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:
112
Gots:
168
For Trade:
2
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Reviews: 343 | Ratings: 929
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 Goldfish19
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

~ Purchased this 22 oz bomber from Big Z Beverage in Huntington, NY. I must say, at first, I did not really know what to expect from this beer? Sure, I had a very good idea on how it was going to taste, but I snatched this at 50% off, and at $2.75 I am sure you would not know what to expect either.

This stout pours dark brown with a nice lasting tan head. Aromas are of roasted malt, chocolate, and some oatmeal. As this stout warms up - so do all the flavors. The hops are under control, so this treat went down way too damn smooth. I felt this was just a little on the light side for a beer of this magnitude, but hey, I am not complaining. It is so civilized. At a little more than 7% ABV, I feel I could drink this all day long. A truly unexpected surprise! ~

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Photo of idResponse
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm drinking this from a 22oz bomber but have had it many times on tap at my favorite watering hole... I can only praise this thing...
from tap it pours a dark... thick... dark... thick... DARK... just dark... :D same from the bottle...
it smells a little like what i would imagine a dragon with stout for blood would have as breath...
it tastes just great... this nutty flowery slightly carmely general festival on the tounge. i find myself wanting to just suckle a mouthfull until it all slowly drips down the back of my throat... this beer is a must have, especially if you find it on tap. you will be the envy of your friends... or you can be the hero of the day and bring them a whole pitcher to share!

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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 bradleyp
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I throughly enjoyed this beer, but I wasn't all that satisfied. It is a dark chcolate color with minimal light brown head. Tons of lacing though which makes me want to enjoy this beer. It smelled really malty, and my nose twinged when I got that strong chocolate aroma. Thanks again to Market of Choice for having this beer in stock.

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Photo of TheStove
3.72/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Elliot's in Seattle.

Delivered in an imperial pint. Jet black with a nice single finger of foam that disappeared shortly after being placed in front of me.

Drinks like a nice creamy stout latte. Creamy and rich with toasted oatmeal flavors dominating and giving way to a light chocolate sweetness and a dry finish. I believe there may be periods where this goes down too easy but as an oatmeal stout it drinks well and an imperial pint was more than appealing for this type of beer. Would be a perfect beer breakfast because it is so rich and creamy (over using this word I know) but this is was both my appetizer and dessert at Elliot's.

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Photo of Drazzamatazz
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Typical oatmeal stout appearance with a dark creamy body and a full foamy head. Pretty inviting.

S: Cocoa, chocolate, espresso roast, and dark caramel. Also some light smoke and anise.

T: Toasted, malty, bitter chocolate and espresso. Start sweet and finishes dry. Lingering coffee notes.

M: Medium, maybe even a little thin for an "imperial oatmeal stout". As it warms up I'm getting some alcohol heat, nothing too assertive though. Carbonation aids the body to give a full creamy feel.

O: Subtle and smooth, but still interesting. Easy drinking, but at the same time its definitely something that's better suited for slow leisurely drinking.

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Photo of krberg
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Holy black stout! Light will not show through this beer. I bet I could float a quarter on that huge, dense, tan head.

Roasty, sweet and chocolaty, malty with a touch of hops. Smells like a typical milk stout in a lot of ways.

So close to too roasty, but a sweet maltiness swells up to balance the dark grains. Long finish with a late hop bitterness. Not much in the way of flavor hops.

Just how I like a stout: thick and slick. Not a lot of CO2.

An easy drinking stout. The slightly high ABV, keeps its drinkability in the average range.

Overall, a decent stout. Certainly not great, but solid.

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Photo of Greenfloyd
4.7/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Holy goodnight, what a stout...

