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RATINGS: 302   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammer (1118) - Plano, Texas, USA - APR 25, 2010
12 oz. pour from bottle obtained in trade from BarZigKin. Drinking this is like drinking Thanksgiving dinner in a bottle!! Huge aroma of pumpkin pie and spices. Taste is vanilla, chocolate, spices and pumpkin, with a nice alcohol warmer. Very smooth for a higher abv beer. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
tgncc (3094) - Bellmore, New York, USA - APR 22, 2010
An extra from a trade with Blutt59. Nice aroma of pumpkin spice, chocolate, nutmeg. The appearance is a nice deep brown, opaque, reddish hue, tan head. Looks a lot like a stout. The flavor is chocolate up front, then spices like nutmeg and cinnamon take over. Some vanilla after a while. The finish is spicy, and very lightly hopped. Slight alcohol warming after a few seconds. Alcohol is very well hidden, especially given the 11% ABV. Medium/thick to thick in body, creamy mouthfeel. Excellent. I’m glad I got to try something from this brewer. We never see this around here. Very nice surprise. Thanks, Bob.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 12, 2010
Pours ruddy brown. Aroma of fig, nutmeg, cinnamon and pumpkin. Very nice flavor. Heavy pumpkin pie, nutmeg, cinnamon, fig, anise, and raison. A slight punch of alcohol in the finish. Very well done for the style. Heartier than most who try to make a beer like this

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
bierkoning (12350) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - APR 5, 2010
Bottle from Ericandersnavy, thanks! Deep dark brown color, almost opague. Malt, speculaas and cardemom in the aroma. Sweet, very spicy flavor with coughing syrup. speculaas and cardemom. Full bodied. Pear drups. Alcohol. The balance is bothered by the abundance of spices. I can’t say the beer is bad, it just isn’t my taste at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rusty (1545) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 31, 2010
Bottle courtesy of ThickFreakness. Pours a deep brown with a medium brown head. Aroma is pumpkin pie, spices, chocolate, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, roast. Flavor is creamy pumpkin pie filling, brown sugar, caramel, nuts, cinnamon bitterness, vanilla, some alcohol is evident in the finish. One of the more enjoyable pumpkin beers i’ve had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
douglas88 (8397) - 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 (4103) - 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 (1241) - 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.

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