Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout | Elysian Brewing Company

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Dragonstooth Oatmeal StoutDragonstooth Oatmeal Stout

Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-20-2002

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Reviews: 349 | Ratings: 946
Photo of ksimons
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-almost black in color with a fingers worth of tan colored head that sticks to the glass and leaves a nice layer of lace around the top

S-aroma of chocolate, roasted coffee, and a bit of char

T-taste is similar to the smell with a roasted malt backbone, oatmeal, chocolate, and a bitter finish

M-medium to full body, moderate carbonation

Overall a better than expected stout but the amount of hop bitterness makes it not super drinkable

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Photo of cmurkar
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black with a one inch tan head. Good retention and lots of lacing. Smell is powerful dark malts with some coffee and chocolate. Taste is predominately chocolate and roasted malt with faint sweetness. Smooth mouthfeel, with moderate bitterness and a dry finish. Very reminiscent of an imperial stout. Packs quite a kick for an oatmeal stout, but blends it together well with the flavors. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

$ 5.09/22 oz ($ 0.231/oz) at State Line Liquors, Elkton, MD
Bottle possibly dated 11/13/15 (but overprinted so hard to tell) at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter, allowed to warm to 50 degrees.
Aroma weak chocolate and roasted malt, fades away by the end of the glass
Head large (4.5 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, creamy with rocks, slowly diminishing to three mm ring and partial layer
Lacing excellent – wide bands of curtains, mostly tiny to small bubbles
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor – chocolate predominates initially but at the end some hoppiness comes through; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 4, Palate 4.25, Overall 4

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Photo of Immortale25
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. Label says 10/9/15.

Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/2 inch dark tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Deep dark roasted malt nose with notes of dark chocolate, some char and a bit of vanilla.

T- Great combo of bitterness coming from both the hops and roasty malt. Very vibrant and flavorful. Bitter char aftertaste is quite nice. Alcohol is well concealed.

M- Sharp from the hops while also being creamy. Medium carbonation and a full body.

O- A very enjoyable hoppy stout that packs a flavorful punch without being too hot.

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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 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 pianoguy
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle. Package date is 1/15/16 (a little over a month ago) Listed ABV is 8.1

Pours a solid black body with a huge frothy tan head. Great retention and lots of thick lacing.

Fairly prominent . Chocolate malt dominates but there is also a very slight hop scent

The combination of chocolate malt and bitter hops gives it an overall coffee effect . Slightly boozy with some sweetness. There really is a lot going on here...

Velvety smooth feel

Overall one of the better oatmeal stouts I have had. And the price makes it a great value ($3.96 at WINCO)

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Photo of doucmehu
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

For a heavier oatmeal stout, I thought this was spot on all the way around. Great chewy mouthfeel without being viscous or oily, big roasted malt and bitter chocolate with a bit of hop bitterness at the end to really keep you coming back.

Paired wonderfully with a bbq grilled chicken and bacon sandwich and fried pork cutlets with sausage gravy.

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Photo of ivantheiceman
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The appearance is a dark black color. You cannot really see through it at all. The head was a one finger head it was a chocolate brown color.

First smell that comes is dark chocolate and roasted malts that really smell like coffee. After those smells I get a mild hop bitterness smell.

First taste is a dark malt flavor that really comes in strong, right after that comes in a strong bitterness from the hops.

I think it has a nice silky mouth feel that roles over the tongue nicely.

Overall a really solid dark stout. I dont have any real complaints out of it. I would give it a 4.25. It is a good American Stout.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black. Thin tan head of foam that did not last. Malty clean scent. Fresh with a light touch that gives the impression of coffee and cream. Hop floral in the background. Earthy. Smooth flavor and a light herbal hop. Lots of cocoa on the palate at first but becomes more discreet as you drink. A distinct bitter finish. Higher abv for the style changes the finish only slightly. Mild flavor of oats. Dries out and the 7.5 percent slows the drink down only a little. The extra hops balance this one perfectly. One of the best beers I have had this year.

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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a hint of a dark brown light shining through the corner. Mocha colored head, decent lacing throughout the session.

Acrid roast on the nose. Hints of ethanol and grassy hops.

Mild roast on the palate. Nice chocolate presence emerges at the end. Lingering bitterness. Could use some more sweetness to balance the bitter. Alcohol emerges as the beer warms.

Medium light bodied, yet smooth thanks to the oats. Beer doesn't particularly cling to the mouth. Very pleasant level of carbonation.

Overall this is a good beer, and one I would drink again. I feel like the roast is a little out of balance and could use a little sweetness to bring balance to the force. Definitely worth a taste and I'd definitely try it again.

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Photo of Absolut
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of the bottle. Thought I grabbed space dust. Shocked at the color

Dark black pour, thin tan head with nice lacing.

Smells is roasted malt, oatmeal, and chocolate.

Taste is smooth, chocolate Maltines with moderate bitterness

Smooth mouthfeel with a decent carbonation level.

