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 | website

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-20-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
342
Ratings:
926
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
10.15%
 
 
Wants:
110
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168
For Trade:
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Photo of JWU
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter glass

A- dark black/brown, with a very dark khaki head. Small amount of lacing

S- Hop bitterness is very prevalent for a stout, earthy in nature, burnt malt, coffee, charcoal, and dark chocolate.

T- Hops are very noticable, and bitterness is a bit overboard. You can really connect the hops back to other offerings from Elysian. Dark chocolate, coffee, and big heaps of charcoal on the back end. A bit acrid.

M- Lighter side of thick/full. Decent carbonation to move things along. Very dry on the finish for a stout, which I don't totally care for.

O- Good, but not great, there are other impy oatmel stouts I will reach for before Dragonstooth.

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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 wac9
3.41/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

finally picked this beer up. at frist i didnt like it but the more i drink the more i liked it pours blacks which i like. it smells like it would be too much alcohol in it but it doesnt and the taste , it taste better then it smells your thinking its gonna gag me and stick in the back of my thoart but it doesnt , its a beer to drink but notall the time but give it shot if havent tried it glad i did

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

22oz bottle, unknown date. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours black with a two finger brown head that fades to a wispy cap and ring and leaves some webs of lacing behind.

Aroma is chocolate and cocoa, roasted malts, some coffee, a bit of caramel, anise, brown sugar, raisins, cinnamon. Good strength.

Flavor is rich chocolate, roasted malts, notes of coffee, molasses, caramel, anise, perhaps a bit of herbal hops, mild sweetness, moderate bitterness, a bit of alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied, creamy, moderate carbonation.

Really nice Foreign Stout/Imperial Oatmeal Stout. Really rich flavor, a lot of chocolate and supporting cast, creamy mouthfeel from the oats. I can dig it.

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

A - Opaque, dark brown, somewhat creamy foam, 1.5" thick, slowly dissipates within a few minutes

S - Bit hoppy, sweet, slightly roasted

T - Layered, cocoa nib, creamy coffee, a bit hoppy bitter on the finish, roasted malt

M - Nice mouthfeel, good carbonation

O - A decent stout, nothing I'd go out of my way for... but good.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.66/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a nonical pint glass in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given its current ratings on the site. 7.5%.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger head of nice slight tan colour, nice cream, good thickness, and good retention. Colour is a solid nontransparent black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Fairly inviting.

Sm: Slight roast and cream. A very mild strength aroma. Rather simple.

T: Dark malts, cream, badly handled roasted barley, and vague indistinct notes of chocolate. Badly balanced and built for the style. Rather hodpodge. Poorly built structurally. Scattershot. Simple for the style. Without much subtlety or complexity.

Mf: Too thick, even slightly syrupy. Smooth and wet, skirting the border between oatmeal stout and porter. I'd prefer it coarser and more dry. Adequate but off carbonation. Doesn't suit the flavours all that well.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable. I wouldn't have this again. A poor Oatmeal Stout for what it is. A touch pricey. Priced alright. Hides its ABV decently. Pretty boring and bland for the style.

C-

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Photo of brystmar
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared 3 ways.

Pours like a stout, nice tan head. Lots of roastyness and oatmeal in the nose, hints of booze too.

Viscous, smooth body delivers flavors directly to my palate. Finishes a touch sweet as malts meld with bittersweet chocolate. Love oatmeal stouts, and this is a good, straightforward example of the style.

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Photo of tylerprince
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap with dinner at Falling Rock Taphouse in Denver.

A: Extremely dark brown and close to pitch black. One finger tan head resolves into nice rings of lacing.

S: Primarily coffee, with some chocolate and a hoppy licorice, the latter of which could stand to be toned down a bit.

T: Chocolate and coffee up front fades relatively quickly into a bitter licorice flavor with hints of toffee. While it's not quite astringent or unpleasant, the licorice flavor definitely needs to be toned down a bit. This is a beer you should age, not drink fresh, and I wonder if I should blame Falling Rock or myself for being dumb enough to order it.

M: This is where this beer really shines. It starts thick and creamy, foaming on the way down, with resins sticking to the teeth like a much more hop-forward beer. Overall, interesting.

O: A nice hoppy twist on a stout. I just wish this hop fad would calm down a little bit and leave my stouts alone...almost a nice twist, but just a little too much.

