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Dark O' The Moon - Elysian Brewing Company

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Reviews: 133
Hads: 532
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 23.08%
Wants: 98
Gots: 82 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jletts on 11-06-2007

Stout brewed with pumpkin, and pumpkin seeds with cinnamon added. Spookily smooth and chocolatey with a hint of cinnamon - brewed annually for Elysian's Great Pumpkin Beer Festival.
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Photo of tigg924
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque, dark brown in color with 1/2 inch head. Taste is clove, cinnamon, cocoa, and brown sugar. Very very good beer. This may be my favorite pumpkin beer I have tried this season. Excellent roastiness and balance.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was very excited to try this beer, the idea of a pumpkin stout intrigued me. The beer is pitch black with a foamy head that thins out put laced my mug very nicely. The beer hits the nose with a strong cinnamon aroma before we get that traditional stout smell. The beer follows the nose pretty well, a strong flavor of those pumpkin spices before the nice creamy stout. A great pumpkin beer, I will be getting this one again.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a jet black color with a small creamy light-tan head that reduces to a thin film floating on top

S- lots of cinnamon notes up from that actually resemble a spiced apple cider. Underlying aromas of charred malt, chocolate & some vegetal notes

T- chocolaty malt base gives some light charred notes with plenty of dark chocolate. Notes of cinnamon and pumpkin flesh hit mid-palate, the finish brings some charred malt with more cinnamon on the linger

M- medium body with moderate-low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and finish

O- the cinnamon compliments the base stout well, and the actually pumpkin is surprisingly noticeable and not overpowered by the base beer

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Photo of ricke49
3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A little (or a lot) too Much cinnamon for my taste. Overwhelming would be a good description. Other than that it's a good stout with a proper mouthfefeel, though I'd be hard pressed to detect any pumpkin given the cinnamon overload. I think I'll try one of the other Elysian pumpkin brews to see if there's one that is more to my liking.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smells amazing. Like fresh baked pumpkin bread. The taste is a nice balance between a traditional stout and a pumpkin ale. Pumpkin, cinnamon, chocolate, faint coffee and a heavy dark malt presence.

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Photo of titan2497
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tried this beer for the first time the other night and was not disappointed. It's more of a casual beer for just chilling, unless you're obsessed with cinnamon.

First impression was how sexy it looked after I poured a glass. Thick, black, with a cinnamon colored head.

The smell was incredible, probably one of the better smelling beers I've had the pleasure of trying.

The taste was also impressive but as others have mentioned, the cinnamon is a bit overwhelming after awhile.

Definitely would recommend and would try again.


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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Packaged 7/20/15. 7.6% ABV per the label.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy super dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, earth, cinnamon gum, and pumpkin pie spice aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa powder, earth, char, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon gum, and cinnamon stick flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast and spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is quite cinnamon gum and cinnamon stick forward in both the smell and taste.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I poured this into a pint glass.
The appearance was a hazy pale orange color. The head was about a finger's worth of white foaminess. Lacing clung in foamy rings.
The smell started off with rich pumpkin notes running into roasty to bitter coffee tones. Some cocoa slides in to balance. Some cinnamon and ginger also make a sly presence as well.
The taste takes the pumpkin adds the roasty and bitter coffee tones, takes a sly amount of cocoa and blends really nice. Everything melds nicely together into the aftertaste. There's a semi-dry little bit in the finish.
The mouthfeel is about medium bodied. Roasty and bitter harshness hits the tongue nicely.
Overall, pumpkin ale? Seems more than one to me, perhaps a Double/Imperial Stout with some pumpkin, cinnamon, and ginger. This is really good stuff and will save an extra bottle closer to October for cracking.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served on draft. Deep black body with a tan head. Minor lacing. Aromas of pumpkin spice, cinnamon, chocolate. Flavor is a huge hit of cinnamon, followed with some clove, roasted malts and chocolate. You better enjoy cinnamon if you're going to be drinking this one.

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Photo of ksimons
3.64/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-very dark brown in color with a fingers worth of dark tan head that leaves a thin layer of lace around the top

S-tons of cinnamon in the aroma, chocolate, and pumpkin

T-chocolate malt, pumpkin, pumpkin pie spices, and a lot of cinnamon. Cinnamon overpowers most of the other flavors.

M-light to medium body, could do with a bigger body for a stout, light to moderate carbonation

Overall a bit too thin and too much cinnamon for my liking. A bigger body could have helped things out a lot.

