Dark O' The Moon - Elysian Brewing Company

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Ratings: 497
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.42%
Wants: 91
Gots: 64 | 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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Reviews by ScreamForMe:
Photo of ScreamForMe
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had this on tap and 22oz bomber:

A nice head on this one. Decent smells of chocolate, vanilla, and pumpkin way in the back.

I have mixed feelings about this brew. It's a medium bodied creamy stout. But, if you're looking for more of an up front pumpkin beer, this isn't it.

If you're looking for more subtle flavors, then this one could work for you.

As a stout, quite nice. As a pumpkin beer, so so.

Next!

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep chocolate brown with a creamy dark beige head that left one full ring of dark lace as it settled into a frothy mass.Wow cinnamon and chocolate really jump out at ya in the nose,the cinnamon is spicy and goes well with the chocolate and roasted notes.A nice creamy feel to the beer adds to it's richness and pairs well with the flavors.Mild roast and chocolate that runs into a big dose of spicy sweet cinnamon in the finish.One of the best...if not the best pumpkin beer of any style I have had,Elysian can throw down with some pumpkin beers.

Photo of ROBORB
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber courtesy of 5000, thanks Andre!

Poured a deep black with a small, short lived tan head. The aroma was overwhelming chocolate and heavy malts. The taste is pretty good. The initial taste is sweet and consists of cinammon. This changes to a deep chocolate and heavy malt taste. Carbonation was medium and the beer laced the entire glass. A very good adaptation to the pumpkin beers that I am used to.

Photo of NWer
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into pint glass.
Dark. Very dark. Coffee brown head with nice retention and lace.
Lives up to description well. Chocolate, coffee, pumpkin, cinnamon notes throughout. Slight tangyness in the mouthfeel reflective of the alcohol.
All in all, a game changer for me. Didn't think much of pumpkin beers until I tried this one.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to 5000 for sending me this bottle. Reviewed from notes.

The beer pours a very dark brown to black color with a large tan head. The aroma has a ton of cinnamon in it, as well as some pumpkin, nutmeg and allspice. The flavor also has a lot of spices in it. I get some cinnamon, clove, allspice and nutmeg, as well as some pumpkin and quite a bit of roasted malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Cookeeman
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this beer, but not for the reasons that I thought I would. Yes, it was a thick stout, with a creamy chocolate flavour and smooth malty finish. But what really jumped out at me was the pumpkin flavour: this wasn't some tame or demure pumpkin pie overtone, this was a smash of fresh pumpkin with a sprinkling of vibrant cinnamon! I'm rarely impressed by pumpkin flavour, I tend to judge the pumpkin beers more harshly than others. I'm pretty picky when it comes down to the balance of spices, and the texture of the pumpkin. The reason this one stood out to me was the freshness; the flavour seemed to jump out of the glass, as if it had just been brewed this morning. And I don't mean it was raw or harsh, it was still smooth and creamy but with a liveliness that was new to me. I will definitely be going back for another bottle of this for Halloween night.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of hreb
2.88/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz bomber served in pint glass. Beer pours a deep brown with a very thin layer of lighter brown head. Faint aroma of pumpkin and spice (cinnamon or cassia?)

Flavor is flat and unremarkably bitter. Pumpkin provides some texture/body but not much in the way of flavor. Cinnamon flavor is muted and reduced to an unpleasant spiciness in the aftertaste. I can't imagine what pumpkin seeds could be bringing to this brew.

As a stout, this beer is the right color, and has a relatively heavy mouthfeel, but otherwise it doesn't hit any of the right notes. Though only hopped to 20 IBUs, there's a surplus of bitterness from the other ingredients. It got the bitterness levels of a Russian Imperial stout but doesn't have nearly the grain bill that that style requires. Pumpkin beers are a challenging style, but they can be executed well. Bring me back to CBC's pumpkin fest!

Photo of socon67
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Black pour with a creamy brown foam on top. The nitro gives htis more air and and a better foam head, probably at the xpense of only slight lacing.

S - I got much more of a chocolae smell than pumpkin. The dark malts were pretty forward on this. There is a scent of pumpkin flesh and some cinnamon and nutmeg.

T - The drak roasted malt really overshadows the pumkin and spcie notes. While the flavors are rich and very enjoyable tastes or chocolate and and vanilla, the pumpkin flavors only were felt in the finish.

M - Actually felt heavier than it was. Not sure f the nitro dd that, or if the malty notes just felt heavier on my palate. But this is not a sessionable ale.

O - Could have passed for a porter actually. A fun example of the more extremem ends of the style but unfortunately the subtle flavors were washed out. Still enjoyable to try.

