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Important: let this beer warm to at least 50° before enjoying. This beer is black with some ruby highlights. The nose is full of pumpkin pie spices and some alcohol. There are notes of nutmeg, caraway and vanilla. The taste starts with chocolate malt with a hint of spice and rolls into a warm spicy alcohol taste which has the effect of creating the balance that usually comes from the hop bitter. There is some hop bitter on the finish, but not much. Overall, this beer finishes relatively dry for such a big beer. As it warms, the spices move forward in the taste and the chocolate moves to the finish. The pumpkin provides a pleasant undertone and a nice mouthfeel. The spices will probably fade some over time; they mellowed considerably while still in the fermenter.

Originally brewed as Divine Reserve #9.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 9, 2010
Bottle thanks to MaltOMeal: Pours a barely transparent dark mahogany with a thin-lacing wispy off-white head. Aroma of rich sweet caramel toffee, fresh nutmeg spice and black licorice. Starts with a full-bodied chewy sweetness with nice earthy spice and pumpkin flavor with a touch of bittering hops. Finishes with hints of smoke and dark chocolate. A very enjoyable sweet and well-spiced imperial stout.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
beerbill (3564) - Laurel, New York, USA - JUN 9, 2010
12 oz. bottle thanks to a trade with BMan1113VR. Pours black with a thin-moderate light brown head that lasted through the first two sips and left very little lace. The aroma reminds me much more of a Yankee Candle than a beer and smells like an overspiced ginger snap cookie with extra molasses. The flavor is even more heavily spiced than the aroma would have you believe, which doesn’t seem possible. The mouthfeel is thick and cloying like a glass of prune juice. I normally love pumpkin and spice beers, but this one is just so overdone that I could not finish the glass.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 4, 2010
2009 Bottle - Thanks Buckeyeboy!! - Pours thick and dk brown with a small frothy beige head...aroma is cocoa malt and pumpkin, nicely spiced, cinnamon and allspice...flavour is similar, big and bold in the mouth, heavy chocolate and dk malt, roasted grain, great spice to compliment the heat and the stickiness...really liked this!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 3, 2010
12 oz. bottle; thanks to xpimptastikx for the WL bonus bottle; dark brown with thin tan head; gingerbread, cinnamon, ginger and lots of sugary spices; cookies and bread with medium body; wow, so much spice hear that gets to an almost peppery level; malty and bready though with gingerbread being my overall impression of the beer; some more sweetness would help my palate here, but overall a pretty cool beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
RSRIZZO (1882) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 2, 2010
Bottle shared by BeerandBlues2 at winter tasting. Color is black with a very thin tight head. Aroma of nutmeg and spice. This medium body brew lacks in flavor with a touch of spice and a big dirt taste. After taste is hot. Overall I did not like this brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shigadeyo (3192) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2010

5/06/2010: Saint Arnold Reserve #9... Aroma: Pumpkin pie spices tempered by molasses; think ginger snap cookie without ginger but with cinammon, cloves, and nutmeg; tinges of apple or maybe even acetaldehyde. Appearance: Very deep brown; thin, dark beige-colored frothy crown. Flavor: Cinnamon and clove; rich, creamy pumpkin pie with touches of honey, chocolate, and dark brown sugar and plenty of molasses; great spice profile without becoming dominating; warming alcohol. Palate: Medium-full; smooth and mellow texture. Overall: AWESOME "pumpkin" beer!

12 fl. oz. bottle (twist-off cap) shared by alexsdad06. Thanks Brad! Rating #91 for this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markwise (4647) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2010
Big thanks to daknole for sending this one along. Pours dark brown with tan head. Nose is pumpkin, cinnamon, chocolate, spice, booze, cocoa, candied pumpkin, pie spice, some nutmeg, and an almost molasses sweetness. Flavor is very similar, yet very hot. There is lots of booze in this one. Enjoyable beer, but will be even more enjoyable in 2 or so years and more complexity will emerge from this great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (11705) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2010
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured clear dark brown color with an average to large frothy light brown head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy pumpkin, ginger, yeast and spice aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy complex pumpkin and spice flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Complex standout brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3499) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 15, 2010
12 oz bottle. Dark brown with a fluffy tan head that fades to a smooth coating. Nose is cinnamon, clove, pumpkin and caramel. Medium body with a sharp tang. Taste is clove, molasses, chocolate and nutmeg; not so much pumpkin. Finishes hot with bitter spices. A massive imperial spice brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7331) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 5, 2010
Bottled. Poured deep brown with a short-lived cap of dark tan head. The aroma opened with a huge dose of pumpkin pie meat, delectably spiced by cinnamon and nutmeg.. warm roasted chocolate, molasses, and lighter biscuity malts supported.. alcohol was present, and strangely burned the eyes while being complementary on the nose. The flavor opened with a little bit sharper spice and alcohol kick, with well-roasted dark chocolate, brewer’s licorice, and dry-roasted coffee beans not far behind.. vanilla, nutmeg, and wet pumpkin meat extended outward, with boozed-up nutmeg and a touch of caraway on the edges.. finished with a fine dry-roasted chocolate, light smoke, and pumpkin spice blend. Heavier-bodied with a syrupy feel and low carbonation on the palate.. very dry on the back-end with tacky spices on the finish.. alcohol for the most part just beefed it up, only overtly peeking out at a couple points. I wish I had more of this in the ol’ cellar!

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