Pumpkinator - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Reviews: 122
Hads: 802
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 4.69%
Wants: 171
Gots: 306 | FT: 18
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Saint Arnold Brewing Company visit their website
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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Reviews: 122 | Hads: 802
Photo of SpartanHomebrew
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Appearance - Opaque, black, average head retention
Aroma - spice: cinnamon, clove, alcohol
Taste - strong spice, cinnamon, clove, coffee, hint of alcohol, balanced, dry finish
Mouth Feel - creamy, some carbonation

Overall impression: Delicious. Would definitely seek out again! Exceeded expectations. (301 characters)

Photo of Ford
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap.

Man. I love this stuff. I picked up three bottles this year, but haven't cracked one open yet. I was able to try it first on tap at a Flying Saucer BeerFeast.

Fantastic. As a good friend noted, it tastes like pumpkin pie with a delicious touch of chocolate. I wish it was year round. I wish it was easier to get. It's a limited release in bombers and sells out in Houston, Texas very quickly. First day at most locations.

If you get a chance to try it, do it. (470 characters)

Photo of StandupandStout
5/5  rDev +17.4%

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 (274 characters)

Photo of BeerHunter76
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Extraordinarly big nose just after cracking this open. Big notes of spice and pumpkin immediately. It pours a dark brown to black with just a hint of rust creamy head that leaves excellent lacing on the glass. The pumpkin pie spices especially the nutmeg and cinnamon hit you on the tongue with the first taste. The first pumpking beer I have had that had that true pumpkin flavor. Pumpkinator is a fantastic fall/winter beer. Great body, just enough carbonation, absolutely smooth finish. For adding kick I zested some fresh nutmeg over the top. (546 characters)

Photo of BigBarley
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The year this beer appeared (not as Divine Reserve 9 but the first year as Pumpkinator) I was unable to go grab a bottle the week it came out. By the next week they were GONE. So for a year I pined.

Then a day after it was rereleased I secured a couple bottles and made sure I was prepared for the ultimate letdown. After months and months of wondering, reading reviews, and anxiously awaiting the release of this beer, I had built it in my mind to be the perfect beer. And reality set in. There's no WAY this beer could be as good as I was hoping in my mind. Anticipating some sort of elixir of beery perfection was sure to bring only heartache and disappointment.

This beer is jet black in body. A Perfectly dark, impenetrable stout frame, with a unique orange-brown, milky head that was around a finger at the end of the pour, and receded within a few minutes. Looked not only like a truly dark beer, but it had a unique head that added to the beauty. Perfect appearance!

The nose has only a faint note of roasted malt, as it's dominated by the undeniable presence of pumpkin, wrapped in graham cracker, immediately followed by cinnamon and chocolate. The smell alone kept me enamored for several minutes. I can't believe it, the perfect smelling beer as well!

I took a sip of the little foam ring atop the glass. Sweet, bitter chocolate with a roasty back. Very interesting head. Now for a real gulp... Immediate explosion of flavor. Like a chocolatey, sweet, nutmeg-laced pumpkin pie with a very mild alcohol backbone. Delicious, sweet, and still somehow stout. A wonderful balance of desert and a brew. The perfect taste! (and that doesn't happen everyday)

And the mouthfeel... so thick, so creamy, so smooth and filling. It was almost like some sort of sinful milkshake of yeasty perfection. I would marry this beer!

Pumpkinator was everything I imagined and more. I've yet to taste such a flavorful, filling, and satisfying beer and I dunno if any experience will ever compare to FINALLY tasting my first Pumpkinator... next year I'm getting a couple cases at least. (2,080 characters)

Photo of genitempo
4.95/5  rDev +16.2%
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. (1,153 characters)

Photo of afluentturtle
4.92/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this awhile ago but just got around to putting it on here.

2011 vintage poured into a tulip glass. Enjoyed on 4/5/2011.

