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RATINGS: 311   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.5
tjthresh (1872) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JAN 2, 2010
Pours dark brown with a good beige head the fades to a ring. The nose is littered with Christmas spices (mostly nutmeg), and dry chocolate. Enough spice in the flavor to blow your head off. The description above speaks hints. These hints are not so subtle. Warm finish, as expected. I suppose this beer is good, and quit full of character. But seriously.

3.9
MaltOMeal (1094) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2010 bottle. Pours black with a brown head. Nose is of pumpkin, nutmeg and slight chocolate. Taste is of roast malt, pumpkin most prominently and veggetal. Mouthfeel is crisp with some bitterness, lots of carbonation and some alcohol. Fairly good. Hoping it will be even better with age.

After aging for several months, this has changed quite a bit. The pumpkin is not so prominent now. It now has taken on a more cinnamon-ginger snap cookie taste. Very tasty and not veggetal or alcohol-noticeable as before.

4.2
LtDan (1808) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - DEC 29, 2009
Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a nice big creamy tan head.

Aroma: Rich pumpkin pie or pumpkin fudge can be smelled from a good two feet away. Upon further inspection, you can pick a part some of the components of the initial smell with cinnamon, nutmeg, pureed pumpkin, vanilla.

Taste: Pumpkin pie with hand made whip cream (not the lite canned stuff), lots of cinnamon and nutmeg spice, roasted malt, dark chocolate and a decent level of spicy hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy, moderately carbonated.

Overall: A wonderful dessert that should replace pumpkin pie itself. Many pumpkin beers come off as either like air freshener or pumpkin soda. This was neither. It was rich, creamy, and smelled authentic.

4
SphinxTX (2878) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2009
Pours black with tan head. Aroma of some chocolate, vanilla and nutmeg. Flavor has some nice spiciness to it along with some pumpkin, nutmeg, dark roast, malty. Mouth feel is heavy body and low carbonation. Overall, a very nice, warming beer....very tasty, I enjoyed!!! Look forward to DR10!

4.1
shrubber85 (11666) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 24, 2009
Bottle (gift from blutt59). Strong nutmeg/allspice and chocolate malt aroma. Dark brown/black with small head. Creamy chocolate malt, nutmeg, and vanilla flavor - mild alcohol burn finish. Nicely blended with no flavor dominating. Very nice.

3.9
blutt59 (6585) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2009
bottle, dark brown with tan foam, after a few opportunities to try this it has really grown on me, tons of pumpkin and spice and the alcohol hides pretty well as it warms, should be even better aged

4.3
marcus (10753) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 21, 2009
Shared by bhensonb. Pours dark brown with a rich tan head and a delicious dark malt and alcohol aroma. The flavor is complex - plum, coffee, toffee, vanilla, lots of pumpkin and a warm alcohol trail. Excellent.

4.1
bhensonb (15852) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 21, 2009
Bottle from TGB, ericandersnavy. Pours opaque black with a two-finger tan head. Aroma of dark malt and pumpkin pie spice. Full bodied with creamy carbonation. Flavor is dark toast malt, pie spice, and arguably squash. Heavy flavor finish. It’s a good beer. Really. Complex. Really.

3.8
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2009
A black beer with a tiny disappearing head. The aroma has pumpkin, pumpkin pie spices, & dark fruits. The taste is sweet, pumpkin pie in a glass, bready, dark fruits, & slight bitter chocolate. I noticed that if you drink it outside in the cold it really makes it even more enjoyable especially the aroma(as the beer warms up take it outside in the cold -Nice)

3.9
DaSilky1 (2608) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 20, 2009
Bottle from Kbone97: Pours a sludgy brown color with a thin brown head. Nose is all spice, specifically pumpkin pie spices, nutmeg and cinnamon being the strongest...maybe some pumpkin underneath, but who knows for sure. Flavors are predominately the pumpkin pie spices, with resiny hop bitterness present and warming, boozy alcohol. Not really all that sweet but certainly more sweet than not sweet..and certainly spicy. In fact, it really shows itself as a unique and decent dessert beer. The spices are strong and I think the hoppiness seems to balance them out and the super boozy warming alcoholic nature makes it dessertish. In any event, for a pumpkin pie beer, I think it works very well and is much better than other pumpkin beers.


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