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RATINGS: 303   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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4.3
marcus (10577) - 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.

4.3
llcooldave (1222) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 2, 2010
Aroma consists of spice, gingerbread cinnamon and some dark chocolate. Thick black color with a cola colored head. Dark bitter chocolate flavor... almost like Mexican chocolate with some cinnamon flavor in the aftertaste. Surprisingly its almost creamy on the palate which kind of lightens it up a bit. Overall, its a good sipping beer for the winter... solid effort!

4.3
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2011
Poured into a snifter. Word was that this was really hot fresh, so I let it age a bit before giving it a go. 3.0 A: Black color. About a quarter finger of frothy light tan head. Poor retention and no lacing. 5.0 S: Wow, this is completely unexpected. This is full of spices and smells as if Halloween got in a head-on collision with Christmas. Allspice, nutmeg, cardamon, and cinnamon meets gingerbread, black licorice, molasses, and candied plums. The stout characteristics never make it past the spiciness, but that’s okay considering how awesomely spicy the aromas is. 4.5 T: The stout comes through a bit stronger in the taste, but not much more so. Some roastiness, chocolate, and molasses. The show, once again, are the spices. All the pumpkin spices are in full force with nutmeg and cinnamon at the forefront. The Christmas aspects are equally strong, with ginerbread and sugar plums leading this army. Booze is minimal. 4.0 M: Medium body. Carbonation is a bit low, but it seems to work well. Reasonably creamy and super smooth. The booziness I was expecting really isn’t there much at all. 5.0 D: Overall just a really great beer. The spices are strong, but done well and in good combination. The nose is amazing, the taste is nearly as good, and the beer is unique. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 12-05-2010 22:33:47

4.3
48FanInCali (851) - California, USA - MAR 19, 2011
Pours almost black with a thin tan head. Nose is high on nutmeg, pumpkin and cinnamon. Taste is heavy pumpkin, chocolate, nutmeg, and vanilla. This is one of the best pumpkin ales I have had.

4.3
Boutip (6486) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 23, 2011
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout (?) with a nice off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of cinnamon and light pumpkin with a rich malt base. Taste is quite sublime with great notes of cinnamon mix with light pumpkin pie and a rich lactose forward malt base. Body is quite full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed though maybe a tad too sweet. Definitely something I would like to have again.

4.3
Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2011
Courtesy of rayl101

Bottle: The aroma consists of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, clove, and faint chocolate. It pours a dark brown with no transparency and a small beige head that leaves behind minimal lacing. The flavor starts with a good dose of chocolate. The finish has some caramel along with moderate ginger, cinammon, nutmeg, and clove. Overall, it’s pretty heavily spiced and actual pumpkin is minimal, but I really dig it.

4.3
kidmartinek (5001) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2012
Just bitchin awesome. Dark ale. Almost black. Oily dark head. Flavor is savory pumpkin. Potent and powerful. Alcohol and nutmeg follow and the finish isslightly chalky. Lively carbonation even from the cask. Prost! Fall is here!

4.3
superspak (5887) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - MAR 9, 2013
22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled 9/6/2012. Pours dense pitch black color with a small fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace that lingers. Light soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big pumpkin, chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, dark bread, brown sugar, molasses, allspice, and light ginger. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of roasted notes with pumpkin and spices. Taste of big dark chocolate, pumpkin, cocoa, roasted malt, cinnamon, nutmeg, toast, dark bread, brown sugar, ginger, light clove, molasses, and light roasted earthiness. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, pumpkin, roasted malt, cocoa, cinnamon, nutmeg, dark bread, molasses, allspice, and light ginger on the finish for a while. Fantastic balance and complexity of roasted flavors with pumpkin and spice notes; with a great balance of spices that are not overdone at all; and zero cloying sweetness present after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish; very smooth to sip on. Overall this is a fantastic pumpkin spiced imperial stout! Great balance and complexity of roasted flavors with pumpkin and spices; and extremely smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

4.3
PhillyCraft (7738) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2013
Bottle, from some Texas dudes. Shared at Best Western session. Pours thick black with coffee head and medium lace. Notes of rich, earthy pumpkin. Other flavors of spice, malt char, gingerbread cookie, pine needle, cola, and cocoa dusting. Body is full and super creamy. Delicious.

4.3
TXBadger (2811) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 26, 2014
Pours a nice black color, very oil like viscosity. Aroma has pumpkin pie like spicing: nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, allspice, with a little chocolate. All the pumpkin spice follows onto the palate, mixing nicely with the chocolate notes. A very smooth mouthfeel.


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