I actually drank this beer from the bottle while tailgating at Quest Field for the Seahawks home opener. All I had was plastic cups, so after viewing the color, and getting a second perspective on the nose, I opted to enjoy the rest against the glass it came in! The color was a deep espresso hue, with the foamy light brown head that would accompany it. The nose had fantastic hints of chocolate, caramel, and subtle coffee tones. The taste was comparable....milk chocolate malts, coffee, fresh rolled oats, and a finish of dark chocolate. The mouth feel was velvety and rich, probably due to the rich oily texture that the oats tend to lend to the body of a beer. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer with Italian bread, fresh ricotta cheese, and thinly sliced cappacola...would fare well on it’s own as well...Enjoy

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Photo of Wackyfoot
4.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Roasted oaty maltiness with a dash of coffee flavors to balance it all out. One of the easiest drinking stouts I've ever had, a guy could easily drink two or three 22 oz bottles and not realize it until the alcohol hit. Not that I'd know anything about that...

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Photo of Reino
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes taken on 9/1/08

Appearance- Pours a light black, if such a thing exists. I see just a tiny bit of light working its way into this beer, keeping it from being jet black, but maybe I'm just seeing things. The head is a shade over 2 fingers of dense, shiny bubbles. The cappuccino head sparkles and tempts you to come and play while you wait for the head to slowly recede into a cream and caramel skim on the top. Very good lacing keeps track of my sips.

Smell- BITTER chocolate up the ass, or the nose I guess, and dark caramel with vanilla following along with a faint smell of day old, dark roast coffee. Then there's the hops. Citrus hops pairing very well with the heavy bitter chocolate. I love this in an Imperial Stout. A lot going on in the nose, very nice.

Taste- Following the smells lead, you are beaten over the head with roasted and burnt malts, and bitter chocolate that goes on for days. What's impressive about this stout is all the shit that is going on underneath the onslaught of bitter malts and chocolate. The citrus hops take a back seat, but only by a small margin and speak up plenty along the ride. The vanilla and dark caramel stay low key but you are aware of their presence. Then there are hints of molasses and toffee, along with other complexities that make this beer a thinker. Very complex, and very tasty.

Mouthfeel- Rich and full-bodied. There is enough carbonation to keep it from being too thick, but it is low enough to remind me of fruity-chocolate syrup. This beer will coat your mouth and stay awhile.

Drinkability- I'm between scores on the drinkability because of the complexity. This beer is a prime example (much like Samuel Smith's IS) that an Imperial Stout doesn't have to be loaded with alcohol to be great. I took my sweet time enjoying this beer trying to pick out every flavor and let it coat the mouth. However, after I was done with the bomber, I was ready to move on to something on the lighter side. Give it a try!

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Photo of unHipHopHead
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a thick brownish head that looked like a mix between a chocolate souffle and a caffe mocha.

subtle aromas of hops and coffee.

initial taste is rich and robust with sweet caramel undertones that linger throughout. the taste is a wonderful balance of richness and sweetness, good combination.

I've seen this one in the stores and passed it by many times, so glad i decided to try it this time and this will certainly not be the last.

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Photo of Airyk12
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown, with a thick, foamy brown head.

Smells like an Oatmeal stout should; with roasted malts and a bit of bitterness complimented by cocoa and coffee scents.

Taste definitely follows the nose; strong roasted malts up front and a little bitterness, joined by some chocolate sweetness and coffee flavors. There's the slightest hint of alcohol, just enough to add a little warmth.

Creamy smooth with a tiny bit of carbonation and a hint of warming alcohol. Medium body and rich.

All around a great beer; a strong oatmeal stout and a finely balanced one at that. None of the flavors overwhelm, only enhance.

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Photo of mscottjohnston
4.67/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful looking beer. Chocolate brown with a massive three finger head that leaves full lacing around the glass. Nose is heavy on malt with notes of nuts and wood. Malt hits first, followed by chocolate, smoke and wood flavors. Lingers long and begs to be consumed slowly and appreciated. Stellar brew.

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Photo of nsabo
3.15/5  rDev -22%
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 TrueOregonian
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black with an inch of head on it that goes away fairly quick.
Smells of chocolate and oats.
Taste like it smells. It goes down smooth with an after taste that is sweet chocolate that lasts a few seconds and then is gone. Doesn't stay on the lips and is one delicious stout

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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 GNWBC
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Let me start by saying that....Seattle beer kicks ass!

