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

I purchased this beer at Sams in Chicago. The beer was served in an Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours black with a ever so slight ruby opaqueness. The head is a burnt tan coloration. The head was two fingers high and lasted throughout consumption. Thick rings of lacing remain behind on the glass.

Smell: This beer delivers a very good dark roasted coffee and bitter sweet chocolate combo. The beer has some sweet almost lacto type smells also that are very pleasant.

Taste: This beer delivers on the well roasted and toasted espresso flavors. This combines well with the semi and bitter sweet chocolateyness of the beer. Whiffs of smoke combine with a brief kiss of citrus hoppyness. The finish of the beer is earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This beer has a very smooth and creamy medium body. The beer has a dry finish. This is an easy beer to drink. I could polish off a couple bombers of this one by myself. A dam sham I cant get more in Cincinnati. Oh well, I will always be able to go to Chicago.

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Photo of mrmanning
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Andrew! Pours black, with a frothy mocha head, providing good retention and lace. Aromas are big dark fruit(plum, prune), lots of dark chocolate, raisin, and a surprising amount of hops. FLavour is very hoppy and choclatey, bitter coffee, and tonnes of fruit. Assertive bitterness finishes with a touch of chalk and pleasant astringency. Shit yes bitch, this is good!

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

Pours almost black but still with an amber tin and a full two finger tan head that takes forever to melt to very sticky tan lacing.
Aromas are definitely bitter chocolate and coffee that seems to evolve to almost a milk chocolate and coffee.
Taste is deliciously a cross between bitter chocolate and milk chocolate with a heavy note of espresso coffee. Definitely a touch of smoke in there as well.
Toasted amber malts are not completely lost in the flavors nor are the slight hint of citrus hops at the end.
Mouthfeel is very creamy yet surprisingly dry at the end with an aftertaste of the coffee and espresso.
What a wonderful Stout this is.

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

Dark pretty beer that has a promising look during the pour.

The nose is promising as well, not overpowering but does that hey I'm here and I'm going to taste damn good dance in your nose.

Fluffy darker head that slips away and the first swallow is a winner. Makes me think duh, why haven't I tried this before. It's terrible when we missout on tasty beers just because they are easily availible. I'm kicking myself over this one. Wow...tasty and well worth it.

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Photo of Vancer
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Freaky label gets style points. Poured into a crystal mug, drank with a straw.

Thick, gooey pour of black oil, a small foamy head of tan head will pop up if you pour aggressively. A big whack of chocolate malts hits the nose, then a solid quaff of the big three: coffee, burnt toast and chocolate. Excellent.

Starts thick, thins by mid-bomber, but still a very quaffable brew. If you dig stouts, be sure to sample one or two bottles of this goodie.

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Photo of pjwilson
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have let this bottle age about 6 months. It was purchased in Alaska, so it may be as old as a year.

appearance: classic imperial stout look. pitch black tar look with a dark brown head. the head never ever leaves and lacing is quite strong.

smell: some strong coffee biterness with just a touch of milkstout sweetness.

taste: when i first had this 6 months ago, I thought it was very bitter, which is why I decieded to let the 2nd bottle age for a bit. This may have been a mistake. The front end of the beer has completly rounded off, leaving very little flavor. coming out the back is a quite strong hop bitterness, yet very little hop flavor or roast flavor. hints of chocolate come through, but they get pounded down by the bitterness. Still is pretty good though.

mouthfeel: a little too thin for my tastes. certainly not what I would call good for a double stout.

drinkability: well getting though the bomber was easy enough. I nice enough Sunday drinker, but lets just say I'm not terribly depressed that I can't get this beer in California.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an imperial pint glass)

A- This beer has a black body with a foam made up of a mass of medium-sized bubbles that is light tan. There is a sea of microbubbles racing through the body.

S- This beer has a dark malt aroma with a slight sweetness to it. There is a faint earthy tar note in the background. For the most part it is pretty one dimensional.

T- This beer has a nice dark roasted malt flavor with molasses, faint coffee and a finish with a faint bitterness from the malt. There might be a slight hop bitterness to the finish but it is mostly malt flavors.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a fizz in the finish that really lightens the body and cleans up the finish.

D- This beer has a nice drinkability but there is not much depth so it gets a bit boring for more than one bottle.

