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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 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.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
merc7186 (2083) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2013
A: Dark Brown Hue, Passes Very Mild Light, Off White Head Ring, Some Lacing S: Pumpkin Pie T: Pumpkins, Yam, Allspice M: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Semi Sweet, Mildly Spicy Overall, a decent pumpkin beer but with a killer straight up pumpkin pie nose.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gription79 (2262) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - OCT 31, 2013
Poured from a 22 ounce bomber. Pours black with a nutmeg aroma. I tasted it and roasted malts, pumpkin spices, gourd, pie crust. Thus may be one of the best pumpkin beers I have tried. Roasty, spicy, rich, gourdy, Holliday filled. Great/I mean spooky.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
crossovert (7387) - Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2013
Slightly chocoatier and raostier pumkin beer, still cloaked in a wall of pumkin pie spice.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lupulucid (188) - - OCT 25, 2013
Pumpkinator 2013 - This is an insanely intense pumpkin stout. Pumpkin expression is over the top, but beer still contributes to character. Malt adds complexity and hops provide structure. This adds some balance and complexity without softening the intensity of pumpkin expression. Go big or go home isn’t a bad philosophy when brewing pumpkin beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 14/20
olr1984 (1076) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 23, 2013
sampled at gabf. from my notes. pours an extremly dark brown almost black with zero head. big pumpkin and caramel taste

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerman6686 (4324) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2013
This one poured a nice ink black color with a small tan head. Araomw as of choolate, roast, pumpkin flesh and mild spices. Flavor was nice fudge and roasty stout, with lots of vegetal pumpkin notes, and only mild spices to follow. A great pumpkin stout and way better than warlock.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
stumpyiliz (213) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2013
First off I must say this. The bottle was sitting on its side on the way home and leaked from the cap. Quality control issues here. Beer pours a dark root beer color. Fortunately still carbonated even though the cap had issues. Aromas of McCormick pumpkin pie spice and not much else. Taste is slightly acidic and very dry with pumpkin and booze finishing off on the palate. I checked the other two bottles I also bought and the caps had the same issue. I popped them and grabbed my bottle capper and put new caps on them. I will be writing the brewery about this. Would have gotten a higher rating but the a idiot is definitely from some oxidation. I would check your bottles rb’ians. 2013 vintage

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
scootpolute (9) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - OCT 19, 2013 does not count
The Pumkinator...2013!!!! I can see why my beverage ’bro’ (who would like to remain anonymous for the ’solid’ he did for me) saved me one of these and demanded that I have one (so much so he let me take it for free, on Scout’s honor that I would pay later) before anyone else got their hands on it! Is it worth over $10-12 bucks for a 22ozs. bomber, YES!!!...This would an awesome beer to conclude holiday party...after the keg dies, or majority of the people are gone...anyone who ’busts’ 2-3 of ’these’ out for the last few around would be considered the rock star of the year!!!...btw, I cracked my favorite pint-cone (Magic-Hat, Burlington, VT) while enjoying this one...OKIE, enough of the gab...here’s the ’REAL’ deal:

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ben4321 (3916) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 16, 2013
Location: 22 oz bottle from Spec’s - Galleria, 10/16/13, as Saint Arnold 2013 Pumpkinator Imperial Pumpkin Stout

Aroma: The nose is full of pumpkin spice, cinnamon, with some roasted malts, and vanilla
Appearance: It pours an opaque brown-black color with a small brown head and drippy lace
Flavor: The taste is much the same, lots of seasonal spice to go along with roasted and sweet malts
Palate: The body is medium-full, it has a very smooth, creamy feel, and a soft carbonation
Overall Impression: First off, I quite like the name. Secondly, this is a pretty nice beer. There’s quite a bit of pumpkin spice, but there’s enough other stuff going on to balance it out. I can see why this is so well regarded, it is a pretty quality brew.

2.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
UncleKorm (812) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 16, 2013
Bomber bottle poured clear brown hue. Huge pumpkin aroma spiced. Sweet w/ light bitter. Tastes is pumpkin pie. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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