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Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout - Elysian Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

702 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 702
Reviews: 308
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 86
Gots: 69 | 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 olmatty
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a thick, low head with a tar black beer.

Smell- A little coffee, some dark chocolate

Taste- Strong espresso coffee and murky dark chocolate, some earthiness, hops hang around at the finish for quite some time.

Mouthfeel- Thick and creamy on the palate, carbonation is soft.

Drinkability- A big brick, one bomber is enough, maybe too much for a session.

olmatty, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first brew from Elysian, it would be hard to mess up strong oatmeal stout in my book but let's go and see what this brew is all about. Buddy Geof, thanks much for the brew let's see how dark WaWaWashington likes their stouts. Appears pitch black no ruby or dark brown highlights to speak of, big ol' mocha tan head forms thick and leaves abundant but scattered lacing around my imperial pint glass.

Aroma has a very nice roasted malt backbone that pretty much dominates the nose with strong black coffe and dark chocolate with an air of fruit and cream tossed in. A touch of herbal and minimal pine accented hops, with dark fruits naming plum as the main one I could pick out.

Flavor is a creamy blend of dark chocolate and mildly acidic iced brewed coffee. This would go well instead of a cup of Joe on a rainy afternoon in Seattle, or you could wait until afternoon if that's more justifiable for you. The roasts roll through first with secondary notes from the rolled oats additions and herbal and pine accented hop flavors.

A bit of alcohol does peak through and carbonation tickles a bit much for my liking in the mouthfeel department. Medium to fuller bodied carbonation makes the brew a bit rougher on the palate than it should be and the dark roasted malts leave an unrelenting burnt flavor on the palate between sips this could be a downer.

Drinkability overall is solid, I have no gripes with the beer or the flavor and I enjoyed my opportunity to try this PacNW offering from Seattle. I haven't had many brews from that region and I'm glad that this one came my way to further my horizons. Very enjoyable up there in the realm of Breakfast Stout, Wake and Bake, JavaHead, and other big beers within this vein.

WVbeergeek, Oct 14, 2009
Photo of COBeerBuff
3.1/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber received via trade from mcduck. Thanks!

Appearance: Pours an almost opaque brown-black with slivers of reddish-brown light seeping around the edges. A finger of mocha colored head dissipates quickly leaving a ring around the glass interspersed with some larger bubbles.

Smell: Smells like a chocolate coffee mess. Cocoa, coffee, some espresso, and roasted grains dominate the nose. This is definitely an ominous smelling imperial stout.

Taste: The taste is confusing. There's the coffee and chocolate I was expecting, but almost none of the malt sweetness. In their place is a almost tartness that is befuddling. There is an trace of hop bitterness as well, but the tart and sour flavors almost make this beer unappetizing. As the beer warms, more of the maltiness comes out. This is definitely a beer that should be given time to warm.

Mouthfeel: Much lighter than the appearance and nose would suggest. There is some stickiness from the malts, but the overall mouthfeel is somewhat less than what I was hoping for.

Drinkability: The 7.4% ABV makes this a very drinkable imperial stout, but the tartness of the taste and the mouthfeel make this a one-and-done for me. If the beer is allowed to warm, it becomes far more drinkable in both categories, but overall, this beer just leaves me feeling sort of "meh."

COBeerBuff, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of beertunes
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a solid black, no translucence at all. A tall, thick head of light brown color had very good retention and lacing.

A rich roasted malt aroma hits the nose, a sweetned coffee scent. The flavors followed the aroma, but were fuller and bolder. Thankfully there was no actual coffee in this beer, just the slight coffeeish taste from the roasted malts.

The body was full and coating without being overly heavy. Drinkability was very good for such a big, full beer. Overall, a very good beer worth trying when you see it and perhaps some effort to obtain.

beertunes, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of Goldfish19
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

~ Purchased this 22 oz bomber from Big Z Beverage in Huntington, NY. I must say, at first, I did not really know what to expect from this beer? Sure, I had a very good idea on how it was going to taste, but I snatched this at 50% off, and at $2.75 I am sure you would not know what to expect either.

This stout pours dark brown with a nice lasting tan head. Aromas are of roasted malt, chocolate, and some oatmeal. As this stout warms up - so do all the flavors. The hops are under control, so this treat went down way too damn smooth. I felt this was just a little on the light side for a beer of this magnitude, but hey, I am not complaining. It is so civilized. At a little more than 7% ABV, I feel I could drink this all day long. A truly unexpected surprise! ~

Goldfish19, Oct 01, 2009
Photo of IRONRakkasan
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured almost pitch black and thick like molasses. The chocolatey head was minimal, but lacing was nice.

