Omen Raspberry Stout – Elysian Brewing (Seattle, WA, USA) 

Omen Belgian-Style Raspberry Stout 2015 (aka 12 Beers of Apocalypse #10 – Omen Belgian Raspberry Stout) – Elysian Brewing (AB-InBev), 7.9% ABV, 1 pint 6 fl.oz., (Seattle, Washington, USA)


printed on the front-right:

“Omen’s heavy body flutters at the window, combining the dark richness of stout, the brightness and tang of Washington raspberries and the heady flavors and aromas of a classic Belgian yeast.”

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  • Style: (flavoured – Raspberry) Sweet Stout
  • Taste: Bittersweet raspberry roasted barley malt cocoa
  • Where I got it : Bainbridge Liquor / Burnaby
  • How much: $16.20 (after 10% off), February 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Recommended: yes!
  • What made an impression: interesting combo raspberry-cocoa

Visual: (cellared for almost 2 years). Pours dark coffee brown with a dissipating 1cm head, sticky lacing, fine ringed retention with a large island, lots of micro streams near the surface.

Nose: woody barley malt, big raspberry overtones (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: crisp, subdued light sour

Mid-palate: almost creamy, clean juicy raspberry, deep roasted barley malt, (lvl-4-sweetness), cocoa

Finish: brown sugar-molasses, mild bittersweet vanilla, mild tartness

Summary: Clean entry and great balance from start to finish. The raspberry flavour comes through 100% and is integrated well with the bittersweet malt. Extremely sippable and interesting, though I wished for a bit more creaminess and body in the mids as well as a touch more vanilla and coffee. ABV well-hidden.

 

Men’s Room Original Red – Elysian Brewing (Seattle, WA, USA)

Men’s Room Original Red – Elysian Brewing (AB-InBev), 5.6% ABV, 12 fl.oz., (Seattle, Washington, USA)


on the front-right label:

“Brewed for The Mens Room radio show on 99.9 KISW The Rock of Seattle, Mens Room Red is amber in color with a light hop aroma and toasty finish.”

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  • Style: American Pale Ale
  • Taste: Crisp resiny hopped bitter metallic toasted barley malt
  • Where I got it : Traded with my brother
  • How much: priceless, sometime in 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nope

Visual: Pours clear brown-amber without much of a head, a thin layer of retention, clusters of steady streams.

Nose: sweet light toasted barley malt (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: quenching crisp bite

Mid-palate: immediate resiny bitter hops, smooth tingly CO2, (lvl-3-sweetness), bittersweet metallic toasted barley malt

Finish: hints of grassiness, residual grainy dry malt

Summary: Rather simple, short length and quenching mouthfeel – not terribly interesting. A bit above average but not worth seeking out.

 

Night Owl Pumpkin Ale – Elysian Brewing (Seattle, WA, USA)

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Night Owl Pumpkin Ale – Elysian Brewing (AB-InBev), 5.9% ABV, 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., (Seattle, Washington, USA)

on the front-right label:

“Ale brewed with pumpkin & pumpkin seeds & fermented with spices. Our original pumpkin ale is brewed with over 7 lbs. of pumpkin per barrel and spiced in conditioning with nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, ginger and allspice.”

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  • Style: (pumpkin, spices) Spiced Ale
  • Taste: Sweet toffee malt pumpkin spiced brown sugar but thin  & short length
  • Where I got it : 16th Street Liquor / W.Van
  • How much: $6 CAD (after 10% off) – 1 pt 6 fl.oz., September 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: 50/50

Visual: (Cellared 3 years). Pours reddish brown without much head, thin hazy layer of retention, some bubbles here and there.

Nose: brown sugar barley malt with background pumpkin spices. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: sharp crisp, thicker mouthfeel, light tingly

Mid-palate: cinnamon, toasted pumpkin sweet-dense, toffee barley malt, allspice, (lvl-7)-a tad cloying sweetness, brown sugar

Finish: nutmeg-clove/root beer, lingering barley malt sweetness.

Summary: Pretty smooth entry with a decent amount of pronounced spices and a light-medium bodied/short length barley malt backbone. It becomes slightly cloying and taxing on the palate halfway through a glass; Still the flavours are agreeable.

Savant IPA – Elysian Brewing (Seattle, WA, USA)

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Savant IPA – Elysian Brewing, 6.3% ABV, 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., (Seattle, Washington, USA)

on the front-right label:

“The star of the show in this beer is the citrus and passion fruit aroma and flavor of New Zealand Nelson Sauvin hops.”

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  • Style: India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Caramel malt red apple fruity dry stealth bitter hop
  • Where I got it: Bottle Jockey, N. Bby
  • How much: $7.25 – 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., March 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: worth a try

Visual: Pours almost clear toffee brown with a smallish head, a thin murky layer of retention, lots of fast steady streams.

Nose: brown sugar toffee malt, lightly toasted, traces of woody apple juice. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: crisp-slick-tingly

Mid-palate: bright, (lvl-4)-sweetnesss, (MAIN) red apple, caramel maltd

Finish: alcohol detection, dry stealth mild bitter lingering hopped finish.

Summary: A rather fruity IPA as opposed to herbacious or piney; didn’t have a whole lot of passion fruit as advertised, but some citrus. Drinkable, but the finish is a bit flat.

I-5 Amarillo Ale – Central City Brewing & Elysian Brewing (Surrey, BC, Canada)

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I-5 Amarillo Ale – Central City Brewing & Elysian Brewing Collaboration, 5.0% ABV, 35 IBU, 10 SRM, 650ml., (brewed in Surrey, BC, Canada) (*local craft beer*)

on the back label:

“This year’s much anticipated Collaboration between B.C.’s Central City Brweing Co. and Seattle’s Elysian Brewing Co. has produced this luscious Pale Ale with lots of citrus and tropical fruit notes in both flavour and aroma.”

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  • Style: American Pale Ale
  • Taste: light creamy toffee malt
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $5 – 650ml., July 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no, pass

Visual: Pours clear copper orange with a large dissipating foamy head, clustered sticky lacing, a small layer of retention, all around lots of fast activity.

Nose: light metallic toffee malts. (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: crisp-fizzy-creamy

Mid-palate: (lvl-4)-sweetness, (MAIN) toffee malt, a touch of orange

Finish: burpy, malty-sweet, very light hopped finish.

Summary: Nothing outstanding or memorable about this one at all; just a pale brown ale. I don’t taste the advertised “citrus and tropical fruit notes”.