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Photo of Derek
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black, tan head, very little retention, hints of lace.

S: Pine, dark chocolate & a little tar?

T: Very piney, cocoa, espresso, good/modest bitterness & alcohol, floral hops.

M: Moderate to full body, moderate carbonation, well attenuated, slightly acidic & dry.

D: Good drinkability.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.57/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bomber. This brew pours a sinister black color, with only light penetrating at the edges when I tile the glass. There was a 2 finger dark tan head over top when I poured it and it fell to a full coat over top. There is just a light carbonation bubbling up in the brew. Nice looking beer. The aroma is very nice. It starts with a big piney hop, backed with chocolate and deep roasted maltyness. It comes together to give hints of coffee as well. All the aromas are big, but in balance with each other. Flavor is excellent. The hop that smacked me in the nose is much more subdued. The flavor is rich in chocolate, moving to a mild pine and roast character that blends in with the sweetness of the chocolate to finish with a mild coffee and a nice moderate bitterness. I think the flavor on this one is excellent, as nothing is out of line or overly strong. It all meshes well. The mouthfeel is moderate with a very light carbonation that makes it fell nice and full. Overall, this one is a very nice beer. Both the flavor and aroma deliver. As it warms, the body really bulks up to a solid full feel, giving me what I had been looking for. For $4 a bomber, this is an excellent value as far as stouts go. Very nice.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am sampling this beer at room temp and poured into a stemmed tulip glass. The beer pours a pitch black and develops a large creamy tan head of about 3 cm that begins to fade rapidly leaving a pockmarked crater landscape on the surface.
Aroma is roasted malt, bakers chocolate, some hints of coffee bean, brown sugar and molasses. Yea the nose is pretty rich on this one.

First sip is fairly robust and thick bodied with a slightly syrupy texture. Beer definitely coats my tongue as it passes towards my belly. Flavor is about what the nose advertised. I get some sweet brown sugar and molasses up front when the beer hits my tongue. This moves to a mild middle of roasted malt and rolls smoothly to some warming booze and dark chocolate mixed with a bit of dark fruit and more lingering roast. The beer is very drinkable despite the warmth and its general robust stature.

A very fine double stout that I would recommend to all NWers and anyone visiting the area. CHeck it out!

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Photo of markman
4.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dragonstooth Stout:

This is one helluva brew…and this particular 22 oz bottle survived the trip from Seattle to CT in checked luggage (wish I could say the same for Doggie Claws). Anyway, this beer is all a Double Stout should be without the over-the-top ABV%. Black, silky smooth, chocolaty, vinous, and lip-smacking good.


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3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beutiful like a stout should be. Jet black body with a huge chocolate brown head with huge fat bubbles. Nose is an invigorating smokey malt that just jumps out of the glass, very meaty. There is a lot going on in the nose of this one. Rich robust coffee chocolatey feel attacks the taste buds at first sip. Eases up in the middle and thins up on the bitter that leads to the finish. Finish is slightly sweet with richness and a bitter bite on the end. Not to heavy on the mouthfeel. Very relaxed and nicely drinkable.

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Photo of benito
3.21/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

From a bomber that I picked up at the beginning of the summer, aged (or rather stored) at Leadville temperatures, guaranteeing that this hasn't gone bad sitting in the 'cellar' (read: laundry room) over the summer.

It pours an impenetrable black with a meaty, tan head that dissipates and lingers as a thinnish layer above the brew. The alcohol's prominence in the bouquet surprised me, as this is only a 7.4% brew, but alcohol it is and almost nothing else. All told, the straightforward (and disappointing) nose on this offering is its biggest flaw.

Fortunately the taste offers a little more to chew on and think about. It has a nice bittering hop presence up front and a smooth malty finish, with hints of marshmallow, leather, and milk. This is followed by another dose of hops that lingers long into the aftertaste. Like so many American stouts (single or double), I personally think that this indulges the hop a little too much at the cost of a more complex balance. That qualm notwithstanding, it's still a tasty and enjoyable brew.

Highly drinkable for a beer of its strength. This is a smooth and rather mellow strong stout. It may not be the best of Elysian's beers, but it's still worth a look.

