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Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout | Elysian Brewing Company

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Dragonstooth Oatmeal StoutDragonstooth Oatmeal Stout

Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-20-2002

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque buh-lack with no light escaping topped with a statuesque light brown head leaving spider lace in the glass.

Burnt malt toffee aroma.

First swigs: Rich dark chocolate and baker's chocolate with molasses and coffee ice cream. Linger of pumpernickel and tobacco. Endless cocoa bundt cake. Astringent finish with full flavored hops eeking out beneath a heavy malt blanket.

Bright crisp medium full bodied tongue coating raw cold starbucks coffee gone wild.

Last swigs: Bitered with Magnum, Cascade and Centenial. $3.49 is a steal!

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep, rich body that looked a bit thin on the pour, but we'll see. Deep khaki head with tight bubbles two fingers high. Good stuff.

S: Chocolate pudding, cola, cafe au lait and vanilla. So far so good.

T: Minor sourness off the bat which transitions to a nice bakers chocolate smoothness. From there subtle coffee flavors mingle with cream then the roastedness of the grains intensifies and plateaus with a stern bitterness.

M: Full bodied and creamy with a smooth carbonation.

D: Good stout. Fairly complex, takes the drinker on a journey of flavors. From the sour to sweet to roasted to bitter, I'd recommend to all stout drinkers.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a Duvel chalice.

Standard-looking stout pour...dark seal brown with a cork-colored, immaculately retained head. Slight spackles of lacing. Aroma brings notes of peppery chocolate, spiced beef, and sugary dough.

Taste is a combination of beefy, bitter, alcohol-infused dark chocolate. Not a whole lot of depthe here, but what is afloat, is good. (very close to a 4.0). A slight earthy, peat malt & hop finish rounds out a medium-bodied beer with a strong bitter finish. I was a bit surprised at the Double Stout style, as this is a nice (single) Stout, but nothing out of the ordinary will make me remember it 5 yrs. down the line (except, perhaps, for the label art).

[edit: revisited review 6/26/2011, bumped taste 3.5-->4.0 and overall 3.5-->4.0]

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

$ 5.09/22 oz ($ 0.231/oz) at State Line Liquors, Elkton, MD
Bottle possibly dated 11/13/15 (but overprinted so hard to tell) at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter, allowed to warm to 50 degrees.
Aroma weak chocolate and roasted malt, fades away by the end of the glass
Head large (4.5 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, creamy with rocks, slowly diminishing to three mm ring and partial layer
Lacing excellent – wide bands of curtains, mostly tiny to small bubbles
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor – chocolate predominates initially but at the end some hoppiness comes through; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 4, Palate 4.25, Overall 4

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Photo of flexabull
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of acertain, (ratebeer) thanks again!

Pours a deep flat black color, with a nice off white head on top. Nice looking stout...

Aromas are of cocoa, chocolate, and a bit of creamy sweet coffee. Very nice clean nose on this one. No funny smells, just classic stout.

Flavors are strong. Lots of bitterness, bakers chocolate, underlying roasted malt sweetness and some boozy alcohol. This is a potent stout, but it doesn't really feature those dark roasted malt flavors that I usually get from a stout. This one just comes off as a "dry bitter" stout. It is certainly interesting...

Mouthfeel is pretty good. I would like some more fullness. But it still sits pretty well in the mouth.

Drinkability is good. This one scores points for being interesting and unique, and it's certainly worth a try.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a thick black color with a thin tan head on top. The retention is thin, but the lacing is sticky. The smell of the beer is slightly hoppy, roasted and malty. The taste of the beer has a pretty strong bitterness, lots of dry chocolatey roasted malt. The mouthfeel is thick, nicely carbonated with a dry finish. Overall this is a pretty good brew.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black draft pour with tan head and very good lacing; sweet malt and fresh bread aromas; bittersweet chocolate, fresh baked bread and toasted nuts flavors; lite, creamy mouthfeel. Overall,very good with a roasted nut linger.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.88/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this bottle as an extra in a trade some time back, it was about time to open it up.

