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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (9952) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 9, 2010
Bottle… Clear, nearly-black ale with flashes of ruby around the edges. No head. The bouquet is a mélange of prune and winter spices with a lesser floral component. Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and dancing carbonation. Minerally and bittersweet with lots of spice. The finish is tongue-numbing, spicy, minerally and grassy. Bottle courtesy of thickfreakness!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 3, 2010
12 oz bottle pours black in the glass with brown highlights. Rich thick tan head. Lots of warm sweet spiciness on the nose. Clove, nutmeg, cinnamin. Taste is murky. Rather subtle sweetness to immediate aspirin bitter that sticks around for the evening. Was hoping for better from this bottle.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
llcooldave (1157) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 2, 2010
Aroma consists of spice, gingerbread cinnamon and some dark chocolate. Thick black color with a cola colored head. Dark bitter chocolate flavor... almost like Mexican chocolate with some cinnamon flavor in the aftertaste. Surprisingly its almost creamy on the palate which kind of lightens it up a bit. Overall, its a good sipping beer for the winter... solid effort!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bleeng (1560) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2010
Bottle thanks to Specs. Jet black with a light tan head. Full of aroma on the pour-spices, pumpkin, pepper, a bit of alcohol. Taste is full of spiciness, a bit of heat, the pumpkin has subdued somewhat over time. Peppery. Full body with a flavor that lingers well past the swallow. Unique to say the least-a love it or hate it beer for sure. I love it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 26, 2010
(bottle at RSRIZZO’s winter gathering on 1/10/10, shared by BeerandBlues2). Black color. Small tan head. Aroma of light pumpkin and moderate cinnamon and nutmeg. Flavor of dark chocolate and light saparilla, nutmeg, and ginger. Avg duration. Dry finish. Thin/slick texture. Moderate carbonation. Spare lacing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10041) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 24, 2010
Thanks to bleeng for this one! Dark pour, nice brown head. Aroma has lots of roasted pumpkin, chocolate and some spice. Flavor is roasty, dark chocolate and pumpkin. Nice. Very nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dyetube (1257) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2010
This beer pours a deep black with a large tan/slight orange head. The aromas are pumpkin, cinnamon, and smoke. The flavors are pretty much the same. THis was a very different beer, but I liked it. You really get an alcohol kick from drinking one. Be sure to drink at the rated temperature as it really makes a difference in the flavors! Cheers!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (10496) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 17, 2010
Bottle received from Lumpy and shared at RSRIZZO’s winter gathering. Pours dark brown with a medium, fizzy tan head, low retention with fair lacing. Aroma is sweet caramel malt, toffee, nutty malt, sarsaparilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin, chocolate, and ginger. It is a mighty struggle to pull this beer away from your nose long enough to drink it. I could smell it all day. It is that damn aromatic. Flavor is sweet caramel, toffee, chocolate, pumpkin, sarsaparilla, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, coconut, and vanilla. Full bodied, moderate carbonation, and dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 17, 2010
bottle, pours thin black with a thin dark tan head. Aroma is full of pumpkin and chocolate notes. Rich smoked peat and rye notes with some chocolate undertones. The pumpkin is light and never in the forefront of the flavors going on. Finishes with some alcohol and a peppery spicing. Nice and interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
degbert (1285) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 16, 2010
Tasted courtesy of Frank w/ St Arnold’s. Amazing nose, redolent of cardamom, ginger, and other spices. Rich and decadent, incredible pumpkin flavor without tasting overly done. Rich, soft mouthfeel. I used to say that there was only one pumpkin beer worth drinking; now I say there’s two.

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