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RATINGS: 313   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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3.3
brokensail (16689) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
A: A very nice looking beer. The pour is dark, dark brown (nearing black) with a large tan head. S: The aroma has a lot of traditional pumpkin beer qualities to it. The pumpkin lends a nice aroma, however, the nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, etc. are perhaps over done. There is also a quite strong alcohol presence. T: There was simply too heavy of a hand in terms of the spices. They overwhelm the beer and take away from usually powerful flavors such as the roasted malt and chocolate. Again, the alcohol is just too strong. M: As you would expect for such a big beer, the body is quite full. The carbonation is also fairly low, providing a smooth mouthfeel. D: The beer is just way over spiced and too hot. I would like to see how this might age, as the spices and alcohol might die down, but as of now, it’s not a beer I’d seek out again.

3.3
RCL (2032) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 8, 2010
Overpowering spice aroma. Flavor has a bit of cocoa to it, but is absolutely clubbed over the head with spices. Perhaps this would improve with a couple years in the bottle.

3.3
Papsoe (25054) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 21, 2010
Bottle 35,5 cl. Courtesy of MaltOMeal/daknole. Pours black with a tint of red and a beige head. Very spicy nose, lots of cinnamon. Solid body, dark, sweet fruits and loads of x-mas spices - a bit much really. Warming alcohol finish. 210810

3.3
Drake (14332) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 9, 2010
12 ounce bottle courtesy of blutt59. Thanks! Pours a dark brown color, nearly opaque with some orange highlights and a bit of sediment on the bottom of the glass. Medium tan head that fades somewhat quickly to a ring around the edges. Very much a pumpkin pie spice aroma with nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla and something almost nutty but more vegetal in nature. Nice caramel notes, some faint pumpkin notes and even fainter berry notes. The pumpkin is very forward in the taste, lending itself to notes of squash, melon and even sunflower. This is followed by a bitter, minty hoppy note, caramel, pumpkin spices and a chocolate note. Very faint booze. Medium bodied, and the spices linger on the tongue. Decent, but a little disjointed.

3.3
ronaldtheriot (2019) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - NOV 9, 2012
Saint Arnold Pumpkinator has a thick, creamy, beige head, some decent lacing, and a dark brown, cane syrup-looking appearance. The aroma is sweet, roasted, and somewhat spicy, and the flavor is even more-so spice oriented. Sadly, there is just too much allspice taste to it, which overrides everything else, from what I could tell. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Pumpkinator finishes sweet, syrupy, and heavy. It’s a sipper, for the most part. Overall, I think it’s good enough, but overly spiced. RJT

3.3
WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 28, 2013
Very odd beer, nose is all over the place. Brown pour sweet taste all over the place weird

3.3
Experiment_Ale (1098) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2013
Vintage Bottle at Patrick's with Taylor. Pours black with light lacing. Aroma is huge nutmeg with malt backbone. Taste is huge overpowering nutmeg cinnamon, spices galore, cool aid. Finish is medium length.

3.3
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.

3.3
oh6gdx (26485) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 20, 2015
[email protected] More or less black colour, small brown head. Aroma is spicy, some pumpkin, a bit sourish wooden notes too. Flavour is ripe fruits, pumpkin spices, some alcohol and mild burning notes.

3.2
Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 3, 2010
12 oz bottle pours black in the glass with brown highlights. Rich thick tan head. Lots of warm sweet spiciness on the nose. Clove, nutmeg, cinnamin. Taste is murky. Rather subtle sweetness to immediate aspirin bitter that sticks around for the evening. Was hoping for better from this bottle.


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