travita (4531) - Frisco, Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Largiari (10) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 8, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
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 (1387) - 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 (741) - 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 (6441) - 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.