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Photo of noxtenebrae17
4.52/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark pour with a nice dark head as well. A nice thick smell with a hint of spices. The taste is a nice balanced stout with a hint of pumpkin and a kick of cinnamon. A tad bit of bitterness at the end but nothing to ruin the flavor. Overall, a well-balanced stout.

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Photo of 303beer
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours black with a coffee colored head. Has cinnamon notes with a touch of chocolate and of course pumpkin. Leaves some lacing. It came in a bomber. I'll be having another.

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Photo of mactrail
2.44/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Brewed with several malty including chocolate and crystal Munich. Roasted pumpkin seeds and more pumpkin. Magnum and Saaz hops. Unfortunately the "crushed cinnamon" just overwhelms the other flavors. And then the bitterness hits.

Totally cinnamon in the nose and mouth. Dark brown with a modest head. Left most of a 12 oz glass on the bar. On tap at Elysian Fields [from notes at April 2014 visit].

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Rochester, NY.

Pours a dark, nearly opaqu black, with a foamy 1.5 inch head, and not much lacing. Looks inviting.

Smells very, very strongly of cinnamon- it leaps out of the glass before I can actually go in and smell it. There's also a large amount of roasted pumpkin.

Though the cinnamon is ultimately a little too strong here, I do appreciate that it appears they use real pumpkin (and pumpkin seeds). I get a strong roasted pumpkin and bitter roasted malt flavor. There's not a whole lot of residual sweetness here, with the spiciness of the cinnamon, the bitterness of the roasted malt, and the earthiness of the roasted pumpkin taking precedent.

This is medium bodied, could be a bit "chewier" but it's certainly not thin. There's a lower level of carbonation, with a meaty, creamy mouthfeel.

Elysian definitely nails their pumpkin beers- the pumpkin is spot on, but the cinnamon is a little too dominant to give higher marks.

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Photo of emyers
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a Founders snifter.

Appearance: Pours black with a two finger medium brown head. Decent head retention, nice lacing.

Smell: CInnamon up front with cocoa powder, pumpkin, nutmeg, light coffee. Almost has a pumpkin spice latte feel to it.

Taste: CInnamon dominates again, with nutmeg, pumpkin, and chocolate backing it up. Not quite as much depth as the nose would suggest, but very good nonetheless. Good amount of bittering hops on the finish is appreciated, as otherwise this probably would have gotten too sweet.

Mouthfeel: I'd call the body medium to thin. I'd like a little more body in a stout. Medium carbonation level.

Overall: Very good beer. Keeps a nice balance between stout characteristics and pumpkin.

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Photo of kemoarps
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Coal black, deep midnight black. Yeahhhhh.... Good finger worth mocha brown head. Silky. Eventually settles down to a thin veneer over the lid, lacing wonderfully.

Dear god... Rich chocolatey malts and nutmeg and some cinnamon... Sweet meaty pumpkin... and some creamy latte milk and coffee notes. Man this smells good.

Taste is more bitter than the nose would suggest. There's a vegetal character to it, as well as a bakers chocolate/faint coffee bitter. Lots of cinnamon and nutmeg, and something on the tip I can't quite put my finger on...
Somewhere torn between smoothe and silky and quite dry. Thick, though, which I love.

Overall I really liked it, but my expectations from the fantastic pour and aroma were somewhat tempered by a flavour profile full of positive components that just doesn't quite add up to the sum of its parts.

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Photo of archyquaffer
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint. A moderate pour produces about a one inch pale brown, frothy, and somewhat sticky head. The beer is a dark yellowish brown.

Very distinct cinnamon on the nose especially. A solid understory of pumpkin becomes more noticeable as the beer warms. Beneath the cinnamon are hints of other spices, perhaps ginger and nutmeg. The pumpkin, along with a good deal of chocolate and a little biscuit lie beneath the palate and contribute to a creamy smooth mouthfeel. Some toasted malt and earthy hop bitterness balance the chocolate and cinnamon.

An excellent pumpkin ale, and a darned good stout in its own right. Interesting label art depicting a werecat or werewolf.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cinnamon bomb. Really good though..........................................................................................................................

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

I like the idea of a pumpkin stout. Seems more suited for cooler fall days.
I thought the cinnamon spice was a bit over done, if that's really all I tasted.
And with that said the beer has a dry course and gritty puckering feel.
Basically too much cinamon powder

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Photo of VashonGuy
4/5  rDev +2.6%

First things first: this is not really a pumpkin ale, nothing like Pumking or Punkin or Night Owl, or a host of other pumpkin ales. It's not pumpkin pie in a bottle; it's not sweet, and it's not even very pumpkiny.