Smelled of a nice dark chocolate and strong coffee. No hops aroma, but the burnt malt smell was pleasant.

It tasted as if I was drinking a very strong black coffee that was stirred with a few dark chocolate stir sticks....not your sissy-Starbucks coffee variety either.

The brew went down smooth and had light carbonation. The alcohol content, while not extrememly high, was well hidden.

The aftertaste was pleasant and mirrored the taste.

Definitely recommended.

IRONRakkasan, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a 22 ounce bomber bottle and into my nonic Imperial pint glass. The stout appears a dark brown color and nearly opaque, with about two fingers of creamy ecru colored foam. Nose and flavor are of rich roasted grains, bittersweet chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, sweet caramelized malt. Between medium and full in body and amply carbonated for the style. Certainly decent enough to have again another time.

ClockworkOrange, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of MisterClean
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased bomber in PDX, tasted in Cali.

A - Pours black with a 2 fingered chocolate head. Dissipates slow and leaves nice lacing. Good head retention.

S - Chocolate, leather, light roast coffee, and bittering hops.

T - Hearty roast coffee, light leather, light biittering hops, and lightly smoky. Very roasty and bitter.

M - Full bodied, and well-balanced, maybe slightly hoppier than malty. Finishes very dry, but surprisingly smooth leaving you thirsty for more. I can't stop drinking it. What is wrong with me?

D - Good drinkability. Leaves you thirsty for more. I can't explain it, and my beer is just sitting here waiting to be drank.

MisterClean, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of njmoons
2.98/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours and deep dark brown/black, with light carbination.

Smelled of sweet malt, rich and heavy.

Taste - Sweet, mouth puckering sweet, too sweet. The bitterness (hop and malt) came in late and did not offset the sweetness I tasted.

For me, this stout was way out of balance, not a beer I would pick up again.

njmoons, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of gford217
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Lee at the Brick Store.

Pours dark, dark brown, pretty close to black, with a small short-lived tan head that leaves little lacing.

The dark roasted malts are very big in the nose, but there are plenty of sweet notes with vanilla and dark chocolate in the nose. Hints of brown sugar as well.

The taste has the same dominant roasted malts with some bittersweet chocolate. There is also a bit of coffee in there as well. But the sweetness just keeps building after each sip, with brown sugar and vanilla.

The mouthfeel definitely shows the oatmeal presence with a characteristic smoothness complemented with soft carbonation. It's a pretty full mouthfeel overall for a stout of this style.

This is an excellent stout with a great combination of roasted malts and big sweetness. It's complexity and heft put it on the border of impy stout status. Very, very tasty.

gford217, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of popery
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very good stout, label art aside. It's a good stout with a rich, sweet chocolate, coffee roasted stout flavor. The beer pours dark and looks thick (and I mean that as a compliment). The aroma is jumping between a good chocolate milk shake with a dash of espresso and one of those cheap Italian espresso soda things. So, it's a mixed bag but ultimately good. The flavor is also fairly sweet, but it has some bite. There's more to it than I was expecting. The roasted malt flavor is rich and full, a beer that tastes bigger than its size. Feel is smooth with a mildly acrid finish. Drinkability is good, but it's a fairly light for the category.

popery, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up as a great little treat in a recent birthday box. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 07/16/2009.
 
Appearance - Very nice. Deep dark brown in color with a big had of tan that came up and over the top. Nice retention and great lacing up and down the sides of the glass.
 
Smell - Roasted malts, sweet with molasses and hints of brown sugar. Nice touches of chocolate as well as a hint of light vanilla.
 
Taste - Mellow and a touch hoppier then I would have thought. Very nice chocolate notes here, really laid down quite well. Hints of molasses again and a decent touch of vanilla poking its head up. The finish comes through with a light bitterness and a touch of dark fruit.
 
Feel - Smooth, decently carbonated and very coating, definite full body here and nicely put together as well.
 
Drinkability - Not bad at all, a bit heavy but at only 7.5% it is not out of this world. Easily could go down in a night.
 
Overall - I have to say this was pretty darn tasty. Not quite up there with the big boys but definitely something I would not mind going towards again, I could see myself trying another one for sure.

mikesgroove, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of JamesP123
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a beer mug.

