The Fix
Elysian Brewing Company

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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,067
ABV:
9.4%
Score:
92
Ranked #3,944
Avg:
4.15 | pDev: 7.23%
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
114
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Elysian Brewing Company
 
Washington, United States
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Notes: Collaboration with BrewDog. Choco-Coffee Imperial Stout.

Dark, rich, and roasty with Stumptown coffee and aged on cocoa nibs sourced by Theo Chocolate, this stout is complex and full of your favorite dark matter.

55 IBU
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4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2019 edition in a 22 ounce bottle. Very dark pour with a tan head. Nice chocolate aroma and aftertaste. Coffee on the initial taste. Even better as it warms.

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Mark_Griffin from Washington, Jan 11, 2020
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4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This brew is from a tall bottle, this brew is a black, thick liquid with a tall tan head. Rich chocolate aroma. The taste is balanced and has a deep roasted flavor, full in body. Wonderful.

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Suds from Missouri, Dec 25, 2019
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3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As dark a black you can imagine pour with mocha colored bubbles forming a ring on the surface. Nice lacing as you go down the glass. Dutch processed cocoa and coffee fill the nose with some booze and char too. Taste is very bitter from the coffee up front, dark cocoa in the middle, and more coffee, cream, caramel and some metallic taste on the end. It is a sipper because of the bitterness from the coffee. Feel is roasted and percolated. Perfect if you are really in the mood for a coffee stout that is coffee forward

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REVZEB from Illinois, Apr 06, 2019
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3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dingy brown/mahogany with a thumb tight mocha colored head. Some lacing & no head retention

S: Plenty of coffee, fades down the stretch

T: Roasty coffee, some dark chocolate & just a little booze burn up front. Roastyness, coffee & vanilla as this warms. Finishes dry, roasty with vanilla & little charred grain & just a little booze burn

MF: Medium body, fairly assertive carbonation, body really thins as this warms

Drinkable, started strong, but the mouthfeel, nose & flavor all flattened out

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russpowell from Arkansas, Mar 31, 2019
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3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark oily coffee color with quickly dissipating mocha head leaving scant lacing. Nose is coffee and cocoa. Taste follows with a nice hop bite . This one feels a bit on the thin side.

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sjrider from California, Dec 31, 2018
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4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a small, light brown head of foam. It smelled of coffee, chocolate, caramel and toffee. Good roasted coffee taste with sweet chocolate and toffee.

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zeff80 from Missouri, Dec 13, 2018
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4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the 27 oz bottle in a snifter. This nice stout pours a murky opaque
with light brown highlights and a moderate head of tan foam that settles to a
thin ring, thin subtle film, and displays some nice sudsy lacing. Nose of
cold pressed coffee, dark rich cocoa, subtle vanilla, and light char. Flavors
exceed the nose by bounds with heavy cold pressed coffee and heavy dark
chocolate with vanilla, char, and a touch of marshmallow creme' brulee with
hints of dark fruits with a moderate herbal hop bite on the finish mixing in with
moderately heavy char notes. Excellent mouth feel for the style; full body, light carbonation,
lightly slick, coating, and ending with a rich coffee and cocoa finish that lingers long.

Overall, a SOLID brew from a very good brewery.

Excellent!!

Cheers

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4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very dark appearance with one finger tan head. Aroma is a mild malt and coffee. Taste is a very pleasant malt and coffee combination that has no alcohol or other aftertaste.

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Radcpa from Washington, Apr 04, 2018
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3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Perfectly opaque, black body with lightly toasted brown head. Lacing is light.

Flavors are not distinctively layered. Its a mass of bitter hops and sweet malts and dark chocolate. Carbonation is very light.

Overall, it’s pretty approachable considering what is going on.

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Impetuous from Montana, Feb 02, 2018
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3.74/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22ox bottle split three ways, my portion into a pint glass.

Pours mostly opaque brown, murky at some points, with a light tan head that doesn't retain or lace all that well...balanced coffee and chocolate on the nose and palate, light hopping lets the roast and semi-sweetness shine. Medium/full bodied.

Wouldn't need to seek it out again, but it is tasty.

