Dragonstooth Stout
Elysian Brewing Company

Dragonstooth StoutDragonstooth Stout
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Style:
Stout - Oatmeal
Ranked #37
ABV:
8.1%
Score:
90
Ranked #5,074
Avg:
4.05 | pDev: 10.12%
Reviews:
378
Ratings:
1,046
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Elysian Brewing Company
 
Washington, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  128
Gots
  205
SCORE
90
Outstanding
Dragonstooth StoutDragonstooth Stout
Notes: Rich, Complex, Full-bodied.

Style: Imperial Oatmeal Stout.
Tasting Notes: Pours a deep, midnight black with a light tan head. Smells of coffee and dark chocolate and the mouthfeel is velvety smooth with flavors of roasted malts, oatmeal and warm bread. Dragonstooth is a very drinkable stout-satisfying but not heavy.

Malts: Pale, Munich, C-77, Chocolate, Roasted Barley and Rolled Oats.
Hops: Bittered with Magnum, finished with Cascade and Centennial.
Body: Substantial.
IBU: 56
Reviews: 378 | Ratings: 1,046 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Franziskaner from Missouri

4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black in color with minimal light penetration. There’s fingernail of brown around the rim and covering two thirds of the top. I smell oatmeal, dark chocolate, and dark malt. I taste oatmeal, dark chocolate, and faint hint of smoke. The mouth is creamy and smooth.

May 16, 2020
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Dragonstooth stout pours a very dark brown/black color, with a tiny, but lacing head. Rich aroma, hints of smoke and chocolate. Flavor is rich, chocolate, smoke, lots of black licorice, with a nice hint of bitterness. Good body and feel. Overall, rich beer, no frills, big on black licorice, and a bit more on the bitter side.

Mar 08, 2020
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours almost black; fluffy dark khaki head that falls leaving nice retention and lacing. The aromas are malt forward. Hints of smoke and cocoa. The flavors follow the nose. Lots of dark chocolate. More hints of smoke. Some roasted characteristics. Some hops in the mix. Solid bitterness. Malts do their thing. Alcohol basically goes unnoticed for the most part. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's fluffy, creamy, velvety, smooth and easy to drink.

This is a nice oatmeal stout. The flavors are bold. TThearomas open up as it warms up a bit. The craftsmanship is on point. It's enjoyable and fun to drink. Well done. I like it.

Jan 29, 2020
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defunksta from North Dakota

4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a jet black color with a strong, creamy, dark tan head. SRM of 24. (4.25)

Aroma: Strong aromas of dark and airy cocoa and chocolate. Some roasty coffee. Very balanced between aromas and not overpowering. (4.00)

Flavor: Flavor follows the nose with strong chocolate and cocoa. Some more dark, roasted malt. Moderate coffee too. Nice balance between cocoa and coffee. Middle of the road in terms of coffee vs cocoa. Nicely balanced with strong flavors. (4.00)

Feel: Medium-bodied for the style. Expected. Creamy. Moderate and decent carbonation. Airy enough to clean the palate and not create palate fatigue. Nice and creamy but cleansing enough. actually. Hard to be so clean at this ABV. Nice job on the body. (4.25)

Compared to George Hunter Stout: Similar color. This one has a darker and stronger head. This one has more cocoa and chocolate. Less patent malt and cream. Finishes more bitter with more of a cocoa sweetness. Slightly lighter bodied. I mislabeled in a blind taste test and thought the George Hunter was the English Oatmeal stout.

Overall: A nice oatmeal stout. Lots of chocolate and roast. Drinks like an American Stout I'd say. Less oatmeal and cream than I expected. Still, balanced and delicious. Would definitely drink this one again. (Final Rating: 4.09)

Jan 25, 2020
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jkblr from Indiana

4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle Experience By 05/03/20 poured into a perfect pint glass at just above fridge temp 8.1% ABV. The beer pours dense black with brown highlights and quickly building rusty tan colored head. The head recedes just as quickly as it builds to a thin ring and a few islands. Slight lacing. The aroma is mild with baker's chocolate, roasted malt anf oats. The taste is dark chocolate and ashy, roasted malt bitterness throughout. Slight earthy hop presence on the finish. The mouthfeel is full to medium bodied with average carbonation and dry finish. Overall, very good. The oatmeal rounds out the dryness and it's very flavorful, albeit fairly straightforward dark chocolate. The alcohol is well hidden.

