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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Ratings: 618 |  Reviews: 158
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Packaged 7/20/15. 7.6% ABV per the label.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy super dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, earth, cinnamon gum, and pumpkin pie spice aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa powder, earth, char, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon gum, and cinnamon stick flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast and spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is quite cinnamon gum and cinnamon stick forward in both the smell and taste.

Serving type: bottle.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

you dont see a ton of dark pumpkin beers, and this is a winner. pours very dense black, almost no light coming through at all, and a quickly dying khaki head. the nose is a perfect blend of milk chocolate, vanilla, and cinnamon. pumpkin and pumpkin seed flavor are up front, squashy and a little bitter from the dark malts. cocoa and spice finish it out. the abv is perfect for this beer, its one you could drink several of, but sturdy enough to keep ya going. feel is fullest of bodies and spirited carbonation for the style. i like the effort here, a very different beer, perfect for the night of the first snowfall. leaves all frost covered, half on the trees, half on the ground. its just right.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high dense dark tan head that quickly died down and left some lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of chocolate malts and pumpkins in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of pumpkin spices along with some hints of sweetness. The chocolate flavors are a little stronger compared to the pumpkin aromas.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and has no traces of alcohol in the taste. It seems to be a good blend of two styles: pumpkin ale and stout.

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of superspak
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, 2013 release. Pours nearly opaque black color with a 2 finger dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big pumpkin, cinnamon, clove, gingerbread, raisin bread, toast, chocolate, cocoa, light roast, dark bread, and toasted earthiness. Incredible aromas with great balance and complexity of pumpkin, spice, and bready/roasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of pumpkin, cinnamon, milk chocolate, cocoa, gingerbread, clove, raisin bread, toast, light roast, dark bread, and toasted earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, gingerbread, clove, raisin bread, toast, milk chocolate, cocoa, light roast, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance, complexity, and robustness of pumpkin, spice, and dark/roasted malt flavors; with a nice malt/spice balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent pumpkin stout. All around great complexity and balance of pumpkin, spice, and malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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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4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep chocolate brown with a creamy dark beige head that left one full ring of dark lace as it settled into a frothy mass.Wow cinnamon and chocolate really jump out at ya in the nose,the cinnamon is spicy and goes well with the chocolate and roasted notes.A nice creamy feel to the beer adds to it's richness and pairs well with the flavors.Mild roast and chocolate that runs into a big dose of spicy sweet cinnamon in the finish.One of the best...if not the best pumpkin beer of any style I have had,Elysian can throw down with some pumpkin beers.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some light hints of dark amber when held up to the light and very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall dense creamy dark tan to mocha head that quickly reduces to a mottled very thin film covering about a third of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon and nutmeg stand out) over the top of dark roasted malts and chocolate. Very light notes of roasted coffee.

T: Starts out with moderate to strong flavors of dark roasted and chocolate malts which are followed by the pumpkin flavors. There is just touch of sweetness upfront followed by the flavors of pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon and nutmeg) with light bitterness in the finish which does not linger.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and slightly creamy.

O: I really enjoy the pumpkin stout hybrid style, for some reason these really work for me... almost like if you combined chocolate and pumpkin pie (kind of like a derby pie). It drinks much easier than the 6.5% ABV that it is, especially since the mouthfeel is also lighter. Very enjoyable - glad I bought the Pumpkin Patch sampler pack to get this one.

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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