Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout - Elysian Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

322 Reviews
THE BROS
85
very good

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Reviews: 322
Hads: 817
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 101
Gots: 123 | FT: 3
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 jmalex
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's been a long time since I've seen this beer. When I heard Elysian's beers were coming to the east coast, I had to grab some Dragonstooth.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a becker glass completely black in color. A light mocha-colored head forms on top at about a finger's height. It slowly drops to a full, thick cap.

SMELL: Very high on the darker, bitter malts. The roasted element in this stands out the most with any dark chocolate aromas being pushed to the background. Hop aroma is very minimal.

TASTE: Flavors come from everywhere when you sip this. The roastiness is amped up as in the nose, but it's accompanied by a strong caramelly note. A fruity, almost lactic, sweetness lurks behind and seems a little odd, but it adds another layer of dimension. The finish is strongly bitter and roasty.

MOUTHFEEL: Very thick and chewy, but not slick. The carbonation is assertive but doesn't go overboard.

DRINKABILITY: Very good. The alcohol is not noticable, and for a beer this heavy, it's incredibly smooth. I'm glad this comes in bombers.

An excellent choice that's definitely recommended. Just another reason why it's wonderful to be a beer fan in Pennsylvania. (1,168 characters)

Photo of erikm25
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This pours heavy, dense, and dark. The head is a foaming burnt walnut and caramel brown coloring. The lacing is impressive and leaves the same tinted frosted burgundy and mocha hue all draped up and down the glass.

S: Roasted smoked coffee and toasted dark chocolate hit the nose immediately. Just the slightest dark grape hop tinge that is perfectly wrestled down by the coffee and hefty malt aromas. Hints of cemented vanilla aroma blasted with brown sugar.

T: Great chocolate malt taste with a subtle coffee and minimal cinnamon undertones at the outset. Overall the taste is very layered and thick. A fire roasted quality that makes this warm and filling like oats and custard. Much like the nose there is a very minimal hop presence that does nothing but help couple with the sturdy and massive malts. Slightly dry and bitter but the dark chocolate taste is the highlight here.

M: Despite it having some velvety and rich qualities it is still just a tad thin.

D: This exceeded my initial expectations. I would have liked to see it increased a couple percentage points on the ABV but regardless this drinks like a nice dessert. I can see myself picking this up quite regularly through the fall and winter. (1,216 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a dark, viscose engine oil color with a 1 finger flat, creamy, dark cinnamon colored head. Retention was fair, while the lacing was excellent leaving a near full sheet coating.

S: a nice citrus hopping with some fresh pine needles. A light lactose sweetness lingers in the background.

T: opens with dark coffee grinds, bitter dark chocolate and some charred toast. The hopping is bitter, and earthy, with some campfire minerality. The finish is dry, bitter with some burnt pinewood and fresh coffee grinds. Overall a nice presentation and aroma is followed by only a moderately good showing of flavor. Dark and bitter though simple in execution.

M: light, smooth and silky with a flat carbonation. A bitter dry coffee grind lacing graces the tongue on the swallow.

D: Smooth and silky on the tongue, yet didn't really make the taste buds dance. A moderately decent drinking stout. (898 characters)

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

A firm and hardy motor oil black with very little, where any, give to the light. The odd flash of chestnut exist only in the very thinnest of slivers. Quick to assemble was a big patch of nutmeg brown that has since parted ways and currently comprises the bold outer crowning.

I've scarcely smelt hops competing with roast like this. A big front of fresh roasted coffee, hefty rolled oats, and bittersweet bakers chocolate dominate the aroma, but aren't the sole attributes. An underlying leafiness does well to hold its own within a bouquet so dark and rich.

Notes rich and roasty encompass most of the taste as well. Bakers chocolate was melted over chocolate chip and oatmeal cookies with espresso in place of milk served on the side. I'm not sure how they get past the vanilla or coffee beans, but those hops still manage to make the odd appearance. There is no mixing words - this is a stout to and through.

