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
Reviews:
351
Ratings:
949
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
10.15%
 
 
Wants:
113
Gots:
174
For Trade:
2
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Reviews: 351 | Ratings: 949
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 akolb
4.39/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black and foamy, just how I like it. Chocolate in the aroma, heavy roast and a bit of brightness. Bitterness and alcohol at the back of the tongue. Subdued sweetness and malt balance things out, but this is definitely a bitter beer. Their is a little hoppiness hiding in their somewhere that makes things interesting -- maybe a little lemon, odd as it sounds. Fairly smooth and creamy, but not as much as most oatmeal stout. A great beer, for those of us who like our imperial stouts roasty, chocolaty , and bitter.

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Photo of Hawksfan79
4.39/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glass: Mug (My Canucks beer mug)
Dark motor oil black with no highlights. Thick mocha head that dissipated pretty quickly leaving a nice thick lacing.
Coffee, roasty and sweet malts, with a slight hint of vanilla in the aroma.
Chocolate, peaty, roasted malts, slight vanilla notes little bit of alcohol, strong coffee and hops bitter finish.
Thick full bodied with a bit of a chewy texture. mellow carbonation with a very dry finish.

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Photo of Kuaff
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I drank Dragonstooth in a mug at cellar temperature.

We have here a black brew with a two-finger, mocha-tan head. What's not to like about that?

Smells of dark, earthy coffee, maple syrup, oats, and rich chocolate. I like it.

Tastes like bitter, unsweetened chocolate, with some oat sweetness and roasty, toasty coffee in the finish. Quite nice indeed.

The feel is creamy and fairly full.

A rock-steady oatmeal stout that'll never disappoint.

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Photo of thedoubler55
4.41/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: A dark brown color that has a nice fluffy tan head at the top, leaves a slight bit of lacing around the glass as you drink this one.

S: Up front is chocolate and oatmeal, slight booze notes as well, nice hints of brown sugar and nicely roasted malts.

T: Taste right off the bat is chocolate and caramel, some slight hint of dark fruits, at the tail end is some nice roasty malts and some caramel and brown sugar.

M: Smooth brew, medium-heavy bodied, slight bit of carbonation as well.

O: A good brew, nice for the winter months, very tasty and pleasant.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am sampling this beer at room temp and poured into a stemmed tulip glass. The beer pours a pitch black and develops a large creamy tan head of about 3 cm that begins to fade rapidly leaving a pockmarked crater landscape on the surface.
Aroma is roasted malt, bakers chocolate, some hints of coffee bean, brown sugar and molasses. Yea the nose is pretty rich on this one.

First sip is fairly robust and thick bodied with a slightly syrupy texture. Beer definitely coats my tongue as it passes towards my belly. Flavor is about what the nose advertised. I get some sweet brown sugar and molasses up front when the beer hits my tongue. This moves to a mild middle of roasted malt and rolls smoothly to some warming booze and dark chocolate mixed with a bit of dark fruit and more lingering roast. The beer is very drinkable despite the warmth and its general robust stature.

A very fine double stout that I would recommend to all NWers and anyone visiting the area. CHeck it out!

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Elysian Fields in Seattle Washington.

A: 1/8" cream coloured head over black liquid.

S: Coffee, malt, and dark chocolate.

T: Coffee, dark chocolate, malt, and yeast. I was left with a very pleasant bitter aftertaste.

M: Medium carbonation and medium viscosity.

O: A very enjoyable stout with powerful flavours. The name fits it perfectly.

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Photo of grittybrews
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured black with a faint ruby tinge into a tulip with a finger of quick-receding mocha head. Roasty and slightly sweet aroma of coffee, chocolate, dark fruit, and just a hint of alcohol.

Moderate carbonation and an extremely smooth and creamy mouthfeel, thick without becoming syrupy or heavy. Coffee up front followed by anise, molasses, and a long toasty finish with lots of dark chocolate and a pleasantly strong hop bite.

This brew comes across almost like a milk stout -- on the sweet side and dominated by chocolate, but there's just enough espresso character to balance (the alcohol is hard to detect). Very flavorful and easy-drinking overall.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Its appearance is of used motor oil black - with nary a tone of brown to be towed in slack.
A thick medium sized foam sits atop, and man it just doesn't stop, compact and chocolate hued - wow, its a quite a sight to be viewed.
The lacing cakes itself in frosty sheeting - it stays ever present and never fleeting.

Aroma is roasty and burnt with a fairly strong coffee presense - yet underneath lies bitter dark chocolate which carries its own essence.
It stays strong with cold pressed coffee - when its the roast and bitter chocolate that take the trophy.

