Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout - Elysian Brewing Company
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3.9/5 rDev -3.7%
22oz bottle, purchased at the brewery April 2007; Sampled July 2007
When summoned forth vigorously the head forms a cascading, dense, initially four-finger thick, rich chocolate brown colored froth. The beer is almost pitch black in color, the stream of beer as I poured showed a brilliantly clear, dark chocolate color. The malt character is rich and dark with notes of chocolate liquor; thick, creamy, sweetened espresso; rum soaked, burnt raisins; blackened, caramelized figs.
Dense and creamy feeling, the carbonation is quite light (I guess my pour forced most of the carbonation out of solution, though this beer is fairly dense and that has a lot to do with it too). Notes of chocolate, bitter-black-coffee, a roast acidity and a finish full of burnt fruit notes are what I first notice about the taste. This beer, while fairly thick and rich, is not overly sweet, there seems to be lots of residual malt sugars left here, it is just that the dark malt / grain character really serves as a foil and cuts down the perceived sweetness quite a bit. The finish is a mix of burnt figs and a lingeringly bitter note that is a mix of hop character and the roasted grains, though it seems to be predominantly from the latter. The alcohol is noticeable at times, but somehow mixes with the fruit character and contributes something like a brandy-like note; though you have to imagine that through all the roast character).
I have had this beer a few times over the years & it is always an enjoyable tipple, I seem to enjoy it best when sampled fresh from the brewery (despite this being a strong beer). It does hold up well in the bottle, but seems a touch to bitter and acidic from the roast malt (though only just a bit). As the beer warms up and breathes a bit, it does smooth out some; it becomes more creamy, with the chocolate & smooth coffee notes becoming more pronounced. A rich, dark, spiciness also becomes noticeable; sort of reminiscent of the type of spices used in a black, holiday-type, spice cake (notes of vanilla, perhaps a hint of clove, and a wisp of nutmeg). All in all quite an enjoyable beer.
07-22-2007 02:18:27 | More by Gueuzedude
4.13/5 rDev +2%
Presentation - Served cold but allowed to warm to 45 degrees in a standard pint glass
A - an Inky black + dark brown thin head w/ almost no lace
S - Fruity, Roasted, sweet, subtle chocolate and oats with a sublte alcohol scent.
M -Full, sweet and honey-like with a pleasant bitterness.
Deep in complexity- dry but carries a residual sweetness, with the bitterness hanging on in the finish.
T - A big, Sweet, full in body (from oats) beer w/ big dark malts, buter not a charred taste. Just enough bitterness to balance the sheer depth of this sturdy stout. Very flavorful, but shows it's strength. Could use a skosh of finesse. The balance is a weighted slightly more toward bitter with the hops giving off more of their piney essence as it warms. I enjoyed this immensely like a very strong and hoppy oatmeal stout basically a meal in a glass.
D - Smooth and malty with alcohol well hidden with no cloying sweetness or overly bitter flavors. A good strong stout with flavor to spare
06-28-2007 03:23:22 | More by Slatetank
4.35/5 rDev +7.4%
I'm drinking this from a 22oz bomber but have had it many times on tap at my favorite watering hole... I can only praise this thing...
from tap it pours a dark... thick... dark... thick... DARK... just dark... :D same from the bottle...
it smells a little like what i would imagine a dragon with stout for blood would have as breath...
it tastes just great... this nutty flowery slightly carmely general festival on the tounge. i find myself wanting to just suckle a mouthfull until it all slowly drips down the back of my throat... this beer is a must have, especially if you find it on tap. you will be the envy of your friends... or you can be the hero of the day and bring them a whole pitcher to share!
06-18-2007 07:25:38 | More by idResponse
3.98/5 rDev -1.7%
Big-ass 22oz bomber I picked up at Huckleberry's about 3 months or so ago.
Poured viscously (I think I just created a new word) into a UK-style widemouth pintglass, bearing the color of rural, moonless night, with a gigantic mocha colored head that hung around a while. Lots of sticky lace webbing on the sides of the glass.
