Pumpkinator - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Ratings: 796
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 169
Gots: 296 | FT: 21
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Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: FUNKPhD on 10-14-2011

This is the same beer as Divine Reserve #9. If you have already reviewed that beer, please do not review it again here or you risk losing the older review when the listings are merged.

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Photo of tviz33
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured froma 22oz bomber in to a snifter.

A- Pretty much black... typical stout look. Not much head.

S- Woah, spices on spices. The pumpkin is hard to decipher from the spices, but its in there.

T- The pumpkin shows up a bit more, but still there are a ton of spices. The stout flavors are surprisingly subdued, but this is still delicious.

M- Medium feel.. less than I expected.

O- Pretty damn delicious! Thanks to scm2787!

Photo of jlindros
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Well now that Spring is over, it's 1 week, and winter gave summer and fall a miss, with the ice storm and inch of snow yesterday, I think it's time for another big stout. Also a really long and difficult frustrating day, so this should help. Thanks to HanksBeard (reddit) for this. Started not liking this brewery, only their Divine Reserve series was good, but lately I've found more beers from them that I liked. This even has the bottling info printing, bottle 297/300, bottled on 9/24/13, at 20:08.

Cap says "Porter one too", ok... anyways pours a nice mocha colored but smaller fizzy slight creamy head covering that fades at a fair rate, not that all bad for a 10% beer, leaves a little lacing, but huge legs, over a super pitch black beer.

Nose... whoa pumpkin, I was not expecting that much pumpkin, holy batman pumpkin!. Nice fruity like gourd note, cross vegetable fruity like aroma, with mild baking spices, a little sweet caramel note, with hints of a candy biscuity crust, almost a cinnamon crumble on the sides of a pie, hint of a nutty note, with more candy sweetness, toffee, even a hint of butterscotch, also some black malts, very slight roasty note, and faint cocoa.

Taste brings more pumpkin, but at least the dark malts are blended in nicely this time. More pumpkin out front, with lots of baking spices, cinnamon, allspice, clove, I think even a hint of cardamom, etc. A little biscuity crust again with a little cinnamon crumble, iwth a nice pumpkin pie filling. Malts bring nice dark malt profile, stouty bitterness but not a lot, hint of roast, touch of cocoa, and some dark caramel. Mild sweet characters with a touch of a dark corn syrup like flavor with the caramel and hint molasses like note, like sweeteners added to a pie. Also as it warms a hint of fluffy nougat and almost marshmallow note. Hops kick in a bit with an earthy spicy note, but not a lot, fair bitterness between the hops and dark malts, and even a little pumpkin flesh bitterness. Finish is quite sticky, syrupy feeling, semi sweet but drier, more bitterness too, with some baking spices lingering, a little pumpkin and black malts lingering too, finally a touch of warming booze but hidden nicely.

Mouth is fulled bod, touch syrupy and sticky, decent fluffy carb, hint of warming booze.

Overall quite nice, a lot more pumpkin than I though, and more spices, but a nice blend of them, and the malts have their way to shine as well for a nice overall balance, I was surprised how well it all balanced with the big dark malts and pumpkin notes. It was like pouring a great stout into a delicious pumpkin pie. Also the booze was hidden well, and hints of hops in there eventually.

Photo of StandupandStout
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Halloween has never tasted better! Pumpkinator has the perfect toasted blend of pumpkin spices mixed with an stouty finish. Nice lightly golden head with a shadow dark body. Much like the moons light reflecting off the dark side of the earth. This is a treat with no tricks

Photo of Beaver13
3.58/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a medium creamy tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is roasted chocolate malts with some perfumey pumpkin spice and some vegetal pumpkin.

The flavor is sweet roasted chocolate malts with a lot of pumpkin spicing (cinnamon, nutmeg, clove) and some dark fruit, molasses and alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a nice imperial pumpkin porter/stout.

Photo of StoutFox
4.69/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I Hate pumpkin beers but.... this is amazing the.... spices.... mmmmm sad i only have one left, ill let it age a couple more years

Photo of Porter_Hoarder
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Strong, sweet pumpkin pie aroma. Pitch black body. Spicy pumpkin flavor with mild bitterness and light roast. Awesome stout.

Photo of beenitty
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2X 22oz bombers as a surprise from lnashsig, thanks lee!

A: pours gorgeous and billowy pitch black, nice mocha head.

