Bulk_Carrier (2313) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - OCT 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dates on Elysian beers? Right on. Way to go, Elysian - stamped bottom left corner of the bottle - "pkg 09/03/14."
This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a nice dark brown close to black color with a slim finger’s worth of off white to tan foamy head. Light lacing traced around the glass in a slight foamy way.
The smell started off with a decent strong cinnamon pop over top of a light silky smooth chocolate coated pumpkin spice.
This followed through on the taste in a sweet sticky fashion.
On the palate, this one runs over in a sweet to spicy and sticky cinnamon over my tongue. It’s about medium bodied with a good sipping quality about it.
Overall, I say this was a pretty good pumpkin beer to have again, though not as stout like as I had wished for. Still worthy!
codfishh (118) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours opaque black tan head, huge cinnamon heart aroma. Flavor light bready malt, lots of cinnamon very spicy.
Voodoo (380) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an opaque dark brown with a tan smallish tan head which lingers......aroma is nutmeg, allspice, pumpkin fruit......taste is a bit of a spice bomb.....with heavy nutmeg, vanilla, coffee, pumpkin fruit, minor bittering in the finish, and lingering cinnamon and nutmeg which sort of overwhelms. Perhaps it should have set another month to mellow out.
cstuartj (1015) - Washington, USA - OCT 3, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle, pours a deep thick oily black with a nice tan head and laces well. Nose is very pleasant pumpkin, cinnamon, espresso. Taste is a bit overpowered by the cinnamon to me, it leaves a bit of a dry chalky aftertaste, but overall it’s pretty awesome.
Getbetter (908) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - SEP 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a tap at the brewery.The pour is a very dark red with a minimum white head. The cinnamon is a little over powerfully but there is a lot pumpkin notes with chocolate, and roasted malt characteristic. It’s good
slowrunner77 (6165) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
had after night owl and great pumpkin. compared to those 2, the pumpkin presence is hardly there, you really have to work for it. in addition, all spices but the cinnoman are absent. that said, eleysian makes good stout, and this is no excpetion. an excellent roasty choclate bitter stout with a light dash of pumpkin and spice. as a pumpkin beer, a near miss, but as a beer or stout, quite nice."
Darkmagus82 (1864) - - SEP 26, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transfer from BA review on 10-8-13-
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.
htzpah (100) - - SEP 12, 2014
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Indeed, as dark as dark gets. No light passes thru. Dark cream-like head, very spicy nose. Texture is a bit odd, lots of ground residuals. Like most pumpkin beers, lots of spice, not much, if any, pumpkin.
GarrettB (1119) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
October 5th, 2012 - Elysian’s Pumpkin Ale has become just as much of a Halloween tradition for me as have the harvest themed decorations and the other adult obligation of a candy bowl by the door. Elysian itself never left an especially profound mark on me in spite of two years living in Seattle and sipping their communion, but the Pumpkin Ale is more than a couple standard deviations of their mean in terms of quality and impact. That’s why when one of their pumpkin ale permutations made an appearance at my local liquor store, I drove there aggressively and without mercy. Dark O’ The Moon In Hand, I greedily poured my glass, ready to salute the increasing chill of the Fall season with a proper brew. The smell is smooth and creamy, with any presumptions of pumpkin sweetness replaced with scents of full on pumpkin scones - the very same found at Starbucks as a popular seasonal offering. The fore sip presents lots of dark malts, the heavy smokiness of charcoal briquettes, and a moderate alcohol burn to wash away any residual candy or pumpkin pie. The middle presents more of a vegetal core, with burnt pumpkin seeds and some pumpkin flesh countering the burnt sugars found at the beginning of the sip. And finally, the aftertaste masquerades as a regular, yet rich, stout, regrettably shedding any vestiges of the pumpkin flavor and returning to a stoutish normalcy.
DocLock (8103) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Poured hazy dark brownish black with tan head. Nose was roasty dark malt, cacao, pumpkin. Tasted roasty dark malty, with some cacao, vanilla, and pumpkin flavor. Complex and enjoyable.