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4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

coffee beers have been my muse lately, really into them, and this is a great one, the coffee and the chocolate are both intense in the flavor, but they go so well together. havent had anything new from these guys in awhile, have they slowed down here in colorado? on tap at world of beer over on colorado boulevard, it pours thick and rich from the tap with a decent little mocha colored head on it. aroma of fudge batter, dense chocolate, concentrated but not overly sweet, dark chocolate as much as milk. the coffee is also pungent, likely a cold toddy method, blended in after fermentation, as there is a great strong coffee smell and very little of the sharp acidic or bitter nature that comes with the hot brews being introduced. i think in the flavor though, the chocolate is way ahead of the coffee, its desserty and really packed in, the roasted coffee is almost an accent to that, the two are not at all level. one thing thats cool here though is how well this hides its strength, i didnt find this boozy at all, and it could see it sneaking up on me pretty easily. smooth in the feel, not too huge, not too sweet. a very good brew from these guys, could it handle more coffee? sure, but its pretty solid as it is, definitely one to try for the chocolate lovers!

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3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

**
02/14/2017

Bottle to tulip while preparing Valentines Day dinner.

LOOK: dark black, medium beige head. Pour looked more black-brown, cola like.
AROMA: coffee comes first, um, and last, that's all of it. Maybe a small hint of nuttiness/almond maybe; but maybe I'm just looking too hard for something besides coffee. That's 3 maybe's in one sentence.
TASTE: taste is roasted barley, coffee obviously, some ash or charred wood in the finish. I only get the chocolate after sipping for quite a while....took some time to surface.
FEEL: A bit thin bodied for a stout, light to medium carbonation. Could stand be a bid bolder.

Not bad by any means. My kind of beer, but nowhere near the top of the style.

**

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q33jeff from New Jersey, Feb 14, 2017
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours fudge brown and is capped by an inch of thick mocha foam; a shower curtain of lace walls of the side of the chalice

Smell: Luscious tones of rich chocolate syrup and roasted coffee beans

Taste: Rich, dark chocolate forward with dark roasted coffee developing, through the middle; hints of dark fruit add complexity but the finish is luscious and somewhat sweet

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: The Fix is in - this one is a winner

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brentk56 from North Carolina, Jan 23, 2017
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4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle - 2016 vintage (bottled in October):

Pours very dark brown to black with a thin tan head that becomes wispy. Trailing lace slides down the glass with a little sticking.

The smell is of robust, rich dark chocolate with espresso. It has a dark earthy tone that mixes with dark bread and a hint of anise. There's a small subtle hint of dark fruit (plum). Complex and inviting

The taste is reminiscent of booze-soaked brownies. Some coffee roast gives a dry balance in the finish.

It hits full-bodied. A bit sticky, it leaves some residual sugars on the palate and the lips. Smooth for high abv.

A rich, dark strong chocolate-forward stout. Enough coffee character to give a roasted dry touch. An enjoyable sipper.


I bought this at Costco in Silverdale, WA for a little under $10. A very good value, in my opinion.

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jwc215 from Arizona, Jan 09, 2017
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4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2016 The Fix from Elysian. 22oz bottle. This year's edition is 9.4% ABV and brewed with Theo's cocoa nibs (a local favorite for flavored chocolates here in Seattle) and Stumptown coffee (my personal favorite coffee roaster, from Portland). Beer is black, as expected, hinting at red in the edges. Forms an ample, chestnut brown head. Aroma is subtle but unmistakably of freshly ground, unbrewed coffee. The flavor brings forward more of the chocolate's sweetness, like that of an earthy 70%+ dark chocolate. And *none* of the alcohol. Really I don't even get a hint of ethanol burn here. Well done. As the beer finishes it brings in the familiar bitterness of black drip coffee. Roasted malt flavors play a supporting role. This beer is undoubtedly a stout, but first and foremost a mocha beer. Low carbonation gives a great mouthfeel whether cold from the fridge or as it warms.

Very good flavors. Very well executed in terms of balance, mouthfeel, and drinkability. Simple and good.