S: whoaaa. unreal on the smell. pumpkin pie, nutmeg chocolate, cinnamon, smells like thanksgiving dessert in a bottle. If I could rate above a 5.0 on smell, this would be the one.

T: pumpkin ciderish taste up front (combo of all the spices), then pumpkin pie with milk chocolate, then crust (malt) and cinnamon finish. Definitely overflowing with flavor.

M: complex to say the least. great meld over flavors and super smooth.

D: I love this one but its a sipper, so I'd say low overall but thats not a knock.

O: Pumking was my previous favorite pumpkin beer,but this one is king now. Definitely best pumpkin beer I've had. Kudos to the Htown.

Very glad to see this one getting some great reviews, I recently had TREAT 2011 and I thought this was a better "pumpkin" beer.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to angelmonster for this one!

A: Pours a very dark brown, practically black with a small tan head on top that reduces quickly leaving a nice ring of foam on top. Very thin lacing forms on the sides with decent cling.

A: Wow. Amazing pumpkin pie spice going on here. It smells just like pumpkin puree with some cinnamon mixed in. There is a little bit of chocolate as well.

T: Similar to the aroma, a nice blend of pumpkin, pumpkin pie spices, and chocolate. There is also some brown sugar and a little bit of molasses.

M: Medium to full bodied with medium to high carbonation. Slight warming from the abv.

O: Very impressed, while not a pumpkin beer per se (at least on BA), it is one of the best pumpkin beers I have had. Great flavor profile, with a fantastic aroma. A nice sipping beer, would obviously be great on Thanksgiving.

Photo of mdvatab
3.92/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in recent trade w/ cosmonick. (Thanks!)

Poured from 22oz bottle into large Bordeaux wine glass.

Aroma: Ginger, cinnamon, malted milk, and roasted pumpkin. A well-balanced blend of the spice components one would expect in a pumpkin ale.

Appearance: Deep, dark brown. Light tan 1/2 finger head disappears quickly. Minimal lacing.

Flavor: A rich, roasty maltiness combines surprisingly well with cinnamon and ginger. A black licorice note is also there. A nice amount of malty sweetness, and a pleasant smoky note appears at the end.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with medium carbonation. Definitely a peppery touch of booze in this one.

Overall: Likely to be one of my last pumpkin ales of the year, and I enjoyed it. Going into this one, I questioned how well the rich chocolaty stout flavors would meld with the pumpkin spices. St. Arnold did an excellent job, though. I recommend you try this one!

Photo of Vonerichs
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark fudge brown with a mohagany hue around the edges. Very little carbonation activity and within a minute is reduced to none, having a flat appearance.

The smell screams autumn... Cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin spice. Some root beer and molasses.

The fall spices dominate the flavor. Again with the root beer and molasses. It inexplicably finishes with a sour green apple, but with all the fall flavors just adds another.

It has a lighter body for a stout, but I see this more of a pumpkin and than a stout. It also has crisp carbonation that wasn't expected.

A very nice drink. It has considerable depth for a pumpkin beer.

Photo of nickhiller
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark, raisin colored. Pretty flat, little to no head.

S: Cinnamon, nutmeg, clove - But not overwhelming like potpourri or a yankee candle. Subtle, floral, delicious. Some chocolate in there too. Toast and gingerbread.

T: Pumpkin, of course. Strong but not too strong. Good depth of flavors. Toasty, with slight bourbon and vanilla undertones. Christmas pudding. Warming alcohol taste (in a good way).

M: Lighter than expected for how dark and flavorful it is, but still pretty good. Not very carbonated at all, smooth.

O: In general, I'm not a big fan of pumpkin beers or St. Arnold's regular line-up, but I am VERY impressed by this. Perfect beer for this time of year. Liked it so much after tasting it on tap that I called a number of different retailers so I could find bottles!

Photo of erushing
2.98/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

I know this is beloved and I was looking forward to it so much, but it tasted like perfume. I didn't get any stout flavors at all, just all perfume-y spice. I have a 2nd one aging, which will hopefully do it some good.

Photo of imasloth
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- I've had this twice now. The first time it poured beautifully: deep dark brown with toasted brown head. Good size but quickly dissipating. Oddly, the second time I had it there were chunks of stuff floating to the top - Looked like cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice ... Not entirely appetizing.

S- Lots of dark malt, pumpkin pie spice/cinnamon and some anise.

