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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 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 Arbitrator
2.56/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of garuda
2.72/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

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.

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Photo of woemad
2.86/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of hreb
2.88/5  rDev -26.2%
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!

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Photo of bum732
3/5  rDev -23.1%
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.

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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 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 harrymel
3.14/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


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.

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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 barleywinefiend
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a black color with good carbonation and a brown head. Nose is faint chocolate, roasted malt, espresso but really no pumpkin, cinnamon or spice. Taste is creamy, bitter chocolate, coffee, some cinnamon and very faint pumpkin. Mouthfeel is nice with bitter chcolate and creamy. While I love Elysian, I was looking for more pumpkin in this pumpkin stout.

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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 birchstick
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a chocolaty espresso head on it. Burnt chocolate malts with a touch of pumpkin hit the nose from the glass. The taste is on par with the aromas: chocolate malts open this up. These take on a more roasted/coffee character and don't deviate from these two flavors. The spices it was claimed to be brewed with never show up on the palate. The body is medium and smooth. Overall, this is a straight up stout. I gave it marks for being a delicious stout, but it missed the whole pumpkin experience it was trying to deliver.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 10/3/08. On tap at Blind Tiger. Pours black with a small ring of light tan head. Aroma of roasted malt and smoke. Flavor of light chalkiness, bitter chocolate, and sweet roasted malt. Light bodied. Similar to Fisherman's Pumpkin Stout--just sort of an average stout--except that there was really no pumpkin presence.
7/4/7/3/14 (3.5/5)

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Photo of emmasdad
3.41/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Ratman. Bomber poured a translucent dark brown nearly black with a lasting brown head. Aromas of dark chocolate, cinnamon, pumpkin and light coffee. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of dark chocolate, cinnamon, pumpkin, light roastiness and a hint of coffee with a smooth dry lingering cinnamon finish.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle split into a couple large snifters

Pours dark, little head. Smells like dark licorice and sweetness. A little booze and cough syrup.

Taste is chocolatey bitter, more black licorice. There's a little cinnamon in there.

Mouthfeel is chalky and thick. Overall, this is a pretty decent beer. Nothing too exciting, though.

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Photo of spoony
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes dated 11/22/2012.

From a 22 oz into a mug.

A-The beer poured dark, dark brown...not quite black. There was just a faint cap of dark brown head, but that quickly receded. Not much lacing.

S-I picked up smells of roasted, dark malts with coffee and dark chocolate also present. There was a light spiciness, but very little pumpkin.

T-Taste follows the smell with light spiciness and just-barely-perceptable-pumpkin mostly hidden beneath chocolatey roasted malt flavors.

M-The feel is medium to heavy and pretty dry for a pumpkin stout. Not much in the way of carbonation, but not completely flat or syrupy.

O-This was a decent tasting stout, but I was a little let down by the absence of pumpkin. I have been sitting on this for about 2 months, so freshness might be an issue, but I still expected more pumpkin. Nevertheless, this was pleasantly flavored and drinkable.

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Photo of BillHilly
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber poured into a duvel tulip at 55 degrees.

A: dark brown, very little head, fainted to rim, etching brought out very little yeast bubbles.

S: burnt coffee, slight cinnamon, molasses

T: starts off sweet and decent roasted malt, finishes with a bitter & burnt coffee finish

M: Much better feel than look, solid carbonation.

O: Glad I tried it, worth a try, but nothing to trade for IMO.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark. Black with some dark brown tinged with orange. Head is small, creamy, and thin. Lacing is decent and leaves some notches.

Smell: Roasty chocolate. Sweet.milk.chocolate, cocoa. Some bitter baker's chocolate. Big hit of pumpkin flesh. Squishy and.vegetal. Cinnamon spiciness has depth. Full. Sweet and some alcohol on the back. Roast pumpkin chocolate.

Taste: Some burnt edges. Cinnamon, bitter chocolate, cocoa and nice mellow pumpkin flesh. Big roasty malts. Some wood notes and hints of old coffee. Pumpkin seeds and some toasted malts. Slightly burnt pumpkin bread. Some kind of liquid baked good.