This has the scent of bitter, unsweetened chocolate, dark roast black coffee, and a tad bit of booziness.
The taste is very similar to the smell. The first portion of the flavor is of bitter coffee notes and brown sugar. From there it becomes more sweetly chocolatey, but not to a cloying degree. There is a restrained dryness at the finish.
Oily mouthfeel that is somewhat marred by a texture that seems too thin for a stout. If this had a bit more thickness in the body it'd easily rate a 4.
A pretty tasty stout, and more interesting than I expected. I've never been terribly impressed with the Elysian beers I've had, though not let down by them either. This one moves to the front of their pack for me. With a bit more body this would be a world-beater.
04-21-2007 19:17:18 | More by woemad
4.03/5 rDev -0.5%
Had this on-tap in Seattle.
Came in a pint glass, a beautiful deep opaque black with a thick dense brown head and great lacing. Nose is malts, coffee, and a small hint of hops. Nice and toasty. Taste is roasty malts, some smoke, and slight alcohol on the finish. Mouthfeel is good and seems to improve upon warming. Drinkability is pretty good too. Good job, Elysian.
03-29-2007 01:47:19 | More by shivtim
4.15/5 rDev +2.5%
Thanks to beerbeing for shipping this to me as part of my BA Anniv. Can't wait to try it.
A: Pours an extremely jet black color with a slight one finger caramel colored head that has a bit of retention and nice lacing.
S: Big roasted malt notes with unsweetened chocolate and bitter coffee notes. Oatmeal flakes also Slight milkyness also. Dark fruit notes of figs and raisins.
T/M: Nice combination of chocolate and coffee notes mingle as if they're dancing. Big roasted malt notes come through also. A bitterness comes through after the roasted malts--hops show their presence here. Soft and smooth on the palate--smoothness almost takes on a milky characteristic. Thick body towards the finish with a nice coffeelike bitterness in the finish. Robust body on this fine offering from
D: Very smooth and drinkable with a nice robust body. A nice stout and one that needs to be had. I've enjoyed this brew.
02-10-2007 23:56:06 | More by bjohnson
4.72/5 rDev +16.5%
Holy goodnight, what a stout...
I actually drank this beer from the bottle while tailgating at Quest Field for the Seahawks home opener. All I had was plastic cups, so after viewing the color, and getting a second perspective on the nose, I opted to enjoy the rest against the glass it came in! The color was a deep espresso hue, with the foamy light brown head that would accompany it. The nose had fantastic hints of chocolate, caramel, and subtle coffee tones. The taste was comparable....milk chocolate malts, coffee, fresh rolled oats, and a finish of dark chocolate. The mouth feel was velvety and rich, probably due to the rich oily texture that the oats tend to lend to the body of a beer. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer with Italian bread, fresh ricotta cheese, and thinly sliced cappacola...would fare well on its own as well...Enjoy
01-29-2007 06:36:51 | More by Greenfloyd
3.93/5 rDev -3%
Dark brown almost mahogany with a lovelly large l frothy/thick lighter brown head. bitter dark chocolate type aromas, some alcohol too, slightly spicey. Some hops. Very nice taste, dak ,bitter yet smooth and chocolaty. Milky, slightly sour, alcohol detectable, some black coffee in the finish. Nice palate, I believe the oats add to the pleasurable mouthfeel, giving a luxuriant thickness. Overall a good drinking stout, not the best but good enough.
12-29-2006 18:00:57 | More by Reidrover
4.2/5 rDev +3.7%
Poured a jet black with a well formed tight creamy-like mocha colored head that had great lasting power,mild molasses and bitter chocolate notes mainly with a hint of raw earthiness as well.Nice velvety smooth creamy mouthfee it glides and coats very well,nice balance of sweetness and dry earthiness notes of molasses and licorice with chocolate tones thruout as well as underlying cola notes,a nice drying subtle earthiness comes thru late making it very drinkable.A damn good double stout to be had very flavorful and pretty complex,recommended.
