Headbanger (3226) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle @ RSRIZZOS 1/10/10 (Courtesy of BeerandBlues2)-Pours a dark brown almost black with a decent head. Aroma of pumpkin, sasparilla, and spices. Taste of pumpkin, chocolate, and root beer. This full bodied brew was not bad but a bit overpowering.
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12oz bottle, courtesy of angrypirate06) Pours a mahogany brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of pumpkin, chocolate, pine, and caramel. Flavor of pumpkin, alcohol, ginger, nutmeg, caramel malt, and cocoa.
Ibrew2or3 (6767) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big thanks to ericandersnavy for giving me this at our The Covey tasting. 12oz bottle pours very dark with mahogany edges and very brief dark tan head. The aroma is full up robust Christmas spices and rich holiday spiced pastries. I get a snoot full of cinnamon moving toward all spice, pumpernickel, ginger snap cookies and bright deep red cherry hard candy. The taste is just as robust as the nose with a barrel full of cinnamon and all spice sliding into ginger bread man cookies and pumpernickel. There’s a modest slick undercurrent of malt to molasses like sweetness. I’d love to sample this with a few years on it. It is a tad too bright today. Thanks Eric.
bhops (427) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle thanks to thirdeye11.. pours brown black with offwhite head. aroma of clove/allspice/pumpkin pie. some nutmeg. flavor is sharp at first, ashy sweet dark chocolate, cocoa powder. palate is medium. interesting beer.
Mora2000 (5527) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow, where to start.
the beer pours dark brown/black with a tan head. There are brown highlights when held up to a light source.
Aroma is spicy nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice. The spices you would expect from a pumpkin pie. Also get a little gingerbread.
Taste is very complex. I started the beer at about 50 degrees and the first two flavors were chocolate and alcohol. In addition to the chocolate flavor, you also get some bitter chocolate flavor. Very nice. As the beer warms, you start to get more spices. The flavor is not like any of the individual pumpkin pie spices (nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon and allspice) but tastes like a combination of those spices. As the beer approaches room temperature, it starts to taste like gingerbread. There is also some roasted malt and you do get some alcohol warming.
The beer has a medium-full mouthfeel and little carbonation which goes awesome with this beer. This is a sipper, but it is extremely easy to drink. Even with some alcohol flavor, you cannot tell it is 11 percent. I have never had a beer quite like this. Great effort from Brock and the guys and gals at Saint Arnolds.
DrZao (128) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at "Under the Volcano" in Houston. Poured almost black with minimal head. Aroma is fantastic, with subtle pumpkin, spice, and sweet vanilla. Flavor is pleasantly sweet with alcohol warmth, and the pumpkin and spice notes are subtle and not overpowering. Some chocolate, but the vanilla still stands out and I really like it. Outstanding beer, I would definitely have another.
spaceycasey (13) - , Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2010
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Another in a long line of disappointing DR series beers. The last good one I remember was #5. At the prices St. Arnold wants to charge, they’ve done a good job at building hype - but I’m almost ready to give up on this series and only try on draught before dropping almost $20 for a six pack of bottles. This was a quite unplesant, unbalanced beer, I’m afraid. Dumping a ton of pumpkin pie spice in an imperial stout does not a good beer make.
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JAN 2, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown with a good beige head the fades to a ring. The nose is littered with Christmas spices (mostly nutmeg), and dry chocolate. Enough spice in the flavor to blow your head off. The description above speaks hints. These hints are not so subtle. Warm finish, as expected. I suppose this beer is good, and quit full of character. But seriously.
MaltOMeal (1090) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2010 bottle. Pours black with a brown head. Nose is of pumpkin, nutmeg and slight chocolate. Taste is of roast malt, pumpkin most prominently and veggetal. Mouthfeel is crisp with some bitterness, lots of carbonation and some alcohol. Fairly good. Hoping it will be even better with age.
After aging for several months, this has changed quite a bit. The pumpkin is not so prominent now. It now has taken on a more cinnamon-ginger snap cookie taste. Very tasty and not veggetal or alcohol-noticeable as before.
LtDan (1743) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - DEC 29, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a nice big creamy tan head.
Aroma: Rich pumpkin pie or pumpkin fudge can be smelled from a good two feet away. Upon further inspection, you can pick a part some of the components of the initial smell with cinnamon, nutmeg, pureed pumpkin, vanilla.
Taste: Pumpkin pie with hand made whip cream (not the lite canned stuff), lots of cinnamon and nutmeg spice, roasted malt, dark chocolate and a decent level of spicy hops in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Very creamy, moderately carbonated.
Overall: A wonderful dessert that should replace pumpkin pie itself. Many pumpkin beers come off as either like air freshener or pumpkin soda. This was neither. It was rich, creamy, and smelled authentic.