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Dark O' The Moon - Elysian Brewing Company

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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 woemad
2.88/5  rDev -26.5%

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.

woemad, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of mgbickel
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%

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...

mgbickel, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

MasterSki, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of philbertk
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

philbertk, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of erikm25
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

erikm25, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of paco1029384756
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

paco1029384756, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of msubulldog25
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%

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!

msubulldog25, Dec 15, 2009
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

AKBelgianBeast, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of ROBORB
3.88/5  rDev -1%

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.

ROBORB, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of Overlord
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%

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.

Overlord, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%

Poured a black color with good carbonation and a brown head. Nose is faint chocolate, roasted malt, espresso but really no pumpkin, cinnamon or spice. Taste is creamy, bitter chocolate, coffee, some cinnamon and very faint pumpkin. Mouthfeel is nice with bitter chcolate and creamy. While I love Elysian, I was looking for more pumpkin in this pumpkin stout.

barleywinefiend, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of ScreamForMe
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%

I've had this on tap and 22oz bomber:

A nice head on this one. Decent smells of chocolate, vanilla, and pumpkin way in the back.

I have mixed feelings about this brew. It's a medium bodied creamy stout. But, if you're looking for more of an up front pumpkin beer, this isn't it.

If you're looking for more subtle flavors, then this one could work for you.

As a stout, quite nice. As a pumpkin beer, so so.


ScreamForMe, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%

I got this brew from eallured, Thanks Ethan!

22oz bottle served in a glass beer mug.

Black brew with a tan head that thinned to a layer but still left bits of lacing.
Roasted coffee, malt, molases, light spices.
Good tasting stout, the pumpkin spice is light and blends in well enough with a good stout.
Medium bodied, smooth and creamy feel.
Goes down smooth and easy.

JoeyBeerBelly, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%

Part of the Elysian Halloween spectacular. Split all three of these with multiple members of my family over the house on Halloween. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 10/31/2009.
A pumpkin stout is a novel invention I must say. This one was actually opened up last just to let the flavor really soak in. Poured a very nice black color with a small tan head over the top, nothing really crazy or different about it, but very nice looking none the less. Settled down quickly and left behind a decent amount of side lacing around the bottom and the sides as well with a light touch of brown peeking through on the bottom. Aroma started out with touches of chocolate, hints of light spice, cinnamon, and touches of brown sugar mixing in nicely. As it warmed though I found it to take on more of the character of a normal stout, roasted malts, hints of cocoa and a nice mellow presence. Light touch of pumpkin still floating around in there as well when you really got down to it, but overall it was pretty mellow. Smooth, even carbonation and a nice medium to full body left me looking for a little bit more when all was said and done and a nice even finish.
Overall this was different and definitely unique. I would have no trouble going there again and think they have done a really nice thing with this one.

mikesgroove, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of ccrida
4/5  rDev +2%

Bomber poured into an imperial pint, Dark O' The Moon is black with a dark tan head that leaves foamy lace.

Smell is pretty average pumpkin beer, sweet malt and pie spices. There is a definite 'gourd' aroma though that I like, so that it's not just pure spices, which nicely differentiates it from the average pumpkin ale.

Taste is pretty good, spices are there but tempered by the chocolate and roasted malts, which add a welcome extra dimension from your usual amberish pumpkin ale.

Mouthfeel is pretty creamy, medium-heavy bodied and satisfyingly thick.

Drinkability is pretty good, if you're in the mood for going festive, but don't like the usually insipid, thin spice bombs that call themselves 'pumkin' ales, then this is a decent choice.

ccrida, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev +2%

Bottle received in a trade with pranaferox. Thanks David. Elysian makes my favorite pumpkin beer, so when I heard about this Pumpkin Stout I knew I had to have it. Consumed on 10/25/2009 after a celebratory weekend and poured into a snifter. A vigorous pour yields a 1.5 inch light brown head that exhibits good retention and leaves some scattered lacing behind as it recedes. The beer appears black, just as you'd expect.

The nose is sweet bready malt with a good deal of chocolate. The beer isn't super spicy like a lot of pumpkin beers I've had recently. There's a touch of cinnamon to accompany the rich chocolate and subtle pumpkin notes, but not a dollop of all spice and nutmeg. Coffee is at such a low level it's almost nonexistent, but it's present nonetheless. There's a slight roast to the nose, but I wouldn't call it a roasted stout, rather a chocolate stout with notes of authentic pumpkin. Pumpkin character increases with warming. No alcohol is noticeable.