Taste is just as roasty with a flat pace of choc-O-lat - building up as it goes and plenty of that its definately got.
A gradual increase of molasses tang hides behind it - as its coffee presense tends to find it.
It finishes well rounded and extended - all the while maintaining what's intended.
With bittered dark chocolate tones competing - the coffee creates roughly textured points of seating.
Quite complexing as it gets warm - man this stuff just ain't the norm.

Feel is bold and rich, quite smooth and succulant - that goes with its character, wondering now where it went.
Drys out late with chocolate earth - yet the coffee still gives lots of birth.

It really is quite a treat, but watch out - it may knock you off your feet.

A big thanks to a fella in Washington named Corey - for helping me get behind the source of this story.

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Photo of JayWhitson
4.44/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle dated 4/30/15 - 8.1% abv... start off with the fact a 22oz bottle is $3.99 so economically great purchase, roast grain and coffee flavor with a slick silky mouthfeel, bit of burnt embers and subtle chocolate malts, moderate carbonation which I love in an Imperial Stout (labeled Imperial Oatmeal Stout and the fact this years batch broke the 8% plateau I believe it applies)... paired it with a finger of Stranahan's Whiskey and complimented it very nicely, overall great brew and a staple in my fridge

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Photo of PaulietheBrit
4.44/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

sweet coffee aromas with chocolate and coffee and roasted malts.
creamy and rich with a smooth roasty chocolate finish.
good drinkability light, not cloying.

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Photo of NWer
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautiful pour into chalice.
Nice dark brown thick appearance belies the mild nature of this oatmeal stout. Very smooth chocolate with caramel undertones.
I was slow to warm up to Elysian brews but am quickly becoming a true believer. Inexpensive and totally drinkable.
I've discovered one of my favorite stouts.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours almost black but still with an amber tin and a full two finger tan head that takes forever to melt to very sticky tan lacing.
Aromas are definitely bitter chocolate and coffee that seems to evolve to almost a milk chocolate and coffee.
Taste is deliciously a cross between bitter chocolate and milk chocolate with a heavy note of espresso coffee. Definitely a touch of smoke in there as well.
Toasted amber malts are not completely lost in the flavors nor are the slight hint of citrus hops at the end.
Mouthfeel is very creamy yet surprisingly dry at the end with an aftertaste of the coffee and espresso.
What a wonderful Stout this is.

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Photo of gestyr
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a schooner glass

A: Pours a deep opaque brown with a thick long lasting tan head

S: Malty, roast, nutty, caramel, coffee mocha

T: The taste follows the smell. Nice and rich. Malts and roast grains followed by a balanced caramel sweetness and a nutty, coffee. cocoa flavor

M: A bit thinner than I anticipated. Smooth and has a slight alcohol sting.

O: A nice oatmeal stout. The smoothness from the oatmeal is present and it goes down well. My wife, who doesn't drink beer, choose this off the shelf for me. I consider myself lucky.

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Photo of ssteakley
4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I completely agree with KangarooAdem59, he nailed it. Not time for it in Texas yet but here in Seattle it could not be a better night for a Stout. Light the fireplace pour into a fine beer glass and kickback and enjoy every taste of this fine beer. Tonight I decided to make sure to drink at least one Stout of the quality every week"

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got this as an extra from travisd13. Big, big thanks!

Appearance: Pours muddy black from the bottle. No transparency whatsoever. Creamy, brown head slowly emerges as the pour comes to an end. Head climbs to about 1/4 inch, but dissipates back to a thin ring after a minute or so, dragging wispy lace behind it. Looks very, very thick and delicious. EDIT: Vicious pour created a gorgeous 2-finger, extremely tight, creamy head. Looks like it came out of a nitro-tap. Great retention, great lacing. Just, wow!

Smell: Mocha, oats, chocolate flakes, roasted malts, and a touch of molasses.

Taste: Wow, this is excellent! Where to begin... rich milk chocolate, oats, mocha, and roasted woody flavors. Finishes a bit dry and burnt with hints of bourbon, molasses, and toffee. A very rich, complex, and balanced taste with just the right amount of sweetness. One of the best imperial stouts I've ever had!
EDIT: Had this again on 05-17-09 and wasn't as impressed. Still delicious, but not mind-blowing.

Burp: Hearty, chunky, chocolately, delicious.

Mouthfeel: Thick and velvety smooth. Body is firm and moderately syrupy. Great mouth coating and good warming. Very well done!

Drinkability: Really, really wish I had another bomber of this. Flavor and mouthfeel are superb. Goes down very smooth, and creates a nice, friendly, warm spot in your belly. A top notch imperial stout that I'd recommend to anyone!

