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Dark O' The Moon - Elysian Brewing Company

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Reviews: 140
Hads: 559
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 97
Gots: 92 | 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 BlurryVisi0n
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Dark black color with heavy brown features, head is your typical tan color maybe 1/4" off the body. Settles super quick with slight uneven lacing.

Smell: Heavy cinnamon and nutmeg with a slight dose of coffee aroma.

Taste: Sweet pumpkin with hard nutmeg and cinnamon. Has a light coffee taste but the spices slightly overpower it. Still very good.

Mouth: Medium carbonation, ultra sticky...the after taste reminds you a malty espresso. Thin bodied.

Overall: Very good beer but not Elysian's best when it comes to the pumpkin beers they have done better. Still not a disappointment and still worth trying, if you can find it. Salud!

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Photo of dar482
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Despite the advertisement of cinnamon, the beer feels like it is more dominated by other spices, like clove, nutmeg, allspice. As these earthy spices come in, it is surrounded by milk chocolate and a medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of Whiteturtle
3.12/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured into a Rogue Spiegelau stout glass. A sumptuous bubbly cocoa brown 2 finger head rests at the top.

Its a stout, so its black. I know James Page's brewing up in Wisconsin is messing around with some sort of white stout; but come on, you know a stout is black.

As they say in the movies, it was love at first sniff. Its like a hot chocolate mix got thrown in with the ingredients of a pumpkin pie. Chocolate, peanut butter, and cinnamon attack the nostrils like ninjas. Yankee candles should be contacting Elysian right now to make overpriced wax. But in this case it would only be slightly overpriced.

I took one sip about 3 minutes after the pour, and it was still pretty cold.. I'll do us all a favor and wait about 15-20 minutes to let this puppy really be ready for a walk. 5.. 10.. 15.. O lets not tease her anymore, she's gonna start begging ;)

Its milky, clovey, and a big cinnamon kick. But man, a lot lighter than expected. Not a lot of rich malty flavors like I was bracing for. Its like a yoohoo with a cinnamon stick and a dash of pumpkin pie mix. It is sweet though, in the dairy sort of way. As is the case with many of its counterparts, a lot more spice and very little pumpkin. (A few more sips and Im starting to get a hazelnut bite.) Although with this beer I like the spice/malt/cocoa mix notes that are the result. But Im still let down by the overall body and flavor that is produced. Maybe a higher ABV would have helped in this case.. I'm not sure. But this walk is looking like its getting cut short.

I didn't dislike it, I was just disappointed. I have heard so many good things about this beer for the past few years and this was my first opportunity to try it. it looks like I'm in the minority as far as my opinion on this beer goes. I feel like I just wanted a bit more of a heavier base, you know? I wish there was a richer and more solid malt layer to rest my head on.

I feel like Im back in high school and the very rare case of all the guys thinking that this one girl is really hot, and I just don't think she's all that. I mean, I'd go out with her if she asked me, but even in my fantasies thats a lot to ask for... Who am I kidding? Id go out with her if she asked, and I'd have a good time. We would split the check though, and she would be home on time.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark black with a nice tan head. Leaves minimal lacing as it is consumed. The smell is a pleasant cinnamon, cocoa, roasted malt and for me hints of vanilla.It tastes like chocolate fudge, vanilla, cloves and massive amounts of cinnamon. It is less sweet than the smell led me to believe and it finishes nicely with a bitterness and spiciness that seems to come directly from the cinnamon but with hints of bitter chocolate. Not getting any pumpkin from this beer but I like it anyway.

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Photo of Prager62
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Picked this bomber up on a recent trip to Arizona. A package date of 7/20/15 poured into a twelve ounce tulip glass.

Look- Pours a dark brown with a small amount of tan foam.

Smell- Cinnamon heavy and not much else.

Taste- Once again cinnamon forward with some dark roast.

Feel- Tingly sensation from the heavy cinnamon presence.

Overall- A bit too one dimensional with all the cinnamon for me. Not a drain pour, but nothing spectacular. If you like chewing on a cinnamon stick, this ones for you.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a speiglau stout glass.

Look is pitch black with red highlights on the edges with a tan frothy head.

Real pumpkin bread aroma. Lots of pumpkin spice with a dark malt.

Tastes like pumpkin bread, but feels a little thin.

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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 anon
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thoroughly enjoyed this brew from Elysian, maybe my favourite of their pumpkin line.

Pours dark as night, opaque and creamy, oily. Whifs of cinnamon and clove are strong on the nose up front, following through in the taste. Oh my, to me this tasted like fresh pressed apple cider mixed with a stout. Roasty, toasty and spicy. A perfect holiday ale.

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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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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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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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Dark O' The Moon from Elysian Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.