Jan 24, 2020
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

Pours jet-black and medium viscosity. An excellent three-fingered tan/root beer float head sticks around and gives way to nice lacing.

The brew delivers the classic aromas of the style. Chocolate and coffee prominent, with creamy toasted malts (oatmeal and barley) following, and just a touch of earthy hops.

The flavors follow the nose, but with a bit more hop flavor, initially, and then some overly-sweet notes as the brew warms. Coffee and chocolate on the tip of the tongue, with toasted malts/grains in midstream. The brew closes with some earthy and slightly citrusy hop flavors and a touch of booze. As the brew warms, some metallic/mineral notes arrive, and don't quite match, and some sugary sweetness creeps in a bit more than is warranted.

The brew is medium-full bodied but with good carbonation and lift. Very creamy and smooth.

It looks, smells, and feels great. The flavor is better than ok, but has some slightly off flavors that keep it out of superior territory.

Nov 09, 2019
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Allegedly from Kansas

4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I bought it because the label looked cool initially and because I love stout. I don't regret it.

There's a nice warm inviting smell to the stout and it's pretty smooth. I can pick up on the chocolate but I'm missing the citrus notes the label says it's supposed to have.

I didn't pour from the bottle into a glass, but the foam appears pretty dark headed and I sure as the sun shines can't see much light through it. (I travel a lot for work, I'm not going to put it in a hotel room plastic cup. Ew)

Overall a great stout I'll buy again.

Nov 07, 2019
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This beefy brew pours a deep
and dark coal black with a fantastic head of brown foam that settles to
a thick ring and layer with excellent lacing. Nose of char, dark cocoa,
orange zest, mild grapefruit, and subtle coffee with dark sweet roasted
malts. Flavors follow the nose with dark coffee and heavy char layered
on grapefruit and herbal/pine hops with dark bakers cocoa and deeply
roasted malts. Nice mouth feel; full body, medium light carbonation that
is prickly and lively, and a bitter malt and citrus hop finish.

Unique, more of an American Stout, but still solid.

Cheers

Nov 02, 2019
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bbtkd from South Dakota

3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Elysian Dragonstooth Stout, 8.1% ABV. Pours black with a one-finger light brown head that left lots of foamy lacing. Nose is chocolate, licorice, and malt. Taste is roasty malt, chocolate, slight licorice, with a slight bitterness. Decent mouthfeel, overall excellent.

Oct 23, 2019
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bomber into Crane snifter
Enjoy by March 2020

Deep thick black char color with a thick beige-brown cap of 1 finger, leaving lots of lace in broken webs.

Aroma, definitely smells like a west coast stout. Lots of char and lots of wet hops, very woodsy and grassy, slight camp fire, behind that some faint molasses and maybe some black licorice. I don't care for it but it is assertive and unified so I must rate it highly.

Flavor is more like a black IPA with very heavy char notes, some cigarette ash, slight citrus, burnt wood, and dark bakers cacao.

Feel is slick and heavy, very roasty, lots of resins clinging to the tongue and palate, and moderate to heavy carbonation.

Overall, this was definitely not my bag and I may not finish the bomber in one sitting, but there's a difference between a terrible beer and something I don't care for. This is the latter and not the former... but beware this is definitely a heavily hopped west coast ash-heavy stout.

Oct 19, 2019
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mwilbur from Minnesota

4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into a tulip.
A: Pours black with a 1/4 inch thick foamy light tan head with good retention and leave some nice lacing coating the glass.
S: Roasted chocolate malt, cream, and hints of coffee and caramel.
T: Roasted bitter chocolate malt hits first and dominates the taste. Dark bitter coffee with hint of cream. Hint of licorice and vanilla.
M: Medium body. Strong roasty bitterness. Mildly sweet. Lingers nicely on the palate.
D: Good, but not top tier, for style.

