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 Ale

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
Ratings:
618
Reviews:
158
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
11.54%
 
 
Wants:
98
Gots:
111
For Trade:
2
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Photo of Steinberger
1/5  rDev -74.4%

Photo of brez8791
1.25/5  rDev -67.9%

Photo of Gruntle
2/5  rDev -48.7%

This beer is nasty. I could drink only a few sips of it. Way too cinnamony and bitter and just ugh. Very disappointing.

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Photo of nicole309
2/5  rDev -48.7%

Way too much cinnamon.

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Photo of Stengelfoot
2.25/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of mactrail
2.44/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Brewed with several malty including chocolate and crystal Munich. Roasted pumpkin seeds and more pumpkin. Magnum and Saaz hops. Unfortunately the "crushed cinnamon" just overwhelms the other flavors. And then the bitterness hits.

Totally cinnamon in the nose and mouth. Dark brown with a modest head. Left most of a 12 oz glass on the bar. On tap at Elysian Fields [from notes at April 2014 visit].

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Photo of anteater
2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

Photo of Arbitrator
2.56/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Chilled bottle into a glass. A generous gift from hopsbreath. Thanks, Jason! And thanks to ramnuts for shipping it down.

A: Pours a dark maroon body, nearly black, with a small beige head that slowly lapses into a thin film and vanishes. No lace.

S: Coffee and roasted grain, as you'd expect from a stout. Cinnamon and an earthy, vegetal note that evokes the pumpkin used here.

T: Coffee, roasted grain, cinnamon, and a pronounced bitterness that isn't appealing. I'm expecting a pumpkin beer, not a stout-gruit hybrid.

M: Dry, which is unusual for some stouts I've been having lately. The dryness unfortunately lets the bitterness shine through, which isn't appealing. A nice cinnamon exhalation brings the beer to a close.

O: The Great Pumpkin and Night Owl were so much better than this. I was disappointed. I really thought we had a trifecta of winners here.

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Photo of garuda
2.72/5  rDev -30.3%
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.

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2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

Photo of Didier
2.82/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of woemad
2.86/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bomber with no obvious freshness date on the bottle. This was given to me as a Christmas present by my brother. Sadly, I forgot about it until now.

Poured a fairly viscous-looking dark brown color that looks black in the glass. Holding it up to the light does no good - it's like having a glass of darkness. Modest yet bubbly tan head. No lace to speak of.

When they said this was brewed with cinammon, they weren't kidding. It smells like some sort of a cinnamon stout, with no discernable pumpkin scent at all. There's also a slightly earthy scent in the background.

The flavor of this beer features a somewhat cloying cinnamon sweetness, and the earthy scent is more prominent, seeming to be the pumpkin flavor. There's also brown sugar and some chocolate, but the stout characteristics are considerably outweighed by the spice and pumpkin flavors.

Relatively full bodied, with a coating mouthfeel.

Getting through a bomber of this is a chore. Perhaps this tastes better when the pumpkin flavoring is fresher, but wear doesn't really seem to be the problem. There's just too much cinnamon. If that were dialed down a little, maybe this would be a bit more palateable.

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2.88/5  rDev -26.2%
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!

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2.98/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of bum732
3/5  rDev -23.1%
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.

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of frontalot
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

A: Black. Shined a light through it, or tried, because light cannot pass this dark beast. Half a finger of light brown foam. Large bubbles in the foam, definitely more course than smooth. Poured into a snifter. 4.25/5

S: Cinnamon, like I would imagine snorting a pile of cinnamon would be like. The smell has a dryness to it. As the beer warmed up to room temperature, a pit of the pumpkin scent begins to come through. 3/5

M: Very nice, not heavy. 4/5

T: Cinnamon, again, a lot. The flavors dissipates quickly but doesn't completely go away. A tiny amount of it lingers on your tongue. As the beer warms the pumpkin flavor begins to come out as well. Not much sweetness which I think works well for this beer. 3/5

O: I would call this a cinnamon stout and nothing else. The cinnamon was far too strong for my taste, but as the beer warmed it actually smoothed out, both in aroma and taste. Then again my taste buds could have been slowly dying. Bonus tip: pairs quite well with Oreos. Not my favorite beer, but glad I tried it. I'm very much looking forward to Punkuccino tomorrow which I think will be more up my alley. 3.5/5

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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Dark O' The Moon from Elysian Brewing Company
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