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:
343
Ratings:
929
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
10.15%
 
 
Wants:
111
Gots:
168
For Trade:
2
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Reviews: 343 | Ratings: 929
Photo of thecheapies
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black in color. Foam held back at a thin lip. Some glazing lace that holds. 3.5

Mostly dark chocolate and licorice, with some raspberry and coffee aromas of the lesser. Some alcohol evaporates off the top with a nice edgy roastiness. 4.0

Tastes generically good. Heavy roast and alcohol with berry fruit and unsweetened chocolate notes. There is a sweetness, like a burnt caramel, that brings out the big maltiness. Some coffee, pine hop, and faint citrus pith form a bitter finish that's a bit gripping and spicy. This certainly works. 4.0

Middle body seems milky, but the low-to-medium carbonation pairs up with some harsh effect. Definitely warming in strength. 3.0

Not bad. Liked it more than I might have anticipated. Would drink again. 3.5

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Photo of Jason
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Redbones.

Light brown head, black as night … just what you’d expect a thick stout to look like.

Smells of sweet roasted malt with hints of oats and some hops as well.

Full bodied with a thick creaminess that rolls off the tongue slowly, roasted character is divided by an acrid roasted flavour and a coffeeish malt. Hopping is well done but does not go too overboard, earthy flavours of yeast and faint charcoal hit more towards the back as the long lingering roasted finish ensues.

Thick and flavourful, a perfect beer to pair with a dessert or chocolate none the less.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On cask poured into a pint glass.

Pours a very dark black with a one finger fluffy brown head. Nose is malty and rich, a bit of oatmeal comes through.

Taste is sweet, creamy mellow and lots of chocolate, roast coffee and a nice light bitter finish, Mouthfeel is a bit watery but still good.

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Photo of pwoods
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to RoryGilmore for this nice extra from my wants list.

I would assume this is the same the the Dragon's Toot Oatmeal Stout. Label says rolled oats and 7.45%. Sup, update?

22oz. brown bomber poured into a Stone IRS tulip. No dating.

A: Pours pitch black with a bit of a milky consistency. A short medium tan head forms and holds decently for so short. Decent lacing throughout.

S: Plenty of chocolate with a healthy dose of oats and sweet oatmeal. Some added milky sweetness and a bit of a dry smell.

T/M: Pleasant sweetness throughout brought from a milky and brown sugar oatmeal flavor. It definitely has a bit of dryness and bitterness from the roasted barley... maybe huskless would be the way to go? Body is medium full with smoothing carbonation to keep it from getting heavy.

D: Decently drinkable and midlevel ABV. Tasty brew. Thanks for the bottle, torchednoodle!

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Photo of mactrail
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black in the Blanche de Chambly tall glass. Nice dark beige head. Best feature is a creamy carbonation that adds some pleasure to the intense variety of flavors. Some nose of dark caramel.

Quite hoppy, and it gets a little too bitter in the aftertaste. Lots of very dark roasted malt. Some grainy flavors. Seriously charred barley, burnt sugar, and dark red wine. A surprising sweetness lurks in every sip, which keeps it from being a total eclipse. Hugely flavorful, but in an interestingly different way from the hot and sweet RIS style.

Surprisingly good beer from one of my least favorite breweries. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Mayfair Liquors, my second favorite store in Denver.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pint on tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary. Pitch black with little in the way of colored highlights and a creamy dark tan head, two fingers worth.

Aroma is charred dark malts, with a smaller dose of dried dark fruits and cacao powder. Palate is initially ashy, with some chocolate milk and nut (pecans, walnuts) coming on late. Dark roast coffee and cigar tobacco. A slight tinge of floral hops. Slick and smooth oily mouthfeel. Recalls a milk stout. Body on the light and drinkable side. ABV is remarkably well-concealed. Finishes quite crisp and clean.

Decent low-key stout. The bone dry finish almost recalls a dark lager, although there is some complexity in the ashy/dry versus sweet contrast.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A quick, thin, frothy beige head leaves a complete veil of lace on a pint glass as the black beer diminishes with each sip.

Moderate roasted and nutty aromas are joined by moderate herbal hop aromas against a backdrop of charcoal.

The flavors somewhat follow the aroma with moderate bitterness, a decent balance, and a long, malted finish.

This Stout has a full body with woolly texture, fizzy carbonation and a dry finish.

Light conversation with friends, or simply relaxing, this beer is best with a meal.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown with a big, chunky tan head.

Scent of bicuity malts, butter, maple syrup, and brown sugar. A nice, full bodied scent with a good balance, but different than what I am used to.

