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Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout - Elysian Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

729 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 729
Reviews: 309
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 87
Gots: 71 | 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 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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

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. . . .

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.

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.

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

Photo of Richardberg
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Medium-bodied appearance: dark but not black, head showed some froth at first but quickly dissipated. Smell & taste feature strong and richly varied malts, from toffee to biscuit to even a bit of chocolate. Superbly creamy and drinkable, yet pleasantly strong (7.5%). Can't wait to return to this one another night.

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

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy brown head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a rich, chocolatey scent with a dry, coffee-like earthiness as well. The taste is good. It has a smooth black and chocolate malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry with an earthy feel. It's only slightly warming in the finish. The chocolate malts really make the flavor with this one. The mouthfeel is awesome. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a trendous beer. It's rich with malt complexity and has a lovely mouthfeel.

Photo of tpd975
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very dark flat black hue with a nice tall tan creamy head. The retention is above average with nice spotty lace noted.

S: Bold charred malt aromas with notes of bitter chocolate and coffee.

T: Wow wonderful toasted malt flavors to start. Hints of light oak come next. Waves of chocolate seems to melt into coffee. A touch of hops lead to a slightly bitter finish.

M: Medium in body, very smooth for an IRS.

D: One of the most drinkable IRS I have ever had. Great beer with a small price tag. If avaliable would be one of my go to winter brews.

Photo of Wackyfoot
4.83/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Roasted oaty maltiness with a dash of coffee flavors to balance it all out. One of the easiest drinking stouts I've ever had, a guy could easily drink two or three 22 oz bottles and not realize it until the alcohol hit. Not that I'd know anything about that...

Photo of maddogruss
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bottle of this into a shaker glass.

A: Pours a black body with no head or lacing to note.

S: A roasted barley smell with some slight, sweet toffee undertones.

T: A very roasted taste that covers up everything, including the relatively high ABV. Roasted notes are also very evident in the aftertaste. You really only know there is a good amount of alcohol in it as you feel its warming affects while you drink it.

M: A fairly thick mouthfeel that proved to be very smooth as well.

D: A very good tasting beer, but the mouthfeel seemed a little filling. While they did well to complement each other, the thick mouthfeel made it difficult to drink later on.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.43/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 8/15/08. Bottle. Pours black with a pretty dark tan head. Aroma of roasted and sweet malt. Flavor is very sweet, lots of sweet malt along with some bitter chocolate. Smooth palate. This was just ok for me, a little too sweet.
6/4/7/4/14 (3.5/5)

Photo of deereless
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Ebony espresso, thick brown, wonderful lacing - 4.25, S: Hints of oatmeal, heavy on the grain - 4.25, T: Extremely grainy in a good way, loads of chocolate malt, some nice bittering, on the mild side in terms of an Imperial Stout - 4.25, M: Nice and creamy - 4.50, D: This is a solid stout, nicely crafted and quite flavorful - 4.25

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

Got this as an extra from travisd13. Big, big thanks!

Appearance: Pours muddy black from the bottle. No transparency whatsoever. Creamy, brown head slowly emerges as the pour comes to an end. Head climbs to about 1/4 inch, but dissipates back to a thin ring after a minute or so, dragging wispy lace behind it. Looks very, very thick and delicious. EDIT: Vicious pour created a gorgeous 2-finger, extremely tight, creamy head. Looks like it came out of a nitro-tap. Great retention, great lacing. Just, wow!

Smell: Mocha, oats, chocolate flakes, roasted malts, and a touch of molasses.

Taste: Wow, this is excellent! Where to begin... rich milk chocolate, oats, mocha, and roasted woody flavors. Finishes a bit dry and burnt with hints of bourbon, molasses, and toffee. A very rich, complex, and balanced taste with just the right amount of sweetness. One of the best imperial stouts I've ever had!
EDIT: Had this again on 05-17-09 and wasn't as impressed. Still delicious, but not mind-blowing.

Burp: Hearty, chunky, chocolately, delicious.

Mouthfeel: Thick and velvety smooth. Body is firm and moderately syrupy. Great mouth coating and good warming. Very well done!

