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RATINGS: 290   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - JUL 10, 2010
Two things I simply can’t do in a beer are lots of spices and lots of alcohol burn. This beer has both in spades. Flat out nasty. I tried to push this down, but it met it’s final resting place on the bottom of my drain. Kind of reminded me of that beer Stone did with Jolly Pumpkin last year.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (10818) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 24, 2010
Bottle thanks to AttitudeBrew. Wow, what a weird pumpkin porter! This is the first stout or porter I’ve had that lost most of its points from appearance. Pours black. All is good there. No head, just a thick blob of pumpkin sludge that sits on top of the glass in the middle of the beer. Really odd. Nose is phenomenal buttered pumpkin pie and cinnamon. Taste is exactly the same as that. Very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcwattsrugger (11557) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 20, 2010
Tampa Wkly Gathering @BT Thanks Gary?-12oz bottle-pours a light tan head and mahogany color. Aroma is medium/dark malt-chocolate/hazelnut, spice hops. Taste is medium/dark malt-chocolate/hazelnut, biting spice hops. Cellared a while it will probably be spot on, but not yet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
nimbleprop (5892) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 16, 2010
12oz bottle pours a slightly watery, opaque black with zero head. Aroma is all pumpkin pie, all spice, sweet brown sugar, some fusel alcohol lurking. Flavor is sweet, light chocolate, just straight pumpkin pie. Too sweet, too spiced. A total train wreck.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AmEricanbrew (6331) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JUN 14, 2010
Bottle. dark brown color/ tan head. Big sweet n’ spicy canned pumpkin pie mix aromas. light to medium bodied. Very good pumpkin flesh flavor with sweet pie spices, buttery crust, with a drying deep black roasted malt taste to finish.

   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 (3567) - 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 (1899) - 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.

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