12-29-2006 02:17:14 | More by oberon
3.78/5 rDev -6.7%
Dark, big brown head, some sediment. Odor is chocolate with some cherries, sort of plum and sherry like as well. Taste is again a lot of chocolate, some bitterness, alcohol and weak cherry presence. Not particularly complex, but its nice. fairly thick. For the price ($3.99), i'd buy another bomber.
12-28-2006 17:57:14 | More by aforbes10
4.1/5 rDev +1.2%
22 oz. bomber poured into my Delirium snifter
A - Black, almost opaque body with a creamy tan, chocolate milk colored head. It dissipates nicely to a thin layer leaving some lacing on the glass.
S - Sweet milky smell with an undertoning of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt. At first it was a smoky smell, but turns to a very sugary scent as it warms...nice and surprising. A tad of an alcohol smell at times too, but not overwhelming.
T - Coffee and roasted malt up front, followed by a nice touch of bitter chocolate. Still a touch of sweetness underpinning the entire experience. Aftertaste is pure roasted malt, and very nice.
M - Not bad, but a little thinner than I was hoping for. Even a little bit of a chalky type feel at times. Definitely the low point of this great beer.
D - As far as drinkability goes, this is amazingly easy to drink for a 7.4% Double Stout. Easier to drink than a lot of session beers to be perfectly honest, and a nice price point that makes it very accessible.
12-21-2006 03:57:13 | More by dgfair
4.25/5 rDev +4.9%
I purchased this beer at Sams in Chicago. The beer was served in an Imperial Pint glass.
Appearance: The beer pours black with a ever so slight ruby opaqueness. The head is a burnt tan coloration. The head was two fingers high and lasted throughout consumption. Thick rings of lacing remain behind on the glass.
Smell: This beer delivers a very good dark roasted coffee and bitter sweet chocolate combo. The beer has some sweet almost lacto type smells also that are very pleasant.
Taste: This beer delivers on the well roasted and toasted espresso flavors. This combines well with the semi and bitter sweet chocolateyness of the beer. Whiffs of smoke combine with a brief kiss of citrus hoppyness. The finish of the beer is earthy bitterness.
Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This beer has a very smooth and creamy medium body. The beer has a dry finish. This is an easy beer to drink. I could polish off a couple bombers of this one by myself. A dam sham I cant get more in Cincinnati. Oh well, I will always be able to go to Chicago.
12-20-2006 14:57:05 | More by nlmartin
3.98/5 rDev -1.7%
Thanks Andrew! Pours black, with a frothy mocha head, providing good retention and lace. Aromas are big dark fruit(plum, prune), lots of dark chocolate, raisin, and a surprising amount of hops. FLavour is very hoppy and choclatey, bitter coffee, and tonnes of fruit. Assertive bitterness finishes with a touch of chalk and pleasant astringency. Shit yes bitch, this is good!
12-14-2006 12:33:41 | More by mrmanning
4.47/5 rDev +10.4%
Pours almost black but still with an amber tin and a full two finger tan head that takes forever to melt to very sticky tan lacing.
Aromas are definitely bitter chocolate and coffee that seems to evolve to almost a milk chocolate and coffee.
Taste is deliciously a cross between bitter chocolate and milk chocolate with a heavy note of espresso coffee. Definitely a touch of smoke in there as well.
Toasted amber malts are not completely lost in the flavors nor are the slight hint of citrus hops at the end.
Mouthfeel is very creamy yet surprisingly dry at the end with an aftertaste of the coffee and espresso.
What a wonderful Stout this is.
12-13-2006 05:10:17 | More by IntriqKen
4/5 rDev -1.2%
Dark pretty beer that has a promising look during the pour.
The nose is promising as well, not overpowering but does that hey I'm here and I'm going to taste damn good dance in your nose.
