KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 21, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to LarryP. Dark color. Smell of roasted coffee beans, hops, chocolate, vanilla, bread, hints of dark fruit and a touch of smoke. Taste of hops, roasted coffee, chocolate cake, caramel, slight berry, bread, vanilla beans and minor alcohol at the very end. Very rich and smooth. Great stout!
Viper666 (2787) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 16, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bouteille, courtoisie de Hogtownharry. De couleur noire brune et opaque. Nez de chocolat au lait (notes lactiques), de malt rôti doux aux notes terreuses, léger de chocolat noir, de café et de houblon herbeux avec des notes fruitées (cerises noires), de caramel toffee, de fumée de bois et de vanille. Ronde-moyenne en bouche avec un pétillement moyen et une texture riche et crémeuse. Goût de chocolat au lait et d’avoine (légèrement lactique) avec des notes de vanille et de levures fruitées (cerises noires, notes de prunes) lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute rapidement un goût moyennement amer de malt rôti, de chocolat noir avec de petites notes de caramel toffee et de mélasse puis progressivement se rajoute un goût légèrement plus amer (et légèrement sec) de café noir (léger de café moka) ainsi qu’un goût de houblon herbeux avec des notes d’alcool et des traces de fumée et de noix. Post-goût long-moyen aux notes sèches, moyennement amer de rôti, de chocolat, léger de café et de houblon herbeux avec de faibles notes d’alcool, de noix et de fruits (moût de cerises).
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 12, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750. Beer is opaque dark brown, head is average-sized, tan, frothy, diminishing but lasting. Dots of specky lace on snifter.<P>
The aroma is nice. First impression is roasty-creamy with an earthy appeal. Malty with moderate notes of roasted grain, creamy milk chocolate, coffee, light note of peaty molasses; Hoppy with light-to-moderate notes of resin/pine; Yeasty with a light note of creamy dough, light note of basement; Light miscellaneous notes of sweet black cherry, light note of distant fireplace smoke, trace of rainy garden soil.<P>
The flavor is moderately sweet, light-to-moderately bitter with a long, , lightly bitter, light-to-moderately sweet finish. Hint of astringency.<P>
The body is medium-to-full, the texture is velvety and the carbonation is lively.
Ernest (6580) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 12, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2012 Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing. Body is opaque black (flashlight tested). Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (roasted/burnt grain, cocoa powder), lightly hoppy (apricot, grapefruit), lightly yeasty (dough), with light notes of earth and chalk. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, oily/syrupy texture, soft/lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Meh...rather sour in the mouth, and not much going on in the nose. Clunky. Just as mediocre as everything else I’ve had from this brewery, unfortunately.
waolsen (1369) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - MAY 6, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. midnight black with thin frothy tan head. mild fresh aroma. very hoppy, mild chocolate and coffee grinds. big coffee grinds. very bitter. mellow chocolate, slightly acidic. at times reminds me of warming up coffee after it cools. its just a bit off. none the less this is a very nice coffee stout.
billk (353) - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA - APR 26, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ the porch. Plenty of spicey aroma with a touch of soy sauce. Flavor is spicey, roasty but with a trace of burnt rubber. Sweetness wasn’t overdone. Not bad but lacks depth & richness. Well into medium bodied, plenty of hop flavor and bitterness.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 23, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Pours a very dark, cola brown; fluffy light tan head with fine-bubbled lacing. Light, roasted malt and vanilla in the aroma. Medium-to-full, chewy mouthfeel: plenty of milk chocolate, strong roasted / charred malt character; hints of a lactic tartness (very light); drinkable and layered. Medium, bitter chocolate and roasted malt finish.
BrewDad (5117) - Olympia, Washington, USA - APR 1, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Taster at Tangle Town Brew Pub
A deep deep black color with a light brown head. The beer was thick and sticks to your ribs. Was full of malty aroma, flavor and was sweet and tasty. The slight bitter finish with the 36 IBU’s was also very interesting. This was a very solid and good Stout.
shigadeyo (3180) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2006 Vintage... Elysian Dragonstooth Stout is opaque and nearly black. It has a perfect size, creamy brown/dark tan head that leaves some thin lacing lines. Initially there isn’t too much in the aroma (at colder temperatures). Once the beer warms, the aroma becomes rich, semi-sweet chocolate with a touch of smoke. The flavor is also rich semi-sweet chocolate with some roasted malt and a hint of anise. The bitterness is dry and roasty and becomes apparent just before and through the finish. It is well balanaced with the other flavors and just right for this beer. There is some warming alcohol and a delicate smokiness that peak out in the finish. At warmer temperatures the flavor develops some additional complexities such as a deep port or merlot flavor paired with a really dark and rich chocolate (high percentage of cacao). The palate is creamy and smooth. This beer is full-bodied and nearly chewy, but interestingly enough, it has a velvety feeling in the mouth and is ultra drinkable. This is a killer stout! Like the other Elysian brews that I’ve had (i.e. The Immortal IPA and Perseus Porter), the Dragonstooth Stout is very well balanced, smooth, easy to drink, and really opens up when it’s not so cold. Elysian really knows how to create really tasty and all around great beers (at a good price on top of that!).
22 oz bottle (7.4% ABV) from first trade with bitbucket in November 2006. Thanks again Bob! I appreciate it.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 21, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with little more than a thin filmy ring of bubbles. Smells of chocolate, raisins, some spices. Tastes of raisins, prunes, chocolate and spices. Palate is spicy and boozy. Light bitter elements at the end.