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Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout - Elysian Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

675 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 675
Reviews: 305
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 82
Gots: 66 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-20-2002)
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Photo of BDTyre
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my wife for repeatedly asking me if I was going to buy this! :)

I really like this; though, in my opinion, it sort of comes off as a standard stout with some definite attributes of an American double stout. Not heavy or rich enough to be an Russian Imperial Stout. At 7.4%, the ABV is low for an RIS, and bordering on the low side for an American double.

Nice, black body with rich, khaki head. Impeneratble darkness...held up to the light, there are only the faintest hints of ruby.

Rich, burnt malt taste with a strong hop profile. Dark roast coffee, and rich, dark chocolate come across in the flavour profile. Slightly bitter, dry and full flavour. Much more complex and full than any standard stout could offer.

Good mouthfeel for the style. Carbonation there, but not overly done. Its noticeable, but doesn't demand attention. Nice and easy to drink, but I think it may benefit from being served colder (chilled in a mini fridge for just under 3 hours, so it wasn't completely cold).

Very good...I'd like to get some more.

BDTyre, Jun 15, 2006
Photo of Ego
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I know.. not stout time.. but it is seasonably mild here in jersey right now.. so what the hell... got this online from liquidsolutions.com

eyes...
this feels heavy in the glass.. or maybe I am jusy limp wristed (shrugs shoulders). one finger of dark tan foam quickly runs away like forest gump, there is nare a string of pearls left lining the rim of the glass, there is some lacing, spotty at best, no light penetrates this sucker... it is a path to the dark side, and hell, I like it. overall not that impressive looking aside from the staunch bleak blackness of the thing

nose...
pretty tame nose for a "double" stout, mild coffee with cream and sweetners... like generic store bought stuff not in the league of starbucks .. or hell, even dunkin donuts, the thing I like is that it has this milk stout smell to it.. ever smell mackeson XXX ? it really reminds me of it in a pleasant way. Overall though it is a bit underwhelming compared to other stouts I dig.. but there is some unique qualities to it. on some whiffs I smell "Quik" powder (you know that stupid rabbit chocolate milk stuff).

taste etc...
wow, the flavor is ALOT richer than the nose.. the nose didn't prepare me for the heavy chocolate bitterness here, this is like shoving a bitter chocalate bar in your mouth.. the whole thing! the body is a bit thin for my tastes as this drinks pretty light. No real sensation from the alcohol (although it isn't a crazy ABV but it is above average). The aftertaste is almost like coffee that has been sitting out for a day.. and thankfully no one put out their cigarette in it. For me I find it a little TOO much like bitter chocolate.. I don't like chocolate. The hops are in the bitterness but no where else imo, they do manage to have a little bite though in the back of the mouth. this coats pretty well but is certainly not syrupy.

verdict?
not my go to, but not bad. better than some but not better than others. 1 in the hand is better than 2 in the bush, 2 in the bush means your girl is cheating on you... I could go on but I would only be entertaining myself at this point...

Foollowup:
later on in the bottle I got the more pronounced hops.. it still is not as hoppy to me as say the Smuttynose imp stout.. but it was better, but still not better than a 4

Ego, Jun 12, 2006
Photo of meathookjones
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a tall tan head that leaves a nice coating of lace as it dwindles down. Aroma is full of roasted malts with some bitter dark chocolate backing it. Lingering notes of coffee and a light smokiness were present. Flavor starts off a bit sweet before some notes of bakers chocolate and roasted malts take over. Some mild notes of dark fruit and a good bit of smokiness round it out. Roasty chocolate finish. Smooth and fairly thick but could stand to have a bit bigger body. Easy drinking for a big brew. Great all around effort on this one.

meathookjones, May 02, 2006
Photo of superdavex
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A fullbodied, thick stout. Decent head retention with a nice lace left all the way down. Smells like chocolate and roasted coffee. Tastes likewise with a burned malt. Can detect a slight hop presence also. A very full mouthfeel, this is one thick, filling brew. Thickness hurts drinkability a tad but still excellent. A very good almost great stout.

superdavex, Mar 16, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Foreboding black with slim edges of dragon's blood burgundy. The cinnamon colored crown is a thickly creamy beast squatting in the center of the glass. As it slowly retreats, it develops rounded, melted edges encircling a mesa-like middle. To cap it all off in fine fashion, a copious amount of shotgun-riddled lace makes its way to the glass. This is an outstanding looking stout.

The nose is amazing as well. Each sniff delivers dark, rich, pungent scents of concentrated bittersweet chocolate, dark caramel, dark brown sugar and (less so) coffee. Nearly equally prominent (and the aromas that make this beer stand out from the crowd) are sugared vanilla bean and citric fruity hops. The vanilla, especially, makes me go back to the glass again and again.

