Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout - Elysian Brewing Company
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4.53/5 rDev +11.9%
I'm not much of a fan of Elysian's labels, but this sure looks good pouring it out. Very black, viscous pour. Color is totally black, with a moderate crema-looking head that reduces to a ring eventually, leaving a bit of lacing.
Great aromas! Bittersweet chocolate, molasses, earthy hops, just a bit of smoke. I bought this beer on a whim, not checking any reviews before... definitely pleasantly surprised by the aromas and flavors.
Lots of bittersweet chocolate, smoky, very dark roasted malts, some espresso, molasses/brown sugar sweetness, and earthy, bitter hops. Good flavor intensity with a long, lingering finish. Not quite up there with the few world class RIStouts I've tried, but not far off, either.
Feel is maybe outpaced by flavors a bit, a little more oomph and chewiness would have been a plus. I feel like I'm reaching though... this is an outstanding beer.
Picked this up for under $4 for a bomber. What a great deal on an insanely drinkable RIS! Price often factors into my drinkabilty score, when coupled with the great tastiness without a punishing ABV makes this the closest I've ever come to seeing a session RIS. Of course, you'd be better off savoring this one slowly to appreciate it.
11-15-2008 05:52:20 | More by josiahschlender
4.05/5 rDev 0%
poured into my duvel tulp glass, poured a heavy black that cant be seen through with a heavy one finger darker tan head that quickley fades to a lacing around the rim, the taste is sweet with hints of mollases, coffiee, rich dark malts, a hint of hops, fine belgan dark choclate. this is smooth from start to finish. this one hides the alchoal well. the second pour is so much better than the first, this is a world class beer for sure.
11-07-2008 16:56:05 | More by orcasteve
4.38/5 rDev +8.1%
pours a beautiful rich black with hints of gold around the edges. An average pour yielded a dense ans smooth two-plus finger head of a beautiful dark cocoa color, which faded relatively quicky leaving some nice solid lacing.
Aroma is boss. coffee, malt, a bit of bittersweet cocoa, a hint of fruity spiciness, overall what I want my strong stout to smell like. Perfect. nothing funky, nothing unique, just a damn good aroma.
Taste follows aroma. Lots of rich malts, bready and cocoa, roasted coffee (without burnt or bitter notes) and smoothness. There's a finish that seems to be a blend of bitter hops, bitter coffee, and just a hint of sour fruit. Also has an underlying earthiness and slightly woody, almost smoky note, which plays perfectly with the sweetness.
moutfeel is spot on as well. Creamy, thick, a bit chewy but not chunky. Velvety and creamy. Almost a touch light for the intensity of flavors, but great in the mouth with carbonation that seemed fitting.
drinkability is high. This may be one of my favorite regular stouts. Definitely can't really session this one, at it's higher abv and thickness/full flavorness. But this is definitely one of the ones I'll turn to when I'm craving stout next time. Definitely worth a try.
10-25-2008 17:34:04 | More by djeucalyptus
4.13/5 rDev +2%
Pours black with a tan head. Nose is molasses and malty. Though I have to confess it's hard to smell anything after walking out in the cold. Flavor is thick with malts and a molasses. Thick almost tar thing going on mildly. Smooth. Same goes for liquid feel. Carbonation is low but bites a bit. A very easy drinking double stout.
10-24-2008 18:51:51 | More by RblWthACoz
3.78/5 rDev -6.7%
Pretty much black in colour with dark brown edges. A dense, frothy two finger cap of brown foam appeared after a hard pour, leaving behind chunky, clinging lace as it fell very slowly. Very malty aroma, a combination of caramel sweetness and roast. Chocolate notes were evident, as well as very light hopping. Very smooth texture, fine bubbles, well-integrated carbonation. Sweet up front, but grassy and light citrus hop flavours melded immediately with caramel, roast and toffee. Bitterness grew into the finish, becoming quite prominent. Just a bit of chocolate appeared mid-palate. The body was just a bit more than medium, a little light for the style yet this made for a more drinkable beer. As did the near lack of noticeable alcohol. Not bad at all, not bad at all.
10-19-2008 03:29:49 | More by DrJay
3.6/5 rDev -11.1%
A: 4.5 S: 3.5 T: 3.5 M: 4 D: 3.5
From a 22 oz. brown bottle. Pitch black in appearance, crowned by a tall thick creamy beige head with great retention, leaving chunky ring upon ring of lacing.
Roasted malt, oatmeal and some sharp alcohol on the nose.
Intense bitter roasted malts up front in the flavour, some molasses and brewer's liquorice.
Thick creamy mouthfeel, smooth.
Not the most memorable high tests stouts I've tried, but would be interested in making the trip to try it on tap in Seattle.
10-16-2008 02:45:23 | More by IronDjinn
4.22/5 rDev +4.2%
How do you say great in another language? Muy Bien?!?!
A-Jet black and oil. Dark caramel head that doesn't last. Light caramel lacing.
S-Coffee and roasted, caramelized malts. Little bit of chocolate for that PMS in all of us.
T-Woo Hah! Great too cold and great better than recommended. Sweet chocolate and coffee. Bitter alcohol and hops. Beautifully balanced.
M-Ooey, gooey. Sticky and smooth. Can't get much better than this.
D-Be careful. I want more, but only have one.
10-13-2008 07:25:05 | More by TasteTester
4.47/5 rDev +10.4%
Pours pitch black with a light brown head that descends to a lasting thin cover, leaving some trailing lace on the glass.
The smell is of coffee, chocolate, molasses with earthy notes.
The taste is malty indeed! Chocolate, coffee and toffee balanced by roastiness and an earthy, piney, slightly citric bitterness. Finishes dry.
The feel is velvety and rich. Rich, yet smooth and approachable - not overwhelming. Near enough to full-bodied to call it that.
As rich as it is, it drinks incredibly well. Alcohol is dangerously disguised. Malty, but balanced. A very nice stout to say the least.
10-12-2008 23:25:03 | More by jwc215
3.88/5 rDev -4.2%
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.
10-12-2008 19:43:50 | More by jmalex
4.18/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
10-11-2008 02:43:12 | More by erikm25
3.63/5 rDev -10.4%
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.
10-09-2008 23:20:42 | More by beerthulhu
4.38/5 rDev +8.1%
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!
10-09-2008 20:42:00 | More by biegaman
3.8/5 rDev -6.2%
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!
10-07-2008 03:34:11 | More by pwoods
4.5/5 rDev +11.1%
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.
10-04-2008 23:47:51 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
3.78/5 rDev -6.7%
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.
09-28-2008 21:56:18 | More by paco1029384756
4.18/5 rDev +3.2%
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!
09-18-2008 01:06:34 | More by Reino
4.33/5 rDev +6.9%
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...
09-16-2008 23:06:55 | More by dsa7783
3.88/5 rDev -4.2%
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.
09-14-2008 14:53:55 | More by waltonc
4.4/5 rDev +8.6%
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!
09-11-2008 22:24:08 | More by NJpadreFan
4.03/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
08-19-2008 19:56:20 | More by bbothen
British Columbia (Canada)
4.1/5 rDev +1.2%
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.
08-09-2008 16:20:42 | More by canucklehead
4.22/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
08-09-2008 04:25:31 | More by unHipHopHead
3.98/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
08-03-2008 03:50:58 | More by BeerTruth
4/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
07-10-2008 04:40:44 | More by tbeck
4.1/5 rDev +1.2%
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
06-25-2008 22:49:20 | More by justinhower
Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout from Elysian Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 655 ratings.