Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout | Elysian Brewing Company

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Dragonstooth Oatmeal StoutDragonstooth Oatmeal Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
342
Ratings:
926
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
10.15%
 
 
Wants:
110
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168
For Trade:
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Photo of brew3crew
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had during a middle ages tasting. My addition to the party.

A-Dark black with tan head that quickly disapates
S-smells sweet with some matiness. Roastiness comes through as it warms up
T-very smokey malts come through first. Hints of chocolate turn up and the roasted malts really shine when it is warmer.
M-full bodied and smooth throughout
D-done with my taste quickly. Really drinkable.

Less abv than the style usually calls for but is delicious none the less

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Photo of HopDerek
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep oily black with 2 fingers of foamy chocolate milk tan colored head. Great lasting retention leaves behind nice lacing lattice work. Smells of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, dark fruits, and a touch of citrus. Tastes of milk chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, lactose, raisins, and plums with a nice bitter finish of coffee, citrus and floral hops, and bakers cocoa. Medium in body with good carbonation. Smooth and creamy yet bitter and chewy too. Hides the alcohol well. A good Imperial Stout with nice roastiness, chocolate sweetness, and bitterness of coffee and hops. Definitely has all the characteristics of a RIS, though a little more on the mild side, but very drinkable, and definitely worth opening a bottle for that RIS desire without having to drink a bottle of one of the rarer brews.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For many years, this hearty oatmeal stout has been an easy choice as a reliable go-to beer, though for some reason I had never considered that it was greater than 7% ABV. This makes it a bit stronger than most oatmeal stouts though still shy of an imperial.

Dragonstooth (one word, apparently) is elegant in multiple capacities: the plush creaminess, forward leaning mocha mojo, and overall graceful contours. The beer also shows a dark tan head with exaggerated lace and a dark, placid body. Though its gentle malt aroma doesn't factor strongly, Dragonstooth's initial sweetness and approachable complexity make it easy to return to year in and year out.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a beautiful rich black with hints of gold around the edges. An average pour yielded a dense ans smooth two-plus finger head of a beautiful dark cocoa color, which faded relatively quicky leaving some nice solid lacing.

Aroma is boss. coffee, malt, a bit of bittersweet cocoa, a hint of fruity spiciness, overall what I want my strong stout to smell like. Perfect. nothing funky, nothing unique, just a damn good aroma.

Taste follows aroma. Lots of rich malts, bready and cocoa, roasted coffee (without burnt or bitter notes) and smoothness. There's a finish that seems to be a blend of bitter hops, bitter coffee, and just a hint of sour fruit. Also has an underlying earthiness and slightly woody, almost smoky note, which plays perfectly with the sweetness.

moutfeel is spot on as well. Creamy, thick, a bit chewy but not chunky. Velvety and creamy. Almost a touch light for the intensity of flavors, but great in the mouth with carbonation that seemed fitting.

drinkability is high. This may be one of my favorite regular stouts. Definitely can't really session this one, at it's higher abv and thickness/full flavorness. But this is definitely one of the ones I'll turn to when I'm craving stout next time. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of JackieKu
4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

UPDATE 2016-06-30. 22 oz bottle. Packaged on 2016-01-13.

A: Opaque black.
S: Medium roasted coffee. Notes of chocolate, caramel, and lactose.
T: Moderate roasty. Medium coffee. Moderate cocoa. Noticeable citrus and sourness. Moderate sweetness. Medium high bitterness. The bitter-sweet balance is great. Long finish with bitter chocolate aftertaste.
M: Full bodied. Smooth mouthfeel at pretty nice thickness. Medium high carbonation.
O: It has firm texture and great balance in terms of the flavor and mouthfeel, without too much alcohol. And most important to me, it doesn't too thick and/or sweet. Unfortuntely the alcohol content was bumped up for some reason.

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My previous rating for 2015 batch. (ABV: 7.5%)
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
May 05, 2015

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Photo of soze47
4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this at Red Bones at their NW Fest on 11/09/10

Appearance: Rich light brown/khaki head. Great looking beer here.

Aroma: Chocolate malt, roasted malt, and faint whiffs of booze on the nose. Not a huge smell, but nice.

Taste: Big flavors in play here. Nice dark chocolate and almost burnt roastiness to it. The warming booze doesn't so much stand out on its own as it enhances the dark fruit flavors that would stay hidden in a smaller ABV beer.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Rich, smooth and easy to drink. Sticks to your ribs, but not super huge like many others in the style.

