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Dark O' The Moon - Elysian Brewing Company

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376 Ratings
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Ratings: 376
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 92
Gots: 37 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: jletts on 11-06-2007)
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Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

MarkyMOD, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of hreb
2.83/5  rDev -27.8%

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!

hreb, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of JMBSH
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

JMBSH, Sep 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

carteravebrew, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of strongaf
4/5  rDev +2%

strongaf, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of Rconn006
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Rconn006, Aug 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

hiphopj5, Aug 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

enelson, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

LiquidAmber, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of Spider889
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%

On tap at the Elysian Pumpkin event at Falling Rock on 9/28/11.

The version we got was listed as 7.3% abv.

This is a rich and dark beer.

The aroma is full of chocolate and cinnamon with a warm and inviting pumpkin bread aspect to it.

The flavor has some roast coffee and chocolate goodness going on. bitter ash on the finish. Not much hint of pumpkin here.

Chewy mouthfeel with a warm alcohol component (I also find that cinnamon can enhance this perception). Dense and sticky.

Overall this was a cool brew. I felt that the base beer is a stout or porter. Wishing for more pumpkin flavor.

Spider889, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of crobinso
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

crobinso, May 30, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2%

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.

Mora2000, May 21, 2012
Photo of draheim
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%

22oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a dark cola brown w/ a rich mocha head that settles pretty quickly.

Aroma is a nice mellow roasty sweetness, some cinnamon, nutmeg & clove. Molasses and an elusive earthy, nutty aroma emerge as it warms.

Taste is malty and slightly chocolatey w/ just a hint of cinnamon. Pumpkin may lend a pulpy, sticky sweetness but not a dominant element by any means. Just the suggestion of pumpkin, which is about all I ever want from a pumpkin beer.

Mouthfeel is smooth and semi-dry, but a little thin.

Overall a good pumpkin beer and an average stout. Not sure I'll be looking for this again next year though.

draheim, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of projectflam86
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%

Got this through a trade with youradhere. Thanks Jim!

22oz bomber poured into a snifter.

A- Pours an absolutely ink black color with a thick brown head that leaves good lacing.

S- Very sweet with roasted malt and dark chocolate aromas leading the way. A touch of spice is noticeable in the nose but it is very subtle.

T- The pumpkin notes come through much more in the flavor than in the nose. Rich bittersweet chocolate and pumpkin pie spice upfront with a touch of char and roast in the finish. The alcohol is mild but it adds a little bite.

M- Medium bodied with slightly low carbonation. Silky mouth feel.

O- Overall easily one of the best pumpkin stouts I've had. Really one of the better pumpkin beers in general. I'm glad I got the chance to try.

projectflam86, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of sharpski
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

sharpski, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of BillHilly
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%

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.

BillHilly, Jan 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Jstark5150, Jan 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

towlea25, Jan 08, 2012
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%

Deep brown, small tan head. Thin organic lace.

Clove and cinnamon, pumpkin pie. Chocolate and heavily-toasted marshmellow.

Roasty chocolate, toasted marshmellow. Pumpkin and pie crust. Clove, Cinn, molasses. some excess sweetness. moderate bitterness.

Full body. Smooth and sticky.

A little sweet, otherwise a very great brew. Very drinkable and good for the winter season.

CHILLINDYLAN, Jan 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

hannaho, Jan 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

Kopfschuss, Dec 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%

PaBeerLover, Dec 09, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

bespin15, Dec 05, 2011
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

dmsohyea, Dec 02, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Kevlee722, Dec 01, 2011
Dark O' The Moon from Elysian Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 376 ratings.