Dark O’ the Moon Pumpkin Stout – Elysian Brewing (Seattle, USA)

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  • My Rating: B

Dark O’ the Moon Pumpkin Stout – Elysian Brewing, 6.5% ABV – 1 Pint 6 fl.oz., (Seattle, WA, USA)

On the front label:

“Pumpkin Stout – Stout brewed with pumpkin and pumpkin seeds with cinnamon added. Dark o’ the Moon Pumpkin Stout is  spookily smooth and chocolatey with a touch of cinnamon. It won a  2010 GABF Silver Medal in the Field Beer category.”

  • Style: (Pumpkin) Stout
  • Taste Profile: heavy dark malts -> sweet malts/chocolate/pumpkin/cinnamon/raisin -> creamy/dense coffee bitter finish.
  • Where I got it : Hastings Liquor Store
  • How much: $12, December 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: probably not
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: for sure

Tasting notes: (It’s nowhere near Halloween nor October but… hey I have a stockpile of beer I must go through) pours supa-dark coffee brown with almost no head and thin ringed retention with a bit lacing, not much visible activity. Oh so dark malts and light coffee on the nose.

Attack: thick dark malts right up front

Mid-palate: 9/10-malty sweetness kicks in, chocolate, coffee, light fizzy, DISTINCT pumpkin flavour (EXCEPTIONAL!), cinnamon, red raisin

Finish: creamy, med-heavy coffee bittersweet, strong lingering roast coffee bitterness

Exactly as advertised – distinguishable pumpkin flavour with an intense and full-bodied stout backbone. Lots going on and excellently crafted.