Overall: I really liked this brew. It checks in on the low side of Imperial/Double Stouts, which gives you the best of both worlds: robust flavors, but a smoother, easy drinking body.

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Photo of vladdswrath
4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This thing looks like a piece of kinetic art when you pour it. It's an explosion of clay colored, tightly packed frenetic bubbles that quickly dissipate before your eyes into an absolutely gorgeous jet black capped with beautiful tan head. Thick and pillowy, it laces the glass perfectly as it retreats. The smell is mostly of coffee, but it is not overbearing. It is somewhat sweet, but has the bitter taste of coffee grounds as the most recognizable flavor. A little boozy, but it compliments the bitterness of the coffee really well.

One of my favorites.

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Photo of RedBiddy
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When I rate a beer I like to use a pilsner glass to note the color, head, and lacing. The color ranged from dense black, the color of a hole, to dark mahogany when held up to light. Great tan head and lacing expected of a fine brew. The taste was sweet Sulawesi. It poured thick over my tongue as it slowly sought the lower elevations of my mouth. Drinkable...I'm not sure **wink wink** ...better have another!

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Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Revist: 29 Jun 16
22 oz. Bomber
PKG: 3/16/16

Been A Long Time Coming!

Pours a very nice dark brown color, very nice carbonation, with a pretty nice small thick/creamy tan head, which does leave some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, very nice chocolate/toffee note, slight licorice, some vanilla. The taste is very nice malty, lots of chocolate/toffee notes, slight vanilla, nice roastyness, very slight licorice. Medium body, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a very nice oatmeal stout.


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.

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Photo of Kendo
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Consumed on 11-21-08.

A: Poured into a pint glass. Body is dark brown when poured, but black with brown edges once it's in the glass and backlit. Small, thin film of a chocolate-brown head disappears fast, leaving no lace.

S: Roasted barley malt, roasted coffee beans and some chocolate.

T: Follows the nose, though it's more chocolatey than expected, especially as it warms. Roasted malt, a hint of dark fruit and some roasted coffee bitterness towards the back of the sip. More like burnt charcoal at times, though as it warms the bitterness seems to become more hop-related than char or coffee bitterness.

M: Medium bodied, but a good fizziness gives it a creamy feel. Active carbonation makes it feel a bit lighter.

D: Excellent. Highly quaffable if you're a stout fan.

Notes: I could see this becoming a go-to, middle of the road "everyday" stout if it were reasonably priced and more easily found. . . .

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Photo of biegaman
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
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!

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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.

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Photo of Airyk12
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown, with a thick, foamy brown head.

Smells like an Oatmeal stout should; with roasted malts and a bit of bitterness complimented by cocoa and coffee scents.

Taste definitely follows the nose; strong roasted malts up front and a little bitterness, joined by some chocolate sweetness and coffee flavors. There's the slightest hint of alcohol, just enough to add a little warmth.

Creamy smooth with a tiny bit of carbonation and a hint of warming alcohol. Medium body and rich.

All around a great beer; a strong oatmeal stout and a finely balanced one at that. None of the flavors overwhelm, only enhance.

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

Pours black with a tall tan head that leaves a nice coating of lace as it dwindles down. Aroma is full of roasted malts with some bitter dark chocolate backing it. Lingering notes of coffee and a light smokiness were present. Flavor starts off a bit sweet before some notes of bakers chocolate and roasted malts take over. Some mild notes of dark fruit and a good bit of smokiness round it out. Roasty chocolate finish. Smooth and fairly thick but could stand to have a bit bigger body. Easy drinking for a big brew. Great all around effort on this one.

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Photo of vkv822
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz : tulip

Black with a thick, foamy light brown head with great retention, nice lacing.

Cocoa, nutty, lightly boozy fudge. Light roast.

Sweet chocolate, pleasant faint boozy note. Very faint roast.

Medium+ body with low, bubbly carbonation.

Quite enjoyable stout. Definitely agree with the bottle in that this is an "Imperial Oatmeal Stout". Bold, rich flavors, pleasant boozy notes.

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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.

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

I'm drinking this from a 22oz bomber but have had it many times on tap at my favorite watering hole... I can only praise this thing...
from tap it pours a dark... thick... dark... thick... DARK... just dark... :D same from the bottle...
it smells a little like what i would imagine a dragon with stout for blood would have as breath...
it tastes just great... this nutty flowery slightly carmely general festival on the tounge. i find myself wanting to just suckle a mouthfull until it all slowly drips down the back of my throat... this beer is a must have, especially if you find it on tap. you will be the envy of your friends... or you can be the hero of the day and bring them a whole pitcher to share!

