Dark O' The Moon | Elysian Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States | website

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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143
Ratings:
571
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
11.57%
 
 
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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Rochester, NY.

Pours a dark, nearly opaqu black, with a foamy 1.5 inch head, and not much lacing. Looks inviting.

Smells very, very strongly of cinnamon- it leaps out of the glass before I can actually go in and smell it. There's also a large amount of roasted pumpkin.

Though the cinnamon is ultimately a little too strong here, I do appreciate that it appears they use real pumpkin (and pumpkin seeds). I get a strong roasted pumpkin and bitter roasted malt flavor. There's not a whole lot of residual sweetness here, with the spiciness of the cinnamon, the bitterness of the roasted malt, and the earthiness of the roasted pumpkin taking precedent.

This is medium bodied, could be a bit "chewier" but it's certainly not thin. There's a lower level of carbonation, with a meaty, creamy mouthfeel.

Elysian definitely nails their pumpkin beers- the pumpkin is spot on, but the cinnamon is a little too dominant to give higher marks.

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Photo of dar482
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
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 Davepoolesque
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cinnamon bomb. Really good though..........................................................................................................................

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Went to Whole Foods and found this bomber for 10 bucks. Since everyone else around here has it for 12 I pulled the trigger on it. Poured into a pub glass.

A - Carbonation seems fair enough giving me a 1/4 inch of deep mocha head that turns to a light lace ring. Color of the beer is also pitch black (spot on for the name)

S - Smell is rather timid light cocoa notes and a bit of vegital pumpkin. If any spices in the smell I would guess nutmeg but not much cinnamon in the nose at all.

T - Very smooth chocolate notes on this with a twang of bittering hops or roast. I can feel the spices flowing mid palate like a cinnamon/nutmeg herbal spice and the finish is fairly clean with sweet malts. I want to say most of the bittering is the pumpkin seems to be odd, vegital and out of place in a smooth drinking stout.

M - Medium bitter chewy. Not really loving this.

Overall I really enjoyed the pumpkin ale so I guess that put my expectations too high in them using the same practice for a stout. Nothing worth dropping a 10 spot on a pity since a six pack of Night Owl pumpkin would have only ran me a few dollars more...

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Photo of rfgetz
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, chalky brown to near black, good head and retention, decent lacing. Scent is roast with hints of char, cinnamon bark and milk-stout like sweetness. Taste, although lacking in much seasonal flavor, does combine roast and spice nicely, light lingering malt sweetness. Medium bodied, creamy with a hint of chalkyness. Solid, but not spectacular.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to ArchEnemyBrew for the beer! Thanks Hollis!

Reviewed from notes 10/15/12.

poured into snifter.

Appearance: Black bodied beer with 1 finger of head.

Smell: chocolate, spices, pumpkin.

Taste: Nice balance between the stout and the pumpkin, but the vegital pumpkin flavor is just a touch stronger than the stout. Nice all spice and cinnamon notes that blends with pumpkin in the finish.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. creamy mouthfeel.

Overall: This is a good pumpkin stout, but not a good as Fishermans Friend pumpkin stout by Cape Ann Brewing.

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Photo of tigg924
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
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 HuskyinPDX
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip glass.

A - Pours a dark brown with a dark tan head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Chocolate and cinnamin.

T - Smooth chocolate and coffee, a stout with some pumpkin and cinnamin.

D - Low carbonation, heavy body. Thick, but smooth.

O - Nice pumpkin stout, low flavor profile.

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Photo of claspada
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled immediately after sharing a bomber of The Great Pumpkin.

Pours a lighter black color with an inch of dark tan head that slowly recedes leaving some spotty lacing on the glass.

Aromas begin initally mostly on the Stout side, with some roasted chocolate malts and coffee taking center stage. As it warms the spice aspects come out highlighted by cinnamon and then a little roasted pumpkin flesh. The toasted bready, burnt caramel notes also emerge more.

The tastes begin similarly with dark roasted maltiness followed by additional notes of chocolate and caramel sweetness. As it warms you get a subtle burst of pumpkin and cinnamon. The roasted bitter maltiness intensify as it continues to warm.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is intially smooth and creamy but balanced but the spice and roasted malt flavors.

Overall this is a very good pumpkin stout. I appreciate the lower ABV because I feel it helps the spice and pumpkin flavors to emerge more. Too much malt would mask the sometimes subtle flavor of pumpkin. This is a great cool weather fall evening beer and would gladly consume it regularly if it was readily accessable to me.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a nearly pitch black color with a small brown colored head. The head fades relatively quickly leaving just some light foam on the surface of the beer and almost no lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is a wonderful blend of milk chocolate aromas mixed with a nice pumpkin pie. The pumpkin pie consists of a brown sugar sweetened, roasted pumpkin smell mixed with a nice showing of cinnamon along with some nutmeg and allspice. Some lighter aromas of a vanilla and a light biscuit nature combined with the chocolate and pumpkin pie, acting as a melding and bridging set of aromas; overall the smell is quite fantastic.