I just knew that Elysian wouldn't let me down. I didn't have the patience to allow the bottle to warm, so I fully expect the near bombastic flavor to be full-on bombastic within the next 10 minutes. First off let's discuss hops. This brewery has a hop fetish which is why I absolutely love most of what they brew. I've had hoppier stouts (Big Bear Black for instance), but this is a hop lover's double stout if there ever was one. Shredded, candied grapefruit pith and peel permeates every mouthful and refuses to take a back seat to the considerable malt presence. Magnum bittering with Cascade and Centennial finishing. Inspired choices.

Malt is still large and in charge with a flavor that veers closer to a massive sweet stout than to a Russian Imperial stout. The beer is sweet without being cloying, thanks in large part to all of the alpha acids running interference. It's richly, wonderously chocolatey, with that same caramel-toffee-brown sugar undertow that I appreciated in the nose. This is fantastically delicious beer.

The mouthfeel is much closer to full than to medium. It doesn't seem all that impressive when beer first enters mouth, but it increases in heavily silkiness as the mouthful progresses. A significant degree of heavy cream-like mouthcoating on the finish doesn't hurt either. If you want clean, look elsewhere. If you want lingering chocolate beershake creaminess, pull up a barstool.

Being an enthusiastic fan of Elysian Brewing Company beer, I had every confidence that this would be a humdinger of an American Double Stout. I'm still surprised, however, by just how good it is. I don't remember every detail and haven't memorized the scores of my favorites, but there's no doubt in my mind that Dragontooth stands proudly among them.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 02, 2006
Photo of tavernjef
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Its appearance is of used motor oil black - with nary a tone of brown to be towed in slack.
A thick medium sized foam sits atop, and man it just doesn't stop, compact and chocolate hued - wow, its a quite a sight to be viewed.
The lacing cakes itself in frosty sheeting - it stays ever present and never fleeting.

Aroma is roasty and burnt with a fairly strong coffee presense - yet underneath lies bitter dark chocolate which carries its own essence.
It stays strong with cold pressed coffee - when its the roast and bitter chocolate that take the trophy.

Taste is just as roasty with a flat pace of choc-O-lat - building up as it goes and plenty of that its definately got.
A gradual increase of molasses tang hides behind it - as its coffee presense tends to find it.
It finishes well rounded and extended - all the while maintaining what's intended.
With bittered dark chocolate tones competing - the coffee creates roughly textured points of seating.
Quite complexing as it gets warm - man this stuff just ain't the norm.

Feel is bold and rich, quite smooth and succulant - that goes with its character, wondering now where it went.
Drys out late with chocolate earth - yet the coffee still gives lots of birth.

It really is quite a treat, but watch out - it may knock you off your feet.

A big thanks to a fella in Washington named Corey - for helping me get behind the source of this story.

tavernjef, Feb 18, 2006
Photo of Jredner
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Roasty malts and bitter chocolates are revealed by the aroma. Deep impenetrable black body holds a firm thumb thick and lasting mocha head. Fore is full of bitter baker’s chocolate and roasty malts. There is a bit of smooth and creamy roundness from the oats, but this isn’t your standard sweet stout. It’s much bigger and more bitter...an fairly big Stout really.

Jredner, Jan 25, 2006
Photo of AlexJ
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In the cellar for almost a year, this black beauty pours thickly, with a dense beige head that leaves rings of clumpy lace as it goes.

The aroma is of darkly roasted malts, bittersweet dark chocolate, creamed coffee, plums, prunes, and malted milk balls.

The flavor starts off with roasty, bittersweet chocolate and coffee notes, dark dried fruit, scorched caramel, with a hint of dry, cracked leather. The finish is chocolatey with hints of piney hops. Nicely balanced and no trace of the alcohol. Not as intense as some other double stouts and deliciously sessionable.

A big, thick body with a silky smooth mouthfeel and creamy texture make this one a treat for the mouth. Yummy stuff!

Thanks to Mickey for the trade!

AlexJ, Jan 23, 2006
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark black with a creamy tan head that left good lace. Smelled of heavy roasted chocolate with a slight sourness. The flavor began with big initial roasted malts but then shifted into a nicely paired citrus, almost cola-like sourness and sweet prunes. Finished with a blast of espresso. Mouth feel was medium bodied with a light lingering carbonation.

DarkerTheBetter, Jan 17, 2006
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque buh-lack with no light escaping topped with a statuesque light brown head leaving spider lace in the glass.

Burnt malt toffee aroma.