Taste is very similar, buiscity malts come back with maple syrup, butter, and pancake batter. I would like to try one for breakfast.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a little carbonation.

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Photo of DrJay
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty much black in colour with dark brown edges. A dense, frothy two finger cap of brown foam appeared after a hard pour, leaving behind chunky, clinging lace as it fell very slowly. Very malty aroma, a combination of caramel sweetness and roast. Chocolate notes were evident, as well as very light hopping. Very smooth texture, fine bubbles, well-integrated carbonation. Sweet up front, but grassy and light citrus hop flavours melded immediately with caramel, roast and toffee. Bitterness grew into the finish, becoming quite prominent. Just a bit of chocolate appeared mid-palate. The body was just a bit more than medium, a little light for the style yet this made for a more drinkable beer. As did the near lack of noticeable alcohol. Not bad at all, not bad at all.

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Photo of arvidkoval
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This looks black as night. Kind of weak on the smell. A robust burnt, toasted, roasty flavor is the first thing I noticed. Next comes that oatmeal sweetness I'd hoped for followed up by a coffee aftertaste. Thick, but not Russian thick. Overall, this is freakin' great!

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Photo of morebeergood
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I purchased a bottle in 2010 and have been aging it in my cellar until tonight. Poured into a Brooklyn Brewery oversized snifter. Dark brown colored body. Thin white head, meaning some carbonation may have been lost over time. Spots of lacing here and there on the glass. Smell was faint; mostly coffee but just a slight hint of butter. Taste was enjoyable. Lots of layers of coffee, roasted grain, cocoa, and maybe some cereal. Mouthfeel was smooth but there was a slight bitterness at the end on the palate. The abv was toned down well, and not overly noticeable. The label calls itself an Imperial Oatmeal Stout, and the phrase applies well. It's much more potent in flavor than other regular oatmeal stouts that I have had in the past.

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Photo of Grabbin2nd
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From Notes: 3/28/09
Elysian Brewing Co.
Dragonstooth Stout
7.45% Abv.
22 oz. Bottle into NB Snifter

Appearance= Vigorous pour into NB snifter yields a 2 finger caramel colored head. Black body with nice initial carbonation. Nice lacing and clingyness as the beer goes down.

Smell= Not a helluva lot going on. Smells like a stout.

Taste= Really good. Chocolate, coffee, raspberry? Tastes like a nice ass stout. I will say there is not a great depth of flavor. Simple and straight forward.

Mouthfeel= Finishes thin. Not as creamy as I was expecting. Nothing lingers.

Drinkability= Abv. is not detected, flavor is good, finish is thin. Overall, I would say it's highly drinkable.

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Photo of stevoj
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark and velvety, head is a little too frothy. Aroma wafts from the pour, semi sweet chocolate and roast grains. Taste is smooth and slick, minor bitterness, but mellow, rich flavor. This is really, really good stuff.

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Photo of rsdaugherty
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber into tulip
A – opaque black with a restrained 1 finger tan head, no lacing, viscosity apparent on the pour 3.5
S – darker malts, unsweetened chocolate, nutty with a little something similar to licorice 4
T – Much like the smell but add more coffee up front with a twisting hop/bitterness that grows from it, not sweet, pretty dramatic stages to tasting this brew IMO, some earthy notes 3.5
M – It’s greatest strength, mild to mod carbonation and a moderate body, very nice smoothness and overall mouth feel with a mildly resiny quality 4.5
O – A good oatmeal stout, I like the minimal sweetness with moderate bitterness, pretty complex and it goes down surprisingly easy for a bigger beer, a high 4

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Photo of aforbes10
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark, big brown head, some sediment. Odor is chocolate with some cherries, sort of plum and sherry like as well. Taste is again a lot of chocolate, some bitterness, alcohol and weak cherry presence. Not particularly complex, but its nice. fairly thick. For the price ($3.99), i'd buy another bomber.

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Photo of drewba
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - jet black with purple tints on the edges - a decent mocha head slowly forms up, but then falls to nothing but a pile of fat bubbles on the rim.

S - smoke, honey, plum, grapes, raisin, caramel.

T - Dense smokiness that mixes well with the raisin and plum plus honey. I'm not a fan of smoke, but there is actually a decent harmony here, some of the sweetness and dryness from the oats don't let the smoke overwhelm. I'm getting plenty of the lactose in the end right before this finishes with a bitter dryness.

M - thickish, prickly carbonation.