This is much closer to a traditional stout, albeit with spices, especially cinnamon. It's full of roasty flavors, and a little bitter. It's on the dry side. The pumpkin is there, but it's in the background, and you'll have to look for it.

Considering this as a slightly unusual stout, I really like this. It's a much better beer than most of the pumpkin ales out there. It doesn't fit a pure style niche, but more power to Dick Cantwell for his originality.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a handsome pitch black with a mocha or chocolate colored head of creamy foam that lasts and adorns the glass. The nose is cinnamon and nutmeg. A faint bit of allspice and a light fragrant ginger to really perk up the nose. The malt on the nose is roasty but biscuity too. Creamy and smooth smelling even on the nose. There is a faint bit of light chocolate and that is a surprise. Pumpkin scent is hard to find but it's there. taste is heavy with cinnamon. The body is creamy adn the malt is impeccable. The roast is deep and flows freely. At the back palate there is a slight bitter from that roast that is so lovely. The spices are all there but I wish I could taste more pumpkin. Cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, clove and ginger. The chocolate flavor seems to smooth out this beer without really taking center stage. The mouthfeel is creamy and silken. There should not be any alcohol on this palate at only 6.5 percent but there is a twinge of it in the finish. There is a slight hop bitterness that takes the tongue for a brief moment before this one finishes dry and with that lovely dry pie crust to linger and that very dominant cinnamon.

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Photo of stratusjeans
3/5  rDev -23.1%

A: Black. Shined a light through it, or tried, because light cannot pass this dark beast. Half a finger of light brown foam. Large bubbles in the foam, definitely more course than smooth. Poured into a snifter. 4.25/5

S: Cinnamon, like I would imagine snorting a pile of cinnamon would be like. The smell has a dryness to it. As the beer warmed up to room temperature, a pit of the pumpkin scent begins to come through. 3/5

M: Very nice, not heavy. 4/5

T: Cinnamon, again, a lot. The flavors dissipates quickly but doesn't completely go away. A tiny amount of it lingers on your tongue. As the beer warms the pumpkin flavor begins to come out as well. Not much sweetness which I think works well for this beer. 3/5

O: I would call this a cinnamon stout and nothing else. The cinnamon was far too strong for my taste, but as the beer warmed it actually smoothed out, both in aroma and taste. Then again my taste buds could have been slowly dying. Bonus tip: pairs quite well with Oreos. Not my favorite beer, but glad I tried it. I'm very much looking forward to Punkuccino tomorrow which I think will be more up my alley. 3.5/5

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Photo of antott0523
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Opaque black coffee with a foamy light brown head that stays. Sticks to the side of the glass a bit as well. No visible carbonation.

S: Cinnamon up the wazoo. They have managed to capture the essence of ground cinnamon. Quote remarkable. Roasted malts and coffee barely sneak through.

T: Cinnamon across the palate and from start to finish. The finish is moderately bitter, with minor notes of coffee and semi-sweet chocolate.

M: Smooth with mild carbonation.

Overall: So how does this stack up against the other Elysian pumkpin beers (except for Owl, which I have not yet tried)? I was disappointed by The Great Pumpkin, which I thought was too bitter, boozy, and had an artificial and chemical-like flavor to it. Dark O' is smooth and natural. The characteristics are different from Punkuccino, but I feel this beer is equally as strong for its own reasons. Both noses are highly spicy. Dark O' provides a burst of cinnamon, while Punku has a broader fall spice profile including nutmeg, allspice, and of course, coffee. This is a great stout, with warming characteristics brought out by the up front notes of cinnamon. One of the more unique pumpkin ales I have had that manages to balance spice nicely with a solid stout base.

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Photo of Bfarr
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Black with thin brown foamy head with okay retention. Rich espresso, cocoa and cinnamon aroma. Coffee and rich dark chocolate, pumpkin pie and roasty notes. Coffee lingers with light warming. Thin and light carbonation

Rich aroma and complex taste accented by pumpkin. It's balanced and enjoyable but the thin feel is slightly distracting.

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Photo of maltlab
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Great stout, cinnamon hits you up front, but it is never overpowering or off-putting. Notes of chocolate and coffee throughout, subtle notes of pumpkin on the finish. It is like drinking coffee, chocolate French toast.

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Dark O' The Moon from Elysian Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.