Photo of dirtylou
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, made sure to stock up on this guy and the great pumpkin from the Tangletown outpost before the public caught wind

appearance: split and served in my great lakes goblet, dark brown body, creamy mocha head with a light ring of lace

smell: relatively subdued nose - some baking spices that line up with those coming from my oven at the moment - nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon. light roasted malt, baking chocolate

taste: rich and velvety - creamy chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, roasted pumpkin and pumpkin seeds. A very lovely ensemble of flavor resulting in a great stout that would be a favorite of the style year-round

mouthfeel: rich and creamy

overall: solid stuff

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Iron Hill North Wales location during their Pumpkin Fest on 10/25/08. Part of a Pumpkin Ale keg swap this season between the two breweries.

Pours black with a finger of burnt looking, dark tan head. Retains around the edges with some thin wisps in the center, leaving a nice looking cascade of spotty lacing behind. The aroma is mostly on the Stout side, with some roasted chocolate malts and coffee taking center stage, but there is also some lighter spice aspects that come out behind them. A bit of cinnamon and clove with just a touch of floral hops that floats amongst them.

The taste is similar with dark roasted bitterness coming out to play first, followed by additional notes of coffee, chocolate, and caramel sweetness. And yes, a subtle tingle of pumpkin pie spices does indeed make itself known. Especially in the finish, where it lingers with some leftover sweetness and lightly roasted bitter notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a firm carbonation that really accentuates the overall toasty feel of this.

Never mind the pumpkin aspects of this, I thought that this worked worderfully just as a plain ole' full flavored Stout. The pumpkin spices were just an added (and luckily not overdone) aspect that lent some warmth and Fall-like qualities to the mix. Good stuff here that I'm quite glad to have tried.

Photo of EBeckett3
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance – Black with a small brown colored head. The head fades relatively quickly leaving just some light foam on the surface of the beer and light laces.

Smell-light vanilla and chocolate/ pumpkin pie.

Taste – dark chocolate flavor androasted malt with vanilla. Pumpkin flavor light, but grows more intense as the base of the glass. It is the core of the stout along with the malt.

Mouthfeel – Medium with a slight vanilla-cinnamon aftertaste. Almost creamy.

Overall – Very tasty. A fine stout. Pumpkin, not pie.

Served in a 16 oz pint glass at the Pourhouse, Westmont, NJ

Photo of Gmann
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black color with a short dense brown head that settled into a light ring.

The aroma is big on the roasted malt/barley. Some charred wood notes, anise, and dark fruit. There is some cinnamon but it is fairly subtle. Not a very overpowering nose.

The taste has a nice mixture between the roast, dark chocolate and cinnamon spice. Not overly roasty but enough to make known this is a stout. The dark chocolate is a nice complement as well as the cinnamon. The cinnamon provides a nice quirky element. Not sure I can taste any of the actual pumpkin but perhaps the seeds.

The feel is kind of light for a stout, not much body to it at all. The fizzy is prickly which doesn help lead to a smooth feel that most stouts have. Primarily roasty on the palate, with enough sweet and spice to offset the bitterness.

A nice stout, nothing earth shattering. Good flavors for a 6.5ABV stout though the feel is a tad thin. Would like to see more pumpkin spice.

Photo of scootny
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of bum732
3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

S: Slight roasty coffee, touch of chocolate, light pumpkin spices.

L: Very dark brown, bordering on black, light tan head that dissipates.

T: Dry roastiness with slightly spicy malt. No clear hop character. Medium bitterness with a prominent cinnamon spiciness. There is almost like a chili heat present, but very mild.

M: Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

Meh, didn't really think it worked. The pumpkin edge was dull overall.

Photo of antott0523
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of bonbini26
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ the blind tiger 10-03-08

Was lucky enough to try this from their pumpkin event earlier in the week. THis beer pours a very dark brown/black, with a nice head. The pumpkin spices aroma is not very strong compared to other pumpkin beers ive had. More on the stout side, with roasted notes of coffee, chocolate and cloves. The taste is much more of a robust stout, than a pumpkin beer, the pumpkin spices try to come out a little but seem to fade quickly. Overall this beer gets point for not being an overdone spiced pumpkin beer like some are and for brewing outside the box and making a stout version of a pumpkin beer

Photo of CHILLINDYLAN
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown, small tan head. Thin organic lace.

Clove and cinnamon, pumpkin pie. Chocolate and heavily-toasted marshmellow.

Roasty chocolate, toasted marshmellow. Pumpkin and pie crust. Clove, Cinn, molasses. some excess sweetness. moderate bitterness.

Full body. Smooth and sticky.

A little sweet, otherwise a very great brew. Very drinkable and good for the winter season.

Photo of philbe311
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A finger's worth of densely packed moderately lush light brown colored frothiness... The color is a deep dark brown... Limited retention gives way to an uneven splotchy lacing and very thin collar... Mostly still though some carbonation can be coaxed out by slightly agitating the glass...

