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Dark O' The Moon - Elysian Brewing Company

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126 Reviews
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Reviews: 126
Hads: 505
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.03%
Wants: 97
Gots: 67 | FT: 1
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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:
Beer added by: jletts on 11-06-2007

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.
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Reviews: 126 | Hads: 505
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark. Black with some dark brown tinged with orange. Head is small, creamy, and thin. Lacing is decent and leaves some notches.

Smell: Roasty chocolate. Sweet.milk.chocolate, cocoa. Some bitter baker's chocolate. Big hit of pumpkin flesh. Squishy and.vegetal. Cinnamon spiciness has depth. Full. Sweet and some alcohol on the back. Roast pumpkin chocolate.

Taste: Some burnt edges. Cinnamon, bitter chocolate, cocoa and nice mellow pumpkin flesh. Big roasty malts. Some wood notes and hints of old coffee. Pumpkin seeds and some toasted malts. Slightly burnt pumpkin bread. Some kind of liquid baked good.

Mouthfeel: Medium.body with a moderate carbonation. Dry.

Overall: This is a fall dessert beer.

A solid take on the style. A bit over on the bitter chocolate, but a nice blend overall. (809 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

Consumed 11/10/12

Appearance: Dark, dark brown - light brown head, quickly fades to a wispy light tan head, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Roasty, with chocolate and pumpkin - chocolate malts, dark chocolate - pumpkin flesh and pumpkin seeds - pumpkin pie spices, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and some clove - lightly sweet

Taste: Chocolate and pumpkin, as the smell implies - roasty, chocolate malts, dark chocolate, baker's chocolate - fleshy pumpkin and pumpkin seeds - some spices, mostly cinnamon and ginger - lightly tart

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, very smooth

Overall: Cheers to Elysian

In the last few weeks, I've had a number of pumpkin beers from Elysian. They have all been good. Dark O' The Moon is no exception. It's a tasty, balanced pumpkin stout. It's not really exciting, but I would be happy to drink it again. (905 characters)

Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Always Rons the other day.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive as well, as I pick up considerable pumpkin, vanilla, cinnamon, dark chocolate and an underlying roasty quality. The flavor profile replicates the nose, except there's a noticeable hoppy component as well, that gives the beer something of a licorice and burnt toast flavor at the end. It also dries out the modest sweetness I get in this beer initially. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but the beer otherwise delivers plenty of flavor, and drinkability in this releatively low alcohol beer is pretty good. There's not even a hint of alcohol on thie finish, which is always a plus in my book.

While I'm not a huge fan of pumpking beers, this wasn't bad. I might even order it again, under the right circumstances. (842 characters)

Photo of birchstick
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a chocolaty espresso head on it. Burnt chocolate malts with a touch of pumpkin hit the nose from the glass. The taste is on par with the aromas: chocolate malts open this up. These take on a more roasted/coffee character and don't deviate from these two flavors. The spices it was claimed to be brewed with never show up on the palate. The body is medium and smooth. Overall, this is a straight up stout. I gave it marks for being a delicious stout, but it missed the whole pumpkin experience it was trying to deliver. (535 characters)

Photo of LampertLand
4.7/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Elysian's "Dark O'The Moon" Pumpkin Stout @ 5.6% , from a 650 ml bottle , that took a long time to arrive here in BC
A-pours a very dark brown with a small tan head which quickly dissapates leaving minimal lace ring along my stein
S-lots of pumpkin pie spices (cinnammon , nutmeg , allspice) some coffee and chocolate
T-has a sweet cinammon start and a slight bitter chocolate finish
MF-medium/full body , medium carbonation , so smooth and tasty
Ov-my new favourite for 2012 Pumpkin beers/ale , if you like Pumpkin Beers like me it's worth the $10.99 price for a bomber , just wish it was as available as "Night Owl"

Cheers LampertLand (642 characters)

Photo of Oakenator
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown to black with a cream coloredhead that froths nicely and lingers reasonably well. Good webbing on the glass walls. Smell is high on malts and some faint spice. Taste reveals a nice balance with pumpkin spices like cinnamon and nutmeg but not over powering. I appreciate the different spin on a traditional pumpkin beer but delivered with a solid stout. (371 characters)

