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Elysian Dragonstooth Stout
Brewed by Elysian Brewing Company, Seattle Washington
7.5% abv

Dragonstooth label states that the beer is a “rich, full-bodied and complex Imperial Oatmeal Stout”. And it definitely is!

With only a very slight hint of alcohol fragrance, Dragonstooth Stout pours placidly with very little head.  The first sip took my taste buds on a vacation through a Chocolatey odyssey of satisfaction.  It went down smoothly and evenly with only a waft of tingle. Then the Dragonstooth concluded it’s journey down the esophagus leaving me up-lifted and convinced that I had embarked on a slight jaunt of comfortable, chocolatey bliss.  It’s a beer to be sipped – not one to be frittered away in a chugging contest or the complex flavors that excite the mouth will be missed.

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Cool label for Elysian’s Dragonstooth Stout

Sit and relax with Dragonstooth and drink it slowly.  Worry not, it won’t bite as the name may imply. It is a very good dessert beer that also can accompany shellfish and smoked meat.  Allow it to vacillate on your palate and in your stomach.  Know that when consuming Dragonstooth, it’s like absorbing more than a nectar of the Gods.  Beer Advocate rates it a 90 out of 100 or ‘outstanding’ and a ‘must try’.  I concur, this is definitely a must try!

Dragonstooth has a slew of awards: Great American Beer Festival category 73 Gold medal winner of 1999 and 2004, Silver medal winner, 2002, 2006 and 2007; in addition to, a World Beer Cup Category 12 Gold medal winner for 2006 and Bronze in 2008.

I imagine this would be a big hit at a Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) gathering, so I inquired about it to a former SCA member – she informed me that any beer is a hit in the SCA. This made me smile even wider while being engrossed in this wonderfully complex charcoal libation.

Elysian Dragonstooth banner

Dragonstooth Stout | photo: elysianbrewing.com

My foliate papillae (the taste buds of ridges and grooves towards the posterior part of the tongue found at the lateral borders) became tingling with joy with each sampling of Dragonstooth.  I became so engrossed in sipping my Dragonstooth, again at south Eugene’s Jiffy Market, I got lost in the joy my mouth was being excited by, and I forgot to eat lunch.  Oh well, chocolate is good for you.  Dragonstooth is also a stout, a bit of a meal itself. So, I’ll call this as a dessert lunch.

I am aware that I should step outside my comfort zone of Jiffy Market but with over 110 beers available, I could spend years in here simply sampling beers – oh wait, I already have.  It’s times like these, when I stumble across beers such as this, I am content and more than happy here.

It costs $4.49 for a 22 ounce bottle at the Jiff. It’s also available on tap in the Seattle area.  If anyone is in the Seattle area, please try and find it on tap so I can embark on a campaign and sample this exquisite mixture of incongruous elements fresh from the tap.  Dragonstooth is also available in Growlers and Cask from the Elysian Brewery in Seattle Washington.  This is a beverage worthy of a road trip to Seattle!

Hail Elysian! The Elysian brewers have created a wonderful solution for those with complex palates and genuine fondness of beer.

Elysian has some great Halloween beers available.  Check out The Great Pumpkin Imperial Pumpkin Ale, Dark O’ The Moon Pumpkin Stout and The Night Owl Pumpkin Ale – one that Julia Crowley, aka Wine Julia, wrote about recently in a special pumpkin ale article, check it out here.

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Some of the excellent Elysian Pumpkin Ales | photo: Elysian Brewing Facebook page

Happy Halloween! – Todd Gebow

 

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Breweries, Bars, Shops and Restaurants


