Dark O' The Moon
Elysian Brewing Company

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Style:
Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #32
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
89
Ranked #10,992
Avg:
3.96 | pDev: 10.86%
Reviews:
202
Ratings:
717
From:
Elysian Brewing Company
 
Washington, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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SCORE
89
Very Good
Dark O' The MoonDark O' The Moon
Notes: Spookily smooth and chocolatey. A perennial favorite and 2010 Silver medalist in the Great American Beer Festival Field Beer category, Dark o' the Moon is brewed with Great Western pale, Crisp 77° Crystal, Munich, Cara-Vienne, roasted, chocolate and Special B malts with roasted pumpkin seeds in the mash. Pumpkin in the mash, kettle and fermenter. Bittered with Magnum and finished with Saaz and crushed cinnamon.
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clayrock81 from Florida

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a black body with one-finger khaki head that slowly dies. Has an aroma that is chocolate and nutmeg with some pumpkin notes as well. Smooth, a little spicy, get some cinnamon in there and with the booze this beer reminds me at times of hot chocolate with a smattering of pumpkin spice added. Finishes easy and is worth trying if you like pumpkin.

Thursday at 07:43 PM
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Dinglehacker from Wisconsin

4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into shaker pint. Thick, syrupy brown-black with a thin khaki head.

Heavy cinnamon nose w/ chocolate roast.

Chocolate and cinnamon up front, some nutmeg. The pumpkin is very muted: vegetal at the end with some stout roast.

Feel is smooth but a little dry.

Similar to stouts inspired by Mexican hot chocolate, but with that extra pumpkin spice. Quite good.

Oct 06, 2021
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark O' The Moon pours black, with a very very small, tan head. Aroma is a little off, earthy vegetable notes. Flavor is dark and malty, some pumpkin spice, not really pumpkin, hints of chocolate and coffee. Good body and feel. Overall, its okay, its enjoyable, but the pumpkin feels, cheap and out of place.

Oct 05, 2021
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Iamaskier from Idaho

4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My pumpkin rampage continues.
L: Black body, nice foamy toasted marshmallow colored head.
S: Spice! Cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice backed by dark chocolate and notes of coffee.
T: Upfront spices, more cinnamon and nutmeg and allspice, followed by semi sweet chocolate, coffee that brings bitterness, a hint of pumpkin rind, and more spice on the finish.
F: Smooth and dry, with a nice warmth in my throat.
O: Great stuff. Lots of spice, chocolate, and coffee? A great combo. It’s on the bitter side, which works here. I wish they would market this later in the year, it’s exactly what I look for in a winter beer.

Sep 30, 2021
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klarcbarr3 from Michigan

4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. A full, frothy tan head arose over a beautiful black base. The nose is not complex, but it is compelling.. chocolate and malty notes underneath a burst of fresh cinnamon. The taste is that of an unusual and noteworthy brew. I get the pumpkin, I get the chocolate, but both are secondary to the flavor of a fine stout, with an exemplary hops/malt blend, and a touch of sweetness and cinnamon, which builds into the aftertaste. Unusually refreshing for a pumpkin beer, possibly due to the lighter than expected mouthfeel, a nice lacing that stays with you, and a well hidden 7.5% ABV. This is the sleeper keeper (although they are all keepers) of the four beers in the Elysian Pumpkin 12 pack, which was a screaming buy @ $19.95, September 2021, Meijers' Supermarket in Michigan. Great job, Elysian!

Sep 19, 2021
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Beaver13 from Colorado

2.74/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle, best by 2/4/22. Pours dark black with a medium creamy tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is a bit subdued - roast chocolate malt with a little floral pumpkin spice and cinnamon.

The flavor is roast chocolate malt and cinnamon with a pretty heavy bitter roast finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, this one was rather simple and subdued.

Sep 19, 2021
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 12 fl. oz. bottle with a BB date of 10 May 2022. Sampled Sept 17, 2021.

A handsome black appearance underneath a modest, fading tan head.

The aroma is clearly alive with cinnamon and I also pick up dark roasted semi-sweet malts.

Medium mouthfeel and a smooth one.

Semi=sweet roasted malt taste to start with the cinnamon ripping through the palate and an ending that seems to come across as peppery.

Sep 17, 2021
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.61/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best by 3/22/22. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a very dark brown, almost black; small khaki head that fades leaving decent retention and nice lacing. The aromas are malt forward. Some yams and sweet potatoes. Subtle pumpkin spices. Some cocoa. The aromas are pretty mild overall, but they really open up a bit as it warms. The flavors have some roasted characteristics. Lots of dark chocolate. Hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. Some brown sugar in the mix. There's a nice little bitterness to this one. Mild sweetness. Solid malt backbone. Alcohol is well hidden. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's slick, smooth and slightly thin.