Photo of Cookeeman
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this beer, but not for the reasons that I thought I would. Yes, it was a thick stout, with a creamy chocolate flavour and smooth malty finish. But what really jumped out at me was the pumpkin flavour: this wasn't some tame or demure pumpkin pie overtone, this was a smash of fresh pumpkin with a sprinkling of vibrant cinnamon! I'm rarely impressed by pumpkin flavour, I tend to judge the pumpkin beers more harshly than others. I'm pretty picky when it comes down to the balance of spices, and the texture of the pumpkin. The reason this one stood out to me was the freshness; the flavour seemed to jump out of the glass, as if it had just been brewed this morning. And I don't mean it was raw or harsh, it was still smooth and creamy but with a liveliness that was new to me. I will definitely be going back for another bottle of this for Halloween night. (874 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a black color with a short 1/2" head that falls to a spotty surface foam. Light lace sticks to the glass.

Smell: chocolate and cinnamon are easy to detect, and some roasted tones are a bit softer.

Taste: roasted malt, chocolate, cinnamon, prunes, and a hint of earthy spiciness. Pumpkin is not really detectable here as with some other pumpkin beers.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp to start, smooth and a bit dry late.

Overall: this is a nice stout that is very easy to drink, and the additional spiced components keep it interesting through the bomber bottle. (599 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

you dont see a ton of dark pumpkin beers, and this is a winner. pours very dense black, almost no light coming through at all, and a quickly dying khaki head. the nose is a perfect blend of milk chocolate, vanilla, and cinnamon. pumpkin and pumpkin seed flavor are up front, squashy and a little bitter from the dark malts. cocoa and spice finish it out. the abv is perfect for this beer, its one you could drink several of, but sturdy enough to keep ya going. feel is fullest of bodies and spirited carbonation for the style. i like the effort here, a very different beer, perfect for the night of the first snowfall. leaves all frost covered, half on the trees, half on the ground. its just right. (699 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at City Tap House, Philly, PA

Served in a tulip glass, an opaque black color with a small tan head that retained well and left a bit of lacing on the glass. Dark roasty malts were the dominant factor in the nose, with lesser notes of roasted pumpkin and light spice and charcoal. The roast again took command in the taste, with any pumpkin being very subtle; dark malts, coffee, molasses, charcoal, mellow autumn spices. About medium bodied, perhaps too thin for a normal stout, but it actually worked well with this beer. Not bad overall. (558 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black color with a short dense brown head that settled into a light ring.

The aroma is big on the roasted malt/barley. Some charred wood notes, anise, and dark fruit. There is some cinnamon but it is fairly subtle. Not a very overpowering nose.

The taste has a nice mixture between the roast, dark chocolate and cinnamon spice. Not overly roasty but enough to make known this is a stout. The dark chocolate is a nice complement as well as the cinnamon. The cinnamon provides a nice quirky element. Not sure I can taste any of the actual pumpkin but perhaps the seeds.

The feel is kind of light for a stout, not much body to it at all. The fizzy is prickly which doesn help lead to a smooth feel that most stouts have. Primarily roasty on the palate, with enough sweet and spice to offset the bitterness.

A nice stout, nothing earth shattering. Good flavors for a 6.5ABV stout though the feel is a tad thin. Would like to see more pumpkin spice. (956 characters)

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high dense dark tan head that quickly died down and left some lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of chocolate malts and pumpkins in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of pumpkin spices along with some hints of sweetness. The chocolate flavors are a little stronger compared to the pumpkin aromas.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and has no traces of alcohol in the taste. It seems to be a good blend of two styles: pumpkin ale and stout. (704 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours viscous and pitch black with a two finger mocha head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Roasted dark malt aroma with roasted pumpkin seed and autumnal spices. Pumpkin sweetness is minimal with more of a roasted seed character along with cinnamon, brown sugar, allspice, clove and nutmeg. slightly smokey/meaty with hints of dark chocolate cake, coffee bean, toast and molasses. Smells really good with a nice balance if roast, sweetness and spice.

Full bodied with a deeply roasted presence that overpowers the subtle pumpkin presence. This is nicely complimented by the zesty spice notes but it's slightly acrid and in desperate need of some sweetness. Very dry to the point of almost tasting burnt with charred dark malt flavors, toast and espresso bean along with cinnamon, clove, allspice and pepper. Very one-dimensional with hardly any pumpkin flavor to speak of. I would have never guessed that there was any in there, it just tastes like a spicy, overly roasted stout. No alcohol hear to speak of but the harsh burnt malt and dry spice make it somewhat tough to drink. (1,136 characters)

Photo of philbe311
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A finger's worth of densely packed moderately lush light brown colored frothiness... The color is a deep dark brown... Limited retention gives way to an uneven splotchy lacing and very thin collar... Mostly still though some carbonation can be coaxed out by slightly agitating the glass...