S - The nose is led by the slightly sweet guts of a pumpkin... There is some very light roasted malt character... A bit of nutmeg and cinnamon lie beneath the surface... Perhaps a hint of dark chocolate... A very pleasant, but slightly understated aroma...

T - Roasted malt to start... Baker's chocolate... The roasted pumpkin seeds add a unique quality... No real pumpkin sweetness to speak of... The finish is dominated by a competition between cinnamon and roasted malt that lingers for quite a while...

M -Medium to full bodied... The carbonation is light, but packs a definite bite... The finish is slightly chalky...

D - Unpretentious... This one is a stout first, and a pumpkin seasonal second... That's not a bad thing, but rather just a statement of fact... Not a bad beer, but not something that I would drink with regularity...

Photo of Docer
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: (3.0)
- Heavy pour into a glass hardly rendered even a finger of head. Quick light mocha fizz settled immediately to a light bubbly ring, and some scattered thin skin on top. Stout is rather dark, and I can't see through it. Light ruby at the edges.

Smell: (4.0)
- Sweet chocolate grains, and spicy pumpkin pie notes. Lots of clove and cinnamon action going on. Perhaps a little grassy earthy hop bitterness. Some nice fig and esters as well going on.

Taste: (4.5)
- Taste is saving the overall experience of this beer so far for me. Very good chocolaty smooth grainy stout with a nice kick of bitterness to boot. Very well balanced bouquet of spices.. vanilla, clove, fig, nutmeg, hops. Nice roasty pumpkin touch, seeds perhaps.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- This brew is somewhat dry like a good stout should be, a bit chewy as it should be given its strength, and is actually well carbonated minus the lack of head. It must be brewed with just some standard house ale yeast, which does get on my nerves sometimes. Medium bodied stout, and a nice dry finish.

Overall: (4.0)
- My initial reaction at the pour was not so good, as I poured it heavily into a glass with little to no head or glorious mocha foam like I was expecting.. but with a good smell, and an even better taste.. the beer still holds high marks. I don't know about being worth the $9, but it would be one to buy a lot of if it were fairly priced.

Photo of n2185
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of suncrust
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz poured to a snifter glass.

A- Thick pour and pitch black in color. Has dark purpley colors with a creamy mocha head. Brown, grainy, and bourbon-like muddy appearance.

S- Notes of raisin and dark chocolate, with hints of black licorice. Light pumpkin, cinnamon spice and molasses. Kind of smells like a toasted cinnamon raisin bagel.

T- Rich dark coffee and chocolate. Burnt flavors (especially burned coffee beans) with some smoky charcoal on the throat. Tones of clove, cinnamon, tobacco, and chocolate covered raisins. Pie crust and pumpkin flavors linger in the aftertaste, though light. Chocolate chilies on the tongue as it warms. Great flavors.

MF- Creamy and smooth, but not nearly as thick as the smell would imply. Not much coating, with clean drinkability for such a dark, complex beer. Sort of a dry irish stout finish. This would be awesome on nitro.

O- Has that Elysian texture and blend, not bold or aggressive, but not underwhelming. This years version was much better than last- a bit more complex and rich.

Photo of boogyman
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First review of this out of the bottle! I am gonna try to get a good picture and upload it. It's a pretty cool label. It sounds like this was limited to 120 cases total. Got it at my local beer store, Bottleworks in Seattle. They had ONE case that they hid in the back and I am sure they had a limit but there was two guys in front of me who got two each but I only got one. As far as I know the only way they advertised that they received it was on their Twitter feed which I happen to follow.

Anyways, to the review!

A- Poured into my trusty tulip glass. It pours black, maybe a super dark brown, but held up to the light, I don't see any light passing through. Not much head for me but it was straight from the fridge so it was cold and it was a fairly gentle pour. A little bubbles around the edge of the glass. On my second pour, after it warmed up a bit and on a more aggressive pour, there was a nice light tan head that stuck around a lot longer.

S- The pumpkin spices are fairly subtle on the nose. But there is the pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice. It has a similar smell to Punkin Ale from DFH just not as strong.

T- As in the nose, the pumpkin spices are fairly light but most definitely there. The roasty malty flavors are much more prevalent. This beer doesn't seem as complex as some other stouts or imperial stouts, but it is definitely very tasty. I am starting to notice some slightly chocolaty notes but only so faint.

M- Fairly nice feel. Very smooth going in and going down. The alcohol burn is pretty well hidden.

D- Overall this beer is very tasty from the bottle. I could drink a few of these if i was blessed with more then one bottle that I probably wont get again till next year. I am gonna see if I can some of this at the Great Pumpkin Beer Fest they will be throwing soon. If you see this in your local store, buy it because it is worth trying. If you can get more then one bottle, do it because it wont last long until next year.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.98/5  rDev +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.

Photo of TimG_0913
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Never been disappointed by elysian.

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Dark O' The Moon from Elysian Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 497 ratings.