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Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout - Elysian Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

768 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 768
Reviews: 320
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 97
Gots: 98 | FT: 3
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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Ratings: 768 | Reviews: 320
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
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
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
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
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
4.8/5  rDev +19.1%
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
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
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
3.41/5  rDev -15.4%
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
4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
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
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
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
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
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
3.27/5  rDev -18.9%
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
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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
4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Photo of orcasteve
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into my duvel tulp glass, poured a heavy black that cant be seen through with a heavy one finger darker tan head that quickley fades to a lacing around the rim, the taste is sweet with hints of mollases, coffiee, rich dark malts, a hint of hops, fine belgan dark choclate. this is smooth from start to finish. this one hides the alchoal well. the second pour is so much better than the first, this is a world class beer for sure.

Photo of djeucalyptus
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a beautiful rich black with hints of gold around the edges. An average pour yielded a dense ans smooth two-plus finger head of a beautiful dark cocoa color, which faded relatively quicky leaving some nice solid lacing.

Aroma is boss. coffee, malt, a bit of bittersweet cocoa, a hint of fruity spiciness, overall what I want my strong stout to smell like. Perfect. nothing funky, nothing unique, just a damn good aroma.

Taste follows aroma. Lots of rich malts, bready and cocoa, roasted coffee (without burnt or bitter notes) and smoothness. There's a finish that seems to be a blend of bitter hops, bitter coffee, and just a hint of sour fruit. Also has an underlying earthiness and slightly woody, almost smoky note, which plays perfectly with the sweetness.

moutfeel is spot on as well. Creamy, thick, a bit chewy but not chunky. Velvety and creamy. Almost a touch light for the intensity of flavors, but great in the mouth with carbonation that seemed fitting.

drinkability is high. This may be one of my favorite regular stouts. Definitely can't really session this one, at it's higher abv and thickness/full flavorness. But this is definitely one of the ones I'll turn to when I'm craving stout next time. Definitely worth a try.

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

Pours black with a tan head. Nose is molasses and malty. Though I have to confess it's hard to smell anything after walking out in the cold. Flavor is thick with malts and a molasses. Thick almost tar thing going on mildly. Smooth. Same goes for liquid feel. Carbonation is low but bites a bit. A very easy drinking double stout.

Photo of DrJay
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty much black in colour with dark brown edges. A dense, frothy two finger cap of brown foam appeared after a hard pour, leaving behind chunky, clinging lace as it fell very slowly. Very malty aroma, a combination of caramel sweetness and roast. Chocolate notes were evident, as well as very light hopping. Very smooth texture, fine bubbles, well-integrated carbonation. Sweet up front, but grassy and light citrus hop flavours melded immediately with caramel, roast and toffee. Bitterness grew into the finish, becoming quite prominent. Just a bit of chocolate appeared mid-palate. The body was just a bit more than medium, a little light for the style yet this made for a more drinkable beer. As did the near lack of noticeable alcohol. Not bad at all, not bad at all.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.61/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: 4.5 S: 3.5 T: 3.5 M: 4 D: 3.5

From a 22 oz. brown bottle. Pitch black in appearance, crowned by a tall thick creamy beige head with great retention, leaving chunky ring upon ring of lacing.

Roasted malt, oatmeal and some sharp alcohol on the nose.

Intense bitter roasted malts up front in the flavour, some molasses and brewer's liquorice.

Thick creamy mouthfeel, smooth.

Not the most memorable high tests stouts I've tried, but would be interested in making the trip to try it on tap in Seattle.

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

How do you say great in another language? Muy Bien?!?!

A-Jet black and oil. Dark caramel head that doesn't last. Light caramel lacing.

S-Coffee and roasted, caramelized malts. Little bit of chocolate for that PMS in all of us.

T-Woo Hah! Great too cold and great better than recommended. Sweet chocolate and coffee. Bitter alcohol and hops. Beautifully balanced.

M-Ooey, gooey. Sticky and smooth. Can't get much better than this.

D-Be careful. I want more, but only have one.

Photo of jwc215
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a light brown head that descends to a lasting thin cover, leaving some trailing lace on the glass.

The smell is of coffee, chocolate, molasses with earthy notes.

The taste is malty indeed! Chocolate, coffee and toffee balanced by roastiness and an earthy, piney, slightly citric bitterness. Finishes dry.

The feel is velvety and rich. Rich, yet smooth and approachable - not overwhelming. Near enough to full-bodied to call it that.

As rich as it is, it drinks incredibly well. Alcohol is dangerously disguised. Malty, but balanced. A very nice stout to say the least.

