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Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout - Elysian Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

727 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 727
Reviews: 309
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 87
Gots: 70 | 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 dnichols
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I shared a 22 ounce bomber with a beer buddy to celebrate the first burn in his backyard fire pit...very manly.

A: It poured a deep shiny black body with a dense chocolate head that retained well and supported a coating of evenly layered lacing.

S: It emitted a burst of dark roasted malts and coffee followed by sweet aromas of chocolate.

T: It was creamy and richly chocolaty, much like a iced mocha latte. The malts were nearly burnt they were so deeply roasted. It produced a sweet smoky like flavor that complemented well the bite of campfire steeped coffee. It finished warm and almost clean with only a small sweet chocolate aftertaste.

M: It was full bodied with a bod bitter and sweet coating of the tongue and a small sweet aftertaste.

D: It's too much beer for a long session but I could enjoy two or three bombers before the sweetness and big body would overcome my lust.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a tiny, wispy, khaki-colored head.

Smell: Aroma full of dark, roasty malts yielding notes of chocolate, dark caramel, anise, and even a quick whiff of oatmeal.

Taste: Semi-sweet chocolate and dark malts that are a touch roasty providing a hint of coffee. Modestly sweet taste of thick dark caramel. There's only ever a slight bitterness. Tastes of of vanilla and anise emerge on the relatively sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A fine, tasty stout from Elysian.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a nice tan head that sticks around as a ring. Roasty and creamy aromas are nice, but a little light. The taste is nicely balanced with a medium roastiness, creaminess, a bit of licorice and chicory, and a slightly bitter finish. Smooth and relatively creamy mouthfeel, this is an easier drinker and well crafted.

Photo of JDV
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a short lived tan head. Smell is mild dark roastiness and a hint of cardboard. Taste is dry burnt roastiness. Medium bodied with similar carbonation. A bit ashy and slightly bitter from the nice sharp hops. Could use a touch more body, but the dark, burnt flavor is nice.

Photo of cjgator3
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into an imperial pint glass. Pours a thick pitch dark black with a tan head. The aroma is dark roasted malt and a lot of roasted coffee flavors explode from the aroma as well. The taste is dark roasted malts up front with some bitter coffee flavors in the finish and a good dose of lingering hops. This brew is definitely on the hoppy side as far as stouts go. The mouthfeel is heavy and thick and slightly chewy. Overall, this is a very flavorful stout that is recommended.

Photo of wagenvolks
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a Duvel chalice.

Standard-looking stout pour...dark seal brown with a cork-colored, immaculately retained head. Slight spackles of lacing. Aroma brings notes of peppery chocolate, spiced beef, and sugary dough.

Taste is a combination of beefy, bitter, alcohol-infused dark chocolate. Not a whole lot of depthe here, but what is afloat, is good. (very close to a 4.0). A slight earthy, peat malt & hop finish rounds out a medium-bodied beer with a strong bitter finish. I was a bit surprised at the Double Stout style, as this is a nice (single) Stout, but nothing out of the ordinary will make me remember it 5 yrs. down the line (except, perhaps, for the label art).

[edit: revisited review 6/26/2011, bumped taste 3.5-->4.0 and overall 3.5-->4.0]

Photo of sleazo
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A_dark and almost black. Medium bodied head and plenty of lace.

S_nicely rich bitter roastedness. Good dose of pac nw hops.

T_on the bitterside. Well done with rich roasted malts and coffee standing out. Nice cola like flavours in the background but this is a hardcore roasted stout.

M_thick and velvety and light carbonation. Might have oatmeal in here, not sure.

D_This is a delicious stout. Went really well with an oyster sampler at the Brooklyn. I could down a few of these and would if I lived in Seattle.

Photo of session1979
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Brooklyn Seafood-Steak House in Seattle.

Appearance: Midnight black with a one finger tan head.

Nose: Cocoa, mild coffee, chocolate and roasted malts.

Taste: The coffee, chocolate and roasted malts that were present in the aroma show up first followed by a slightly bitter finish on the back of the tongue. Really nice full flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very nice mouthfeel, not what I would call thick but almost. Lightly carbonated.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, almost no alcohol presence.

