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Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout - Elysian Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

673 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 673
Reviews: 305
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 82
Gots: 64 | FT: 2
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)
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Photo of superspak
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense mocha head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, char, coffee, orange zest, pine, grapefruit, floral, oatmeal, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of dark roasted malt and hop notes. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, char, coffee, orange zest, pine, floral, grapefruit, oatmeal, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of piney citrus bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, char, coffee, citrus zest, pine, floral, oats, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic robustness and complexity of roasted malt flavors with hops; with a great balance between malts and hop bitterness; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent export stout! Great balance and robustness of dark roast and hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

superspak, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Wasatch, Nov 03, 2007
Photo of wrightst
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

wrightst, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is near black with a thick beige collar. The aroma is perhaps a bit weak, but what's there is nice. Roast and chocolate with a healthy grain presence. Thick, robust body with warming alcohol in the finish. A nice beer to share at a tasting, or savor over the course of an evening.

Huhzubendah, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Stinkypuss, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of biegaman
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
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!

biegaman, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of smakawhat
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my Dogfish snifter glass.

A simple small but dark cocoa brown head, settles slowly and leaving a thick collar among the snifter. Island pucks of foam manage to hang on. Body color is a very dark brown walnut, nearly black hardly any see through at all, can't even see to the top of the head when tilting. Some very large legs and tiny leopard link prints coat the glass on big sips. Impressive.

Nose is a good char, and dark roasted malt. Simple, solid, airy, nothing extremely impressive but just smelling like a solid good stout should.

Taste brings a very great roast character to this. Very dark burnt dry ripping grains, char, carbon almost like. It melds well with a finish that is also very hop bitter in taste. Palate feels a touch of wetness and also prickly cola carbonation that melds well with the palate. No sense of heat on this either for the high abv.

Overall, it's enjoyable, quite good. However, the dry aspect doesn't seem to grab me. If ripping dry grain and char and roast is your deal, you will love this beer to death. Do enjoy, I could have another.

smakawhat, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of LXIXME
4/5  rDev -1%

LXIXME, Feb 20, 2014
Photo of Latarnik
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Latarnik, May 24, 2014
Photo of beerthulhu
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

beerthulhu, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of billab914
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Stone IRS glass. It poured black in color with a frothy tan head covering the top of it. The head faded but left some very nice lacing as it did.

The aroma shows a good amount of hoppiness to it with some citrus notes playing a big role in it. The oats also really come through and give it a creamy, smooth quality. Some bitter-sweet chocolate and roasty flavors round out the flavors in the nose. nice, smooth and flavorful aroma overall.

The taste has a very nice mix of flavors to it. As the nose suggested I get a good dose of citrusy hops to it. I get some chocolate to it up front as well. The oats start to come out more towards the finish with some bitter-sweet, roasty and coffee like flavors.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being moderate for the style. Overall it was a very good beer. I usually don't a lot of hoppiness in my stouts, but this one managed to really integrate the flavors nicely. The juicy citrus really meshed with the smooth oats for me. The bitter-sweet chocolate and roasty, bitter, coffee flavors were an added bonus. Delicious beer overall.

billab914, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev -1%

dmorgan310, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of DrJay
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

DrJay, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of rolltide8425
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

rolltide8425, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of beertunes
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a solid black, no translucence at all. A tall, thick head of light brown color had very good retention and lacing.

A rich roasted malt aroma hits the nose, a sweetned coffee scent. The flavors followed the aroma, but were fuller and bolder. Thankfully there was no actual coffee in this beer, just the slight coffeeish taste from the roasted malts.

The body was full and coating without being overly heavy. Drinkability was very good for such a big, full beer. Overall, a very good beer worth trying when you see it and perhaps some effort to obtain.

beertunes, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of Derek
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black, tan head, very little retention, hints of lace.

S: Pine, dark chocolate & a little tar?

T: Very piney, cocoa, espresso, good/modest bitterness & alcohol, floral hops.

