Dark O' The Moon | Elysian Brewing Company

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Dark O' The MoonDark O' The Moon

Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States

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.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
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 -0.3%
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 +12.6%
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
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 +5.1%
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 +11.8%
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 +6.2%
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 -4.9%
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 +9.2%
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 -6.4%
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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Photo of Bitterbill
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draught at the Keg & Cork.

Pours a hazy orange brown, about an inch of foam.

Smells of nutmeg, cinnamon, usual spices.

Taste is not over the top with the spices which I appreciate. Nutmeg and cinnamon gently tickle my palate. Sweet but with some balance.

Easy drinking. Very nice Pumpkin.

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Photo of stevoj
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Cinnamon seems to be the dominant factor, in both aroma and taste. A little nutmeg is also obvious. These two flavors mostly obscure the stout underneath, but also blends nicely. Overly smooth, slightly savory, and all around nice fall seasonal.

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

Industry public house in Robinson. A bit too spicy for Leah and I. I bet it would be good on a cold winter day. Not our favorite for the day, though. Always fun to try different beers, though!

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Photo of PhillyB
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Look: Looks like your typical stout. Black with little to no head.

Smell: Like apple pie, cinnamon, chocolate.

Taste: Bitter chocolate, cinnamon, sweet potato. No pumpkin to be seen, not that I'm complaining.

Feel: Thinner than I was expecting from a stout. Nowhere near watery, but not quite creamy.

Overall: Not my favorite stout, but a very enjoyable beer. Gets better as it warms up.

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Photo of EMV
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Lagunitas mason-glass.

L: Pours a deep black color. Thin tannish head leaves light lacing.

S: Pumpkin and spices.. cloves and allspice. Roasted coffee.

T/F: Roasted malts up front with espresso and faint cocoa. Great pumpkin flavor shines through... with all the pumpkin pie spices you'd expect including cloves, ginger, allspice, and nutmeg. Medium body, fairly smooth, good carbonation.

O: A tasty pumpkin porter... and the pumpkin flavor compliments the roast/coffee flavor quite nicely. A solid effort from Elysian and one I'd be more than happy to imbibe again.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12/6...Pours jet black with a 1/4 inch brown foam that works its way down to flat. Gritty coffee nose, dark chocolate too. Taste is a lean dark chocolate malt with a nuanced pumpkin filtered in. Clean mouthfeel. Pumpkin sweetness knocks out the extra bitter. Tasty.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Dark black color with heavy brown features, head is your typical tan color maybe 1/4" off the body. Settles super quick with slight uneven lacing.

Smell: Heavy cinnamon and nutmeg with a slight dose of coffee aroma.

Taste: Sweet pumpkin with hard nutmeg and cinnamon. Has a light coffee taste but the spices slightly overpower it. Still very good.

Mouth: Medium carbonation, ultra sticky...the after taste reminds you a malty espresso. Thin bodied.

Overall: Very good beer but not Elysian's best when it comes to the pumpkin beers they have done better. Still not a disappointment and still worth trying, if you can find it. Salud!

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Photo of dar482
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Despite the advertisement of cinnamon, the beer feels like it is more dominated by other spices, like clove, nutmeg, allspice. As these earthy spices come in, it is surrounded by milk chocolate and a medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of Whiteturtle
3.12/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured into a Rogue Spiegelau stout glass. A sumptuous bubbly cocoa brown 2 finger head rests at the top.

Its a stout, so its black. I know James Page's brewing up in Wisconsin is messing around with some sort of white stout; but come on, you know a stout is black.

As they say in the movies, it was love at first sniff. Its like a hot chocolate mix got thrown in with the ingredients of a pumpkin pie. Chocolate, peanut butter, and cinnamon attack the nostrils like ninjas. Yankee candles should be contacting Elysian right now to make overpriced wax. But in this case it would only be slightly overpriced.

