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Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout - Elysian Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

324 Reviews
THE BROS
85
very good

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Reviews: 324
Hads: 826
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 DiabolikDUB
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from Bomber into Pint glass.

Pours a deep black with a one inch cocoa colored head that slowly dissipates into thin head that stays. As you drink this it leaves thick lacing down the glass. The aroma is strong with roasted malts and bitter coffee with a touch of chocolate that adds a sweetness to the scents. This flavor of this beer is dominated with semi-sweet chocolate and has a bitterness that lasts. It has a heavy to medium body that coats your mouth with every sip. I really like this beer, its highly drinkable and extremely enjoyable. (553 characters)

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. (547 characters)

Photo of blackc5
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Elysian Fields.

Probably my favorite year-round beer for Elysian. Dragonstooth is quite nice in bottle, and even better on tap. Now if only they had it nitro...

A - Nice depth of black with a good micro-foam mocha-colored head. Above average lacing as well.

S - Rich aromas of espresso and dark chocolate. Some sweetness and a slight hint of hops.

T - A very well-balanced flavor of bitter dark chocolate, espresso, roasted grain and sweetness. Rich and luxurious. Hops add to the dark chocolate effect - very nice. Improves further as it warms a bit.

M - Heavy body and creamy smooth. Viscous. Light to medium carbonation.

D - A great all around beer, and one to go back to for sure. ABV is well hidden. (729 characters)

Photo of drewba
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - jet black with purple tints on the edges - a decent mocha head slowly forms up, but then falls to nothing but a pile of fat bubbles on the rim.

S - smoke, honey, plum, grapes, raisin, caramel.

T - Dense smokiness that mixes well with the raisin and plum plus honey. I'm not a fan of smoke, but there is actually a decent harmony here, some of the sweetness and dryness from the oats don't let the smoke overwhelm. I'm getting plenty of the lactose in the end right before this finishes with a bitter dryness.

M - thickish, prickly carbonation.

O - Liked this despite the heavy smokiness. very drinkable, enjoyable mouthfeel, B++ would drink again. (658 characters)

Photo of ahalloin
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes:

A: This beer pours thick and dark. Very little light gets through at the edges as I tilt the glass. An impressive beige head sits atop the beer after the pour slowly receding to a thick ring.

S: The smell is typical for a big American stout: Chocolate, molasses and a touch of roast. The Chocolate identified here is more sweet than darkly bitter.

T: The sweetish chocolate is again present in the flavor and dominates the profile a little bit. Not as richly chocolate as I normally like. In the finish I get the touch of roast and bitterness that I don't quite identify as directly espresso qualities but it works. For me the sweetness is a bit too much.

MF: The body of the beer is full and smooth which is very satisfying.

D: The lack of alcohol hotness helps with the drinkability but I find it too sweet to have more than a heathly tasting pour. (878 characters)

Photo of tbeck
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Poured dark and thick with a thick brownish head. Head did not dissipiate quickly. Good laciness.

Smell - Smell of hops and slight coffee

Taste - Slight bitterness, definetly hops, slight coffee, excellent balance.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, not a strong carbonation presence, even with a strong head. Texture was excellent, thick.

Drinkability - Excellent beer to have as a serving. A bit heavy for numerous rounds.

Overall - Enjoyable beer. (453 characters)

Photo of GIVEMEBACKMYSON
4.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Smells of malted mocha americano with just a hint, a stray tendril of Borkum Riff from a day or two past.

Opaque brown in color with a sludgy, chunky, french press coffee look to the heterogenous mix. Head is small but thick and squat, with the tan color pocked by brown gobs of sediment and sludge clinging to the carbonated froth and held aloft like raindrops ready to fall from the clouds.

In the onset, caramel and nougat are the big time players, and stand alone, the quality of these two basic flavors, and the easy satisfaction of them would already make this beer a winner. I feel like Ron Popeil when I say "wait, there's more." I suppose a "set it and forget it" could be in order as well, but do what you will. Somewhere mid swallow, espresso and the darkest of German chocolate gives closure to the satisfying sweetness that preceded. Coupled with an inexcapable whiff of the aforementioned smell, it makes for the best recent sensory experience for this BA. Ever drink a cup of java at a bakery while they're making donuts? It's not altogether different.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly lush and pillowy, giving purpose and life to the oily flat slick to which I erroneously feared this stout would succumb. On the pour this drooped like a Dali pocketwatch, but in the cheeks and jowls it dances like a Rockette. Covered in caramel, dark chocolate, coffee feans and whipped cream as it were. Now there's a thought... (1,435 characters)

Photo of Chelsea1905
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
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 (445 characters)

Photo of BastardKing24
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My first Elysian beer so far, here goes.

