Hopped Up Eugene October 30 – November 5
Elysian Dragonstooth Stout
Brewed by Elysian Brewing Company, Seattle Washington
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.
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.
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.
Happy Halloween! – Todd Gebow