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Dark O' The Moon - Elysian Brewing Company

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88
very good

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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4/5  rDev +2%

huadog, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of tcampbel1
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%

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.

tcampbel1, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of Airyk12
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Airyk12, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of sweatervest27
5/5  rDev +27.6%

sweatervest27, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of mrunseen
4/5  rDev +2%

mrunseen, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of oline73
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

oline73, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of grilledsquid
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

grilledsquid, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%

ithinkimasofa, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Adamostella
4/5  rDev +2%

Adamostella, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Sarlacc83
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Sarlacc83, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of suncrust
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

suncrust, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of Arbitrator
2.53/5  rDev -35.5%

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.

Arbitrator, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

HuskyinPDX, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of snaotheus
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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.

snaotheus, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of dirtylou
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%

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

dirtylou, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of cbarrett4
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

cbarrett4, Oct 26, 2011
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3.6/5  rDev -8.2%

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.

chpueblo22, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of aficionado
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

aficionado, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of NWer
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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.

NWer, Oct 12, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

chumba526, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of harrymel
3.13/5  rDev -20.2%

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.

harrymel, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of Docer
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

Docer, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of beerandcycling88
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

beerandcycling88, Oct 01, 2011
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4.4/5  rDev +12.2%

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.

doughanson78, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of emmasdad
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%

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.

emmasdad, Sep 12, 2011
Dark O' The Moon from Elysian Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 376 ratings.