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Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout - Elysian Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

632 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 632
Reviews: 304
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 78
Gots: 50 | 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:
No notes at this time.

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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first brew from Elysian, it would be hard to mess up strong oatmeal stout in my book but let's go and see what this brew is all about. Buddy Geof, thanks much for the brew let's see how dark WaWaWashington likes their stouts. Appears pitch black no ruby or dark brown highlights to speak of, big ol' mocha tan head forms thick and leaves abundant but scattered lacing around my imperial pint glass.

Aroma has a very nice roasted malt backbone that pretty much dominates the nose with strong black coffe and dark chocolate with an air of fruit and cream tossed in. A touch of herbal and minimal pine accented hops, with dark fruits naming plum as the main one I could pick out.

Flavor is a creamy blend of dark chocolate and mildly acidic iced brewed coffee. This would go well instead of a cup of Joe on a rainy afternoon in Seattle, or you could wait until afternoon if that's more justifiable for you. The roasts roll through first with secondary notes from the rolled oats additions and herbal and pine accented hop flavors.

A bit of alcohol does peak through and carbonation tickles a bit much for my liking in the mouthfeel department. Medium to fuller bodied carbonation makes the brew a bit rougher on the palate than it should be and the dark roasted malts leave an unrelenting burnt flavor on the palate between sips this could be a downer.

Drinkability overall is solid, I have no gripes with the beer or the flavor and I enjoyed my opportunity to try this PacNW offering from Seattle. I haven't had many brews from that region and I'm glad that this one came my way to further my horizons. Very enjoyable up there in the realm of Breakfast Stout, Wake and Bake, JavaHead, and other big beers within this vein.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2009 04:03:09 | More by WVbeergeek
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +2%
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

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2007 03:23:22 | More by Slatetank
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WesWes

New York

4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2009 22:32:39 | More by WesWes
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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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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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oline73

Maryland

4/5  rDev -1.2%

11-16-2011 01:58:19 | More by oline73
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mdfb79

New York

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 12/11/11 notes. Not sure exactly why, but this has been a Want of mine for a long time and I never got around to trading for a bottle until now. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Duvel Green tulip.

a - Pours a black color with two inches of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Little head retention and some spotty lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of roasted malts, sweet chocolate, vanilla, and light bitter chocolate. Pretty nice, very roasty.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, sweet chocolate, vanilla or cream, light coffee, light wood, and bakers chocolate. Very nice, a tiny step up from the nose.

m - Medium to full body and low to moderate carbonation, very smooth and creamy. Very easy to drink, a great mouthfeel for an oatmeal stout.

o - Overall I thought this was a really nice oatmeal stout; one of the better ones I've had in recent memory. Ton of roasted notes and chocolate, and very easy to drink. Very glad I bought this, and would buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 15:55:13 | More by mdfb79
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mactrail

Washington

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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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2008 23:25:03 | More by jwc215
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2007 02:18:27 | More by Gueuzedude
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: rich dark black color with a 1/2" tan head. Nice lacing develops.

Smell: easily detectable dark chocolate and strong roasted malts.

Taste: strong roasted malt level with a nice smattering of dark chocolate bitterness. Some coffee, molasses, slightly noticeable alcohol, and a bit of burnt nuts rounds it out.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Smooth from start to finish. Roasted flavors linger briefly on the tongue.

Drinkability: this could be considered a meal. But this is a solid double stout in my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2006 01:27:33 | More by Gavage
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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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GClarkage

California

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2007 04:26:57 | More by GClarkage
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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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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4/5  rDev -1.2%

09-28-2012 04:30:26 | More by MarkyMOD
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +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!

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2005 13:49:40 | More by weeare138
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured jet black with good carbonation capped off with a nice brown head

S: Nose is charred, coffee, bitter cocoa

T: Very good. Lots coffee, cocoa, light booze and roasted malts.