M: Moderate to full body, moderate carbonation, well attenuated, slightly acidic & dry.

D: Good drinkability.

Derek, Nov 14, 2006
Photo of iL0VEbeer
4/5  rDev -1%

iL0VEbeer, May 01, 2013
Photo of tobelerone
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

tobelerone, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of dirtylou
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

not sure who sent me this (in a recent bif) - i've seen it around before on the west coast but have never sampled

appearance: 22oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass, lovely chocolate brown body with a chocolatey head, nice retention and very strong lacing - nice

smell: milk chocolate, lactose, a touch of char and smoke, faint licorice, smooth and roasty

taste: very nice stout - big milk chocolate notes, very mild roasty flavor, a touch of licorice and very little booze

mouthfeel: creamy and smooth, milky and rich

drinkability: good

dirtylou, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of scruffwhor
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another beer I received via Fed-ex from Shopper's Vineyard.

Pours a straight black slightly viscous syrup. Their is a little, light Bosco syrup cling after ever swirl. Barely any head after the pour, and none after the first sip. Heavy mocha aroma, French roast coffee grounds and some faint milk mixed with bitter chocolate. Very roasty. The taste starts creamy and syrupy. The milk chocolate and espresso slowly strenghen towards the finish. Well integrated mix of flavors and faint alcohol in the mouthfeel's finish. Very glad I ordered this beer.

scruffwhor, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of xnicknj
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into tulip glass - thanks to jconrick1 for this during the bourbon, scotch, beer BIF

Pours a murky black with a thinner tanned head which fades out completely with very little retention. Random streaks and patches of lacing on the glass.

A surprising flair of smoke with caramel, molasses, and coffee beans alongside some light licorice scents.

Bold flavors right out of the gate with strong dry roasted malts and oatmeal. Coffee and espresso beans mix in with chocolate malted sweetness. Hints of licorice add a dash of complexity. A nice bolt of smoke is also present towards the end, which I wasn't expecting. Finishes with some hoppy bitterness, light smokiness, and a bit of boozy warmth.

Full body, decently carbonated, very smooth and pleasant on the palate. Surprisingly solid drinking, nice smoky flavor with tempered sweetness, and the ABV is masked well. This is the best one I've had from Elysian yet.

xnicknj, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

LiquidAmber, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of flagmantho
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass. My bottle reads 7.45% ABV.

Appearance: entirely black body with no transit of light. Head is half a finger of compact tan foam. You can't ask for much more in a stout.

Smell: light, chocolatey aroma with just a suggestion of tartness. Not complex at all, but quite nice indeed.

Taste: smooth, rich chocolatey malt flavor with a hint of bitterness toward the end. Hop character does not really stand out, and you can taste just an edge of the alcohol. Quite smooth and tasty if, again, not all that complex.

Mouthfeel: medium to medium-heavy body with a low level of carbonation. This guy is pretty smooth, but I feel like a little more bubbles would help.

Drinkability: quite drinkable, especially considering the ABV. I would definitely have this again.

flagmantho, May 15, 2010
Photo of ccrida
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into my Meantime snifter, Dragonstooth Stout is a dark, blackish brown with a very large, light brown head, dense, leaving nice lace.

Smell is big chocolate, sweet but clean alcohol, some caramel and very light nuttiness coming out as it warms.

Taste is more cocoa like, the roastiness of the malt cutting the sweet chocolate notes of the malt, providing a very nice balance overall, somewhat espresso like. Man, this is just a damn tasty American stout, my only complaint would be I could use a tad less crystal.

Mouthfeel is thicker but very smooth, nice.

Drinkability is high, this is an awesome stout for sure. Wow, loving it. More impressive then I recall the oatmeal version, although it's been quite a while since I had that one. This one gets extra points for being a decent value and year round staple.

ccrida, May 08, 2009
Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout from Elysian Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 673 ratings.