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Dark O' The Moon - Elysian Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

348 Ratings
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Ratings: 348
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.97%


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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n2185

North Carolina

4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 01:21:37 | More by n2185
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 03:48:51 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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Scotchboy

Idaho

3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Uber late-season keg tapped at Bittercreek, Boise ID...

A: Nearly opaque black with a pretty good tan head and some lacing.

S: Fairly balanced nose of pumpkin and roasted chocolate malt...pumpkin isn't overwhelming which is nice. Background spices of cinnamon and maybe nutmeg or ginger as well? Only the cinnamon is clear but its in the background and that is a good thing.

T: Follows the nose; roasted malt is moderate, spices and pumpkin are in balance and not overwhelming. The pumpkin character is not vegetable-like either...also a BIG plus. Would like more chocolate and roast IMO.

MF: Thinner medium feel, this is no imperial stout. Fairly quaffable at this abv...dry, spicy-ish finish.

O: Decent pumpkin stout but not in the same class as Pumpkinator or TREAT.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2013 22:07:00 | More by Scotchboy
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 03:37:47 | More by angrybabboon
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bum732

Maryland

3/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 01:55:28 | More by bum732
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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 15:08:35 | More by Domingo
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a tulip with a nice solid mocha colored head. Very sticky at the edges. Nice solid head and bubbles that lasted for a while.

S: Aroma of roasted malts, bitter pumpkin and spices. Hints of clove and cinnamon

T: Bitter and robust pumpkin spiced stout. Too much earth for my liking off the first sip. Extremely bitter and tannice with ginger flavors mixing with cinnamon. Some bakers chocolate and ashy black patent flavors at the end.

M: Medium to thick body, I was slightly surprised this is only a 6.5% abv beer with the body as is. Highly / over carbonated.

O: Overall this is a good pumpkin stout. I enjoyed it however I prefer TREAT over this by a high degree. Worth a try

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 21:29:02 | More by alpinebryant
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snaotheus

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 03:51:18 | More by snaotheus
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Spider889

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Elysian Pumpkin event at Falling Rock on 9/28/11.

The version we got was listed as 7.3% abv.

This is a rich and dark beer.

The aroma is full of chocolate and cinnamon with a warm and inviting pumpkin bread aspect to it.

The flavor has some roast coffee and chocolate goodness going on. bitter ash on the finish. Not much hint of pumpkin here.

Chewy mouthfeel with a warm alcohol component (I also find that cinnamon can enhance this perception). Dense and sticky.

Overall this was a cool brew. I felt that the base beer is a stout or porter. Wishing for more pumpkin flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2012 03:33:22 | More by Spider889
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socon67

New York

3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Black pour with a creamy brown foam on top. The nitro gives htis more air and and a better foam head, probably at the xpense of only slight lacing.

S - I got much more of a chocolae smell than pumpkin. The dark malts were pretty forward on this. There is a scent of pumpkin flesh and some cinnamon and nutmeg.

T - The drak roasted malt really overshadows the pumkin and spcie notes. While the flavors are rich and very enjoyable tastes or chocolate and and vanilla, the pumpkin flavors only were felt in the finish.

M - Actually felt heavier than it was. Not sure f the nitro dd that, or if the malty notes just felt heavier on my palate. But this is not a sessionable ale.

O - Could have passed for a porter actually. A fun example of the more extremem ends of the style but unfortunately the subtle flavors were washed out. Still enjoyable to try.

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-14-2012 18:32:45 | More by socon67
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CHADMC3

Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black body beneath the thick, mocha head which is very patient to dissolve, leaving a thick, sticky lacing throughout the duration of the beer.

An interesting aroma features pumpkin and fall spices, yet roasted malt with hints of what I assume to be woody hops resembling pumpkin stem.

Very nice flavors, similar to the aroma, yet more pronounced including the roasted pumpkin, woody hops or stem notes, roasted barley, and just a hint of sweet chocolate if I am not mistaken. Seems like an odd mix, but it really does quite well together.

Medium to fuller in body with generous carbonation and a somewhat biting, bitter finish.

Certainly a unique twist on the style, but fairly well done. Generous flavor and aroma character that really blends well.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 02:17:54 | More by CHADMC3
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grittybrews

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured near-black with two fingers of dark khaki head. Roasty aroma of chocolate and cinnamon.

