Seattle’s Elysian Brewing recently went back in its archives to revisit a beer that was originally brewed as part of the November 2012’s offering in its 12 Beers of the Apocalypse series. With all of the recent business dealings and media attention, quite fittingly this beer is named Omen, a Belgian-style Raspberry Stout.
Omen is described as “A heavy-bodied beer with a broad wingspan of dark malts, including Weyermann Dark Munich, Castle Amber, Franco-Belges Kiln Coffee and Roasted Barley and Chocolate and Black malts from Crisp in the UK. The esters of a classic Trappist yeast flutter amid all that malty goodness and the tang of Washington raspberries add a compelling fruity complexity.”
We had a pour of Omen the other evening while at The BeerMongers and were impressed with this Belgian-style Raspberry Stout. The description provided by Elysian is quite accurate. A strong backbone of dark malts gives off a pleasant chocolate quality to the beer that sits at 7.9% ABV. Plus the idea of using both the Trappist yeast along with the Washington grown raspberries works quite well with this beer.
Omen is the first in a new series of beers from Elysian, which will periodically release another dark beer of prodigious character. Later into the year will come The Dread, a wood-aged Imperial Stout previously brewed by Steve Luke at Elysian Fields, and after that will come a newly-dubbed beer reprising the 2013 GABF silver medal-winning chocolate coffee stout we brewed for one of Brew Dog’s globe-trotting TV shows seen on the Esquire Network. The episode was filmed aboard the Bainbridge Island ferry, but the actual brew was crafted by Steve Luke at our Elysian Fields brewery.
Currently hitting store shelves this month is Omen that’s available in 22-ounce bottles and on draft throughout Elysian’s distribution network.
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 20 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter at @hopapalooza.