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Dark O' The Moon - Elysian Brewing Company

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Reviews: 125
Hads: 504
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.03%
Wants: 96
Gots: 67 | FT: 1
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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: 125 | Hads: 504
Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high dense dark tan head that quickly died down and left some lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of chocolate malts and pumpkins in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of pumpkin spices along with some hints of sweetness. The chocolate flavors are a little stronger compared to the pumpkin aromas.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and has no traces of alcohol in the taste. It seems to be a good blend of two styles: pumpkin ale and stout. (704 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

you dont see a ton of dark pumpkin beers, and this is a winner. pours very dense black, almost no light coming through at all, and a quickly dying khaki head. the nose is a perfect blend of milk chocolate, vanilla, and cinnamon. pumpkin and pumpkin seed flavor are up front, squashy and a little bitter from the dark malts. cocoa and spice finish it out. the abv is perfect for this beer, its one you could drink several of, but sturdy enough to keep ya going. feel is fullest of bodies and spirited carbonation for the style. i like the effort here, a very different beer, perfect for the night of the first snowfall. leaves all frost covered, half on the trees, half on the ground. its just right. (699 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Part of the Elysian Halloween spectacular. Split all three of these with multiple members of my family over the house on Halloween. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 10/31/2009.
 
A pumpkin stout is a novel invention I must say. This one was actually opened up last just to let the flavor really soak in. Poured a very nice black color with a small tan head over the top, nothing really crazy or different about it, but very nice looking none the less. Settled down quickly and left behind a decent amount of side lacing around the bottom and the sides as well with a light touch of brown peeking through on the bottom. Aroma started out with touches of chocolate, hints of light spice, cinnamon, and touches of brown sugar mixing in nicely. As it warmed though I found it to take on more of the character of a normal stout, roasted malts, hints of cocoa and a nice mellow presence. Light touch of pumpkin still floating around in there as well when you really got down to it, but overall it was pretty mellow. Smooth, even carbonation and a nice medium to full body left me looking for a little bit more when all was said and done and a nice even finish.
 
Overall this was different and definitely unique. I would have no trouble going there again and think they have done a really nice thing with this one. (1,348 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (555 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (1,354 characters)

Photo of mactrail
2.44/5  rDev -37.3%
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]. (399 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Fridge served in a Nonic
A-black opaque -thick medium brown cap with tight bead

S-cocoa and vanilla w/ light cinnamon nose and mild pepper w/ gentle roasted coffee

M-thick creamy yet medium bodied feel w/ light spice and alcohol w/ moderate sweetness and carbonation level w/ slight bitterness and semi dry finish

Taste is herbal hops mixed w/ mild spice taste and light cocoa which is bittersweet and gentle creaminess of vanilla on the palate w/ hints of cinnamon's earthy flavor

Overall a great stout w/ nice spice additions that don't go overboard and yet still add to the finished product (612 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at City Tap House, Philly, PA

Served in a tulip glass, an opaque black color with a small tan head that retained well and left a bit of lacing on the glass. Dark roasty malts were the dominant factor in the nose, with lesser notes of roasted pumpkin and light spice and charcoal. The roast again took command in the taste, with any pumpkin being very subtle; dark malts, coffee, molasses, charcoal, mellow autumn spices. About medium bodied, perhaps too thin for a normal stout, but it actually worked well with this beer. Not bad overall. (558 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bgramer for this intriguing extra. Served in a Leinenkugel's pint glass.

A - Pours with a nice finger-plus of tan foam that settles to a solid cap, leaving a few lace fingers. Black body with a faint glint of brown at the fringes.

S - Pumpkin, roasted malts, a bit of cinnamon and nutmeg, typical stout flavors of milk chocolate and hazelnuts. Surprisingly heavy on actual pumpkin aroma.

T - More cinnamon and spice in the flavor, and some nice chocolate notes as well. I'm not a huge spice lover, so I prefer the aroma a bit, but these are well-integrated and tastefully deployed.

M - Smooth and creamy, medium body, medium-low carbonation. Seemed bigger than 6.5%, though not through any overt alcohol presence but merely through heft.

