Dark O' The Moon
Elysian Brewing Company

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Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #28
Ranked #8,869
3.96 | pDev: 11.11%
Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States
Very Good
Dark O' The MoonDark O' The Moon
Notes: 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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Photo of Suds
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the pumpkin twelve pack, this brew, packaged in a twelve ounce bottle, is an utterly black liquid. The aroma is all spice....huge amounts of cinnamon, followed by nutmeg. It is hard to discern the beer scents through the spice. Full body...balances. Spicy and engaging. Just a bit too much.

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Photo of BeanBump
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Although admittedly my least favorite of the "Pumpkin Pack," still a great beer in its own right. At under 7% ABV it isnt a hulking stout but they manage to blend pumpkin sweetness successfully with roasty malt. Id like to see a higher ABV given that its the heaviest of the 4 pumpkin beers in the pack; a little more bang for your buck but hey, cant win them all. I'll still gladly drink it.

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Photo of EnderFett11
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep black with a couple fingers of tan head. Smells faintly sweet and of barley. Tasted strongly of barley while cold, with more spices coming out as it warmed. An okay stout, better if you like barley, but almost no taste of pumpkin. If you're in the mood for pumpkin stout, this isn't the one. Still searching for something that can compare to Warlock.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid black with light carbonation. Body had a thick creamy,oily,slick feel, overall a very nice feel to it
Aroma was coffee,chocolate,roasted malts
Taste was much more complex then the aroma. There was some smoke and char that wasn't noticeable in the aroma. Coffee and chocolate with roasted malts was still the backbone of this stout and produced a really flavorful beer. The pumpkin and spice for me was weak but showed up in the aftertaste. That was okay though as this was a very good stout that I would look for again

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Photo of tillmac62
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

Quite outstanding nose that if a bit more intense would be world class. It begins with a moderate note of cinnamon over sweet chocolate. Underneath are light notes of pumpkin and char. Roast influences are very mild and subtle. Sweetness predominates as the base.

The body is light medium, somewhat of a disappointment. It is smooth but lacks any creaminess. Carbonation / body balance is outstanding with the right amount of effervescence in the middle and finish. Overall, mouthfeel is normal for the average stout.

The flavor profile is borderline outstanding. Sweetness is much more balanced than in the nose and allows the moderate bitterness, both hop and roast, to emerge. Cinnamon is also dialed back relative to the nose and blends nicely adding a spicy punch to the bitterness. From the middle on, pumpkin makes an appearance underneath, albeit subtle. Balance is quite outstanding. Missing are the chocolate notes from the nose, which hurts complexity. After the cinnamon fades in the finish, you get a note of char.

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Photo of Mitzvahman72
4.36/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The color is straight black, as the flavors consist of thick dark chocolate milk, slightly roasted coffee and warm spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice, while the aroma follows a slightly more roastier character. It’s surprisingly balanced with smooth carbonation, thick, munchy mouthfeel and a faint bready and roasted aftertaste. Overall, this is an enjoyable offering, along with the Night Owl. After this beer, I recommend the Vanilla Bean Stout from Avery Brewing, the Eugene Porter from Revolution Brewing, the Double Nut Brown from Mammoth Brewing, the Old Goat’s Oatmeal Stout from San Marcos Brewing Company and the Stockyard Stout from Trader Joe’s. If you want more pumpkin in your beer, I highly recommend the Pumpkin Down by Ballast Point Brewery and the Pumpkin Ale from Lakefront Brewery in Wisconsin.

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Photo of padrewbus
4.83/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Deep dark black color with beautiful coffee-like brown hue on top. No foam. Clean. Beautiful rich cinnamon aroma. Clean, smooth mouthfeel. Coffee, cinnamon, pumpkin, dark malted stout flavor. Easily the best stout I’ve ever had.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Pitch black and silky looking, with 1/2 finger of tan head and some nice lacing left on the glass and the brew. Chocolate color too

S - Chocolate, cinnamon and spices, pumpkin. Right on the the description. Great aroma

T - Like the aroma but not quite as pungent. Cinnamon and spices dominate, slight touch of brown sugar

F - Well carbonated and full body.

