Elysian Brewing Company
Dragonstooth Stout (Imperial Oatmeal Stout)
Oatmeal Stout
22oz, Single
Slow building head that gets to two fingers, surface has plenty of divots, deep tan color, retention is plus grade, the lacing is irregular while showing good stickiness. Jet black liquid, impenetrable, you can see miniscule bubbles run up the sides of the glass, no yellowing or such at the rims or glass bottom. Strong roast to the nose, coffee beans, mocha, grilled nuts, some raisins or cherries, seems a bit richer and sweeter when it warms, mild milkiness develops, that roast remains its most attractive facet. Medium-bodied, much slimmer and compact than expected, at the same time the chocolate, toffee, black licorice, and creamed coffee components enjoy an uptick in sweetness. Not to say the roast absent from the palate, just the edges smoothed out some, some campfire ashes and such. The carbonation has a tight weave which provides stiffness and faster pacing. The oatmeal flavor lacks concentration, more of a thin sheet cast over the whole. No distinct fruit flavors to mention. While highly credible it leaves you wishing for just a little bit more, a signature element.
3 out of 5