Dark O' The Moon | Elysian Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States
elysianbrewing.com

Style: Pumpkin Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

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.

Added by jletts on 11-06-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,685
Reviews:
167
Ratings:
641
pDev:
10.91%
 
 
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106
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Photo of billbeers
3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of wc94wc
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tillmac62
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
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 Irrationalist
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mitzvahman72
4.36/5  rDev +10.7%
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 +22.6%
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 RickS95
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 1971bernat
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of faatcase
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
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 -5.1%
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 crob3888
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nstygles
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ob512316
3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
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 -0.5%
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 pstam87
4.52/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WDJersey
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.94/5  rDev 0%
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 dream
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Marklar
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of scud83rp
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smooth with no aftertaste. One of the best pumpkin beers I've enjoyed. Nothing overpowering. Great body.

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Photo of BeccaH
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VABA
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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 Jgolka
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of q33jeff
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

**
11/11/15
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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Dark O' The Moon from Elysian Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 641 ratings