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hreb from Washington, Dec 30, 2016
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4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip. The look is beautiful, a dark ominous look with little head. The smell is absolutely fantastic with dark chocolates malts and hints of tofee. The taste is fantastic and as good as it smells. The feel is the only thing that is not perfect. It is frothy and light especially for a high alcohol content. This beer was spectacular and I will definitely buy again

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3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2016-04-22: Elysian The Fix

Look: Pours black with about a finger of initial froth that settles slowly. Spotty lacing. 4.0

Smell: Lots of chocolate and roasted malt. Also a somewhat odd, creamy, flowery sort of smell is present. It's not bad, but it's a little unusual, and I'm having a hard time putting my finger on it. Coffee is also present but very subtle. 4.0

Taste: Dark chocolate (or cocoa powder), a little vanilla, roasted malt, and a fair amount of bitterness. The coffee is still pretty subtle. If anything, it adds bitterness to the chocolate and the hops rather than standing out on its own. 3.75

Feel: Soft and round, smooth, light on the tongue, light carbonation. 3.75

Overall: It's a good coffee/chocolate stout, but I was hoping for more coffee character and hoping the coffee's bitterness would be balanced against chocolate and malt sweetness. Unfortunately, the coffee got somewhat lost in the mix. It's certainly enjoyable, but I'd say it's a step behind Speedway or Founders Breakfast. 3.75

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ccg from District of Columbia, Jun 25, 2016
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4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Decadent desert nose. Like an espresso brownie I once had and still dream about. Taste along the same lines but not quite as memorable. Body could use a bit more heft.

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Rutager from British Columbia (Canada), Apr 17, 2016
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very well done beer and one of the better relatively low abv adjunct imperial stouts I've had. Opaque with a tight khaki head with adequate staying power. Nose has the expected roast malt, espresso, a surprising sweetness that's almost lactose-like, giving it a bit of a mocha aroma. Chocolate becomes more cocoa in the taste. Creamy medium body, silky.

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Kurmaraja from California, Mar 09, 2016
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4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Love the flavor of this beer. Perfect blend of coffee and chocolate. Chocolate comes through as a deep cocoa. Smells of coffee. Medium mouthfeel.

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Kevinpitts from Illinois, Feb 20, 2016
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4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pours pitch black with not light coming through, tan colored head, no head retention, slight lacing, not much carbonation, looks pretty solid.

A: Dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, some smoke, no alcohol on the nose, picking some hops on the nose.

T: Lots of coffee up front, in the middle, and in the aftertaste, dark roasted coffee, hint of chocolate, powdered chocolate, moderate amount of bitterness, finish has lots of coffee and a hint of chocolate, dry finish, ABV is well hidden.

M: Medium bodied mouthfeel, good amount of carbonation, dry finish.

O: I like coffee in my stouts but The Fix is a little out of balance, lots of coffee throughout, needs some more chocolate and roasty characteristics to balance it out, still a very good imperial stout, love the coffee notes but needs some more chocolate.

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Brolo75 from California, Feb 14, 2016
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4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

Look: Pours a very dark brown that looks pitch black in the glass, with a thin finger of a mocha brown head that leaves streaks of brown lacing.

Smell: Fresh, dark roasted coffee, think fresh burnt espresso beans, oat like mustiness, vanilla, and chocolate. A delightfully chocolatey-roasted-coffee dessert smell. So much like Founders Breakfast Stout. Absolutely delicious.

Taste: Milk chocolate and dark chocolate up front; roasted barley and caramel. Fresh roasted black coffee and milk sugar round out the finish. Think Founders Breakfast Stout meets Keegan Ales Joe Mama's Milk. Very nice. Roasty and robust.

Feel: Medium-full bodied; very drinkable, light carbonation, what you'd expect from an imperial stout.

Overall: A super good imperial coffee stout. I don't care that these guys are owned by Anheuser-Busch now, I would buy this again in a second. A delicious beer.

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4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown body with a thick beige cap. Aromas of coffee, chocolate. Really a straightforward beer in both scent and flavor. Coffee leads the way. Medium-full body. Tasty.

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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia, Jan 10, 2016
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4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, chocolate syrup, coffee bean, and brewed coffee aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa powder, chocolate syrup, earth, char, coffee bean, and brewed coffee flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a great mix of intense cocoa and coffee characteristics all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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UCLABrewN84 from California, Dec 29, 2015
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4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015-12-27
22oz bottle served in a tulip. 257 D-1 2301 is stamped on the bottom. No clue what that means.

Pours black with a small light brown head. Smell is sooo much coffee, and a little chocolate. Maybe a hint of roasty smoke.

Taste is dominated by coffee with a little chocolate, and some coffee.

Mouthfeel is moderate and smooth, overall, good but not super.

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snaotheus from Washington, Dec 28, 2015
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