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Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout - Elysian Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

325 Reviews
THE BROS
85
very good

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Reviews: 325
Hads: 827
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 102
Gots: 129 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-20-2002

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Photo of JWU
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter glass

A- dark black/brown, with a very dark khaki head. Small amount of lacing

S- Hop bitterness is very prevalent for a stout, earthy in nature, burnt malt, coffee, charcoal, and dark chocolate.

T- Hops are very noticable, and bitterness is a bit overboard. You can really connect the hops back to other offerings from Elysian. Dark chocolate, coffee, and big heaps of charcoal on the back end. A bit acrid.

M- Lighter side of thick/full. Decent carbonation to move things along. Very dry on the finish for a stout, which I don't totally care for.

O- Good, but not great, there are other impy oatmel stouts I will reach for before Dragonstooth. (685 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a good stout, nothing amazing. this beer pours a thick sludgy oil black color with a lively tan head a couple inches high, some retention. there are some yeast floaters in there as well. smells like coffee and licorice and booze. flavor is more malty, not burnt, but very very dark roasted. some mild sweetness in the flavor, plenty of coffee, and maybe even a touch of milk chocolate. feel is alright, low carbonation makes it feel heavier than it is, but it definitely full bodied. i didnt love this, and a bomber would be a lot, but i did use about half of it in a pot of buffalo chili, where i usually use porter and it imparted a ton of rich flavors which made this my best chili yet. for that application it was fantastic, for a drinking stout it wasnt my favorite. (771 characters)

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. (374 characters)

Photo of RuckusDu
3.56/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a beautiful 2 finger deep tan/cappuccino head. Body is black with absolutely no light coming through.

S - Pretty standard. A little chocolate, coffee, and slight hops. I'm getting a decent amount of tobacco.

T - Bitter. Bitter chocolate and still some tobacco. Some hops again.

M - A little light, but overall pretty good. Moderate carbonation.

O - The tobacco is a huge put-off for me, so I'm not the biggest fan. Plus there is no sweetness to balance things out. Looks so good, but dies down after that. (524 characters)

Photo of zhanson88
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Apperance: Pours out pitch black with about 1" of thick dark khaki head. Lacing and retention is very good. Pretty good looking beer.

Smell: Smells very roasty. A hint of bitter dark chocolate as well. That's about it.

Taste: Very roasty up front. A bit of coffee comes through as well, and a little dark chocolate. Not much for hops.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Medium to full bodied with very fine carbonation. Very creamy mouthfeel. Overall, a very roasty stout that doesn't have any other defining flavors. Very good mouthfeel though. Worth a try if you have the chance. (570 characters)

Photo of Catracho5
3.61/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle poured into a Belgian style tulip

A: Black with a nice mocha colored head, lots of lacing, creamy head, not much carbonation, looks like a good stout.

A: Roasted chocolate, coffee notes, some alcohol on the end, there is a hoppy northwestern aroma in there, reminds me of Redhook beers.

T: Bitter, hoppy northwestern flavor, some chocolate, coffee like flavors, finishes dry, not getting any smooth oatmeal flavors, never had an oatmeal stout with this much bitterness.

M: Medium mouthfeel, dry finish

O: Very hoppy, bitter, it has that hoppy northwestern aroma and flavor that I get in beers from Redhook, not sure what it is but it's not good, I would prefer this beer with a less hoppy profile, as I don't get any oats on this. Definitely will pass this up, there are better oatmeal stouts out there than this. (834 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
3.61/5  rDev -10.6%
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. (506 characters)

Photo of Ego
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
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 (2,295 characters)

Photo of Drazzamatazz
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Typical oatmeal stout appearance with a dark creamy body and a full foamy head. Pretty inviting.

S: Cocoa, chocolate, espresso roast, and dark caramel. Also some light smoke and anise.

T: Toasted, malty, bitter chocolate and espresso. Start sweet and finishes dry. Lingering coffee notes.

M: Medium, maybe even a little thin for an "imperial oatmeal stout". As it warms up I'm getting some alcohol heat, nothing too assertive though. Carbonation aids the body to give a full creamy feel.

O: Subtle and smooth, but still interesting. Easy drinking, but at the same time its definitely something that's better suited for slow leisurely drinking. (650 characters)

Photo of tylerprince
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap with dinner at Falling Rock Taphouse in Denver.

