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Dark O' The Moon - Elysian Brewing Company

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87
very good

126 Reviews
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Reviews: 126
Hads: 506
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.03%
Wants: 97
Gots: 68 | 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 scootny
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is superb. Elysian does pumpkin better than any brewery I've come across. This has a rich thick head sitting on a clear but opaquely dark brown liquid. Lots of lace and good retention. Superior aromatics bring copious amounts of chocolate and coffee as well as a thick slice of pie topped with cinnamon. The taste is much the same. It's like drinking pie and mocha together. The finish brings a graham cracker crust and earthy hop bitterness that evokes a rich cup of coffee. Not an sweet beer overall and highly sessionable. Feel is perfectly weighted with a light supple caressing of the mouth and tongue. Smoothly carbonated with just enough liveliness. This drinks like a dry Irish stout. Great beer and one to seek out often. (735 characters)

Photo of taylor714914
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While Elysian hasn’t impressed me much in the past, I was pleasantly surprised by this.  Deep and Dark, the beer pours a deep black with little to no head.  Smells of pumpkin, cinnamon, and some smokey malts.  Flavor is great.  A smooth balance of pumpkin, baking spice, and a lingering smokiness form the patent malt.  The flavors pass back and forth playing a perfect balance.  The mouthfeel is spot on, smooth and slick, but not oily.  (447 characters)

Photo of n2185
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A: pours black with a finger of tan head that fades into a frothy ring with little lacing.

S: roasted malts smoke and with semi-sweet chocolate. Some notes of pumpkin spices, but they're subtle.

T: roasted malts, smoke, and cocoa here as well. Notes of pumpkin and spice as well.

M: medium-thick body with lowish carbonation, this beer is just short of watery.

O: a decent beer overall. A bit simplistic, but enjoyable. (423 characters)

Photo of MNishCT77
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle obtained in the greater Washington D.C. area, 2013 vintage but unclear bottling date, poured into my *** snifter glass, drank 11/6-7/13 over an hour

A: 3/3 - dark-brown-to-black, no clarity, poured with a creamy mahogany head that settled into a 1/2 finger glass lacing with some froth on top. moderate carbonation

S: 9/12 - pumpkin spice + malt

T: 17/20 - on the anterior tongue, there's little bitterness supplied by the chocolate and roasted malts; in the middle of the mouth, the pumpkin spice, malts and alcohol arise; surprisingly, little-to-no aftertaste

M: 4/5 - incredibly creamy mouthfeel, especially impressive in the context of moderate carbonation

O: 9/10 - one of the top American pumpkin ales, and I love the admixture of pumpkin and stouts, especially roast maltiness with subtle pumpkin pie and sweetness; definitely recommended for post-Thanksgiving dinner

TOTAL = 42/50 (908 characters)

Photo of zacharrry
4.66/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Love at first sip--an absolute explosion of sweet pumpkin, savory spice, and bitter dark chocolate. I've tried a lot of different pumpkin beers this season (and several others from Elysian) and this is the one I was looking for. The feel is thick without being syrupy, the carbonation is pleasing, and the color is a deep dark autumnal red-brown. After the first few sips the malt and cinnamon dominate the palette until the beer warms up and the pumpkin shines through once more. Great ride and a great finish. Looking forward to having this again next year. (559 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 EBeckett3
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance – Black with a small brown colored head. The head fades relatively quickly leaving just some light foam on the surface of the beer and light laces.

Smell-light vanilla and chocolate/ pumpkin pie.

Taste – dark chocolate flavor androasted malt with vanilla. Pumpkin flavor light, but grows more intense as the base of the glass. It is the core of the stout along with the malt.

Mouthfeel – Medium with a slight vanilla-cinnamon aftertaste. Almost creamy.

Overall – Very tasty. A fine stout. Pumpkin, not pie.

Served in a 16 oz pint glass at the Pourhouse, Westmont, NJ (590 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a nearly pitch black color with a small brown colored head. The head fades relatively quickly leaving just some light foam on the surface of the beer and almost no lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is a wonderful blend of milk chocolate aromas mixed with a nice pumpkin pie. The pumpkin pie consists of a brown sugar sweetened, roasted pumpkin smell mixed with a nice showing of cinnamon along with some nutmeg and allspice. Some lighter aromas of a vanilla and a light biscuit nature combined with the chocolate and pumpkin pie, acting as a melding and bridging set of aromas; overall the smell is quite fantastic.

