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Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout - Elysian Brewing Company

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672 Ratings
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Ratings: 672
Reviews: 305
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 82
Gots: 64 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-20-2002)
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Photo of drewba
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%

A - jet black with purple tints on the edges - a decent mocha head slowly forms up, but then falls to nothing but a pile of fat bubbles on the rim.

S - smoke, honey, plum, grapes, raisin, caramel.

T - Dense smokiness that mixes well with the raisin and plum plus honey. I'm not a fan of smoke, but there is actually a decent harmony here, some of the sweetness and dryness from the oats don't let the smoke overwhelm. I'm getting plenty of the lactose in the end right before this finishes with a bitter dryness.

M - thickish, prickly carbonation.

O - Liked this despite the heavy smokiness. very drinkable, enjoyable mouthfeel, B++ would drink again.

drewba, May 21, 2011
Photo of jag21
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%

Back when I'd frequent Elysian Brewpub, this would be a go-to beer. This review is for the bottled version.

A: Dark with a nice brown head.

S: Nice roasted malt, hint of hops

T: Roasted malts at first, with the back end taken over by a nice hop presence to give the beer a nice clean finish. Wife says it's like eating snow, whatever that means.

M: Nice coating mouthfeel, almost too much carbonation though, for the style.

O/D: I could put back a bomber of this no problem. A nice winter or bad-weather beer. I think it used to be higher ABV though.

jag21, May 04, 2011
Photo of billab914
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Stone IRS glass. It poured black in color with a frothy tan head covering the top of it. The head faded but left some very nice lacing as it did.

The aroma shows a good amount of hoppiness to it with some citrus notes playing a big role in it. The oats also really come through and give it a creamy, smooth quality. Some bitter-sweet chocolate and roasty flavors round out the flavors in the nose. nice, smooth and flavorful aroma overall.

The taste has a very nice mix of flavors to it. As the nose suggested I get a good dose of citrusy hops to it. I get some chocolate to it up front as well. The oats start to come out more towards the finish with some bitter-sweet, roasty and coffee like flavors.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being moderate for the style. Overall it was a very good beer. I usually don't a lot of hoppiness in my stouts, but this one managed to really integrate the flavors nicely. The juicy citrus really meshed with the smooth oats for me. The bitter-sweet chocolate and roasty, bitter, coffee flavors were an added bonus. Delicious beer overall.

billab914, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of Lazerlobe
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%

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A: Standard dark cola pour, good cap of Desert Storm colored khaki head.

S: Sweet, crisp roast, followed by dry chocolate

T: Start off a touch astringent before breaking out with robust chocolate, well kilned barley and mellowed hops. Strong roasted finish.

M: Smooth and lightly viscous, goes down too easy!

O: Easy to drink and robust. It's bit too roasty and untempered for me but is too easy to drink with its light, playful body.

Lazerlobe, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of Bookseeb
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

Appearance is a dark brown ale with a dark tan head leaving nice lace. Smell of rich roasted malts, coffee and some dark fruits in the back. Taste has lightly sweetened roasted malts, coffee, dark bitter chocolate with a nice balance of hops. Mouthfeel is full bodied and very creamy with just the right amount of carbonation. A very enjoyable full bodied Stout.

Bookseeb, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of Drazzamatazz
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%

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.

Drazzamatazz, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of Onenote81
3.23/5  rDev -20%

Had this beer back in February of this year. Reviewed from notes. Pours a deep pitch black, with a small, goopy tan head. Nice lace left behind. Nose is woodsy with damp trail, some faint chocolate, and alcohol. Not bad.

The mouth starts out quite creamy, but doesn't finish well. Thins out considerably. For a big stout such as this, the mouth needs to hold its ground. This one does not. The thinness carries over to the flavor as well. Weak flavors of mild roast, alcohol, and chilled old coffee. Meh. This one was alright. Nothing that would cause me to seek this out again, maybe on tap if I ever saw it. But most likely pass on this one in the future.

Onenote81, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%

Poured from a 22oz into a Chimay Goblet. Pours a deep brown/black with a light brown head. Not much lace.
The smell is pretty nice, roasted chocolate malts, oats, earth and a bit o' expresso.
The taste is heavy roasted chocolate and coffee, minerals, earth and some light grass. Smooth going down but just a little light on the mouth.
This is my second beer from Elysian and I'm still pretty happy. I'll have to seek out some more of there brews.

OBeerMeGreatOne, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of NWer
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%

Beautiful pour into chalice.
Nice dark brown thick appearance belies the mild nature of this oatmeal stout. Very smooth chocolate with caramel undertones.
I was slow to warm up to Elysian brews but am quickly becoming a true believer. Inexpensive and totally drinkable.
I've discovered one of my favorite stouts.

NWer, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of angelogarcia3
4/5  rDev -1%

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.

angelogarcia3, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of r0nyn
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%

Poured from a bomber into my DFH snifter.

