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
Ratings:
964
Reviews:
355
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
10.15%
 
 
Wants:
112
Gots:
181
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 964 |  Reviews: 355
Photo of Svingjo
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

22oz bottle, purchased at the brewery April 2007; Sampled July 2007
When summoned forth vigorously the head forms a cascading, dense, initially four-finger thick, rich chocolate brown colored froth. The beer is almost pitch black in color, the stream of beer as I poured showed a brilliantly clear, dark chocolate color. The malt character is rich and dark with notes of chocolate liquor; thick, creamy, sweetened espresso; rum soaked, burnt raisins; blackened, caramelized figs.

Dense and creamy feeling, the carbonation is quite light (I guess my pour forced most of the carbonation out of solution, though this beer is fairly dense and that has a lot to do with it too). Notes of chocolate, bitter-black-coffee, a roast acidity and a finish full of burnt fruit notes are what I first notice about the taste. This beer, while fairly thick and rich, is not overly sweet, there seems to be lots of residual malt sugars left here, it is just that the dark malt / grain character really serves as a foil and cuts down the perceived sweetness quite a bit. The finish is a mix of burnt figs and a lingeringly bitter note that is a mix of hop character and the roasted grains, though it seems to be predominantly from the latter. The alcohol is noticeable at times, but somehow mixes with the fruit character and contributes something like a brandy-like note; though you have to imagine that through all the roast character).

I have had this beer a few times over the years & it is always an enjoyable tipple, I seem to enjoy it best when sampled fresh from the brewery (despite this being a strong beer). It does hold up well in the bottle, but seems a touch to bitter and acidic from the roast malt (though only just a bit). As the beer warms up and breathes a bit, it does smooth out some; it becomes more creamy, with the chocolate & smooth coffee notes becoming more pronounced. A rich, dark, spiciness also becomes noticeable; sort of reminiscent of the type of spices used in a black, holiday-type, spice cake (notes of vanilla, perhaps a hint of clove, and a wisp of nutmeg). All in all quite an enjoyable beer.

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

Received this bottle as an extra in a trade some time back, it was about time to open it up.

Beer is dark black and completely opaque with a thin tan head of small bubbles with decent retention and some lacing, carbonation appears to be low.

Beer smells sweet, with this maltiness up front that gives way to some roast. Smells like an RIS actually.

Beer is medium in body and lead off with a nice sweetness that gives way shortly to a nice roastiness like coffee beans. There is some chocolate like bitterness in there as well. Beer is a little....hot....perhaps, but it's not very distracting, the heat gets mostly lost in the forward malt syrup sweetness. Beer is pretty easy drinking for as big as it is, decent big stout in my opinion. I'd have it again.

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

A good stout.

Pours black with a fluffy and off color head. The aroma is sweet and slightly chalky. The flavor is sweet, milky, rich and dry. It is roasted and slightly chocolatey, with a hint of wood and coffee. Mouthfeel is thick and rich. Quite tasty and quite drinkable.

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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 ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a tiny, wispy, khaki-colored head.

Smell: Aroma full of dark, roasty malts yielding notes of chocolate, dark caramel, anise, and even a quick whiff of oatmeal.

Taste: Semi-sweet chocolate and dark malts that are a touch roasty providing a hint of coffee. Modestly sweet taste of thick dark caramel. There's only ever a slight bitterness. Tastes of of vanilla and anise emerge on the relatively sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A fine, tasty stout from Elysian.

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Photo of cglowe
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LAND_MINE
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of needMIbeer
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of flexabull
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of acertain, (ratebeer) thanks again!

Pours a deep flat black color, with a nice off white head on top. Nice looking stout...

Aromas are of cocoa, chocolate, and a bit of creamy sweet coffee. Very nice clean nose on this one. No funny smells, just classic stout.

Flavors are strong. Lots of bitterness, bakers chocolate, underlying roasted malt sweetness and some boozy alcohol. This is a potent stout, but it doesn't really feature those dark roasted malt flavors that I usually get from a stout. This one just comes off as a "dry bitter" stout. It is certainly interesting...

Mouthfeel is pretty good. I would like some more fullness. But it still sits pretty well in the mouth.

Drinkability is good. This one scores points for being interesting and unique, and it's certainly worth a try.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a thick black color with a thin tan head on top. The retention is thin, but the lacing is sticky. The smell of the beer is slightly hoppy, roasted and malty. The taste of the beer has a pretty strong bitterness, lots of dry chocolatey roasted malt. The mouthfeel is thick, nicely carbonated with a dry finish. Overall this is a pretty good brew.