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Photo of jwc215
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a light brown head that descends to a lasting thin cover, leaving some trailing lace on the glass.

The smell is of coffee, chocolate, molasses with earthy notes.

The taste is malty indeed! Chocolate, coffee and toffee balanced by roastiness and an earthy, piney, slightly citric bitterness. Finishes dry.

The feel is velvety and rich. Rich, yet smooth and approachable - not overwhelming. Near enough to full-bodied to call it that.

As rich as it is, it drinks incredibly well. Alcohol is dangerously disguised. Malty, but balanced. A very nice stout to say the least.

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Photo of ccrida
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into my Meantime snifter, Dragonstooth Stout is a dark, blackish brown with a very large, light brown head, dense, leaving nice lace.

Smell is big chocolate, sweet but clean alcohol, some caramel and very light nuttiness coming out as it warms.

Taste is more cocoa like, the roastiness of the malt cutting the sweet chocolate notes of the malt, providing a very nice balance overall, somewhat espresso like. Man, this is just a damn tasty American stout, my only complaint would be I could use a tad less crystal.

Mouthfeel is thicker but very smooth, nice.

Drinkability is high, this is an awesome stout for sure. Wow, loving it. More impressive then I recall the oatmeal version, although it's been quite a while since I had that one. This one gets extra points for being a decent value and year round staple.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured jet black with good carbonation capped off with a nice brown head

S: Nose is charred, coffee, bitter cocoa

T: Very good. Lots coffee, cocoa, light booze and roasted malts.

M: Very good, well carbonated, nice feel, not to boozy,plenty of flavor

D: Yeah, try it! Drink it.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours a jet black with a thick cream/chocolate head.

smells like chocolate coffee.

tastes like chocolate coffee, i like this.

has a thick mouth feel but goes down smooth, thick in a good way.

very good beer, i like this! nice thick chocolate stout taste, looks fantastic in a glass!

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Photo of speter
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22-oz bottle into nonic

A: Pours jet-black with a three-finger tan head that actually went downward into the beer, as if on nitro-tap. Very impressive.

S: Chocolate and coffee roasts with a whiff of booze, but well balanced.

T: Exactly what one would expect from the smell. A bitter start goes into chocolate, coffee and a hint of booze in the center, followed by hops and chocolate in the finish. The malty notes in the center balance out the other flavors nicely.

M: Very creamy, as befits the style. On the fuller side, but very refreshing.

D: Beautiful. A bit lower on the ABV, and this would make a killer session beer. As it is now, I'd call it dessert!

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Photo of Realbeer1542
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown and a 1/2 inch of tan head. Quick dissipation to medium lace.

S: Sweet dark chocolate milk.

T: Chocolate and toffee. Sweet finish. Hides alcohol well.

M: Creamy medium body - definitely 3 of these

O: Nice but sweet stout with a good ABV. Will definitely seek out again on a cold NY night.

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Photo of Cheesemoose
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade from a good friend in Cali. Cheers and thanks!

2009 vintage.

Poured into my handy dandy 16oz snifter.

Lovely, rich, creamy body. Dark, with a soft brown edge. Head is fluffy, pillowy and big. Khaki/mocha head with a edge towards the dark side. So dark and yet so inviting. Lovely bit of lacing to match.

Nose is dominated by chocolate and earthy roasted notes. Very tempting from the get go. Some dark fruits come into play, but the dominate profile is milk chocolate.

Smooth entrance with a resurgent roasted finish. Crisp hop back with notes of citrus and a lingering roasted malt profile. Well rounded, and yet deeply satisfying. Chocoalte malts dominate the malt back of this beer.

Creamy, luscious, silky smooth and oh so quaffable.

Easily one of the best Oatmeal Stouts in resent memory. Excellent, down right near perfect example.

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Photo of ibbjamin
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up a bomber from Healthy Spirits in San Francisco, CA and poured into a snifter. I begin to review at 50°F.

Leaves a decent sized head of about a half inch. Head color is light tan/beige and it retains pretty well. Black in color. Strong lacing.

Smells of vanilla, lightly roasted malts and creme. Milk chocolate becomes evident as it warms more.

Tastes delicious. Full flavored, but the intensity is more mild than most imperial stouts. Similar in characteristic to the nose.

World class mouthfeel. Thick, full bodied and very creamy. Medium finish, minimal carbonation. Very drinkable and the alcohol is seemingly non-existent.

This was a surprisingly good stout and it is relatively inexpensive (I believe around $4.69/bomber). I do not believe Elysian has distribution much further than the pacific northwest, so I recommend to give it a try if you can get it.

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Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout from Elysian Brewing Company
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