O - An excellent pumpkin stout, avg abv and very tasty without being too strong to knock you out. Well done

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Photo of TonyLema1
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: deep mahogany, thin tan head, minimal lacing
S: roasted malts, pumpkin
T: Stout/Porter taste with sweetness
F: not as full bodied as expected
O: nice for what it’s meant to be

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Photo of Ob512316
3.49/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into glass.
This beer is black with a thin tan head. The smell is cinnamon with a hint of chocolate.
The cinnamon taste almost overwhelmes this beer. Chocolate and roasted barley are faintly present. The pumpkin however is not. This beer feels like a stout, but slightly spicy because of the cinnamon. Overall, if this beer wasn't called a pumpkin stout it would be alright. Too much cinnamon is used.

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Photo of gandres
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle poured to pint glass
Sight: dark, big foam, slowly disappears
Smell: fragrant stout aroma
Taste: medium bitterness, some sweet taste
Mouthfeel: long finish, bitter aftertaste
Overall: very good beer, can be repeat, but not something to look forward to

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

$4 bomber. Dark brown-black color with a 1/2 finger of head to start, thinning out to a small ring.

I'm getting aromas of pumpkin candy, candy corn, clove, brown sugar, toffee, cinnamon, and allspice. Very nice.

Flavor is not overly pumpkin-y, which can be a good thing depending on your preference. It's mostly earthy, coffee, vegetables, hot chocolate, with some mushy metallic pumpkin hanging out. A little underwhelming but nothing too far off the mark.

Feel is calm, creamy, mildly carbonated, with a roasty, sticky finish.

Overall, a decent Pumpkin stout - not as good as Wasatch's Black O' Lantern, definitely doesn't hold a candle to Punkacchino, or some other pumpkin choices out there, but it's still a decent seasonal.

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Photo of VABA
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark pour with minimal head and no lacing.

Lots of pumpkin aroma.

Taste follows the smell with lots of pumpkin flavor, which is very nicely and evenly distributed.

Light with little kick.

A well done pumpkin stout.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

Bottle to goblet.

LOOK: Dark and thick. Big Brown-orange head.
AROMA: Nose is clove, cinnamon.
TASTE: is chocolaty, veggies, spice, brandy like finish. Touch of char. Very tasty. Yum.
FEEL: Tons of sediment which seem to coalesce into a gelatin. That’s a bit off-putting. But otherwise, this is excellent.

Really nice pumpkin stout.


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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

stamped bottom left corner of the bottle - "pkg 09/03/14." This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a nice dark brown close to black color with a slim finger’s worth of off white to tan foamy head. Light lacing traced around the glass in a slight foamy way. The smell started off with a decent strong cinnamon pop over top of a light silky smooth chocolate coated pumpkin spice. This followed through on the taste in a sweet sticky fashion. On the palate, this one runs over in a sweet to spicy and sticky cinnamon over my tongue. It’s about medium bodied with a good sipping quality about it. Overall, I say this was a pretty good pumpkin beer to have again, though not as stout like as I had wished for. Still worthy!

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Black as night with no light penetration. There's a fingernail of creamy brown on top. The aroma is full of pumpkin, cinnamon, and dark chocolate. I'm tasting dark malt, pumpkin, and a light amount of chocolate. The mouth is lightly chewy and sticky.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from notes
10/20/15 – Stone IRS snifter

Pours dark as night can be with a smallish layer of espresso whipped foam. Some minimal amount of dotted stick decorates the glass.
Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, light roast coffee, earthy with cinnamon accents and some accompanying pumpkin pie spice aromas. Not getting much actual gourd here but all in all it comes together nicely. The flavor blooms with initial cocoa powder and modest earthy charred coffee. The holiday spices assert with an emphasis on some Saigon cinnamon stick, then the lightly roasted pumpkin, and some more earthy roast flavors at the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate and overall a nice creamy feel. A tad on the thinner side. I would love to see a more Imperialized version of this with a bit more robusto in the body but the flavors are still nice.

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This stout was way more chocolate-y than I imagined. The pumpkin flavor is there but it's overpowered by the chocolate notes. I also taste a bunch of the cinnamon too. Overall, quite an enjoyable stout to drink but don't expect a bunch of pumpkin.

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Photo of chinchill
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle with a packaging date of 14 Sept. 2016 served in goblet. Pours essentially black with a modest size tan head that soon reduces to a ring. Near minimal lacing.