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Photo of retry4z
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

It's been a long time since I've seen this beer. When I heard Elysian's beers were coming to the east coast, I had to grab some Dragonstooth.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a becker glass completely black in color. A light mocha-colored head forms on top at about a finger's height. It slowly drops to a full, thick cap.

SMELL: Very high on the darker, bitter malts. The roasted element in this stands out the most with any dark chocolate aromas being pushed to the background. Hop aroma is very minimal.

TASTE: Flavors come from everywhere when you sip this. The roastiness is amped up as in the nose, but it's accompanied by a strong caramelly note. A fruity, almost lactic, sweetness lurks behind and seems a little odd, but it adds another layer of dimension. The finish is strongly bitter and roasty.

MOUTHFEEL: Very thick and chewy, but not slick. The carbonation is assertive but doesn't go overboard.

DRINKABILITY: Very good. The alcohol is not noticable, and for a beer this heavy, it's incredibly smooth. I'm glad this comes in bombers.

An excellent choice that's definitely recommended. Just another reason why it's wonderful to be a beer fan in Pennsylvania.

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

Consumed 4/7/13

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Appearance: Dark brown, hazy, with an unexpected amount of sediment - small, off-white head - fades to a tiny cap, leaves a few spots of lacing

Smell: Roasty and sweet - serious and obvious oatmeal aroma, perhaps more than the average oatmeal stout - some malty, oat, and caramel sweetness - chocolate and coffee notes

Taste: Roasty, dryness, and oats - dark chocolate, burnt chocolate malts, and semisweet chocolate - a distinct oat flavor - some caramel and molasses-like sweetness - sharp, bitter finish - some hints of coffee

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely smooth thanks to the oats, nicely carbonated

Overall: Apparently not brewed with actual teeth

This is a solid oatmeal stout. Not the best I've ever had, but the oats are used quite well. Sadly not as memorable as some of the Elysian pumpkin beers.

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

Dark brown almost mahogany with a lovelly large l frothy/thick lighter brown head. bitter dark chocolate type aromas, some alcohol too, slightly spicey. Some hops. Very nice taste, dak ,bitter yet smooth and chocolaty. Milky, slightly sour, alcohol detectable, some black coffee in the finish. Nice palate, I believe the oats add to the pleasurable mouthfeel, giving a luxuriant thickness. Overall a good drinking stout, not the best but good enough.

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

Pours black with a nice tan head that sticks around as a ring. Roasty and creamy aromas are nice, but a little light. The taste is nicely balanced with a medium roastiness, creaminess, a bit of licorice and chicory, and a slightly bitter finish. Smooth and relatively creamy mouthfeel, this is an easier drinker and well crafted.

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

Opaque buh-lack with no light escaping topped with a statuesque light brown head leaving spider lace in the glass.

Burnt malt toffee aroma.

First swigs: Rich dark chocolate and baker's chocolate with molasses and coffee ice cream. Linger of pumpernickel and tobacco. Endless cocoa bundt cake. Astringent finish with full flavored hops eeking out beneath a heavy malt blanket.

Bright crisp medium full bodied tongue coating raw cold starbucks coffee gone wild.

Last swigs: Bitered with Magnum, Cascade and Centenial. $3.49 is a steal!

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

Bomber into a Duvel chalice.

Standard-looking stout pour...dark seal brown with a cork-colored, immaculately retained head. Slight spackles of lacing. Aroma brings notes of peppery chocolate, spiced beef, and sugary dough.

Taste is a combination of beefy, bitter, alcohol-infused dark chocolate. Not a whole lot of depthe here, but what is afloat, is good. (very close to a 4.0). A slight earthy, peat malt & hop finish rounds out a medium-bodied beer with a strong bitter finish. I was a bit surprised at the Double Stout style, as this is a nice (single) Stout, but nothing out of the ordinary will make me remember it 5 yrs. down the line (except, perhaps, for the label art).

[edit: revisited review 6/26/2011, bumped taste 3.5-->4.0 and overall 3.5-->4.0]

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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 masikon
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Elysian bewpub in Seattle. Poured a pitch black with comparitively dark brown head. Aromas are definitely roasted malts through and through with very strong black coffee taking the forefront. Taste is how it smells, coffee coffee coffee, Definitely a coffee lovers stout. Really bold and flavorful but for me a little too much emphasis on coffee, somewhat lacking in the other roasted flavors i enjoy such as chocolates. A delicious beer nonetheless, just a little unbalanced.

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

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 lordofthewiens
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very dark brown, near black color. A thick fluffy tan head that left a lot of sticky lace.
Aroma of roasted malt and grain.
Chocolate, oatmeal taste. A hint of citrus.
Heavier-bodied beer

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Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout from Elysian Brewing Company
4.04 out of 5 based on 964 ratings.
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