The mouthfeel is fantastic. It is as velvety as any drink will ever be. Every sip is like chocolate fondue over oats, cookies, and coffee beans. It drinks as smooth as silk, which is somewhat elegant for a beer containing this much roast. The higher alcohol, although not noticeable, is only appropriate for a drink this indulgent.

This would make an incredible dessert beer and as good as it is on its own, I can only imagine the delicious pairing possibilities. With a sort of medium alcohol level and medium bitterness level, this stout turns out to be of only medium decadence which means you don't need a special occasion as excuse to treat yourself to one.

Without doing my homework I had expected a dry stout. Sitting down to review it I discovered it listed as an American Double. The truth is it lay somewhere in between. It has the rich cast of character like an Imperial, but the drinkability of an average stout - the already empty glass in front of me is proof of that. Fortunately for me, that glass only held half the bottle! (1,964 characters)

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

Thanks to RoryGilmore for this nice extra from my wants list.

I would assume this is the same the the Dragon's Toot Oatmeal Stout. Label says rolled oats and 7.45%. Sup, update?

22oz. brown bomber poured into a Stone IRS tulip. No dating.

A: Pours pitch black with a bit of a milky consistency. A short medium tan head forms and holds decently for so short. Decent lacing throughout.

S: Plenty of chocolate with a healthy dose of oats and sweet oatmeal. Some added milky sweetness and a bit of a dry smell.

T/M: Pleasant sweetness throughout brought from a milky and brown sugar oatmeal flavor. It definitely has a bit of dryness and bitterness from the roasted barley... maybe huskless would be the way to go? Body is medium full with smoothing carbonation to keep it from getting heavy.

D: Decently drinkable and midlevel ABV. Tasty brew. Thanks for the bottle, torchednoodle! (884 characters)

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

22oz bottle served in a snifter.

L - black as night with a creamy tan head that fell to a layer still leaving behind some good globs of lacing.

S - French roast coffee with some cocoa powder earthiness.

T - rich roasted barley malt and chcocolate flavors are balanced out nicely with a light bittering finish.

F - full bodied, rich & creamy feel.

O - very good example of the style. (387 characters)

Photo of paco1029384756
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown with a big, chunky tan head.

Scent of bicuity malts, butter, maple syrup, and brown sugar. A nice, full bodied scent with a good balance, but different than what I am used to.

Taste is very similar, buiscity malts come back with maple syrup, butter, and pancake batter. I would like to try one for breakfast.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a little carbonation. (380 characters)

Photo of Reino
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes taken on 9/1/08

Appearance- Pours a light black, if such a thing exists. I see just a tiny bit of light working its way into this beer, keeping it from being jet black, but maybe I'm just seeing things. The head is a shade over 2 fingers of dense, shiny bubbles. The cappuccino head sparkles and tempts you to come and play while you wait for the head to slowly recede into a cream and caramel skim on the top. Very good lacing keeps track of my sips.

Smell- BITTER chocolate up the ass, or the nose I guess, and dark caramel with vanilla following along with a faint smell of day old, dark roast coffee. Then there's the hops. Citrus hops pairing very well with the heavy bitter chocolate. I love this in an Imperial Stout. A lot going on in the nose, very nice.

Taste- Following the smells lead, you are beaten over the head with roasted and burnt malts, and bitter chocolate that goes on for days. What's impressive about this stout is all the shit that is going on underneath the onslaught of bitter malts and chocolate. The citrus hops take a back seat, but only by a small margin and speak up plenty along the ride. The vanilla and dark caramel stay low key but you are aware of their presence. Then there are hints of molasses and toffee, along with other complexities that make this beer a thinker. Very complex, and very tasty.

Mouthfeel- Rich and full-bodied. There is enough carbonation to keep it from being too thick, but it is low enough to remind me of fruity-chocolate syrup. This beer will coat your mouth and stay awhile.