Delicious, bready aroma with cinnamon and faint signs of other spices. The flavor follows but does not have quite as much cinnamon as the aroma suggests. The flavor contains notes of cinnamon, brown bread, nutmeg, allspice, baked pumpkin, and brown sugar, with faint coffee and chocolate. Lightly sweet but neutral by the aftertaste.

Feel: full and creamy smooth body with excellent, soft medium+ carbonation.

Overall: a pleasant surprise, one of the best pumpkin beers I've had. Notably similar to the Buffalo's Black Pumpkin I had 2 nights ago, but more spicing and less bitterness.

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Photo of hman43
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: It pours black with a dark brown head that is quite frothy.

Smell: The initial aroma is sugary sweet. It has strong aromas of cinnamon, pumpkin, and roast.

Taste: It has a smoky, roast cinnamon and pumpkin tastes that are prominent. There are hints of fruity esters, a wee bit of chocolate, and slight spice.

Feel: It has a moderately-heavy body with a smooth creaminess to it. The finish is somewhat bittersweet with the roasted flavors being forward.

Overall, this is a roasted stout with enough that it gives the impression of smoke that highlights the cinnamon and pumpkin.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.36/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours midnight black with a moderate amount of bubbles. Slight finger of tan head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A roasty and spicy aroma with a scent of pumpkin spice and chocolate. Big upfront scent of pumpkin spices with some cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and allspice. Good hints of pumpkin. Roasted malt with hints of chocolate, coffee, toast, biscuit, and nuts with yeast. Subtle hints of earthy hops. A pretty nice aroma.

Taste: Like the smell hints at, a roasty and spicy taste with notes of pumpkin spice and chocolate. Upfront mix of pumpkin spice with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and clove. Some nice notes of pumpkin. Roasted malt with notes of chocolate, coffee, toast, biscuit, and nuts along with some yeast. Light earthy hop bitterness. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

Overall: A very good Pumpkin Stout. Nice mix of pumpkin spices and roasty malt.

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Photo of jwc215
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle - packaged on 9/6/16:

Pours black with a light brown head. Lacing sticks. Resembles an espresso.

The smell is of cinnamon-spiced pumpernickel bread with baker's chocolate.

The taste is of semi-sweet chocolate pumpkin pie. Cinnamon stands out as the main spice. Some roast in the sweet and spicy finish.

It has a smooth, rich, full body.

Nice drinkability fora pumpkin ale.. Rich chocolate and spicy cinnamon linger. A well-done pumpkin/cinnamon spiced stout.

Paid nine and change for the bomber at Safeway in (west) Bremerton, WA.

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not one for these types of beers usually, but it was free. Dark beer with thin head that diminished quickly. Aroma is pumpkin, cinnamon, cocoa, and toasted malt. The flavor is similar with the spices, nutmeg, pumpkin, cinnamon and hints of coffee. Not much in the aftertaste, but nonetheless a flavorful treat for the season.

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Photo of Nachturnal
4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It's that time of year. It's a blustery day spent indoors and the afternoon gray will soon give way to a crisp fall evening.

The color is a deep, solid dirt brown. No light is getting through this beer - at least when you look at it straight on. Once the head settles down, you notice the burnt orange-beige froth around the edge of the glass and oozing down as the lacing dissipates. After a couple gulps, now tilt the glass and huddle near a light. You'll notice that there is plenty more color now.

The smell is a little more subdued than expected - or is that stuffy fall nose to blame? But what is detected is wonderful. Spices, but nothing too in your face. And, yes, pumpkin. It smells like the pumpkin gelato I had last night.

Mouthfeel is what you'd expect from a beer of this type. While not a sessionable beer to my tongue, there also isn't much lingering aftertaste - except for that stout-breath on the roof of the mouth. Your lips will feel sticky.

Sometimes, in the fall, a well-made pumpkin brew just hits the spot. This is a fun beer and I'll drink one again.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottled in August 2015:

Poured into a narrow pint glass: color is dark, black, dense with tan head that has fine bubbles and nicely laces the glass.

Smell is blend of muted pumpkin spice, cinnamon heavy but then a fruity undertone with some subtle booziness.

Taste is a bit muddled, stout flavor with some heavy spice and sharp cinnamon notes. Some understated pumpkin like notes, but not really discernible.

Mouthfeel is a sharp, likely from lingering spice qualities and aged hops, moderate carbonation.

Overall, a spicy take on the dark pumpkin ale style, aroma is enticing but flavor and biting spices limit this to a single beer session.

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