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Photo of T-34-85
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: Inky black with a dark bronze/tan colored dense foamy head

S: Enticing aroma of roasted malts and caramel notes

T: Roasty malt sweetness with a nice compliment of bitterness.

F: Thick creamy consistency typical of an oatmeal stout augmented by a good level of carbonation, yielding an excellent overall mouthfeel.

Overall: Very good stout for those who enjoy big imperial stouts. Especially good when you consider the pricepoint for the value.

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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 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 Mikus
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black with a finger of mocha head. Roasty and even some smoky malt notes on the nose. Edge of bitter coffee and chocolate notes on the nose. The palate completely follows the nose, and the rich, full mouthfeel carries the nice, smoky aspect along. Nice take on an often cookie - cutter style.

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Photo of Keananmichael5
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid drinkable stout. Good coffee and chocolate taste. Not too much smell up front but solid taste notes. This is a good stout for a warm day because it's not to heavy

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very dark with with a nice chocolatey and malty aroma. I keep tasting a light citrus flavor that is reminiscent of lemon grass or a small amount of lemon zest. The dark roasted malt flavor is dominating and there is a lingering hop bitterness. This is a very intriguing stout.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black draft pour with tan head and very good lacing; sweet malt and fresh bread aromas; bittersweet chocolate, fresh baked bread and toasted nuts flavors; lite, creamy mouthfeel. Overall,very good with a roasted nut linger.

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Photo of Rman410
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

If you're going to drink this, drink it with a meal. It is hefty for a stout and complex in taste. People give it mixed reviews but I still highly recommend it.

When I tried this one, there was three different tastes just in the first swig. It's dark as hell and has the most bite out of a stout I've had so far.

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Photo of jrmoore
2.71/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I should have know because it's Elysian, known for their IPA's. But just was a little disappointed because this was not a traditional, smooth oatmeal stout. Those flavors were there, but it was overwhelmingly hoppy and I was not really a fan.

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Photo of JackieKu
4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

UPDATE 2016-06-30. 22 oz bottle. Packaged on 2016-01-13.

A: Opaque black.
S: Medium roasted coffee. Notes of chocolate, caramel, and lactose.
T: Moderate roasty. Medium coffee. Moderate cocoa. Noticeable citrus and sourness. Moderate sweetness. Medium high bitterness. The bitter-sweet balance is great. Long finish with bitter chocolate aftertaste.
M: Full bodied. Smooth mouthfeel at pretty nice thickness. Medium high carbonation.
O: It has firm texture and great balance in terms of the flavor and mouthfeel, without too much alcohol. And most important to me, it doesn't too thick and/or sweet. Unfortuntely the alcohol content was bumped up for some reason.

My previous rating for 2015 batch. (ABV: 7.5%)
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
May 05, 2015

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Photo of Catracho5
3.61/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle poured into a Belgian style tulip

A: Black with a nice mocha colored head, lots of lacing, creamy head, not much carbonation, looks like a good stout.

A: Roasted chocolate, coffee notes, some alcohol on the end, there is a hoppy northwestern aroma in there, reminds me of Redhook beers.

T: Bitter, hoppy northwestern flavor, some chocolate, coffee like flavors, finishes dry, not getting any smooth oatmeal flavors, never had an oatmeal stout with this much bitterness.

M: Medium mouthfeel, dry finish

O: Very hoppy, bitter, it has that hoppy northwestern aroma and flavor that I get in beers from Redhook, not sure what it is but it's not good, I would prefer this beer with a less hoppy profile, as I don't get any oats on this. Definitely will pass this up, there are better oatmeal stouts out there than this.

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Photo of vladdswrath
4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This thing looks like a piece of kinetic art when you pour it. It's an explosion of clay colored, tightly packed frenetic bubbles that quickly dissipate before your eyes into an absolutely gorgeous jet black capped with beautiful tan head. Thick and pillowy, it laces the glass perfectly as it retreats. The smell is mostly of coffee, but it is not overbearing. It is somewhat sweet, but has the bitter taste of coffee grounds as the most recognizable flavor. A little boozy, but it compliments the bitterness of the coffee really well.

One of my favorites.

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Photo of Bone53
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber

Appearance: Pretty thick pour; Black as can be with no light shining through. Two finger mocha brown head. Looks amazing in the glass

Smell: Good balance between cocoa and charred malts, and slight coffee. Almost reminds me of Edmund Fitzgerald and Left Hands Nitro Milk Stout in that regard. I also get roasted and caramel malts in the backend

Taste: Not as good as the smell unfortunately. Mostly chocolate, with slight coffee, roasted and caramel malt, and a smooth oatmeal quality. I also taste more hops than expected

Mouthfeel: Medium body; Goes down smooth but the finish is too bitter

Overall: This is a pretty good oatmeal stout, but it does have its flaws. I thought the nose was great, but the taste doesnt quite live up to it. Mostly a subtle chocolatey, hop bite. I also feel that the finish is a bit too bitter for this style. Its still solid and worth the $6 i paid for the bomber, but probably won't go for it again

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Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout from Elysian Brewing Company
4.04 out of 5 based on 946 ratings.
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