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Omen Belgian Raspberry Stout (Apocalypse Series) - Elysian Brewing Company

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Omen Belgian Raspberry Stout (Apocalypse Series)Omen Belgian Raspberry Stout (Apocalypse Series)

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56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.77%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Elysian Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: harrymel on 10-25-2012)
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

02-17-2013 18:56:59 | More by jbaker67
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.29/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: pours a black color with a short 1/4" head that breaks down quickly.

Smell: mild chocolate and a hint of raspberries comes through to the nose.

Taste: roasted malts, soft raspberry, dark chocolate, and a moderate bitterness are the main flavor components.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp to start, smoother at the finish. Long-lasting aftertaste.

Overall: a mild mannered stout that is easy to drink. Would be a good dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 21:21:02 | More by Gavage
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oline73

Maryland

3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

Pours a cloudy dark brown color with a half finger of fluffy off white head that dissipates quickly. The smell is sweet with some roasted malt and a good amount of raspberries. I'm also getting a hint of dark chocolate. The flavor reminds me of a chocolate covered raspberry. There is a good combination of bitter and sweet with just enough fruit. The finish is more on the bitter side with the raspberry hanging on. The body is a bit thin and the carbonation is smooth. The amount of fruit in this beer was good. I'd have another.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 13:26:01 | More by oline73
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Vancoubeer

Washington

3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my snifter and it was dark dark brown out of the bottle and settled into a dark dank black brew in the glass with a khaki head that was not too think. About a finger thick. It faded away slowly but not like a Belgian. The smell was interesting. I got hints of coffee, chocolate, vanilla and I let the glass warm up a bit and I finally got a small whiff of raspberry. Not too strong on the nose. Meh...not to impressed. Smells like a stout. For the taste is where the berry exists. Its not a sour nor sweet berry but its a light fruity flavor that stands out in the roasted malts that yield flavors of that coffee and chocolate I got on the nose. Nothing stellar but it has the Belgian characteristics I was expecting to notice at the end of the gulp. To compare it has similar characteristics of Widmer's Raspberry stout but without the alcohol kick. The mouthfeel is full on. Thick but not highly carbonated but just enough. Nothing really unexptected but its chewy and not dry as I thought it could have been. Its ok. I just feel that Elysian went a bit overboard with this series. They did not put in the time I feel into this extreme and risky line of beers. Does this taste good? Yes but is it making me want to go buy more? No and none from this series has made me feel this way as well.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 03:39:08 | More by Vancoubeer
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark chestnut brown color with faint mahogany edges and a one finger tan head that immediately settles into a thin ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Roasted dark malt aroma with vinous dark fruit and subtle spice. Some burnt toast, oatmeal, dark chocolate and coffee bean along with candy sugar, pepper, dark cherry, raisin and raspberry. Slightly smokey with faint lactose and lighter chocolate as well but the balance of roasted malt and dark fruits dominate the nose.

Medium bodied with a strong smokey, roasted roasted malt presence that's countered by the Belgian yeast, spices and dark fruit notes. Very similar to the aroma with burnt toast, oatmeal, dark chocolate and espresso bean followed by pepper, licorice, candy sugar and dark berries. Slightly syrupy/medicinal with strong raspberry sweetness lingering in the finish. Decently balanced but the raspberry/dark fruits don't come in until the end of the sip and the roast is a bit too strong in this store for my preference. Still, it's a decent beer that's fairly easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 09:37:33 | More by corby112
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AntLeatherface

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

01-08-2013 04:03:42 | More by AntLeatherface
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hannaho

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

01-06-2013 22:50:20 | More by hannaho
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TheBrewo

Michigan

3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew was served from the tap at The Blind Tiger in New York, NY. It arrived in a generic tulip, showing a deep black coloring, with cola lightness around the edges. The pour produced a one finger head of light brown bubbles, with okay retention. This left faint patterns of lacing etched about the glass. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation looked light. The aroma gave surprising paleness of malts alongside more roasty coffee grain. The latter afforded a faint char. Otherwise, the nose was rounded out by bittered Belgian yeast, light bready butters, almond nuttiness, and mild raspberry flesh. Our first impression was that the flavoring was on the lighter side, but with nice raspberry air on the back. The flavoring opened with soured lactics, mineral water wash, roasty coffee malts, and borderline Bretty yeast. The peak came with the sourness of fermented raspberries and fusel alcohols, cutting the roast with sweets and sours. We ended on a raw note, with raspberry seed, fresh red raspberry sugar, soured Belgian yeast, wheaty muddiness, coffee malts with a decent with a decent roast, and walnut warmth. The aftertaste breathed of that same raspberry fruitiness, minerals, paler malty bite, and a light grassy hop out of left field. The body was light to medium, and the carbonation was average. Pop and smack were crisp on the swallow, with decent cream and froth. There was a light toasty astringency around the mouth, but no real froth or coating to speak of. The abv was fine, and the beer drank okay.

