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)

Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by harrymel on 10-25-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 66 |  Reviews: 23
Reviews by watermelonman:
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3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This arrived dark, near black, with hints of ruby, and a nice small head. Lace is moderate.

The smell has nice sweetness and toasted malt, but would have been better if stronger. Flavor picks up a notch in the taste, and the more exotic flavors start to blend in. First raspberry, then dark malts, and finally a hint of coffee and chocolate at the end. The mouthfeel is light for a regular stout, but this is a slightly different animal.

Not popular, but I certainly enjoyed it.

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Photo of jellikit
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Appearance: dark-cola colored. Thin, tan head. Thin lacing.
Smell: coffee and raspberry. Light roasted barley.
Taste: same as smell with a tobacco finish.
Mouthfeel: medium-low carbonation. medium-large body.
Overall: I can not pick up the Belgian characteristics. Decent. Not great.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an opaque yet clear very dark brown (approaching black) in color with some light amounts of gentle visible carbonation and some cola brown highlights. The beer has a creamy finger tall light tan head that slowly reduces to a very thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a small slightly thicker patch and a thin ring at the edges of the glass, Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of dark and lightly roasted malts as well as Belgian yeast. There are lighter notes of chocolate and just a hint of raspberry.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of lightly roasted dark malts and just a light hint of Belgian yeast. At first there are light to moderate flavors of dark chocolate and just a hint of tart raspberry but the raspberry flavors become a bit stronger once the beer warms up. Well balanced as there is very little sweetness or bitterness in this brew.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly smooth.

O: When this beer is cold (or even cool), the raspberry flavors and aromas are fairly subtle but once the beer warms up they become a little more pronounced. I found this beer to be enjoyable and easy to drink - reminds me of a beer that Big Boss (Raleigh, NC) had when I used to live down I really enjoyed. This would be a good edition to the regular or seasonal lineup for Elysian. The alcohol is extremely well hidden in this one.

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Photo of NWer
3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up at the COOP over the weekend... Just getting around to it tonight... Pours with a decent dark tan head.... nice thick lacing ... the brew is jet "brown" ... doesn't look black but instead a deep cloudy walnut brown. Sheets of foam die back into nice splotchy lace.

I know this is supposed to be a raspberry additioned "Belgian Stout", but there are really only a few clues that would make me thing anything "Belgian".

Nose shows some decent cold brewed coffee and minor roasty notes.. hints of fruit that I never would identify as raspberry without the label prompts... some mild clovey phenols move into "Belgian" territory.. meshes well with warmth, but still seems pretty lacking.

Flavor has some cocoa that shows itself and helps identify the raspberry... dark chocolate and light fruit essence.. even lighter roast malt/stout qualities... finishes with some dusty cocoa and light phenols.

Body is a medium light.. carbonation is the same.

Not sure about this one... It seems sorta thrown together.

I doubt I will buy another.


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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of metter98
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very dark brown (nearly jet black) in color and poured with a half finger high dense tan head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark malts and Belgian yeast are present in the nose along with some hints of chocolate.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has subtle notes of tart raspberries—these become stronger and linger through the finish—particularly after the beer warms up. Neither bitterness nor roasted malt flavors are perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an enjoyable and easy-to-drink stout, but you really need to let this warm up if you want to get a lot of the raspberry flavors.

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Photo of oline73
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of Birdlegs
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of jnoelani
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of kkazemi
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bluckbeyes
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of PettyThief
3.51/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark colored. Some lighter hints when tilted.

Smell: coffee and raspberry.

Taste: Chocolate notes with hint of raspberry.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation. Chocolate flavor.

Overall: Strong raspberry taste with hints of chocolate.

Decent beer... honestly expected more of a raspberry taste form the local WA berries Elysian picked.

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Photo of Gavage
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.

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Photo of brandonwnw
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of TheBrewo
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.

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Photo of Needmorebeer312
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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