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 FriedSlug
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
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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Photo of paco1029384756
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with short light tan head.

Scent of cinnamon, dry spices, some pumpkin and chocolate. Good and balanced, but it could use some more pumpkin.

Taste of pumpkin and a nutty flavor start, cocoa, cinnamon, some clove and roasted malts finish this one out. A little different, but I like it.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with a foamy carbonation, very nice.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
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 Spider889
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Elysian Pumpkin event at Falling Rock on 9/28/11.

The version we got was listed as 7.3% abv.

This is a rich and dark beer.

The aroma is full of chocolate and cinnamon with a warm and inviting pumpkin bread aspect to it.

The flavor has some roast coffee and chocolate goodness going on. bitter ash on the finish. Not much hint of pumpkin here.

Chewy mouthfeel with a warm alcohol component (I also find that cinnamon can enhance this perception). Dense and sticky.

Overall this was a cool brew. I felt that the base beer is a stout or porter. Wishing for more pumpkin flavor.

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Photo of DNICE555
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle from my favorite NY connect.

A: Very dark brown.

S: Chocolate Cinnamon Nutmeg Pumpkin... Smells very tasty can't wait.

T: Chocolate, Roasted Malts, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Pumpkin, Vanilla, Ginger... Damn this is amazing.

M: Medium body, Medium carbonation, Best Pumpkin stout I've had.

O: What a great pumpkin beer. I think pumpkin along with all it's associated spices add a lot to ale. Feelin it.

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Photo of Domingo
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had samples of this at GABF a few times (on a pretty fatigued palate) so it was nice to see we got a few bottles sent to Denver this year.
Pours an expected opaque black color. Not a whole lot of highlights or light making it through this one. A thin cap of white foam on the top. Looks pretty much like a standard porter or stout.
The nose consists of anise, cinnamon, allspice, and a roasty backdrop.
The taste follows roughly the same path. Unlike a lot of other pumpkin beers, to me the ones from Elysian (Night Owl and Great Pumpkin, too) all have very heavy handed anise notes. It's different, but not necessarily my favorite. This one has elements that I love, but that anise note is just a bit much. The allspice and cinnamon creep up here and there, and the base porter is nice, but it keeps coming back to black jellybeans. The actual pumpkin pie character is mild as a result.
It's not boozy, and the spices aren't numbing or overkill. Some people will likely love this one.
Not my favorite under any stretch, but there aren't too many pumpkin porters that make to bottles out here. I'm glad this one does, even if there are others like I more.

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Photo of doughanson78
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. First pumpkin stout.

A: Very dark pour. One of the blacker pours I've seen. Had a slight orangish/red tint to the pour. Not a lick of light getting through in the glass. The faintest bit of mocha colored head that disappears quickly but leaves an awesome lacing.

S: Pumpkin, chocolate, coffee, nutmeg, cinnamon, roasted malts, and some smoke. Different with the pumpkin mixed with all that but nicely blended.

T: Sweet pumpkin upfront, with a touch of cinnamon. A light coffee bitterness along with chocolate and nutmeg. The pumpkin continues to linger through the finish. Roastiness comes through in the middle and fades into smokiness. Pretty complex. A tad off in the aftertaste but nothing bad.

M: A bit light in body. Not real creamy. Lighter carbonation. This may be the one area this beer is really lacking.

O: Was kind of put off by the thought of pumpkin in my stout, but this is well done. I really like it. Wish it was a lot thicker but hey. Nobody makes a perfect beer.

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Photo of Docer
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: (3.0)
- Heavy pour into a glass hardly rendered even a finger of head. Quick light mocha fizz settled immediately to a light bubbly ring, and some scattered thin skin on top. Stout is rather dark, and I can't see through it. Light ruby at the edges.

Smell: (4.0)
- Sweet chocolate grains, and spicy pumpkin pie notes. Lots of clove and cinnamon action going on. Perhaps a little grassy earthy hop bitterness. Some nice fig and esters as well going on.

