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RATINGS: 308   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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GODiSSOUTHERN's rating

3.6
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GODiSSOUTHERN (390) - Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2012
Very sweet with a good dose of nutmeg and noticeably spicy mouthfeel. Gingerbread and cocoa flavours. Rich and interesting pumpkin brew.


4.2
barrelagedluv (55) - Pittsburg, California, USA - NOV 14, 2017
Pours like espresso into a British imperial pint glass, with a rapidly collapsing frothy beige lacing. Scents of nutmeg spice and vanilla. The flavor oozes of Xmas rum pudding, pumpkin and cinnamon. The finish is rich, oily, and boozy with notes of Bourbon. A great autumn stout, robust and satisfying. Cheers St Arnold’s!

3.9
JStax (7174) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - NOV 14, 2017
22 ml bottle from Tavour poured into a brandy snifter. The beer is a near black with a beige head of foam that dissipates quickly. The aroma has sweet pumpkin pie spice. Like a sugary cinnamon crust. Almost like a churro. Pretty good roast character as well. Big body and medium to high carbonation.

4.2
mcberko (18949) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 14, 2017
On tap at Whip In, pours a deep dark mahogany with a small beige head. Aroma is decadent, with heaps of pumpkin purée, some toffee, and light pumpkin spices. Flavour is decadent, with heaps of pumpkin purée, brown sugar, and caramel. Soft on the palate, with a wonderful blend of flavours. Sweet but not cloying. Lovely stuff.

4.2
commonmac (1337) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 11, 2017
Served up on tap at Whip In. One of the more unique establishments I've visited. Blonderedhead present. Short pour in a tulip glass. Darker brown, maybe ruby in color. Aroma packs a big pumpkin pie quality with cinnamon and vanilla and nutmeg. Taste is exactly what you want from a pumpkin beer. Big flavor and instantly recognizable spices like nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves. Alcohol burn is definitely felt towards the end. Only one per sitting is recommended. This one nails the style perfectly...not really able to find fault.

3.3
drjay44 (3827) - Salida, Colorado, USA - OCT 30, 2017
22 oz. bottle. 10.5% ABV per the label. Pours a thin poorly retained head over a clear dark (SRM 30) body......nose is heavy spices with cinnamon, ginger, clove, allspice tones, also heavy nutmeg, hints pumpkin, mild roasted malts with chocolate tones........taste is moderately sweet mild molasses overtones with dominating spices including cinnamon, ginger, allspice, making for a cookie tone, mild pumpkin, mild roasted malts with chocolate tones, finishing with mild hop tones, spices dominant.........mouth feel, medium sticky body, alcohol heat present, slight carbonation. This is an utterly spice dominated beer with the malts, hops and pumpkin relatively hidden. BJCP 7/2/12/4/5

2.7
Jsnyder9799 (5) - - OCT 29, 2017 does not count
Drank ice cold and it had a strong spice flavor. Very dark beer with strong aftertaste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
RRistow12 (944) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2017
Tasted from bottle. Pours dark ruby brown with tan head. Aroma is pumpkin, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg. Taste is moderate to heavily sweet with minimal bitterness. Flavor of pumpkin spice and nutmeg with cinnamon and toffee. Very well done pumpkin beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
Maverick34 (3303) - New York, USA - DEC 26, 2016
Pours from bottle. Long anticipated. Pours a deep brown. Smells of pumpkins, malts and cinnamon/spice. Pie finish. Good.

3.8
gephross100 (943) - Bellaire, Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2016
2013 bottle. Pours dark brown with no head. Big notes of nutmeg and cinnamon. Sweetness has fallen off with age in addition to some of the cinnamon. Low carbonation.

3.5
darbeer75 (987) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - NOV 22, 2016
Aroma: lots of nutmeg and pumpkin pie spice; Appearance: dark black with white head that lingers; Taste: lots of spice with warming alcohol finish; sweet but pretty well balanced; Palate: heavy body with long, pumpkin pie finish; Overall: distinctive taste, good about once per year but not more. May buy again next fall.


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