Taste – The taste begins with a darker chocolate flavor mixed with some bready and roasted malt flavors. The pumpkin flavor upfront is rather light, but grows more intense as the flavor advances. The vanilla is strongest upfront with the chocolate with both losing some potency as the taste moves on. While the chocolate and vanilla fade a tad, the pumpkin kicks it up with a more flavors of brown sugar and spices of tons of cinnamon as well as some nutmeg and allspice getting more potent as well. In the end with the increase in the pumpkin pie flavors and a still rather strong presence of the chocolate (even though slightly lightened from the beginning)and roasted flavors a rather nice chocolate and roasted pumpkin pie flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to slightly thinner side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The lower carbonation is perfect for the mix of pumpkin pie and roasted and chocolate flavors. A little thicker of a body may have helped these flavors along further, but even with that said, the feel was rather nice overall.

Overall – A rather tasty dark pumpkin ale with a great blend of roasted, chocolate, cinnamony, and pumpkin beer flavors. Very tasty. (1,965 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 garuda
2.72/5  rDev -30.1%
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. (667 characters)

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

A-dark brown black color with a nice tan head and good lacing

S-chocolate, pumpkin, cinnamon, light roasted malt

T-pumpkin, cinnamon, chocolate, light coffee, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, creamy, smooth

O-delicious stout with great balance of flavors (285 characters)

Photo of SFACRKnight
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I drank my body weight of this beer last year, was really excited when I saw it on the shelf this year so I had to jump up on it again, by far my favorite pumpkin beer of the season.
Poured 22oz bomber into NB globe, pours almost black with an edge of brown when held to the light, thick 2 inches of creamy beige foam on top. Cinnamon hits the nose first and mellows into a roasted chocolate and cocoa nibs aroma. Tastes the same as the nose, I get cinnamon up front with a creamy cocoa aftertaste with a bit of roast malt to bring it all together. Smooth drinker, but I wish the mouthfeel was a bit more full. Overall, I was looking forward to this beer for the last month, and am glad I nabbed a bottle. I thought maaybe my palate would have changed from last year, but if anything else thijs years batch was even better than memory served. (842 characters)

Photo of BeerWizard
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Was really excited to find this one in CO, since I've been wanting to try it for a while and figured it'd never show up down here. Label is awesome, but at 6-something abv don't expect to be turning into a werewolf after drinking it or anything, just a nice, warming stout. Pours black with a cocoa colored head and looks quite tantalizing. Nose gives off a lot of cinnamon and cocoa. Taste is REALLY smoky; wife said it was like drinking a cigar and I said it was like licking an ash tray. Other than that you get cinnamon, and if the pumpkin is in there anywhere (which I'm sure it is), it really takes a back seat to the spice and smoke, which is just all up in your palate. Overall I actually liked it as a seasonal stout and found the flavor really intriguing, but would probably opt for some Night Owl or Great Pumpkin in place of this one if looking for a pumpkin beer. Also didn't think this warranted the ten dollar price tag, but still glad I got to try it. (967 characters)

Photo of Smurf2055
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (336 characters)

Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Solid black and a notable amount of sediment that poured out. Espresso colour foam tops out at 1 finger, it crowds the edge of the glass and makes a thin layer of micro bubbles forming a thin gauzy dressing on top.

S: The scent is deeply toasted and dark, with acrid dark coffee, toasted coco beans, toasted yeasty bread and caramelized squash, finishing with wet leaves and earth. It's everything that halloween smells like to me, deeply dark, and burnt by the devils fiery tongue.

T: Surprisingly smooth, with dark caramelized squash notes up front followed with sweet sugars and musky & earthy vegative notes. Follows up quickly with more acrid notes of coffee and coco balanced will with vanilla creaminess. Herb flavours are present, leafy herbs, not sweet spices. Finishes with an acrid taste of coffee, coco beans and burnt toast.

M: Surprisingly more light than what I expected, thin to medium bodied and dry on the finish. Noticeably short longer time, it vaporizes in the mouth and leaves nothing behind.

O: Overall is manages to present the squash smell and flavour exceptionally well and pairs that sweet and musky earthiness with toasted scents and flavours. A fuller mouth feel would enhance the experience, however still and great beer mid year to remind me of halloweens past. (1,301 characters)

Photo of Neorebel
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Opaque and practically black in color, with very minimal carbonation. The tan head recedes to a thin sliver immediately after a strong poor. A small bit of lacing is left on the glass.

Smell - Very organic pumpkin pie flavors are the most noticeable in the aroma - Sweetened pumpkin, vanilla, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Roasted malts are secondary but present.

Taste - The pumpkin elements don't overpower as the aroma suggests - the toasted malts and dark chocolate aspects are quite strong. This is pretty balanced. One can even pick up some citrus hop flavors, and also some sort of herbal taste... perhaps fennel?

The mouth feel is light to medium. Finish is very crisp, and somewhat dry.

