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:
956
Reviews:
354
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
10.15%
 
 
Wants:
113
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178
For Trade:
2
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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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Photo of r0nyn
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into my DFH snifter.

A dark, inky blackness fills the glass from the bottle. Chocolate brown head that rises to about a quarter-inch before dissipating, leaving lots of sticky spotty and stringy lacing. Really a quite nice looking stout. Smell is pretty malty, with little nuances of caramel. Quite a bit of a hoppy presence too, which is surprising. Concentrated whiffs reveal some chocolate undertones.

Starts off sweet and malty on the initial sip, followed by some roastiness that spreads over the palate warmly. Little bit of hoppiness follows, but doesn't provide much bitterness. Just a little bit of that dark fruitiness typical of most imperial stouts. Alcohol isn't really all that detectable, thanks to a lower ABV. Taste is quite clean and straightforward. Not very much of an aftertaste. Mouthfeel is somewhat on the light side, with a lot less oomph than I was expecting from a big stout.

Drinkability is good for a stout of this caliber. It's clean and well-done, with a tempered alcohol content that'll eventually catch up with you, but for about $5 a bomber, you really can't beat value like this. Not a bad brew at all from Elysian.

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Photo of Bierleichen
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Beutiful like a stout should be. Jet black body with a huge chocolate brown head with huge fat bubbles. Nose is an invigorating smokey malt that just jumps out of the glass, very meaty. There is a lot going on in the nose of this one. Rich robust coffee chocolatey feel attacks the taste buds at first sip. Eases up in the middle and thins up on the bitter that leads to the finish. Finish is slightly sweet with richness and a bitter bite on the end. Not to heavy on the mouthfeel. Very relaxed and nicely drinkable.

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

Poured from the bottle into my Dogfish snifter glass.

A simple small but dark cocoa brown head, settles slowly and leaving a thick collar among the snifter. Island pucks of foam manage to hang on. Body color is a very dark brown walnut, nearly black hardly any see through at all, can't even see to the top of the head when tilting. Some very large legs and tiny leopard link prints coat the glass on big sips. Impressive.

Nose is a good char, and dark roasted malt. Simple, solid, airy, nothing extremely impressive but just smelling like a solid good stout should.

Taste brings a very great roast character to this. Very dark burnt dry ripping grains, char, carbon almost like. It melds well with a finish that is also very hop bitter in taste. Palate feels a touch of wetness and also prickly cola carbonation that melds well with the palate. No sense of heat on this either for the high abv.

Overall, it's enjoyable, quite good. However, the dry aspect doesn't seem to grab me. If ripping dry grain and char and roast is your deal, you will love this beer to death. Do enjoy, I could have another.

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Photo of Stofko1992
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Pours a very thick black with a beautiful 1 1/2 finger dark tan creamy head that never fully dies. For the alcohol, this beer looks exceptionally thick. I like that.

Smells of strong roasted malts and dark chocolate. Yummy.

Taste is of chocolate, molasses, dark fruits and some espresso. I like this - it has more flavor than the 7.4% belies. A bit of hop bitterness comes through as well. Altogether enjoyable flavors.

The mouthfeel is the only real fault I can find. It does tend to the thin side on the middle of the mouth, and makes it not quite as satisfying. Drinkability is decent for the beer.

Overall, recommended. An altogether tasty RIS.

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

Photo of vma
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of italianstallion
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of angelogarcia3
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An American Imperial Stout with a very light chocolate aroma. A very clean taste with hints of bittersweet chocolate. A very small head with a beautiful dark color. A slight bitter aftertaste. A very good beer that went well with Sapsucker's Decadent Dog. Definitely a beer I would like to drink again.

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Photo of jag21
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Back when I'd frequent Elysian Brewpub, this would be a go-to beer. This review is for the bottled version.

A: Dark with a nice brown head.

S: Nice roasted malt, hint of hops

T: Roasted malts at first, with the back end taken over by a nice hop presence to give the beer a nice clean finish. Wife says it's like eating snow, whatever that means.

M: Nice coating mouthfeel, almost too much carbonation though, for the style.

O/D: I could put back a bomber of this no problem. A nice winter or bad-weather beer. I think it used to be higher ABV though.

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

Big-ass 22oz bomber I picked up at Huckleberry's about 3 months or so ago.

Poured viscously (I think I just created a new word) into a UK-style widemouth pintglass, bearing the color of rural, moonless night, with a gigantic mocha colored head that hung around a while. Lots of sticky lace webbing on the sides of the glass.

This has the scent of bitter, unsweetened chocolate, dark roast black coffee, and a tad bit of booziness.

The taste is very similar to the smell. The first portion of the flavor is of bitter coffee notes and brown sugar. From there it becomes more sweetly chocolatey, but not to a cloying degree. There is a restrained dryness at the finish.

Oily mouthfeel that is somewhat marred by a texture that seems too thin for a stout. If this had a bit more thickness in the body it'd easily rate a 4.

A pretty tasty stout, and more interesting than I expected. I've never been terribly impressed with the Elysian beers I've had, though not let down by them either. This one moves to the front of their pack for me. With a bit more body this would be a world-beater.

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

Thanks to RoryGilmore for this one.

22 oz. bomber poured into a nonic.

Pours a complete midnight black with a full three finger brown head that takes its time to fall to a fluff layer of bubbles. An amazing thick wall of lacing is left behind on the sides of the glass. Smell consists of smokey roasted malts, chocolate, molasses, and coffee grinds. Hops make their presence known in the aroma as well, very nice nose to this one. Toasted grains, smoked barley, and bitter hops up front in the flavor. Sweet caramel and chocolate malts midway with more bitterness. Aftertaste is full of molasses and touch of vanilla. Medium to full body with a bit of a watered down feel. Carbonation is subtle but fits the beer well. A very enjoyable impy stout for sure, one worth seeking out.

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Photo of Croft
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Long813
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Honeybourne
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of FadetoBock
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to 5000 for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours a black color with a tan head. The aroma has a lot of roasted malt and chocolate malt. The flavor is a little more complex. I get quite a bit of heavily roasted malt and chocolate, as well as some oats and cream notes. There is also a hint of smoke. Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of HoppySeb
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of rudylaw
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ericwo for knocking off this want with our recent swap!

Hey! A black pour with a light, 1-finger head.

I get a good shot of hops in the nose that goes along with chocolate and espresso notes. Very pleasant.

Bitter hops, chocolate and coffee notes with a sweet finish. This is a nice, take it home to mother kind of stout. It doesn't really change as it warm... nothing is peeking out behind the chocolate and hops.

Very smooth with terrific carbonation. This is another stout that doesn't push any envelopes with the style but it's still enjoyable because of the bitter hops. I was glad to try it but don't need to revisit in the future.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout from Elysian Brewing Company
4.04 out of 5 based on 956 ratings.
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