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RATINGS: 283   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Brewed at the Elysian on Capitol Hill. a perennial favorite, brewed with Great Western pale, Crisp 77° Crystal, Munich, Cara-Vienne, roasted, chocolate and Special B malts with roasted pumpkin seeds in the mash. Pumpkin in the mash, kettle and fermenter. Bittered with Magnum and finished with Saaz and crushed cinnamon.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
htzpah (105) - - SEP 12, 2014
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GarrettB (1223) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 2, 2014
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (8532) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2014
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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DipHead14 (26) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 28, 2014
Smells very pumpkin-y, although the pumpkin does not carry through into the body of the beer. Sweet, but slightly medicne-y. A very light stout, easy to drink for those who do not enjoy the thick heavyness of a typical stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (5312) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUN 15, 2014
Tolerably done pumpkin beer. Mixes well with roast malt elements. Light dark chocolate. Finishes in good mix of sweet and roast bitter. Black with good head and lacing. Tap at Black Squirrel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
maxwelldeux (4164) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - JUN 14, 2014
Draught at Washington Brewer’s Festival, 2014. Pours a very dark brown color with a bit tan head on it. Nose has a lot of pumpkin on it, with only a slight bit of roasting. Tate is smooth and slightly roasty, with a moderate amount of pumpkin spice to it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (4673) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 25, 2014
Sampled at Schlafly’s Repeal of Prohibition festival 2014 - Pours dark brown with a tan head. The aroma has roast, chocolate, spice and pumpkin. It has a medium body with light roughness and mild sharp carbonation. The flavor begins with roast, earthiness, woodiness and a harshness. The finish adds some light pumpkin. Pretty nice for a pumpkin stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Strykzone (5534) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2014
Sampled at Repeal. Very dark brown, as it should be. A huge gushing head. The aroma and flavor had as much earth as pumpkin. Not really coffee and not really roadty notes. Pumpkin and earth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (6850) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2014
bottle as shown .. . pours a deep brown .. . mild head, strong lacing .. . burnt pie mostly .. . medium mouth, mild finish .. . forgettable but no flaws .. . . I just want to understand this, sir. Every time a rug is micturated upon in this fair city, I have to compensate the owner?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pushkinwow (2245) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 2, 2014
Bomber from Capones. Brown with a ruby hue, bit of beige head that completely fades. This is an interesting one..you get a light pumpkin that combines with a semi roasted malt, then you get a bit of cinnamon and nutmeg. Mild+ carbonation and body, somewhat malty with a fair amount spice, the typical bitterness of a stout combines with a semi-sweet pumpkin flavour and gives this a lot of balances although it is fairly mild, its nice and easy to drink and the dryness at the end is also nice - would say one glass is enough though.

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