A. Deep black. With an agressive pour ther was 2 fingers of medium brown head thast stuck around a while. Heavy, sticky lacing down the entire glass.

S. First hit is a major dark chocolate, toffee and anise combo. A nice roasted malt aroma.

T. This is an easy drinking stout at 7.45%. Very smooth, no taste is really overpowering. Picking up the anise and roasted malt/coffee as the most predominant flavor. Bitter in the aftertaste as I pick up a little hop bite. The alcohol can be detected as the stout begins to warm up.

M. Sticks to your tongue, smooth and creamy. Medium body for the style.

D. An overall good stout. Nothing over top, just an all around really good/balanced ale.

JamesP123, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of beachbum1975
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dajtai007 was kind enough to throw in a nice local extra in a recent trade. Thanks!!! Shared with newtonty and DrewOSU.

Pours a nice dark brown to black with garnet hues. Nice, faint small-bubbled lacing from a darker tan head.

Smells of nice, heavily roasted malts with oats and light woodiness, like oak. Light vanilla in the mix, too. Nice and welcoming.

Creamy mouthfeel comes over from the nose with a perfect roast profile. Nice and toasty, just on the verge of being burnt - just right.

This is a very nice beer and very easy to drink - recommended!

beachbum1975, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of Grabbin2nd
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From Notes: 3/28/09
Elysian Brewing Co.
Dragonstooth Stout
7.45% Abv.
22 oz. Bottle into NB Snifter

Appearance= Vigorous pour into NB snifter yields a 2 finger caramel colored head. Black body with nice initial carbonation. Nice lacing and clingyness as the beer goes down.

Smell= Not a helluva lot going on. Smells like a stout.

Taste= Really good. Chocolate, coffee, raspberry? Tastes like a nice ass stout. I will say there is not a great depth of flavor. Simple and straight forward.

Mouthfeel= Finishes thin. Not as creamy as I was expecting. Nothing lingers.

Drinkability= Abv. is not detected, flavor is good, finish is thin. Overall, I would say it's highly drinkable.

Grabbin2nd, May 26, 2009
Photo of DiabolikDUB
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from Bomber into Pint glass.

Pours a deep black with a one inch cocoa colored head that slowly dissipates into thin head that stays. As you drink this it leaves thick lacing down the glass. The aroma is strong with roasted malts and bitter coffee with a touch of chocolate that adds a sweetness to the scents. This flavor of this beer is dominated with semi-sweet chocolate and has a bitterness that lasts. It has a heavy to medium body that coats your mouth with every sip. I really like this beer, its highly drinkable and extremely enjoyable.

DiabolikDUB, May 15, 2009
Photo of ccrida
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into my Meantime snifter, Dragonstooth Stout is a dark, blackish brown with a very large, light brown head, dense, leaving nice lace.

Smell is big chocolate, sweet but clean alcohol, some caramel and very light nuttiness coming out as it warms.

Taste is more cocoa like, the roastiness of the malt cutting the sweet chocolate notes of the malt, providing a very nice balance overall, somewhat espresso like. Man, this is just a damn tasty American stout, my only complaint would be I could use a tad less crystal.

Mouthfeel is thicker but very smooth, nice.

Drinkability is high, this is an awesome stout for sure. Wow, loving it. More impressive then I recall the oatmeal version, although it's been quite a while since I had that one. This one gets extra points for being a decent value and year round staple.

ccrida, May 08, 2009
Photo of ibbjamin
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up a bomber from Healthy Spirits in San Francisco, CA and poured into a snifter. I begin to review at 50°F.

Leaves a decent sized head of about a half inch. Head color is light tan/beige and it retains pretty well. Black in color. Strong lacing.

Smells of vanilla, lightly roasted malts and creme. Milk chocolate becomes evident as it warms more.

Tastes delicious. Full flavored, but the intensity is more mild than most imperial stouts. Similar in characteristic to the nose.

World class mouthfeel. Thick, full bodied and very creamy. Medium finish, minimal carbonation. Very drinkable and the alcohol is seemingly non-existent.

This was a surprisingly good stout and it is relatively inexpensive (I believe around $4.69/bomber). I do not believe Elysian has distribution much further than the pacific northwest, so I recommend to give it a try if you can get it.

ibbjamin, May 05, 2009
Photo of brdc
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on tap at their main location.

