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Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout - Elysian Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

716 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 716
Reviews: 309
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 86
Gots: 73 | 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 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.

GPHarris, Dec 03, 2007
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.

Wasatch, Nov 03, 2007
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.

jjboesen, Nov 03, 2007
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.

flexabull, Nov 03, 2007
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.

seaoflament, Oct 28, 2007
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.

rallison, Oct 03, 2007
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.

cswhitehorse, Aug 20, 2007
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!

BeerManDan, Aug 08, 2007
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.

GClarkage, Aug 02, 2007
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...

GIVEMEBACKMYSON, Jul 27, 2007
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.

Gueuzedude, Jul 22, 2007
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

Slatetank, Jun 28, 2007
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!

idResponse, Jun 18, 2007
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.

woemad, Apr 21, 2007
Photo of shivtim
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

shivtim, Mar 29, 2007
Photo of bjohnson
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

bjohnson, Feb 10, 2007
Photo of Greenfloyd
4.72/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 it’s own as well...Enjoy

Greenfloyd, Jan 29, 2007
Photo of Reidrover
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Reidrover, Dec 29, 2006
Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

oberon, Dec 29, 2006
Photo of aforbes10
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

aforbes10, Dec 28, 2006
Photo of dgfair
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

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.

dgfair, Dec 21, 2006
Photo of nlmartin
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

nlmartin, Dec 20, 2006
Photo of mrmanning
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

mrmanning, Dec 14, 2006
Photo of IntriqKen
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

IntriqKen, Dec 13, 2006
Photo of Dubbercody
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Dubbercody, Dec 10, 2006
Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout from Elysian Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 716 ratings.