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.

Added by jletts on 11-06-2007

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Ratings: 617 |  Reviews: 157
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 5EKF
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of sposter4
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of boogerisu
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 TLA
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JoeBond
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 DRBiser
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of jvillefan
3.14/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 3

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 B_B
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Magister_Beav
5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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 BEER88
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DeadGuyRising_54
3.64/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Disregard. . . Wrong beer

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Photo of GeorgeAKeim
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kkazemi
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DucksFan16
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GangOf1
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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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Dark O' The Moon from Elysian Brewing Company
3.9 out of 5 based on 617 ratings.
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