Overall: I went to lunch not expecting much of a craft beer selection but this was a very nice surprise on the Brooklyn Seafood-Steak House menu. A very solid beer that I would make a staple in my fridge if I could get it locally.

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

I bought a bomber of Dragonstooth stout at a grocery store. Poured in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a coal black color, opaque, with a one-finger mocha colored head. The head is rich, with a two tone appearance, with darker brown swirls against the lighter brown foam.

The smell is a powerful rich, dark chocolate aroma, with a roasted smoke presence.

The taste is similar to the smell, a bitter coffee and unsweetened chocolate flavor. There is a hint of alcohol heat on the finish, with a lingering bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is smooth, rich and full bodied. Very little carbonation, with a thick silky feel.

Hard to improve on the drinkability of this one. It is very drinkable for a 7+ ABV brew. The alcohol is masked nicely, the bitterness is not overpowering. A very drinkable stout indeed.

Photo of bobsy
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Elysian Fields in Seattle. I had this beer and the porter, and this was definitely the better of the two. Poured a midnight black with a large, well-lacing tan head, that showed good retention. Very rich, roasty nose, but every now and then it seemed more subdued and fainter. Flavours included chocolate and caramel, and there was a pleasant bitterness from deeply roasted coffee grinds. Full, creamy body. I could drink this all night long!

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

Thanks to SuzyGreenberg for this extra.

This bottle is better than I had remembered dragonstooth. Pours jet black with a nice one finger tan/brown head. The head dissipates quickly with a bit of lace. The nose has some alcohol tones but is mostly of bitter chocolate. The first taste is much richer and more chocolaty than i had expected. Great dark chocolate and mocha type flavors. The finish has some alcohol with a little hoppy bite. This is an interesting brew, and more complex than i had expected. At 7.4 it is slightly on the weak side for an imperial, but is thick and chewy like one, with the finish and smoothness of an oatmeal stout. I like it. I think it is an interesting beer. Unusually refreshing and drinkable for a stout of its kind. A solid beer, nothing incredibly extraordinary, but a solid brew.

Photo of GPHarris
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a two-fingers thick coffee-colored head into an oversized goblet. it left thick sheets and clingy lace that really coated the glass, nice retention on this one. the body was dark black.
s - hints of coffee and dry chocolate.
t - coffee, sweet chocolate with a little hop kick.
m - creamy, smooth and very clean on the tongue. a little thin though.
d - nice sipper and my girlfriend and i really enjoyed this one.

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

Pours a nice black color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy tan head, some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, good dose of toffee/coffee/caramel. The taste is slightly sweet/bitter, malty, some nice tones of toffee/coffee/caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very tasty double stout, recommended.

Photo of jjboesen
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Imperial Stout starts with a thin, creamy head and settles into a very dark appearance accompanied by foamy sponge-like lacing.

Made with Chinook, Cascade and Centennial hops, it has a smooth and malty richness with a subtle toastiness making for a sweet mouthfeel and one of the many excellent Elysian brews that cannot be resisted.

It's understandable why this one costs a little extra.

Photo of flexabull
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of acertain, (ratebeer) thanks again!

Pours a deep flat black color, with a nice off white head on top. Nice looking stout...

Aromas are of cocoa, chocolate, and a bit of creamy sweet coffee. Very nice clean nose on this one. No funny smells, just classic stout.

Flavors are strong. Lots of bitterness, bakers chocolate, underlying roasted malt sweetness and some boozy alcohol. This is a potent stout, but it doesn't really feature those dark roasted malt flavors that I usually get from a stout. This one just comes off as a "dry bitter" stout. It is certainly interesting...

Mouthfeel is pretty good. I would like some more fullness. But it still sits pretty well in the mouth.

Drinkability is good. This one scores points for being interesting and unique, and it's certainly worth a try.

Photo of seaoflament
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good looking stout but not as dark as it could be. Minimal amount of foam and quickly settles to a thin ring around the edge of the glass. The second half, and warmer, of the bottle pour had a bit more foam.

Great aroma of chocolate, roasted barley, chocolate malts, a little bit of coffee, malted milk and a finish of alcohol soaked cherries.

