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:
349
Ratings:
946
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
10.15%
 
 
Wants:
115
Gots:
173
For Trade:
2
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Reviews: 349 | Ratings: 946
Photo of meeekyh
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased in a bomber from Redland's Liquors for about $5.49 in a bomber.

I pour into an old Mesa Theater tall-pilsner glass. I know it isn't ideal for the style but my belled glass in unavailable. The ale is dark, dark, dark. I searched around the house for a light source that would penetrate the beer and when I couldn't find one I poured a bit into a vodka chimney and only than did the color appear anything other than black (deep red hued burnt-umber for the record). The head is about 3 fingers and fluffy with a moderate dissipation rate, but the most remarkable thing about it is its deep sepia color.

The smells are also deep and dark: Italian-roast coffee, concentrated stone-fruits and a bit of smoke. Along with the wafting alcohol, these combine to make for a very welcoming and warming nose.

The mouthfeel is full but far from syrupy. It is nearly chewy but plenty dry to finish without a cloying experience. The carbonation is moderate, maybe a bit high for a stout but I am not complaining.

The flavor of this ale is rich and complex: sweet, tart, bitter, and savory in a much higher quantity than I usually experience in a beer. Savory is not a flavor I typically associate with beer of any type, even the dark ales and lagers, but this is a welcome exception.

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Photo of gestyr
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a schooner glass

A: Pours a deep opaque brown with a thick long lasting tan head

S: Malty, roast, nutty, caramel, coffee mocha

T: The taste follows the smell. Nice and rich. Malts and roast grains followed by a balanced caramel sweetness and a nutty, coffee. cocoa flavor

M: A bit thinner than I anticipated. Smooth and has a slight alcohol sting.

O: A nice oatmeal stout. The smoothness from the oatmeal is present and it goes down well. My wife, who doesn't drink beer, choose this off the shelf for me. I consider myself lucky.

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Photo of vkv822
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz : tulip

Black with a thick, foamy light brown head with great retention, nice lacing.

Cocoa, nutty, lightly boozy fudge. Light roast.

Sweet chocolate, pleasant faint boozy note. Very faint roast.

Medium+ body with low, bubbly carbonation.

Quite enjoyable stout. Definitely agree with the bottle in that this is an "Imperial Oatmeal Stout". Bold, rich flavors, pleasant boozy notes.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: quarter finger head with very nice lacing on a jet black body.

S: roasted malts, hints of earthy hops, burnt toast and coffee beans.

T: very strong on the roasted malt and roasted coffee bean flavors which I love. Not a whole lot else going on with this one though. milk chocolate notes late in the finish.

M: thick body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: this is a very nice stout but its simple. the coffee presence would satisfy the coffee lover and those that like to have coffee as a note or in the background. A nice middle ground from a traditional stout and oatmeal stout.

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

A - Pours with one finger of medium brown foam on top of an opaque, black body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves a light trace of lace on the glass.

S - A roasty aroma of coffee and dark chocolate with some Bready malt notes and a touch of smoke.

T - Dark, smoky malt up font with some espresso notes. Burnt caramel in the middle and a slick oat character with a finish of dark sugar, coffee, and bakers chocolate

M - A thick, oily body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - a better than average oatmeal stout. This beer has a sweet, thick body but also the complex, dark roast of an imperial stoutl. Really a hybrid between the two styles it is more drinkable an your average imperial and more complex than an oatmeal stout, which makes for an enjoyable experience overall.

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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 LiquidAmber
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from 4/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark, dark brown amber. Small medium tan head and lacing. Aroma of dark and toasted malt, dark fruit. Very nice, calm stout, slightly understated, but well balanced. Dark toasted malt and dark fruit flavors up front, smoky malt middle and a toasted malt and hop finish. Very well done. This has been one of my favorites for years and it's very inexpensive.

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