D - This was shockingly gourd. Easily the best pumpkin beer I've ever had. Hopefully The Great Pumpkin is similarly good. (874 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, 2013 release. Pours nearly opaque black color with a 2 finger dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big pumpkin, cinnamon, clove, gingerbread, raisin bread, toast, chocolate, cocoa, light roast, dark bread, and toasted earthiness. Incredible aromas with great balance and complexity of pumpkin, spice, and bready/roasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of pumpkin, cinnamon, milk chocolate, cocoa, gingerbread, clove, raisin bread, toast, light roast, dark bread, and toasted earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, gingerbread, clove, raisin bread, toast, milk chocolate, cocoa, light roast, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance, complexity, and robustness of pumpkin, spice, and dark/roasted malt flavors; with a nice malt/spice balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent pumpkin stout. All around great complexity and balance of pumpkin, spice, and malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering. (1,331 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some light hints of dark amber when held up to the light and very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall dense creamy dark tan to mocha head that quickly reduces to a mottled very thin film covering about a third of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon and nutmeg stand out) over the top of dark roasted malts and chocolate. Very light notes of roasted coffee.

T: Starts out with moderate to strong flavors of dark roasted and chocolate malts which are followed by the pumpkin flavors. There is just touch of sweetness upfront followed by the flavors of pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon and nutmeg) with light bitterness in the finish which does not linger.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and slightly creamy.

O: I really enjoy the pumpkin stout hybrid style, for some reason these really work for me... almost like if you combined chocolate and pumpkin pie (kind of like a derby pie). It drinks much easier than the 6.5% ABV that it is, especially since the mouthfeel is also lighter. Very enjoyable - glad I bought the Pumpkin Patch sampler pack to get this one. (1,323 characters)

Photo of ShanePB
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (265 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (411 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a black color with a short 1/2" head that falls to a spotty surface foam. Light lace sticks to the glass.

Smell: chocolate and cinnamon are easy to detect, and some roasted tones are a bit softer.

Taste: roasted malt, chocolate, cinnamon, prunes, and a hint of earthy spiciness. Pumpkin is not really detectable here as with some other pumpkin beers.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp to start, smooth and a bit dry late.

Overall: this is a nice stout that is very easy to drink, and the additional spiced components keep it interesting through the bomber bottle. (599 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As the original poster noted, this a pumpkin stout. Brewed with Maris Otter, crystal, and chocolate malts. In the mash are roasted barley, Castle Cara-Vienne, Cara-Munich, and Special B malts, along with roasted pumpkin seeds. Pureed Golden Delicious pumpkin is in the mash, kettle, and fermenter. Crushed cinnamon in the kettle and bittered with Magnum hops and finished with Hersbrucker hops. Starting gravity of 18.8 degrees plato and abv is 7.3%.

Pours almost black with a thin head and some lacing. Aside from the roasted grain in the nose, you can really smell the cinnamon and roasted pumpkin seeds. The taste has a more pronounced pumpkin flavor and sweetness. The cinnamon is also evident here as is a late, nutty roastiness. Mouthfeel is smooth and dry. Once again, a very interesting pumpkin brew from this brewery and another one that works. (855 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
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. (1,136 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle received in a trade with pranaferox. Thanks David. Elysian makes my favorite pumpkin beer, so when I heard about this Pumpkin Stout I knew I had to have it. Consumed on 10/25/2009 after a celebratory weekend and poured into a snifter. A vigorous pour yields a 1.5 inch light brown head that exhibits good retention and leaves some scattered lacing behind as it recedes. The beer appears black, just as you'd expect.

The nose is sweet bready malt with a good deal of chocolate. The beer isn't super spicy like a lot of pumpkin beers I've had recently. There's a touch of cinnamon to accompany the rich chocolate and subtle pumpkin notes, but not a dollop of all spice and nutmeg. Coffee is at such a low level it's almost nonexistent, but it's present nonetheless. There's a slight roast to the nose, but I wouldn't call it a roasted stout, rather a chocolate stout with notes of authentic pumpkin. Pumpkin character increases with warming. No alcohol is noticeable.

