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RATINGS: 299   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dyetube (1374) - Hurst, Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2010
This beer pours a deep black with a large tan/slight orange head. The aromas are pumpkin, cinnamon, and smoke. The flavors are pretty much the same. THis was a very different beer, but I liked it. You really get an alcohol kick from drinking one. Be sure to drink at the rated temperature as it really makes a difference in the flavors! Cheers!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (11974) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 17, 2010
Bottle received from Lumpy and shared at RSRIZZO’s winter gathering. Pours dark brown with a medium, fizzy tan head, low retention with fair lacing. Aroma is sweet caramel malt, toffee, nutty malt, sarsaparilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin, chocolate, and ginger. It is a mighty struggle to pull this beer away from your nose long enough to drink it. I could smell it all day. It is that damn aromatic. Flavor is sweet caramel, toffee, chocolate, pumpkin, sarsaparilla, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, coconut, and vanilla. Full bodied, moderate carbonation, and dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 17, 2010
bottle, pours thin black with a thin dark tan head. Aroma is full of pumpkin and chocolate notes. Rich smoked peat and rye notes with some chocolate undertones. The pumpkin is light and never in the forefront of the flavors going on. Finishes with some alcohol and a peppery spicing. Nice and interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
degbert (1644) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 16, 2010
Tasted courtesy of Frank w/ St Arnold’s. Amazing nose, redolent of cardamom, ginger, and other spices. Rich and decadent, incredible pumpkin flavor without tasting overly done. Rich, soft mouthfeel. I used to say that there was only one pumpkin beer worth drinking; now I say there’s two.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 14, 2010
Reviewed 12/8/2009 (Bottle): Pours a very dark brown color body, almost no head, diminishing. Very spicy, strong sweet pumpkin spices. Very pumpkiny. Dry ashy taste, some spice but only on the aftertaste. Spicy on the front, but not very fruit. Somewhat creamy.

   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Headbanger (3784) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12616) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (8040) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhops (433) - 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.

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