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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laiti (8481) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 20, 2015
35,5 cl bottle @ Sankt Hans Tasting, Ulfborg as "Reserve #9"
Aroma has christmasy spices, licorice and pumpkin. Flavour has gingerbread, licorice, some coffee and mild ginger tones. Nice and christmasy :)

saxo (18459) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 20, 2015
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Nice head with good duration. Color is close to black. Aroma and taste are pumpkin pie, vanilla, nutmeg, roast malt, chocolate and hops. Nice bitter finish.

coachd (837) - Missouri, USA - MAR 20, 2015
2012 edition. Roasty pumpkin pie spice aroma. I’m also getting some anise and baker’s chocolate. Smells more stout than pumpkin beer. Pours a very dark brown with a tiny sprinkle of tan foam. Tastes spicy and slightly boozy. Very slight pumpkin flavor in the aftertaste. I am not getting any of the hop bitterness from the description, but I am not missing it. As it warms it gets more chocolatey. The palate should be stronger. Even as I am judging it as an imperial stout (a much tougher category), I think it holds up well. Very drinkable and delicious.

Sammy (12210) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 5, 2015
Sampled at the brewery. Is first and seriously so. Syrupy chocolate is. Good pumpkin spice, skp the actual pumpkin part.

suprchunk (2994) - Crestview, Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2014
Dark brown, almost black pour. Small off white head. No lacing. Big pumpkin aroma with pie notes. Clove and cinnamon. Taste is cinnamon up front followed by way too much ginger and clove. Way too much.

hotstuff (5158) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Rated on 02-18-2013 at Saint Arnold B.C. (2011 Version) This bottled beer has a small tan head that has a long retention, semi-transparent brown body, very little carbonation observed, and spotty amounts of lacing. The aroma is pumpkin, sweet, cinnamon, spicy, gingerbread, and roasted, caramel malt. This beer’s flavor is pumpkin pie, gingerbread, cinnamon, sweet, spicy, and has a dry finish. This beer is medium bodied. This beer is very quaffable and has a very enjoyable flavor. It is well worth trying.

HeadyDE (843) - Delaware, USA - NOV 16, 2014
2012 bottle at tasting..pours a dark caramel color with minimal head as expected..nose is big time pumpkin pie presence..with pumpkin all spice..caramel apple..really nice nose all around..probably mellowed out a bit with a few years..the pumpkin is very nicely done here with just the right amount of pumpkin..feels like this spent some time mellowing in a barrel? overall cant imagine a better pumpkin offering than this..not a gigantic pumpkin guy but this is quite well done..happy to try...

meyers1023 (94) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 4, 2014
Very little head when poured into the glass. Almost black in appearance. Smells sweet with a hint of alcohol. A very good mouthfeel and the tastes blend well together with the alcohol kick at the end. Definitely a sipper.

beastmaster (381) - Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Bottle 2013 from a friend... Hoping for the best given that its a year old. Pour is jet black with litthe root beer colored head. Aroma is carmel, malt, and sugar. Flat as expected. Still holds a balance of flavor. Some pumkin still there. Not much nutmeg which I appreciate after being inundated with it by other pumpkin beers. Super sweet, light licorice, vanilla, and gingerbread. Will rate a fresher beer soon.

rumproasts (5359) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 26, 2014
sample from bottle at 2014 houston big brew fest. Brown with one finger head. Big malt and pumpkin pie spice. I don’t actually catch any pumpkin, but there’s an excellent depth of flavor here.

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