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

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156
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613
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
11.54%
 
 
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Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Always Rons the other day.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive as well, as I pick up considerable pumpkin, vanilla, cinnamon, dark chocolate and an underlying roasty quality. The flavor profile replicates the nose, except there's a noticeable hoppy component as well, that gives the beer something of a licorice and burnt toast flavor at the end. It also dries out the modest sweetness I get in this beer initially. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but the beer otherwise delivers plenty of flavor, and drinkability in this releatively low alcohol beer is pretty good. There's not even a hint of alcohol on thie finish, which is always a plus in my book.

While I'm not a huge fan of pumpking beers, this wasn't bad. I might even order it again, under the right circumstances.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As the original poster noted, this a pumpkin stout. Brewed with Maris Otter, crystal, and chocolate malts. In the mash are roasted barley, Castle Cara-Vienne, Cara-Munich, and Special B malts, along with roasted pumpkin seeds. Pureed Golden Delicious pumpkin is in the mash, kettle, and fermenter. Crushed cinnamon in the kettle and bittered with Magnum hops and finished with Hersbrucker hops. Starting gravity of 18.8 degrees plato and abv is 7.3%.

Pours almost black with a thin head and some lacing. Aside from the roasted grain in the nose, you can really smell the cinnamon and roasted pumpkin seeds. The taste has a more pronounced pumpkin flavor and sweetness. The cinnamon is also evident here as is a late, nutty roastiness. Mouthfeel is smooth and dry. Once again, a very interesting pumpkin brew from this brewery and another one that works.

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Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle received in a trade with pranaferox. Thanks David. Elysian makes my favorite pumpkin beer, so when I heard about this Pumpkin Stout I knew I had to have it. Consumed on 10/25/2009 after a celebratory weekend and poured into a snifter. A vigorous pour yields a 1.5 inch light brown head that exhibits good retention and leaves some scattered lacing behind as it recedes. The beer appears black, just as you'd expect.

The nose is sweet bready malt with a good deal of chocolate. The beer isn't super spicy like a lot of pumpkin beers I've had recently. There's a touch of cinnamon to accompany the rich chocolate and subtle pumpkin notes, but not a dollop of all spice and nutmeg. Coffee is at such a low level it's almost nonexistent, but it's present nonetheless. There's a slight roast to the nose, but I wouldn't call it a roasted stout, rather a chocolate stout with notes of authentic pumpkin. Pumpkin character increases with warming. No alcohol is noticeable.

The flavor also has a substantial amount of chocolate to it, and the pumpkin is again subtle. A little cinnamon is evident and I detect some spicy character on my tongue, but I can't pinpoint what that is. A touch of coffee is noticeable but it's pretty negligible. The finish is rich chocolate with moderate pumpkin notes and a subtle roast. I like Elysian's approach to a pumpkin beer with Dark 'O The Moon. The beer isn't flashy, overly flavored (like a lot of pumpkin beers), or -bal aged, but I think it's well crafted. The combination of chocolate and pumpkin is thoroughly enjoyable. The beer is light full bodied with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of corby112
3.57/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours viscous and pitch black with a two finger mocha head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Roasted dark malt aroma with roasted pumpkin seed and autumnal spices. Pumpkin sweetness is minimal with more of a roasted seed character along with cinnamon, brown sugar, allspice, clove and nutmeg. slightly smokey/meaty with hints of dark chocolate cake, coffee bean, toast and molasses. Smells really good with a nice balance if roast, sweetness and spice.

Full bodied with a deeply roasted presence that overpowers the subtle pumpkin presence. This is nicely complimented by the zesty spice notes but it's slightly acrid and in desperate need of some sweetness. Very dry to the point of almost tasting burnt with charred dark malt flavors, toast and espresso bean along with cinnamon, clove, allspice and pepper. Very one-dimensional with hardly any pumpkin flavor to speak of. I would have never guessed that there was any in there, it just tastes like a spicy, overly roasted stout. No alcohol hear to speak of but the harsh burnt malt and dry spice make it somewhat tough to drink.

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

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

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a black color with good carbonation and a brown head. Nose is faint chocolate, roasted malt, espresso but really no pumpkin, cinnamon or spice. Taste is creamy, bitter chocolate, coffee, some cinnamon and very faint pumpkin. Mouthfeel is nice with bitter chcolate and creamy. While I love Elysian, I was looking for more pumpkin in this pumpkin stout.

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Photo of tigg924
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
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 DrDemento456
3.9/5  rDev 0%
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 4DAloveofSTOUT
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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 rfgetz
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
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 HuskyinPDX
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
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 +3.8%
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 +3.1%
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 ccrida
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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 dirtylou
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
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 n2185
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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 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 OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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 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 MDDMD
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
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 Gmann
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
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 birchstick
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
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 Treyliff
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
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 LilBeerDoctor
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
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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Dark O' The Moon from Elysian Brewing Company
3.9 out of 5 based on 613 ratings.
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