S - The nose is led by the slightly sweet guts of a pumpkin... There is some very light roasted malt character... A bit of nutmeg and cinnamon lie beneath the surface... Perhaps a hint of dark chocolate... A very pleasant, but slightly understated aroma...

T - Roasted malt to start... Baker's chocolate... The roasted pumpkin seeds add a unique quality... No real pumpkin sweetness to speak of... The finish is dominated by a competition between cinnamon and roasted malt that lingers for quite a while...

M -Medium to full bodied... The carbonation is light, but packs a definite bite... The finish is slightly chalky...

D - Unpretentious... This one is a stout first, and a pumpkin seasonal second... That's not a bad thing, but rather just a statement of fact... Not a bad beer, but not something that I would drink with regularity... (1,138 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some light hints of dark amber when held up to the light and very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall dense creamy dark tan to mocha head that quickly reduces to a mottled very thin film covering about a third of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon and nutmeg stand out) over the top of dark roasted malts and chocolate. Very light notes of roasted coffee.

T: Starts out with moderate to strong flavors of dark roasted and chocolate malts which are followed by the pumpkin flavors. There is just touch of sweetness upfront followed by the flavors of pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon and nutmeg) with light bitterness in the finish which does not linger.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and slightly creamy.

O: I really enjoy the pumpkin stout hybrid style, for some reason these really work for me... almost like if you combined chocolate and pumpkin pie (kind of like a derby pie). It drinks much easier than the 6.5% ABV that it is, especially since the mouthfeel is also lighter. Very enjoyable - glad I bought the Pumpkin Patch sampler pack to get this one. (1,323 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to ArchEnemyBrew for the beer! Thanks Hollis!

Reviewed from notes 10/15/12.

poured into snifter.

Appearance: Black bodied beer with 1 finger of head.

Smell: chocolate, spices, pumpkin.

Taste: Nice balance between the stout and the pumpkin, but the vegital pumpkin flavor is just a touch stronger than the stout. Nice all spice and cinnamon notes that blends with pumpkin in the finish.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. creamy mouthfeel.

Overall: This is a good pumpkin stout, but not a good as Fishermans Friend pumpkin stout by Cape Ann Brewing. (584 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: black body, floating khaki head, sticky lacing

S: bitter chocolate, pumpkin, malt, hint of cinnamon

T: bitter chocolate, roasted malt, mild bitter pumpkin/earthy finish

M: med/heavy body, smooth/firm chewy mouth

O: Interesting combination. Don't think I would get it
again, but would recommend to adventurous stout fans.

NICE, NOT MUST TRY! (348 characters)

Photo of pburland23
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a snifter.

Appearance: Black as night with about a finger of coffee ice cream colored head. Very attractive looking pour.

Smell: At first it's roasted malts and dark coffee, but then the pumpkin and cinnamon make an appearance. They work together quite well.

Taste: Roasted malts and bittersweet chocolate emerge followed by some cinnamon and other spices. The pumpkin shows up at the end of the sip and is subdued and adds a little earthiness to the sip. Very enjoyable tasting beer.

Mouthfeel: Not as thick as other stouts, but a rather full mouthfeel. It's fairly silky and smooth.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer...an interesting take on the pumpkin beer. The roastiness of the stout melds very well with the traditional pumpkin ale spices. (786 characters)

Photo of Cylinsier
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle

Pours jet black with a coffee-and-cream head, fine and about a inch thick, slow dissipation to a lacing.

Smells of cocoa, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and brown sugar.

Tastes of lightly toasted buttered bread, very mild pumpkin pie sweetness, some hints of lactose and vanilla, and a bit of nutty bitterness.

Medium body with a soft tingling carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A pretty decent and tasty stout, the pumpkin adds a unique touch, but I wish there was a little more of it. If it had just a bit more pumpkin, it would be truly spectacular. (583 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, chalky brown to near black, good head and retention, decent lacing. Scent is roast with hints of char, cinnamon bark and milk-stout like sweetness. Taste, although lacking in much seasonal flavor, does combine roast and spice nicely, light lingering malt sweetness. Medium bodied, creamy with a hint of chalkyness. Solid, but not spectacular. (356 characters)

Photo of julian89
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A fantastic blackness with an off white cream head of about 1.5 inches and good retention.

