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Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout - Elysian Brewing Company

Dragonstooth Oatmeal StoutDragonstooth Oatmeal Stout

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

590 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 590
Reviews: 304
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.88%


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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Props to my bro for shipping this treat as an early Christmas present.

A - Pours pitch black, thumb of dark mocha head, solid retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Mild cocoa, sweet milk chocolate, loads of toasted oats and a hint of toasted almonds on the finish.

T - A rich brew with loads of milk chocolate and dark cocoa flavours, the toasted oats also come through alongside a hint of grassy hop notes and a lingering citrus rind hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied, smooth, sticky and a touch of dryness.

O - A great oatmeal stout with a hop bitterness presence on the finish that makes for a unique and tasty experience. The ABV is very well hidden and offers up a touch of sweetness to complement the chocolate and cocoa notes.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 01:44:57 | More by andrenaline
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GeraldFunk


4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into pint glass.

Pours black with brown accents, frothy mocha head with excellent retention and lacing.

Right off the bat I get nice strong coffee and molasses aromas, with nice roasted malt coming through. Smells heavenly.

Roasted malt and coffee are first to arrive on the palate, but soon smooth oatmeal comes into play as well. Slightly sweet on entry but balanced nicely by bitterness mid palate. Very nice.

The mouth feel is full and drying yet smooth. High alcohol comes through.

Overall this is an excellent example of the style that doesn't hold back. Will be enjoying this many more times over the winter months.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2012 07:41:27 | More by GeraldFunk
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CJS

Florida

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A Pours out a toasty caramel color. Once it hits the glass its a collective pool of sooty darkness. Less than half a fingers width of a sand toned head, that dissipates kind of fast.

S Not to intense on the senses. Dark chocolate, coffee, toasted sugar mid caramelization.

T Very smooth and chocolatey. slightly bitter on the tip. Roasted nutty on the way out with a very very creamy finish.

M Nice and thick as the flavor compliments. On the palate it just sits chair-like.

O Weighing in with a 7.5 abv I can't tell. One of the creamiest, flavor balanced yet still rich, non imperial, oatmeal stouts I've enjoyed. Good job.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 23:43:18 | More by CJS
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Phelps

Arizona

3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 17:47:58 | More by Phelps
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a half finger beige head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic streaks of spotty lacing left behind.

Slightly smokey roasted malt aroma with a decent amount of sweetness for balance. Pretty robust with hints of coffee bean, burnt toast, oatmeal and dark chocolate countered by caramel, toffee and rich fudge-y bakers chocolate. There's definitely a a sweet dessert like quality that counters the heavier elements.

Full bodied with a deeply roasted, robust dark malt flavor that's countered by lighter malt sweetness and faint earthy hop bitterness. Pretty dry and almost burnt tasting up front without becoming acrid or overwhelming. Hints of burnt toast, roasted gourmet coffee, dark chocolate and of course oatmeal followed by toffee, chocolate cake and resinous hops. Lots of dry bitterness yet this big beer remains well balanced and pretty easy to drink considering it's complexity.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2012 09:50:11 | More by corby112
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TheMultiYeast

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly viscous jet black with a finger of brown head and little lacing.

Smell offers burnt cookies, chocolate, coffee, oats, smokey wood, some booze, well balanced piney hop profile

Taste is equal in burnt character, smoky, more coffee, well balanced with hops, metallic bitter finish and aftertaste

Feel is spot on, smooth with mild carbonation

Overall an enjoyable stout.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 01:14:30 | More by TheMultiYeast
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meeekyh

Colorado

4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased in a bomber from Redland's Liquors for about $5.49 in a bomber.

I pour into an old Mesa Theater tall-pilsner glass. I know it isn't ideal for the style but my belled glass in unavailable. The ale is dark, dark, dark. I searched around the house for a light source that would penetrate the beer and when I couldn't find one I poured a bit into a vodka chimney and only than did the color appear anything other than black (deep red hued burnt-umber for the record). The head is about 3 fingers and fluffy with a moderate dissipation rate, but the most remarkable thing about it is its deep sepia color.

The smells are also deep and dark: Italian-roast coffee, concentrated stone-fruits and a bit of smoke. Along with the wafting alcohol, these combine to make for a very welcoming and warming nose.

The mouthfeel is full but far from syrupy. It is nearly chewy but plenty dry to finish without a cloying experience. The carbonation is moderate, maybe a bit high for a stout but I am not complaining.

