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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #9

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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 50į 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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
travita (3954) - Frisco, Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2009
Dark black in color, pours an ok tan colored head that disappates fairly quickly. The smell is pumpkin, spices, nutmeg, malts, and desserty. The taste is spices, pumpkin, alcohol, sweet, malts, and some roasty.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Largiari (10) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 8, 2009
Cola colored, deep dark brown. Little to almost no head, slight lacing. Big, roasted, toasted, sweet malt, reminds me of Anchorís Our Special Ale. Not alot of hops, but has some bite. Alot of spice, nutmeg, cinnamon and hints of ginger. Iíve never heard of this beer or brewery, but I wish I had before. Enjoyable for the cold, winter months.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2009
Had on tap at Anvil, still have yet to have one from my bottle stash. Pours a lovely dark coffee color. Nice winter spice, pumpkin and cocoa on the the nose. Flavor is warming and rich, although a bit thinner than Iíd hoped for. Good pumpkin flavors mixed into the stout flavors. Finishes a bit ashey and dry, but I find that consistant with lost of St. Arnoldís brews. Intersting and nice to try.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Botnik (142) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 4, 2009
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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2009
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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2009
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.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
angrypirate06 (1387) - Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2009
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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TizzleJizzle (621) - Garland, Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2009
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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jumpjet2k (314) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2009
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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (3553) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2009
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.


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