My third foray into pumpkin enhanced beers is Elysian Brewing Company’s Dark O’ the Moon, which is a pumpkin stout (be still my heart I am pretty excited to try this one).
Dark O’ the Moon pours a deep black brown with tons of caramel coloured head. You get pumpkin pie spices on the nose as well as chocolate, both bitter and sweet. The chocolate character continues through the flavour and the finish, in fact it almost dominates the other flavours in the beer. As this stout warms you really get a lot of cinnamon. The stout is medium bodied and it clocks in at 6.5% so it won’t end your pumpkin beer sipping evening. Like any good stout there is a touch of bitterness to the finish. Overall a really nice stout and a decent pumpkin beer.
I love the idea of pushing pumpkin beer into unexpected styles especially dark beers, which, for me, embody the fall and winter seasons. As I mentioned, the challenge is the stout character, which can detract a little too much from the spiciness – you kind of feel like you are going looking for the pumpkin in the beer, when the pumpkin presence should assert itself.
I would give this Pumpkin Stout 7 candy corns out of 10.