Fluffy darker head that slips away and the first swallow is a winner. Makes me think duh, why haven't I tried this before. It's terrible when we missout on tasty beers just because they are easily availible. I'm kicking myself over this one. Wow...tasty and well worth it.
12-10-2006 05:38:54 | More by Dubbercody
4.18/5 rDev +3.2%
Freaky label gets style points. Poured into a crystal mug, drank with a straw.
Thick, gooey pour of black oil, a small foamy head of tan head will pop up if you pour aggressively. A big whack of chocolate malts hits the nose, then a solid quaff of the big three: coffee, burnt toast and chocolate. Excellent.
Starts thick, thins by mid-bomber, but still a very quaffable brew. If you dig stouts, be sure to sample one or two bottles of this goodie.
11-24-2006 22:37:45 | More by Vancer
3.6/5 rDev -11.1%
I have let this bottle age about 6 months. It was purchased in Alaska, so it may be as old as a year.
appearance: classic imperial stout look. pitch black tar look with a dark brown head. the head never ever leaves and lacing is quite strong.
smell: some strong coffee biterness with just a touch of milkstout sweetness.
taste: when i first had this 6 months ago, I thought it was very bitter, which is why I decieded to let the 2nd bottle age for a bit. This may have been a mistake. The front end of the beer has completly rounded off, leaving very little flavor. coming out the back is a quite strong hop bitterness, yet very little hop flavor or roast flavor. hints of chocolate come through, but they get pounded down by the bitterness. Still is pretty good though.
mouthfeel: a little too thin for my tastes. certainly not what I would call good for a double stout.
drinkability: well getting though the bomber was easy enough. I nice enough Sunday drinker, but lets just say I'm not terribly depressed that I can't get this beer in California.
11-20-2006 00:21:13 | More by pjwilson
3.68/5 rDev -9.1%
(Served in an imperial pint glass)
A- This beer has a black body with a foam made up of a mass of medium-sized bubbles that is light tan. There is a sea of microbubbles racing through the body.
S- This beer has a dark malt aroma with a slight sweetness to it. There is a faint earthy tar note in the background. For the most part it is pretty one dimensional.
T- This beer has a nice dark roasted malt flavor with molasses, faint coffee and a finish with a faint bitterness from the malt. There might be a slight hop bitterness to the finish but it is mostly malt flavors.
M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a fizz in the finish that really lightens the body and cleans up the finish.
D- This beer has a nice drinkability but there is not much depth so it gets a bit boring for more than one bottle.
11-19-2006 04:30:51 | More by rhoadsrage
British Columbia (Canada)
3.98/5 rDev -1.7%
A: Black, tan head, very little retention, hints of lace.
S: Pine, dark chocolate & a little tar?
T: Very piney, cocoa, espresso, good/modest bitterness & alcohol, floral hops.
M: Moderate to full body, moderate carbonation, well attenuated, slightly acidic & dry.
D: Good drinkability.
11-14-2006 01:27:43 | More by Derek
4.58/5 rDev +13.1%
22 oz bomber. This brew pours a sinister black color, with only light penetrating at the edges when I tile the glass. There was a 2 finger dark tan head over top when I poured it and it fell to a full coat over top. There is just a light carbonation bubbling up in the brew. Nice looking beer. The aroma is very nice. It starts with a big piney hop, backed with chocolate and deep roasted maltyness. It comes together to give hints of coffee as well. All the aromas are big, but in balance with each other. Flavor is excellent. The hop that smacked me in the nose is much more subdued. The flavor is rich in chocolate, moving to a mild pine and roast character that blends in with the sweetness of the chocolate to finish with a mild coffee and a nice moderate bitterness. I think the flavor on this one is excellent, as nothing is out of line or overly strong. It all meshes well. The mouthfeel is moderate with a very light carbonation that makes it fell nice and full. Overall, this one is a very nice beer. Both the flavor and aroma deliver. As it warms, the body really bulks up to a solid full feel, giving me what I had been looking for. For $4 a bomber, this is an excellent value as far as stouts go. Very nice.