The flavor also has a substantial amount of chocolate to it, and the pumpkin is again subtle. A little cinnamon is evident and I detect some spicy character on my tongue, but I can't pinpoint what that is. A touch of coffee is noticeable but it's pretty negligible. The finish is rich chocolate with moderate pumpkin notes and a subtle roast. I like Elysian's approach to a pumpkin beer with Dark 'O The Moon. The beer isn't flashy, overly flavored (like a lot of pumpkin beers), or -bal aged, but I think it's well crafted. The combination of chocolate and pumpkin is thoroughly enjoyable. The beer is light full bodied with moderate carbonation. (1,622 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
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. (358 characters)

Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Always Rons the other day.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive as well, as I pick up considerable pumpkin, vanilla, cinnamon, dark chocolate and an underlying roasty quality. The flavor profile replicates the nose, except there's a noticeable hoppy component as well, that gives the beer something of a licorice and burnt toast flavor at the end. It also dries out the modest sweetness I get in this beer initially. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but the beer otherwise delivers plenty of flavor, and drinkability in this releatively low alcohol beer is pretty good. There's not even a hint of alcohol on thie finish, which is always a plus in my book.

While I'm not a huge fan of pumpking beers, this wasn't bad. I might even order it again, under the right circumstances. (842 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a deep black hue with a two finger foamy tan head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured chocolate malts, dry coffee and a touch of caramel.

The taste consisted of dark chocolate, roasted malts and a touch of pumpkin rind. No spice.

The mouthfeel was full.

Overall a tasty pumpkin stout. (360 characters)

Photo of Tone
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 3/2 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of pumpkin, nutmeg, slight all spice, slight ginger, and sweet malt. Fits the style of a Pumpkin Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pumpkin, nutmeg, ginger, sweet malt, roasted malt, and hint of hop. Overall, great appearance, good aroma, body, and blend. (393 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from 9/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours dark, dark red amber. Thin tan head and light lacing. Dark malt aroma. Dark and toasty malts, light smoky malt, dark fruit, light chocolate with a slight pumpkin background. Finishes with pumpkin, spice and light hop bitterness. Very nice. This and the Great Pumpkin are must have annual beers for me in the fall. (379 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: completely, entirely black with a thick finger of frothy dark tan foam. Head has a decent retention and leaves a nice lace on the glass. Good.

Smell: roasty malt aroma with a moderate chocolate character and a little bit of burnt malt (a good thing, in my opinion). On top of that is a nutmeg, cinnamon and general pumpkin-pie-spice aroma. The spicing is restrained, which I appreciate. I rather like the overall effect.

Taste: flavor is a little bit fruitier, with a bit of actual pumpkin flavor in the mix (as opposed to the aroma, which sticks to the pie spice palate). Nutmeg and a little bit of clove, I think, are the prime spices here. The rich roast comes through at the end to round everything out. Quite good.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent level of carbonation and creaminess. Not bad.

Overall: pumpkin beers aren't for everyone, but this beer shows admirable restraint and balance. I think the base of a dark stout does a good job in holding up to the spicing and pumpkin. I'll have this again, next year at least! (1,087 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a very dark brown in color almost black with a thin brown head that left very little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lots of chocolate goodness upfront coming out of the aroma that reminded me a little of chocolate powder and not in a bad way. plenty of cinnamon to compliment, a little nutmeg and roastiness but with a little pumpkin character/

T: the chocolate flavor with was more potent and rich on the palate alongside more noticeable roastiness, cinnamon accents, hints of nutmeg, pumpkin spice with graham cracker ginger bread notes but also a touch of vanilla to round out this elixir.

M; the brew was medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, spice, chocolatey, slightly roasty and rich finish.

O: I definitely like the combination between the pumpkin beer character and the chocolate. I have to say this is my favorite out of the pumpkin beer series. (906 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip glass.

A - Pours a dark brown with a dark tan head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Chocolate and cinnamin.

T - Smooth chocolate and coffee, a stout with some pumpkin and cinnamin.

D - Low carbonation, heavy body. Thick, but smooth.

O - Nice pumpkin stout, low flavor profile. (318 characters)

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