Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout - Elysian Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

730 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 730
Reviews: 310
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 87
Gots: 74 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-20-2002)
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Photo of EgadBananas
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of 9InchNails
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of soze47
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 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.

Photo of grittybrews
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of ahalloin
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of CascadeConan
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of loren01
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of Naugros
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured jet black with good carbonation capped off with a nice brown head

S: Nose is charred, coffee, bitter cocoa

T: Very good. Lots coffee, cocoa, light booze and roasted malts.

M: Very good, well carbonated, nice feel, not to boozy,plenty of flavor

D: Yeah, try it! Drink it.

Photo of TheStove
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Elliot's in Seattle.

Delivered in an imperial pint. Jet black with a nice single finger of foam that disappeared shortly after being placed in front of me.

Drinks like a nice creamy stout latte. Creamy and rich with toasted oatmeal flavors dominating and giving way to a light chocolate sweetness and a dry finish. I believe there may be periods where this goes down too easy but as an oatmeal stout it drinks well and an imperial pint was more than appealing for this type of beer. Would be a perfect beer breakfast because it is so rich and creamy (over using this word I know) but this is was both my appetizer and dessert at Elliot's.

Photo of TheJollyHop
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cocoa, roast barley aroma, dark brown nearly black with a red tinge, milk chocolate brown head, whiff of alcohol on the nose. There is also an earthy element as well, possibly cinnamon? No hop aroma in this one.

Caramel malt undertones, creaminess from oats, velvety, dark fruits, roasty dry finish that lingers with a moderate level of bitterness. Tongue drying but not moisture zapping, dark chocolate-like finish. Solid but nothing to write home about.

Photo of RedBiddy
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When I rate a beer I like to use a pilsner glass to note the color, head, and lacing. The color ranged from dense black, the color of a hole, to dark mahogany when held up to light. Great tan head and lacing expected of a fine brew. The taste was sweet Sulawesi. It poured thick over my tongue as it slowly sought the lower elevations of my mouth. Drinkable...I'm not sure **wink wink** ...better have another!

Photo of bradleyp
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I throughly enjoyed this beer, but I wasn't all that satisfied. It is a dark chcolate color with minimal light brown head. Tons of lacing though which makes me want to enjoy this beer. It smelled really malty, and my nose twinged when I got that strong chocolate aroma. Thanks again to Market of Choice for having this beer in stock.

Photo of philbertk
2.9/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dragonstooth Stout 2004--A Warrior From Thebes Emerges From The Dragonstooth Picture 22 oz. Bottle. 7.40% ABV--55 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) Mild espresso head. Clear thick dark opaque black cherry color. Smoky roasted mild cocoa espresso rich hop front. Rich clean sweet tangy roasted mellow sediment ester body. Hot rich balanced hop end. Smooth. Sampled 3/10/2005.

Elysian Brewing Company--ELYSIAN Dragonstooth Stout--2008 22 oz. Bottle. 7.45% ABV 36 IBU's. (3.5 / 5.0) Thick tight pellicle. Thin lace thin espresso head. Opaque dark black color. Smoky plum fig mild hop front. Sweet smooth chocolate roasted dark fruit creamy smooth rich Stout body. Mild hop spice EtOH hint clean dry chalky rich chocolate end. Aged mildly fruity. Sampled 8/8/2010. 4 @ $3.99 Each. 3 remaining to trade.

Photo of blackc5
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Elysian Fields.

Probably my favorite year-round beer for Elysian. Dragonstooth is quite nice in bottle, and even better on tap. Now if only they had it nitro...

A - Nice depth of black with a good micro-foam mocha-colored head. Above average lacing as well.

S - Rich aromas of espresso and dark chocolate. Some sweetness and a slight hint of hops.

T - A very well-balanced flavor of bitter dark chocolate, espresso, roasted grain and sweetness. Rich and luxurious. Hops add to the dark chocolate effect - very nice. Improves further as it warms a bit.

M - Heavy body and creamy smooth. Viscous. Light to medium carbonation.

D - A great all around beer, and one to go back to for sure. ABV is well hidden.

Photo of rudylaw
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ericwo for knocking off this want with our recent swap!

Hey! A black pour with a light, 1-finger head.

I get a good shot of hops in the nose that goes along with chocolate and espresso notes. Very pleasant.

Bitter hops, chocolate and coffee notes with a sweet finish. This is a nice, take it home to mother kind of stout. It doesn't really change as it warm... nothing is peeking out behind the chocolate and hops.

Very smooth with terrific carbonation. This is another stout that doesn't push any envelopes with the style but it's still enjoyable because of the bitter hops. I was glad to try it but don't need to revisit in the future.

Photo of flagmantho
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass. My bottle reads 7.45% ABV.

Appearance: entirely black body with no transit of light. Head is half a finger of compact tan foam. You can't ask for much more in a stout.

Smell: light, chocolatey aroma with just a suggestion of tartness. Not complex at all, but quite nice indeed.

Taste: smooth, rich chocolatey malt flavor with a hint of bitterness toward the end. Hop character does not really stand out, and you can taste just an edge of the alcohol. Quite smooth and tasty if, again, not all that complex.

Mouthfeel: medium to medium-heavy body with a low level of carbonation. This guy is pretty smooth, but I feel like a little more bubbles would help.