O - Liked this despite the heavy smokiness. very drinkable, enjoyable mouthfeel, B++ would drink again.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours near black with deep ruby highlights where light can penetrate. Big, 2 finger cocoa colored head with good retention, resulting in as thick layer of suds across the surface. Strong lacing left all around the glass, with phenomenal stick.

Smell - Faint notes of oatmeal and chocolate. Mild roast. Not the most aromatic of oatmeal stouts.

Taste - As in the aroma, the taste is a bit of a letdown after such an amazing pour. Moderate chocolate notes and a light smokiness, followed by even lighter oatmeal and roasted malt character. Finishes with moderate coffee roastiness. Roast comes through a much better as it warms, but still doesn't quite hit the spot.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with fair carbonation and a silky smooth delivery. Goes down with velvet softness. Would be the highlight if it didn't look so awesome.

Overall - Darn. Good beer, but a bit too tame for my taste to call it great. I don't know, maybe the Rogue Shakespeare has spoiled my taste and expectations for all other big oatmeal stouts. In any event, glad I got to try it.

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Photo of Viaduck
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pour very dark with a rich tan head that quickly dissipates. Aroma consists of chocolate, grain, citrus & alcohol. The flavor is dominated by yummy dark chocolate, not too sweet, a little salty with a slight grapefruit bitterness.
Update: tried this a 2nd time & I'm lowering my score. The flavor seems lacking, does not deliver all that is implied by the aroma. Also felt thin. Still Very good.

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Photo of BigB415
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black into my Kona Brew pint glass. Smells of oatmeal and alcohol. Tastes of oatmeal and chocolate which is a nice combination. I don't taste much alcohol. The oatmeal and the chocolate don't overwhelm you it's very subtle in after taste. This is my first offering from Elysian, I always see their beers everywhere and their label is catchy. I have been to Seattle twice and haven't been to their brewery but I will go next time I'm in town.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Elysian has the cool cartoon like artwork for the label. The logo for the Dragonstooth is tough, he is ready to slay or has just gotten back from his job.

The stout pours dark as night with a little head that leaves quickly.

It smells of toasty malts and chocolate.

I taste the malt right off and the higher abv is apparent. The chocolate flavor arrives in the palate and the end. The mouthfeel was good and the chocolate lingers for some time. Since I started reviewing this is the first American Double Stout and it is definitely a little more bold than a normal stout.

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Photo of olmatty
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a thick, low head with a tar black beer.

Smell- A little coffee, some dark chocolate

Taste- Strong espresso coffee and murky dark chocolate, some earthiness, hops hang around at the finish for quite some time.

Mouthfeel- Thick and creamy on the palate, carbonation is soft.

Drinkability- A big brick, one bomber is enough, maybe too much for a session.

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Photo of Lazerlobe
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Newer dragon tattoo label

A: Standard dark cola pour, good cap of Desert Storm colored khaki head.

S: Sweet, crisp roast, followed by dry chocolate

T: Start off a touch astringent before breaking out with robust chocolate, well kilned barley and mellowed hops. Strong roasted finish.

M: Smooth and lightly viscous, goes down too easy!

O: Easy to drink and robust. It's bit too roasty and untempered for me but is too easy to drink with its light, playful body.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Samuel Smith nonic. This batch is 7.5% ABV.

Opaque auburn-tinged seal brown liquid with a thin creamy layer of earth yellow up top. Pasty lacing, good retention.

Smokey, earthy, complex roasty aromatics with toasted steel cut oats. Layers of malt of varying roast levels, bread crusts, and grassy hops show up as well.

Loam, peat, clay, leaves, roasted chicory, subtle layers of malt, and a gentle grainy flavor on the palate. Cocoa nibs, coffee, and hops come across throughout. Lightly herbal and pine-laden. Nice dry vaguely woody finish, though faintly metallic (iron?).

Smooth, medium-full bodied, a touch sticky and very faintly astringent.

A pleasant quietly unique example of the style.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin brown head that fades very quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains dark fruit, oats, some coffee and chocolate, roasted malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of coffee, chocolate and dark fruit followed by oats and a hearty roasted malt character. There’s a little bit of creaminess to it. The hops presence is very mild but provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid stout to drink for a while.

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Photo of waltonc
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid imperial stout that would be a good for every day stout drinking occasions when you plan on working the next day or don't want to feel like it's a chore to finish your 22 oz bomber.

No big surprises - there are typical notes of chocolate, molasses, and coffee. Somewhat creamy mouthfeel, which I always appreciate.

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Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout from Elysian Brewing Company
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