Taste is of roasted malts and bitter-sweet chocolate, cocoa, a bit of cherries and a slight coffee finish. The beer is well carbonated, and it doesn’t feel too thick, slightly above average mouthfeel. A bit of bitterness in the aftertaste, also finishes dry. As it warms up there is a more pronounced espresso beans flavor that works quite well.

A pretty good example of an imperial stout.

Photo of rallison
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very thick black with a beautiful 1 1/2 finger dark tan creamy head that never fully dies. For the alcohol, this beer looks exceptionally thick. I like that.

Smells of strong roasted malts and dark chocolate. Yummy.

Taste is of chocolate, molasses, dark fruits and some espresso. I like this - it has more flavor than the 7.4% belies. A bit of hop bitterness comes through as well. Altogether enjoyable flavors.

The mouthfeel is the only real fault I can find. It does tend to the thin side on the middle of the mouth, and makes it not quite as satisfying. Drinkability is decent for the beer.

Overall, recommended. An altogether tasty RIS.

Photo of cswhitehorse
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Elysian has the cool cartoon like artwork for the label. The logo for the Dragonstooth is tough, he is ready to slay or has just gotten back from his job.

The stout pours dark as night with a little head that leaves quickly.

It smells of toasty malts and chocolate.

I taste the malt right off and the higher abv is apparent. The chocolate flavor arrives in the palate and the end. The mouthfeel was good and the chocolate lingers for some time. Since I started reviewing this is the first American Double Stout and it is definitely a little more bold than a normal stout.

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

The stout poured a nice thick dark dark brown in color with no foam. The smell of roasted malts and chocolate filled my nose. But the taste of all the components in this stout was great. You can taste the roasted malts that had chocolate, with a hint of coffee. Not overly sweet and not overly bitter either. Nice balance of all the components when put together! A very nice surprise and a wonder experience in a great stout!

Photo of GClarkage
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

07/31/07- Purchased at John's Marketplace in Portland, OR.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness info found. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Pretty black colored pour. Bottle spewed massive foam when I opened it. Thought for sure it was infected. Massive 2 inch plus foamy large bubbled head on the pour. After it settled, it became a beautiful 1/2 inch off white creamsickle looking velvet. Left behind very nice lace patches and streaks as well.

Smell- Deep roasted chocolate malt, a mocha coffee scent as well. Maybe a bit of hops too.

Taste- Great mocha malt ball chocolate flavor. This carries most of the beer. Light coffee notes as well. WIth a wondeful perfect hop bitterness to follow the swallow. Flavor meld is fabulous.

Mouthfeel- Mid level, maybe a bit less carbonation after the massive head settled. Became smooth and creamy.

Drinkability- The best tasting 7.4% stout I have had. Can't believe it's that low in alcohol with all the massive flavors. Maybe the best price for a great beer I have had as well. Only $3.29! For a bomber of very quality double stout.

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

Smells of malted mocha americano with just a hint, a stray tendril of Borkum Riff from a day or two past.

Opaque brown in color with a sludgy, chunky, french press coffee look to the heterogenous mix. Head is small but thick and squat, with the tan color pocked by brown gobs of sediment and sludge clinging to the carbonated froth and held aloft like raindrops ready to fall from the clouds.

In the onset, caramel and nougat are the big time players, and stand alone, the quality of these two basic flavors, and the easy satisfaction of them would already make this beer a winner. I feel like Ron Popeil when I say "wait, there's more." I suppose a "set it and forget it" could be in order as well, but do what you will. Somewhere mid swallow, espresso and the darkest of German chocolate gives closure to the satisfying sweetness that preceded. Coupled with an inexcapable whiff of the aforementioned smell, it makes for the best recent sensory experience for this BA. Ever drink a cup of java at a bakery while they're making donuts? It's not altogether different.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly lush and pillowy, giving purpose and life to the oily flat slick to which I erroneously feared this stout would succumb. On the pour this drooped like a Dali pocketwatch, but in the cheeks and jowls it dances like a Rockette. Covered in caramel, dark chocolate, coffee feans and whipped cream as it were. Now there's a thought...

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Slatetank
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of idResponse
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of woemad
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout from Elysian Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 727 ratings.