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 (1867) - 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 (1092) - 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 (1806) - 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.
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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!
shrubber85 (9464) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 24, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
blutt59 (6289) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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
marcus (8001) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 21, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
bhensonb (12962) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 21, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from TGB, ericandersnavy. Pours opaque black with a two-finger tan head. Aroma of dark malt and pumpkin pie spice. Full bodied with creamy carbonation. Flavor is dark toast malt, pie spice, and arguably squash. Heavy flavor finish. It’s a good beer. Really. Complex. Really.