First swigs: Rich dark chocolate and baker's chocolate with molasses and coffee ice cream. Linger of pumpernickel and tobacco. Endless cocoa bundt cake. Astringent finish with full flavored hops eeking out beneath a heavy malt blanket.

Bright crisp medium full bodied tongue coating raw cold starbucks coffee gone wild.

Last swigs: Bitered with Magnum, Cascade and Centenial. $3.49 is a steal!

blitheringidiot, Jan 10, 2006
Photo of masikon
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Elysian bewpub in Seattle. Poured a pitch black with comparitively dark brown head. Aromas are definitely roasted malts through and through with very strong black coffee taking the forefront. Taste is how it smells, coffee coffee coffee, Definitely a coffee lovers stout. Really bold and flavorful but for me a little too much emphasis on coffee, somewhat lacking in the other roasted flavors i enjoy such as chocolates. A delicious beer nonetheless, just a little unbalanced.

masikon, Dec 25, 2005
Photo of krberg
3.4/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Holy black stout! Light will not show through this beer. I bet I could float a quarter on that huge, dense, tan head.

Roasty, sweet and chocolaty, malty with a touch of hops. Smells like a typical milk stout in a lot of ways.

So close to too roasty, but a sweet maltiness swells up to balance the dark grains. Long finish with a late hop bitterness. Not much in the way of flavor hops.

Just how I like a stout: thick and slick. Not a lot of CO2.

An easy drinking stout. The slightly high ABV, keeps its drinkability in the average range.

Overall, a decent stout. Certainly not great, but solid.

krberg, Dec 12, 2005
Photo of MuddyFeet
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Good Lord, you gotta love Northwest month at Redbones. Served with my dinner on November 17.

Poured an inky brown in color with a decent foamy head on top. Very creamy and heavy looking. Kind of how I would imagine Half & Half mixed with chocolate syrup would look. Lots of cake-like layered lacing.

Nose was mild but very earthy with some chocolate and coffee stuff going on in the glass. Found it oddly soothing.

Dang! So rich and smooth. Another stout where there is quite a lot going on, but in small, measured amounts. Chocolate and coffee was strong at first--and with their characteristic bitterness. Bit of a hop piney tang towards the finish. All got little bits of vanilla, cherries and wood coming out as well. Kind of milky too.

Very full body with just the slightest alcohol bite. Smooth and creamy. Almost like drinking heavy cream.

I was planning on sampling a couple of the NW beers on tap this night. But as soon as I got my lips on the first pint I knew I had found a home for a while and was not going to stray to any other beers.

MuddyFeet, Nov 18, 2005
Photo of waldowin
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured an inky black, with a dark brown mottled head that formed quickly, and stuck around for a while. Eventually it sloowly faded back to just a ring, with excellent lacing.

Smells of roast, espresso, cherries, and chocolate.

Tastes of cherries, coffee, dark chocolate, and a hint of bitter smoke in the finish. Extremely tasty.

Mouthfeel is just shy of massive, with a viscous thick body cut nicely by the carbonation. Leaves you with a feeling of coffee roast in the mouth, and cherries on the lips.

This is seriously tasty stuff. The fact that it's "only" 7.4% makes it all the easier to down in my opinion. I will definitely keep my eyes peeled for more of this stuff.

waldowin, Nov 16, 2005
Photo of jclovebrew
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Elysian Tangletown.

Pitch black. Fantastic lacing and head that stuck around till the end. Subdued west coast C-hops on the nose. Full bodied, robust stout. Huge hop flavor. With my eyes closed I'd think the beer is hop-green, not black. A bit on the sweet side. Nice chunky oatmeal mouthfeel. The high alcohol had a warming effect. This is an imperial stout disguised as a stout.

One negative comment - the serving temp was too cold.

jclovebrew, Nov 06, 2005
Photo of beerceller99
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle pours an opaque black liquid with a light brown head. Has a malty sweet , buttery aroma with a whiff of alcohol. Medium bodied and very smooth. Has a blackened malt taste with a bitter coffee-alcohol finish. The flavors here are pretty straight forward, no surprizes.
A very easy drinking stout.

beerceller99, Jun 28, 2005
Photo of weeare138
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears pitch black with a 1 finger dark tan head that lasts for a minute. Nice tan film stays through the duration of sit. Beautiful lacing spread throughout the goblet. Smells of sweet cream, espresso, raisins, black grapes, and bitter chocolate. Tastes creamy up front that resonates fruity bitterness from the middle to the back of the mouth. Mouthfeel is smooth and bitter. Medium bodied and lingering on the back of the tongue with all the fruity bitterness and roasted malt. The abv is evident towards the bottom of the 22 oz. bomber.