Taste: (4.5)
- Taste is saving the overall experience of this beer so far for me. Very good chocolaty smooth grainy stout with a nice kick of bitterness to boot. Very well balanced bouquet of spices.. vanilla, clove, fig, nutmeg, hops. Nice roasty pumpkin touch, seeds perhaps.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- This brew is somewhat dry like a good stout should be, a bit chewy as it should be given its strength, and is actually well carbonated minus the lack of head. It must be brewed with just some standard house ale yeast, which does get on my nerves sometimes. Medium bodied stout, and a nice dry finish.

Overall: (4.0)
- My initial reaction at the pour was not so good, as I poured it heavily into a glass with little to no head or glorious mocha foam like I was expecting.. but with a good smell, and an even better taste.. the beer still holds high marks. I don't know about being worth the $9, but it would be one to buy a lot of if it were fairly priced.

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Photo of scootny
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is superb. Elysian does pumpkin better than any brewery I've come across. This has a rich thick head sitting on a clear but opaquely dark brown liquid. Lots of lace and good retention. Superior aromatics bring copious amounts of chocolate and coffee as well as a thick slice of pie topped with cinnamon. The taste is much the same. It's like drinking pie and mocha together. The finish brings a graham cracker crust and earthy hop bitterness that evokes a rich cup of coffee. Not an sweet beer overall and highly sessionable. Feel is perfectly weighted with a light supple caressing of the mouth and tongue. Smoothly carbonated with just enough liveliness. This drinks like a dry Irish stout. Great beer and one to seek out often.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Uber late-season keg tapped at Bittercreek, Boise ID...

A: Nearly opaque black with a pretty good tan head and some lacing.

S: Fairly balanced nose of pumpkin and roasted chocolate malt...pumpkin isn't overwhelming which is nice. Background spices of cinnamon and maybe nutmeg or ginger as well? Only the cinnamon is clear but its in the background and that is a good thing.

T: Follows the nose; roasted malt is moderate, spices and pumpkin are in balance and not overwhelming. The pumpkin character is not vegetable-like either...also a BIG plus. Would like more chocolate and roast IMO.

MF: Thinner medium feel, this is no imperial stout. Fairly quaffable at this abv...dry, spicy-ish finish.

O: Decent pumpkin stout but not in the same class as Pumpkinator or TREAT.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to SuzyGreenberg for the bottle.

Pours putrid black with a nice cascading tan head that lingers pretty well and leaves good sticky lacing.

Nose is alot of roasted malt, spices, and a very odd yam-like (but clearly not pumpkin) sweet mushy smell. Almost a tart wood like smell as well.

Hmmm. Interesing. A nice beer, the pumpkin profile is not quite what i was expecting. There is plenty of pumpkin in there, but they could really use a little bit more pumpkin pie spices. The bitterness in the base stout is also a little too high for such a beer, IMO. There is almost a mini tart woodiness in here that is sort of odd as well. There is a nice little bit of roastiness on the finish, and pumpkin and slight dark bakers chocolate linger in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is pretty solid, if anything ever so slightly overcarbonated, but the viscosity is right where you would want it here. The dryness is a tad strong for the style, but ok.

Drinkability is decent, but this is a chewy and goofily adjuncted brew, so that does hamper it just a touch. Abv is actually lower than i expected, but it doesn't seem too hot in any way.

Overall a nice beer, and a good stab at a pumpkin stout. If you like this beer, definitely try and get your hands on Midnight Suns Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter (now called "TREAT") It is a similar beer, but much more balanced and perfected. That being said, i dont want to take anything away from this brew, as its an ok shot at a dark pumpkin beer, just needs a little work around the edges i'd say.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a tulip with a nice solid mocha colored head. Very sticky at the edges. Nice solid head and bubbles that lasted for a while.

S: Aroma of roasted malts, bitter pumpkin and spices. Hints of clove and cinnamon

T: Bitter and robust pumpkin spiced stout. Too much earth for my liking off the first sip. Extremely bitter and tannice with ginger flavors mixing with cinnamon. Some bakers chocolate and ashy black patent flavors at the end.

