Dark O' The Moon - Elysian Brewing Company
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Reviews by AKBelgianBeast:
3.9/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Thanks to SuzyGreenberg for the bottle.
Pours putrid black with a nice cascading tan head that lingers pretty well and leaves good sticky lacing.
Nose is alot of roasted malt, spices, and a very odd yam-like (but clearly not pumpkin) sweet mushy smell. Almost a tart wood like smell as well.
Hmmm. Interesing. A nice beer, the pumpkin profile is not quite what i was expecting. There is plenty of pumpkin in there, but they could really use a little bit more pumpkin pie spices. The bitterness in the base stout is also a little too high for such a beer, IMO. There is almost a mini tart woodiness in here that is sort of odd as well. There is a nice little bit of roastiness on the finish, and pumpkin and slight dark bakers chocolate linger in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is pretty solid, if anything ever so slightly overcarbonated, but the viscosity is right where you would want it here. The dryness is a tad strong for the style, but ok.
Drinkability is decent, but this is a chewy and goofily adjuncted brew, so that does hamper it just a touch. Abv is actually lower than i expected, but it doesn't seem too hot in any way.
Overall a nice beer, and a good stab at a pumpkin stout. If you like this beer, definitely try and get your hands on Midnight Suns Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter (now called "TREAT") It is a similar beer, but much more balanced and perfected. That being said, i dont want to take anything away from this brew, as its an ok shot at a dark pumpkin beer, just needs a little work around the edges i'd say.
Serving type: bottle
11-26-2009 07:55:25 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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3.75/5 rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
22oz bottle poured into a goblet glass. It has a black as night body with no head to it. The smell is of chocolate, pumpkin and a hint of cinnamon. The taste has a roasty chocolaty taste up front then a little pumpkin and cinnamon come in near the finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and overall a really good version of a pumpkin and stout.
Serving type: bottle
01-25-2014 03:48:37 | More by chefhatt
4.24/5 rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
This is superb. Elysian does pumpkin better than any brewery I've come across. This has a rich thick head sitting on a clear but opaquely dark brown liquid. Lots of lace and good retention. Superior aromatics bring copious amounts of chocolate and coffee as well as a thick slice of pie topped with cinnamon. The taste is much the same. It's like drinking pie and mocha together. The finish brings a graham cracker crust and earthy hop bitterness that evokes a rich cup of coffee. Not an sweet beer overall and highly sessionable. Feel is perfectly weighted with a light supple caressing of the mouth and tongue. Smoothly carbonated with just enough liveliness. This drinks like a dry Irish stout. Great beer and one to seek out often.
Serving type: growler
12-16-2013 05:02:03 | More by scootny
3.95/5 rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
While Elysian hasn’t impressed me much in the past, I was pleasantly surprised by this. Deep and Dark, the beer pours a deep black with little to no head. Smells of pumpkin, cinnamon, and some smokey malts. Flavor is great. A smooth balance of pumpkin, baking spice, and a lingering smokiness form the patent malt. The flavors pass back and forth playing a perfect balance. The mouthfeel is spot on, smooth and slick, but not oily.
Serving type: on-tap
12-12-2013 19:25:41 | More by taylor714914
4.01/5 rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
A: pours black with a finger of tan head that fades into a frothy ring with little lacing.
S: roasted malts smoke and with semi-sweet chocolate. Some notes of pumpkin spices, but they're subtle.
T: roasted malts, smoke, and cocoa here as well. Notes of pumpkin and spice as well.
M: medium-thick body with lowish carbonation, this beer is just short of watery.
O: a decent beer overall. A bit simplistic, but enjoyable.
Serving type: bottle
11-11-2013 01:21:37 | More by n2185
Dark O' The Moon from Elysian Brewing Company
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