Nearly pitch black, tan head, decent size and good retention.
This one feels more like a good stout, but should be rated as an average imperial stout if one follows the double/imperial designation.
Chocolate, caramel, coffee, both in aroma and flavor with a slight tendency to bitter and somewhat burnt.
Medium bodied, with a nice overall taste but lacking some complexity and power. Again, a good stout, but not so good as "imperial".

brdc, May 04, 2009
Photo of Arbitrator
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chilled bomber into a glass, courtesy of ramnuts / end 0))). Thank you!

A: Pours a completely opaque black with slight light penetration at the edges, giving some shades of ruby and orange. Has a generous 1.5" mocha head that recedes in a couple of minutes into a mottled film on top of the brew. Leaves some nice lacing down the glass.

S: Heavy on the chocolate and roasted malt, with lighter coffee elements. I detect some barley and smoke as well.

T: Sweet throughout. The entire taste is an alternation between chocolate and roasted malt, with only lighter elements of coffee underneath. The aftertaste is all coffee bitters and dark chocolate. I am not a big fan of coffee flavors, so I appreciate the profile here.

M: Medium-to-full bodied, and it's offset a little bit by slightly-too-high carbonation. Doesn't really serve the style well; I prefer it a little flatter and creamier. But the ABV is well-masked and the taste isn't too sticky.

D: It's too bad ramnuts is just gifting me these and I can't evaluate value here. Thanks again buddy. Anyway, I really like the flavor of this one, but all things considered, I'd probably pick something else as my go-to stout, unless this has an attractive price (below $5 or so).

Arbitrator, Apr 27, 2009
Photo of Seanibus
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good stout.

Pours black with a fluffy and off color head. The aroma is sweet and slightly chalky. The flavor is sweet, milky, rich and dry. It is roasted and slightly chocolatey, with a hint of wood and coffee. Mouthfeel is thick and rich. Quite tasty and quite drinkable.

Seanibus, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of CheeseTurds
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmmm...my scores turned into straight "4"s but I'm not gonna go back and change any of them. Does that make this an "80%" beer? I don't think so. This is the second time I've had this beer and I was definitely looking forward to having it again. At $5 per bomber, it's not necessarily a bargain but it's still cheap enough that it tempts me up to that "next level." I knew I was gonna love this and, dammit, it satisfies! That's way better than 80%!

This beer is one of those ultra black, oily stouts. The mouthfeel is probably the most extreme trait- this sorta rolls out on your tongue. The flavor itself is bold, malty, chocolatey. Very drinkable- not the strongest stout out there (read: you can easily drink one of these without feeling bombed) but by no means a pushover. This is a solid stout that deserves your attention and will reward you back! Grab this one when you see it and dig in!

CheeseTurds, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of Dogbrick
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sample at the Pike Street location. Pours black with a medium dark beige head that dissipates steadily. Patchy lacing on the glass. The aroma contains chocolate, malt, anise and coffee. Rich and smooth body with flavors of chocolate and roasted coffee, plus some hops and spices. The finish is roasty with a chocolate and espresso flavor that lingers awhile. Very enjoyable from start to finish.

Dogbrick, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of cvfish
4.83/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - This beer poured a dark brown, almost black, color which produced a fluffy brown head that produced great lace and wonderful retention

S - The aromas that were produced were a wonderful combination of roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee beans, oats, and vanilla beans

T - The taste of this Stout was pretty perfect, the roasted dark malts, smooth oats, bitter chocolate, ground coffee beans, and vanilla was perfectly blended

M - The mouthfeel on this beer is exactly how I like my Stouts, thick, creamy, smooth, and slight carbonation

D - This was an exceptional Stout by Elysian, everything was there, and I can wait to try more of their beers

cvfish, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of scruffwhor
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another beer I received via Fed-ex from Shopper's Vineyard.

Pours a straight black slightly viscous syrup. Their is a little, light Bosco syrup cling after ever swirl. Barely any head after the pour, and none after the first sip. Heavy mocha aroma, French roast coffee grounds and some faint milk mixed with bitter chocolate. Very roasty. The taste starts creamy and syrupy. The milk chocolate and espresso slowly strenghen towards the finish. Well integrated mix of flavors and faint alcohol in the mouthfeel's finish. Very glad I ordered this beer.

scruffwhor, Mar 22, 2009
Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout from Elysian Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 702 ratings.