The flavor also has a substantial amount of chocolate to it, and the pumpkin is again subtle. A little cinnamon is evident and I detect some spicy character on my tongue, but I can't pinpoint what that is. A touch of coffee is noticeable but it's pretty negligible. The finish is rich chocolate with moderate pumpkin notes and a subtle roast. I like Elysian's approach to a pumpkin beer with Dark 'O The Moon. The beer isn't flashy, overly flavored (like a lot of pumpkin beers), or -bal aged, but I think it's well crafted. The combination of chocolate and pumpkin is thoroughly enjoyable. The beer is light full bodied with moderate carbonation.

HopHead84, Oct 26, 2009
Photo of Nezzy
4.65/5  rDev +18.6%

Had this on tap at the SPTR Pumpkin Fest.

Appearance: very dark colors with slight orange coming through but you need to look closely to see it. Gorgeous pour and a good amount of head that was a toffee color.

Smell: Absolutely no smell of pumpkin, instead you get traditional stout fragrances: chocolate, malt, bit of caramel.

Taste: Well here is the problem. It doesn't take like pumpkin at all. I made sure to cleanse my pallet before I drank it and sorry no pumpkin. HOWEVER, when you consider it as a stout holy hell its fantastic. You get very complex tastes of coffee, caramel, malt and only in the after taste (when I was half way done) did I get the slightest hint of pumpkin.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and sweet, with little carbonation.

Drinkability: This is odd because as a stout I think its a fantastic beer. As a pumpkin beer I can't recommend it because it doesn't taste like one. However I can't deny the complexity and just overall great quality of such a stout that I could drink all night.

Nezzy, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%

Since this beer fits two style (Stout and Pumpkin Ale) I'm gonna have to try and review with both styles in mind.

A- Very dark black, yeah I know how dark can black get huh? The head is a dark brown with nice lacing. The pour looked thick.

S- This has a great smell for a stout, chocolate, roasty, vanilla, coffee, and a hint of nutty pumpkin.

T- Wow this has a great complexity. The stout flavors are there first up front, then this great nutty pumpkin flavor kicks though. The finish is a bit dry, but at the same time there is this lingering pumpkin seed flavor coating my mouth. The more I drink it the more the pumpkin spices come through, but there is still a great roasty stout flavor with a touch of chocolate.

M- The dry after taste is ok, but I could have lived without that effect.

D- Very drinkable, and complex. This is definitely blurring the style lines.

Wetpaperbag, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of aaron12
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%

A. So I was a little worried when I poured this into my glass, (especially since it was $6.99 for a 22oz). Pretty much no head, low carbonation. It's dark, dark brown, with an orange hue.

S. Smells like a stout. A bit of nutmeg spice.

T. OK, this is fuckin' good. I really like Elysian's night owl pumpkin ale, (In fact it's my favorite pumpkin ale), but this is better... So for being 6.5%, this is such a tasty stout! Perfect amount of coffee, mixed with pumpkin pie, dark chocolate, and caramel malt. I don't like sweet stouts, but this is well done.

M. Feels good...

D. VERY, VERY GOOD! This is a pretty strong beer, and I could put four of em' away quick, (if I had them, and if they were not 7 bucks a bottle...), but yeah, for a stout, this is easy.


aaron12, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +2%

On draft at The Blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a deep black hue with a two finger foamy tan head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured chocolate malts, dry coffee and a touch of caramel.

The taste consisted of dark chocolate, roasted malts and a touch of pumpkin rind. No spice.

The mouthfeel was full.

Overall a tasty pumpkin stout.

plaid75, Oct 14, 2009
Photo of boogyman
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

First review of this out of the bottle! I am gonna try to get a good picture and upload it. It's a pretty cool label. It sounds like this was limited to 120 cases total. Got it at my local beer store, Bottleworks in Seattle. They had ONE case that they hid in the back and I am sure they had a limit but there was two guys in front of me who got two each but I only got one. As far as I know the only way they advertised that they received it was on their Twitter feed which I happen to follow.

Anyways, to the review!

