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
Photo of SDH021
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dum3z
4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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 Alphakitty
4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of heddar33
4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 kkmiller76
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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 TheWolf
3.27/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Doesn't work. Not natural.

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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 MaineBeerDinner
4.36/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ron_Mexico
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Lucular
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 BigMike
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JKasten988
4.66/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Budlum
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stevesbeer
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Vylo
4.71/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Dark O' The Moon from Elysian Brewing Company
3.9 out of 5 based on 618 ratings.
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