T- All of the smells coming together simultaneously. Good thick pumpkin taste and just a slight tinge of alcohol.

M- Good heavy body. Leaves the mouth coated with its deliciousness

O- It's was my favorite pumpkin beer of the year. The chunks of stuff bummed me out a little, but ... I love the flavor.

Photo of Treyliff
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 vintage, 22oz bottle poured into a goblet

A- pours pitch black in color with a small foamy and fuzzy khaki colored head that eventually disappears completely, leaving nothing behind

S- nice bouquet of pumpkin pie spicing up front; nutmeg, allspice, clove, raw pumpkin, brown sugar, pie crust, molasses, vanilla, chocolate malt, hint of caramel/toffee

T- pure pumpkin pie flavor with an emphasis on nutmeg & clove, underlying cinnamon, allspice, raw vegetal pumpkin, vanilla cream, coffee, dark chocolate, big roasted malt linger that stands up nicely to the spicing

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a chewy silky finish

O- nearly perfect blend of pumpkin spicing with a bold base stout that adds a nice roasty finish. One of the best pumpkin stouts out there

Photo of KYGunner
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Like any other stout this poured without any inkling of pumpkin. The head was thick with a sticky foam that held a nice lacing.

The nose seem well balanced between the spice and pumpkin malt. The spices were nutmeg, cinnamon, anise and carraway while the malt kept a bready, caramel malt and gourd scent.

The flavors were balanced but different as the nutmeg lead the way. The malty pumpkin then kept the nutmeg in check. There was then a finish of dry chocolate, toast and black licorice.

The feel is thick and full yet dry in the end.

This ranks as a superior ale but really sets the bar high for pumpkin beers.

Photo of cfrobrew
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2012 bottle poured into a tulip glass

A- Very dark with a small light brown head that subsides to a ring.

S- Very complex, the quintessential pumpkin beer smell.

T- Almost warm, not an overwhelming alcohol taste but it is pretty strong. Very intense pumpkin spice that covers up the stout characteristics, rather disappointing in that regard. Also an interesting bitterness on the back end.

M- Good carbonation, not as thick as I would expect an imperial stout feels more like an imperial porter.

O- This one should be cool to let age, personally I would prefer a heavier beer but its still a good drink. Very creative and enjoyable. My wife REALLY liked it a lot though so I would say it was a successful buy.

Photo of icetrauma
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Corsendonk tulip. Poured a nice deep black color with 1.5 inches of lacy dark tan head which didn't hang around to long.

Initial smell was of spices as the beer poured into the glass.

Taste was much better than expected. Flavors of nutmeg, clove and cinnamon hit the palate first. Followed by a smooth undertone of pumpkin throughout the entire drink. The spices lingured on the palate as the brew went down. Not over spiced like the majority of pumpkin beers on the market. The balance was almost near perfection. No noticable alcohol notes as the beer warmed up.

Mouthfeel was a little above average. Not super thin but definately not thick and chewy.

This,hands down, is the best beer I have ever had from Saint Arnolds. Very solid beer and glad I was able to pick up 4 bottles. 2nd best Pumpkin beer I've had all year. Best was Michigan Brewing Company's Spiced Ale. It was liquid pumpkin pie.

The only real negative to this beer is lack of volume. I'm hoping next year Brock doubles the out put.

Photo of Rutager
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks willandperry!!

Appearance. Pours a deep dark brown, black in the glass and topped with a thin, light tan head.

Smell. Ginger, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla, and a little molasses. I might not be the biggest fan of spiced beers, but this smells good.

Taste. Wow, lots of molasses, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, a bit of dark malts and some booze.

Mouthfeel. Fairly full body, on the low side for sure. Low+ carbonation.

Overal. Nice spicing but a little heavy handed. I wonder if it will mellow over time. If I come across another bottle I'll throw it in the cellar a while.

Photo of noggleam
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This Texas gem is currently on tap at the Live Oak Music Bar and Lounge in Fort Worth. This is the only pumpkin beer I know of that is made like a stout. This keeps the flavor better and adds hints of chocolate. Similar beers like Dogfish Punkin and Rogue Pumpkin Patch Ale miss because of they are made like an amber beer.

