Elysian Brewing operates four Seattle restaurants: Elysian Capitol Hill, Elysian Tangletown, Elysian Fields, Elysian BAR, and a full production brewery Elysian Airport Way. Known for variety, Elysian has brewed over 350 craft beers since it opened in 1996. In 2012 they began their “Beers of the Apocalypse” series and #10 in the series was re-released earlier this year. It is a Belgian style raspberry stout bearing the name “Omen.”
The beer pours a very dark brown (almost black) with garnet red highlights when viewed directly against the light. The one finger dense cappuccino colored head dissipates slowly and leaves a light lacing a top the beer.
Aromas of dark roasted coffee beans mingle with aromas of chocolate. Roasted malt notes can be found amidst the coffee and chocolate. There is a touch of ripe raspberry hiding beneath the richer aromas previously mentioned. Rounding out the bouquet is the aroma of the Belgian yeast along with a hint of sweet creamy vanilla.
The palate flavors of chocolate and roasted malts hit first. There is a faint coffee note that elevates the chocolate nicely. A funky Belgian yeast note is also discernible. There is a slightly bitter burnt sugar note that hits around the mid-palate. Notes of fresh, tart raspberries are in no short supply and become more noticeable as the beer sits. The beer has a very silky mouth-feel and is somewhat surprisingly thin.
A great brew from Elysian. It’s well balanced and bursting with big flavors. A definite necessity for your apocalyptic bug out bag! Try pairing this one with Fontina cheese, coffee rubbed filet or ricotta cheesecake.
The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 4.0 Out of 5 Pints