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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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-20-2002

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Photo of maddogruss
3.72/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bottle of this into a shaker glass.

A: Pours a black body with no head or lacing to note.

S: A roasted barley smell with some slight, sweet toffee undertones.

T: A very roasted taste that covers up everything, including the relatively high ABV. Roasted notes are also very evident in the aftertaste. You really only know there is a good amount of alcohol in it as you feel its warming affects while you drink it.

M: A fairly thick mouthfeel that proved to be very smooth as well.

D: A very good tasting beer, but the mouthfeel seemed a little filling. While they did well to complement each other, the thick mouthfeel made it difficult to drink later on.

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Photo of TheStove
3.72/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Elliot's in Seattle.

Delivered in an imperial pint. Jet black with a nice single finger of foam that disappeared shortly after being placed in front of me.

Drinks like a nice creamy stout latte. Creamy and rich with toasted oatmeal flavors dominating and giving way to a light chocolate sweetness and a dry finish. I believe there may be periods where this goes down too easy but as an oatmeal stout it drinks well and an imperial pint was more than appealing for this type of beer. Would be a perfect beer breakfast because it is so rich and creamy (over using this word I know) but this is was both my appetizer and dessert at Elliot's.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a 22 ounce bomber bottle and into my nonic Imperial pint glass. The stout appears a dark brown color and nearly opaque, with about two fingers of creamy ecru colored foam. Nose and flavor are of rich roasted grains, bittersweet chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, sweet caramelized malt. Between medium and full in body and amply carbonated for the style. Certainly decent enough to have again another time.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of denver10
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A dark brown with a nice, thumb and half width brown head. Okay lacing. A great sweat and roasty aroma of barley, oats, coffee, and chocolate. Flavor starts off quite roasty and sweet and finishes bitter and hoppy, more typical of a black ipa hoppy finish than the bitter coffee finish I love in my favorite oatmeal stouts. Roasted barley, oats, aniseed, and burnt tobacco. A creamy thin to medium mouthfeel, not much carbonation. I wouldn't have minded it being a touch thicker but I still enjoyed it. Wouldn't have minded if they toned down the aniseed just a touch and can't say the bitter finish was executed well as it has been done in some other oatmeal stouts. Still, a nice oatmel stout that I'd be happy to drink again.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to drabmuh for opening this bottle.

Pours black with a single-finger tan head with moderate retention. This falls down to a collar around the edges. The nose is pretty sweet to start with a good amount of chocolate as well as some sweetness, coffee, and maybe a hint of black licorice. The taste is mostly chocolate-focused with some roasted malt in there as well. A bit of booze coming through in the end, and this takes over a bit in the feel, which consists of a somewhat-low carbonated brew with a pretty big body. Drinks well enough, but not a standout among the style.

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Photo of Drazzamatazz
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Typical oatmeal stout appearance with a dark creamy body and a full foamy head. Pretty inviting.

S: Cocoa, chocolate, espresso roast, and dark caramel. Also some light smoke and anise.

T: Toasted, malty, bitter chocolate and espresso. Start sweet and finishes dry. Lingering coffee notes.

M: Medium, maybe even a little thin for an "imperial oatmeal stout". As it warms up I'm getting some alcohol heat, nothing too assertive though. Carbonation aids the body to give a full creamy feel.

O: Subtle and smooth, but still interesting. Easy drinking, but at the same time its definitely something that's better suited for slow leisurely drinking.

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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.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour is black with burnt edges and a coffee colored tight head. Nose is light, charred malt, faint milk chocolate, and a hint of roasted coffee. Taste is a hint brighter, charred malt, light chocolate and coffee. Medium to light body with soft carbonation and a fairly dry finish.

