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
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
Ratings:
953
Reviews:
354
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
10.15%
 
 
Wants:
113
Gots:
178
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 953 |  Reviews: 354
Photo of session1979
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Brooklyn Seafood-Steak House in Seattle.

Appearance: Midnight black with a one finger tan head.

Nose: Cocoa, mild coffee, chocolate and roasted malts.

Taste: The coffee, chocolate and roasted malts that were present in the aroma show up first followed by a slightly bitter finish on the back of the tongue. Really nice full flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very nice mouthfeel, not what I would call thick but almost. Lightly carbonated.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, almost no alcohol presence.

Overall: I went to lunch not expecting much of a craft beer selection but this was a very nice surprise on the Brooklyn Seafood-Steak House menu. A very solid beer that I would make a staple in my fridge if I could get it locally.

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Photo of PacNWDad
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Excellent, chocolately, caramely aroma. Medium level of carbonation, with head clinging to the sides. Head lingers long after pouring, with Brussels lace. Rich, dark brown pour, hard for light to penetrate. Flavors of coffee and caramel. Overall an excellent beer that I enjoyed.

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Photo of EdwardAbbey
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CascadeConan
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is opaque with deep brown tinges towards the edge, with a more aggressive pour it achieves an ever lasting carmel head with tumbling carbonation that laces beautifully and provides a wicked "nose and glasses disguise" when sipped deeply.

Burnt and roasted grains are foremost in the nose fading towards chocolate, vanilla and coffee with faint hop aromas. Smokey bitterness and toasted oats envelop the tongue transitioning to dry bitter dutch process chocolate, no doubt thanks to the combination of chocolate malt and Magnum bitter, fading toward the sides of the mouth finishing dry and warming.

This beer is a thinker, a few sips and a break to let it warm produces numerous interpretations of the malt and hop characters of this beer.

Overall great beer, true to the spirit of the style and packing a well hidden punch. This is a beer I will be returning to when I'm in the mood for a bigger stout with year round availability.

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Photo of MickeyHops
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tbeck
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Poured dark and thick with a thick brownish head. Head did not dissipiate quickly. Good laciness.

Smell - Smell of hops and slight coffee

Taste - Slight bitterness, definetly hops, slight coffee, excellent balance.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, not a strong carbonation presence, even with a strong head. Texture was excellent, thick.

Drinkability - Excellent beer to have as a serving. A bit heavy for numerous rounds.

Overall - Enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Trentt2
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A great smooth oatmeal stout. If u get the chance, get some.

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Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a half finger high dark tan head that has good retention properties and hardly died down.
S: Moderate aromas of dark roasted malts are present in the nose, along with some hints of pine resin hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the flavors of pine resin hops are a little more noticeable and contribute a light amount of bitterness, which lingers through the finish. Some slight hints of alcohol are also present.
M: It feels a little heavier than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a slight amount of warming from alcohol.
O: This beer hides its alcohol very well and is rather easy to drink. It's quite hopped compared to other beers in the style so this helps to cut through the malts and improve its drinkability.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Elysian Brewings "Dragonstooth" Stout @ 7.5% served cold into a stein
A-poured a dark brown with tan head , low carbonation , a ring of lacing has attached itself to the edge of the glass
S-Coffee , Chocolate , Hints of Oats
T-A hoppy bitterness is there but then gives way to a almost burnt malt finish
MF-rich and full bodied , dry finish on the palate
Ov-Drinkable , not my favorite , you need to be in a drinking mood maybe
Cheers LampertLand

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Photo of sockeye101
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've passed over various Elysian brews at my local grocery store for a while now, and I thought I'd give one of them a go. Wise choice...indeed. The thick black liquid poured a nice thick tan head and very dark, black, not Stone Imp. Russian Stout black, but black nonetheless. Carbonation bubbles clung to inside of the glass and it was overall a very attractive beer. Smells of fruits, nuts and tones of sweetness caught my attention. The taste was excellent. A hit of bitterness up front with a lingering burnt malt and coffee flavor. A twinge of chocolate in there, but much less than other porters I've had. Smooth and easy to drink, and it got even better as the beer warmed to room temperature.

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Photo of Chelsea1905
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark appearance, with a little off white head with chocolate tinges in there too. Lacing is quite well for such a small amount of head

Caramel, dark toffee, roasted malt

A little bit too much alcohol up front, but the heat gives away to a comfortable backbone of malt and chocolate

For a stout it's not that heavy, more medium bodied and quite enjoyable. Therefore, I think you could drink a little more becasue it doesn't fill you up so much

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Photo of seaoflament
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good looking stout but not as dark as it could be. Minimal amount of foam and quickly settles to a thin ring around the edge of the glass. The second half, and warmer, of the bottle pour had a bit more foam.

Great aroma of chocolate, roasted barley, chocolate malts, a little bit of coffee, malted milk and a finish of alcohol soaked cherries.

Taste is of roasted malts and bitter-sweet chocolate, cocoa, a bit of cherries and a slight coffee finish. The beer is well carbonated, and it doesn’t feel too thick, slightly above average mouthfeel. A bit of bitterness in the aftertaste, also finishes dry. As it warms up there is a more pronounced espresso beans flavor that works quite well.

A pretty good example of an imperial stout.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bottle with no discernible marking indicating bottling or freshness date. Poured into a large Belgian tulip with an exaggerated flare on the rim of the glass.