Overall, what we liked best about this beer was the nice raspberry flavoring on the back, which flourished a bit more palpably with warmth. At the same token, however, we do wish that the fruitiness was more robust to help compete and juice-up those drying, puckering malts. The nose was weak, and the feel was bizarrely dry, making this a curious beer, but not something to fight over.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2012 17:19:45 | More by TheBrewo
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +8.7%

12-26-2012 15:08:00 | More by DrunkinYogi
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NickThePyro

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

12-24-2012 03:28:02 | More by NickThePyro
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RoryOMoore

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

12-22-2012 01:51:35 | More by RoryOMoore
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Pecan

California

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

12-20-2012 15:51:40 | More by Pecan
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mhaugo

California

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

12-17-2012 06:08:38 | More by mhaugo
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flagmantho

Washington

3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: black with just a little bit of brown highlight around the edges. Head pours two fingers of frothy, creamy tan foam with a nice lace. Attractive.

Smell: chocolatey and toasty malt aroma with a little bit of biscuit. Vegetal hops are also present. A light fruitiness perhaps identifiable as raspberry is also present. Not bad, but the biscuit is not to my taste and it's a bit muddled overall.

Taste: nice basic stout right up front with a good chocolate and roasty character. The raspberry then appears, first with an acidic tartness indicating real fruit but then developing into a mellower raspberry essence. Lightly bitter, but balanced. I rather like the overall effect.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a nice, smooth creaminess. I like it.

Overall: after the aroma, I was a bit worried as to how successful this beer might be. If you are not into fruit beers, then this is probably not for you. However, I do feel that they largely met the promise of the name; I will note, however, that there's not a whole lot of Belgian-type character here. On the whole, though, I like it and would have it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 18:39:59 | More by flagmantho
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Elysian snifter. Pours a very dark brown, appearing black in the glass. Half finger light brown head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of raspberries, dark toasted malt and a hint of chocolate. Flavor of toasted malt, raspberry juice, light chocolate and charred coffee. Nice balance of raspberry and malt. Flavor is reminiscent of a foreign/export stout with the addition of fresh raspberries. Finishes with light toasted malt, a bit abrupt. I did not detect much Belgian influence, except maybe a light fruit element. Medium bodied. A nice low-key raspberry stout with a light finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 04:47:21 | More by LiquidAmber
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Birdlegs

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

12-12-2012 18:06:11 | More by Birdlegs
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up last week at Gary's in Wayne. Never had a bomber from Elysian before and this looked a bit different than your typical cold-weather release. Sure enough, that was the case but only because this didn't pour, taste, or feel as strong as other American Stouts that I've had and even though this was a slight letdown, it held up just find on its own.

The pour to this was a dark brown with a hint of light seeping in around the edges, and not the look and consistency of motor oil as I anticipated. A bit of Belgian yeast and funky raspberry in the nose that was complemented by dark chocolate and quite a bit of carbonation in the taste. Almost felt like a soda since this was so light and bubbly and not roasted and boozy. While this felt like coffee with a non-tart raspberry flavor added to it, it didn't feel artificial or watered-down and the Belgian hint gave everything a nice life up from the mundane.

While strong for a beer, this wasn't too aggressive for an American Stout. Certainly not the best of its type out on the shelf and for a limited-release series, there wasn't much that made this stand out. On a cold night, this would be a nice choice for a dessert beer that would please nearly everyone, especially those unaccustomed to something a bit heavier. Worth a try once.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 19:50:15 | More by JerzDevl2000
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philbertk

Washington

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. Bottle purchased for $8.59 @ Chuck's 85th Hop Shop, Ballard, Seattle. Dense tightly bubbled quickly dissipating dark tan wispy lace head. Opaque somewhat hazy appearing dark brown black color. Fresh tight tan sediment. Mild raspberry roasted chocolate subtle Belgian front.Medium light textured smooth mildly sweet balanced fruit ester mellow raspberry chocolate body with minimal roasted/burnt notes. Clean light sweet end. Well balanced tasty light rich Stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 21:13:42 | More by philbertk
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beergoot

Colorado

3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep black body topped with a thick, creamy light tan head. Dominant charred grain aroma; strong black coffee. The taste brings out the raspberry flavor ever so softly; charcoal and lightly burnt toast make up the more prevailing grain flavor; sharp bitterness and, perhaps, a slight astringency; slightly sour. Medium-light body; mostly dry finish.

Okay...interesting but not compelling. My take is that the marketing and promotion of not just this particular beer, but the entire series, is more interesting than the beers themselves. Personally, this beer (and many of the others in this series that I've tried) would not be my choice for a final, apocalyptic beer orgy. This particular one is fair enough with its intended flavor profile. I like that the raspberry isn't overpowering, but the stout component comes across cheap and rough in the overall mix. Glad I tried one, but there is nothing driving me to pick up another bottle for a later session.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 23:31:04 | More by beergoot
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Jasonrm72

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

11-30-2012 01:03:13 | More by Jasonrm72
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

11-27-2012 23:34:12 | More by MarkyMOD
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jessicapreuss

Brazil

3/5  rDev -18.5%

11-23-2012 21:25:58 | More by jessicapreuss
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JakeH3K

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

11-22-2012 23:47:16 | More by JakeH3K
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benbjb

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

11-21-2012 23:43:07 | More by benbjb
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bluckbeyes

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

11-14-2012 19:30:24 | More by bluckbeyes
Omen Belgian Raspberry Stout (Apocalypse Series) from Elysian Brewing Company
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