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Photo of pjwilson
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have let this bottle age about 6 months. It was purchased in Alaska, so it may be as old as a year.

appearance: classic imperial stout look. pitch black tar look with a dark brown head. the head never ever leaves and lacing is quite strong.

smell: some strong coffee biterness with just a touch of milkstout sweetness.

taste: when i first had this 6 months ago, I thought it was very bitter, which is why I decieded to let the 2nd bottle age for a bit. This may have been a mistake. The front end of the beer has completly rounded off, leaving very little flavor. coming out the back is a quite strong hop bitterness, yet very little hop flavor or roast flavor. hints of chocolate come through, but they get pounded down by the bitterness. Still is pretty good though.

mouthfeel: a little too thin for my tastes. certainly not what I would call good for a double stout.

drinkability: well getting though the bomber was easy enough. I nice enough Sunday drinker, but lets just say I'm not terribly depressed that I can't get this beer in California.

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Photo of Ego
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I know.. not stout time.. but it is seasonably mild here in jersey right now.. so what the hell... got this online from liquidsolutions.com

this feels heavy in the glass.. or maybe I am jusy limp wristed (shrugs shoulders). one finger of dark tan foam quickly runs away like forest gump, there is nare a string of pearls left lining the rim of the glass, there is some lacing, spotty at best, no light penetrates this sucker... it is a path to the dark side, and hell, I like it. overall not that impressive looking aside from the staunch bleak blackness of the thing

pretty tame nose for a "double" stout, mild coffee with cream and sweetners... like generic store bought stuff not in the league of starbucks .. or hell, even dunkin donuts, the thing I like is that it has this milk stout smell to it.. ever smell mackeson XXX ? it really reminds me of it in a pleasant way. Overall though it is a bit underwhelming compared to other stouts I dig.. but there is some unique qualities to it. on some whiffs I smell "Quik" powder (you know that stupid rabbit chocolate milk stuff).

taste etc...
wow, the flavor is ALOT richer than the nose.. the nose didn't prepare me for the heavy chocolate bitterness here, this is like shoving a bitter chocalate bar in your mouth.. the whole thing! the body is a bit thin for my tastes as this drinks pretty light. No real sensation from the alcohol (although it isn't a crazy ABV but it is above average). The aftertaste is almost like coffee that has been sitting out for a day.. and thankfully no one put out their cigarette in it. For me I find it a little TOO much like bitter chocolate.. I don't like chocolate. The hops are in the bitterness but no where else imo, they do manage to have a little bite though in the back of the mouth. this coats pretty well but is certainly not syrupy.

not my go to, but not bad. better than some but not better than others. 1 in the hand is better than 2 in the bush, 2 in the bush means your girl is cheating on you... I could go on but I would only be entertaining myself at this point...

later on in the bottle I got the more pronounced hops.. it still is not as hoppy to me as say the Smuttynose imp stout.. but it was better, but still not better than a 4

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Photo of Catracho5
3.61/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle poured into a Belgian style tulip

A: Black with a nice mocha colored head, lots of lacing, creamy head, not much carbonation, looks like a good stout.

A: Roasted chocolate, coffee notes, some alcohol on the end, there is a hoppy northwestern aroma in there, reminds me of Redhook beers.

T: Bitter, hoppy northwestern flavor, some chocolate, coffee like flavors, finishes dry, not getting any smooth oatmeal flavors, never had an oatmeal stout with this much bitterness.

M: Medium mouthfeel, dry finish

O: Very hoppy, bitter, it has that hoppy northwestern aroma and flavor that I get in beers from Redhook, not sure what it is but it's not good, I would prefer this beer with a less hoppy profile, as I don't get any oats on this. Definitely will pass this up, there are better oatmeal stouts out there than this.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.61/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: 4.5 S: 3.5 T: 3.5 M: 4 D: 3.5

From a 22 oz. brown bottle. Pitch black in appearance, crowned by a tall thick creamy beige head with great retention, leaving chunky ring upon ring of lacing.

Roasted malt, oatmeal and some sharp alcohol on the nose.

Intense bitter roasted malts up front in the flavour, some molasses and brewer's liquorice.

Thick creamy mouthfeel, smooth.

Not the most memorable high tests stouts I've tried, but would be interested in making the trip to try it on tap in Seattle.

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Photo of zhanson88
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Apperance: Pours out pitch black with about 1" of thick dark khaki head. Lacing and retention is very good. Pretty good looking beer.

