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Dark O' The Moon - Elysian Brewing Company

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417 Ratings
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Ratings: 417
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 97
Gots: 46 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Boggdogg, Dec 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

MSL94, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of scootny
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is superb. Elysian does pumpkin better than any brewery I've come across. This has a rich thick head sitting on a clear but opaquely dark brown liquid. Lots of lace and good retention. Superior aromatics bring copious amounts of chocolate and coffee as well as a thick slice of pie topped with cinnamon. The taste is much the same. It's like drinking pie and mocha together. The finish brings a graham cracker crust and earthy hop bitterness that evokes a rich cup of coffee. Not an sweet beer overall and highly sessionable. Feel is perfectly weighted with a light supple caressing of the mouth and tongue. Smoothly carbonated with just enough liveliness. This drinks like a dry Irish stout. Great beer and one to seek out often.

scootny, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of taylor714914
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While Elysian hasn’t impressed me much in the past, I was pleasantly surprised by this.  Deep and Dark, the beer pours a deep black with little to no head.  Smells of pumpkin, cinnamon, and some smokey malts.  Flavor is great.  A smooth balance of pumpkin, baking spice, and a lingering smokiness form the patent malt.  The flavors pass back and forth playing a perfect balance.  The mouthfeel is spot on, smooth and slick, but not oily. 

taylor714914, Dec 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Nocontrol1977, Dec 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

VoiceOfTheSoul, Dec 11, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

ConradKenney, Dec 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

thudean, Nov 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Stuck2dascript, Nov 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

ElderBeagle, Nov 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

jkball01, Nov 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Bobk80, Nov 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

XmnwildX12, Nov 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

wise456, Nov 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

jaydoc, Nov 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

juliusseizure, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of n2185
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A: pours black with a finger of tan head that fades into a frothy ring with little lacing.

S: roasted malts smoke and with semi-sweet chocolate. Some notes of pumpkin spices, but they're subtle.

T: roasted malts, smoke, and cocoa here as well. Notes of pumpkin and spice as well.

M: medium-thick body with lowish carbonation, this beer is just short of watery.

O: a decent beer overall. A bit simplistic, but enjoyable.

n2185, Nov 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

thinwhiteduke, Nov 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

ryser2k, Nov 08, 2013
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4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle obtained in the greater Washington D.C. area, 2013 vintage but unclear bottling date, poured into my *** snifter glass, drank 11/6-7/13 over an hour

A: 3/3 - dark-brown-to-black, no clarity, poured with a creamy mahogany head that settled into a 1/2 finger glass lacing with some froth on top. moderate carbonation

S: 9/12 - pumpkin spice + malt

T: 17/20 - on the anterior tongue, there's little bitterness supplied by the chocolate and roasted malts; in the middle of the mouth, the pumpkin spice, malts and alcohol arise; surprisingly, little-to-no aftertaste

M: 4/5 - incredibly creamy mouthfeel, especially impressive in the context of moderate carbonation

O: 9/10 - one of the top American pumpkin ales, and I love the admixture of pumpkin and stouts, especially roast maltiness with subtle pumpkin pie and sweetness; definitely recommended for post-Thanksgiving dinner

TOTAL = 42/50

MNishCT77, Nov 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

tommyguz, Nov 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

tswater, Nov 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

aakerman, Nov 04, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

MonicaC, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of zacharrry
4.7/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Love at first sip--an absolute explosion of sweet pumpkin, savory spice, and bitter dark chocolate. I've tried a lot of different pumpkin beers this season (and several others from Elysian) and this is the one I was looking for. The feel is thick without being syrupy, the carbonation is pleasing, and the color is a deep dark autumnal red-brown. After the first few sips the malt and cinnamon dominate the palette until the beer warms up and the pumpkin shines through once more. Great ride and a great finish. Looking forward to having this again next year.

zacharrry, Nov 03, 2013
Dark O' The Moon from Elysian Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 417 ratings.