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Photo of RickJP
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I drank this beer straight from the bottle (I'm in the middle of moving and drank it while painting a room).

I thought that the mouthfeel was tremendous. It says on the bottle that it is full-bodied and it lives up to that claim, especially on the finish.

Bit of a coffee bean flavor. More caramel than chocolate, I thought. Smoky. I actually didn't think it was as hoppy as some others seem to think.

Overall, very good. Nothing revolutionary, just really solid, well done, and tasty.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a good stout, nothing amazing. this beer pours a thick sludgy oil black color with a lively tan head a couple inches high, some retention. there are some yeast floaters in there as well. smells like coffee and licorice and booze. flavor is more malty, not burnt, but very very dark roasted. some mild sweetness in the flavor, plenty of coffee, and maybe even a touch of milk chocolate. feel is alright, low carbonation makes it feel heavier than it is, but it definitely full bodied. i didnt love this, and a bomber would be a lot, but i did use about half of it in a pot of buffalo chili, where i usually use porter and it imparted a ton of rich flavors which made this my best chili yet. for that application it was fantastic, for a drinking stout it wasnt my favorite.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.13/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 22 bomber into chalice glass

Appearance – Pours a nearly pitch black color with a one finger brownish head. The head faded over a moderate amount of time to leave a nice level of lacing.

Smell – A dark chocolate and oat aroma are the biggest. These are mixed with a light amount of caramel sweetness and some dark bready aromas as well as a decent hit of hoppy aromas.

Taste – Up front the taste is of roasted malt with flavors of dark bread and oats mixed with notes of chocolate and caramel. While not very sweet at first, the taste gets even less sweet as the taste goes on. The caramel quickly fades with the roasted flavors intensifying. There is an earthy hoppiness that mixes in with the roastiness. At the end there is a heavy roasted coffee flavor that takes over the taste. This flavor leaves quite a bitter flavor on the tongue in the end.

Mouthfeel – An average thickness with a slightly above average carbonation level.

Overall - In many ways this beer drinks more like a lighter hopped black IPA. It’s dryness and bitterness are quite heavy. I was expecting something a bit more smooth in transition and flavor, but this it was not. It left some rather unpleasant flavors in the mouth at the end making this a beer I would likely not do again.

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

Poured from bomber to pint glass the beer pours a deep dark brown, nearly black color. 1 finger head with good retention and lacing. The nose is roast dominated with tones of earhty floral hops and a hint of chocolate and licorice. The flavor is very much the same with an initial surge of roasted malt up front with an underlying mild bitterness. The licorice flavor is more pronounced than in the nose. I would prefer to tone it down a bit, but it's not bad. Chocolate really evens the beer out. Creamy and smooth, lingering roast flavor. Well carbonated. Overall, good. It would be better with by reeling back the licorice flavor, in my opinion. but still very enjoyable.

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

Poors dark brown black. Decent head retention.
Can smell the alcohol. Slight sense of floral from hops. Just a bit. Hmm chocolate. But when warm the alchohol is strong
Taste is great. Has an initial bite of an ipa but very quickly calms to a smooth chocolate flavor. Finishes bittersweet like dark chocolate. Well balanced though. All stages blend seamless. Get quite a bit of chocolate. Alchohol is hidden well despite the alchohol nose. Very late after leaves a dark chocolate bitter sweetness coat on the back of the palate.
Mouthfeel is good. I like a thick beer and hate when os is too thin. This one smooths from a initial bubbly bite to a thicker syrup. Really takes a turn.
Overall a great os. Would have more in the fridge or cellar if I could.

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Photo of mikul93
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A Pours jet black with a mocha colored head that starts to dissipate, but a little lingers at the end.

S Roasted goodness, chocolate, coffee

T Just like the nose, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, some hops. Nice tasting beer.

M Surprisingly thin. Nice carbonation. Roasted flavor lingers. Nice

O Very impressed with this brew. Would def seek out again.

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Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black with a 2 finger khaki head, little lacing.

S - Smoked malts, light bitter hops.

T - Bitter hops, creamy oatmeal, dark chocolate, roasted malts, coriander seeds, a wisp of smoke.

M - Creamy, full bodied, medium-low carbonation, perfect for the style.

O - I love it!

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Elysian Dragonstooth 22oz bomber, shared with my wife and poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: Dark...essentially opaque black, with a good amount of tight mocha head and head lacing left behind on the glass.

