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RATINGS: 297   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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.

Originally brewed as Divine Reserve #9.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 11, 2009
Bottle from my buddy Pete! Dark chocolate combines w/ spices and pumpkin. Extremely boozy/hot. Enjoyable but seems a bit messy and unrefined. Hopefully time will mellow this thing out and blend the rough edges.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dogfish120love (1053) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 11, 2009
Thanks MaltOMeal. Holy pumpkin Batman. Huge pumkin pie spiced aroma with subtle notes of peat and chocolate with a little coffee. Appearance is dark brown almost black with a thin brown head. Flavor is chocolaty with pumpkin,spice and some booze shining through. Despite its sweetness I could drink this forever.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tejas (944) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2009
Bottle at home and draught > Gingerman. Fantastic smell and palate. Spice hits ya right in the nose so ya really want to dive in and palate is rich and creamy. Spicy flavors dominate throughout the pint which is good and bad. At some point theyíre just always there kicking your ass. I think this guy needs to chill a bit. Nevertheless, this is very very solid which is something I havenít been able to say much about any of the divine reserve beers. Alcohol is hidden completely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
travita (4571) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
angrypirate06 (1388) - 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.

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