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Pumpkinator - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Ratings: 573
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 135
Gots: 200 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

 http://www.saintarnold.com/beers/p ... nator.html 

(Beer added by: FUNKPhD on 10-14-2011)
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BJasny

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

10-19-2013 06:00:31 | More by BJasny
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gritz147

Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

10-20-2012 02:39:05 | More by gritz147
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davemathews68

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

11-29-2013 00:26:38 | More by davemathews68
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TATURBO

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

11-25-2012 02:37:45 | More by TATURBO
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PsychoCrusher

Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

01-28-2013 21:01:06 | More by PsychoCrusher
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whallgren

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

08-12-2012 13:38:23 | More by whallgren
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Andy_Luft

United Kingdom (England)

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

04-13-2014 01:21:24 | More by Andy_Luft
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PaulUH

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

01-16-2013 00:54:50 | More by PaulUH
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obrike

Texas

4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Well, the hype on this one is well-deserved. This is a damn good beer.

Pour was solid black, tan fluffy head didn't last too long, but nice bits of lacing remained on my 512 pint glass.

The scent! Good God! Just amazing. If you're a fan of pumpkin pie, you'll think it's been morphed into this beer somehow. Getting a ton of cooked pumpkin, cinammon, nutmeg, graham cracker. Top notch.

Taste follows, not quite as much on the pumpkin at first...it's there of course, but the spices really blend nicely. The malt in this is just fantastic. Very rich, cinammon and sugary spices at first, followed by a bit of sweet pumkin pulp on the backend. Very drinkable. Hides the 10% oh so well. Just a little thin for a double stout, but that's nitpicking isn't it.

A homerun from Saint Arnolds for sure. I've been treated very well by this Texas brewery this year...the Endeavour and now this masterpiece. I can't wait to see what they have in store next.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 22:11:13 | More by obrike
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BryanCarey

Texas

4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from its bomber bottle, this beer is very dark brown- almost black- in color and a moderate pour is all that is necessary to produce a frothy head of foam that lasts and lasts. The nose on this beer is one of pumpkin bread with chocolate, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, ginger, and other spices. It is a very enticing scent and you just know, with a prelude like this, that the beer going to be a good one.

St. Arnold Pumpkinator doesn’t disappoint in the taste department. The nose leads directly where you would expect, with flavors like pumpkin, assorted spices like those mentioned above, a little bit of chocolate, some coffee, some caramel, and dark malts with a slightly alcoholic finish. The full- bodied beer takes all that you love about stout and then adds pumpkin and spice to arouse the senses and leave you begging for more.

This dark, rich ale is complex and very interesting and I doubt any craft beer connoisseur will come away disappointed. I like pumpkin beers in general, but many of them are a little too light and sometimes even watery. There is no such concern with this dark malt beverage treat. The beer is full and flavorful and each sip grabs you and never lets go.

St. Arnold Pumpkinator is not an easy beer to find, but it is worth going out of the way to track it down and experience it one delectable sip at a time. It is probably the best imperial pumpkin ale I have ever tried and it’s a shame it isn’t sold with greater frequency. Grab some bottles if you can find them, and experience this award winning beer as part of your Halloween festivities.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 03:02:35 | More by BryanCarey
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

just beautiful pumpkin beer, the best one ive had in a long time, and up there with the eddyline as my favorite of this year. its a big dark stout, but drinks a whole lot lighter than its listed 10% abv. dark chocolate color, milkshake thick head, and an unbelievable aroma. more pumpkins than spice, with a bready toast malt profile and not a ton of stout barley bitterness. i get some pie spice, but its subtle. i get vanilla too but not sweet vanilla. the aromas are strong, all of them, and its very appetizing. the flavor is true to the nose, and i love the way the spice and squash are integrated with the normal properties of a well made imperial stout. the creamy feel, the bitter roast, and the pumpkin flesh all really go well together. i have had some other dark pumpkin brews, but this one takes the cake for its unique use of spicing, and how big the beer is without forgoing drinkability. i mean, a glass of this went down real easy, like a 5% porter, the alcohol cannot be detected at all, and i was actually shocked to learn its as high as it is. a pumpkin beer with staying power too, this was nice in late december, and doesnt make me think autumn at all. a unique culinary brew too, i could do a lot with this. best beer ive had from saint arnold by far, this is the first one to really blow me away. loved it.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 22:46:45 | More by StonedTrippin
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gtermi

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 01:32:20 | More by gtermi
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DavidST

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. This pours an almost black color with an okay tan head which quickly dissipates. The smell is definitely of pumpkin and spice, there are a little roasted malts underneath. The feel is medium to thick and creamy. The taste is pretty good, deep dark roasted malts, lots of pumpkin and spices, overall very good.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 02:37:28 | More by DavidST
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So I've been pretty excited about this beer...

Appearance:
Dark, dark brown stout with a light tan head and creamy lacing. There is lots of particulate matter floating around as well.
The head falls down along the outer rim, but a few swirls will give the beer a regenerated thin covering.