M: Medium to thick body, I was slightly surprised this is only a 6.5% abv beer with the body as is. Highly / over carbonated.

O: Overall this is a good pumpkin stout. I enjoyed it however I prefer TREAT over this by a high degree. Worth a try

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Photo of kemoarps
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

4.5/4.75/3.75/4.25/4
Coal black, deep midnight black. Yeahhhhh.... Good finger worth mocha brown head. Silky. Eventually settles down to a thin veneer over the lid, lacing wonderfully.

Dear god... Rich chocolatey malts and nutmeg and some cinnamon... Sweet meaty pumpkin... and some creamy latte milk and coffee notes. Man this smells good.

Taste is more bitter than the nose would suggest. There's a vegetal character to it, as well as a bakers chocolate/faint coffee bitter. Lots of cinnamon and nutmeg, and something on the tip I can't quite put my finger on...
Somewhere torn between smoothe and silky and quite dry. Thick, though, which I love.

Overall I really liked it, but my expectations from the fantastic pour and aroma were somewhat tempered by a flavour profile full of positive components that just doesn't quite add up to the sum of its parts.

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Photo of BillHilly
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber poured into a duvel tulip at 55 degrees.

A: dark brown, very little head, fainted to rim, etching brought out very little yeast bubbles.

S: burnt coffee, slight cinnamon, molasses

T: starts off sweet and decent roasted malt, finishes with a bitter & burnt coffee finish

M: Much better feel than look, solid carbonation.

O: Glad I tried it, worth a try, but nothing to trade for IMO.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a speiglau stout glass.

Look is pitch black with red highlights on the edges with a tan frothy head.

Real pumpkin bread aroma. Lots of pumpkin spice with a dark malt.

Tastes like pumpkin bread, but feels a little thin.

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Photo of Prager62
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Picked this bomber up on a recent trip to Arizona. A package date of 7/20/15 poured into a twelve ounce tulip glass.

Look- Pours a dark brown with a small amount of tan foam.

Smell- Cinnamon heavy and not much else.

Taste- Once again cinnamon forward with some dark roast.

Feel- Tingly sensation from the heavy cinnamon presence.

Overall- A bit too one dimensional with all the cinnamon for me. Not a drain pour, but nothing spectacular. If you like chewing on a cinnamon stick, this ones for you.

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Photo of Bfarr
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Black with thin brown foamy head with okay retention. Rich espresso, cocoa and cinnamon aroma. Coffee and rich dark chocolate, pumpkin pie and roasty notes. Coffee lingers with light warming. Thin and light carbonation

Rich aroma and complex taste accented by pumpkin. It's balanced and enjoyable but the thin feel is slightly distracting.

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Photo of EBeckett3
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance – Black with a small brown colored head. The head fades relatively quickly leaving just some light foam on the surface of the beer and light laces.

Smell-light vanilla and chocolate/ pumpkin pie.

Taste – dark chocolate flavor androasted malt with vanilla. Pumpkin flavor light, but grows more intense as the base of the glass. It is the core of the stout along with the malt.

Mouthfeel – Medium with a slight vanilla-cinnamon aftertaste. Almost creamy.

Overall – Very tasty. A fine stout. Pumpkin, not pie.

Served in a 16 oz pint glass at the Pourhouse, Westmont, NJ

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Photo of anon
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thoroughly enjoyed this brew from Elysian, maybe my favourite of their pumpkin line.

Pours dark as night, opaque and creamy, oily. Whifs of cinnamon and clove are strong on the nose up front, following through in the taste. Oh my, to me this tasted like fresh pressed apple cider mixed with a stout. Roasty, toasty and spicy. A perfect holiday ale.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black body beneath the thick, mocha head which is very patient to dissolve, leaving a thick, sticky lacing throughout the duration of the beer.

An interesting aroma features pumpkin and fall spices, yet roasted malt with hints of what I assume to be woody hops resembling pumpkin stem.