A: Extremely dark brown and close to pitch black. One finger tan head resolves into nice rings of lacing.

S: Primarily coffee, with some chocolate and a hoppy licorice, the latter of which could stand to be toned down a bit.

T: Chocolate and coffee up front fades relatively quickly into a bitter licorice flavor with hints of toffee. While it's not quite astringent or unpleasant, the licorice flavor definitely needs to be toned down a bit. This is a beer you should age, not drink fresh, and I wonder if I should blame Falling Rock or myself for being dumb enough to order it.

M: This is where this beer really shines. It starts thick and creamy, foaming on the way down, with resins sticking to the teeth like a much more hop-forward beer. Overall, interesting.

O: A nice hoppy twist on a stout. I just wish this hop fad would calm down a little bit and leave my stouts alone...almost a nice twist, but just a little too much. (999 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour is black with burnt edges and a coffee colored tight head. Nose is light, charred malt, faint milk chocolate, and a hint of roasted coffee. Taste is a hint brighter, charred malt, light chocolate and coffee. Medium to light body with soft carbonation and a fairly dry finish. (280 characters)

Photo of pjwilson
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have let this bottle age about 6 months. It was purchased in Alaska, so it may be as old as a year.

appearance: classic imperial stout look. pitch black tar look with a dark brown head. the head never ever leaves and lacing is quite strong.

smell: some strong coffee biterness with just a touch of milkstout sweetness.

taste: when i first had this 6 months ago, I thought it was very bitter, which is why I decieded to let the 2nd bottle age for a bit. This may have been a mistake. The front end of the beer has completly rounded off, leaving very little flavor. coming out the back is a quite strong hop bitterness, yet very little hop flavor or roast flavor. hints of chocolate come through, but they get pounded down by the bitterness. Still is pretty good though.

mouthfeel: a little too thin for my tastes. certainly not what I would call good for a double stout.

drinkability: well getting though the bomber was easy enough. I nice enough Sunday drinker, but lets just say I'm not terribly depressed that I can't get this beer in California. (1,066 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
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. (898 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to drabmuh for opening this bottle.

Pours black with a single-finger tan head with moderate retention. This falls down to a collar around the edges. The nose is pretty sweet to start with a good amount of chocolate as well as some sweetness, coffee, and maybe a hint of black licorice. The taste is mostly chocolate-focused with some roasted malt in there as well. A bit of booze coming through in the end, and this takes over a bit in the feel, which consists of a somewhat-low carbonated brew with a pretty big body. Drinks well enough, but not a standout among the style. (582 characters)

Photo of denver10
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A dark brown with a nice, thumb and half width brown head. Okay lacing. A great sweat and roasty aroma of barley, oats, coffee, and chocolate. Flavor starts off quite roasty and sweet and finishes bitter and hoppy, more typical of a black ipa hoppy finish than the bitter coffee finish I love in my favorite oatmeal stouts. Roasted barley, oats, aniseed, and burnt tobacco. A creamy thin to medium mouthfeel, not much carbonation. I wouldn't have minded it being a touch thicker but I still enjoyed it. Wouldn't have minded if they toned down the aniseed just a touch and can't say the bitter finish was executed well as it has been done in some other oatmeal stouts. Still, a nice oatmel stout that I'd be happy to drink again. (728 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an imperial pint glass)

A- This beer has a black body with a foam made up of a mass of medium-sized bubbles that is light tan. There is a sea of microbubbles racing through the body.

S- This beer has a dark malt aroma with a slight sweetness to it. There is a faint earthy tar note in the background. For the most part it is pretty one dimensional.

T- This beer has a nice dark roasted malt flavor with molasses, faint coffee and a finish with a faint bitterness from the malt. There might be a slight hop bitterness to the finish but it is mostly malt flavors.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a fizz in the finish that really lightens the body and cleans up the finish.