Appearance: Off black with a touch of red, just a little light can penetrate the edges. Two fingers of thick khaki head, not much lacing.

Smell: fresh pumpkins, cinnamon, nutmeg, christmas spices, vanilla, hint of chocolate.

Taste: A perfect melody of pumpkins, spices, and typical stout roasted malts and chocolate. This is the perfect example of what a pumpkin beer should be like.

Mouthfeel: Just a tad on the thin side. Nice warm feeling from the alcohol.

Overall: Easily Saint Arnolds best beer. Almost perfect if not for the lack of lacing and thin mouthfeel. (696 characters)

Photo of bens0n
4.92/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours a nearly opaque dark brown/black with a nice amount of creamy tan head but not too much lacing going on.

On the nose, its extremely sweet smelling with a really hefty amount of pumpkin and spice, no cloves or hops, reminds me of a sweet pumpkin pie, don't think I've ever smelled a better beer...

Flavor wise its alot like the aroma, tons of sweet pumpkin pie and spices, plus that nice robust, stouty backbone. Again, don't think there is any room for improvement here, best pumpkin beer I've ever had.

Mouthfeel is nice and thick, low carbonation, just like you would expect from an imperial stout.

One of the best imperial stouts I've ever had, and its especially good for a pumpkin beer. (711 characters)

Photo of zander4dawin
4.92/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of the few rare beers in Texas always worth the hunt. My favorite thing about Pumpkinator is the smell, I don't think I've even smelled a beer with a more tantalizing aroma. It's smells like a pumpkin pie candle with other spices present. The taste is Pumpkin, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, with a hoppy backbone that you can subdue with some aging (which I recommend). The beer is a little boozy but not overpowering. (418 characters)

Photo of beeragent
4.89/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A - Pours a deep dark brown, appearing jet black in the glass, forming a 1/4 inch mocha head. Light lacing on the glass.

S - Amazing aroma of roasted malt, pumpkin, and spices!

T - Nice blend of roasted malts, chocolate, pumpkin, and pumpkin pie spices. The flavors meld incredibly well, all present together rather than jumping out seperately. Alcohol is very well hidden.

M- Perfect heavy body, low carbonation, and very smooth.

D - Worth every penny!! This is by far my favorite Saint Arnold beer. Just amazing and very unique flavor which really sets this apart from your average Imperial Stout. (648 characters)

Photo of RuthL
4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

A - dark brown with thin head, and noticeable carbonation

S - spicy, raisins, pumpkin pie spices, graham cracker

T - Pumpkin pie spices, dried fruit in the aftertaste, sweet, molasses

M - lightweight feel

O - I have tried this at 1 year old, and also not aged. The one at a year old is more mellow with the flavors more intertwined, and working together than the new one, where each flavor is more easily picked out or noticed. They become more similar to each other as they warm up. Definitely a beer I look forward to every year. One of my favorites. (557 characters)

Photo of chrismann65
4.84/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is one very good pumpkin stout !! Very nice fresh like, (Mom's) pumpkin-pie ! With a nice smooth finish - long......!!!! finish !!! I like it very much ! (160 characters)

Photo of Texasfan549
4.84/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Aroma: Lots of holiday spices... Mostly cinnamon and nutmeg with a little bit of meaty pumpkin, chocolate malt and more roasty malts on the back end

Appearance: Very dark brown almost black, 1" to 1 1/2" khaki tan head with decent lacing that fades slowly and lingered through the session

Taste: Flavor follows the nose pretty closely with a lot of Cinnamon and nutmeg upfront, dark chocolate and a little dark roasted coffee come from the base stout to balance out all of the spices... alcohol is an afterthought and it is dangerously drinkable for the advertised 10%

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium mouthfeel... would be better with a fuller body but doesn't detract from the enjoyment of the beer, makes it a little more drinkable

