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.

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)

Harlot’s Harvest Pike Pumpkin Ale – Pike Brewing (Seattle, WA, USA)

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  • My Rating: B+

Harlot’s Harvest Pike Pumpkin Ale – Pike Brewing, 8.5% ABV – 650ml, (Seattle, WA, USA)

On the front label:

Ingredients: Water, Malt, Pumpkin, Hops, Spices, Yeast. (Pumpkin as the 3rd ingredient and spices as the 5th! It means lots of pumpkin was used in this brew.)

  • Style: (seasonal, pumpkin) Spiced Ale
  • Taste Profile: soft CO2 -> demerara/cola/roast pumpkin/malt -> caramel/coffee-chocolate bittersweet malty finish.
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $7 (after 10% off) – 650ml, September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: likely, if I’ve already tried all the pumpkin beers available
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Cool label of a woman holding her pumpkins… Pours very dark brown with minimal head, lasting ringed retention, lots of streams along the perimeter.

Nose: caramel pumpkin pie filling including the spices, plus brown sugar malts. (5)-aromatic strength.

Attack: soft creamy carbonation and sweetness

Mid-palate: (MAIN) demerara sugar (6)-sweetness, cola, roasted pumpkin, malts (HINT) hoppy bitterness, root beer, cinnamon/nutmeg

Finish: hints of ginger dryness, caramel malty sweet, (a really nice) coffee-chocolate bittersweetness to finish.

Summary:  Superb balance and a top-notch pumpkin ale compared to all the local (BC) ones I’ve tried to date. It has depth, complexity, and drinkability at a great price point. (Note: all numbers above are on a 10-point scale, with 1 being weak and 10 being the strongest)