M: Very good, well carbonated, nice feel, not to boozy,plenty of flavor

D: Yeah, try it! Drink it.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 02:59:03 | More by barleywinefiend
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Coming in a 650ml bomber brown bottle, bottle-conditioned; production date 15/02/2013, served gently chilled in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: pours a black hue, coming with a dark khaki foamy head retreating slowly to a thin cap, while the carbonation level is pretty low.
S: rich, oily and deeply chocolaty, roast/black malts balanced by equally robust and lively hop aroma as of citrus-rich hop varieties. The second layer consists of jammy black dates, oily nuts, and creamy treacle-flavoured fudge. Overall, the aroma is rich but definitely not overwhelming, delivering a really decent and deep impact on the nose.
T: light-bodied on the entry, the foretaste is initially aromatically citric hoppy, bitter-sweet nutty, bitter chocolaty, roasty-malty at the same time, ensued by a burned-walnut (on skins) aroma, a good acidity, a decent level of fruity hoppiness & bitterness and a dry-ish palate lasting towards the chewy, aromatically roast-malt and hoppy finish. Oatmeal? Can’t say if there is or isn’t, but the smooth texture alongside the light-ish body does make me wonder that oatmeal is used in the brew.
M&O: softly carbonated on the mouthfeel, the body remains medium against a rather rich but not heavy flavour profile; this “Imperial Oatmeal Stout”, to me, is a lovely twist of the older concept of rich and oily export stout that benefits from good craftsmanship and skilful manipulation of aromatic American hops. Absolutely lovely…!!

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 21:31:50 | More by wl0307
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2006 04:30:51 | More by rhoadsrage
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.34/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Eric for sharing this bomber. It pours black in color with a thin line of clarity around the edges and a thick brown head. A webby wall of lace sticks to the glass as the cap fades.

The aromatics for the most part are muted. What does emit is an overall feel of burnt grain smelling like roasty coffee mixed with a bit of citrus hop component.

The flavor is very roasted as you might expect based off the nose. Almost a borderline unpleasant acrid to ashy flavoring that is burnt and earthy. Not bad but not terribly inviting either.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew which was unexpected for the proclamation of this being an imperial oatmeal stout. It was modestly carbonated but overall not wowing and lacked the feel associated with the style. The price point on this is set low enough that you should try it but chances are you will feel the same and desire no need to revisit.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 19:26:24 | More by stakem
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.2%

05-22-2013 16:52:43 | More by InspectorBob
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

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

Pours a two finger brown head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Color can't get any blacker. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Roasted coffee nose. Starts almost sweet with a roasted coffee/chocolate flavor, smooth, finish has hints of burnt coffee. Nice stout. $3.49 for a 22oz bottle from John's Market Place Tigard, Or.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2006 22:40:27 | More by jdhilt
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a nice tan head that sticks around as a ring. Roasty and creamy aromas are nice, but a little light. The taste is nicely balanced with a medium roastiness, creaminess, a bit of licorice and chicory, and a slightly bitter finish. Smooth and relatively creamy mouthfeel, this is an easier drinker and well crafted.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2008 22:07:08 | More by Georgiabeer
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Wasatch

Utah

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2007 20:57:38 | More by Wasatch
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout
Elysian Brewing Company

Pours a oil slick blackish brown, with a light brown foam. Aroma of herbal, minty hops and smokey roasted malts. In the flavor, roasted malts and lots of hop flavor are the driving forces. There is a nice dark chocolate flavor, along with coffee and a wisp of smoke. Hops are bitter, minty, herbal and have a touch of citrus. Some tasters have detected anise, a good compliment to the roasted malt flavor.

Full bodied feel, a bit slick, well carbonated and smooth. Leaves a lingering cocoa/coffee malt flavor in the finish. Overall, an incredibly tasty, well made stout. Well hopped which is always welcome.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 21:02:16 | More by Stinkypuss
Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout from Elysian Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 632 ratings.