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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 sockeye101
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've passed over various Elysian brews at my local grocery store for a while now, and I thought I'd give one of them a go. Wise choice...indeed. The thick black liquid poured a nice thick tan head and very dark, black, not Stone Imp. Russian Stout black, but black nonetheless. Carbonation bubbles clung to inside of the glass and it was overall a very attractive beer. Smells of fruits, nuts and tones of sweetness caught my attention. The taste was excellent. A hit of bitterness up front with a lingering burnt malt and coffee flavor. A twinge of chocolate in there, but much less than other porters I've had. Smooth and easy to drink, and it got even better as the beer warmed to room temperature.

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Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to TheBungyo for the trade. Surprisingly smooth and balanced stout. Neither on sweet nor bitter side, thick mouthfeel and not overally creamy. The little I allowed my office mates to drink they loved, and one hates stouts! A tad oatmeal matter. Very good, black with lots of lace and creamy, obviously quite fresh. And not too roasty either.Chocolate notes with some oatmeal grainess.

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

A: Deep, rich body that looked a bit thin on the pour, but we'll see. Deep khaki head with tight bubbles two fingers high. Good stuff.

S: Chocolate pudding, cola, cafe au lait and vanilla. So far so good.

T: Minor sourness off the bat which transitions to a nice bakers chocolate smoothness. From there subtle coffee flavors mingle with cream then the roastedness of the grains intensifies and plateaus with a stern bitterness.

M: Full bodied and creamy with a smooth carbonation.

D: Good stout. Fairly complex, takes the drinker on a journey of flavors. From the sour to sweet to roasted to bitter, I'd recommend to all stout drinkers.

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

Dark black in the glass, a black hole for light. Head was very thick and frothy with a dark tan colour. Foam dissipated slowly and left some nice lacing. Very mild aroma, but some roasted malts detectable. Very rich and smooth flavour. Delicious strong roasted coffee taste to start with some slight sweetness, but finishes with a dry and bitter chocolate flavour. Higher ABV not noticeable at all. Was lighter tasting then I expected. A fantastic and very drinkable stout.

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Photo of Gavage
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: rich dark black color with a 1/2" tan head. Nice lacing develops.

Smell: easily detectable dark chocolate and strong roasted malts.

Taste: strong roasted malt level with a nice smattering of dark chocolate bitterness. Some coffee, molasses, slightly noticeable alcohol, and a bit of burnt nuts rounds it out.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Smooth from start to finish. Roasted flavors linger briefly on the tongue.

Drinkability: this could be considered a meal. But this is a solid double stout in my opinion.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a two finger brown head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Color can't get any blacker. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Roasted coffee nose. Starts almost sweet with a roasted coffee/chocolate flavor, smooth, finish has hints of burnt coffee. Nice stout. $3.49 for a 22oz bottle from John's Market Place Tigard, Or.

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

Thanks to my wife for repeatedly asking me if I was going to buy this! :)

I really like this; though, in my opinion, it sort of comes off as a standard stout with some definite attributes of an American double stout. Not heavy or rich enough to be an Russian Imperial Stout. At 7.4%, the ABV is low for an RIS, and bordering on the low side for an American double.

Nice, black body with rich, khaki head. Impeneratble darkness...held up to the light, there are only the faintest hints of ruby.

Rich, burnt malt taste with a strong hop profile. Dark roast coffee, and rich, dark chocolate come across in the flavour profile. Slightly bitter, dry and full flavour. Much more complex and full than any standard stout could offer.

Good mouthfeel for the style. Carbonation there, but not overly done. Its noticeable, but doesn't demand attention. Nice and easy to drink, but I think it may benefit from being served colder (chilled in a mini fridge for just under 3 hours, so it wasn't completely cold).

Very good...I'd like to get some more.

