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RATINGS: 284   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkmagus82 (2028) - - SEP 26, 2014
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.

   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 (1237) - 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 (8593) - 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 (5472) - 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 (4169) - 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 (4736) - 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 (5623) - 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 (6932) - .....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?

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