Pours out a deep black that no light can penetrate. solid head that leaves some lacing and bubbles after 5 min. Looks like a winner to me.

Smell is right away bitter cocoa and coffee. Others are maybe some tobacco and leather, and some raisin.

Taste is very nice with a generous dose of chocolate flavors, along with an astringent roasty quality that sits well with me. Coconut and coffee hints are there, as well as perhaps some caramel and oatmeal. This oatmeal stout is creamy and luscious with just a hint of the oats to keep it a decadent and sessionable roasty stout with just a touch of sweetness.

Feel is medium carbed, with a semi slick feel, and a generous warming from it's high abv single stout status.

This is alot better than samuel smith oatmeal stout, just what I think. (832 characters)

Photo of mikul93
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A Pours jet black with a mocha colored head that starts to dissipate, but a little lingers at the end.

S Roasted goodness, chocolate, coffee

T Just like the nose, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, some hops. Nice tasting beer.

M Surprisingly thin. Nice carbonation. Roasted flavor lingers. Nice

O Very impressed with this brew. Would def seek out again. (358 characters)

Photo of wac9
3.41/5  rDev -15.6%
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 (401 characters)

Photo of arvidkoval
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This looks black as night. Kind of weak on the smell. A robust burnt, toasted, roasty flavor is the first thing I noticed. Next comes that oatmeal sweetness I'd hoped for followed up by a coffee aftertaste. Thick, but not Russian thick. Overall, this is freakin' great! (274 characters)

Photo of kennylopez
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 22oz bottle into a DFH goblet. It pours a dark black with a tan head about a fingers thick that fades fastand leaves minimal lacing. Smells like a sweeter heavy roasted stout with a hint of chocolate. The taste is a thick bread like roasted malt and little bitterness from the hops but the creamy bitter chocolate has a nice compliment. For just under 8% this brew is very enjoyable and tame on the carbonation which is unique and in a bad way. I enjoyed this stout, and for then less that $4 a bottle I consider it a steal. (538 characters)

Photo of gestyr
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
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. (567 characters)

Photo of ChugMan
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Food Pairing: Roasted root vegetables were great with this! It included sweet, redskin and yukon gold potatoes, carrot, parsnip, onion and garlic. Some salt and seasoning too. Really good, especially the sweet potato. The earthiness of the drink and the food went very well together.

A - Darkest of dark brown/red. Light scarcely penetrates its thinnest edge. Nice head with good lacing.
S - Moderately aromatic. Clean and yet unmistakably earthy. Uncut cocoa and grain. Intriguing, and a little dangerous.
T - Strong alcohol flavor right away: that 7.5% feels a lot bigger than it is. Once you push past that though, some nice rich roasty-bready flavors are lying in wait for you, and after a couple sips the alcohol doesn't have the same shock that it did at first. Molassas, coffee, chocolate. Some very subtle fruit flavors like cherry and pineapple come in with a lightly sweet finish of cream and vanilla.
M - Alcohol and hop bitterness pack a wallop! No fufu beer here. Thick, like a chunk of dark bread. None of this lingers too long though, just a bit of that creamy sensation.
O - This is sort of like a hardcore spiked cup of joe- not for the faint of taste buds nor session-seekers. This stout demands your undivided attention, and the longer you enjoy it the more it will reward you. (1,299 characters)

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. (686 characters)

Photo of Lazerlobe
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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A: Standard dark cola pour, good cap of Desert Storm colored khaki head.

S: Sweet, crisp roast, followed by dry chocolate

T: Start off a touch astringent before breaking out with robust chocolate, well kilned barley and mellowed hops. Strong roasted finish.

M: Smooth and lightly viscous, goes down too easy!

O: Easy to drink and robust. It's bit too roasty and untempered for me but is too easy to drink with its light, playful body. (465 characters)

Photo of Pinto21
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint a black with a hint of red on the edges with a tan/brown head that fades fairly quick.