Appearance - Body is a predominantly black in color--no light passing through except for the slimmest of hints of dark maroon along the very edges. Atop the body sits a dense khaki colored head about three-fingers thick. It dissipates as some of the bubbles grow and burst, leaving a moon surface of craters along the surface before coming to rest as a bubbly film across the surface of the liquid. Lacing is pronounced and mottled, leaving ample spots along the sides of the glass as I drink it down. The liquid is viscous enough to display ample legs when the glass is tipped to coat the sides with dark, dark brown liquid.

Smell - A blend of bittersweet chocolate essence and roasted malt is the primary characteristic, with other sweeter notes like black strap molasses and cacao and the impression of coffee beans.

Taste - Roasted barley and burnt caramel complement the darker chocolate and a surprising bite of hop bitterness that imparts rich, earthy characteristics and hints of peat. As it warms, there is a more prevalent sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Creamy and full-bodied, with a moderate to low level of carbonation. Just enough to provide some counterpoint to the more viscous body. Finish includes a lingering bitterness.

Overall, one of the better oatmeal stouts I've had. Luscious and rich, but not overpowering and hard to drink. A great blend of sweet and bitter helps maximize drinkability. If Elysian were easier to obtain in my neck of the woods, I'd likely buy this one with some regularity.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tieman for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and char aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and oat flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but gets much better as it warms up.

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Photo of AMCimpi
3.96/5  rDev -2%

Photo of reebtaerG
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of russpowell
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rxd as an extra from RoryGilymore, cheers Rick!

Pours mahogany/black with 2 fingers of mocha/dirty brown head. Above average lacing & head retention

S: Rich roasty malt, some chocolate & bit of smokeyness

T: Roasty malt, smokeyness, & dryness up front. A hint of oaky vanilla, more dryness, a bit chalky,& charred grain, slight raisin notes & some booze as this warms. Finishes with dark fruit, roasty grain, herbal hops & some molasses, more chocolate & dryness. On the cusp of a 4.5 for taste

MF: Chewy, low carbonation & some oilyness

Drinks a bit slow, but maybe to be expected on a warm summer's evening. Not a bad IMP stout, a bit off-style; more on the restrained side, think Odell IMP for instance, so far nothing but winners from this brewery!

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Photo of mrmanning
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Andrew! Pours black, with a frothy mocha head, providing good retention and lace. Aromas are big dark fruit(plum, prune), lots of dark chocolate, raisin, and a surprising amount of hops. FLavour is very hoppy and choclatey, bitter coffee, and tonnes of fruit. Assertive bitterness finishes with a touch of chalk and pleasant astringency. Shit yes bitch, this is good!

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Photo of robbase9
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of AlanLamp
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Derek
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black, tan head, very little retention, hints of lace.

S: Pine, dark chocolate & a little tar?

T: Very piney, cocoa, espresso, good/modest bitterness & alcohol, floral hops.

M: Moderate to full body, moderate carbonation, well attenuated, slightly acidic & dry.

D: Good drinkability.

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Photo of TheJollyHop
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cocoa, roast barley aroma, dark brown nearly black with a red tinge, milk chocolate brown head, whiff of alcohol on the nose. There is also an earthy element as well, possibly cinnamon? No hop aroma in this one.

Caramel malt undertones, creaminess from oats, velvety, dark fruits, roasty dry finish that lingers with a moderate level of bitterness. Tongue drying but not moisture zapping, dark chocolate-like finish. Solid but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of Claire_carlson
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of kennylopez
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 22oz bottle into a DFH goblet. It pours a dark black with a tan head about a fingers thick that fades fastand leaves minimal lacing. Smells like a sweeter heavy roasted stout with a hint of chocolate. The taste is a thick bread like roasted malt and little bitterness from the hops but the creamy bitter chocolate has a nice compliment. For just under 8% this brew is very enjoyable and tame on the carbonation which is unique and in a bad way. I enjoyed this stout, and for then less that $4 a bottle I consider it a steal.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first brew from Elysian, it would be hard to mess up strong oatmeal stout in my book but let's go and see what this brew is all about. Buddy Geof, thanks much for the brew let's see how dark WaWaWashington likes their stouts. Appears pitch black no ruby or dark brown highlights to speak of, big ol' mocha tan head forms thick and leaves abundant but scattered lacing around my imperial pint glass.

Aroma has a very nice roasted malt backbone that pretty much dominates the nose with strong black coffe and dark chocolate with an air of fruit and cream tossed in. A touch of herbal and minimal pine accented hops, with dark fruits naming plum as the main one I could pick out.

Flavor is a creamy blend of dark chocolate and mildly acidic iced brewed coffee. This would go well instead of a cup of Joe on a rainy afternoon in Seattle, or you could wait until afternoon if that's more justifiable for you. The roasts roll through first with secondary notes from the rolled oats additions and herbal and pine accented hop flavors.

A bit of alcohol does peak through and carbonation tickles a bit much for my liking in the mouthfeel department. Medium to fuller bodied carbonation makes the brew a bit rougher on the palate than it should be and the dark roasted malts leave an unrelenting burnt flavor on the palate between sips this could be a downer.

Drinkability overall is solid, I have no gripes with the beer or the flavor and I enjoyed my opportunity to try this PacNW offering from Seattle. I haven't had many brews from that region and I'm glad that this one came my way to further my horizons. Very enjoyable up there in the realm of Breakfast Stout, Wake and Bake, JavaHead, and other big beers within this vein.

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Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout from Elysian Brewing Company
4.04 out of 5 based on 953 ratings.
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