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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 17, 2010
bottle, pours thin black with a thin dark tan head. Aroma is full of pumpkin and chocolate notes. Rich smoked peat and rye notes with some chocolate undertones. The pumpkin is light and never in the forefront of the flavors going on. Finishes with some alcohol and a peppery spicing. Nice and interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
degbert (1771) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 16, 2010
Tasted courtesy of Frank w/ St Arnolds. Amazing nose, redolent of cardamom, ginger, and other spices. Rich and decadent, incredible pumpkin flavor without tasting overly done. Rich, soft mouthfeel. I used to say that there was only one pumpkin beer worth drinking; now I say theres two.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 14, 2010
Reviewed 12/8/2009 (Bottle): Pours a very dark brown color body, almost no head, diminishing. Very spicy, strong sweet pumpkin spices. Very pumpkiny. Dry ashy taste, some spice but only on the aftertaste. Spicy on the front, but not very fruit. Somewhat creamy.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
shortamdstout (4) - Alabama, USA - JAN 13, 2010 does not count
i loved this off tap the few times ive had it so much spice just hitting your taste buds even tho i rate it very high i think this is still very young and could use a year to mellow. great brew first good dr release since about 5

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Headbanger (3986) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2010
12oz bottle @ RSRIZZOS 1/10/10 (Courtesy of BeerandBlues2)-Pours a dark brown almost black with a decent head. Aroma of pumpkin, sasparilla, and spices. Taste of pumpkin, chocolate, and root beer. This full bodied brew was not bad but a bit overpowering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (13020) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2010
(12oz bottle, courtesy of angrypirate06) Pours a mahogany brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of pumpkin, chocolate, pine, and caramel. Flavor of pumpkin, alcohol, ginger, nutmeg, caramel malt, and cocoa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (8508) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 10, 2010
Big thanks to ericandersnavy for giving me this at our The Covey tasting. 12oz bottle pours very dark with mahogany edges and very brief dark tan head. The aroma is full up robust Christmas spices and rich holiday spiced pastries. I get a snoot full of cinnamon moving toward all spice, pumpernickel, ginger snap cookies and bright deep red cherry hard candy. The taste is just as robust as the nose with a barrel full of cinnamon and all spice sliding into ginger bread man cookies and pumpernickel. Theres a modest slick undercurrent of malt to molasses like sweetness. Id love to sample this with a few years on it. It is a tad too bright today. Thanks Eric.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhops (433) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2010
bottle thanks to thirdeye11.. pours brown black with offwhite head. aroma of clove/allspice/pumpkin pie. some nutmeg. flavor is sharp at first, ashy sweet dark chocolate, cocoa powder. palate is medium. interesting beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2010
Wow, where to start. the beer pours dark brown/black with a tan head. There are brown highlights when held up to a light source. Aroma is spicy nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice. The spices you would expect from a pumpkin pie. Also get a little gingerbread. Taste is very complex. I started the beer at about 50 degrees and the first two flavors were chocolate and alcohol. In addition to the chocolate flavor, you also get some bitter chocolate flavor. Very nice. As the beer warms, you start to get more spices. The flavor is not like any of the individual pumpkin pie spices (nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon and allspice) but tastes like a combination of those spices. As the beer approaches room temperature, it starts to taste like gingerbread. There is also some roasted malt and you do get some alcohol warming. The beer has a medium-full mouthfeel and little carbonation which goes awesome with this beer. This is a sipper, but it is extremely easy to drink. Even with some alcohol flavor, you cannot tell it is 11 percent. I have never had a beer quite like this. Great effort from Brock and the guys and gals at Saint Arnolds.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrZao (128) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2010
Draft at "Under the Volcano" in Houston. Poured almost black with minimal head. Aroma is fantastic, with subtle pumpkin, spice, and sweet vanilla. Flavor is pleasantly sweet with alcohol warmth, and the pumpkin and spice notes are subtle and not overpowering. Some chocolate, but the vanilla still stands out and I really like it. Outstanding beer, I would definitely have another.

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