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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

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

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

The stout poured a nice thick dark dark brown in color with no foam. The smell of roasted malts and chocolate filled my nose. But the taste of all the components in this stout was great. You can taste the roasted malts that had chocolate, with a hint of coffee. Not overly sweet and not overly bitter either. Nice balance of all the components when put together! A very nice surprise and a wonder experience in a great stout!

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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 Guppy314
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle, pours an opaque black with a one-finger lingering dark tan head. Rich aroma of dark roasted malt. Taste follows as very malt forward, with noticeable carbonation, a decently full mouth feel, and a hop driven tangy finish. While it's somewhat "creamy", it's carbonation and hoppy-tang make this fairly UN-oatmeal-stout-like ... but still a solidly nice stout.

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

Bomber to Lawson's sniffer

A: pours dark brown with a thin mocha head completely opaque

S: starts off with off with strong smells of dark chocolate with rich creamy roasted coffee you can smell the toasted malts and oats as well no alcohol

T: there is some roasted coffee in there it is smooth and creamy like the nose with a hint of sweetness from maybe milk chocolate. A roasted taste of oats lasts throughout the finish. However, there is also a weird taste if some far fruit that doesn't quite match the flavor profile but it a subtitle flavor that I may be mistaking for alcohol but it does throw off the taste for me.

M: the feel is thick and chewy toffee like but not to a extreme extent there is some light carbonation to balance out the feel on top of that it is quite drinkable

O: I'm really impressed with beer I wasn't expecting this much from a low alcohol content for an imperial oatmeal stout. There is a delicious smells, near perfect taste, good looks, and a solid well balanced mouthfeel. A really good beer I would definitely try again.

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Photo of Goldfish19
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

~ Purchased this 22 oz bomber from Big Z Beverage in Huntington, NY. I must say, at first, I did not really know what to expect from this beer? Sure, I had a very good idea on how it was going to taste, but I snatched this at 50% off, and at $2.75 I am sure you would not know what to expect either.

This stout pours dark brown with a nice lasting tan head. Aromas are of roasted malt, chocolate, and some oatmeal. As this stout warms up - so do all the flavors. The hops are under control, so this treat went down way too damn smooth. I felt this was just a little on the light side for a beer of this magnitude, but hey, I am not complaining. It is so civilized. At a little more than 7% ABV, I feel I could drink this all day long. A truly unexpected surprise! ~

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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 loren01
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a dark black color with a good sized frothy brown head, great head retention down the glass.
S: Smells of lots of chocolate and piney hops
T: Dark chocolate flavors, dark roasted malts and a great hop bitterness at the end.
M: In my opinion this couldn't be more perfect, this beer is so creamy smooth its rediculous.
D: I'm normally not one for stouts but this is really good...I would buy this one again for sure. One of the best Elysian beers I've had.

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

Pours very dark and black with a bit of light brown head that sticks to the corners of the glass. Decent lacing. Smells very roasty and malty. A strong scent that is really pleasant. Tastes very roasty. Almost no flavor on the front of the pallette. Bitter roast on the finish. Feels a bit thin. Not the same thick body that i would expect on an imperial stout but very drinkable

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Photo of jeboblasto
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My first introduction to this brewery was a random pleasing surprise, in their jasmine IPA, which i loved. I am a big fan, which makes me somewhat biased. This beer is very nice. Starting off you get the "oatmeal" bitterness, not overly strong, but as it softens ( few sips later ) the "barley wine-esque" sweetness ( not overly ) comes out and is subtle and yummo! Very well balanced stout, has a bit of west coast flair and will definitely try again. This is my first review, and though i have tried many great beers, i haven't recorded my impressions at the time. I live in a very wonderful time and place for beer. Cheers!

p.s. i did not truly observe colour and a few other non essential traits, so i this will factor into my rating score. ( colour being the main one, as i was drinking in poor light from a non translucent stein. peace out. )

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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 blackc5
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Elysian Fields.

Probably my favorite year-round beer for Elysian. Dragonstooth is quite nice in bottle, and even better on tap. Now if only they had it nitro...

A - Nice depth of black with a good micro-foam mocha-colored head. Above average lacing as well.

S - Rich aromas of espresso and dark chocolate. Some sweetness and a slight hint of hops.