Smell: Smells very roasty. A hint of bitter dark chocolate as well. That's about it.

Taste: Very roasty up front. A bit of coffee comes through as well, and a little dark chocolate. Not much for hops.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Medium to full bodied with very fine carbonation. Very creamy mouthfeel. Overall, a very roasty stout that doesn't have any other defining flavors. Very good mouthfeel though. Worth a try if you have the chance.

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Photo of RuckusDu
3.56/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a beautiful 2 finger deep tan/cappuccino head. Body is black with absolutely no light coming through.

S - Pretty standard. A little chocolate, coffee, and slight hops. I'm getting a decent amount of tobacco.

T - Bitter. Bitter chocolate and still some tobacco. Some hops again.

M - A little light, but overall pretty good. Moderate carbonation.

O - The tobacco is a huge put-off for me, so I'm not the biggest fan. Plus there is no sweetness to balance things out. Looks so good, but dies down after that.

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Photo of beernut7
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is one of the most raw stouts I have tasted in a long time. A nice dark ruby-brown color with no head, the aroma is very light with some hint of malt. The primary governing characteristic here is the bitterness. The bitter quality of teh stout, while not completely unwelcome, accentuates the thin body. The malt presence isn't too bad, but all together not a favorite.

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Photo of JDV
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a short lived tan head. Smell is mild dark roastiness and a hint of cardboard. Taste is dry burnt roastiness. Medium bodied with similar carbonation. A bit ashy and slightly bitter from the nice sharp hops. Could use a touch more body, but the dark, burnt flavor is nice.

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Photo of brdc
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on tap at their main location.

Nearly pitch black, tan head, decent size and good retention.
This one feels more like a good stout, but should be rated as an average imperial stout if one follows the double/imperial designation.
Chocolate, caramel, coffee, both in aroma and flavor with a slight tendency to bitter and somewhat burnt.
Medium bodied, with a nice overall taste but lacking some complexity and power. Again, a good stout, but not so good as "imperial".

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Photo of JWU
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter glass

A- dark black/brown, with a very dark khaki head. Small amount of lacing

S- Hop bitterness is very prevalent for a stout, earthy in nature, burnt malt, coffee, charcoal, and dark chocolate.

T- Hops are very noticable, and bitterness is a bit overboard. You can really connect the hops back to other offerings from Elysian. Dark chocolate, coffee, and big heaps of charcoal on the back end. A bit acrid.

M- Lighter side of thick/full. Decent carbonation to move things along. Very dry on the finish for a stout, which I don't totally care for.

O- Good, but not great, there are other impy oatmel stouts I will reach for before Dragonstooth.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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

I throughly enjoyed this beer, but I wasn't all that satisfied. It is a dark chcolate color with minimal light brown head. Tons of lacing though which makes me want to enjoy this beer. It smelled really malty, and my nose twinged when I got that strong chocolate aroma. Thanks again to Market of Choice for having this beer in stock.

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Photo of 57md
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with honey edges and a thin layer of head. The nose is more smokey than roasty. The body is definitely thin for such a big stout. The roast is lighter than some basic stouts. Also, there is an odd perfumey note in the flavor.

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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.

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Photo of Duke
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(From a hollow-stemmed chalice)

Appearance: Elysian is very close to black: a very dark aubergine. The moderately sized head is of an interesting fuscous tone, and that dissipated gracefully, leaving an immovable cap and light lacing.

Smell: I'm getting oats aplenty here. It's all quite nicely roasted. Hazelnuts are there behind the light coffee and the dark chocolate, and the hops are evident too.

Taste: The start is sweet with caramel and oats. The beer is surprisingly hoppy, and it finishes with a bitter, dry combination of burnt chocolate and aniseed. In the middle are the sweet oats and light coffee, but they seem strangled.

Mouthfeel: The beer feels smooth and even quite rich before the burnt flavours and the aniseed pull the plug on the experience.

Overall: From the appearance and smell, the beer promised a lot. I feel like while the burnt flavours round the beer off, they're a little too harsh and they left me feeling dry and unsatisfied.

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Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout from Elysian Brewing Company
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