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Dark O' The Moon - Elysian Brewing Company

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88
very good

366 Ratings
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Ratings: 366
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 89
Gots: 37 | FT: 2
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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:
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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suncrust

Washington

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

11-12-2011 06:08:52 | More by suncrust
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Arbitrator

California

2.53/5  rDev -35.3%

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.

11-08-2011 05:30:26 | More by Arbitrator
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.85/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

11-05-2011 06:22:34 | More by HuskyinPDX
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snaotheus

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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.

10-30-2011 03:51:18 | More by snaotheus
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dirtylou

Washington

4.13/5  rDev +5.6%

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

10-29-2011 23:59:05 | More by dirtylou
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cbarrett4

Oregon

4.22/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

10-26-2011 23:52:48 | More by cbarrett4
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chpueblo22

Michigan

3.6/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

10-18-2011 03:59:19 | More by chpueblo22
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aficionado

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +0.5%

Served in a Tulip glass - Thanks BuckeyeOne

Midnight black with a dark cream colored head and minimal lacing.

Smoky smell. Chocolate malt and earthy hops.

A sweet beer, not dry. Not Southern Tier or 120 minute sweet, but more on the sweet side nonetheless. A different take on a pumpkin ale. Smoky, dark, drinkable, mild pumpkin notes, smooth, chocolate, coffee, cinnamon, firewood, chocolate and acidulated malt.

Easy drinking, moderate body, low carbonation.

10-14-2011 22:09:10 | More by aficionado
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NWer

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Poured from bomber into pint glass.
Dark. Very dark. Coffee brown head with nice retention and lace.
Lives up to description well. Chocolate, coffee, pumpkin, cinnamon notes throughout. Slight tangyness in the mouthfeel reflective of the alcohol.
All in all, a game changer for me. Didn't think much of pumpkin beers until I tried this one.

10-12-2011 20:32:39 | More by NWer
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chumba526

Oregon

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%

Appears nearly black with a small deep brown head.

I get strong aromas of mild roasted coffee, cinnamon and pumpkin. There is a slight sour smell to the stout as well.

Tastes of mild roasted chocolate malt. A mild bitterness appears that pairs well with the mild fall spice blend. There is a nice pumpkin flavor. But the pumpkin quality of this beer is not as strong as most other pumpkin beers I have had and adds both richness and a mild bit of acidity. This is a great innovative stout though.

The ale has a moderate low carbonation and a smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

Overall a nice smooth stout with a nice twist. Perfect for a cold October night.

10-09-2011 00:30:49 | More by chumba526
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harrymel

Washington

3.13/5  rDev -19.9%

2011

A: pours dark brown with no real head formation and only a ring of tan foam with a mirrored center. No lace.

S: Hops, dark malts, some cinnamon, some coffe tones.

T: Tastes like a stout with some cinnamon. Some hops, some oats, some coffee some malted milk. Meh, okay.

M: Full bodied with lower carbonation. Dry finish.

O: Well, this is a beer with cinnamon, not a pumpkin stout. Although this is a good beer, it is a stout, not a pumpkin beer.

10-07-2011 09:43:53 | More by harrymel
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Docer

Washington

4.18/5  rDev +6.9%

Appearance: (3.0)
- Heavy pour into a glass hardly rendered even a finger of head. Quick light mocha fizz settled immediately to a light bubbly ring, and some scattered thin skin on top. Stout is rather dark, and I can't see through it. Light ruby at the edges.

Smell: (4.0)
- Sweet chocolate grains, and spicy pumpkin pie notes. Lots of clove and cinnamon action going on. Perhaps a little grassy earthy hop bitterness. Some nice fig and esters as well going on.

Taste: (4.5)
- Taste is saving the overall experience of this beer so far for me. Very good chocolaty smooth grainy stout with a nice kick of bitterness to boot. Very well balanced bouquet of spices.. vanilla, clove, fig, nutmeg, hops. Nice roasty pumpkin touch, seeds perhaps.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- This brew is somewhat dry like a good stout should be, a bit chewy as it should be given its strength, and is actually well carbonated minus the lack of head. It must be brewed with just some standard house ale yeast, which does get on my nerves sometimes. Medium bodied stout, and a nice dry finish.