Very nice flavors, similar to the aroma, yet more pronounced including the roasted pumpkin, woody hops or stem notes, roasted barley, and just a hint of sweet chocolate if I am not mistaken. Seems like an odd mix, but it really does quite well together.

Medium to fuller in body with generous carbonation and a somewhat biting, bitter finish.

Certainly a unique twist on the style, but fairly well done. Generous flavor and aroma character that really blends well.

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Photo of projectflam86
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this through a trade with youradhere. Thanks Jim!

22oz bomber poured into a snifter.

A- Pours an absolutely ink black color with a thick brown head that leaves good lacing.

S- Very sweet with roasted malt and dark chocolate aromas leading the way. A touch of spice is noticeable in the nose but it is very subtle.

T- The pumpkin notes come through much more in the flavor than in the nose. Rich bittersweet chocolate and pumpkin pie spice upfront with a touch of char and roast in the finish. The alcohol is mild but it adds a little bite.

M- Medium bodied with slightly low carbonation. Silky mouth feel.

O- Overall easily one of the best pumpkin stouts I've had. Really one of the better pumpkin beers in general. I'm glad I got the chance to try.

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Photo of Smurf2055
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark black, little tan head.

Smells like chocolate and spice.

Taste is spicy and a bit sour.

Had this on tap before, and having it on bottle now, I know this doesn’t age well. It is a great beer when it’s first released, and am basing the stats on that. TREAT is still way better for this style, even when DotM is at its peak.

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Photo of hreb
2.88/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz bomber served in pint glass. Beer pours a deep brown with a very thin layer of lighter brown head. Faint aroma of pumpkin and spice (cinnamon or cassia?)

Flavor is flat and unremarkably bitter. Pumpkin provides some texture/body but not much in the way of flavor. Cinnamon flavor is muted and reduced to an unpleasant spiciness in the aftertaste. I can't imagine what pumpkin seeds could be bringing to this brew.

As a stout, this beer is the right color, and has a relatively heavy mouthfeel, but otherwise it doesn't hit any of the right notes. Though only hopped to 20 IBUs, there's a surplus of bitterness from the other ingredients. It got the bitterness levels of a Russian Imperial stout but doesn't have nearly the grain bill that that style requires. Pumpkin beers are a challenging style, but they can be executed well. Bring me back to CBC's pumpkin fest!

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Photo of NWer
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into pint glass.
Dark. Very dark. Coffee brown head with nice retention and lace.
Lives up to description well. Chocolate, coffee, pumpkin, cinnamon notes throughout. Slight tangyness in the mouthfeel reflective of the alcohol.
All in all, a game changer for me. Didn't think much of pumpkin beers until I tried this one.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Solid black and a notable amount of sediment that poured out. Espresso colour foam tops out at 1 finger, it crowds the edge of the glass and makes a thin layer of micro bubbles forming a thin gauzy dressing on top.

S: The scent is deeply toasted and dark, with acrid dark coffee, toasted coco beans, toasted yeasty bread and caramelized squash, finishing with wet leaves and earth. It's everything that halloween smells like to me, deeply dark, and burnt by the devils fiery tongue.

T: Surprisingly smooth, with dark caramelized squash notes up front followed with sweet sugars and musky & earthy vegative notes. Follows up quickly with more acrid notes of coffee and coco balanced will with vanilla creaminess. Herb flavours are present, leafy herbs, not sweet spices. Finishes with an acrid taste of coffee, coco beans and burnt toast.

M: Surprisingly more light than what I expected, thin to medium bodied and dry on the finish. Noticeably short longer time, it vaporizes in the mouth and leaves nothing behind.

O: Overall is manages to present the squash smell and flavour exceptionally well and pairs that sweet and musky earthiness with toasted scents and flavours. A fuller mouth feel would enhance the experience, however still and great beer mid year to remind me of halloweens past.

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Dark O' The Moon from Elysian Brewing Company
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