Drinkability- I'm between scores on the drinkability because of the complexity. This beer is a prime example (much like Samuel Smith's IS) that an Imperial Stout doesn't have to be loaded with alcohol to be great. I took my sweet time enjoying this beer trying to pick out every flavor and let it coat the mouth. However, after I was done with the bomber, I was ready to move on to something on the lighter side. Give it a try! (1,986 characters)

Photo of dsa7783
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Single, 1 pint .6 fl oz bottle copped for $4.99 from Super Saver in Somerville...
Pours a jet-black, ebony hue with a minor tan, frothy head that quickly receded...
Smell: Roasted malts, dark chocolates detectable in the nose...
Taste: Robust, rich, creamy, chocolate, roasted malts, and espresso flavor... Slight hints of vanilla on the back of the tongue with nuances of creamy mocha...
Mouthfeel; Medium-to-full bodied... Creamy, rich...
Easily drinkable for a 7.4% ABV... Hardly any alcohol detectable...
Recommended... (523 characters)

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

Solid imperial stout that would be a good for every day stout drinking occasions when you plan on working the next day or don't want to feel like it's a chore to finish your 22 oz bomber.

No big surprises - there are typical notes of chocolate, molasses, and coffee. Somewhat creamy mouthfeel, which I always appreciate. (322 characters)

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

Elysian- Dragonstooth

A- Deep thick black with a big creamy thick lacing head.
S- Light roasted coffee bean, chocolate, and vanilla.
T- Very smooth chocolate/ vanilla med. roast coffee. Nice touch of earthy hops in the end.
M- Very smooth and very creamy. Thick chewy finish.

Overall- Very tasty and incredibly smooth. Excellent stout! (337 characters)

Photo of bbothen
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to RoryGilmore for the opportunity to try this one.

Poured from 22oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours deep black with nice 1 finger tan bubbly head. Looks great in the glass.

Big roasted/toasted flavor along with some noce coffee & chocolate aromas.

Taste follows the great nose. Roasted/toasted flavors with a nice hop bitterness, chocolate, coffee & some faint dark fruit flavors. Good stuff here.

Smooth, velvety, rich, full feel.

Drinkability is great. No probs with a whole bottle.

This is a tasty stout and one I'll seek out again. Borders on the Imperial category. Full complex flavor. (602 characters)

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

This is a stout that pulls short of being a RIS and that is not a bad thing. The beer pours black and full headed with the roasty hoppy notes on the nose. When you get to drinking you realize that drinkability is key for this beer though the ABV approachs 8%. The finish is long but almost Oatmeal stoutlike in style. Don't expect the vinous RIS notes but rather enjoy a great drinking stout. (392 characters)

Photo of unHipHopHead
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a thick brownish head that looked like a mix between a chocolate souffle and a caffe mocha.

subtle aromas of hops and coffee.

initial taste is rich and robust with sweet caramel undertones that linger throughout. the taste is a wonderful balance of richness and sweetness, good combination.

I've seen this one in the stores and passed it by many times, so glad i decided to try it this time and this will certainly not be the last. (434 characters)

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

Thanks to RoryGilmore for this one.

22 oz. bomber poured into a nonic.

Pours a complete midnight black with a full three finger brown head that takes its time to fall to a fluff layer of bubbles. An amazing thick wall of lacing is left behind on the sides of the glass. Smell consists of smokey roasted malts, chocolate, molasses, and coffee grinds. Hops make their presence known in the aroma as well, very nice nose to this one. Toasted grains, smoked barley, and bitter hops up front in the flavor. Sweet caramel and chocolate malts midway with more bitterness. Aftertaste is full of molasses and touch of vanilla. Medium to full body with a bit of a watered down feel. Carbonation is subtle but fits the beer well. A very enjoyable impy stout for sure, one worth seeking out. (781 characters)

Photo of tbeck
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Poured dark and thick with a thick brownish head. Head did not dissipiate quickly. Good laciness.

Smell - Smell of hops and slight coffee

Taste - Slight bitterness, definetly hops, slight coffee, excellent balance.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, not a strong carbonation presence, even with a strong head. Texture was excellent, thick.

