Botnik (142) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 4, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Dark brown with a thin head. This does not taste or smell like an old jack oí lantern, as some pumpkin ales do. Nor does it taste like pumpkin pie. There is a spiciness, but it isnít overdone. Nice addition to the "diverse" reserve series.
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Too early probably to drink a bottle but I will re-rate a couple of times. Nutmeg and sweetness are predominant at this point with a bit of alcohol, of course.
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle thanks to ericandersnavy....wait thats me. poured a very dark brown almost black with beige head and some good legs. aroma was pretty complex with ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, sasparilla (root beer), and some black licorice. flavor was strong pumpkin upfront followed through nutmeg, cinnamon, alcohol, other spices, and maybe a touch of chocolate. finish is a little dry and bitter with a medium body and low-medium carbonation. this was good but i was really hoping for something a little more. maybe less pumpkin....i dont know. should age well however.
angrypirate06 (1374) - Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2009
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is extremely pleasant. Itís a mix of nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin, gingerbread men, delicious! Flavor is spicy, and very perfumy. Cinnamon, gingerbread, smoky, pumpkin. A nice warming beer, although (similar to DR8), Iíve had some big bottle variation on this brew.
TizzleJizzle (491) - Garland, Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2013 Special tapping at the Flying Saucer Garland BeerFešst. Labeled as "Saint Arnold Pumpkinator Imperial Pumpkin Stout." The appearance is a dark brown almost black with a minimal tan head. Aroma is awesome with just the perfect blend of spice and alcohol on the nose. Complex taste of pumpkin, spice, nutmeg, chocolate malts, boozy finish. Back in 2009 I had Divine Reserve #9 only days after itís release, and the spice was far too overpowering. Glad to see it faded with time. Palate is low carb, thick body. Very appropriate for autumn.
jumpjet2k (314) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. A nice solid black with a tan-brown head that might have a hint of yellow to it - maybe from the pumpkin? Who knows. The aromaís great - lots of spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla) with some hints of malt and dark fruit. First impression of the flavor: boozy. Thereís a strong presence of alcohol, made more noticeable by a somewhat sharp carbonation. The spices all make another strong presence, backed by some dense chocolaty malt. Maybe I was wrong about the cinnamon earlier; it doesnít really show up in the flavor. In the aftertaste and after-aroma (i.e. burp) thereís a nice little roasty note that comes out. For a stout, this is somewhat dry in the finish, but it really works well, actually. Right now, as I said previously, this beerís a little boozy, and the spices are strong. Another 2-3 months will do this beer very well. Iíll re-rate then, and if things turn out the way I expect, Iíd guess itíll be another 0.3-0.4 higher. This oneís a success.
djd07 (2779) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown almost black with a small paperthin creamy tan head that leaves decent spotty lacing along the glass. The aroma is a strong cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin and alcohol. Let it sit for about a half hour before trying. Medium mouthfeel with a light roast malt and similiar to the aroma with a lot of spice and alcohol present with chocolate and cinnamon in the finish. A very complex and great beer from Saint Arnold.
SudsMcDuff (5649) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
thanks to Deanna for providing me a bottle while i was ...indisposed. Pours with a low brown fizzy head. Aroma right of is tar and black pumpkin spices. I just want to buy a farm for it and let the bugger run around and make macaroni art. quite a firm bold brew, yet has some mellow qualities. Nice use of spices and alcohol. iím a big fan of the show! will age wonderfully. warming and easy to drink for such a high octane stout. A good DR release!... in 10-01-09. bottled 11-12-09. got out 12-01-09. drank 12-03-09.
petematte46 (330) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2009 Very complex nose of vanilla, nutmeg, cocoa, and other winter spices. Taste is much of the same. Small fading lacing with an equally small head. Still a bit hot, but thatís my kind of beer. Should age really well. Iím not from Texas originally, so Iím not giving this beer a high score because Itís a local. Itís getting a high score because itís fantastic.
ansermadide (1432) - Kyle, Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
What a loud head! †Medium brown head with a fastly falling, slippery lacing. †Dark brown, practically black color with mohagany hues. †Looks thin. †Tiny bubbles bursting at the surface. Aroma of pumpkin spice, nutmeg, possibly cinnamon, maybe clove. Spiced fo sho! No hiding that! †Flavor is, no doubt, of a stout, but I wouldnít guess an imperial initially (although after 12oz you can tell). †Spice is in your face with a near-puckery experience of clove. †This really is a number! †Pumpkin is hidden somewhat, but wow... The spices are fantastic! †I wish I came up with this recipe...