Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #9 - Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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Reviews by DrDoitchbig:
3.98/5 rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance: Poured a fairly deep, dark black with some prominent brown edging. The pour was fairly aggressive, but still only yielded about one finger's worth of tan head that dissipated into a very thin collar. Not even a speck of lacing on this one.
Smell: This is certainly not your typical Imperial Stout. The nose is filled with a unique spiciness. Nutmeg, cinnamon and pumpkin immediately come to mind. There are also hints of gingerbread and not surprisingly some roasted malts.
Taste: All of the off the wall spice is present from the smell. It all comes together to form a flavor that is ridiculously reminiscent of pumpkin pie. Beneath that some usual stout suspects show themselves. Tinges of roasted malts and dark chocolate are present and accounted for. The alcohol is fairly well masked by all the spices floating around, but it's still here, far in the background.
Mouthfeel: The body is definitely full with carbonation levels that are higher than usual, especially with this high of an alcohol content. Fairly smooth and creamy, but it's not the pinnacle of the style.
Drinkability: With such a high alcohol content I expected this to me more of a sipper than it is. The bizarre flavor combination here is not going to be for everyone. I'm not sure I could have more than one in a session. But overall I found it to be interesting and enjoyable.
I think Saint Arnold definitely succeeded in creating a Pumpkin Imperial Stout. Sometimes these strange creations can be pretty awful, but thankfully this one was not.
Serving type: bottle
03-09-2010 07:51:01 | More by DrDoitchbig
More User Reviews:
4.29/5 rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
bottle into a snifter.
Pours a dark brown color...almost stout like. Smell is HUGE on pumpkiny goodness...wow! the most amazing smelling pumpkin beer ive ever experienced. taste is also big on pumpkiny goodness but with a big, full bodied mouthfeel of a stout. im really impresssed....
overall this is one of the best pumpkin beers in existence. 2010? bottle consumed in 2013 may have helped things, but damn i want another right now!
Serving type: bottle
10-27-2013 03:25:46 | More by Axnjxn
Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #9 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.