  • Claim 52 Brewing: Eugene brewery specializing in small batch European style ales. - 1030 Tyinn Street, Suite 1 Eugene OR 97402
  • Lane Events Center: Lane Events Center hosts year round events including food, wine and beer events. - 796 West 13th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97402
  • Hot Mama's Wings: Great place for wings and beer. - 420 West 13th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401
  • Marche': French themed restaurant featuring lunch and dinner; as well as, special events. - 265 East 5th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401
  • The Bier Stein: A craft beer bar/restaurant/bottleshop that specializes in providing the finest craft beer selection between Portland and San Francisco. - 1591 Willamette Street, Eugene, OR 97401
  • Hop Valley Eugene: Hop Valley's Brewery located in the Whitaker Neighborhood offers loads of seating, inside and out and a menu with food options.  Picture windows look in on the brewery. - 990 West First Street, Eugene, OR 97401
  • The Steel Pail: Specializing in Craft Beer, Premium Wines, Hard Cider and Kombucha.  Private Parties with Catering, music most Thursdays and Sundays.  Weekly Specials, tap take overs and special events - 3007 North Delta Highway Suite 201
  • The Tap and Growler: Open 7 days a week, enjoy this extensive beer and wine taproom and growler filling destination. Featuring 70 taps of craft beer, fine wines, and more. - 207 East Fifth Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401
  • First National Taphouse: Enjoy an ever rotating tap lineup that's been hand selected to showcase the finest and most exclusive brews from around Oregon and the Northwest; including a selection of wines. - 51 West Broadway, Eugene, OR 97401
  • LaVelle Tap Room: 4 - 9 pm, Mon.-Sat. closed Sun. LaVelle's new Tap Room in Springfield will offer wine and beer on tap.  Soft Opening is Oct 10, 4 pm. Grand opening TBA. - 400 International Way, Springfield, OR 97477
  • Oakshire Brewing Public House: Visit the Public House at 207 Madison for a pint 11am-10pm every day! Cheers! Bring your own food or rotating food carts daily. - 207 Madison Street, Eugene, Or 97402
  • My Party Bus: My Party Bus provides wine beer and event tours to Eugene, OR and the surrounding Lane County areas. Call 541-554-7979 for more details about the service they provide. - Pick-up at various locations depending on the event, Eugene, OR 97402
  • Steelhead/McKenzie Brewing Company: Open daily. - 199 E 5th Ave Eugene, OR 97401
  • Plank Town Brewing Company:  Mon-Thurs. 4-11pm. Fri.-Sat. 4pm-12am. Sun. 4pm.-11pm - 346 Main St Springfield, OR 97477
  • Oakshire Brewing: Brewery Tours every Saturday. - 1055 Madera St Eugene, OR 97402
  • Ninkasi Brewery: Tasting room hours: Sun.-Wed. 12-9 pm, Thu.-Sat. 12-10 pm. Indoor and outdoor seating, food available for purchase from varying food carts. Brewery Tours: 1:30, 4 and 7pm Tues.-Fri. 5pm. Sat. - 272 Van Buren St Eugene, OR 97402
  • McMenamins High Street Brewery and Cafe: Open daily, Mon.-Sat. 11am-1am, Sun. 12pm-12am. - 1243 High St Eugene, OR 97401
  • Hop Valley Brewing: Open daily, Mon.-Thu. 11am-11pm; Fri-Sat. 11am-1am; Sun. 11am-10pm. - 980 Kruse Way Springfield, OR 97477
  • Falling Sky Brewing: Open daily, Sun.-Wed. 11 am-12 am; Thu.-Sat. 11 am-1 am. - 1334 Oak Alley Eugene, OR 97401
  • Track Town Ales: Open daily, Mon. 12-10pm; Tues.-Thurs. 12-11pm; Fri.-Sat. 12pm-12am; Sun. 12-9pm. - 844 Olive St. Eugene, OR 97401
  • Rogue Ales Public House: Open daily, Mon. 12-10pm; Tues.-Thurs. 12-11pm; Fri.-Sat. 12pm-12am; Sun. 12-9pm. - 844 Olive St. Eugene, OR 97401
  • Eugene City Brewery: Open daily, Mon. 12-10pm; Tues.-Thurs. 12-11pm; Fri.-Sat. 12pm-12am; Sun. 12-9pm. - 844 Olive St Eugene, OR 97401
  • Claim 52 Brewing: 1st and 3rd Fri. every month, 4-6 pm. Tastes and growlers; call for corn fills. - 1030 Tyinn Street, Suite 1 Eugene, Oregon 97402
  • The Bier Stein: A connoisseur beer store located in Eugene, Oregon home of the largest beer selection south of Portland and north of San Francisco. - 345 E 11th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401
  • Agrarian Ales: Open Fri. 3-8pm and Sunday 12-7pm Tastes, growlers and dock sales. - 31115 Crossroads Ln W Eugene, OR 97408
  • Cork and Bottle Shoppe: Fri. 4 pm, free weekly wine or beer tasting. The Cork & Bottle Shoppe is one of Oregon’s only liquor stores that carries a large selection of local and international wine and craft beer, in addition to liquor. - 812 Beltline Rd., Springfield, OR 97477
  • Koho Bistro: Wed. Wine Wednesdays – 25 percent off bottles of wine. Happy Hour daily from 5 – 6:30 pm $1 off beers on tap, well drinks and wine. Read the Local Lunch Gals review. - 2101 Bailey Hill Rd, Suite L, Eugene, OR 97405
  • 16Tons (Taphouse): Events Weekly - check the sidebar.  Sun.-Wed. noon – 10 pm, Thu.-Sat. noon – 12 am (except New Year’s Eve). Great selection of beer and wine. - 265 East 13th Ave., Eugene, OR 97401
  • 16Tons (Cafe): Wed. 7-10 pm, Trivia Night; Events and Tastings on Thu. 5 pm. Every Fri. 6 pm, Tastings and free live music; Every Sun. and Mon. 4-10 pm deals on growler and mason jar fills. - 2864 Willamette St., Eugene, OR 97405
  • Heidi Tunnell Catering Company: Creswell Bakery now open FIVE days a week! Tue.-Fri. 7 am - 6 pm ( Tue. lunch from 11 am - 2 pm), Sat. 8 am - 2 pm; Thur. 6 pm, Family Style Dinner.  Doors open at 6 pm with appetizers, excellent selection of beer and wine available for purchase.  Read about the Thurs. family-style dinners on WineJulia.com. - 182 S 2nd St Creswell, OR 97426
  • The Barn Light: Everyday 4-7 pm, Happy Hour specials on beer, wine and cocktails. - 924 Willamette St. Eugene,OR 97401
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