T - A very well-balanced flavor of bitter dark chocolate, espresso, roasted grain and sweetness. Rich and luxurious. Hops add to the dark chocolate effect - very nice. Improves further as it warms a bit.

M - Heavy body and creamy smooth. Viscous. Light to medium carbonation.

D - A great all around beer, and one to go back to for sure. ABV is well hidden.

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Photo of wise456
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 22 ounce bomber into a pint glass on a cold and snowy night.

A- Dark brown opaque brew with a small but long-lived head.

S- Not much going on in aroma department - maybe some coffee notes and a faint hint of raisins.

T - This is what I call an almost-imperial stout. It has great balance in that three or four prominent flavors all arrive in perfect harmony without any single taste taking center stage. Bittersweet chocolate, barley, oats and a little toffee/caramel add up to one great effort.

M- Creamy and full-bodied. What else would you expect from the style?

D - This one definitely falls between the classic oatmeal stout and over-the-top imperials that are all the rage these days. A restrained, balanced effort that is worth seeking out.

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Photo of BlackDog
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Elysian Brewing's Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout pours what a nice stout should pour, that is, a deep, deep black with a thick tan head. Lacing and retention are both top notch.

Dragonstooth has a powerful aroma of sweet, roasted malts with coffee and chocolate. There might be a touch of hops in there, but if there is, it's pretty well-hidden.

The taste starts off nice and creamy, with notes of chocolate up front. This is followed by a nice, roasted, bitter coffee flavor, which stays on the tongue for a while.

Dragonstooth is full-bodied, creamy and chewy, with medium-low carbonation.

This is a great example of a thick and powerful stout.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Single, 1 pint .6 fl oz bottle copped for $4.99 from Super Saver in Somerville...
Pours a jet-black, ebony hue with a minor tan, frothy head that quickly receded...
Smell: Roasted malts, dark chocolates detectable in the nose...
Taste: Robust, rich, creamy, chocolate, roasted malts, and espresso flavor... Slight hints of vanilla on the back of the tongue with nuances of creamy mocha...
Mouthfeel; Medium-to-full bodied... Creamy, rich...
Easily drinkable for a 7.4% ABV... Hardly any alcohol detectable...

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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 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 tpd975
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very dark flat black hue with a nice tall tan creamy head. The retention is above average with nice spotty lace noted.

S: Bold charred malt aromas with notes of bitter chocolate and coffee.

T: Wow wonderful toasted malt flavors to start. Hints of light oak come next. Waves of chocolate seems to melt into coffee. A touch of hops lead to a slightly bitter finish.

M: Medium in body, very smooth for an IRS.

D: One of the most drinkable IRS I have ever had. Great beer with a small price tag. If avaliable would be one of my go to winter brews.

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

Dark, brooding pour, as the name of this beer might suggest. Modest tan head, dissipates to a ring. Tangy aroma, with hints of chocolate and alcohol.

Excellent, full-flavored stout. Tangy and and acidic, with a big roasted malt body. Semi-sweet chocolate and lots of dark-roasted coffee. Even with all of that flavor, it's not too heavy and very drinkable for a strong stout. Alcohol is difficult to detect. A lot of carbonation, but it's very fine in texture so I can deal with it. Mouthfeel is very good, but could be even fuller.

This beer exceeded my expectations flavor-wise, but I have trouble seeing it as an imperial stout. It's more like a strong american stout, comparable to the Cadillac Mt. or Shakespeare stouts, I'd say.

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

Poured from Bomber into Pint glass.

Pours a deep black with a one inch cocoa colored head that slowly dissipates into thin head that stays. As you drink this it leaves thick lacing down the glass. The aroma is strong with roasted malts and bitter coffee with a touch of chocolate that adds a sweetness to the scents. This flavor of this beer is dominated with semi-sweet chocolate and has a bitterness that lasts. It has a heavy to medium body that coats your mouth with every sip. I really like this beer, its highly drinkable and extremely enjoyable.

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Photo of Sark
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber

Appearance- Thin caramel colored head and onyx black, lacing down the glass

Smell- Coffee and chocolate hits big on the first sniff, toasted but good sweet notes

Taste- chocolatey from the get go, the bitterness hits mid and back mouth but not before a caramel malt comes in

Mouthfeel- full body, carbonated tingle and wet finish

Overall- a very nice stout, one for the books. This thing is made to chew on for dessert.

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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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Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout from Elysian Brewing Company
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