A: pours jet black with a half finger a dirty brown head.

S: over all smell is kinda weak but you do get some nice roasty malts with a hint of sweet toffee on the end of the nose.

Taste: it is more hoppy than most oatmeal stouts but is still very good. you get a sweet malty splash as it hits your palate, as it sinks in you get hit by the toffee/coffee factor and then finishes with a sticky hoppyness.

M: clean up front, finishes with a sticky hoppy resin.

OA: SBA Brew (SBA= Super Bad Ass)

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Photo of superdavex
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A fullbodied, thick stout. Decent head retention with a nice lace left all the way down. Smells like chocolate and roasted coffee. Tastes likewise with a burned malt. Can detect a slight hop presence also. A very full mouthfeel, this is one thick, filling brew. Thickness hurts drinkability a tad but still excellent. A very good almost great stout.

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Photo of 4thoseabout2bock
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3.99 for 22oz bottle at Sam's in Chicago

Again (like the tripel from Elysian we had before this) Dragonstooth bottle poured with considerable head

very dark, liquid blackness (no light passes through)

head quickly dissipated into lacy beige foam topping

slight roasty aroma

thick creamy mouthfeel
dark, lightly sweet, roasty

at 7.4 abv it is not an imperial stout -- either in strength or in taste
but it is a nice strong stout with pleasant sweetness balanced by roastiness

I got a slight bit of toffee on the first sip, but later in the glass I am getting just the light sweet/roasty flavors

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Photo of JamesP123
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a beer mug.

A. Deep black. With an agressive pour ther was 2 fingers of medium brown head thast stuck around a while. Heavy, sticky lacing down the entire glass.

S. First hit is a major dark chocolate, toffee and anise combo. A nice roasted malt aroma.

T. This is an easy drinking stout at 7.45%. Very smooth, no taste is really overpowering. Picking up the anise and roasted malt/coffee as the most predominant flavor. Bitter in the aftertaste as I pick up a little hop bite. The alcohol can be detected as the stout begins to warm up.

M. Sticks to your tongue, smooth and creamy. Medium body for the style.

D. An overall good stout. Nothing over top, just an all around really good/balanced ale.

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Photo of Duke
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(From a hollow-stemmed chalice)

Appearance: Elysian is very close to black: a very dark aubergine. The moderately sized head is of an interesting fuscous tone, and that dissipated gracefully, leaving an immovable cap and light lacing.

Smell: I'm getting oats aplenty here. It's all quite nicely roasted. Hazelnuts are there behind the light coffee and the dark chocolate, and the hops are evident too.

Taste: The start is sweet with caramel and oats. The beer is surprisingly hoppy, and it finishes with a bitter, dry combination of burnt chocolate and aniseed. In the middle are the sweet oats and light coffee, but they seem strangled.

Mouthfeel: The beer feels smooth and even quite rich before the burnt flavours and the aniseed pull the plug on the experience.

Overall: From the appearance and smell, the beer promised a lot. I feel like while the burnt flavours round the beer off, they're a little too harsh and they left me feeling dry and unsatisfied.

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Photo of jsanto
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

s - large bottle in a russian river glass.

a - it looked black, and poured very thick looking. scarry.

s - i almost forgot about the smell, probably because i did not smell much. alcohol and coffee and a littlefruit.

t - coffee in the middle, light carbonation in the front, and a slight alcohal/coffe finish.

m - just like the taste i guess. the finish lingers a little longer if you wait between sips, and be still and think about it for a few moments.

d - this is my desert tonight. with a little blue cheese.

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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 RedBiddy
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When I rate a beer I like to use a pilsner glass to note the color, head, and lacing. The color ranged from dense black, the color of a hole, to dark mahogany when held up to light. Great tan head and lacing expected of a fine brew. The taste was sweet Sulawesi. It poured thick over my tongue as it slowly sought the lower elevations of my mouth. Drinkable...I'm not sure **wink wink** ...better have another!

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Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout from Elysian Brewing Company
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