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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-20-2002

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Photo of speter
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22-oz bottle into nonic

A: Pours jet-black with a three-finger tan head that actually went downward into the beer, as if on nitro-tap. Very impressive.

S: Chocolate and coffee roasts with a whiff of booze, but well balanced.

T: Exactly what one would expect from the smell. A bitter start goes into chocolate, coffee and a hint of booze in the center, followed by hops and chocolate in the finish. The malty notes in the center balance out the other flavors nicely.

M: Very creamy, as befits the style. On the fuller side, but very refreshing.

D: Beautiful. A bit lower on the ABV, and this would make a killer session beer. As it is now, I'd call it dessert!

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

Had this on tap at the snorting elk on crystal mountain.

A- Pitch black with a cola tan head that quickly dissapates, leaves good lacing.

S- malty, slightly fruity aroma

T- Coffee up front, dark malt character, sweetness to offset the coffe. A well ballanced beer.

M- nice, low carbonation, coats the tongue without being too much, smooth.

D- very drinkable, especially after a hard day on the mountain.

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Photo of orcasteve
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into my duvel tulp glass, poured a heavy black that cant be seen through with a heavy one finger darker tan head that quickley fades to a lacing around the rim, the taste is sweet with hints of mollases, coffiee, rich dark malts, a hint of hops, fine belgan dark choclate. this is smooth from start to finish. this one hides the alchoal well. the second pour is so much better than the first, this is a world class beer for sure.

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

Medium-bodied appearance: dark but not black, head showed some froth at first but quickly dissipated. Smell & taste feature strong and richly varied malts, from toffee to biscuit to even a bit of chocolate. Superbly creamy and drinkable, yet pleasantly strong (7.5%). Can't wait to return to this one another night.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 josiahschlender
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I'm not much of a fan of Elysian's labels, but this sure looks good pouring it out. Very black, viscous pour. Color is totally black, with a moderate crema-looking head that reduces to a ring eventually, leaving a bit of lacing.

Great aromas! Bittersweet chocolate, molasses, earthy hops, just a bit of smoke. I bought this beer on a whim, not checking any reviews before... definitely pleasantly surprised by the aromas and flavors.

Lots of bittersweet chocolate, smoky, very dark roasted malts, some espresso, molasses/brown sugar sweetness, and earthy, bitter hops. Good flavor intensity with a long, lingering finish. Not quite up there with the few world class RIStouts I've tried, but not far off, either.

Feel is maybe outpaced by flavors a bit, a little more oomph and chewiness would have been a plus. I feel like I'm reaching though... this is an outstanding beer.

Picked this up for under $4 for a bomber. What a great deal on an insanely drinkable RIS! Price often factors into my drinkabilty score, when coupled with the great tastiness without a punishing ABV makes this the closest I've ever come to seeing a session RIS. Of course, you'd be better off savoring this one slowly to appreciate it.

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Photo of erikm25
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This pours heavy, dense, and dark. The head is a foaming burnt walnut and caramel brown coloring. The lacing is impressive and leaves the same tinted frosted burgundy and mocha hue all draped up and down the glass.

S: Roasted smoked coffee and toasted dark chocolate hit the nose immediately. Just the slightest dark grape hop tinge that is perfectly wrestled down by the coffee and hefty malt aromas. Hints of cemented vanilla aroma blasted with brown sugar.

T: Great chocolate malt taste with a subtle coffee and minimal cinnamon undertones at the outset. Overall the taste is very layered and thick. A fire roasted quality that makes this warm and filling like oats and custard. Much like the nose there is a very minimal hop presence that does nothing but help couple with the sturdy and massive malts. Slightly dry and bitter but the dark chocolate taste is the highlight here.

M: Despite it having some velvety and rich qualities it is still just a tad thin.

D: This exceeded my initial expectations. I would have liked to see it increased a couple percentage points on the ABV but regardless this drinks like a nice dessert. I can see myself picking this up quite regularly through the fall and winter.

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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 henrysunset
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

l: 4.5, poured slowly forming an enormous, dense tan/mocha head. liquid isn't the slightest bit transparent.

s: 4.5, hint of chocolate & malt, teeny hops scent; balanced and nice.

t: 4.5, dry, hop flavor, hint of chocolate malt... aftertaste goes through phases. initially; you taste the hops and the alchohol, afterall it's 8%. later, you taste the chocolatey rich flavors, finally leaving a pleasently hoppy flavor on the tongue.

m: 4, not terribly thick or rich texture; but pleasent.

d: 4, its strong and rich, but very enjoyable.