Moderate carbonation and a thick, creamy mouthfeel. Big cocoa up front with hints of caramel/molasses sweetness. Big pumpkin and cinnamon bread backbone followed by light espresso bitterness on the tail end.

For a 6.5% stout, this had some pretty huge flavors going on. Really nice.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 21:42:05 | More by grittybrews
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scootny

New York

4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: growler

12-16-2013 05:02:03 | More by scootny
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projectflam86

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this through a trade with youradhere. Thanks Jim!

22oz bomber poured into a snifter.

A- Pours an absolutely ink black color with a thick brown head that leaves good lacing.

S- Very sweet with roasted malt and dark chocolate aromas leading the way. A touch of spice is noticeable in the nose but it is very subtle.

T- The pumpkin notes come through much more in the flavor than in the nose. Rich bittersweet chocolate and pumpkin pie spice upfront with a touch of char and roast in the finish. The alcohol is mild but it adds a little bite.

M- Medium bodied with slightly low carbonation. Silky mouth feel.

O- Overall easily one of the best pumpkin stouts I've had. Really one of the better pumpkin beers in general. I'm glad I got the chance to try.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 23:36:04 | More by projectflam86
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chefhatt

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a goblet glass. It has a black as night body with no head to it. The smell is of chocolate, pumpkin and a hint of cinnamon. The taste has a roasty chocolaty taste up front then a little pumpkin and cinnamon come in near the finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and overall a really good version of a pumpkin and stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 03:48:37 | More by chefhatt
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spoony

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes dated 11/22/2012.

From a 22 oz into a mug.

A-The beer poured dark, dark brown...not quite black. There was just a faint cap of dark brown head, but that quickly receded. Not much lacing.

S-I picked up smells of roasted, dark malts with coffee and dark chocolate also present. There was a light spiciness, but very little pumpkin.

T-Taste follows the smell with light spiciness and just-barely-perceptable-pumpkin mostly hidden beneath chocolatey roasted malt flavors.

M-The feel is medium to heavy and pretty dry for a pumpkin stout. Not much in the way of carbonation, but not completely flat or syrupy.

O-This was a decent tasting stout, but I was a little let down by the absence of pumpkin. I have been sitting on this for about 2 months, so freshness might be an issue, but I still expected more pumpkin. Nevertheless, this was pleasantly flavored and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 20:36:33 | More by spoony
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garuda

Pennsylvania

2.64/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

A - Black, tan head has good retention and good lacing.

S - Chocolatey, roasty, touch of cinnamon and pumpkin spices.

T - Takes a turn for the worse here. Touch of roasty chocolate, then it's completely dominated by cinnamon. Tough to get much else out of it, maybe an ambiguous bitterness? Tough to tell if it's bitterness or cinnamon burn.

M - Medium/full body, medium carbonation. Cinnamon burn kills it though.

O - Out of all the recommendations for this beer, I can't believe I never heard anyone remark on the cinnamon bomb this beer is. I barely finished my half of the bottle, and my wife had to drain pour hers. The amount of cinnamon is just rediculous.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 13:55:21 | More by garuda
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philbertk

Washington

3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Washington

4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2009 02:05:57 | More by Wetpaperbag
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doughanson78

Washington

4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 04:01:33 | More by doughanson78
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chumba526

Oregon

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 01:00:49 | More by Oakenator
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LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

4.73/5  rDev +20.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 02:37:48 | More by LampertLand
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hreb

Washington

2.83/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz bomber served in pint glass. Beer pours a deep brown with a very thin layer of lighter brown head. Faint aroma of pumpkin and spice (cinnamon or cassia?)

Flavor is flat and unremarkably bitter. Pumpkin provides some texture/body but not much in the way of flavor. Cinnamon flavor is muted and reduced to an unpleasant spiciness in the aftertaste. I can't imagine what pumpkin seeds could be bringing to this brew.

As a stout, this beer is the right color, and has a relatively heavy mouthfeel, but otherwise it doesn't hit any of the right notes. Though only hopped to 20 IBUs, there's a surplus of bitterness from the other ingredients. It got the bitterness levels of a Russian Imperial stout but doesn't have nearly the grain bill that that style requires. Pumpkin beers are a challenging style, but they can be executed well. Bring me back to CBC's pumpkin fest!

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 02:55:04 | More by hreb
Dark O' The Moon from Elysian Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 348 ratings.