ELYSIAN BREWING COMPANY
Elysian was founded in 1995 by Dick Cantwell, Joe Bisacca, and David Buhler in Seattle, WA. The first beer they brewed was the Wise E.S.B. and it is now apart of their core brews available year-round. Arguably, their most popular seasonal is the Night Owl Pumpkin Ale that is available in Autumn months.
DRAGONSTOOTH STOUT: 92 Points
This Imperial Oatmeal Stout has an IBU of 60 and available year-round in 22 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “Pours a deep, midnight black with a light tan head. Smells of coffee and dark chocolate and the mouthfeel is velvety smooth with flavors of roasted malts, oatmeal and warm bread. Dragonstooth is a very drinkable stout – satisfying but not heavy.”
My Description: What stands out most about this stout is how easy it is to just drink, considering that it is fuller bodied with a 7.5% ABV, not to mention it tastes delicious. It has a thick and fluffy, beige colored head that retains nicely and leaves some good lacing. The aroma is mainly dominated by a roasted coffee fragrance but is also accompanied by a minor nutty caramel malt scent. The beer has a softer carbonation level and finishes slightly dry. This beer has flavors of roasted coffee, roasted malt, and an aftertaste that is moderately bitter with a dark chocolate addition. Dragonstooth is mouth coating, creamy, and definitely smooth. Even though it is fuller bodied, it doesn’t taste that heavy. It is best served around 55°F and pairs nicely with grilled sausage, roasted lamb, or mutton.
ABV: 7.5% Color: Black Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 5/10
NIGHT OWL PUMPKIN ALE: 77 Points
This Pumpkin Ale is available in the Autumn months in 22 oz. bottles. The Magnum hops produce an IBU of 18.
Brewer’s Description: “Ale brewed with pumpkin and pumpkin seeds and fermented with spices. Our original pumpkin ale is brewed with over 7 lbs. of pumpkin per barrel and spiced in conditioning with nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, ginger, and allspice.”
My Description: This beer was really not what I had hoped for; I felt like I needed more from this. The head is decent with minimal lacing. It is not very dense but it does hold on for pretty much the whole time. The aroma is mild with minor hints of pumpkin and roasted malts. As soon as it hits your tongue you will pick up on notes of nutmeg and clove. In the middle and the aftertaste is where the roasted malt makes its appearance. If you hold this beer in your mouth for a few seconds you will pick up a taste of alcohol which is not pleasing and it does not contribute to the overall quality of this beer. The pumpkin flavor makes a minor appearance in the front of your mouth but quickly vanishes which is disappointing. Overall, the spices just don’t seem to come together to produce a crisp and enjoyable beer. To me this is just a brown ale with some spices thrown into the mash. It’s really nothing special.
ABV: 5.9% Color: Brown with Red Hues Sweetness: 2/10 Bitterness: 3/10