The Dread - Elysian Brewing Company

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Reviews: 9
Hads: 30
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: n/a
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Elysian Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: John_M on 04-28-2012

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Reviews: 9 | Hads: 30
Photo of mactrail
3.92/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The very dark brown brew is topped by the darkest foam I think I've ever seen-- it's beyond beige! Tangy and sudsy on the tongue. Not much smell, but the oaky, vanilla notes come through in the nose as you sip.

This is not very sweet, and the rye spiciness comes through distinctly. Dry and bitter, but then the winey. It's just that sharp, spicy edge that returns for the aftertaste that makes this so interesting. Deep and dark malt with mellow roast followed by bitter char. Some hoppy bitterness but not much hop aromatics.

There is a touch of vanilla at the finish, which adds to the pleasure. I like this less-sweet version of a big stout and the rye makes this well worth tasting. It's a different kind of bitterness. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Chuck's 85th St. Market (785 characters)

Photo of sporklift87
4.28/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Half finger dark brown dense head. Fair retention, leaving a thin film. Solid lacing and medium collar. Extremely black. No light shines through. Smells of dark malts, dark cocoa, and some coffee. Quite oaky. Tastes of rich dark cocoa, black coffee, with some rye spine. Very slight notes of chalk and vanilla. Feels creamy with light heat. Easy to drink. Leaves some numbing sensation under tongue. Overall, very good. It hides its heat well, and seems to become brighter as it warms up. (488 characters)

Photo of Moose90
3.09/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a rich and nearly black, dark brown color. There is little light shown through when held up to the light. Cappuccino colored head forms and leaves behind somewhat spotty lacing.

S — Smells of rich cocoa and bitter coffee, little sweet, little bit of a malt presence, but not much.

T — Tastes of cocoa, coffee, bitter charred malts, little bit of vanilla sweetness, good bit of flavor, but not overly complex. Little to no barrel character.

M — Medium-Full bodied, a bit thin for the style.

O — OK, not much better, seems a bit of a sham to call this an "Oak-Aged Imperial Stout" this is incredibly thin and lacks any real barrel character. (678 characters)

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.99/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap.
Burnished leather. Foam quickly abandons. Smell is toasty and a little oat mealy. Taste comes through with some nice roast, caramel, dark fruit, and a hint (ever so slight) of licorice. Finishes with a gentle roasty caramel and dates. Quite good. (255 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
2.86/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

22 picked up at the COOP for an okay $10ish.. Poured into my small Teku and a 1" dark brown head rises up and drops back pretty quickly, black brew is expected and looks a little thin. Roasty with big oak.. Dry with too much char that blows out most any other RIS elements, could really use some sweetness or residual maltiness to bring things back into more drinkable realm... Waaay too dry. The bones of a decent stout are there, but this is not good by any stretch.

3.5/3/2.75/2.75/2.75 (490 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.5/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours pitch black, opaque in the glass with a fine half finger light brown head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet dark toasted malt, vanilla, licorice and milk chocolate. Flavor is dark toasted malt with a hint of char, dark chocolate, vanilla, light bourbon, licorice, a hint of tart dark fruit (probably the rye). Finishes with rich dark charred malt, dark chocolate, cocoa, and nice burst of grassy hop bitterness and charred coffee. Pleasant medium body with good creaminess. A quite richly flavored and satisfying dark stout. Good depth of flavor throughout, particularly in the finish. Hopping and barreling characters are clear, but balanced. Dragonstooth was my go-to stout for a long time, but there have been so many new stouts to try that I can't even remember exactly how its flavors compare to this new one. I recall that it was rich and flavorful and this follows in its footsteps, but enhanced as expected from barreling. Balanced, flavorful and consistently interesting throughout the taste, this is one excellent stout. I'm impressed. I'm sad about the sale of this great formerly independent local brewery to a large corporation, and have been buying very little from them recently. This one may well be an exception. Dread indeed. (1,296 characters)

Photo of Kuaff
4.44/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Burgundian in Seattle. Brought out in a snifter.

It has a ring of brown froth around the perimeter of the glass, and otherwise looks quite black and imposing.

I smell raisins, molasses, chocolate, a hint of bourbon, and some kind of berries. It actually makes me think of blueberries and raspberries, curiously.

The taste follows the aroma, with the raisins, molasses, berries, bourbon, and some milk chocolate all coming through.

A typically substantial viscosity.

Though it may induce dread in those who fear dark beer, in me it inspires only glee. (567 characters)

Photo of abeeronthebeach
4.34/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Really solid looking. Dark, thick and imposing.

S - Coffee, semi-sweet dark chocolate, bourbon and vanilla. Aromas could be fuller.

T - Burned chocolate, french-press coffee, complimented by vanilla bean mellowness. The bourbon comes through powerfully which mostly works but does render the beer a little hot when coupled with the abv.

M - Lovely and thick. Full-bodied, velvety, creamy and substantial.

O - A cracking beer which was a very pleasant surprise as I approached it not knowing anything about it. This a very well-rounded beer, the main area for improvement would be a little less alcohol heat. (615 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.2/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is impressive, and I'm getting a considerable amount of bourbon on the nose. Otherwise, there's dark chocolate, coffeee and vanilla. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, but there is also some noticeable licorice that is a nice touch, and helps to counter the moderate sweetness in this beer. The amount of flavor this beer delivers is impressive. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a long, slightly boozy finish. Alcohol is noticeable, but seems to be pretty well integrated into the flavor profile.

Pretty tasty beer. Reminds me a bit of a bourbon barrel aged version of the dragonstooth stout from these guys. (738 characters)

The Dread from Elysian Brewing Company
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