RATINGS: 307   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   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.

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HogTownHarry (6942) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 17, 2010
August 19, 2010 - 12oz bottle courtesy of IrishBoy shared with blankboy and garthicus. Deep refractive black/ruby with a diminishing tan fizzy head (3+). Fantastic aroma, best of the night - prunes, alcohol, pumpkin pie spices (at least including nutmeg and cinnamon), vinous and lush. Taste follows, very, very pungently spicy, massive; earthy, vegetal (but in the best way), herbal - raw cinnamon ... the epitome of Spice/Herbal/Vegetal really ... and fairly strong too, oh yeah. Slick, average body and carbonation, and long pungent bitter finish ... I really, really liked it; other might not, but pushed all the right buttons for me.

xmarcnolanx (937) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - SEP 10, 2010
Aroma is spice: nutmeg, cinnamon, alcohol, acetone, and pumpkin. I definitely see the vanilla/alcohol and caraway. Taste is incredibly chocolate, pumpkin, and spices. The nutmeg and chocolate work amazingly well with the pumpkin. This is a huge beer, and I think it would actually be better if it were a little smaller. The pumpkin is very present, and so is the chocolate, and the alcohol is only a minor distraction. I get this pumpernickle/rye essence from the beer due to the caraway and chocolate. Yum!

deyholla (11609) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2010
Bottle thanks to a generous beer lover who name escapes my memory. But thank you! Pours black with a brown head that dissipated rather quickly to the edges. Aroma has a nice combination of chocolate and roasted malts with plenty of spice and a nice pumpkin backbone. Flavor begins with chocolate and roasted malts with growing pumpkin and spice (nutmeg and lebkuchen), There is a bit of alcohol in the finish but for an 11% beer it is really quite nice.

Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 5, 2010
Bottle from ericandersnavy – thanks Eric! Pours deep dark brown with a one finger tan head that faded fast. The nose is malt, cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin. The taste is spice, roasted pumpkin, nutmeg and brown sugar. Medium semi-creamy mouthfeel. Nice brew.

BelgianBeerGal (4068) - Panama City, Florida, USA - SEP 2, 2010
Bottled picked up by family. Not really sure what to think here. My first thought is the ABV is a little too much of the focus. You definitely get the pumpkin and spice in the aroma but I think some of the bitterness and alcohol burn hides it in the flavor. Not bad though.

rougeau13 (3032) - Richmond, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2015 9/2/10 as Divine Reserve #9, updated 12/1/12 as Pumpkinator-Pumpkin pie porter. Pours really dark brown with a small dark head. Sweet and spicy, with nutmeg, vanilla, cinnamon all distinct on the nose and tongue, with alcohol present, but fairly well hidden. Plenty of spice and roast with moderate bitterness. Medium bodied and a bit creamy. Now that it’s called Pumpkinator, it says imperial pumpkin stout on the bottle, but it seems a bit thin for an imperial stout. Good stuff; definitely let it warm. 8 8 8 4 16 4.0 11/7/15-Black with a good sized mocha head. Lots of spices on the nose (nicely not overdone), roast, and a hint of coffee. Taste is roast, pumpkin pie, and spices; all really well portioned. Medium-full bodied (pretty thin for an imperial stout for sure, but still reasonably full), dry, booze very well masked, and creamy smooth. Very nice.8 5 8 4 16 4.1

fonefan (49437) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 31, 2010

Bottle 12fl.oz. @ Papsoes blindtasting. [ Bottle #10. ]

Clear dark brown color with a small to average, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, dark malt, spicy, heavy danish chrismas brown cakes, honey cakes, anis, cardamom, lots of cinnamon, nutmeg. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, dark roasted, brown cakes. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20100821]

Grovlam (4247) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 29, 2010
# 10 Papsoe Blind tasting 21-08-2010. Small bubbly light beige head that mostly diminished. Spare display of lacework. Black color. Aroma of pumpkin spices and overall a lot of sweet spices. Also some fruity and roasted malty notes. Christmas came early this year. Full bodied with a soft carbonation. Moderated sweet and bitter flavor. Strong lingering spicy finish. The aroma was very pleasing, but it stopped there for me. 7/3/5/3/10 = 2.8

Ungstrup (37678) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 24, 2010
Bottled. A black beer with a red shine under a thin brown head. The aroma has notes of roasted malt, oranges, and spices - primarily cinnamon and nutmeg. The flavor is sweet malty with notes of spice - again nutmeg and cinnamon, as well as notes of roasted malt, leading to a dry spicy finish.

Plovmand (8317) - Helsinge, DENMARK - AUG 22, 2010
Bottle at Papsø Blindtasting # 10. Pitch black body with a creamy off white head. The aroma is heavyspicy, cardemom, ginger, cinnamon, honey, pumpkin and some roasted malt. The flavour is heavy sweet, heavy spicy with some roast in the finish.

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