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Dark O' The Moon - Elysian Brewing Company

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Ratings: 359
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11%
Wants: 79
Gots: 33 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

01-08-2012 02:27:38 | More by towlea25


4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

01-05-2012 19:32:57 | More by hannaho
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

12-18-2011 08:19:50 | More by Kopfschuss
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

12-09-2011 21:45:01 | More by PaBeerLover
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

12-05-2011 10:48:35 | More by bespin15
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

12-02-2011 22:20:25 | More by dmsohyea
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

12-01-2011 20:37:08 | More by Kevlee722
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

11-29-2011 06:54:05 | More by huadog
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3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes. 22oz. bomber poured into a snifter on Oct. 31st.

A: Dark O' as night. No light could get through. Nice looking brown head.

S: Roasted chocolate grains with pumpkin pie spices. Dark fruit flavors and some fig notes.

T: Sweet pumpkin with some bitter chocolate/coffee flavors as well. A good roastiness, but not overly smokey.

M: Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. Good carbonation.

O: Probably my favorite pumpkin beer of the year. A bit overpriced but worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 18:03:30 | More by tcampbel1
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5/5  rDev +27.9%

11-22-2011 05:28:54 | More by Airyk12
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5/5  rDev +27.9%

11-18-2011 14:58:21 | More by sweatervest27
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

11-18-2011 02:34:40 | More by mrunseen
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

11-16-2011 02:13:15 | More by oline73
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

11-15-2011 18:35:58 | More by grilledsquid
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

11-15-2011 06:42:35 | More by ithinkimasofa
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

11-14-2011 22:28:45 | More by Adamostella
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

11-14-2011 16:59:37 | More by writerLJBerg
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3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz poured to a snifter glass.

A- Thick pour and pitch black in color. Has dark purpley colors with a creamy mocha head. Brown, grainy, and bourbon-like muddy appearance.

S- Notes of raisin and dark chocolate, with hints of black licorice. Light pumpkin, cinnamon spice and molasses. Kind of smells like a toasted cinnamon raisin bagel.

T- Rich dark coffee and chocolate. Burnt flavors (especially burned coffee beans) with some smoky charcoal on the throat. Tones of clove, cinnamon, tobacco, and chocolate covered raisins. Pie crust and pumpkin flavors linger in the aftertaste, though light. Chocolate chilies on the tongue as it warms. Great flavors.

MF- Creamy and smooth, but not nearly as thick as the smell would imply. Not much coating, with clean drinkability for such a dark, complex beer. Sort of a dry irish stout finish. This would be awesome on nitro.

O- Has that Elysian texture and blend, not bold or aggressive, but not underwhelming. This years version was much better than last- a bit more complex and rich.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 06:08:52 | More by suncrust
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2.53/5  rDev -35.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 05:30:26 | More by Arbitrator
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3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 06:22:34 | More by HuskyinPDX
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 03:51:18 | More by snaotheus
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4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, made sure to stock up on this guy and the great pumpkin from the Tangletown outpost before the public caught wind

appearance: split and served in my great lakes goblet, dark brown body, creamy mocha head with a light ring of lace

smell: relatively subdued nose - some baking spices that line up with those coming from my oven at the moment - nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon. light roasted malt, baking chocolate

taste: rich and velvety - creamy chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, roasted pumpkin and pumpkin seeds. A very lovely ensemble of flavor resulting in a great stout that would be a favorite of the style year-round

mouthfeel: rich and creamy

overall: solid stuff

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 23:59:05 | More by dirtylou
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4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at Saraveza Portland during Elysian Pumpkin Festival into spooky little Elysian Halloween snifter.

Pours deep brown/black with short cream colored head that slowly fades leaving not much lace.

Smells of roasted coffee and autumn baking spices - cinnamon, clove, nutmeg. A little fig and dark chocolate thing going on as well. Really the spices are what shine here.

On the palate I finally meet the pumpkin. Though it is light, it's there. The spices really add a nice note. The cinnamon and clove really come to the front. Some dark roasted malt, coffee and chocolate notes back it up. Terribly complex.

Texture is full on the medium to full side of the scale. Not a heavyweight. Alcohol is moderate and kept well in check. Nice balance. Shorter finish though.

Overall one of the better pumpkin ales I have tasted, and a proper stout to boot. Worth a taste if you come across it. Even if you're not a fan of pumpkin.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2011 23:52:48 | More by cbarrett4
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3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 03:59:19 | More by chpueblo22
Dark O' The Moon from Elysian Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 359 ratings.