I took one sip about 3 minutes after the pour, and it was still pretty cold.. I'll do us all a favor and wait about 15-20 minutes to let this puppy really be ready for a walk. 5.. 10.. 15.. O lets not tease her anymore, she's gonna start begging ;)

Its milky, clovey, and a big cinnamon kick. But man, a lot lighter than expected. Not a lot of rich malty flavors like I was bracing for. Its like a yoohoo with a cinnamon stick and a dash of pumpkin pie mix. It is sweet though, in the dairy sort of way. As is the case with many of its counterparts, a lot more spice and very little pumpkin. (A few more sips and Im starting to get a hazelnut bite.) Although with this beer I like the spice/malt/cocoa mix notes that are the result. But Im still let down by the overall body and flavor that is produced. Maybe a higher ABV would have helped in this case.. I'm not sure. But this walk is looking like its getting cut short.

I didn't dislike it, I was just disappointed. I have heard so many good things about this beer for the past few years and this was my first opportunity to try it. it looks like I'm in the minority as far as my opinion on this beer goes. I feel like I just wanted a bit more of a heavier base, you know? I wish there was a richer and more solid malt layer to rest my head on.

I feel like Im back in high school and the very rare case of all the guys thinking that this one girl is really hot, and I just don't think she's all that. I mean, I'd go out with her if she asked me, but even in my fantasies thats a lot to ask for... Who am I kidding? Id go out with her if she asked, and I'd have a good time. We would split the check though, and she would be home on time.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark black with a nice tan head. Leaves minimal lacing as it is consumed. The smell is a pleasant cinnamon, cocoa, roasted malt and for me hints of vanilla.It tastes like chocolate fudge, vanilla, cloves and massive amounts of cinnamon. It is less sweet than the smell led me to believe and it finishes nicely with a bitterness and spiciness that seems to come directly from the cinnamon but with hints of bitter chocolate. Not getting any pumpkin from this beer but I like it anyway.

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Photo of Prager62
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Picked this bomber up on a recent trip to Arizona. A package date of 7/20/15 poured into a twelve ounce tulip glass.

Look- Pours a dark brown with a small amount of tan foam.

Smell- Cinnamon heavy and not much else.

Taste- Once again cinnamon forward with some dark roast.

Feel- Tingly sensation from the heavy cinnamon presence.

Overall- A bit too one dimensional with all the cinnamon for me. Not a drain pour, but nothing spectacular. If you like chewing on a cinnamon stick, this ones for you.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a speiglau stout glass.

Look is pitch black with red highlights on the edges with a tan frothy head.

Real pumpkin bread aroma. Lots of pumpkin spice with a dark malt.

Tastes like pumpkin bread, but feels a little thin.

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Photo of tigg924
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque, dark brown in color with 1/2 inch head. Taste is clove, cinnamon, cocoa, and brown sugar. Very very good beer. This may be my favorite pumpkin beer I have tried this season. Excellent roastiness and balance.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was very excited to try this beer, the idea of a pumpkin stout intrigued me. The beer is pitch black with a foamy head that thins out put laced my mug very nicely. The beer hits the nose with a strong cinnamon aroma before we get that traditional stout smell. The beer follows the nose pretty well, a strong flavor of those pumpkin spices before the nice creamy stout. A great pumpkin beer, I will be getting this one again.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a jet black color with a small creamy light-tan head that reduces to a thin film floating on top

S- lots of cinnamon notes up from that actually resemble a spiced apple cider. Underlying aromas of charred malt, chocolate & some vegetal notes

T- chocolaty malt base gives some light charred notes with plenty of dark chocolate. Notes of cinnamon and pumpkin flesh hit mid-palate, the finish brings some charred malt with more cinnamon on the linger

M- medium body with moderate-low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and finish

O- the cinnamon compliments the base stout well, and the actually pumpkin is surprisingly noticeable and not overpowered by the base beer

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Dark O' The Moon from Elysian Brewing Company
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