Taste – The taste begins with a darker chocolate flavor mixed with some bready and roasted malt flavors. The pumpkin flavor upfront is rather light, but grows more intense as the flavor advances. The vanilla is strongest upfront with the chocolate with both losing some potency as the taste moves on. While the chocolate and vanilla fade a tad, the pumpkin kicks it up with a more flavors of brown sugar and spices of tons of cinnamon as well as some nutmeg and allspice getting more potent as well. In the end with the increase in the pumpkin pie flavors and a still rather strong presence of the chocolate (even though slightly lightened from the beginning)and roasted flavors a rather nice chocolate and roasted pumpkin pie flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to slightly thinner side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The lower carbonation is perfect for the mix of pumpkin pie and roasted and chocolate flavors. A little thicker of a body may have helped these flavors along further, but even with that said, the feel was rather nice overall.

Overall – A rather tasty dark pumpkin ale with a great blend of roasted, chocolate, cinnamony, and pumpkin beer flavors. Very tasty.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, made sure to stock up on this guy and the great pumpkin from the Tangletown outpost before the public caught wind

appearance: split and served in my great lakes goblet, dark brown body, creamy mocha head with a light ring of lace

smell: relatively subdued nose - some baking spices that line up with those coming from my oven at the moment - nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon. light roasted malt, baking chocolate

taste: rich and velvety - creamy chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, roasted pumpkin and pumpkin seeds. A very lovely ensemble of flavor resulting in a great stout that would be a favorite of the style year-round

mouthfeel: rich and creamy

overall: solid stuff

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Photo of ccrida
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into an imperial pint, Dark O' The Moon is black with a dark tan head that leaves foamy lace.

Smell is pretty average pumpkin beer, sweet malt and pie spices. There is a definite 'gourd' aroma though that I like, so that it's not just pure spices, which nicely differentiates it from the average pumpkin ale.

Taste is pretty good, spices are there but tempered by the chocolate and roasted malts, which add a welcome extra dimension from your usual amberish pumpkin ale.

Mouthfeel is pretty creamy, medium-heavy bodied and satisfyingly thick.

Drinkability is pretty good, if you're in the mood for going festive, but don't like the usually insipid, thin spice bombs that call themselves 'pumkin' ales, then this is a decent choice.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a brown head. In the aroma, roasty, earthy, and some spices in there. In the taste, roasty, coffee, earth, and a small mixed bag of spices. A smooth and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry roast and earthy coffee in the aftertaste. Earthy, roasty, and a small spice. Interesting flavors and style.

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Photo of Gmann
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black color with a short dense brown head that settled into a light ring.

The aroma is big on the roasted malt/barley. Some charred wood notes, anise, and dark fruit. There is some cinnamon but it is fairly subtle. Not a very overpowering nose.

The taste has a nice mixture between the roast, dark chocolate and cinnamon spice. Not overly roasty but enough to make known this is a stout. The dark chocolate is a nice complement as well as the cinnamon. The cinnamon provides a nice quirky element. Not sure I can taste any of the actual pumpkin but perhaps the seeds.

The feel is kind of light for a stout, not much body to it at all. The fizzy is prickly which doesn help lead to a smooth feel that most stouts have. Primarily roasty on the palate, with enough sweet and spice to offset the bitterness.

A nice stout, nothing earth shattering. Good flavors for a 6.5ABV stout though the feel is a tad thin. Would like to see more pumpkin spice.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
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 birchstick
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a chocolaty espresso head on it. Burnt chocolate malts with a touch of pumpkin hit the nose from the glass. The taste is on par with the aromas: chocolate malts open this up. These take on a more roasted/coffee character and don't deviate from these two flavors. The spices it was claimed to be brewed with never show up on the palate. The body is medium and smooth. Overall, this is a straight up stout. I gave it marks for being a delicious stout, but it missed the whole pumpkin experience it was trying to deliver.

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Photo of n2185
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A: pours black with a finger of tan head that fades into a frothy ring with little lacing.

S: roasted malts smoke and with semi-sweet chocolate. Some notes of pumpkin spices, but they're subtle.

T: roasted malts, smoke, and cocoa here as well. Notes of pumpkin and spice as well.

M: medium-thick body with lowish carbonation, this beer is just short of watery.

