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RATINGS: 289   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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.

Originally brewed as Divine Reserve #9.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mora2000 (5930) - 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 (1867) - 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 (1092) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LtDan (1805) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - DEC 29, 2009
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2009
Pours black with tan head. Aroma of some chocolate, vanilla and nutmeg. Flavor has some nice spiciness to it along with some pumpkin, nutmeg, dark roast, malty. Mouth feel is heavy body and low carbonation. Overall, a very nice, warming beer....very tasty, I enjoyed!!! Look forward to DR10!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
shrubber85 (8836) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 24, 2009
Bottle (gift from blutt59). Strong nutmeg/allspice and chocolate malt aroma. Dark brown/black with small head. Creamy chocolate malt, nutmeg, and vanilla flavor - mild alcohol burn finish. Nicely blended with no flavor dominating. Very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blutt59 (6231) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2009
bottle, dark brown with tan foam, after a few opportunities to try this it has really grown on me, tons of pumpkin and spice and the alcohol hides pretty well as it warms, should be even better aged

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
marcus (7469) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 21, 2009
Shared by bhensonb. Pours dark brown with a rich tan head and a delicious dark malt and alcohol aroma. The flavor is complex - plum, coffee, toffee, vanilla, lots of pumpkin and a warm alcohol trail. Excellent.


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