A dark, inky blackness fills the glass from the bottle. Chocolate brown head that rises to about a quarter-inch before dissipating, leaving lots of sticky spotty and stringy lacing. Really a quite nice looking stout. Smell is pretty malty, with little nuances of caramel. Quite a bit of a hoppy presence too, which is surprising. Concentrated whiffs reveal some chocolate undertones.

Starts off sweet and malty on the initial sip, followed by some roastiness that spreads over the palate warmly. Little bit of hoppiness follows, but doesn't provide much bitterness. Just a little bit of that dark fruitiness typical of most imperial stouts. Alcohol isn't really all that detectable, thanks to a lower ABV. Taste is quite clean and straightforward. Not very much of an aftertaste. Mouthfeel is somewhat on the light side, with a lot less oomph than I was expecting from a big stout.

Drinkability is good for a stout of this caliber. It's clean and well-done, with a tempered alcohol content that'll eventually catch up with you, but for about $5 a bomber, you really can't beat value like this. Not a bad brew at all from Elysian.

r0nyn, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of Urbancaver
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%

Pours very dark and black with a bit of light brown head that sticks to the corners of the glass. Decent lacing. Smells very roasty and malty. A strong scent that is really pleasant. Tastes very roasty. Almost no flavor on the front of the pallette. Bitter roast on the finish. Feels a bit thin. Not the same thick body that i would expect on an imperial stout but very drinkable

Urbancaver, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of brew3crew
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%

had during a middle ages tasting. My addition to the party.

A-Dark black with tan head that quickly disapates
S-smells sweet with some matiness. Roastiness comes through as it warms up
T-very smokey malts come through first. Hints of chocolate turn up and the roasted malts really shine when it is warmer.
M-full bodied and smooth throughout
D-done with my taste quickly. Really drinkable.

Less abv than the style usually calls for but is delicious none the less

brew3crew, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of xnicknj
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

750mL bottle poured into tulip glass - thanks to jconrick1 for this during the bourbon, scotch, beer BIF

Pours a murky black with a thinner tanned head which fades out completely with very little retention. Random streaks and patches of lacing on the glass.

A surprising flair of smoke with caramel, molasses, and coffee beans alongside some light licorice scents.

Bold flavors right out of the gate with strong dry roasted malts and oatmeal. Coffee and espresso beans mix in with chocolate malted sweetness. Hints of licorice add a dash of complexity. A nice bolt of smoke is also present towards the end, which I wasn't expecting. Finishes with some hoppy bitterness, light smokiness, and a bit of boozy warmth.

Full body, decently carbonated, very smooth and pleasant on the palate. Surprisingly solid drinking, nice smoky flavor with tempered sweetness, and the ABV is masked well. This is the best one I've had from Elysian yet.

xnicknj, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

Received this bottle as an extra in a trade some time back, it was about time to open it up.

Beer is dark black and completely opaque with a thin tan head of small bubbles with decent retention and some lacing, carbonation appears to be low.

Beer smells sweet, with this maltiness up front that gives way to some roast. Smells like an RIS actually.

Beer is medium in body and lead off with a nice sweetness that gives way shortly to a nice roastiness like coffee beans. There is some chocolate like bitterness in there as well. Beer is a little....hot....perhaps, but it's not very distracting, the heat gets mostly lost in the forward malt syrup sweetness. Beer is pretty easy drinking for as big as it is, decent big stout in my opinion. I'd have it again.

drabmuh, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of Bfarr
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%

Rich dark brown with foamy umber head with great retention and lacing. Chocolate and roasted coffee aroma. Semisweet chocolate with light smoked malts and coffee. good sweetness with no alcohol mixed into the taste. Chewy with a creamy finish with a coffee-like linger.

Great feel and fine taste this is a great drinking Imperial Oatmeal Stout.Nice subtle yet clear flavors intertwine nicely. It never loses the clarity and no single flavor becomes dominant as is frequently the case. Excellent overall beer.

Bfarr, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%

Thanks to drabmuh for opening this bottle.

Pours black with a single-finger tan head with moderate retention. This falls down to a collar around the edges. The nose is pretty sweet to start with a good amount of chocolate as well as some sweetness, coffee, and maybe a hint of black licorice. The taste is mostly chocolate-focused with some roasted malt in there as well. A bit of booze coming through in the end, and this takes over a bit in the feel, which consists of a somewhat-low carbonated brew with a pretty big body. Drinks well enough, but not a standout among the style.

Thorpe429, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of EgadBananas
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%

Black as night, a finger of milk chocolate colored head that leaves sporadic lacing.

Lots of chocolate on the smell. Loads of malts, and nice coffee aromas.

Taste is slightly sweet, chocolaty, bitter coffee, and slight bitterness.

Feel is great. Creamy, thick, velvety, and smooth.

Good drinkability. Very tasty, the alcohol is low enough to warrant drinking multiples.