Finger licking good!

weeare138, May 15, 2005
Photo of lackenhauser
4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black in color with a very nice,deep tan head that lasts a good while. Nice lacing on down the glass. Very subtle aroma-slight roastedness with a great chocolate backround. Wonderful flavor-big roasted malt and a slight coffe-like taste. Somewhat sweet almost could be a milk stout. Nice dryness in the finish-not as harsh as some double/imperial stouts can come off as. Excellent body. Overall really well balanced between the aroma/flavor/body mix. A fantastic beer. Thanks to Art "the man" for bringing this to me from Olympia. Get some!!!

lackenhauser, Mar 28, 2005
Photo of zacharius
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark body with a thick dirty brown head. Aroma is of citrusy, piney hops with a hint of roasted malt. The taste is smooth with just a hint of coffee taste and sweet malt. The taste is balanced with piney hops and has a citrusy hop aftertaste. The mouthfeel of this beer is thin, drinkability is good. The alcohol content is well hidden.

zacharius, Jan 27, 2005
Photo of RoyalT
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one was almost black in color with a thick brown head that was humongous. It lay there for quite a while and laced the hell out of my glass when it finally went down.

Smell – The rich Seattle-based coffee aroma is gigantic. The coffee is soaked in rich crème, almost like a coffee latte of some kind. The malts are of course heavily roasted and mixed with a strong raw sugar.

Taste – Oh, this one is very milky. It’d almost say that it was a Milk Stout except the malts are so big and brutal. They are unapologetically bitter and, like I said when reviewing this on-tap, it’s like licking coffee grounds. The out of place hops that I picked up when drinking this at the pub on-tap are nowhere to be found, and the beer is all the more better for it.

Mouthfeel – This one is medium-bodied and very bitter all over the tongue. I keep licking my lips for liquid to counteract the dry nature of this beast.

Drinkability – This is one of the few good Stouts that are produced here in the PacNW. The label says that it’s a winner of the gold medal in 2001 & 2004 at the GABF, and I certainly see no reason to doubt that claim.

RoyalT, Dec 20, 2004
Photo of henrysunset
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

l: 4.5, poured slowly forming an enormous, dense tan/mocha head. liquid isn't the slightest bit transparent.

s: 4.5, hint of chocolate & malt, teeny hops scent; balanced and nice.

t: 4.5, dry, hop flavor, hint of chocolate malt... aftertaste goes through phases. initially; you taste the hops and the alchohol, afterall it's 8%. later, you taste the chocolatey rich flavors, finally leaving a pleasently hoppy flavor on the tongue.

m: 4, not terribly thick or rich texture; but pleasent.

d: 4, its strong and rich, but very enjoyable.

henrysunset, May 12, 2004
Photo of UncleJimbo
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Redbones.

This stout poured an almost opaque black color with brown foam that left nice lace on the glass. The smell was slightly sweet and malty with an almost vinous, fruity quality. The taste was mainly dark roasted malt and barley but with some sweet oats and a slight fruitiness. The hop bitterness was mildly noticeable in the finish. This stout was smooth but a bit sharp on the tongue. Overall it was tangy and malty with a dry finish. The body was full with good carbonation. This was a very nice and enjoyable stout.

UncleJimbo, Dec 03, 2003
Photo of beernut7
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is one of the most raw stouts I have tasted in a long time. A nice dark ruby-brown color with no head, the aroma is very light with some hint of malt. The primary governing characteristic here is the bitterness. The bitter quality of teh stout, while not completely unwelcome, accentuates the thin body. The malt presence isn't too bad, but all together not a favorite.

beernut7, Dec 03, 2002
Photo of CharlesRiver
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer on tap at the NW Dinner at Redbones this week. Solid black body with a fluffy tan head that lasted. Malt, oats and a hint of sweetness are the flavors that came through. Well balanced stout as no one flavor pushed through. This beer has a higher ABV so look out. This is the second beer that I have had from Elysian and I am once again very impressed.

CharlesRiver, Nov 23, 2002
Photo of Jason
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Redbones.

Light brown head, black as night … just what you’d expect a thick stout to look like.

Smells of sweet roasted malt with hints of oats and some hops as well.

Full bodied with a thick creaminess that rolls off the tongue slowly, roasted character is divided by an acrid roasted flavour and a coffeeish malt. Hopping is well done but does not go too overboard, earthy flavours of yeast and faint charcoal hit more towards the back as the long lingering roasted finish ensues.

Thick and flavourful, a perfect beer to pair with a dessert or chocolate none the less.

Jason, Nov 20, 2002
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Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout from Elysian Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 675 ratings.