htzpah (103) - - 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 (1201) - 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 (8497) - 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.
DipHead14 (26) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 28, 2014
3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
solidfunk (5155) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUN 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
maxwelldeux (4158) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - JUN 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
vyvvy (4622) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Strykzone (5500) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
SudsMcDuff (6751) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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?
pushkinwow (2226) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.