Oct 06, 2019
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arizcards from Arizona

3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from the MB Liquors cooler in Ocean Shores, WA on 5-17-19 for $4.49. Best experienced by 9-31-19.

Beer poured black with a solid tan head with the initial pour.

Nose initially was chocolate and coffee dissipating into a mild roast malt with subsequent whiffs.

Taste is a nice mix of coffee and chocolate over a robust roasted malt base. Finishes well hopped for a nice balance.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall an enjoyable oatmeal stout!

May 22, 2019
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clayrock81 from Florida

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

Poured a black body with minimal head and lace. Slight roasted malt and oat aroma. Fuller body and slightly sticky but has a great smoothness and oat presence and then finishes slightly sweet like bitter chocolate. Easy to drink and worth trying.

Jan 11, 2019
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Mister_Faucher from Washington

3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Edited due to a really fresh six pack, picked up at Fred Meyer in Bothell, Washington.

Opaque dark coffee color with a massive mocha colored head, thick sticky lacing and too dark/thick to see any carbonation streaming.

Aroma is coffee, bitter chocolate, caramel/burnt sugar, roasted nuts, toasted dark bread, light dried dark fruit and a tinge of citrus peel.

Rich caramel malt, coffee, bittersweet chocolate and dried dark fruits, roasted nuts, burnt sugar, light spicy hops and a bit of citrus peel.

Medium/full bodied, smooth, creamy texture. Light bitter finish, soft carbonation on the tongue.

Much better than I originally rated it, my first try must have been a bad bottle.

Nov 01, 2018
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hydrate from California

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, chocolate, full bodied. Rich, thick, dark head. From a tap in Spokane, WA This stout does a fantastic job of having a very strong, dark and not overly sweet flavor in spite of it's high ABV. My initial impression was perfection. I just wish I had brought my growler.

Jul 28, 2018
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

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

Bought a 22oz bottle Tamura's $4.59
Smell of chocolate
Dark black color
Heavy mouthfeel
Medium-heavy carbonation
Smokey, chocolate, creamy malt flavors, Alcohol taste comes through
Overall a nice stout. I would drink again.

May 25, 2018
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Impetuous from Montana

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black body with medium brown head which leaves great lacing.

Body is fairly thick; flavors are roasted malt, cocoa, and some lemon. Carbonation is velvety smooth.

Pretty awesome.

Jan 17, 2018
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.39/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black, hearty viscosity, brown head, 1". This is a quality looking stout. Roasted malt is the exclusive aroma.

Taste yields a little alcohol heat up front. There is a bitterness and well hopped C hop quality about it. The oatmeal comes later, but the first few sips take awhile to get dialed in with roastiness and bitterness seeming heavy. This is a hoppy bitter imperial stout for the first half. After that, the palate recovers and the oats accompany it on the way out the door. Mild chocolate malt feels. The roasted malt can evoke coffee and some dark fruit notes. The carbonation also seems excessive for what you normally come to an oatmeal stout for. Now if you came for a big strong hoppy 8% stout, than you prolly aren't sweating it too hard. I guess I can see where the Dragon's Tooth name/reference comes from.

Dec 04, 2017
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farrago from New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slow building head that gets to two fingers, surface has plenty of divots, deep tan color, retention is plus grade, the lacing is irregular while showing good stickiness. Jet black liquid, impenetrable, you can see miniscule bubbles run up the sides of the glass, no yellowing or such at the rims or glass bottom. Strong roast to the nose, coffee beans, mocha, grilled nuts, some raisins or cherries, seems a bit richer and sweeter when it warms, mild milkiness develops, that roast remains its most attractive facet. Medium-bodied, much slimmer and compact than expected, at the same time the chocolate, toffee, black licorice, and creamed coffee components enjoy an uptick in sweetness. Not to say the roast absent from the palate, just the edges smoothed out some, some campfire ashes and such. The carbonation has a tight weave which provides stiffness and faster pacing. The oatmeal flavor lacks concentration, more of a thin sheet cast over the whole. No distinct fruit flavors to mention. While highly credible it leaves you wishing for just a little bit more, a signature element.

