Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout – Elysian Brewing (Seattle, WA, USA)

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Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout – Elysian Brewing, 5.6% ABV, 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., (Seattle, WA, USA)

on the front-right label:

“In Seattle, beer and coffee are like siblings, jealously dividing the day. Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout brings them both together, combining the local talents of Elysian Brewing and Stumptown Coffee in a deliciously smooth, very Northwest beer.

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  • Style: (Coffee) Flavoured Stout
  • Taste:
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor Store
  • How much: $7 (after 10% off) – 1 pt. 6 fl.oz.., March 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yep

Visual: Pours dark cola brown with an INSANE amount of ultra creamy long-lasting root beer head, lots of micro steady streams around the perimeter.

Nose: caramel malts with some chocolate and roasted coffee. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: creamy-bubbly head, fizzy crisp tingly

Mid-palate: continual fizzy-bloated, background light sourness, (lvl-6)-sweetness, (MAIN) milky chocolate, roast coffee, root beer, dark malt

Finish: roasted exhale, burpy, light burnt bitterness, soft roasted finish.

Summary: Good sweet roasted malt entry and clean finish. Overall satisfied but leaves you feeling a bit bloated due to the creaminess.

The Great Pumpkin Imperial Pumpkin Ale – Elysian Brewing (Seattle, WA, USA)

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  • My Rating: B

The Great Pumpkin Imperial Pumpkin Ale – Elysian Brewing, 8% ABV – 1 pint 6 fl.oz., (Seattle, WA, USA)

On the front side label:

“Imperial Pumpkin Ale – Ale brewed with pumpkin and pumpkin seeds and fermented with spices.

The Great Pumpkin was the 2007 Silver Medalist at the Great American Beer Festival in the Fruit and Vegetable category and is also the world’s FIRST Imperial pumpkin ale.”

  • Style: (pumpkin, spices) Spiced Imperial Ale
  • Taste: alcohol/crisp-fizzy -> sweet/banana/caramel malts/spiced pumpkin -> ginger/toffee/hoppy bitter finish.
  • Where I got it : Hastings Liquor
  • How much: $12 – 1pt 6fl.oz., December 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Pours bright golden orange with bits of suspended sediment, barely any head, thin micro CO2 ringed retention, some slow streams.

Nose: cinnamon, nutmeg spiced malts, pumpkin, caramel, banana. (5)-aromatic strength

Attack: subdued alcohol, crispness with fizzy-tingly mouthfeel

Mid-palate: (6)-sweetness, (MAIN) banana, sweet caramel malts, pumpkin (HINTS) cinnamon & nutmeg

Finish: ginger dryness, hoppy bitterness, toffee sweet aftertaste, soft bitter-hop finish.

Summary: Great structure and interesting flavours. Quite different from all the other pumpkin beers that I’ve tried in that it has the sweetness and floralness of a tripel in addition to pumpkin and spices. Unique and recommended. (Note: all numbers above are on a 10-point scale, with 1 being weak and 10 being the strongest)

Superfuzz Blood Orange Pale – Elysian Brewing (Seattle, USA)

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  • My Rating: B-

Superfuzz Blood Orange Pale Ale – Elysian Brewing, 5.4% ABV – 12 fl.oz., (Seattle, WA, USA)

  • Style: (Blood Orange) Pale Ale
  • Taste Profile: crisp silky/creamy -> fruity orange/grapefruit peel/malt -> harsh grapefruity bitter finish.
  • Where I got it : W.16th Liquor Store
  • How much: $15/6pack (after 10% off), June 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: not exactly
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours translucent marmalade orange with a very small head, barely any retention, and not much activity. Fragrant orange and grapefruit on the nose – very fruity and inviting.

Attack: crisp, half silky/half creamy, oncoming sharp bitterness

Mid-palate: fruity 5/10-sweet orange, grapefruit peel, malts, hints of pine

Finish: long lingering grapefruity-hopped intense bitter finish

Overall very balanced, drinkable, and a good-textured beer, but also quite aggressive with the hopped bitter finish.

Mortis Sour Persimmon Ale – Elysian (Seattle, USA)

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  • My Rating: C

Mortis Sour Persimmon Ale (12 Beers of the Apocalypse Series #11) – Elysian Brewing, 6% ABV – 1 pt 6 fl.oz., (Seattle, WA, USA)

from ratebeer.com:

“Mortis will enwrap you in autumn coils of tartness and decay, with ripe Fuyu persimmons bringing the slightest blush to a pale ale fermented entirely with brettanomyces bruxellensis. German and Northwest wheat, pale and acidulated barley malt and a touch of C-45 Crystal combine with Fuggles hops to wrap things up dry, tight and tart, refreshing and satisfying. Mortis has set in just in time for Thanksgiving.”

