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Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout | Elysian Brewing Company

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967 Ratings
Dragonstooth Oatmeal StoutDragonstooth Oatmeal Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States
elysianbrewing.com

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
Ranking:
#3,133
Reviews:
357
Ratings:
967
pDev:
10.17%
Bros Score:
3.78
 
 
Wants:
113
Gots:
182
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 967 |  Reviews: 357
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.13/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 22 bomber into chalice glass

Appearance – Pours a nearly pitch black color with a one finger brownish head. The head faded over a moderate amount of time to leave a nice level of lacing.

Smell – A dark chocolate and oat aroma are the biggest. These are mixed with a light amount of caramel sweetness and some dark bready aromas as well as a decent hit of hoppy aromas.

Taste – Up front the taste is of roasted malt with flavors of dark bread and oats mixed with notes of chocolate and caramel. While not very sweet at first, the taste gets even less sweet as the taste goes on. The caramel quickly fades with the roasted flavors intensifying. There is an earthy hoppiness that mixes in with the roastiness. At the end there is a heavy roasted coffee flavor that takes over the taste. This flavor leaves quite a bitter flavor on the tongue in the end.

Mouthfeel – An average thickness with a slightly above average carbonation level.

Overall - In many ways this beer drinks more like a lighter hopped black IPA. It’s dryness and bitterness are quite heavy. I was expecting something a bit more smooth in transition and flavor, but this it was not. It left some rather unpleasant flavors in the mouth at the end making this a beer I would likely not do again.

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Photo of nsabo
3.15/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I’ve seen this beer labeled as both an oatmeal stout and an imperial stout (the bottle calls itself an “Imperial Oatmeal Stout”). At only a 7.4% abv and a medium-thin, porter-esque mouthfeel, “Imperial” is a stretch. This is a dry beer: low carbonation, roasted grains, carob, leather, and a strong hop presence.
The last couple of imperial stouts I’ve had have all been fairly hoppy (rasputin, storm king, etc.), and this is no different. Personally, hops ain’t what I look for in a RIS, but this isn’t a bad beer.

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Photo of camarocrazy67
3.17/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This Is My First stout

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Photo of Hophead717
3.2/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a CBS snifter.

A: Very dark, with a thin brown head atop the beer.

S: Light chocolate malts, with some fresh hops noticeable as well. Some sweet notes as well, partly caramel

T: Sweet chocolate up front, with a little oatmeal chewiness. Light coffee midsip, with a strong hop-presence, given the style. The finish is bittersweet chocolate.

M: Medium-bodied, but significantly thinner than I anticipated/hoped for.

O: An average oatmeal stout. Less thick than I'd like and a standard, slightly boring flavor profile.

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Photo of COBeerBuff
3.2/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber received via trade from mcduck. Thanks!

Appearance: Pours an almost opaque brown-black with slivers of reddish-brown light seeping around the edges. A finger of mocha colored head dissipates quickly leaving a ring around the glass interspersed with some larger bubbles.

Smell: Smells like a chocolate coffee mess. Cocoa, coffee, some espresso, and roasted grains dominate the nose. This is definitely an ominous smelling imperial stout.

Taste: The taste is confusing. There's the coffee and chocolate I was expecting, but almost none of the malt sweetness. In their place is a almost tartness that is befuddling. There is an trace of hop bitterness as well, but the tart and sour flavors almost make this beer unappetizing. As the beer warms, more of the maltiness comes out. This is definitely a beer that should be given time to warm.

Mouthfeel: Much lighter than the appearance and nose would suggest. There is some stickiness from the malts, but the overall mouthfeel is somewhat less than what I was hoping for.

Drinkability: The 7.4% ABV makes this a very drinkable imperial stout, but the tartness of the taste and the mouthfeel make this a one-and-done for me. If the beer is allowed to warm, it becomes far more drinkable in both categories, but overall, this beer just leaves me feeling sort of "meh."

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Photo of benito
3.21/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

From a bomber that I picked up at the beginning of the summer, aged (or rather stored) at Leadville temperatures, guaranteeing that this hasn't gone bad sitting in the 'cellar' (read: laundry room) over the summer.

It pours an impenetrable black with a meaty, tan head that dissipates and lingers as a thinnish layer above the brew. The alcohol's prominence in the bouquet surprised me, as this is only a 7.4% brew, but alcohol it is and almost nothing else. All told, the straightforward (and disappointing) nose on this offering is its biggest flaw.

Fortunately the taste offers a little more to chew on and think about. It has a nice bittering hop presence up front and a smooth malty finish, with hints of marshmallow, leather, and milk. This is followed by another dose of hops that lingers long into the aftertaste. Like so many American stouts (single or double), I personally think that this indulges the hop a little too much at the cost of a more complex balance. That qualm notwithstanding, it's still a tasty and enjoyable brew.