The flavor of this ale is rich and complex: sweet, tart, bitter, and savory in a much higher quantity than I usually experience in a beer. Savory is not a flavor I typically associate with beer of any type, even the dark ales and lagers, but this is a welcome exception.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 03:59:10 | More by meeekyh
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gestyr

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a schooner glass

A: Pours a deep opaque brown with a thick long lasting tan head

S: Malty, roast, nutty, caramel, coffee mocha

T: The taste follows the smell. Nice and rich. Malts and roast grains followed by a balanced caramel sweetness and a nutty, coffee. cocoa flavor

M: A bit thinner than I anticipated. Smooth and has a slight alcohol sting.

O: A nice oatmeal stout. The smoothness from the oatmeal is present and it goes down well. My wife, who doesn't drink beer, choose this off the shelf for me. I consider myself lucky.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 23:35:53 | More by gestyr
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vkv822

Oregon

4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz : tulip

Black with a thick, foamy light brown head with great retention, nice lacing.

Cocoa, nutty, lightly boozy fudge. Light roast.

Sweet chocolate, pleasant faint boozy note. Very faint roast.

Medium+ body with low, bubbly carbonation.

Quite enjoyable stout. Definitely agree with the bottle in that this is an "Imperial Oatmeal Stout". Bold, rich flavors, pleasant boozy notes.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 07:18:00 | More by vkv822
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: quarter finger head with very nice lacing on a jet black body.

S: roasted malts, hints of earthy hops, burnt toast and coffee beans.

T: very strong on the roasted malt and roasted coffee bean flavors which I love. Not a whole lot else going on with this one though. milk chocolate notes late in the finish.

M: thick body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: this is a very nice stout but its simple. the coffee presence would satisfy the coffee lover and those that like to have coffee as a note or in the background. A nice middle ground from a traditional stout and oatmeal stout.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 02:44:28 | More by kylehay2004
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nickfl

Florida

4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of medium brown foam on top of an opaque, black body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves a light trace of lace on the glass.

S - A roasty aroma of coffee and dark chocolate with some Bready malt notes and a touch of smoke.

T - Dark, smoky malt up font with some espresso notes. Burnt caramel in the middle and a slick oat character with a finish of dark sugar, coffee, and bakers chocolate

M - A thick, oily body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - a better than average oatmeal stout. This beer has a sweet, thick body but also the complex, dark roast of an imperial stoutl. Really a hybrid between the two styles it is more drinkable an your average imperial and more complex than an oatmeal stout, which makes for an enjoyable experience overall.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 02:43:28 | More by nickfl
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to 5000 for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours a black color with a tan head. The aroma has a lot of roasted malt and chocolate malt. The flavor is a little more complex. I get quite a bit of heavily roasted malt and chocolate, as well as some oats and cream notes. There is also a hint of smoke. Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 22:08:47 | More by Mora2000
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from 4/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark, dark brown amber. Small medium tan head and lacing. Aroma of dark and toasted malt, dark fruit. Very nice, calm stout, slightly understated, but well balanced. Dark toasted malt and dark fruit flavors up front, smoky malt middle and a toasted malt and hop finish. Very well done. This has been one of my favorites for years and it's very inexpensive.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 22:41:10 | More by LiquidAmber
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JWU

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 01:54:54 | More by JWU
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mactrail

California

3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black in the Blanche de Chambly tall glass. Nice dark beige head. Best feature is a creamy carbonation that adds some pleasure to the intense variety of flavors. Some nose of dark caramel.

Quite hoppy, and it gets a little too bitter in the aftertaste. Lots of very dark roasted malt. Some grainy flavors. Seriously charred barley, burnt sugar, and dark red wine. A surprising sweetness lurks in every sip, which keeps it from being a total eclipse. Hugely flavorful, but in an interestingly different way from the hot and sweet RIS style.

Surprisingly good beer from one of my least favorite breweries. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Mayfair Liquors, my second favorite store in Denver.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 04:17:00 | More by mactrail
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wac9

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

finally picked this beer up. at frist i didnt like it but the more i drink the more i liked it pours blacks which i like. it smells like it would be too much alcohol in it but it doesnt and the taste , it taste better then it smells your thinking its gonna gag me and stick in the back of my thoart but it doesnt , its a beer to drink but notall the time but give it shot if havent tried it glad i did

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 01:00:19 | More by wac9
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rsdaugherty

Colorado

3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber into tulip
A – opaque black with a restrained 1 finger tan head, no lacing, viscosity apparent on the pour 3.5
S – darker malts, unsweetened chocolate, nutty with a little something similar to licorice 4
T – Much like the smell but add more coffee up front with a twisting hop/bitterness that grows from it, not sweet, pretty dramatic stages to tasting this brew IMO, some earthy notes 3.5
M – It’s greatest strength, mild to mod carbonation and a moderate body, very nice smoothness and overall mouth feel with a mildly resiny quality 4.5
O – A good oatmeal stout, I like the minimal sweetness with moderate bitterness, pretty complex and it goes down surprisingly easy for a bigger beer, a high 4

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 03:17:28 | More by rsdaugherty
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elgiacomo

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, unknown date. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours black with a two finger brown head that fades to a wispy cap and ring and leaves some webs of lacing behind.