Smell: A grain bitterness with strong coffee and chocolate notes. The pumpkin is on the back end (I love pumpkin beers that are more subtle than prominent). The spices are there, but only become more pronounced after the taste.

Taste: Oh such a great mix of coffee, fall season spice, dark malts, dark chocolate, and finally a little pumpkin. It's probably one of the top on my list for Pumpkin beers this year. It's only downside is a little bitterness as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall: I am glad that this was my first try at Elysian. I look forward to drinking the Immortal IPA which is currently in my "cellar". (776 characters)

Photo of bum732
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

S: Slight roasty coffee, touch of chocolate, light pumpkin spices.

L: Very dark brown, bordering on black, light tan head that dissipates.

T: Dry roastiness with slightly spicy malt. No clear hop character. Medium bitterness with a prominent cinnamon spiciness. There is almost like a chili heat present, but very mild.

M: Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

Meh, didn't really think it worked. The pumpkin edge was dull overall. (435 characters)

Photo of claspada
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled immediately after sharing a bomber of The Great Pumpkin.

Pours a lighter black color with an inch of dark tan head that slowly recedes leaving some spotty lacing on the glass.

Aromas begin initally mostly on the Stout side, with some roasted chocolate malts and coffee taking center stage. As it warms the spice aspects come out highlighted by cinnamon and then a little roasted pumpkin flesh. The toasted bready, burnt caramel notes also emerge more.

The tastes begin similarly with dark roasted maltiness followed by additional notes of chocolate and caramel sweetness. As it warms you get a subtle burst of pumpkin and cinnamon. The roasted bitter maltiness intensify as it continues to warm.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is intially smooth and creamy but balanced but the spice and roasted malt flavors.

Overall this is a very good pumpkin stout. I appreciate the lower ABV because I feel it helps the spice and pumpkin flavors to emerge more. Too much malt would mask the sometimes subtle flavor of pumpkin. This is a great cool weather fall evening beer and would gladly consume it regularly if it was readily accessable to me. (1,183 characters)

Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a large goblet. Most recent bottling just appeared on the shelf last week.

A - Pours a nearly black color with an inch of mocha colored head. Retention leaves something to be desired, but it sure leaves a pretty lacing on the glass.

S - Smells like the pumpkin beer I have been longing for. Bitter chocolate, pumpkin, and burnt malts meld for a creamy stout aroma with some bite. Bits of cinnamon are the icing on the cake for this brew.

T - My initial pour was cold, probably too cold. As a result, the first few sips were loaded with toasted malts and a bit of a harsh char aftertaste. I allowed it to warm a bit and it turned into a completely different beer. Very smooth chocolate notes transition to the now mellowed char flavors of the malt. The pumpkin comes through in the finish, although it is not very big.

M - Medium body with tingly carbonation. Smooth and drinkable.

O - I was happy to see this sitting on the shelf right next to The Great Pumpkin. It would be a very good stout in it's own right, but it stands out above the rest in the pumpkin beer category. Perfect for anyone who wants solid pumpkin flavors without the cloying sweetness that come with most of them. (1,216 characters)

Photo of Domingo
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had samples of this at GABF a few times (on a pretty fatigued palate) so it was nice to see we got a few bottles sent to Denver this year.
Pours an expected opaque black color. Not a whole lot of highlights or light making it through this one. A thin cap of white foam on the top. Looks pretty much like a standard porter or stout.
The nose consists of anise, cinnamon, allspice, and a roasty backdrop.
The taste follows roughly the same path. Unlike a lot of other pumpkin beers, to me the ones from Elysian (Night Owl and Great Pumpkin, too) all have very heavy handed anise notes. It's different, but not necessarily my favorite. This one has elements that I love, but that anise note is just a bit much. The allspice and cinnamon creep up here and there, and the base porter is nice, but it keeps coming back to black jellybeans. The actual pumpkin pie character is mild as a result.
It's not boozy, and the spices aren't numbing or overkill. Some people will likely love this one.
Not my favorite under any stretch, but there aren't too many pumpkin porters that make to bottles out here. I'm glad this one does, even if there are others like I more. (1,160 characters)

Dark O' The Moon from Elysian Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.