Highly drinkable for a beer of its strength. This is a smooth and rather mellow strong stout. It may not be the best of Elysian's beers, but it's still worth a look.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.24/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - As expected for an imperial oatmeal stout is deep black with a nice deep mocha head. Sticky head too.

S - Smells a bit hoppy which really covers up any other smells of roast or chocolate. Just oatmeal and hops with mild roasts at best.

T - I applaud the balance of hops to chocolate malts and roast but really it's just bland to me. Citrus hops, then ashy roastiness, then a finish of bittering hoppy pine that leaves mild bitterness on the tongue.

M - Medium bodied but not as creamy as I would expect from an imperial stout.

Overall definitely something I would not get again. Kind of hate hoppy stouts truthfully but this is only average at best.

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Photo of brinkdeer
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Eric_Eighty
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of DruRho
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Metz
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Lsmith316
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Howlader
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Schmoog
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Phobicsquirrel
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of skaboom420
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.27/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to shaebs99 for this one.

Pours from a 22oz bomber into a snifter. Pitch black in appearance with a small, rather wispy, cocoa colored head. No lacing and not much head retention either.

Aroma is fruity sweet and roasted, chocolate malts. Perhaps a touch of west coast hops join the ranks in there as well. Slightly alcoholic.

The taste was interesting. The first taste was a solid, nice chocolate, burnt grain roastiness. Some sweet fruits as well. But the aftertaste was almost nasty. Tastes like a bandaid with rubbing alcohol on it. The first three seconds are sublime but the last five seconds really ruin everything for me.

Rather thin for the style. That aftertaste really hurts this one. Aside from that, this would be a great beer. But, when the last flavor in your mouth is medicinal and pungent, everything before it doesnt really matter.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.28/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: [4.75] Pours with a massive 3 finger tan head. The head is dense - I think you could set a quarter on it! The beer itself is an oily black color with no light showing through. The bottle lists the ABV at 7.5% and the born on date of 7/14/14.

S: [4.00] Smells of dark fruits and molasses.

T: [3.00] The taste is charred malts. It is kind of just that one note. No hops, chocolate, coffee, vanilla or sweetness.

M: [2.50] The body is pretty thin especially for an oatmeal or an imperial - this is both! At 7.5% I expected a little more body.

O: [3.50] This beer is very unremarkable. I had been saving it for a while - expecting it to be a really nice one. I wouldn't seek this out. There are way better stouts - even at lower ABV.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.28/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this beer back in February of this year. Reviewed from notes. Pours a deep pitch black, with a small, goopy tan head. Nice lace left behind. Nose is woodsy with damp trail, some faint chocolate, and alcohol. Not bad.

The mouth starts out quite creamy, but doesn't finish well. Thins out considerably. For a big stout such as this, the mouth needs to hold its ground. This one does not. The thinness carries over to the flavor as well. Weak flavors of mild roast, alcohol, and chilled old coffee. Meh. This one was alright. Nothing that would cause me to seek this out again, maybe on tap if I ever saw it. But most likely pass on this one in the future.

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Photo of DrinkThemAll
3.33/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Sails_Ambassador
3.33/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jmasher85
3.35/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

At 8.1% abv, I'd call this an imperial stout. Medium-low lacing and carbonation, but it has been sitting in my cellar for about a year.

It's quite dry, with some smokey aromas and roasted oat flavors. Not sweet, not particularly bitter, and you can definitely taste and feel more alcohol burn then you would expect from something of this abv.

Myself, I like stouts that are heavy and sweet, or light and dry. This one is heavy and dry, and it's not exactly my cup of tea. I would say anyone who is a fan of classic English stouts but wants them with a little more punch would be a big fan.

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Photo of stakem
3.36/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Eric for sharing this bomber. It pours black in color with a thin line of clarity around the edges and a thick brown head. A webby wall of lace sticks to the glass as the cap fades.

The aromatics for the most part are muted. What does emit is an overall feel of burnt grain smelling like roasty coffee mixed with a bit of citrus hop component.

The flavor is very roasted as you might expect based off the nose. Almost a borderline unpleasant acrid to ashy flavoring that is burnt and earthy. Not bad but not terribly inviting either.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew which was unexpected for the proclamation of this being an imperial oatmeal stout. It was modestly carbonated but overall not wowing and lacked the feel associated with the style. The price point on this is set low enough that you should try it but chances are you will feel the same and desire no need to revisit.

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Photo of KLan
3.39/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ashy, smoky, slight sweetness from the oat. Thin mouth feel. Pretty average stout

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Photo of marlowe57
3.4/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout from Elysian Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 967 ratings
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