Dark O' The Moon - Elysian Brewing Company
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2.53/5 rDev -35.3%
Chilled bottle into a glass. A generous gift from hopsbreath. Thanks, Jason! And thanks to ramnuts for shipping it down.
A: Pours a dark maroon body, nearly black, with a small beige head that slowly lapses into a thin film and vanishes. No lace.
S: Coffee and roasted grain, as you'd expect from a stout. Cinnamon and an earthy, vegetal note that evokes the pumpkin used here.
T: Coffee, roasted grain, cinnamon, and a pronounced bitterness that isn't appealing. I'm expecting a pumpkin beer, not a stout-gruit hybrid.
M: Dry, which is unusual for some stouts I've been having lately. The dryness unfortunately lets the bitterness shine through, which isn't appealing. A nice cinnamon exhalation brings the beer to a close.
O: The Great Pumpkin and Night Owl were so much better than this. I was disappointed. I really thought we had a trifecta of winners here.
11-08-2011 05:30:26 | More by Arbitrator
2.64/5 rDev -32.5%
A - Black, tan head has good retention and good lacing.
S - Chocolatey, roasty, touch of cinnamon and pumpkin spices.
T - Takes a turn for the worse here. Touch of roasty chocolate, then it's completely dominated by cinnamon. Tough to get much else out of it, maybe an ambiguous bitterness? Tough to tell if it's bitterness or cinnamon burn.
M - Medium/full body, medium carbonation. Cinnamon burn kills it though.
O - Out of all the recommendations for this beer, I can't believe I never heard anyone remark on the cinnamon bomb this beer is. I barely finished my half of the bottle, and my wife had to drain pour hers. The amount of cinnamon is just rediculous.
09-29-2013 13:55:21 | More by garuda
2.83/5 rDev -27.6%
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!
09-05-2012 02:55:04 | More by hreb
2.88/5 rDev -26.3%
22oz bomber with no obvious freshness date on the bottle. This was given to me as a Christmas present by my brother. Sadly, I forgot about it until now.
Poured a fairly viscous-looking dark brown color that looks black in the glass. Holding it up to the light does no good - it's like having a glass of darkness. Modest yet bubbly tan head. No lace to speak of.
When they said this was brewed with cinammon, they weren't kidding. It smells like some sort of a cinnamon stout, with no discernable pumpkin scent at all. There's also a slightly earthy scent in the background.
The flavor of this beer features a somewhat cloying cinnamon sweetness, and the earthy scent is more prominent, seeming to be the pumpkin flavor. There's also brown sugar and some chocolate, but the stout characteristics are considerably outweighed by the spice and pumpkin flavors.
Relatively full bodied, with a coating mouthfeel.
Getting through a bomber of this is a chore. Perhaps this tastes better when the pumpkin flavoring is fresher, but wear doesn't really seem to be the problem. There's just too much cinnamon. If that were dialed down a little, maybe this would be a bit more palateable.
03-18-2011 06:15:23 | More by woemad
3/5 rDev -23.3%
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.
10-02-2012 01:55:28 | More by bum732
3.13/5 rDev -19.9%
A: pours dark brown with no real head formation and only a ring of tan foam with a mirrored center. No lace.
S: Hops, dark malts, some cinnamon, some coffe tones.
T: Tastes like a stout with some cinnamon. Some hops, some oats, some coffee some malted milk. Meh, okay.
M: Full bodied with lower carbonation. Dry finish.
O: Well, this is a beer with cinnamon, not a pumpkin stout. Although this is a good beer, it is a stout, not a pumpkin beer.
10-07-2011 09:43:53 | More by harrymel
Dark O' The Moon from Elysian Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 366 ratings.