Overall: (4.0)
- My initial reaction at the pour was not so good, as I poured it heavily into a glass with little to no head or glorious mocha foam like I was expecting.. but with a good smell, and an even better taste.. the beer still holds high marks. I don't know about being worth the $9, but it would be one to buy a lot of if it were fairly priced.

10-02-2011 21:41:25 | More by Docer
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beerandcycling88

Washington

4.22/5  rDev +7.9%

Poured from a bomber into a snifter.

A Pours a dark brown almost black color with a tan head that dissipates very quickly.

S For a pumpkin beer not a lot of pumpkin in the nose. It's mostly cinnamon with some chocolate with the pumpkin being almost an after thought. Still quite nice

T Lots of chocolate, roasted coffee with some more cinnamon. Like the nose the pumpkin takes a back seat and is just hinted at instead of being the sole focus.

M Thick yet smooth

Overall I love this beer. Very subtle and doesn't club you over the head with pumpkin. More of a stout that has some pumpkin flavor then a pumpkin ale. Excellent seasonal by Elysian.

10-01-2011 01:50:45 | More by beerandcycling88
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doughanson78

Washington

4.4/5  rDev +12.5%

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. First pumpkin stout.

A: Very dark pour. One of the blacker pours I've seen. Had a slight orangish/red tint to the pour. Not a lick of light getting through in the glass. The faintest bit of mocha colored head that disappears quickly but leaves an awesome lacing.

S: Pumpkin, chocolate, coffee, nutmeg, cinnamon, roasted malts, and some smoke. Different with the pumpkin mixed with all that but nicely blended.

T: Sweet pumpkin upfront, with a touch of cinnamon. A light coffee bitterness along with chocolate and nutmeg. The pumpkin continues to linger through the finish. Roastiness comes through in the middle and fades into smokiness. Pretty complex. A tad off in the aftertaste but nothing bad.

M: A bit light in body. Not real creamy. Lighter carbonation. This may be the one area this beer is really lacking.

O: Was kind of put off by the thought of pumpkin in my stout, but this is well done. I really like it. Wish it was a lot thicker but hey. Nobody makes a perfect beer.

09-27-2011 04:01:33 | More by doughanson78
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emmasdad

Colorado

3.43/5  rDev -12.3%

Thanks Ratman. Bomber poured a translucent dark brown nearly black with a lasting brown head. Aromas of dark chocolate, cinnamon, pumpkin and light coffee. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of dark chocolate, cinnamon, pumpkin, light roastiness and a hint of coffee with a smooth dry lingering cinnamon finish.

09-12-2011 21:48:34 | More by emmasdad
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woemad

Washington

2.88/5  rDev -26.3%

22oz bomber with no obvious freshness date on the bottle. This was given to me as a Christmas present by my brother. Sadly, I forgot about it until now.

Poured a fairly viscous-looking dark brown color that looks black in the glass. Holding it up to the light does no good - it's like having a glass of darkness. Modest yet bubbly tan head. No lace to speak of.

When they said this was brewed with cinammon, they weren't kidding. It smells like some sort of a cinnamon stout, with no discernable pumpkin scent at all. There's also a slightly earthy scent in the background.

The flavor of this beer features a somewhat cloying cinnamon sweetness, and the earthy scent is more prominent, seeming to be the pumpkin flavor. There's also brown sugar and some chocolate, but the stout characteristics are considerably outweighed by the spice and pumpkin flavors.

Relatively full bodied, with a coating mouthfeel.

Getting through a bomber of this is a chore. Perhaps this tastes better when the pumpkin flavoring is fresher, but wear doesn't really seem to be the problem. There's just too much cinnamon. If that were dialed down a little, maybe this would be a bit more palateable.

03-18-2011 06:15:23 | More by woemad
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mgbickel

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +7.4%

Been a while since I reviewed...and this oddball brought me out of the dark...one of the beers I received from mikesgroove's LIF...thanks again buddy!