This is a solid pumpkin stout. It has all of the characteristics that you'd look for. There's a perfect balance between stout and pumpkin. Not bad at all. It's probably better than my "numerical score" might indicate.

Sep 13, 2021
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.

Pours a dark cola brown color with a creamy mocha head. Good retention. Leaves a nice ring of lacing around the glass.

Aromas of licorice and chocolate, roasted malts, buttery squash, pumpkin spice, and light cinnamon.

The flavor brings some squash, cinnamon and pumpkin spice up front, followed by a wave of dark roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee. There's the faintest idea of nutmeg on the finish. More stout than pumpkin beer, at least to this palate.

The feel is medium bodied with carbonation on the lower side. Fluffy and smooth. Very dry finish.

Overall, I'd call this more of a stout than a pumpkin ale. Regardless, it's pretty good all-around. Nothing special, but definitely worth trying.

Sep 09, 2021
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micada from New York

3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I hear Elysian did pumpkin before ST PumKing became arguable king…this reminds me of a ST Warlock. Color is a clear, dark chestnut brown. Nose has loads of pumpkin pie spice. Flavor profile is a semi-sweet malt with the pumpkin coming in spades at the tail end. More sticky lacing than I imagined it would. Mouthfeel is medium, but leaves a decent lasting linger of the malts and spices. Human 7.5% ABV makes it one able to be enjoyed a few times over on a chilly night. I’d buy it again…though August seems a little too early for the style when it seems like summer hasn’t even really fully started yet.

Aug 18, 2021
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buschbeer from Ohio

3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 FL OZ bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours black and topped with an inch of tan head that leaves spotty lacing.

The smell is pumpkin cookies, chocolate and coffee.

The taste follows the smell. I get pumpkin spices, chocolate and coffee.

Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel

Elysian knows how to make pumpkin beers, or I should say ABI does.

Nov 07, 2020
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jjamadorphd from Florida

4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great pumpkin brew offering from Elysian...

Great looking beer, though the head was short lived. The smell was lightly sweet, pumpkin-forward as far as the base scent is concerned. The rest of it was very good - medium mouthfeel, very good taste, light on pumpkin, light on malt, and overall is one of the better offerings out of this year's variety pack.

Nov 02, 2020
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Rug from Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 11/4/20, pushing it a bit on this one lol

Finally getting back to these pumpkin beers from the Elysian mixed pack, this is the last one for me to review. I had it before and thought it was alright, let's see how it stands up in a review

Pours a very dark brown with a finger of brown head that quickly fades to a ring and leaves minimal lacing

The aroma here is really nice, lots of roasted barley, dark malt, cocoa, cinnamon, roasted pumpkin, and nutmeg. The hallmarks of a solid stout with pumpkin spices layered on top works really well

On the front end I get a nice astringency from the roast with subtle spicing from cinnamon. The swallow dials up the pumpkin a bit more to keep the roast in check. Not quite as good as the aroma but still good

A full body combines with mild carbonation for a smooth and lightly bitter beer. Finishes mostly dry with a balanced sweetness

A pretty good beer, though for pumpkin stouts I prefer Southern Tier's Warlock. Regardless, this is still a worthy beer for the season

Oct 30, 2020
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firesidewithphil from Illinois

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

Dark of the Moon Pumpkin Stout is the dark/stout pumpkin variant from Elysian. It is similar to how Warlock relates to the Pumking from Southern Tier. It has the most pumpkin spice of the 4 offerings and has a deep, roasted pumpkin flavor.

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Oct 25, 2020
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akaizer from Virginia

3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle. Pour has quite a voluminous tan to light brown foam head (1"-ish) that slowly decompresess with a dark brown bordering on black body. Scent has pumpkin, chocolate and a surprisingly strong cinnamon presence, almost has a mexican chocolate quality to it. Taste has the pumpkin and chocolate mixing well early but quickly transitioning to a spiced cinnamon flavor, really interesting mixture given the label's statement of a "touch" of cinnamon (but not bad by any means). Feel is smooth, silky, and spicy with the cinnamon flavor lingering on with a touch of spicy bitterness in the aftertaste. Overall it seems that either a touch more pumpkin, a touch more chocolate or a touch less cinnamon would sky rocket this beer in my personal rankings, but it is enjoyable as it is.

