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RATINGS: 274   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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.


4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
shortamdstout (4) - Alabama, USA - JAN 13, 2010 does not count
i loved this off tap the few times ive had it so much spice just hitting your taste buds even tho i rate it very high i think this is still very young and could use a year to mellow. great brew first good dr release since about 5

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Headbanger (3303) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2010
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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2010
(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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (6888) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 10, 2010
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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhops (428) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2010
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mora2000 (5695) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2010
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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrZao (128) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2010
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.

2.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
spaceycasey (13) - , Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2010
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JAN 2, 2010
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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaltOMeal (1091) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2009
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.


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