Poured into a Duck Rabbit snifter. A single finger of dark caramel head formed on top of the blackish brown body. Poor retention time, but decent legs.

The nose is a combo of roasted malts, pumpkin spice and nutmeg...smells like my box of Halloween/Thanksgiving decorations...which somehow, isn't a bad thing...

The taste is similar to the nose, but infused with a ton of chocolate. Pretty much how I imagined it would taste based upon the name...a pumpkin flavored stout. A pretty strong pepper flavor comes through in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is great...medium on the palate, but slick and well carbonated...compliments the black pepper flavor perfectly.

Overall, this is a very unique and well done beer. Once the flavor combination grows on you, it becomes very drinkable. I am going to seek this one out again...

01-29-2011 03:41:31 | More by mgbickel
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MasterSki

Ontario (Canada)

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
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philbertk

Washington

3.7/5  rDev -5.4%

Elysian Brewing Company--ELYSIAN DARK 'O THE MOON Pumpkin Stout--Stout Brewed With Pumpkin And Pumpkin Seeds And With Cinnamon Added--2010 22 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV. 20 IBU's? (3.75 / 5.0) Thick dark pour. No sediment. Thin mild lace light coffee head. Dark ruby obsidian black color. Interesting mild hop chocolate cinnamon front. Rich sweet roasted fruit pumpkin silky smooth complex stout body. Dry clean cinnamon spice lingering malty end. Mellows with warming. Sampled 10/3/2010. Purchased For $7.49 @ The Ballard Market 10/3/2010.

10-03-2010 20:57:09 | More by philbertk
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erikm25

Washington

4.22/5  rDev +7.9%

A: Review from 10/10/2009. Dark, practically black, like typical stouts with a tan head. Nice retention and lacing.

S: Dark fudge with some spiced aroma hints. But generally the cinnamon is masked by the malty sweetness.

T: Roasted chocolate and bready malts. Toasted cinnamon and nutty caramel. Cocoa and cloves. Pumpkin flavors are subdued by the richness of the other flavors but still adds a nice and unique compliment like chocolate covered pumpkin seeds. Per the brochure at the Elysian Great Pumpkin Beer Festival: "Great Western Pale, Crisp 77° Crystal, Cara-Vienne, roasted chocolate, and Special B malts with roasted pumpkin seeds in the mash. Pumpkin in the mash, kettle, and fermentor. Bittered with Magnum and finished with Saaz and crushed cinnamon. 0G 19.35° Plato (1.080), alcohol 6.5% by volume."

M: Medium to full body. Rich and smooth.

D: Cool take on the stout style and the pumpkin spices add a nice backdrop. Hopefully this will become a year round bottled beer. I love that Elysian does all these different styles of pumpkin inspired beers.

01-19-2010 00:15:51 | More by erikm25
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paco1029384756

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%

Pours black with short light tan head.

Scent of cinnamon, dry spices, some pumpkin and chocolate. Good and balanced, but it could use some more pumpkin.

Taste of pumpkin and a nutty flavor start, cocoa, cinnamon, some clove and roasted malts finish this one out. A little different, but I like it.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with a foamy carbonation, very nice.

01-01-2010 05:01:16 | More by paco1029384756
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%

Finally! The week-long chill of December recedes to a more autumn-like night of steady rain...reminds me of October, when I *should* have tried this beer. Didn't have that option tho', as this 22 oz'er came in trade from Seattle BA Beerzebub at the Hair of the Dog Dock Sale a few weeks back. Warmed outside the fridge for about 30 minutes, cracked open and poured to a pint glass.

"Stout brewed with Pumpkin, and Pumpkin Seeds with Cinnamon added"

A: Perfectly dark and 'stout-y', a midnight blackness that shows a a trace of rusty auburn at the edges when held to light. Creamy head crests around one-finger; it's a caramel-mocha dollop that winnows away over several minutes, leaving a coating lace blanket.

S: First whiff isn't cocoa nor pumpkin nor spice nor hops - it's smoke, a puff of ashy charcoal - or something not unlike burning leaves. Bottled 'Fall'. As much as I like the char, I really don't get much else from the aroma and that's kinda too bad...maybe I hoped for a more notable cinnamon or 'pumpkin [spice]' than was intended. At its warmest, fleeting sweet/spice notes emerge, but they are subtle to the point where one really has to search.

