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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Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 65
Photo of q33jeff
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to Snifter.
Appearance: Pours jet black. Medium grey head. Lasting.
Aroma is mild yeast, plum, raisin, slight raspberry. Taste: raspberry is prevalent in taste, even though faint in nose. somewhat astringent. Aftertaste has some coffee, ash. Feel: Medium low carbonation. Interesting, but not stellar."

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Photo of PettyThief
3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
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 jellikit
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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 snaotheus
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pair of chalices.

Pours black, biggish light brown head that dissipates very slowly. Smell is chocolatey, vegetable, fruity. Yeasty, slight funk.

Taste is super raspberry, some chocolate. Slight funk.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin. Silky. Overall, quite good.

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Photo of watermelonman
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
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 dbrauneis
3.69/5  rDev +3.9%
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 metter98
3.66/5  rDev +3.1%
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 facundoCNB
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a brownish black pour with a finger of tan head, great retention and nice amounts of lacing. smell is mostly of chocolate, raisins, hint of raspberries, dark roasted grains. the flavor up front is bitter and earthy, as soon as it settles on the palate it's all chocolate and raspberries. this is a DELICIOUS combination of flavors.. the roasted grain bill balances it out nicely. medium body with moderate carbonation.

this is the first time i have a raspberry stout, it's usually cherry stouts and those tend to be hit or miss. this is a wonderfully balanced stout with a light raspberry tartness.

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Photo of beertunes
3.26/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a nearly solid black, just a bit of reddish translucence at the very edges, with 1/4 inch of tan head that had moderate retention and very good lacing.

I didn't get any raspberry on the nose, a fair bit of roast, and some solid base grains, but no damn raspberry. I love raspberry! On the tongue, the beloved raspberry showed through a bit, but was dominated by the roast, which was almost coffee like.

The body was a bit light for what I look for in the style. Drinkability was decent, I drank it easily enough, but I wouldn't want 2 in a row. Overall, not bad. Certainly worth a try if you see it.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 2.27.13

A - Pours a dark brown with a two inch foamy dark tan head with good retention.

S - Malty, nutty, chocolate, raspberry.

T - Very malty and biscuity with a hint of raspberry that lingers in the background but tends to come out more as it warms.

D - Heavier body with medium carbonation. A bit chalky in the mouth.

O - Milder stout with a small raspberry kick in the background that turns worse as it warms.

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Photo of Gavage
3.29/5  rDev -7.3%
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 oline73
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of Vancoubeer
3.61/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of corby112
3.44/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
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 flagmantho
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.8/5  rDev +7%
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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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of philbertk
3.86/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of beergoot
3.14/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
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 RJLarse
2.76/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I bought a bomber of Omen at the Swamp Tavern. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a black walnut color, near;y opaque, with a modest beige head.

Smell is faint, and stout-like, coffee and smoke aromas, with a hint of fruity sweetness.

Taste is also very stout like, maybe more like a black ale. There is a sugary sweetness that dominates the coffee and chocolate flavors, and then the raspberry flavor on the finish. It's not like a raspberry coffee.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied and slightly cloying.

I wouldn't go out of my way to have this again. I think there are a lot of stouts I'd rather have.

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Photo of harrymel
2.34/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

October edition, thought I coulda sworn the October release was supposed to be a sour....

Pours dark brown on black with a confluent thick sheet of tan foam. Smells of chocolate, black olives, some raspberry mash, soil and a bit of coffee grounds. Flavor is sweet and reminds me up front of a black saison with artificial raspberry flavors. Some coffee, cocoa nib, a bit of sweet yeast esters. Medium bodied with small, loosely gathered carbonation. This is one of the lesser apocalyptic productions.

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Omen Belgian Raspberry Stout (Apocalypse Series) from Elysian Brewing Company
3.55 out of 5 based on 65 ratings.
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