S: Oatmeal stout, turned up to about 11...oaty, chocolate, roasted coffee and roasted malt, good doses of sweetness, hints of bitter hops.

T: Again, lots of coffee and chocolate here...traces of an oily herbal bittering hop, roasted bitterness, espresso, dark chocolate beans, cocoa, oatmeal, hints of caramel and vanilla...really nice, light burn on the back of the throat

MF: Bitter creamy mouthfeel, medium/moderate body, alcohol is very faint, this beer hides it well.

O: Recommended. I liked it a lot, an Imperial Oatmeal, but not over the top, still approachable and drinkable.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout
Elysian Brewing Company

Pours a oil slick blackish brown, with a light brown foam. Aroma of herbal, minty hops and smokey roasted malts. In the flavor, roasted malts and lots of hop flavor are the driving forces. There is a nice dark chocolate flavor, along with coffee and a wisp of smoke. Hops are bitter, minty, herbal and have a touch of citrus. Some tasters have detected anise, a good compliment to the roasted malt flavor.

Full bodied feel, a bit slick, well carbonated and smooth. Leaves a lingering cocoa/coffee malt flavor in the finish. Overall, an incredibly tasty, well made stout. Well hopped which is always welcome.

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Photo of denver10
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A dark brown with a nice, thumb and half width brown head. Okay lacing. A great sweat and roasty aroma of barley, oats, coffee, and chocolate. Flavor starts off quite roasty and sweet and finishes bitter and hoppy, more typical of a black ipa hoppy finish than the bitter coffee finish I love in my favorite oatmeal stouts. Roasted barley, oats, aniseed, and burnt tobacco. A creamy thin to medium mouthfeel, not much carbonation. I wouldn't have minded it being a touch thicker but I still enjoyed it. Wouldn't have minded if they toned down the aniseed just a touch and can't say the bitter finish was executed well as it has been done in some other oatmeal stouts. Still, a nice oatmel stout that I'd be happy to drink again.

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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 LampertLand
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Elysian Brewings "Dragonstooth" Stout @ 7.5% served cold into a stein
A-poured a dark brown with tan head , low carbonation , a ring of lacing has attached itself to the edge of the glass
S-Coffee , Chocolate , Hints of Oats
T-A hoppy bitterness is there but then gives way to a almost burnt malt finish
MF-rich and full bodied , dry finish on the palate
Ov-Drinkable , not my favorite , you need to be in a drinking mood maybe (sampled 1, sampled 2, sampled 1)liked it better when I had two ??

Cheers LampertLand

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

22 oz. picked up in PA. Black pour, not the darkest ever but fine. Brown around the edges with a thin layer of off white.

Aroma, quite a bit of roast malt and oat. A slightly nutty caramel also. Light pine.

Taste, a crisp chocolate and oaty malt. Surprising amount of hop presence. Anise, pine and lighter coffee finish, pretty dry.

A little lighter than I'd prefer. The roast starts to border on burnt, which hurts the drinkabity some. Slightly lower imperial abv is not noticeable.
Overall I like it, but it has a few shortcomings to style for me. I like the strong oat presence though. I think I would have again though.

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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 Hophead717
3.2/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a CBS snifter.

A: Very dark, with a thin brown head atop the beer.

S: Light chocolate malts, with some fresh hops noticeable as well. Some sweet notes as well, partly caramel

T: Sweet chocolate up front, with a little oatmeal chewiness. Light coffee midsip, with a strong hop-presence, given the style. The finish is bittersweet chocolate.

M: Medium-bodied, but significantly thinner than I anticipated/hoped for.

O: An average oatmeal stout. Less thick than I'd like and a standard, slightly boring flavor profile.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.24/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - As expected for an imperial oatmeal stout is deep black with a nice deep mocha head. Sticky head too.

S - Smells a bit hoppy which really covers up any other smells of roast or chocolate. Just oatmeal and hops with mild roasts at best.

T - I applaud the balance of hops to chocolate malts and roast but really it's just bland to me. Citrus hops, then ashy roastiness, then a finish of bittering hoppy pine that leaves mild bitterness on the tongue.

M - Medium bodied but not as creamy as I would expect from an imperial stout.

Overall definitely something I would not get again. Kind of hate hoppy stouts truthfully but this is only average at best.

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Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout from Elysian Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 342 ratings.
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