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RATINGS: 297   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
douglas88 (7582) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 20, 2010
12 ounce bottle shared by footbalm in what ended up being a whole lot of Texas. Pours a pure black color with a medium brown head- looks like a Porter. The aroma is sweet, spicy, lots of earthy notes. The flavor is similarly dominated by spices, lots of pumpkin and chocolates. A nice brew. Enjoyable. Not hot at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 19, 2010
Big thanks to Wasatch for this one. Pours almost completely opaque black with only a bit of mahogany coming through the edges. There’s a big creamy tan head that leaves a solid cap but little lacing. The aroma is dominated by the pumpkin spices, especially the caraway. There is also nutmeg, chocolate malts and pumpkin, but that takes a bit of a back seat to the spices. The taste ramps the spices up to a different level, as the initial sip is a flood of caraway and nutmeg. The underlying chocolate malts are present but they are definitely in the background, along with the pumpkin. The finish is dry and very spicy with an alcohol burn that lingers after each sip. The mouthfeel is medium bodied for an impy stout and very creamy, though the most prevalent characteristics are the spices and alcohol. This is a good impy stout (or a very good spiced beer) that is unabashedly spicy. I’ve tasted by few beers that had such a dominant spiciness, with the caraway bringing the heat on the palate. Interesting and tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IrishBoy (3996) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 11, 2010
12 oz bottle from Kaggie! Thanks Kevin! Nose of cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and light pumpkin. Black with rusty edges and a nice medium cinnamon tan head. Flavor is pumpkin pie with a light amount of chocolate. Pretty nice pumkin ale; different than most!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 8, 2010
Overpowering spice aroma. Flavor has a bit of cocoa to it, but is absolutely clubbed over the head with spices. Perhaps this would improve with a couple years in the bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bvc (1195) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAR 6, 2010
12oz bottle from suzyg. Pours a thin black with a tight tan head that settles down to a ring around the edge of my glass. First thing I get is pumpkin filling in a can. Tons of spiciness up front...clove, cinnamon...with sweet purée pumpkin along with a touch of grahm as well as some vanilla...stout is very hidden. Sweet with pumpkin and maple, tons of spice, a touch of chocolate and the 11% is so hidden. Super spiced and I bet this beer would age well with all the spice. Thanks Ben.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2010
12oz bottle from a recent trade with bleeng. thanks rick!..... pours a thin to medium bodied dark cola brown with reddish brown edges and a thin soapy light beige head.... aroma of pumpkin, nutmeg, and quite a bit of ginger to boot. could sense a fair bit of booze as well... flavors are a combination of the aforementioned scents. semi-sweet in nature, spiced-up, with an earthy bittersweet mouthfeel of a finish. finish, i thought, would lend to some bitterness but it did not develop as well which i think works to its advantage. medium to full bodied, the texture was nice overall. i enjoyed this quite a bit to my surprise.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dchmela (2886) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2010
Courtesy Xpimptastix. Dark brown pour with little head. Pumpkin aroma with cinnamon, nutmeg and bready nots. Bitter hops, pumpkin and holiday spice all in the taste. Festive brew.

   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 (14038) - San Leandro, 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.

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