Photo of jmalex
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's been a long time since I've seen this beer. When I heard Elysian's beers were coming to the east coast, I had to grab some Dragonstooth.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a becker glass completely black in color. A light mocha-colored head forms on top at about a finger's height. It slowly drops to a full, thick cap.

SMELL: Very high on the darker, bitter malts. The roasted element in this stands out the most with any dark chocolate aromas being pushed to the background. Hop aroma is very minimal.

TASTE: Flavors come from everywhere when you sip this. The roastiness is amped up as in the nose, but it's accompanied by a strong caramelly note. A fruity, almost lactic, sweetness lurks behind and seems a little odd, but it adds another layer of dimension. The finish is strongly bitter and roasty.

MOUTHFEEL: Very thick and chewy, but not slick. The carbonation is assertive but doesn't go overboard.

DRINKABILITY: Very good. The alcohol is not noticable, and for a beer this heavy, it's incredibly smooth. I'm glad this comes in bombers.

An excellent choice that's definitely recommended. Just another reason why it's wonderful to be a beer fan in Pennsylvania.

Photo of erikm25
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This pours heavy, dense, and dark. The head is a foaming burnt walnut and caramel brown coloring. The lacing is impressive and leaves the same tinted frosted burgundy and mocha hue all draped up and down the glass.

S: Roasted smoked coffee and toasted dark chocolate hit the nose immediately. Just the slightest dark grape hop tinge that is perfectly wrestled down by the coffee and hefty malt aromas. Hints of cemented vanilla aroma blasted with brown sugar.

T: Great chocolate malt taste with a subtle coffee and minimal cinnamon undertones at the outset. Overall the taste is very layered and thick. A fire roasted quality that makes this warm and filling like oats and custard. Much like the nose there is a very minimal hop presence that does nothing but help couple with the sturdy and massive malts. Slightly dry and bitter but the dark chocolate taste is the highlight here.

M: Despite it having some velvety and rich qualities it is still just a tad thin.

D: This exceeded my initial expectations. I would have liked to see it increased a couple percentage points on the ABV but regardless this drinks like a nice dessert. I can see myself picking this up quite regularly through the fall and winter.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a dark, viscose engine oil color with a 1 finger flat, creamy, dark cinnamon colored head. Retention was fair, while the lacing was excellent leaving a near full sheet coating.

S: a nice citrus hopping with some fresh pine needles. A light lactose sweetness lingers in the background.

T: opens with dark coffee grinds, bitter dark chocolate and some charred toast. The hopping is bitter, and earthy, with some campfire minerality. The finish is dry, bitter with some burnt pinewood and fresh coffee grinds. Overall a nice presentation and aroma is followed by only a moderately good showing of flavor. Dark and bitter though simple in execution.

M: light, smooth and silky with a flat carbonation. A bitter dry coffee grind lacing graces the tongue on the swallow.

D: Smooth and silky on the tongue, yet didn't really make the taste buds dance. A moderately decent drinking stout.

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

A firm and hardy motor oil black with very little, where any, give to the light. The odd flash of chestnut exist only in the very thinnest of slivers. Quick to assemble was a big patch of nutmeg brown that has since parted ways and currently comprises the bold outer crowning.

I've scarcely smelt hops competing with roast like this. A big front of fresh roasted coffee, hefty rolled oats, and bittersweet bakers chocolate dominate the aroma, but aren't the sole attributes. An underlying leafiness does well to hold its own within a bouquet so dark and rich.

Notes rich and roasty encompass most of the taste as well. Bakers chocolate was melted over chocolate chip and oatmeal cookies with espresso in place of milk served on the side. I'm not sure how they get past the vanilla or coffee beans, but those hops still manage to make the odd appearance. There is no mixing words - this is a stout to and through.

The mouthfeel is fantastic. It is as velvety as any drink will ever be. Every sip is like chocolate fondue over oats, cookies, and coffee beans. It drinks as smooth as silk, which is somewhat elegant for a beer containing this much roast. The higher alcohol, although not noticeable, is only appropriate for a drink this indulgent.

This would make an incredible dessert beer and as good as it is on its own, I can only imagine the delicious pairing possibilities. With a sort of medium alcohol level and medium bitterness level, this stout turns out to be of only medium decadence which means you don't need a special occasion as excuse to treat yourself to one.

Without doing my homework I had expected a dry stout. Sitting down to review it I discovered it listed as an American Double. The truth is it lay somewhere in between. It has the rich cast of character like an Imperial, but the drinkability of an average stout - the already empty glass in front of me is proof of that. Fortunately for me, that glass only held half the bottle!

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Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout from Elysian Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 768 ratings.