Drinkability: Really, really wish I had another bomber of this. Flavor and mouthfeel are superb. Goes down very smooth, and creates a nice, friendly, warm spot in your belly. A top notch imperial stout that I'd recommend to anyone!

Photo of meatyard
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Is a very, very dark cola brown with a short tan head and light bits of lacing,
S-Is a strong nose of coffee and some dark chocolate and a little smoke.
T-Is some smokiness, a bite of bitterness, then the roasted coffee and chocolate at the end.
M-Is sort of thin, much more than I would expect. This is the weakest part of this beer.
D-Is very nice. I expected a higher ABV but at 7% it's low enough to have plenty.

This is a solid beer, easy to drink and enjoyable at that. There are better but many more worse.

Photo of HopDerek
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep oily black with 2 fingers of foamy chocolate milk tan colored head. Great lasting retention leaves behind nice lacing lattice work. Smells of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, dark fruits, and a touch of citrus. Tastes of milk chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, lactose, raisins, and plums with a nice bitter finish of coffee, citrus and floral hops, and bakers cocoa. Medium in body with good carbonation. Smooth and creamy yet bitter and chewy too. Hides the alcohol well. A good Imperial Stout with nice roastiness, chocolate sweetness, and bitterness of coffee and hops. Definitely has all the characteristics of a RIS, though a little more on the mild side, but very drinkable, and definitely worth opening a bottle for that RIS desire without having to drink a bottle of one of the rarer brews.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.23/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to shaebs99 for this one.

Pours from a 22oz bomber into a snifter. Pitch black in appearance with a small, rather wispy, cocoa colored head. No lacing and not much head retention either.

Aroma is fruity sweet and roasted, chocolate malts. Perhaps a touch of west coast hops join the ranks in there as well. Slightly alcoholic.

The taste was interesting. The first taste was a solid, nice chocolate, burnt grain roastiness. Some sweet fruits as well. But the aftertaste was almost nasty. Tastes like a bandaid with rubbing alcohol on it. The first three seconds are sublime but the last five seconds really ruin everything for me.

Rather thin for the style. That aftertaste really hurts this one. Aside from that, this would be a great beer. But, when the last flavor in your mouth is medicinal and pungent, everything before it doesnt really matter.

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

A: Pours super black especially considering this is a "regular" stout. A massive 2 fingers of coffee colored head. Good lacing. BA says it is an imperial though.

S: Really nice nose. Big roasted blast right up front. Over roasted coffee after that.Only the faintest hint of chocolate but it is there.

T: Initial blast of chocolate mixed with roasted coffee. Much more of a hop bite than I thought this would have. I even cellared this for about 3 months. Tons of malt as well. Finishes with that nice heavy and lingering malt.

M: Prickly carbonation. With the big taste I want this to be a little thicker. I feel I always say that about stouts though.

D: A nice sipper. Well balanced with all the elements you want in a stout. The lack of body makes it easier drinking. Would love to try this on tap.

Photo of josiahschlender
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I'm not much of a fan of Elysian's labels, but this sure looks good pouring it out. Very black, viscous pour. Color is totally black, with a moderate crema-looking head that reduces to a ring eventually, leaving a bit of lacing.

Great aromas! Bittersweet chocolate, molasses, earthy hops, just a bit of smoke. I bought this beer on a whim, not checking any reviews before... definitely pleasantly surprised by the aromas and flavors.

Lots of bittersweet chocolate, smoky, very dark roasted malts, some espresso, molasses/brown sugar sweetness, and earthy, bitter hops. Good flavor intensity with a long, lingering finish. Not quite up there with the few world class RIStouts I've tried, but not far off, either.

Feel is maybe outpaced by flavors a bit, a little more oomph and chewiness would have been a plus. I feel like I'm reaching though... this is an outstanding beer.

Picked this up for under $4 for a bomber. What a great deal on an insanely drinkable RIS! Price often factors into my drinkabilty score, when coupled with the great tastiness without a punishing ABV makes this the closest I've ever come to seeing a session RIS. Of course, you'd be better off savoring this one slowly to appreciate it.

Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout from Elysian Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 729 ratings.