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Photo of Ego
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I know.. not stout time.. but it is seasonably mild here in jersey right now.. so what the hell... got this online from liquidsolutions.com

this feels heavy in the glass.. or maybe I am jusy limp wristed (shrugs shoulders). one finger of dark tan foam quickly runs away like forest gump, there is nare a string of pearls left lining the rim of the glass, there is some lacing, spotty at best, no light penetrates this sucker... it is a path to the dark side, and hell, I like it. overall not that impressive looking aside from the staunch bleak blackness of the thing

pretty tame nose for a "double" stout, mild coffee with cream and sweetners... like generic store bought stuff not in the league of starbucks .. or hell, even dunkin donuts, the thing I like is that it has this milk stout smell to it.. ever smell mackeson XXX ? it really reminds me of it in a pleasant way. Overall though it is a bit underwhelming compared to other stouts I dig.. but there is some unique qualities to it. on some whiffs I smell "Quik" powder (you know that stupid rabbit chocolate milk stuff).

taste etc...
wow, the flavor is ALOT richer than the nose.. the nose didn't prepare me for the heavy chocolate bitterness here, this is like shoving a bitter chocalate bar in your mouth.. the whole thing! the body is a bit thin for my tastes as this drinks pretty light. No real sensation from the alcohol (although it isn't a crazy ABV but it is above average). The aftertaste is almost like coffee that has been sitting out for a day.. and thankfully no one put out their cigarette in it. For me I find it a little TOO much like bitter chocolate.. I don't like chocolate. The hops are in the bitterness but no where else imo, they do manage to have a little bite though in the back of the mouth. this coats pretty well but is certainly not syrupy.

not my go to, but not bad. better than some but not better than others. 1 in the hand is better than 2 in the bush, 2 in the bush means your girl is cheating on you... I could go on but I would only be entertaining myself at this point...

later on in the bottle I got the more pronounced hops.. it still is not as hoppy to me as say the Smuttynose imp stout.. but it was better, but still not better than a 4

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

Pours black with a tall tan head that leaves a nice coating of lace as it dwindles down. Aroma is full of roasted malts with some bitter dark chocolate backing it. Lingering notes of coffee and a light smokiness were present. Flavor starts off a bit sweet before some notes of bakers chocolate and roasted malts take over. Some mild notes of dark fruit and a good bit of smokiness round it out. Roasty chocolate finish. Smooth and fairly thick but could stand to have a bit bigger body. Easy drinking for a big brew. Great all around effort on this one.

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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 BuckeyeNation
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Foreboding black with slim edges of dragon's blood burgundy. The cinnamon colored crown is a thickly creamy beast squatting in the center of the glass. As it slowly retreats, it develops rounded, melted edges encircling a mesa-like middle. To cap it all off in fine fashion, a copious amount of shotgun-riddled lace makes its way to the glass. This is an outstanding looking stout.

The nose is amazing as well. Each sniff delivers dark, rich, pungent scents of concentrated bittersweet chocolate, dark caramel, dark brown sugar and (less so) coffee. Nearly equally prominent (and the aromas that make this beer stand out from the crowd) are sugared vanilla bean and citric fruity hops. The vanilla, especially, makes me go back to the glass again and again.

I just knew that Elysian wouldn't let me down. I didn't have the patience to allow the bottle to warm, so I fully expect the near bombastic flavor to be full-on bombastic within the next 10 minutes. First off let's discuss hops. This brewery has a hop fetish which is why I absolutely love most of what they brew. I've had hoppier stouts (Big Bear Black for instance), but this is a hop lover's double stout if there ever was one. Shredded, candied grapefruit pith and peel permeates every mouthful and refuses to take a back seat to the considerable malt presence. Magnum bittering with Cascade and Centennial finishing. Inspired choices.

Malt is still large and in charge with a flavor that veers closer to a massive sweet stout than to a Russian Imperial stout. The beer is sweet without being cloying, thanks in large part to all of the alpha acids running interference. It's richly, wonderously chocolatey, with that same caramel-toffee-brown sugar undertow that I appreciated in the nose. This is fantastically delicious beer.

The mouthfeel is much closer to full than to medium. It doesn't seem all that impressive when beer first enters mouth, but it increases in heavily silkiness as the mouthful progresses. A significant degree of heavy cream-like mouthcoating on the finish doesn't hurt either. If you want clean, look elsewhere. If you want lingering chocolate beershake creaminess, pull up a barstool.

Being an enthusiastic fan of Elysian Brewing Company beer, I had every confidence that this would be a humdinger of an American Double Stout. I'm still surprised, however, by just how good it is. I don't remember every detail and haven't memorized the scores of my favorites, but there's no doubt in my mind that Dragontooth stands proudly among them.

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Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout from Elysian Brewing Company
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