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:
616
Reviews:
156
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
11.54%
 
 
Wants:
97
Gots:
111
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 616 |  Reviews: 156
Photo of rfreed
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of parkwood
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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 bwbetts
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Grackos
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MonkeyBread
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jak
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nalid66
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jakea
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jrfehon33
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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Dark O' The Moon from Elysian Brewing Company
3.9 out of 5 based on 616 ratings.
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