Overall: Easily one of the best pumpkin/holiday beers I have had to date. I always associate cinnamon with the fall/holiday season which is one reason why I didn't want to stop drinking this... if it got cold in south Texas this would be absolutely perfect on a cold clear night sitting out on the back porch (1,040 characters)

Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22oz Bomber with bottle cap featuring "Peace, Love, Beer" text bottled on 10/02/14. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a deep black with faint mahogany hues and a 1 finger of tan head

Smell: Pumpkin, brown sugar, and fall spices including molasses and brown sugar

Taste: Similar to the aroma with a hop presence in the middle with some more of the roasted malt coming in the finish and extremely well balanced

Mouthfeel: Slightly thinner compared to how heavy the aroma and taste make this beer feel and considering the ABV

Overall: An incredible pumpkin beer that puts many to shame. It is very well balanced and full of flavor. Compared to others, the spice is ample but doesn't go overboard and still allows the hops, malt, and yeast to be present. A fantastic desert beer that compliments the time of year it arrives. (841 characters)

Photo of roddrizzo
4.82/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Pumpkinator (American Double / Imperial Stout) from SaintArnold Brewing Company in Houston, TX. is one of the most original of the Pumpkin tasting beers that I have had the honor trying. The availability of the Pumpkinator was almost nonexisting because it was sold out in 10 Mins after being released Monday October 15th. My search was successful after a small case was found at a Kroger Store in, I Guess a Non Beer Drinking Area? Love the Taste, and the full body of the Double Imperial Stout. (500 characters)

Photo of DTBird
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bomber poured into my Saint Arnold Pint glass

A: Dark, opaque, shiny???, orange tint

S: Getting a lot of pumpkin on the nose, this bottle has been aged for 8 months and has lost some of the nose.

T: Taste is cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie, just straight deliciousness. The age took the bite off the alcohol.

M: The aging took a lot of the carbonation out, I didnt get much of ahead but i also poured gentle as I have been saving this beer for a special occasion.

O: One of the my favorite beers of all time. Cant wait for October to get more! (546 characters)

Photo of jdgsatx
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter
“Spring ahead, hopback”

Poured a beautiful dark brown, almost black with lighter shade of brown head.

Spices jump out of the bottle, and are with you with each and every sip. I did not get a chocolate taste from this as much as I did the spices.

Taste is outstanding, serious pumpkin beer. This by far has been the best pumpkin beer I have had this season and I am disappointed I was only able to pull one bottle up to this point.
Not too much body on this beer, but not so light that it just washes down. The spices definitely linger after each sip.

This beer lived up to the hype and was well worth the chase. I truly believe that most folks that try this beer will be very satisfied. (716 characters)

Photo of PhatAtUT
4.77/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: pitch black, thin tan head.

S: pumpkin pie. chocolate. cinnamon. nutmeg. espresso. smells amazing.

T: pumpkin is not the dominant taste. more of a milk chocolate up front and then a distinct cinnamon finish. very well balanced. not too sweet. high alcohol is detectable but not imposing or distracting. wouldnt call it "hot". very pleasing taste overall.

M: very smooth, velvety. could be slighty more chewy/thick, but its not thin. perhaps slightly more carbonation that ideal, but still scores high here.

O: really enjoy this one. glad st. arnold decided to make it a seasonal. great dessert beer or sipper on a cold night. (668 characters)

Photo of lxCheshireCatxl
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this beer in bottles and also on tap, and went on a 2 week search to find it only to find it on tap the second time.