Mouthfeel: Medium.body with a moderate carbonation. Dry.

Overall: This is a fall dessert beer.

A solid take on the style. A bit over on the bitter chocolate, but a nice blend overall.

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Photo of Overlord
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to a generous reviewer who I owe an extra, too.

Pours a dark brown with light brown edges. Some tan bubbling that settles into a filmy crust with gobs ont he edges.

Smells like .. roasted malt, chocolate, and a bit of coffee. Where's da pumpkin? Since I'm not a big pumpkin fan, I guess that's a good thing.

Taste introduces some big pumpkin, roast coffee/malt/caramel/chocolate/roast/roast/roast. A bit acrid and pungent. A decent enough stout, the spices are thankfully a bit muted. Maybe some allspice and cinnamon.

A bit thin, but a decent stout. Thanks.

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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 chpueblo22
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour is pretty average for a basic stout. Very dark but not viscous. Small white/tan head around the edges. Nose is very sweet, caramel mostly. Trying for the pumpkin and spices but really just get a sweet, caramelly aroma out of it. Taste is a sweet stout that resonates with the nose. The backside is where the pumpkin really shines. Dry pumpkin tones and seasonal spices prevail which compliment the roasted stout flavors well. Pretty heavy on the cinnamon, hard to distinguish the cinnamon flavors from the pumpkin. This is not a heavy brew. The mouthfeel is a little light and it definitely fits into the 5 or 6% sweet stout category.

Definitely enjoyed this brew. Improved as it warmed. Looking forward to trying a heavier stout with pumpkin but I really enjoy this take on a pumpkin brew.

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Photo of corby112
3.57/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours viscous and pitch black with a two finger mocha head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Roasted dark malt aroma with roasted pumpkin seed and autumnal spices. Pumpkin sweetness is minimal with more of a roasted seed character along with cinnamon, brown sugar, allspice, clove and nutmeg. slightly smokey/meaty with hints of dark chocolate cake, coffee bean, toast and molasses. Smells really good with a nice balance if roast, sweetness and spice.

Full bodied with a deeply roasted presence that overpowers the subtle pumpkin presence. This is nicely complimented by the zesty spice notes but it's slightly acrid and in desperate need of some sweetness. Very dry to the point of almost tasting burnt with charred dark malt flavors, toast and espresso bean along with cinnamon, clove, allspice and pepper. Very one-dimensional with hardly any pumpkin flavor to speak of. I would have never guessed that there was any in there, it just tastes like a spicy, overly roasted stout. No alcohol hear to speak of but the harsh burnt malt and dry spice make it somewhat tough to drink.

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Photo of Domingo
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had samples of this at GABF a few times (on a pretty fatigued palate) so it was nice to see we got a few bottles sent to Denver this year.
Pours an expected opaque black color. Not a whole lot of highlights or light making it through this one. A thin cap of white foam on the top. Looks pretty much like a standard porter or stout.
The nose consists of anise, cinnamon, allspice, and a roasty backdrop.
The taste follows roughly the same path. Unlike a lot of other pumpkin beers, to me the ones from Elysian (Night Owl and Great Pumpkin, too) all have very heavy handed anise notes. It's different, but not necessarily my favorite. This one has elements that I love, but that anise note is just a bit much. The allspice and cinnamon creep up here and there, and the base porter is nice, but it keeps coming back to black jellybeans. The actual pumpkin pie character is mild as a result.
It's not boozy, and the spices aren't numbing or overkill. Some people will likely love this one.
Not my favorite under any stretch, but there aren't too many pumpkin porters that make to bottles out here. I'm glad this one does, even if there are others like I more.

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Photo of Smurf2055
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark black, little tan head.

Smells like chocolate and spice.

Taste is spicy and a bit sour.

Had this on tap before, and having it on bottle now, I know this doesn’t age well. It is a great beer when it’s first released, and am basing the stats on that. TREAT is still way better for this style, even when DotM is at its peak.

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