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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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: 65 |  Reviews: 23
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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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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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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 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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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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 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 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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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 kkazemi
3.47/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 drinking12many
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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 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 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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