EgadBananas, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of 9InchNails
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%

Appearance: light brown decent size head. The beer is totally black. A little bit of lacing on the glass.

Aroma: A very sweet smell of dark malts and a hint of chocolate. It's an awesome smelling stout!

Mouth Feel: As it hits the lips you can tell it has a pretty thick body, quite smooth and creamy as well with light carbonation. Leaves the lips a little sticky.

Taste: a dark chocolate coffee taste is pretty dominating. Its tastes creamy and a little bitter in a good way. As it warms I can taste some alcohol.

I think its a pretty good Stout. Alcohol sneaks up at the end but you barely noticable in the beginning. It gives a warm sensation as it goes down, probably from the decent amount of alcohol, which 7.45%. You really can notice the aroma of yeast towards the bottom of the glass.

9InchNails, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of soze47
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%

Had this at Red Bones at their NW Fest on 11/09/10

Appearance: Rich light brown/khaki head. Great looking beer here.

Aroma: Chocolate malt, roasted malt, and faint whiffs of booze on the nose. Not a huge smell, but nice.

Taste: Big flavors in play here. Nice dark chocolate and almost burnt roastiness to it. The warming booze doesn't so much stand out on its own as it enhances the dark fruit flavors that would stay hidden in a smaller ABV beer.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Rich, smooth and easy to drink. Sticks to your ribs, but not super huge like many others in the style.

Overall: I really liked this brew. It checks in on the low side of Imperial/Double Stouts, which gives you the best of both worlds: robust flavors, but a smoother, easy drinking body.

soze47, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of grittybrews
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%

Poured black with a faint ruby tinge into a tulip with a finger of quick-receding mocha head. Roasty and slightly sweet aroma of coffee, chocolate, dark fruit, and just a hint of alcohol.

Moderate carbonation and an extremely smooth and creamy mouthfeel, thick without becoming syrupy or heavy. Coffee up front followed by anise, molasses, and a long toasty finish with lots of dark chocolate and a pleasantly strong hop bite.

This brew comes across almost like a milk stout -- on the sweet side and dominated by chocolate, but there's just enough espresso character to balance (the alcohol is hard to detect). Very flavorful and easy-drinking overall.

grittybrews, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of ahalloin
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%

Reviewed from notes:

A: This beer pours thick and dark. Very little light gets through at the edges as I tilt the glass. An impressive beige head sits atop the beer after the pour slowly receding to a thick ring.

S: The smell is typical for a big American stout: Chocolate, molasses and a touch of roast. The Chocolate identified here is more sweet than darkly bitter.

T: The sweetish chocolate is again present in the flavor and dominates the profile a little bit. Not as richly chocolate as I normally like. In the finish I get the touch of roast and bitterness that I don't quite identify as directly espresso qualities but it works. For me the sweetness is a bit too much.

MF: The body of the beer is full and smooth which is very satisfying.

D: The lack of alcohol hotness helps with the drinkability but I find it too sweet to have more than a heathly tasting pour.

ahalloin, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of CascadeConan
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

CascadeConan, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of loren01
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

A: Pours a dark black color with a good sized frothy brown head, great head retention down the glass.
S: Smells of lots of chocolate and piney hops
T: Dark chocolate flavors, dark roasted malts and a great hop bitterness at the end.
M: In my opinion this couldn't be more perfect, this beer is so creamy smooth its rediculous.
D: I'm normally not one for stouts but this is really good...I would buy this one again for sure. One of the best Elysian beers I've had.

loren01, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of Naugros
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%

I'm sort of getting tired of describing stouts' appearances. Maybe I should stop drinking and reviewing stouts (not likely) or suck it up and stop whining (probably just as not likely). Anyway, here goes: dark, dark brown to jet black with a light tan head that raised a finger and half of foam that reduces to a thick ring with a scum layer.

Now, here's something I never tire of...smelling stouts. This has just a wonderful smell. Bittersweet chocolate and roasted malts tantalize your nose prompting you to gulp the whole thing. Doesn't it know I have a review to write? Temptress! I am seriously digging the smell of this beer. There's a slight floral aroma which indicates the presence of some hops...non-American I'm guessing.

I've once again come across a beer that does not taste as good as it smells, however this still tastes really good. It's just that it smells even better. The bittersweet chocolate is replaced by cocoa, but the roasted malts really come through. The floral hop character is reduced a little bit, but is still there balancing out the bitterness. The aftertaste returns the bittersweet chocolate.

As far as bitterness goes this doesn't have as much as most Imp Stouts, even when cold. There's the graininess that you get when roasted malts are used in abundance and the alcohol is very well-masked. That's partially because this does not have as high an ABV as most Imp Stouts...it sits at the bottom of the style for that. So you can drink even more of it right? Sure, give it a go. After it settles a bit the graininess is mitigated and the beer becomes really silky smooth. This is one nicely crafted stout.

Naugros, Sep 16, 2010
Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout from Elysian Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 672 ratings.