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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 23, 2010
Bottle courtesy of angrypirate06. Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Smells of cinnamon, chocolate, cocoa, cherries, nutty, pumpkin. Very complex aroma. Tastes of chocolate, pumpkins, lots of spice, roasty, sweet. Full bodied finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (13278) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
A: A very nice looking beer. The pour is dark, dark brown (nearing black) with a large tan head. S: The aroma has a lot of traditional pumpkin beer qualities to it. The pumpkin lends a nice aroma, however, the nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, etc. are perhaps over done. There is also a quite strong alcohol presence. T: There was simply too heavy of a hand in terms of the spices. They overwhelm the beer and take away from usually powerful flavors such as the roasted malt and chocolate. Again, the alcohol is just too strong. M: As you would expect for such a big beer, the body is quite full. The carbonation is also fairly low, providing a smooth mouthfeel. D: The beer is just way over spiced and too hot. I would like to see how this might age, as the spices and alcohol might die down, but as of now, it’s not a beer I’d seek out again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RaginCajun (320) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 15, 2010
This beer is in the upper echelon of all beers, and it is quite an accomplishment from the Saint Arnold brewery. This brew has the balanced taste of an old world beer, and a spicy finish from a delicate, but noticable, hopping and a generous amount of alcohol. The heavy malt on the nose is very well balanced, and gives a nice palate from which the alcohol to work on. All in all, a great barley wine. Definitely a surprise out of a Houston brewery; keep up the good work.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - FEB 14, 2010
12oz bottle courtesy of thickfreakness. Pours an opaque dark brown with a compact brown head. Aroma really is of nutmeg and pumpkin pie, ginger cookies, cinnamon. Pleasant aroma. Ooh, flavor comes again with the nutmeg and ginger, both in force, then easy dark malts finish it off in polished fashion. Higher carbonation, thicker viscosity. Very different, very wintry. Very nice one-time treat. Overall, excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (6872) - Georgia, USA - FEB 13, 2010
12oz bottle (2010) courtesy of Cavie, my one and only true friend. The pour is opaque black with some reds and browns around the edge when held to the light. The head is small and dark brown but fades fast. The aroma reminds me of pumpkin spice schnaaps - a bit sweet, pumpkin, pie spices, brown sugar, and a touch of booze. The flavor also has pumpkin, brown sugar, and spices, but adds a touch of coffee, possible hop bitterness, and a sort of fresh vegetable taste, probably attributable to pumpkin?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10085) - 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 (1168) - 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 (1579) - 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.

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