T: Dark and roasted grain, a mouthful of bittersweet chocolate, black coffee, a touch of burnt molasses. The fudgy-ness is perhaps surprising, as it's more a 'STOUT...with pumpkin [afterthought]' initially. Smokiness comes on and an earthiness that 'seems' like the pumpkin/gourd grows as well. Cinnamon spice is benign, a dusting that barely registers except as a lingering rooty aftertaste. Really interesting flavors pop up continually; while I don't think this entirely comes together, it sure has 'intrigue' going for it.

M: At 'just' 6.5%, this isn't a particularly heavy brew...medium feel and weight are solid, if unspectacular, at first. Then the creamy smoothness builds: a rich coating layers across the tongue, plasters the cheeks, smacks on the lips.

D: Can't think of many stouts, especially local ones, with this kind of appeal to my taste buds (Alaskan Smoked Porter comes to mind). Though DotM isn't at the ASP level for me, it has really good flavor and a beautiful feel in a very attractive brew; Elysian packs plenty besides 'pumpkin' and 'stout' into this 'Pumpkin Stout'. A seasonal that's DEFINITELY worth hunting down - I'll be on the prowl next year. Thanks for the bottle, Jon!

12-15-2009 06:09:16 | More by msubulldog25
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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%

Thanks to SuzyGreenberg for the bottle.

Pours putrid black with a nice cascading tan head that lingers pretty well and leaves good sticky lacing.

Nose is alot of roasted malt, spices, and a very odd yam-like (but clearly not pumpkin) sweet mushy smell. Almost a tart wood like smell as well.

Hmmm. Interesing. A nice beer, the pumpkin profile is not quite what i was expecting. There is plenty of pumpkin in there, but they could really use a little bit more pumpkin pie spices. The bitterness in the base stout is also a little too high for such a beer, IMO. There is almost a mini tart woodiness in here that is sort of odd as well. There is a nice little bit of roastiness on the finish, and pumpkin and slight dark bakers chocolate linger in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is pretty solid, if anything ever so slightly overcarbonated, but the viscosity is right where you would want it here. The dryness is a tad strong for the style, but ok.

Drinkability is decent, but this is a chewy and goofily adjuncted brew, so that does hamper it just a touch. Abv is actually lower than i expected, but it doesn't seem too hot in any way.

Overall a nice beer, and a good stab at a pumpkin stout. If you like this beer, definitely try and get your hands on Midnight Suns Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter (now called "TREAT") It is a similar beer, but much more balanced and perfected. That being said, i dont want to take anything away from this brew, as its an ok shot at a dark pumpkin beer, just needs a little work around the edges i'd say.

11-26-2009 07:55:25 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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ROBORB

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -0.8%

Bomber courtesy of 5000, thanks Andre!

Poured a deep black with a small, short lived tan head. The aroma was overwhelming chocolate and heavy malts. The taste is pretty good. The initial taste is sweet and consists of cinammon. This changes to a deep chocolate and heavy malt taste. Carbonation was medium and the beer laced the entire glass. A very good adaptation to the pumpkin beers that I am used to.

11-17-2009 17:13:05 | More by ROBORB
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Overlord

California

3.53/5  rDev -9.7%

Thanks to a generous reviewer who I owe an extra, too.

Pours a dark brown with light brown edges. Some tan bubbling that settles into a filmy crust with gobs ont he edges.

Smells like .. roasted malt, chocolate, and a bit of coffee. Where's da pumpkin? Since I'm not a big pumpkin fan, I guess that's a good thing.

Taste introduces some big pumpkin, roast coffee/malt/caramel/chocolate/roast/roast/roast. A bit acrid and pungent. A decent enough stout, the spices are thankfully a bit muted. Maybe some allspice and cinnamon.

A bit thin, but a decent stout. Thanks.

11-15-2009 07:08:51 | More by Overlord
Dark O' The Moon from Elysian Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 366 ratings.