Omen Belgian-Style Raspberry Stout

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THE STORY

The funny thing about omens is that they often come back to haunt you. Omen from Seattle’s Elysian Brewing is no exception. This heady and delicious Belgian-style raspberry stout made its first appearance as the November offering in 2012’s 12 Beers of the Apocalypse series, counting down what were thought by some–well, the Mayans, anyway–to be the planet’s last days. Now it’s come back, not as an unsettling reminder of portentous words but welcomed both by those who enjoyed it back then and newcomers to the 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.

Omen Belgian-style Raspberry Stout

TASTING NOTES
Omen’s heavy body flutters at the window, combining the dark richness of stout, the brightness and tang of Washington raspberries and the heady flavors and aromas of a classic Belgian yeast.

MALTS
Northwestern 2-row, Weyermann Dark Munich, Castle Amber, Franco-Belges Kiln Coffee and Crisp Roasted, Chocolate and Black malts

HOPS
Bittered with German Northern Brewer and finished with Czech Saaz hops.

ABV: 7.9%

AVAILABILITY
Limited Release (March 2015) — 1/2 Bbl kegs, 22 oz bottles