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Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout - Elysian Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

762 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 762
Reviews: 320
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 93
Gots: 94 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-20-2002

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Photo of youradhere
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
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
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
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
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
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
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
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
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
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!

Photo of Pinto21
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint a black with a hint of red on the edges with a tan/brown head that fades fairly quick.

A touch of chocolate with a bit of coffee, but mostly a sweeter dark fruit smell

Roasted up front, but not overly so. hops in the finish, but just noticeable. Kinda sweet chocolate that then gets more bitter with a touch of coffee? It's complex yet everything melds together very well.

Mouth if full but not too much so. I finished the 22 no problem.

I like it better than FBS!

Photo of Docer
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber to try...

- Really dark viscous stout... rich solid black/brown, mild finger of head, rich mocha colored... down to some minor spotting... looks delicious.

- Nice sweet chocolate... slight bitterness... and a touch of rubbing alcohol booziness.. some grains, oatmeal.. etc,.

- Smooth and creamy chocolate goodness.. superior balance, and perfect touch of sweetness. Thank god the taste doesn't mimic the scent too much. Nice light bittering hop, grains, oats..

- Medium to heavy bodied... rather thick and viscous, but not too cloying and rich to boot. rather smooth sailing... a fantastic and unique feel.

- Overall this is a fantastic stout, and and quite pleased with it.. one I would certainly purchase again. Smooth, not too sweet, and tasty!

Photo of clickpush
3.46/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour: 22oz bottle to wide-mouthed glass. Very dark beer capped by a mocha head. About one finger head quickly dissipates to a thin coat of lace and healthy halo. Looks like there's plenty of carbonation inside the beer. Body looks to be on the thinner side, which is what I'm in the mood for right now.

Nose: Seared figs, roasted malt. Somewhat sweet, caramel... or more like burned sugar. Not exactly an aroma that I'm excited about. Not bad, but just not super exciting... missing the coffee/burnt toast that I want.

Mouth: Thicker than it looks, is the first impression. Healthy roast flavors and lingering burnt toast. Some of that burnt sugar again, an acrid finish. Fore flavors are better than hind flavors. Goes well w/ my burger though. Mouthfeel is thick yet highly carbonated... think the body could stand to be a little thinner (lower in alcohol) but it's quite alright.

Photo of olmatty
3.83/5  rDev -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.

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.

Photo of COBeerBuff
3.2/5  rDev -20.6%
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."

Photo of beertunes
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of Goldfish19
4.23/5  rDev +5%
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! ~

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.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of MisterClean
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of njmoons
3.05/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

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.

Photo of popery
4.03/5  rDev 0%
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.

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.

Photo of JamesP123
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of beachbum1975
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
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!

Photo of Grabbin2nd
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout from Elysian Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 762 ratings.