Drinkability - Excellent beer to have as a serving. A bit heavy for numerous rounds.

Overall - Enjoyable beer. (453 characters)

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 (293 characters)

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

Rxd as an extra from RoryGilymore, cheers Rick!

Pours mahogany/black with 2 fingers of mocha/dirty brown head. Above average lacing & head retention

S: Rich roasty malt, some chocolate & bit of smokeyness

T: Roasty malt, smokeyness, & dryness up front. A hint of oaky vanilla, more dryness, a bit chalky,& charred grain, slight raisin notes & some booze as this warms. Finishes with dark fruit, roasty grain, herbal hops & some molasses, more chocolate & dryness. On the cusp of a 4.5 for taste

MF: Chewy, low carbonation & some oilyness

Drinks a bit slow, but maybe to be expected on a warm summer's evening. Not a bad IMP stout, a bit off-style; more on the restrained side, think Odell IMP for instance, so far nothing but winners from this brewery! (757 characters)

Photo of Deuane
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to nflmvp for sharing a bottle of this.

A-Black with dark ruby highlights. Medium tan head that to leave a thin ring and spotty lace.

S-Sweet malt with a light roasty aroma. A bit of chocolate in the background.

T-Full flavoured roast with a lovely chocolaty flavour. A bit of hop bitterness comes thru as well. A bit of smokiness in the finish.

M-Medium bodied with a pleasant astringent aftertaste.

D-A solid RIS. Very full flavoured and well rounded. I would happily drink this again. (501 characters)

Photo of drseamus
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice jet black body with a half inch mocha colored head. The head fell within a minute and left a ring around the edge and some patchy areas in the middle.

S: Sweet and slightly roasty aroma.

T: Good rich chocolaty flavor with a nice roasty note. Ends on a nice clean bitter note but the bitterness is present throughout as well. There is a slight sweetness that exits right as the bitterness becomes more pronounced.

M: Medium to heavy bodied; somewhere a touch south of the middle of a Imperial Stout range.

D: Around the middle for an IS, but I like that style a lot so its above average overall. (607 characters)

Photo of dnichols
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I shared a 22 ounce bomber with a beer buddy to celebrate the first burn in his backyard fire pit...very manly.

A: It poured a deep shiny black body with a dense chocolate head that retained well and supported a coating of evenly layered lacing.

S: It emitted a burst of dark roasted malts and coffee followed by sweet aromas of chocolate.

T: It was creamy and richly chocolaty, much like a iced mocha latte. The malts were nearly burnt they were so deeply roasted. It produced a sweet smoky like flavor that complemented well the bite of campfire steeped coffee. It finished warm and almost clean with only a small sweet chocolate aftertaste.

M: It was full bodied with a bod bitter and sweet coating of the tongue and a small sweet aftertaste.

D: It's too much beer for a long session but I could enjoy two or three bombers before the sweetness and big body would overcome my lust. (890 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev -4%
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. (576 characters)

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

Pours black with a nice tan head that sticks around as a ring. Roasty and creamy aromas are nice, but a little light. The taste is nicely balanced with a medium roastiness, creaminess, a bit of licorice and chicory, and a slightly bitter finish. Smooth and relatively creamy mouthfeel, this is an easier drinker and well crafted. (329 characters)

Photo of JDV
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a short lived tan head. Smell is mild dark roastiness and a hint of cardboard. Taste is dry burnt roastiness. Medium bodied with similar carbonation. A bit ashy and slightly bitter from the nice sharp hops. Could use a touch more body, but the dark, burnt flavor is nice. (288 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into an imperial pint glass. Pours a thick pitch dark black with a tan head. The aroma is dark roasted malt and a lot of roasted coffee flavors explode from the aroma as well. The taste is dark roasted malts up front with some bitter coffee flavors in the finish and a good dose of lingering hops. This brew is definitely on the hoppy side as far as stouts go. The mouthfeel is heavy and thick and slightly chewy. Overall, this is a very flavorful stout that is recommended. (493 characters)

Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout from Elysian Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 322 ratings.