A touch of chocolate with a bit of coffee, but mostly a sweeter dark fruit smell

Roasted up front, but not overly so. hops in the finish, but just noticeable. Kinda sweet chocolate that then gets more bitter with a touch of coffee? It's complex yet everything melds together very well.

Mouth if full but not too much so. I finished the 22 no problem.

I like it better than FBS! (485 characters)

Photo of Cheesemoose
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade from a good friend in Cali. Cheers and thanks!

2009 vintage.

Poured into my handy dandy 16oz snifter.

Lovely, rich, creamy body. Dark, with a soft brown edge. Head is fluffy, pillowy and big. Khaki/mocha head with a edge towards the dark side. So dark and yet so inviting. Lovely bit of lacing to match.

Nose is dominated by chocolate and earthy roasted notes. Very tempting from the get go. Some dark fruits come into play, but the dominate profile is milk chocolate.

Smooth entrance with a resurgent roasted finish. Crisp hop back with notes of citrus and a lingering roasted malt profile. Well rounded, and yet deeply satisfying. Chocoalte malts dominate the malt back of this beer.

Creamy, luscious, silky smooth and oh so quaffable.

Easily one of the best Oatmeal Stouts in resent memory. Excellent, down right near perfect example. (869 characters)

Photo of COBeerBuff
3.2/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber received via trade from mcduck. Thanks!

Appearance: Pours an almost opaque brown-black with slivers of reddish-brown light seeping around the edges. A finger of mocha colored head dissipates quickly leaving a ring around the glass interspersed with some larger bubbles.

Smell: Smells like a chocolate coffee mess. Cocoa, coffee, some espresso, and roasted grains dominate the nose. This is definitely an ominous smelling imperial stout.

Taste: The taste is confusing. There's the coffee and chocolate I was expecting, but almost none of the malt sweetness. In their place is a almost tartness that is befuddling. There is an trace of hop bitterness as well, but the tart and sour flavors almost make this beer unappetizing. As the beer warms, more of the maltiness comes out. This is definitely a beer that should be given time to warm.

Mouthfeel: Much lighter than the appearance and nose would suggest. There is some stickiness from the malts, but the overall mouthfeel is somewhat less than what I was hoping for.

Drinkability: The 7.4% ABV makes this a very drinkable imperial stout, but the tartness of the taste and the mouthfeel make this a one-and-done for me. If the beer is allowed to warm, it becomes far more drinkable in both categories, but overall, this beer just leaves me feeling sort of "meh." (1,328 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 dgfair
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

22 oz. bomber poured into my Delirium snifter

A - Black, almost opaque body with a creamy tan, chocolate milk colored head. It dissipates nicely to a thin layer leaving some lacing on the glass.
S - Sweet milky smell with an undertoning of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt. At first it was a smoky smell, but turns to a very sugary scent as it warms...nice and surprising. A tad of an alcohol smell at times too, but not overwhelming.
T - Coffee and roasted malt up front, followed by a nice touch of bitter chocolate. Still a touch of sweetness underpinning the entire experience. Aftertaste is pure roasted malt, and very nice.
M - Not bad, but a little thinner than I was hoping for. Even a little bit of a chalky type feel at times. Definitely the low point of this great beer.
D - As far as drinkability goes, this is amazingly easy to drink for a 7.4% Double Stout. Easier to drink than a lot of session beers to be perfectly honest, and a nice price point that makes it very accessible. (1,004 characters)

Photo of ssteakley
4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I completely agree with KangarooAdem59, he nailed it. Not time for it in Texas yet but here in Seattle it could not be a better night for a Stout. Light the fireplace pour into a fine beer glass and kickback and enjoy every taste of this fine beer. Tonight I decided to make sure to drink at least one Stout of the quality every week" (334 characters)

Photo of Xadoor
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark black in the glass, a black hole for light. Head was very thick and frothy with a dark tan colour. Foam dissipated slowly and left some nice lacing. Very mild aroma, but some roasted malts detectable. Very rich and smooth flavour. Delicious strong roasted coffee taste to start with some slight sweetness, but finishes with a dry and bitter chocolate flavour. Higher ABV not noticeable at all. Was lighter tasting then I expected. A fantastic and very drinkable stout. (473 characters)

Photo of masikon
3.92/5  rDev -3%
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. (494 characters)

Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout from Elysian Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 324 ratings.