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Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout - Elysian Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

693 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 693
Reviews: 307
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 85
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 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
Photo of dasenebler
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark, brooding pour, as the name of this beer might suggest. Modest tan head, dissipates to a ring. Tangy aroma, with hints of chocolate and alcohol.

Excellent, full-flavored stout. Tangy and and acidic, with a big roasted malt body. Semi-sweet chocolate and lots of dark-roasted coffee. Even with all of that flavor, it's not too heavy and very drinkable for a strong stout. Alcohol is difficult to detect. A lot of carbonation, but it's very fine in texture so I can deal with it. Mouthfeel is very good, but could be even fuller.

This beer exceeded my expectations flavor-wise, but I have trouble seeing it as an imperial stout. It's more like a strong american stout, comparable to the Cadillac Mt. or Shakespeare stouts, I'd say.

dasenebler, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of jsanto
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

s - large bottle in a russian river glass.

a - it looked black, and poured very thick looking. scarry.

s - i almost forgot about the smell, probably because i did not smell much. alcohol and coffee and a littlefruit.

t - coffee in the middle, light carbonation in the front, and a slight alcohal/coffe finish.

m - just like the taste i guess. the finish lingers a little longer if you wait between sips, and be still and think about it for a few moments.

d - this is my desert tonight. with a little blue cheese.

jsanto, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of ATPete
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle

Pours a rich black color with a nice looking medium sized brown head. Lots of roasty toasty grain in the nose, sweet chocolate malt comes through as well as subtle notes of ground coffee. Good flavor, surprising bitterness which i really enjoyed. Medium bodied for an Imperial Stout but that factored with the moderate ABV make for a very drinkable brew. Well done, by far my favorite offering from Elysian so far.

ATPete, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of RonfromJersey
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black body, no highlights. Three fingers of level tight highly whipped tan microbubbles. Excellent lacing.

Roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and licorice in the aroma.

Taste begins with black coffee, picks up a little milk, then a chocolate kick. Sensation of oats rolling across the tongue. Bitter bite at swallow merges into coffee at the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is slick and oily and full and rich, befitting an imperial oatmeal stout.

For a big and complex beer, very good drinkability.

A highly enjoyable Imperial Oatemal Stout.

RonfromJersey, Feb 19, 2009
Photo of Magpie14
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

brown bomber with plain gold cap, interesting label

A: great heavy brown and walnut pour with a luscious milk chocolate colored head. Body is black as can be and has copious shades of deep red, burgundy, and maybe dark walnut. Head was a picture in itself and more on the retaining foamy side, rather than dense. A wonderful whirlwind of random filmy lace. Just from the pour, this bad boy looks monstrous and like my kind of stout

S: plenty of deeply roasted malts, oats and semi-sweet chocolate oatmeal cookies. Also what is making me excited is the soft vanilla soaked coffee beans. Smells are a good variety and make me salivate for my first sip

T: oatmeal has a bigger showing than in the nose, a GOOD thing! Malts are deep and rich, as are most of the flavors. I find a hint, and I mean a hint, of cinnamon on the tongue. Otherwise, mostly bitter chocolate covered caramel candies sprinkled with brown sugar and with smoked bitter coffee beans.
Here is what is baffling me...hops are nicely present and compliment the overall darkness of this brew wonderfully, how'd they do it? A nice acidity rounds out the back end and makes me think lemons and grapefruit. Although this sounds like a bizarre paring, far from it. It remains wonderfully sweet and has the right amount of hops, not to much or to little. Or I think so at least, great beer! This is so close to a five...man!

M: what do you know, high marks in this category as well. Slick, creamy, and a very easy drinkability. My palate is pleased with this liquid goodness, flavor improves upon warming

D: sometimes I struggle with the idea of giving 5's for scores and this beer challenged me quite a bit. I have found, yet another, great stout since my move to the west coast. It does not get much better than this: rich, malty, complex, and smooth. Has to be a 5!

Magpie14, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of dirtylou
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

not sure who sent me this (in a recent bif) - i've seen it around before on the west coast but have never sampled

appearance: 22oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass, lovely chocolate brown body with a chocolatey head, nice retention and very strong lacing - nice

smell: milk chocolate, lactose, a touch of char and smoke, faint licorice, smooth and roasty

taste: very nice stout - big milk chocolate notes, very mild roasty flavor, a touch of licorice and very little booze

mouthfeel: creamy and smooth, milky and rich

drinkability: good

dirtylou, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of Kendo
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Consumed on 11-21-08.

A: Poured into a pint glass. Body is dark brown when poured, but black with brown edges once it's in the glass and backlit. Small, thin film of a chocolate-brown head disappears fast, leaving no lace.

S: Roasted barley malt, roasted coffee beans and some chocolate.

T: Follows the nose, though it's more chocolatey than expected, especially as it warms. Roasted malt, a hint of dark fruit and some roasted coffee bitterness towards the back of the sip. More like burnt charcoal at times, though as it warms the bitterness seems to become more hop-related than char or coffee bitterness.

M: Medium bodied, but a good fizziness gives it a creamy feel. Active carbonation makes it feel a bit lighter.

D: Excellent. Highly quaffable if you're a stout fan.

Notes: I could see this becoming a go-to, middle of the road "everyday" stout if it were reasonably priced and more easily found. . . .

Kendo, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of Foxman
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

it pours a seared brown that appears black and seems to eat light. A finger of brownish tan head sinks to a fine mesh of froth. Rivets of lacing pop along the inside of the glass.

The aroma is initially dark roasted malt, sweet with burnt sugar and molasses. Coffee, nuts, and charred biscuit join spiced toffee and a distant but distinct flare of alcohol.

Upon tasting, there comes the bittersweet sugary char of roasted malt layered with biscuit, nuts, molasses, dark chocolate, and a touch of soy. Coffee and a muted hoppiness bring a crisp character alongside a casual current of warm alcohol. Baked dough, burnt sugar, and a poignant residual bitterness feed a very crisp, dry, and lingering finish. It's basic and very enjoyable.

Medium bodied, it starts creamy but seems to drop off rather quickly, but only after making a positive impression.

Sometimes a stout is just a stout, and when it's this tasty, just being a stout is a good thing. It's got all the right parts put together in a fetching way. It's bold but mannered. The ABV is north of average, but even with that, it drinks smooth and well. It's not double imperial, cave-aged in Amontillado casks with vanilla and premium espresso tossed in. No, instead, it's a good, gracious, enjoyable stout that I'll pour gladly any day.

Foxman, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of RedDiamond
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For many years, this hearty oatmeal stout has been an easy choice as a reliable go-to beer, though for some reason I had never considered that it was greater than 7% ABV. This makes it a bit stronger than most oatmeal stouts though still shy of an imperial.

Dragonstooth (one word, apparently) is elegant in multiple capacities: the plush creaminess, forward leaning mocha mojo, and overall graceful contours. The beer also shows a dark tan head with exaggerated lace and a dark, placid body. Though its gentle malt aroma doesn't factor strongly, Dragonstooth's initial sweetness and approachable complexity make it easy to return to year in and year out.

RedDiamond, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of Chelsea1905
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark appearance, with a little off white head with chocolate tinges in there too. Lacing is quite well for such a small amount of head

Caramel, dark toffee, roasted malt

A little bit too much alcohol up front, but the heat gives away to a comfortable backbone of malt and chocolate

For a stout it's not that heavy, more medium bodied and quite enjoyable. Therefore, I think you could drink a little more becasue it doesn't fill you up so much

Chelsea1905, Jan 21, 2009
Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout from Elysian Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 693 ratings.