(Anime Beers On The Road) 2017 Split Stout by Elysian

 

Rating 5/5

2017 Split Stout by Elysian is a 5.6% ABV Espresso Milk Stout

Steamed milk, tres leches, sweetened condensed milk and super fancy coffee frappuccino intensity. It’s been years but truly unique still

Original review: https://animebeers.com/2012/11/05/split-stout-by-elysian/

 

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The Dread by Elysian brewing

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The Dread by Elysian brewing is a 9.2% ABV Imperial Stout aged in Oak Staves.

Label:
As Dark as your darkest fears, The Dread is a constant, lurking companion, encircling you with dark malts, a touch of rye, and the engulfing complexity of oak aging.

==Introduction==
Essentially, their awesome Dragonstooth aged in oak Staves. So if Dragonstooth is a dragon then aging it it in oak for the briny deep ocean of dark flavor goodness, sounds a lot to me like sea dragon of some sorts. Either way, getting what little I could find hidden behind the shelf at the local Total wine where I barely noticed it dude to being all the way in the back made me realize how coveted this beer was. It truly was extremely coveted as I can only assume many craft beer fishers had fished this out many times out of the sea that is the craft beer shelves at the store. Damn, lucky to find a sea monster like this. Let’s see what is up with this one.

Aromas:
Rich oak, coffee, toasted coconut, marshmallow smores, dark fruit raisins, plum, figs, currants, Deep dark chocolate, bakers chocolate, milk chocolate, German chocolate, marzipan, mocha, vanilla, caramel, leather, smokey notes, hazelnut nectar, pecan pie, oats, cookie dough, caramel cake, roasted barley, brown sugar, port wine hints musty grapes and molasses.

Flavors:
Deep dark chocolate, bakers chocolate, milk chocolate, German chocolate, marzipan, roasted coffee, mocha, vanilla, caramel, toasted coconut, oak, marshmallow smores, dark fruit raisins, plum, figs, currants, rye bread, molasses, anise, leather, smokey notes, hazelnut nectar, pecan pie, oats, cookie dough, caramel cake, roasted barley, brown sugar, port wine hints and musty grape notes.

Aftertaste:
Coffee notes, Rich oak, rich chocolate notes, smokey hints, Earthy notes and rye. No alcohol in the taste, silky, creamy, smooth and velvety mouthfeel with a sipping drinkability.

Overall:
A bit above exceptional this monster is! Reminding me of the Chocolate Oak Yeti, with its rich oak and chocolate infused flavors surely getting heavier as the beer warms up to room temperature. I think I really fell for this one reminding me of the great Dragonstooth I tried oh so damn long ago but also taking it to the next level. I don’t think this special sea monster will last long, even if Elysian’s distribution has gotten greater. Highly recommended though.

Anime Corner:
Annet Futanabi from El Viento and Rydia of the Myst with Leviathan from Final Fantasy IV were used in this pairing as I wanted to show case the dread, as seen by Annet’s face in the pairing, that is felt when being chased by a huge deep oak sea monster. Opening this bottle is a damn struggle when you realize the crazy flavors and aromas this has. However, even at the deepest darkest parts of the ocean, by having the magic to tame a monster like Rydia of the mist has, you can really take on the beer and make it your own sipping and enjoying everything the sea beast onslaughts on you palate.

Sources:
http://orig08.deviantart.net/95ad/f/2007/313/9/e/annet_vs_glumper_by_jaredjlee.jpg
http://images.forwallpaper.com/files/images/9/94be/94bea18b/908061/final-fantasy.jpg

Dragonstooth by Elysian Brewing

75199_10100933726197180_1390636216_nRating: 4.8/5

Dragonstooth by Elysian Brewing is a 7.5% BV Oatmeal Stout. Oatmeal stouts are the type of stouts that provide that smooth taste as well as are responsible for a little bit of extra sweetness not found in other stouts even for being full bodied. Oatmeal Stouts differ in the sense that they are are stouts with smoother and richer taste.

Label:

A smooth and sturdy stout, made with 10% rolled oats, roasted barley and chocolate malt. The name is referential to the founders of Thebes, warriors who sprang from the earth when the teeth of a slain dragon were sown by Cadmus. Bittered with Chinook; finished with Cascade and Columbus hops.

This beer has strong aromas of sweet chocolate, bakers chocolate and dark chocolate along with coffee bread and mocha. The flavors are balanced as there is still some coffee roasted notes to balance out the sweetness. This is a very good and sweet beer. Not to the ultimate chocolate level but close. Coffee caramel cake dipped in Rich dark, sweet, and bakers chocolate (like the chocolate oak aged Yeti) with roasted bitterness that only works to balance and not to make the stout bitter. Other flavors I can tell is like a creamy oatmeal with cinnamon but only notes of it are there. It is a smooth beer for being a rich and heavy stout. The after taste is only as bitter as a small amount of coffee beans go but the sweetness of the oatmeal lingers. I am not sure if they decided to give me an older beer (Possibly aged) as this one is the older label. The new one is different. If it was aged, it aged very well and therefore the review is right on.

Elysian Mortis Sour Persimmon Ale

27898_10100933685269200_1297530019_nRating: 4/5

This is a series from Elysian, The 12 Beers of the Apocalypse. “The End is Beer”
Beer#11 (November) Mortis is a 6% ABV Sour Persimmon Wild Ale.

Mortis or Death is in reference to the final apocalyptic event before the ultimate judgment (after death). Regardless of what ever apocalyptic event that was stated would happen in the previous theories (Elysian Apocalypse beer reviews) of the end of the world, this is the final aftermath of those events. Ultimate annihilation, the last horseman of the of apocalypse. The event of Death befalling all mankind, animals, plants, you name it. Ultimately, whether anything happens in 12-21-2012 or whenever the true end of the world is, one thing is certain. We are all mortal and are destined to pass away at some point in time. Regardless, it doesn’t mean we can’t make the best of what time we have so far :P. I tried to match the artwork with the beer artwork as best I could. I would assume the representation of death is personified in the clutches of the serpent. LOL or you can see it as as the clutches of original sin. Whatever works, it is still bad ass pieces of art here. 

Upon opening this beer, you get a lot of the fragrance that reminds you of a saison. Some Belgian yeast, peaches, lime, orange zest, some plum and banana. The flavor is quite interesting. Starts off like a saison with like a bread and peach cobbler flavor and fades into like pilsner flavor. Persimmons tend to be a sweet fruit that leaves sorta dry with a tangy flavor. I assume that the pilsnery cereal but fruity after taste is part of the fruit. The Persimmon looks like an orange tomato but taste like a peach and orange almost but leaves the mouth dry. This beer also has some grape and vinous flavors but they are not as strong as like a Jolly Pumpkin Sour/Funky Ale. This beer tries to be more of a Brettanomyces ale (Like New Belgium Brett Beer) brewed with Persimmons. It gets better as the beer warms up. It is a pretty good beer if you enjoy Belgian or Saison beers but not to the level of Wild Ales, although some Wild Ales when made right (a la Jolly Pumpkin) can be pretty awesome.