D- This beer has a nice drinkability but there is not much depth so it gets a bit boring for more than one bottle. (825 characters)

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a 22 ounce bomber bottle and into my nonic Imperial pint glass. The stout appears a dark brown color and nearly opaque, with about two fingers of creamy ecru colored foam. Nose and flavor are of rich roasted grains, bittersweet chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, sweet caramelized malt. Between medium and full in body and amply carbonated for the style. Certainly decent enough to have again another time. (412 characters)

Photo of maddogruss
3.72/5  rDev -7.9%
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. (668 characters)

Photo of TheStove
3.72/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Elliot's in Seattle.

Delivered in an imperial pint. Jet black with a nice single finger of foam that disappeared shortly after being placed in front of me.

Drinks like a nice creamy stout latte. Creamy and rich with toasted oatmeal flavors dominating and giving way to a light chocolate sweetness and a dry finish. I believe there may be periods where this goes down too easy but as an oatmeal stout it drinks well and an imperial pint was more than appealing for this type of beer. Would be a perfect beer breakfast because it is so rich and creamy (over using this word I know) but this is was both my appetizer and dessert at Elliot's. (656 characters)

Photo of Bung
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. picked up in PA. Black pour, not the darkest ever but fine. Brown around the edges with a thin layer of off white.

Aroma, quite a bit of roast malt and oat. A slightly nutty caramel also. Light pine.

Taste, a crisp chocolate and oaty malt. Surprising amount of hop presence. Anise, pine and lighter coffee finish, pretty dry.

A little lighter than I'd prefer. The roast starts to border on burnt, which hurts the drinkabity some. Slightly lower imperial abv is not noticeable.
Overall I like it, but it has a few shortcomings to style for me. I like the strong oat presence though. I think I would have again though. (626 characters)

Photo of GNWBC
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Let me start by saying that....Seattle beer kicks ass!

A: pours jet black with a half finger a dirty brown head.

S: over all smell is kinda weak but you do get some nice roasty malts with a hint of sweet toffee on the end of the nose.

Taste: it is more hoppy than most oatmeal stouts but is still very good. you get a sweet malty splash as it hits your palate, as it sinks in you get hit by the toffee/coffee factor and then finishes with a sticky hoppyness.

M: clean up front, finishes with a sticky hoppy resin.

OA: SBA Brew (SBA= Super Bad Ass) (555 characters)

Photo of Phelps
3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

Deep black, molasses-thick. Two fingers pf pillow-thick, cocoa-colored head.

The nose: Sweet dark chocolate, a little tangy, touch of oats. Maybe a little astringent, metallic.

Let it warm for full flavor. Very standard, solid stout flavor. Flash of boozy dark fruits at the end. Heavy roast. Nice balance, but leans sweet. Chocolatey.

Medium body, not as thick as the appearance suggested, but still big.

Solid, solid, solid. (453 characters)

Photo of steve8robin
3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yo, yo...

A: Perfect. Black as the deepest parts of the depths of the ocean. Thick 2 inch mocha colored head that slowly fades.

S: Smooth earthy hops upfront blended with bitter mocha espresso. Sugars in the middle with a slight booziness on the backend. Good.

T: Bitter hoppy chocolate upfront with coffee flavors in the middle and sugars on the backend. Not too much special here.

M: Smooth. A decent amount of carbonation. Good.

D: Goes down easy. A hint too much booziness, but aside from that, nearly perfect.

All in all, this is ok. Not phenomenal, but ok. Good to try once, but not worth hunting down. (615 characters)

Photo of sam_bliss
3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Deep dark brown, nearly black. Latte foam head.

S- Smells of dark chocolate and toasty malts.

T- Bitter dark-roast coffee and toast over hot oatmeal. Just enough unfermented sugar to offset the bitterness, which doesn't taste like much hop bitterness. The faint hops are more grassy and citrusy. Finishes kind of creamy

M- Not overly thick like some heavy stouts. Just right.

O- This is a solid beer. This category is great for dessert or fireside chats in my opinion, not for refreshment of course. Or maybe with breakfast before a long snowshoe? (553 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Pours very dark with a thing,brown head. Aroma is of medium intensity. Roast and mild char. Not very sweet smelling. The flavor is a match to the beer's scent. Low in sweetness. Roast, bittering dark malt, and chocolate. Finished with another layer of hop/bitter. A Stout that leans away from sweetness according to my palate. Body is fairly full. Higher carbonation. Could stand for some more sweet balance. (416 characters)

Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout from Elysian Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 325 ratings.