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The Dread - Elysian Brewing Company

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The DreadThe Dread

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Reviews: 20
Hads: 53
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 17.65%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | 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: 20 | Hads: 53
Reviews by Kuaff:
Photo of Kuaff
4.44/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Seattle_Suds
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hreb
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Elysian The Dread 2015. 22oz bottle served in a Libbey stout glass. Beer pours dark, turbid, brown, nearly black. Moderate brown head that quickly falls. Big, though mellow, bourbon aroma, combined with molasses. Smells pretty delicious, though at 9.2% ABV I'm a little worried the taste is going to be much harsher. The flavor definitely has a bit more edge to it. Oak and hop bitterness play off each other, and surround a very neutral middle. Malt flavors are roasted to the point of being burnt. Balances out quite nicely, with a clean finish, and only a smidge of ethanol burn. Better than it could have been, though I think an Imperial stout really needs more malt complexity and some sweetness to really shine.

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Photo of mbmiche
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zonker17
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of drone
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rizzy17
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kmoen
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beardo
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnGalt1
2.86/5  rDev -26.9%
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.


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Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big chocolaty malt and oak impressions up-front on the nose and tongue; starts a bit sweet, finish dries somewhat; a little sticky, some sweetness like molasses; a little woody tang lingers behind. Full-bodied and smooth, bittersweet; leaves some coating behind with a hint of char. A well wrought ale. Perhaps not ground-breaking but recommended nonetheless.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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Photo of DrBier
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Zorro
3.34/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Coal black colored beer with a tall brown colored head.

Smells strongly of chocolate and patent malt. Smells a little sweet. fainter scents of cardamom and lime. Faint coffee scent.

Starts out mild and neutral with slightly sweet flavor. Char of patent malt but it stays remarkably mild in flavor. Mild chocolate and coffee with mild bitterness. Alcohol not tasted and this is a 9.5% beer.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall looks incredible and tastes OK. Super mild flavor that could really surprise you when that 9.5% hits you blood stream

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Photo of bluckbeyes
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of CraftyChuck
5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excellent beer, easy drinking big stout

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Photo of Vylo
4.58/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of John_M
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Edit from 8/10/15. Just tried this beer on tap again the other day, and looking over my review, it's hard to believe I was trying the same beer. The version I sampled was thin on the palate, and very light on flavor as well. I got absolutely none of the oak aging character (did a double take just now when I saw that the beer was oak aged), and no bourbon notes whatsoever. The beer was actually pretty dry, reminding me more of a dry Irish stout than a RIS.

Could Ab-Inbev's involvement make that big a difference in the quality of this beer?

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Photo of neckbeered
3.32/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JackieKu
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

22 fl.oz. bottle. 2015 batch. Poured into tulip.
ABV: 9.2%

A: Black. Poured without foam.
S: Coffee. Mildly oak: (sweet) herbs.
T: Coffee. Elegant woody. Slightly sweet. Dry finish.
M: Creamy. Full bodied.
O: I actually like most beers from Elysian, but this bottle is not so impressive given the price is a bit high.

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Photo of Sixpoint
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ccnorthwest
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mactrail
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
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

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Photo of johnnyboy76
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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The Dread from Elysian Brewing Company
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