itself an Imperial Oatmeal Stout, and the phrase applies well. It's much more potent in flavor than other regular oatmeal stouts that I have had in the past.

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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 Rutager
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a deepest of browns, nearly black with a thin and creamy, tan head.

Smell. Deep roasted malts and some sweet dark chocolate.

Taste. Sweet roasty malts, dark baker's chocolate, some caramel and a little wood and vanilla.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium-low, smooth carbonation.

Overall. Great tasting oatmeal stout. Enjoyed it.

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Photo of Cheesemoose
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade from a good friend in Cali. Cheers and thanks!

2009 vintage.

Poured into my handy dandy 16oz snifter.

Lovely, rich, creamy body. Dark, with a soft brown edge. Head is fluffy, pillowy and big. Khaki/mocha head with a edge towards the dark side. So dark and yet so inviting. Lovely bit of lacing to match.

Nose is dominated by chocolate and earthy roasted notes. Very tempting from the get go. Some dark fruits come into play, but the dominate profile is milk chocolate.

Smooth entrance with a resurgent roasted finish. Crisp hop back with notes of citrus and a lingering roasted malt profile. Well rounded, and yet deeply satisfying. Chocoalte malts dominate the malt back of this beer.

Creamy, luscious, silky smooth and oh so quaffable.

Easily one of the best Oatmeal Stouts in resent memory. Excellent, down right near perfect example.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On cask poured into a pint glass.

Pours a very dark black with a one finger fluffy brown head. Nose is malty and rich, a bit of oatmeal comes through.

Taste is sweet, creamy mellow and lots of chocolate, roast coffee and a nice light bitter finish, Mouthfeel is a bit watery but still good.

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Samuel Smith nonic. This batch is 7.5% ABV.

Opaque auburn-tinged seal brown liquid with a thin creamy layer of earth yellow up top. Pasty lacing, good retention.

Smokey, earthy, complex roasty aromatics with toasted steel cut oats. Layers of malt of varying roast levels, bread crusts, and grassy hops show up as well.

Loam, peat, clay, leaves, roasted chicory, subtle layers of malt, and a gentle grainy flavor on the palate. Cocoa nibs, coffee, and hops come across throughout. Lightly herbal and pine-laden. Nice dry vaguely woody finish, though faintly metallic (iron?).

Smooth, medium-full bodied, a touch sticky and very faintly astringent.

A pleasant quietly unique example of the style.

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