A - a great dark imperial stout that its style is known for with a dark brown head that fades quickly
S - a sweet smell of pumpkin pie and spices mixed with very heavy hops that pair well with the flavors that are in this beer
T - sweet, heavy, spicy and all flavors meld to remind you of Halloween and pumpkin pie that reminds you of the season
M - slightly sour at first that slowly releases its flavors as it warms to a sweet yet nutty and heavily spiced stout
O - if you are ever in Texas, better yet in Houston, and it is Pumpkinator time and you prefer dark, sweet, spicy, heavy beers, I would say search this beer out at least on tap just to enjoy it. Most pubs and bars will hold onto it for a bit since most usual patrons do not have palette ready for this Frankenstein creation. (917 characters)

Photo of FootballAndBeer
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer before I got really into the flavors of beer and everything else, but I definitely remember loving it. Can't wait for it to be released again here soon, I'll definitely grab a few and give it another review. (221 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep, opaque brown in color, with a small, dense, and persistent tan-colored head. Thin lacing coats the glass walls.

Aroma: Deep and profound notes of pumpkin pie spices: nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves. A slight bitter cocoa and earth note is present as well.

Taste: Opens with a burst of sweet, spicy notes. I am made to think of pumpkin pie, with brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, and an earthy note as well. There is a note of spicy, warming alcohol also. The finish presents a flourish of spices, bitter cocoa, and mild hops. Bitter cocoa and earth lingers on past the close of the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and very pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A spectacular and superb beer. It would certainly be a gracious accompaniment to a holiday dinner. Best served and consumed a bit cold, when too warm, it seems to acquire off-flavors.

Presentation: Presented in a twenty-two ounce brown glass bomber, capped with a pop-off crown, served in a Pilsener glass. (995 characters)

Photo of acevenom
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a quickly dissipating tan head. There are plenty of visible tiny bubbles that can be seen from the side of the glass. All that is left of the head is a ring of lace around the edge of the glass and there are visible alcohol legs. Some lacing is left on the side of the glass during consumption. The aroma of pumpkin and spices hits the nose. There's cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. I get some of that roasted malt, but the nose is pretty dominated by those pumpkin pie spices. I can't detect the alcohol in the nose. This beer still tastes like a stout. The dark roasted malt hits the mouth up front with the pumpkin and those spices really coming in after that. I also get that molasses and those dark chocolate and coffee flavors. The alcohol isn't very strong in the flavor despite being 10%, but it does have a nice warming feel on the way down. It does become more apparent, however, as the beer warms. The hops are also there to provide some back end bitterness and balance to this beer. This beer is full bodied without being too thick and moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth. It's a great sipping imperial stout. This is an excellent beer that is worth the hype. There's a reason this sells out quickly. (1,238 characters)

Photo of nickhiller
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
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! (789 characters)

Photo of jgk79
4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got a full pint pulled from the cask at The Gingerman in Austin. Surprised to get a f I'll pint considering the high alcohol content, but I'm not complaining.

Very dark opaque color with very little head. No lacing to speak of.

Smell - Wow. This is what a pumpkin beer is supposed to be about. Most of the time the spices associated with pumpkin cooking gets a back seat to just trying to push pure pumpkin flavor. Nutmeg hits first with cinnamon and brown sugar following closely behind.

Taste - nice that the alcohol doesn't blow out the flavor but seems to add just the right amount of warmth to continue the pumpkin pie illusion. Nice malt backbone carries the spice and a light hops and a little alchohol finishes the end.

Mouthfeel - not much carbonation and very smooth with tiny bubbles (as expected from cask conditioned beer). Good things to me as I can imagine how more carbonation would take away from the full flavor and creamy mouthfeel.

It's Halloween and I'm genuinely scared because the cask of Pumpkinator is almost empty. I'm hoping I can get one more pint squeezed out before it's all gone.

Also, Pupmkinator - best pumpkin beer name ever. (1,168 characters)

Photo of Fuzzycranium
4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Would like to see more head in the serving.
slightly clove like, toasted malts with cinamon.
The taste and mouthfeel are the most appreciated aspects of this beer. Most of the flavor comes on the front or initial taste and finishes dry without any lingering taste/bitterness. Most importantly, this beer leaves my throat warmed and happy, reminiscent of a mulled wine or cider. (378 characters)

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Pumpkinator from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.