Overall, this is only the second pumpkin stout I have ever had, and the experience has been quite pleasing. I prefer this to the Fisherman's Pumpkin Stout. I am excited to try other Elysian pumpkin ales as well, because they seem to fall nicely in between brewers who may be too extreme with the pumpkin aspect, and those who barely make it detectable in the beer. (1,073 characters)

Photo of Scotchboy
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Uber late-season keg tapped at Bittercreek, Boise ID...

A: Nearly opaque black with a pretty good tan head and some lacing.

S: Fairly balanced nose of pumpkin and roasted chocolate malt...pumpkin isn't overwhelming which is nice. Background spices of cinnamon and maybe nutmeg or ginger as well? Only the cinnamon is clear but its in the background and that is a good thing.

T: Follows the nose; roasted malt is moderate, spices and pumpkin are in balance and not overwhelming. The pumpkin character is not vegetable-like either...also a BIG plus. Would like more chocolate and roast IMO.

MF: Thinner medium feel, this is no imperial stout. Fairly quaffable at this abv...dry, spicy-ish finish.

O: Decent pumpkin stout but not in the same class as Pumpkinator or TREAT. (774 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nearly pitch black with dark brown hues. Head peaked at about 3/4". Looks like a decent stout and a unique pumpkin ale.

Roasted malts, cocoa, pumpkin seeds, cinnamon, toffee, nutmeg, and dried fruits and nuts. Interesting composition. I really like these aromas and how they interplay.

A very roasty pumpkin ale with notes of both the seeds and the flesh. The spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger) don't get a chance to overpower because of the rich American Stout malts and hops used. Hops have pine flavors, but remain shadowed. Pumpkin, more than spices, come through in the middle and finish. Perfect sugar levels, established by the necessary units of bitterness.

Robust in feel with active carbonation and a thicker body. Even though it's not particularly potent, one might choose to savor this one.

Nice pumpkin ale. Sure did roll through the Elysian pumpkin lineup this year. This one was good. (906 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 DNICE555
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle from my favorite NY connect.

A: Very dark brown.

S: Chocolate Cinnamon Nutmeg Pumpkin... Smells very tasty can't wait.

T: Chocolate, Roasted Malts, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Pumpkin, Vanilla, Ginger... Damn this is amazing.

M: Medium body, Medium carbonation, Best Pumpkin stout I've had.

O: What a great pumpkin beer. I think pumpkin along with all it's associated spices add a lot to ale. Feelin it. (422 characters)

Photo of alpinebryant
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a tulip with a nice solid mocha colored head. Very sticky at the edges. Nice solid head and bubbles that lasted for a while.

S: Aroma of roasted malts, bitter pumpkin and spices. Hints of clove and cinnamon

T: Bitter and robust pumpkin spiced stout. Too much earth for my liking off the first sip. Extremely bitter and tannice with ginger flavors mixing with cinnamon. Some bakers chocolate and ashy black patent flavors at the end.

M: Medium to thick body, I was slightly surprised this is only a 6.5% abv beer with the body as is. Highly / over carbonated.

O: Overall this is a good pumpkin stout. I enjoyed it however I prefer TREAT over this by a high degree. Worth a try (696 characters)

Photo of CHADMC3
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black body beneath the thick, mocha head which is very patient to dissolve, leaving a thick, sticky lacing throughout the duration of the beer.

An interesting aroma features pumpkin and fall spices, yet roasted malt with hints of what I assume to be woody hops resembling pumpkin stem.

Very nice flavors, similar to the aroma, yet more pronounced including the roasted pumpkin, woody hops or stem notes, roasted barley, and just a hint of sweet chocolate if I am not mistaken. Seems like an odd mix, but it really does quite well together.

Medium to fuller in body with generous carbonation and a somewhat biting, bitter finish.

Certainly a unique twist on the style, but fairly well done. Generous flavor and aroma character that really blends well. (770 characters)

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

A: Poured from the bomber into a pint glass. Body is black, with a small tannish/grey head on top.

S: Roasted barley malt and pumpkin pie spices. Pleasant.

T: Chocolate malt up front, followed by a nice and roasty malt. Pumpkin spice (nutmeg & cinnamon) shows up towards the finish, but it finishes with a drying, almost porter-like roast bitterness.

M: Medium in heft, carbonation is modest.

O: Surprisingly good stuff. My expectations were low, but this one surprised me - it drinks more like a pumpkin porter than a stout, I think, but it's good. The spices don't overwhelm the beer here at all, but provide some nice additional flavor. Not sure if I could drink a lot of this (I split the bomber with a friend), but I could have easily drank the bomber and enjoyed it. (778 characters)

Photo of spoony
3.5/5  rDev -10%
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. (886 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)

Dark O' The Moon from Elysian Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.