Dark O' The Moon - Elysian Brewing Company
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4/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
10-21-2012 12:15:56 | More by metter98
4.05/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
11-02-2009 22:03:00 | More by mikesgroove
4.19/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
10-02-2013 21:02:58 | More by oberon
4/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
10-28-2008 16:54:17 | More by Kegatron
4.25/5 rDev +8.7%
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.
10-29-2010 20:14:24 | More by MasterSki
3.93/5 rDev +0.5%
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
01-01-2013 11:19:51 | More by Slatetank
3.98/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
10-26-2012 00:21:16 | More by StonedTrippin
3.75/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
10-22-2012 13:46:48 | More by Rifugium
4/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
05-21-2012 03:10:59 | More by Mora2000
4/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
10-26-2012 16:33:13 | More by Gavage
Dark O' The Moon from Elysian Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 368 ratings.