Oct 23, 2020
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.57/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent mahogany with a thumb of mocha head. Pretty good lacing & below average head retention

S: Cinnamon & allspice

T: Follows the nose, some other pumpkin pie spices, dryness & a little sweet squashyness up front. Much dryness & cinnamon, just a little hint of fig jam as this warms & a little stale cola flavor. Finishes sweet & dry with plenty of cinnamon

MF: Medium body, fairly firm carbonation

Too much cinnamon in this one otherwise, it had potential. This a style that I loathe more than love, but it had a chance

Oct 07, 2020
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aBosslyElephant from Florida

4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L- Pitch black like the night sky with a nice pumpkin/amber colored head
S- A hearty stout/malt smell with a hint of pumpkin spice
T- Very light bitterness akin to most stouts with a sweet dark chocolate and pumpkin spice note
M- Thick but on the lighter end of the Stout spectrum
O- Really great! The Elysian Halloween mix doesn't have a bad beer in it!!

Oct 06, 2020
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Poured out a dark, dark brown color with a small, khaki-colored head of foam. It left minimal lacing. It smelled of pumpkin, cinnamon, roasted malt and toffee. Sweet pumpkin taste with a lot of cinnamon spice. Nice roasted malt backbone.

Oct 04, 2020
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Bluecrow from New York

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

Clear, but very dark bottle pour with a thin tan foam cap and an aroma of toasted malt and cinnamon.
The flavor includes the same along with some rich woodiness and dark chocolate.
The mouthfeel is smooth.
This is a flavorful seasonal stout.

Oct 03, 2020
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RedBalloon from Washington

4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle with an Experience By date of 2/7/21. Poured into a Teku.

Pours black as night with a 1.5" medium tan head. Retains good lacing as the head recedes.

Strong aromas of cinnamon, clove, and pumpkin spice. There are hints of caramel and toasted oats.

Tastes less like cinnamon and pumpkin spice than the nose implies, but these are the predominate flavors and they become more pronounced with warming. The finish carries a dry, bitter caramel and toasted oat flavor.

Feels lighter than expected. Medium body with a moderate carbonation. Frothy rather than silky.

The strong aromas of cinnamon and pumpkin spice initially disappoint when it comes to the taste, but get better as the beer warms up. The beer leaves you with the lasting bitterness of a stout rather than pumpkin spice flavor. An interesting beer that ultimately seems overpowered by the strong stout characteristics.

Sep 28, 2020
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TheBricenator from Oregon

3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Jet black with a beige head that settles to a nice lid, leaving great lacing
Aroma: Chocolate, cinnamon, pumpkin, nutmeg, roast, and some light vanilla notes
Taste: Big roast and chocolate up front followed soon after by pumpkin and cinnamon pumpkin pie notes. Strong roast and chocolate in the middle – really dry baking-cocoa-like and finishes with nice chocolate pumpkin notes
Mouthfeel: Silky and smooth but the baking cocoa dryness keeps it from being too soft. Medium carbonation
Overall: Tasty and unique beer. I like the really deep chocolate/cocoa notes along with the cinnamon and pumpkin - they all come together to form a tasty stout. Not something I could drink a lot of in a sitting but well-made and a fun one to have in the fall/late summer

Sep 24, 2020
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chitoryu12 from Florida

3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Very dark chocolate brown. Slightly over 1 finger of khaki head with excellent retention.

Smell: Dark, slightly sweet roast malt with a little pumpkin spice.

Taste: Bittersweet dark roast malt and pumpkin spice, with a bit of earthy hops at the back end. Slightly muddy.

Mouthfeel: Creamy smooth, with decent carbonation.

Overall: A little less roast bitterness would have helped balance this brew.

Sep 20, 2020
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

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

Part of a variety 12-pack $21.99 Safeway
48 days before best by date
Smell of pumpkin spices
Dark black/brown color
Medium-heavy mouthfeel
Medium carboantion
Taste of coffee, light pumpkin spices, some sweetness finish
Overall great for the season. I wouldn't buy it year round, but around this time I would buy it again as it makes me feel the fall season.

Sep 17, 2020
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dunkel_weizen from Oregon

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

Unknown age into a pint glass. The color is solid opaque black, with a frothy caramel colored head, and a decent crown. The smell is cinnamom and malt dominated, it is quite pleasant. The taste is cinnamon up front, into sweet malt chocolate and mulling spices, a gingerbread hit that I keep chasing, into a twang of sour pumpkin on the end. The mouthfeel is oily slick and silky smooth, great body, with a somewhat dry finish.

This is a nice fall dessert beer, not as drinkable as a pumpkin ale, but delicious nonetheless.

Sep 17, 2020
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izraelc from New York

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

Pours dark. Light head. Light sweet aroma. Malty bitter body with a medium bitter finish. Slight brown sugar sweetness. Could use more pumpkin spice. Solid but could be better.

Sep 11, 2020
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