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Photo of Rman410
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

If you're going to drink this, drink it with a meal. It is hefty for a stout and complex in taste. People give it mixed reviews but I still highly recommend it.

When I tried this one, there was three different tastes just in the first swig. It's dark as hell and has the most bite out of a stout I've had so far.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've this several times in mugs, and pint glasses. It always seemed like the head was bigger in the mug than the pint glass. Here's the rest.
The appearance had a dark brown to maybe black color. After the head died off, the lacing was semi-thick and clung lightly.
The smell had a rich coffee with a moderate sweet chocolate in the background.
The taste was sweet with a bit of roasty coffee. There was a light coffee aftertaste and a dry coffee finish.
The mouthfeel had a rich and semi-thick blessing of chewy-ness to it. It sat about a medium on the body. Its not that sessionable, but I think I somewhat expected that.
Overall, in my opinion, I'd say this is a wonderful oatmeal stout when I sit back and look at its qualities. It works straight up by Elysian.

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Photo of abeeronthebeach
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Not quite black. Rocky mocha foam.Phenomenal retention.

S - Coffee, mainly with a little sweetness.

T - Fudge, lots of iced coffee. Slightly acrid with burned roasted malt. Portrays most of the classic stout flavours, primarily coffee and malt. Could use either a little more smoke and peat, or maple and chocolate.

M - Creamy, rich, with a buttery finish.

O - I thought this was great, the mouthfeel in particular.

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Photo of Sark
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber

Appearance- Thin caramel colored head and onyx black, lacing down the glass

Smell- Coffee and chocolate hits big on the first sniff, toasted but good sweet notes

Taste- chocolatey from the get go, the bitterness hits mid and back mouth but not before a caramel malt comes in

Mouthfeel- full body, carbonated tingle and wet finish

Overall- a very nice stout, one for the books. This thing is made to chew on for dessert.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Single, 1 pint .6 fl oz bottle copped for $4.99 from Super Saver in Somerville...
Pours a jet-black, ebony hue with a minor tan, frothy head that quickly receded...
Smell: Roasted malts, dark chocolates detectable in the nose...
Taste: Robust, rich, creamy, chocolate, roasted malts, and espresso flavor... Slight hints of vanilla on the back of the tongue with nuances of creamy mocha...
Mouthfeel; Medium-to-full bodied... Creamy, rich...
Easily drinkable for a 7.4% ABV... Hardly any alcohol detectable...
Recommended...

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Photo of utopiajane
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black. Thin tan head of foam that did not last. Malty clean scent. Fresh with a light touch that gives the impression of coffee and cream. Hop floral in the background. Earthy. Smooth flavor and a light herbal hop. Lots of cocoa on the palate at first but becomes more discreet as you drink. A distinct bitter finish. Higher abv for the style changes the finish only slightly. Mild flavor of oats. Dries out and the 7.5 percent slows the drink down only a little. The extra hops balance this one perfectly. One of the best beers I have had this year.

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Photo of elgiacomo
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, unknown date. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours black with a two finger brown head that fades to a wispy cap and ring and leaves some webs of lacing behind.

Aroma is chocolate and cocoa, roasted malts, some coffee, a bit of caramel, anise, brown sugar, raisins, cinnamon. Good strength.

Flavor is rich chocolate, roasted malts, notes of coffee, molasses, caramel, anise, perhaps a bit of herbal hops, mild sweetness, moderate bitterness, a bit of alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied, creamy, moderate carbonation.

Really nice Foreign Stout/Imperial Oatmeal Stout. Really rich flavor, a lot of chocolate and supporting cast, creamy mouthfeel from the oats. I can dig it.

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Photo of tpd975
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very dark flat black hue with a nice tall tan creamy head. The retention is above average with nice spotty lace noted.

S: Bold charred malt aromas with notes of bitter chocolate and coffee.

T: Wow wonderful toasted malt flavors to start. Hints of light oak come next. Waves of chocolate seems to melt into coffee. A touch of hops lead to a slightly bitter finish.

M: Medium in body, very smooth for an IRS.

D: One of the most drinkable IRS I have ever had. Great beer with a small price tag. If avaliable would be one of my go to winter brews.

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Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout from Elysian Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 342 ratings.
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