wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - DEC 12, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2009 bottle courtesy of boomer0813, thanks! pours a viscous very dark brown with only 1 ginger of brown head from a vigorous pour. aroma leaps out at you pop the cap, awesome pumkin spices! aroma is great, with lots of cloves, nutmeg, some cinnamon, burnt malts, and some lighter roasty notes. the flavor is great. nice and heavy, pumkin spices very present but not at all overwhelming, and just a hit of warmth from the alcohol make it a great warmer. well balanced bittersweet aftertaste, and the palate is smoothe and creamy and full. i need more! rerated with only change from 4 to 5 on appearance once i noticed that the head is most definately orange!
AtlAggie (241) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 11, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at The Tap Exchange. Wow, talk about Pumpkin. Huge nose of pumpkin and spice, and flavor is more of the same. Nice on a cold fall night, but maybe a little too much pumpkin for my liking-would have enjoyed more balance. Some vanilla and autumn spices. Alcohol pretty present in the flavor too. I think this would mellow out a bit with age, and be a little more refined. If you dig pumpkin brews, this should be on your list. If pumpkin isn’t your thing, then you may want to pass.
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 11, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
dogfish120love (1114) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 11, 2009
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
Tejas (974) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2009
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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 they’re 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 haven’t been able to say much about any of the divine reserve beers. Alcohol is hidden completely.
travita (4801) - Dallas, 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 Anchor’s Our Special Ale. Not alot of hops, but has some bite. Alot of spice, nutmeg, cinnamon and hints of ginger. I’ve 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 I’d 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. Arnold’s 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 o’ lantern, as some pumpkin ales do. Nor does it taste like pumpkin pie. There is a spiciness, but it isn’t 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.