Nov 14, 2017
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Radcpa from Washington

4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice dark appearance with tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is nutty with a hint of coffee. Taste is a disappointment with mild nutty and coffee is a little odd.

Oct 11, 2017
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aoampm from Hawaii

4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 8 months ago.

Pour is pitch black with tan colored finger head. Head dissolves quickly leaving some lacing.

Smell is heavy on the lactose, vanilla, and roasted malt. A little chocolate and coffee.

Taste is very similar to smell. Nice chocolate and fudge flavor with some roasted malt. Coffee, lactose, and vanilla just as in the nose. Has a little bitterness to it.

Feel is disappointing. Drinks very thin and doesn't have that rich and chewy feel to it that I like in my stouts.

Overall a decent beer and well worth the $5 I paid for it! Just a straightforward oatmeal stout.

Sep 17, 2017
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ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

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

Pours a very dark brown with a khaki head that's gone in a flash.
Aroma of roasted malt, coffee and bitter chocolate.
Bitter chocolate, coffee and bit of citrus.
Smooth and creamy texture, probably from the oatmeal and reasonably chewy.
A very nice imperial stout. I'd like to thank Sharon for dragging this across the country for me.

Aug 17, 2017
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: opaque; deep brown in color; 1 finger medium brown head that receded quickly to a splotchy cap; no lacing;

S: deeply roasted grain with a hint of coffee and bittersweet chocolate;

T: deeply roasted grain and bittersweet chocolate from start to finish; mild (but a little harsh) bitterness at the end;

M: medium to full bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish; ABV is warming;

O: not especially complex, but enjoyable none the less;

Jun 27, 2017
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boisehack from Idaho

4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased from On the Fly convenience store in Boise for $4.49 + tax. Poured into a plain ol' pint glass.

A fairly vigorous pour produced an inch of tan foam that lasted for a few minutes, leaving some lacing on the side and a skim of tiny bubbles on the surface. Notes of cocoa and a bit of phenol on the nose. Dark as sin!

Tastes like cocoa too, with a mild bitterness that I find pleasing. And it is not sweet to me at all, and great mouthfeel, almost like a milkshake as the tiny bubbles coat my tongue (I think that is what is happening).
As it warms up in the glass, the flavor intensifies. It is a delicious beer, an honest and straightforward oatmeal stout. The flavor is not complex, I do not detect any other overtones coming into play. I am really trying to find something else to say about the flavor. Coffee? Not really, I drink a lot of coffee, and I had some espresso this morning, and it had notes of chocolate, but this chocolate doesn't taste like coffee to me. Roasty, toasty, but not coffee.

At 8.1% ABV, I feel a bit tipsy after drinking most of the beer, just right in my opinion. I am a large person, so if you are not, this may pack a wallop for you. "But I only had one!" does not apply to this beer.

I have had more interesting stouts, but this is not trying to be one of those, it is a straightforward oatmeal stout, just begging for some vanilla ice cream to be added for a float! I give it high marks just because it is a beer that I feel exemplifies the style. If this were the only beer in the world, we could do a lot worse, and stout lovers would rejoice, but that will never happen, I mean, this being the only beer in the world. That would be sad, in theory, but, with me being a dark beer lover, this could be my "desert island" beer.
And the price, my goodness, I should go and buy all they have! As soon as I get paid.

Jun 21, 2017
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IDnotvalid from Washington

3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good Brew. Coffee with each sip, and very smooth. You could not tell this is over 8% ABV. Not bitter at all, but aftertaste is of green olives. Not a terrible mixture, just unsuspected. Slight hop flavoring, that mixes well. Scent is similar to flavoring. All in all a great Stout. Elysian has once again set the bar high

Jun 20, 2017
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