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RATINGS: 294   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LtDan (1806) - 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.

   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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
shrubber85 (9325) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blutt59 (6266) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
marcus (7819) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12758) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 21, 2009
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2009
A black beer with a tiny disappearing head. The aroma has pumpkin, pumpkin pie spices, & dark fruits. The taste is sweet, pumpkin pie in a glass, bready, dark fruits, & slight bitter chocolate. I noticed that if you drink it outside in the cold it really makes it even more enjoyable especially the aroma(as the beer warms up take it outside in the cold -Nice)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 20, 2009
Bottle from Kbone97: Pours a sludgy brown color with a thin brown head. Nose is all spice, specifically pumpkin pie spices, nutmeg and cinnamon being the strongest...maybe some pumpkin underneath, but who knows for sure. Flavors are predominately the pumpkin pie spices, with resiny hop bitterness present and warming, boozy alcohol. Not really all that sweet but certainly more sweet than not sweet..and certainly spicy. In fact, it really shows itself as a unique and decent dessert beer. The spices are strong and I think the hoppiness seems to balance them out and the super boozy warming alcoholic nature makes it dessertish. In any event, for a pumpkin pie beer, I think it works very well and is much better than other pumpkin beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
sirpsycho (393) - Murrysville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2009
Bottle courtesy of MaltOMeal. Pours an almost solid black, brown shows through on the edges, small, wispy brown head that dissapates rather quickly. Aroma is pumpkin, spice and alcohol. Flavor is dominated by the hot alcohol, the pumpkin, spice and a touch of chocolate show up at the finish, but are subdued by the alcohol. I have several bottles of this put down in the cellar, hopefully some age will straighten a few things out in this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
3fourths (8699) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 19, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2009 bottle. dark brown, small brown head. bright nose of sweetened (caramel/maple syrup/brown sugar) pumpkin flesh, mild to moderate roast, sweet chocolate. some syrupy maple and brown sugar flavor up front, more chewy/resinous caramel and chocolate than I’d prefer. it actually approaches candy sweetness across the middle and finishes nearly cloying, but it works as a dessert beer. some earthy/soil/oreo cookie crumb character, even a bit of sweet manure! body is silky, well-attenuated, has more than enough chewiness, which for the style - and without any heavy roast - it works really well. finishes with a lingering sweetness.

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