A- Poured into my trusty tulip glass. It pours black, maybe a super dark brown, but held up to the light, I don't see any light passing through. Not much head for me but it was straight from the fridge so it was cold and it was a fairly gentle pour. A little bubbles around the edge of the glass. On my second pour, after it warmed up a bit and on a more aggressive pour, there was a nice light tan head that stuck around a lot longer.

S- The pumpkin spices are fairly subtle on the nose. But there is the pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice. It has a similar smell to Punkin Ale from DFH just not as strong.

T- As in the nose, the pumpkin spices are fairly light but most definitely there. The roasty malty flavors are much more prevalent. This beer doesn't seem as complex as some other stouts or imperial stouts, but it is definitely very tasty. I am starting to notice some slightly chocolaty notes but only so faint.

M- Fairly nice feel. Very smooth going in and going down. The alcohol burn is pretty well hidden.

D- Overall this beer is very tasty from the bottle. I could drink a few of these if i was blessed with more then one bottle that I probably wont get again till next year. I am gonna see if I can some of this at the Great Pumpkin Beer Fest they will be throwing soon. If you see this in your local store, buy it because it is worth trying. If you can get more then one bottle, do it because it wont last long until next year.

boogyman, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%

Reviewed on 10/3/08. On tap at Blind Tiger. Pours black with a small ring of light tan head. Aroma of roasted malt and smoke. Flavor of light chalkiness, bitter chocolate, and sweet roasted malt. Light bodied. Similar to Fisherman's Pumpkin Stout--just sort of an average stout--except that there was really no pumpkin presence.
7/4/7/3/14 (3.5/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +2%

Served on tap at the Iron Hill North Wales location during their Pumpkin Fest on 10/25/08. Part of a Pumpkin Ale keg swap this season between the two breweries.

Pours black with a finger of burnt looking, dark tan head. Retains around the edges with some thin wisps in the center, leaving a nice looking cascade of spotty lacing behind. The aroma is mostly on the Stout side, with some roasted chocolate malts and coffee taking center stage, but there is also some lighter spice aspects that come out behind them. A bit of cinnamon and clove with just a touch of floral hops that floats amongst them.

The taste is similar with dark roasted bitterness coming out to play first, followed by additional notes of coffee, chocolate, and caramel sweetness. And yes, a subtle tingle of pumpkin pie spices does indeed make itself known. Especially in the finish, where it lingers with some leftover sweetness and lightly roasted bitter notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a firm carbonation that really accentuates the overall toasty feel of this.

Never mind the pumpkin aspects of this, I thought that this worked worderfully just as a plain ole' full flavored Stout. The pumpkin spices were just an added (and luckily not overdone) aspect that lent some warmth and Fall-like qualities to the mix. Good stuff here that I'm quite glad to have tried.

Kegatron, Oct 28, 2008
Photo of bonbini26
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%

On tap @ the blind tiger 10-03-08

Was lucky enough to try this from their pumpkin event earlier in the week. THis beer pours a very dark brown/black, with a nice head. The pumpkin spices aroma is not very strong compared to other pumpkin beers ive had. More on the stout side, with roasted notes of coffee, chocolate and cloves. The taste is much more of a robust stout, than a pumpkin beer, the pumpkin spices try to come out a little but seem to fade quickly. Overall this beer gets point for not being an overdone spiced pumpkin beer like some are and for brewing outside the box and making a stout version of a pumpkin beer

bonbini26, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%

As the original poster noted, this a pumpkin stout. Brewed with Maris Otter, crystal, and chocolate malts. In the mash are roasted barley, Castle Cara-Vienne, Cara-Munich, and Special B malts, along with roasted pumpkin seeds. Pureed Golden Delicious pumpkin is in the mash, kettle, and fermenter. Crushed cinnamon in the kettle and bittered with Magnum hops and finished with Hersbrucker hops. Starting gravity of 18.8 degrees plato and abv is 7.3%.

Pours almost black with a thin head and some lacing. Aside from the roasted grain in the nose, you can really smell the cinnamon and roasted pumpkin seeds. The taste has a more pronounced pumpkin flavor and sweetness. The cinnamon is also evident here as is a late, nutty roastiness. Mouthfeel is smooth and dry. Once again, a very interesting pumpkin brew from this brewery and another one that works.

Georgiabeer, Dec 14, 2007
Dark O' The Moon from Elysian Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 376 ratings.