O: a decent beer overall. A bit simplistic, but enjoyable.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark brown black color with a nice tan head and good lacing

S-chocolate, pumpkin, cinnamon, light roasted malt

T-pumpkin, cinnamon, chocolate, light coffee, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, creamy, smooth

O-delicious stout with great balance of flavors

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 10/3/08. On tap at Blind Tiger. Pours black with a small ring of light tan head. Aroma of roasted malt and smoke. Flavor of light chalkiness, bitter chocolate, and sweet roasted malt. Light bodied. Similar to Fisherman's Pumpkin Stout--just sort of an average stout--except that there was really no pumpkin presence.
7/4/7/3/14 (3.5/5)

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this brew from eallured, Thanks Ethan!

22oz bottle served in a glass beer mug.

Black brew with a tan head that thinned to a layer but still left bits of lacing.
Roasted coffee, malt, molases, light spices.
Good tasting stout, the pumpkin spice is light and blends in well enough with a good stout.
Medium bodied, smooth and creamy feel.
Goes down smooth and easy.

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Photo of Oakenator
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown to black with a cream coloredhead that froths nicely and lingers reasonably well. Good webbing on the glass walls. Smell is high on malts and some faint spice. Taste reveals a nice balance with pumpkin spices like cinnamon and nutmeg but not over powering. I appreciate the different spin on a traditional pumpkin beer but delivered with a solid stout.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
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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Photo of msubulldog25
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally! The week-long chill of December recedes to a more autumn-like night of steady rain...reminds me of October, when I *should* have tried this beer. Didn't have that option tho', as this 22 oz'er came in trade from Seattle BA Beerzebub at the Hair of the Dog Dock Sale a few weeks back. Warmed outside the fridge for about 30 minutes, cracked open and poured to a pint glass.

"Stout brewed with Pumpkin, and Pumpkin Seeds with Cinnamon added"

A: Perfectly dark and 'stout-y', a midnight blackness that shows a a trace of rusty auburn at the edges when held to light. Creamy head crests around one-finger; it's a caramel-mocha dollop that winnows away over several minutes, leaving a coating lace blanket.

S: First whiff isn't cocoa nor pumpkin nor spice nor hops - it's smoke, a puff of ashy charcoal - or something not unlike burning leaves. Bottled 'Fall'. As much as I like the char, I really don't get much else from the aroma and that's kinda too bad...maybe I hoped for a more notable cinnamon or 'pumpkin [spice]' than was intended. At its warmest, fleeting sweet/spice notes emerge, but they are subtle to the point where one really has to search.

T: Dark and roasted grain, a mouthful of bittersweet chocolate, black coffee, a touch of burnt molasses. The fudgy-ness is perhaps surprising, as it's more a 'STOUT...with pumpkin [afterthought]' initially. Smokiness comes on and an earthiness that 'seems' like the pumpkin/gourd grows as well. Cinnamon spice is benign, a dusting that barely registers except as a lingering rooty aftertaste. Really interesting flavors pop up continually; while I don't think this entirely comes together, it sure has 'intrigue' going for it.

M: At 'just' 6.5%, this isn't a particularly heavy brew...medium feel and weight are solid, if unspectacular, at first. Then the creamy smoothness builds: a rich coating layers across the tongue, plasters the cheeks, smacks on the lips.

D: Can't think of many stouts, especially local ones, with this kind of appeal to my taste buds (Alaskan Smoked Porter comes to mind). Though DotM isn't at the ASP level for me, it has really good flavor and a beautiful feel in a very attractive brew; Elysian packs plenty besides 'pumpkin' and 'stout' into this 'Pumpkin Stout'. A seasonal that's DEFINITELY worth hunting down - I'll be on the prowl next year. Thanks for the bottle, Jon!

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Photo of thecheapies
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nearly pitch black with dark brown hues. Head peaked at about 3/4". Looks like a decent stout and a unique pumpkin ale.

Roasted malts, cocoa, pumpkin seeds, cinnamon, toffee, nutmeg, and dried fruits and nuts. Interesting composition. I really like these aromas and how they interplay.

A very roasty pumpkin ale with notes of both the seeds and the flesh. The spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger) don't get a chance to overpower because of the rich American Stout malts and hops used. Hops have pine flavors, but remain shadowed. Pumpkin, more than spices, come through in the middle and finish. Perfect sugar levels, established by the necessary units of bitterness.

Robust in feel with active carbonation and a thicker body. Even though it's not particularly potent, one might choose to savor this one.

Nice pumpkin ale. Sure did roll through the Elysian pumpkin lineup this year. This one was good.

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Photo of harrymel
3.14/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2011

A: pours dark brown with no real head formation and only a ring of tan foam with a mirrored center. No lace.

S: Hops, dark malts, some cinnamon, some coffe tones.

T: Tastes like a stout with some cinnamon. Some hops, some oats, some coffee some malted milk. Meh, okay.

M: Full bodied with lower carbonation. Dry finish.

O: Well, this is a beer with cinnamon, not a pumpkin stout. Although this is a good beer, it is a stout, not a pumpkin beer.

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Dark O' The Moon from Elysian Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.
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