Aroma is chocolate and cocoa, roasted malts, some coffee, a bit of caramel, anise, brown sugar, raisins, cinnamon. Good strength.

Flavor is rich chocolate, roasted malts, notes of coffee, molasses, caramel, anise, perhaps a bit of herbal hops, mild sweetness, moderate bitterness, a bit of alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied, creamy, moderate carbonation.

Really nice Foreign Stout/Imperial Oatmeal Stout. Really rich flavor, a lot of chocolate and supporting cast, creamy mouthfeel from the oats. I can dig it.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 03:41:48 | More by elgiacomo
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Moondog


3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Opaque, dark brown, somewhat creamy foam, 1.5" thick, slowly dissipates within a few minutes

S - Bit hoppy, sweet, slightly roasted

T - Layered, cocoa nib, creamy coffee, a bit hoppy bitter on the finish, roasted malt

M - Nice mouthfeel, good carbonation

O - A decent stout, nothing I'd go out of my way for... but good.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 03:22:29 | More by Moondog
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kojevergas

Texas

2.65/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a nonical pint glass in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given its current ratings on the site. 7.5%.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger head of nice slight tan colour, nice cream, good thickness, and good retention. Colour is a solid nontransparent black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Fairly inviting.

Sm: Slight roast and cream. A very mild strength aroma. Rather simple.

T: Dark malts, cream, badly handled roasted barley, and vague indistinct notes of chocolate. Badly balanced and built for the style. Rather hodpodge. Poorly built structurally. Scattershot. Simple for the style. Without much subtlety or complexity.

Mf: Too thick, even slightly syrupy. Smooth and wet, skirting the border between oatmeal stout and porter. I'd prefer it coarser and more dry. Adequate but off carbonation. Doesn't suit the flavours all that well.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable. I wouldn't have this again. A poor Oatmeal Stout for what it is. A touch pricey. Priced alright. Hides its ABV decently. Pretty boring and bland for the style.

C-

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 06:42:52 | More by kojevergas
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brystmar

Texas

4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared 3 ways.

Pours like a stout, nice tan head. Lots of roastyness and oatmeal in the nose, hints of booze too.

Viscous, smooth body delivers flavors directly to my palate. Finishes a touch sweet as malts meld with bittersweet chocolate. Love oatmeal stouts, and this is a good, straightforward example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 02:16:30 | More by brystmar
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tylerprince

Colorado

3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2012 19:44:24 | More by tylerprince
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RickJP

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I drank this beer straight from the bottle (I'm in the middle of moving and drank it while painting a room).

I thought that the mouthfeel was tremendous. It says on the bottle that it is full-bodied and it lives up to that claim, especially on the finish.

Bit of a coffee bean flavor. More caramel than chocolate, I thought. Smoky. I actually didn't think it was as hoppy as some others seem to think.

Overall, very good. Nothing revolutionary, just really solid, well done, and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2012 16:23:38 | More by RickJP
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 21:34:02 | More by StonedTrippin
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.05/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 22 bomber into chalice glass

Appearance – Pours a nearly pitch black color with a one finger brownish head. The head faded over a moderate amount of time to leave a nice level of lacing.

Smell – A dark chocolate and oat aroma are the biggest. These are mixed with a light amount of caramel sweetness and some dark bready aromas as well as a decent hit of hoppy aromas.

Taste – Up front the taste is of roasted malt with flavors of dark bread and oats mixed with notes of chocolate and caramel. While not very sweet at first, the taste gets even less sweet as the taste goes on. The caramel quickly fades with the roasted flavors intensifying. There is an earthy hoppiness that mixes in with the roastiness. At the end there is a heavy roasted coffee flavor that takes over the taste. This flavor leaves quite a bitter flavor on the tongue in the end.

Mouthfeel – An average thickness with a slightly above average carbonation level.

Overall - In many ways this beer drinks more like a lighter hopped black IPA. It’s dryness and bitterness are quite heavy. I was expecting something a bit more smooth in transition and flavor, but this it was not. It left some rather unpleasant flavors in the mouth at the end making this a beer I would likely not do again.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 00:39:31 | More by Darkmagus82
Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout from Elysian Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 590 ratings.