Photo of EgadBananas
2.57/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pretty much black, with a light tan finger of head. Holy effing pumpkin and gingerbread! Spice, nutmeg, gingerbread all through the taste. Not mostly pumpkin though. There’s no stout in the aroma to me. Deeper tastes let a more roasted, alcoholic side come through. I've had a pumpkin stout before and it was alright because the pumpkin'y parts were subtle and complimenting, but this is a pumpkin pie in a beer's body. No balance. For pumpkin lovers only.

Photo of gtermi
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer pours a very dark brown, almost black. The head is pretty thin with a nice almond color.

S: I'm picking up a nice amount cinnamon, clove and a bit of all spice. It has a slight cider scent too. When I look deeper, I am getting some roasted malt and something that smells like Dr. Pepper

T: Wow this beer is crazy. The spices are amazing and go perfect with the chocolate type flavor. There is a tiny bit of roasted malt too.

M: The beer is pretty smooth, has a nice amount of carbonation and some crispness on the back of the throat.

O: This beer is freaking delicious. The spices are absolutely perfect and just blow me away on how ling it lingers. I am so glad that I bought so many bottles. I cant wait to see how this ages.

Photo of Immortale25
3.87/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a New Belgium goblet. Code on the bottle neck has 297 as the first numbers. Maybe it was bottled on the 297th day of 2013?

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 1/4 inch dark tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a center patch of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind.

S- Intense clove spice with some cinnamon and nutmeg. Smells a lot like potpourri and it's so heavy that it borders on medicinal. All I can smell are the spices, no roasted malt or alcohol.

T- Allspice, nutmeg, clove, more allspice, cinnamon, sugar and more allspice. This could be the most spice-laden beer I've ever had. The dark roast does come through in the flavor but it's certainly not doing much to balance things out. The alcohol is quite well-hidden but it's not surprising since you'd be hard pressed to taste anything beyond the spice overload that's occurring.

M- Not as viscous or creamy as I was hoping. Medium-low carbonation and a full body.

O- It tastes good but it's just way too heavy on the spice. I'm slightly disappointed because everyone's been telling me this is one of the greatest pumpkin beers.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.53/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. It's worth checking out.

RJT

Photo of angrybabboon
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Review adapted from notes taken 9/7/12

Appearance: Dark, dark amber, nearly black from a distance with some brown highlights - creamy beige head, fades quickly to a tan ring, leaves a few spots of lacing

Smell: A mind-blowing, intoxicating experience, assuming you love pumpkin - this smells like someone made a pumpkin pie and then had chocolate sex with it - pumpkin flesh, pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, clove, cinnamon sugar) - buttery pie crust, light, pale, and caramel malts - pumpkin bread - straight-up chocolate, milk chocolate and dark chocolate - absurd and arousing

Taste: Not as epic as the aroma, but very good - pumpkin pie, with the aforementioned pumpkin pie spices - light on the pumpkin flesh, but very malty and pie crust-like, just more burnt - pale, buttery, toasted, slightly burnt, cooked with some caramel - dark sugar, spices, with a slight bitter edge

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of medium, nicely carbonated, nicely smooth, with a mild alcohol bite

Overall: Currently, the best pumpkin stout I've encountered

Chocolate and pumpkin. About a year ago, I made a pumpkin bread with semisweet chocolate chips. If you combined that bread with a homemade pumpkin pie, you would get this beer. It loses some magic as it warms, but it's very tasty.

Photo of genitempo
4.95/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

*Let me preface this by my utter appreciation for this beer. I missed out last year. However, this year was a bit of a treasure hunt for me. I tried the Pumpkinator 2012 (in bottle and draft) the Pumpkinator 2011 (bottle) and the DR9 (Pumpkinator Originator on Draft). All the experiences were fantastic and bit different each time. The beer I'm currently sipping is a bottle of 2012.

A - Pours a rich, dark midnight. A lighter tawny look to its head with a balky lace, remaining fairly contiguous while circumnavigating the snifter.

S - A solid blend of spices and pumpkins, keeping the roasted malt and booze in the undertones. Blended scent gives a suggestion that this beer may be a Banana Bread Stout.

T - Unbelievably gratifying throughout the sip. Well-balanced spices that covers the heat of the ethanol perfectly. A very well-orchestrated taste.

MF - A heavier medium, husky, if you will. A bit of carbonation hinders this beer from being perfect...maybe I need to try it on cask?

O - This recipe, along with the DR12 and BB1, have made St. Arnold my favorite brewery of the year. An astounding work of art that should be enjoyed by all.

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Pumpkinator from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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