10-26-2006 01:41:13 | More by kmpitz2
4.38/5 rDev +8.1%
I am sampling this beer at room temp and poured into a stemmed tulip glass. The beer pours a pitch black and develops a large creamy tan head of about 3 cm that begins to fade rapidly leaving a pockmarked crater landscape on the surface.
Aroma is roasted malt, bakers chocolate, some hints of coffee bean, brown sugar and molasses. Yea the nose is pretty rich on this one.
First sip is fairly robust and thick bodied with a slightly syrupy texture. Beer definitely coats my tongue as it passes towards my belly. Flavor is about what the nose advertised. I get some sweet brown sugar and molasses up front when the beer hits my tongue. This moves to a mild middle of roasted malt and rolls smoothly to some warming booze and dark chocolate mixed with a bit of dark fruit and more lingering roast. The beer is very drinkable despite the warmth and its general robust stature.
A very fine double stout that I would recommend to all NWers and anyone visiting the area. CHeck it out!
10-23-2006 02:45:44 | More by sulldaddy
4.65/5 rDev +14.8%
This is one helluva brew and this particular 22 oz bottle survived the trip from Seattle to CT in checked luggage (wish I could say the same for Doggie Claws). Anyway, this beer is all a Double Stout should be without the over-the-top ABV%. Black, silky smooth, chocolaty, vinous, and lip-smacking good.
10-22-2006 00:27:17 | More by markman
3.98/5 rDev -1.7%
Beutiful like a stout should be. Jet black body with a huge chocolate brown head with huge fat bubbles. Nose is an invigorating smokey malt that just jumps out of the glass, very meaty. There is a lot going on in the nose of this one. Rich robust coffee chocolatey feel attacks the taste buds at first sip. Eases up in the middle and thins up on the bitter that leads to the finish. Finish is slightly sweet with richness and a bitter bite on the end. Not to heavy on the mouthfeel. Very relaxed and nicely drinkable.
09-24-2006 00:25:25 | More by SPLITGRIN
3.23/5 rDev -20.2%
From a bomber that I picked up at the beginning of the summer, aged (or rather stored) at Leadville temperatures, guaranteeing that this hasn't gone bad sitting in the 'cellar' (read: laundry room) over the summer.
It pours an impenetrable black with a meaty, tan head that dissipates and lingers as a thinnish layer above the brew. The alcohol's prominence in the bouquet surprised me, as this is only a 7.4% brew, but alcohol it is and almost nothing else. All told, the straightforward (and disappointing) nose on this offering is its biggest flaw.
Fortunately the taste offers a little more to chew on and think about. It has a nice bittering hop presence up front and a smooth malty finish, with hints of marshmallow, leather, and milk. This is followed by another dose of hops that lingers long into the aftertaste. Like so many American stouts (single or double), I personally think that this indulges the hop a little too much at the cost of a more complex balance. That qualm notwithstanding, it's still a tasty and enjoyable brew.
Highly drinkable for a beer of its strength. This is a smooth and rather mellow strong stout. It may not be the best of Elysian's beers, but it's still worth a look.
09-11-2006 01:11:40 | More by benito
3.9/5 rDev -3.7%
3.99 for 22oz bottle at Sam's in Chicago
Again (like the tripel from Elysian we had before this) Dragonstooth bottle poured with considerable head
very dark, liquid blackness (no light passes through)
head quickly dissipated into lacy beige foam topping
slight roasty aroma
thick creamy mouthfeel
dark, lightly sweet, roasty
at 7.4 abv it is not an imperial stout -- either in strength or in taste
but it is a nice strong stout with pleasant sweetness balanced by roastiness
I got a slight bit of toffee on the first sip, but later in the glass I am getting just the light sweet/roasty flavors
09-07-2006 01:40:53 | More by 4thoseabout2bock
Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout from Elysian Brewing Company
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