Beer is dark black and completely opaque with a thin tan head of small bubbles with decent retention and some lacing, carbonation appears to be low.

Beer smells sweet, with this maltiness up front that gives way to some roast. Smells like an RIS actually.

Beer is medium in body and lead off with a nice sweetness that gives way shortly to a nice roastiness like coffee beans. There is some chocolate like bitterness in there as well. Beer is a little....hot....perhaps, but it's not very distracting, the heat gets mostly lost in the forward malt syrup sweetness. Beer is pretty easy drinking for as big as it is, decent big stout in my opinion. I'd have it again.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good stout.

Pours black with a fluffy and off color head. The aroma is sweet and slightly chalky. The flavor is sweet, milky, rich and dry. It is roasted and slightly chocolatey, with a hint of wood and coffee. Mouthfeel is thick and rich. Quite tasty and quite drinkable.

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Photo of 4thoseabout2bock
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3.99 for 22oz bottle at Sam's in Chicago

Again (like the tripel from Elysian we had before this) Dragonstooth bottle poured with considerable head

very dark, liquid blackness (no light passes through)

head quickly dissipated into lacy beige foam topping

slight roasty aroma

thick creamy mouthfeel
dark, lightly sweet, roasty

at 7.4 abv it is not an imperial stout -- either in strength or in taste
but it is a nice strong stout with pleasant sweetness balanced by roastiness

I got a slight bit of toffee on the first sip, but later in the glass I am getting just the light sweet/roasty flavors

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a tiny, wispy, khaki-colored head.

Smell: Aroma full of dark, roasty malts yielding notes of chocolate, dark caramel, anise, and even a quick whiff of oatmeal.

Taste: Semi-sweet chocolate and dark malts that are a touch roasty providing a hint of coffee. Modestly sweet taste of thick dark caramel. There's only ever a slight bitterness. Tastes of of vanilla and anise emerge on the relatively sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A fine, tasty stout from Elysian.

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Photo of jhartley
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Poco Grande style glass.
Pours into the glass a deep black body forming into a frothy head full of tight tiny bubbles.
Aromas of dark fruit, coffee and bittersweet chocolate.
Tastes of bittersweet chocolate, almost a bourbon barrel flavor as well.
Very smooth and creamy body with an underlying sweetness at the end.
Overall a very easy drinker for an Imperial stout, a low abv makes this super easy to drink.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown color (borderline pitch black, even). The head is three fingers high and khaki in shade. Annoyingly, the tall head retains very well, and also has a soft/dense texture. Lots of lacing is left on my glass - all told, this beer looks absolutely phenomenal. (4.75)

Smell: The nice hopping is the first thing I notice. Plenty of floral Cascade hops to be found. It doesn't always work in a stout, but it kind of does here. Beneath the hops, I pick up notes of roast, nuts, roasted nuts, oats, vanilla, chocolate, and citrus. Really nice - a hoppier than normal stout that isn't imbalanced. (3.75)

Taste: Like the nose suggested, the hops don't run roughshod over everything, they just balance the nice sweetness provided by the stout base. An initial floral flavor quickly give way to some dark fruit flavors. It finishes with a sneaky roastiness (this has a good roasted barley character, redolent of an Irish stout). The hops and the roast work together to create a rock-solid stout. (3.75)

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, to the point of being practically effortless. It's initially creamy, which melds with the nearly bone-dry finish. Carbonation is a little low. The dryness works so well with the initial softness - it manages to go down very easily without seeming dinky or weak. (4.25)

Overall: I don't like supporting the tyrant that is InBev, but if they make good beer, I'll still send some money their way. And this, well it's a damn good stout. Dry and roasty with a nice hoppy bite. This is an impressive beer worth anyone's time...unless you're anti-corporation, of course. Meh, whatever. (3.75)

3.86/5: So dry yet so delicious

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Photo of jjboesen
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Imperial Stout starts with a thin, creamy head and settles into a very dark appearance accompanied by foamy sponge-like lacing.