  • Style: (Fuyu persimmon) Fruit Ale
  • Taste Profile: fizzy sourness -> yeasty persimmon/apricot/sharp sour -> dry persimmon bitter finish.
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $11 (after 10% off), Feb 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah

Tasting notes: pours almost clear golden tangerine orange with a smallish head, not much lacing, ringed retention, a few slow streams. Sour persimmon, apricot, and a hint of citrus on the nose.

Attack: fizzy/crisp, 4/10-sweetness

Mid-palate: yeasty-wheatiness, persimmon, light apricot, sharp sourness

Finish: dry persimmon flesh bitterness, lingering dryness.

A beer with a unique flavour profile. I don’t love it, so it’s not worth recommending or drinking again.

Dark O’ the Moon Pumpkin Stout – Elysian Brewing (Seattle, USA)

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  • My Rating: B

Dark O’ the Moon Pumpkin Stout – Elysian Brewing, 6.5% ABV – 1 Pint 6 fl.oz., (Seattle, WA, USA)

On the front label:

“Pumpkin Stout – Stout brewed with pumpkin and pumpkin seeds with cinnamon added. Dark o’ the Moon Pumpkin Stout is  spookily smooth and chocolatey with a touch of cinnamon. It won a  2010 GABF Silver Medal in the Field Beer category.”

  • Style: (Pumpkin) Stout
  • Taste Profile: heavy dark malts -> sweet malts/chocolate/pumpkin/cinnamon/raisin -> creamy/dense coffee bitter finish.
  • Where I got it : Hastings Liquor Store
  • How much: $12, December 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: probably not
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: for sure

Tasting notes: (It’s nowhere near Halloween nor October but… hey I have a stockpile of beer I must go through) pours supa-dark coffee brown with almost no head and thin ringed retention with a bit lacing, not much visible activity. Oh so dark malts and light coffee on the nose.

Attack: thick dark malts right up front

Mid-palate: 9/10-malty sweetness kicks in, chocolate, coffee, light fizzy, DISTINCT pumpkin flavour (EXCEPTIONAL!), cinnamon, red raisin

Finish: creamy, med-heavy coffee bittersweet, strong lingering roast coffee bitterness

Exactly as advertised – distinguishable pumpkin flavour with an intense and full-bodied stout backbone. Lots going on and excellently crafted.

Elysian Prometheus IPA – Manic IPA Series (USA)

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  • My Rating: C+

Prometheus IPA – Elysian Brewing, 6.7% ABV – 1 pt 6 fl.oz., (Seattle, WA, USA)

  • Style: IPA
  • Taste Profile: ultra bitter hoppy/salty -> bitter grapefruit/malt/bitter hops/orange/caramel -> salty-like/bitter hoppy finish.
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey
  • How much: ~$9, March 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: Pours a beautiful bright copper orange with a smallish head and not much retention, lots of CO2 activity. Sweet malts on the nose.

Attack: onslaught of 10/10-hoppy bitterness, medium freshness, mild saltiness, 4/10-sweetness

Mid-palate: bitter grapefruit in the background, malts, continuation of hoppy bitterness, orange oil, hints of caramel

Finish: leaves an almost salty-like feeling on the palate, lingering bitter hops.

Final notes: This beer is all bitter hops from start to finish with some grapefruit citrus and malts. I can’t say I love it… but I’m happy I tried it. Too hoppy-bitter aggressive for me.

 

Bifrost Winter Ale – Elysian (Seatte, WA, USA)

Elysian Bifrost Winter Ale (Seasonal), 1 Pint 6 fl oz, 7.6% ABV, (Seattle, WA & Ft. Collins, CO)

On the side of the label:

Winter Ale

“Bifrost is our lively winter seasonal – bold with citrus and earthy hops and balanced with smooth malt character.”

  • My Rating: C+
  • Why I might like it: good medium body, bold and complex
  • Who I recommend it to: IPA lovers
  • Where I got it: Brewery Creek / W.16th
  • How much: <$10 , Q1/2011

Beer Tasting Notes: pours cloudy orange, semi-thick lasting head, sticky lacing, micro carbonation, and a plethora of champagne bubble strands. Subdued malty orange nose. Velvety mouthfeel, predominantly bitter orange peel citrus mixed in with a bitter dry hopped finish (reminds me of a med IPA). Long lingering bitter finish, medium-high body, medium complexity, medium-high depth. A well-crafted solid beer but not the flavour profile I particularly like. But it is something I can definitely appreciate.