Drinkability: quite drinkable, especially considering the ABV. I would definitely have this again.

Photo of steve8robin
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yo, yo...

A: Perfect. Black as the deepest parts of the depths of the ocean. Thick 2 inch mocha colored head that slowly fades.

S: Smooth earthy hops upfront blended with bitter mocha espresso. Sugars in the middle with a slight booziness on the backend. Good.

T: Bitter hoppy chocolate upfront with coffee flavors in the middle and sugars on the backend. Not too much special here.

M: Smooth. A decent amount of carbonation. Good.

D: Goes down easy. A hint too much booziness, but aside from that, nearly perfect.

All in all, this is ok. Not phenomenal, but ok. Good to try once, but not worth hunting down.

Photo of youradhere
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at the snorting elk on crystal mountain.

A- Pitch black with a cola tan head that quickly dissapates, leaves good lacing.

S- malty, slightly fruity aroma

T- Coffee up front, dark malt character, sweetness to offset the coffe. A well ballanced beer.

M- nice, low carbonation, coats the tongue without being too much, smooth.

D- very drinkable, especially after a hard day on the mountain.

Photo of ShadesOfGray
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Allagash tall snifter glass. Pours almost completely black with just the slightest amouth of light/color coming through while beeing poured, but then solid black in the glass. Toffee colored frothy head with excelent retention! Lacing is super thick and sticky and really fills out the glass.

Aroma consists of mostly chocolate, malts, and slight hops. Can also notice a coffee note...but mostly a semi-sweet aroma.

Pretty good stout! Medium body, smooth/velvety and rich mouthfeel. Lots of semi-sweet chocolate, roasted barley, toasted oats, and slight booze. The warmer it gets, the thicker it feels in the mouth. I've never seen, nor heard of this beer before...and it was just a random pick-up today. I have to say, I'm pretty pleased, and not let down at all.

Photo of jampics2
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from a trip to Seattle. This is almost a year old. This beer is one of the best in that city, and I enjoyed it at two Elysian locations. I feel like I took a little piece of the city back home with me.

Poured into an open mouthed glass. Black with tan head. Looks great, nothing exceptional, but a solid stout.

Smell is OK. Roasted malt leaves coffee and chocolate impressions. But the smell is muted, not very expressive, even under agitation. Mild traces of molasses and some alcohol too.

Taste is exceptional. All the elements missing from the nose are there in the mouth! Roasted bitterness, chocolate, coffee, some pretty noticeable bitter hop and some mild bracing alcohol combine to make one hugely enjoyable beer. This is great stuff.

Mouthfeel is another strong point. Heavy and smooth with creamy carb. Really nice!

Drinkability is also good. I enjoyed reminiscing of my trip with this souvenir. Great job Elysian!

Photo of wise456
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 22 ounce bomber into a pint glass on a cold and snowy night.

A- Dark brown opaque brew with a small but long-lived head.

S- Not much going on in aroma department - maybe some coffee notes and a faint hint of raisins.

T - This is what I call an almost-imperial stout. It has great balance in that three or four prominent flavors all arrive in perfect harmony without any single taste taking center stage. Bittersweet chocolate, barley, oats and a little toffee/caramel add up to one great effort.

M- Creamy and full-bodied. What else would you expect from the style?

D - This one definitely falls between the classic oatmeal stout and over-the-top imperials that are all the rage these days. A restrained, balanced effort that is worth seeking out.

Photo of bum732
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a jet black, nice tan creamy head. Smells of chocolate, some roastiness, touch of citrus and dark fruits, coffee and some molasses. Tastes of dark fruit and chocolate malt with an undertone of citrus. Good mellow bitterness, makes way for coffee like roastiness. Nice creamy, almost milkshake like mouthfeel.

A very solid oatmeal stout, a lot of bold flavors that compliments the creamy mouthfeel beautifully. Probably my favorite from Elysian so far.

Photo of Hypersomnia
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a bomber.

Pours a dark black with a nice 1 finger brown head.

Aroma is chocolate, caramel and sweet malts. Has a bit of that "tootsie roll" aroma too.

Flavor is earthy/roasted with a bit of bitter chocolate, mildly sweet, bit of bitter hops, tiny bit of grain, bit of alcohol. A little lighter on the alcohol flavor and a bit more "umph" and this would be perfect. I keep thinking of some kindy of earth root.

Mouthfeel is pretty excellent, creamy, medium-to-full bodied.

Finish is very interesting, nutty(wood) and peppery/alcohol.

Quite easy to drink, I could drink a good amount of this and want to drink more of these in the future.

This is quite a tasty brew.

Photo of speter
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22-oz bottle into nonic

A: Pours jet-black with a three-finger tan head that actually went downward into the beer, as if on nitro-tap. Very impressive.

S: Chocolate and coffee roasts with a whiff of booze, but well balanced.

T: Exactly what one would expect from the smell. A bitter start goes into chocolate, coffee and a hint of booze in the center, followed by hops and chocolate in the finish. The malty notes in the center balance out the other flavors nicely.

M: Very creamy, as befits the style. On the fuller side, but very refreshing.

D: Beautiful. A bit lower on the ABV, and this would make a killer session beer. As it is now, I'd call it dessert!

Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout from Elysian Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 730 ratings.