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Photo of Viaduck
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pour very dark with a rich tan head that quickly dissipates. Aroma consists of chocolate, grain, citrus & alcohol. The flavor is dominated by yummy dark chocolate, not too sweet, a little salty with a slight grapefruit bitterness.
Update: tried this a 2nd time & I'm lowering my score. The flavor seems lacking, does not deliver all that is implied by the aroma. Also felt thin. Still Very good.

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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 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 drewba
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - jet black with purple tints on the edges - a decent mocha head slowly forms up, but then falls to nothing but a pile of fat bubbles on the rim.

S - smoke, honey, plum, grapes, raisin, caramel.

T - Dense smokiness that mixes well with the raisin and plum plus honey. I'm not a fan of smoke, but there is actually a decent harmony here, some of the sweetness and dryness from the oats don't let the smoke overwhelm. I'm getting plenty of the lactose in the end right before this finishes with a bitter dryness.

M - thickish, prickly carbonation.

O - Liked this despite the heavy smokiness. very drinkable, enjoyable mouthfeel, B++ would drink again.

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Photo of ahalloin
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes:

A: This beer pours thick and dark. Very little light gets through at the edges as I tilt the glass. An impressive beige head sits atop the beer after the pour slowly receding to a thick ring.

S: The smell is typical for a big American stout: Chocolate, molasses and a touch of roast. The Chocolate identified here is more sweet than darkly bitter.

T: The sweetish chocolate is again present in the flavor and dominates the profile a little bit. Not as richly chocolate as I normally like. In the finish I get the touch of roast and bitterness that I don't quite identify as directly espresso qualities but it works. For me the sweetness is a bit too much.

MF: The body of the beer is full and smooth which is very satisfying.

D: The lack of alcohol hotness helps with the drinkability but I find it too sweet to have more than a heathly tasting pour.

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Photo of tbeck
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Poured dark and thick with a thick brownish head. Head did not dissipiate quickly. Good laciness.

Smell - Smell of hops and slight coffee

Taste - Slight bitterness, definetly hops, slight coffee, excellent balance.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, not a strong carbonation presence, even with a strong head. Texture was excellent, thick.

Drinkability - Excellent beer to have as a serving. A bit heavy for numerous rounds.

Overall - Enjoyable beer.

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4.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Smells of malted mocha americano with just a hint, a stray tendril of Borkum Riff from a day or two past.

Opaque brown in color with a sludgy, chunky, french press coffee look to the heterogenous mix. Head is small but thick and squat, with the tan color pocked by brown gobs of sediment and sludge clinging to the carbonated froth and held aloft like raindrops ready to fall from the clouds.

In the onset, caramel and nougat are the big time players, and stand alone, the quality of these two basic flavors, and the easy satisfaction of them would already make this beer a winner. I feel like Ron Popeil when I say "wait, there's more." I suppose a "set it and forget it" could be in order as well, but do what you will. Somewhere mid swallow, espresso and the darkest of German chocolate gives closure to the satisfying sweetness that preceded. Coupled with an inexcapable whiff of the aforementioned smell, it makes for the best recent sensory experience for this BA. Ever drink a cup of java at a bakery while they're making donuts? It's not altogether different.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly lush and pillowy, giving purpose and life to the oily flat slick to which I erroneously feared this stout would succumb. On the pour this drooped like a Dali pocketwatch, but in the cheeks and jowls it dances like a Rockette. Covered in caramel, dark chocolate, coffee feans and whipped cream as it were. Now there's a thought...

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Photo of BastardKing24
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My first Elysian beer so far, here goes.

Pours out a deep black that no light can penetrate. solid head that leaves some lacing and bubbles after 5 min. Looks like a winner to me.

Smell is right away bitter cocoa and coffee. Others are maybe some tobacco and leather, and some raisin.

Taste is very nice with a generous dose of chocolate flavors, along with an astringent roasty quality that sits well with me. Coconut and coffee hints are there, as well as perhaps some caramel and oatmeal. This oatmeal stout is creamy and luscious with just a hint of the oats to keep it a decadent and sessionable roasty stout with just a touch of sweetness.

Feel is medium carbed, with a semi slick feel, and a generous warming from it's high abv single stout status.

This is alot better than samuel smith oatmeal stout, just what I think.

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Photo of Chelsea1905
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark appearance, with a little off white head with chocolate tinges in there too. Lacing is quite well for such a small amount of head

Caramel, dark toffee, roasted malt

A little bit too much alcohol up front, but the heat gives away to a comfortable backbone of malt and chocolate

For a stout it's not that heavy, more medium bodied and quite enjoyable. Therefore, I think you could drink a little more becasue it doesn't fill you up so much

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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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Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout from Elysian Brewing Company
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