Made with Chinook, Cascade and Centennial hops, it has a smooth and malty richness with a subtle toastiness making for a sweet mouthfeel and one of the many excellent Elysian brews that cannot be resisted.

It's understandable why this one costs a little extra.

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

Newer dragon tattoo label

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.

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Samuel Smith nonic. This batch is 7.5% ABV.

Opaque auburn-tinged seal brown liquid with a thin creamy layer of earth yellow up top. Pasty lacing, good retention.

Smokey, earthy, complex roasty aromatics with toasted steel cut oats. Layers of malt of varying roast levels, bread crusts, and grassy hops show up as well.

Loam, peat, clay, leaves, roasted chicory, subtle layers of malt, and a gentle grainy flavor on the palate. Cocoa nibs, coffee, and hops come across throughout. Lightly herbal and pine-laden. Nice dry vaguely woody finish, though faintly metallic (iron?).

Smooth, medium-full bodied, a touch sticky and very faintly astringent.

A pleasant quietly unique example of the style.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin brown head that fades very quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains dark fruit, oats, some coffee and chocolate, roasted malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of coffee, chocolate and dark fruit followed by oats and a hearty roasted malt character. There’s a little bit of creaminess to it. The hops presence is very mild but provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid stout to drink for a while.

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

Solid imperial stout that would be a good for every day stout drinking occasions when you plan on working the next day or don't want to feel like it's a chore to finish your 22 oz bomber.

No big surprises - there are typical notes of chocolate, molasses, and coffee. Somewhat creamy mouthfeel, which I always appreciate.

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Photo of JamesP123
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a beer mug.

A. Deep black. With an agressive pour ther was 2 fingers of medium brown head thast stuck around a while. Heavy, sticky lacing down the entire glass.

S. First hit is a major dark chocolate, toffee and anise combo. A nice roasted malt aroma.

T. This is an easy drinking stout at 7.45%. Very smooth, no taste is really overpowering. Picking up the anise and roasted malt/coffee as the most predominant flavor. Bitter in the aftertaste as I pick up a little hop bite. The alcohol can be detected as the stout begins to warm up.

M. Sticks to your tongue, smooth and creamy. Medium body for the style.

D. An overall good stout. Nothing over top, just an all around really good/balanced ale.

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Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of beertunes
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours near black with deep ruby highlights where light can penetrate. Big, 2 finger cocoa colored head with good retention, resulting in as thick layer of suds across the surface. Strong lacing left all around the glass, with phenomenal stick.

Smell - Faint notes of oatmeal and chocolate. Mild roast. Not the most aromatic of oatmeal stouts.

Taste - As in the aroma, the taste is a bit of a letdown after such an amazing pour. Moderate chocolate notes and a light smokiness, followed by even lighter oatmeal and roasted malt character. Finishes with moderate coffee roastiness. Roast comes through a much better as it warms, but still doesn't quite hit the spot.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with fair carbonation and a silky smooth delivery. Goes down with velvet softness. Would be the highlight if it didn't look so awesome.

Overall - Darn. Good beer, but a bit too tame for my taste to call it great. I don't know, maybe the Rogue Shakespeare has spoiled my taste and expectations for all other big oatmeal stouts. In any event, glad I got to try it.

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Photo of Viaduck
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pour very dark with a rich tan head that quickly dissipates. Aroma consists of chocolate, grain, citrus & alcohol. The flavor is dominated by yummy dark chocolate, not too sweet, a little salty with a slight grapefruit bitterness.
Update: tried this a 2nd time & I'm lowering my score. The flavor seems lacking, does not deliver all that is implied by the aroma. Also felt thin. Still Very good.

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Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout from Elysian Brewing Company
4.04 out of 5 based on 934 ratings.
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