PUMPKIN BEER #11
Yay! Free Beer! At this point of the evening the fine folks from Elysian brought out the hammer and tapped into the ‘Great Pumpkin‘. For those of you who don’t know the Great Pumpkin was a very large pumpkin that had been hollowed out and filled with their DARK O’ THE MOON Pumpkin Stout. I didn’t hear how long the beer had been in the pumpkin, but I can tell you it was worth the wait.
As rich as it is, with chocolate and crystal malts and roasted pumpkin seeds in the mash, Dark o’ the Moon pumpkin stout is the picture of restraint, especially when you compare it to the more ornately spiced pumpkin beers out there (and in our stable as well). It’s all about the cinnamon, the only spice we used in this delicious beer, Ceylon cinnamon we got from our friends at World Spice Market. It’s added on both the hot and cold sides of the brew and gives a rich, but not cloying addition to all the rest of what’s going on in this beer. DoM was in the lineup for the original Great Pumpkin Beer Festival in 2005, won a silver medal in 2010 at the GABF (Field Beer), and lives on as a very snappy t-shirt. Bartender Jason Welles lists this as not just one of his favorite pumpkin beers, but as one of his all-around favorite beers. Brewed with pale, Weyermann Munich and cara-hell, Crisp C-77 crystal, chocolate and Special B malts, roasted barley and roasted pumpkin seeds, with pumpkin in the mash, kettle and fermenter, nominally bittered with Magnum and finished with Ceylon cinnamon. OG 18.4 P/1.075 SG; 6.65 abw / 8% abv.
Dark o’ the Moon pours like a murky brown lake. There was a noticeable amount of sediment floating around the glass, that helped keep up the lake water similarities. Practically no head was present, but then again it did come from the inside of a pumpkin, so what do you expect?
The nose is big on graham cracker and cinnamon. Only mild hints of pumpkin were present, which I found incredibly odd.
Taste is a mild blend of ginger, cinnamon and graham cracker. Dark malts come through at the end giving it a dry stout like finish. I really expected there to be more of a pumpkin presence (duh!), but it just really wasn’t there.
Mouthfeel is surprisingly light and smooth. No real stickiness or drying is present at all in the beer.
This was a pretty darn good beer. I heard stout and expected something bigger, but it was mild and tasty. Another winner from Elysian Brewing.
Overall: 7.5 out of 10
As a STOUT: 7.5 out of 10