Smell:
Whoa, banging pumpkin spices (cinnamon and nutmeg) predominate this beer's nose. However, once the beer warms it really starts to bring out a very ripe pumpkin aroma. This may be the first time I've smelled a beer and been confused by the true essence of pumpkin present!

Taste:
A super roasty pumpkin pie stout! The roastiness predominates but a medicinal spicy aftertaste lingers on my palate. This is a very interesting beer with a lot more pumpkin than I had expected. Honestly, I love it; it's got attributes of a rich winter stout mixed with fall pumpkin ale tradition. How can you go wrong?

Mouthfeel:
This beer is a tad more carbonated that I would prefer, but has a superbly bold, spicy aftertaste. There's a very minimal alcohol burn. I would have liked a tad more body and sweetness to make this perfect, but it's quite a different pumpkin ale sensation than I'm used to!

Overall:
I'm super excited to have 2 bottles because I think a year of age will really help this beer in regards to excess carbonation.
Something about it is just delicious and I'm happy to finally share & review!

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 00:58:22 | More by ThePorterSorter
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FUNKPhD

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled On Date: 100511
Cap Fortune: "Baby got bock"
22oz Bomber to St Arnold Lawnmower shaker pint glass

Pours opaque, cola with no light penetration whatsoever. Off white 3/4 inch head hangs out for about a minute then dissipates, with light lacing. Very aromatic of pumpkin and nutmeg, but not too sweet. The pumpkin isn't as pronounced in the taste as in the nose; the nutmeg is the dominate one here. Nice body with good amount of carbonation. This is very tasty and enjoyable indeed.

I heard the recipe was changed up slightly from the Divine Reserve 9, and it has been a few years since I've had the DR9, so its a bit hard to say which is better. What I can say is, its not as spicy as the DR9 was. When I do a side by side tasting, I'll do another posting.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 00:42:48 | More by FUNKPhD
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour is deep brown, almost black with a frothy tan head and great lacing. Big spice - nutmeg, cinnamon, pepper - lightly roasty, big pumpkin, and sweet potatoes in the aroma. Taste is roasty, tangy, sweet potatoes, bourbon, raisins, heavy cinnamon, nutmeg, and light vanilla with big spicy finish. Slick mouthfeel with media carbonation. Really nice use of spice with well hidden alcohol. Chocolate pumpkin pie.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 11:33:06 | More by jbaker67
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Can't really read the writing on this bottle but this is the 2013 batch.

A: Pours black with a tall, frothy light brown head. Head fizzes out somewhat quickly. Zero sign of lacing. Decent retention.

S: Pumpkin and pumpkin spices abound. Notable nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice. Smells like fresh, hot pumpkin pie. Touch of chocolate from the roasted malt but the spices dominate here.

T: Whoa. Burst of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices as mentioned above. Loads of cinnamon with nutmeg and allspice joining it. Strong chocolate from the roasted malt joins it however and makes for a wonderful combination. Cinnamon is quite strong, lending almost a bit of heat. Get some grainy cinnamon and sugar in the finish really. It's sweet and spicy in general. Lingering pumpkin spices between sips.

M: Fairly heavy bodied, viscous and smooth.

O: Excellent pumpkin beer. Top of the line, in my opinion. Great combination of pumpkin pie and chocolate really makes this one stand out. Big, bold flavors and top-notch balance pull this one together nicely. One of the very best. Absolutely delicious.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 03:22:30 | More by Dope
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benclimbs

California

4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black and beautiful with a nice head.

Smell is amazing, spicy pumpkin pie and Christmas, wow.

Taste is full or more awesomeness, brown sugar, apple cider , cloves cinnamon and pumpkin awesomeness.

This is an amazing pumpkin ale, and I don't like pumpkin ale - this is just about perfect for the style, so good!

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 04:31:25 | More by benclimbs
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bmwats

Louisiana

4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a becker.

A: Very dark brown. Pours about a 2 finger, foamy, tan head. Effervescence clings to the sides of the glass. Settles to a blanket of foam, with peak and valley lacing.

S: Pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon.

T: Pumpkin pie.... Like it smells... pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, with a little black licorice.

M: Full body, sweet and syrupy, but not cloying. High alcohol profile is absent. Slightly bitter finish.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is great. Dark appearance, foamy head, and slight lacing. Nose is full and sweet fall spice. Tastes like is smells, pumpkin and fall spices with just a hint of bitterness. Overall, this is a great quaff.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 06:30:23 | More by bmwats
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into dimpled mug. Poured a near black with a nice khaki head. Aromas of toasted vanilla, clove, cinnamon and cardamon. Warming yet lively palate. Spicy on the palate with a nice clean malt roast background- chocolaty, coffee, toasted cinnamon, clove, cardamon, and mild ginger cookie. Quite a complex beer with some alcohol warmth throughout. There’s a touch of smoke underneath to give more depth. Has a late lingering rich black malt roast. Nice subtleties. Sure wish I had more of this beer - this quickly hit my top 5 all-time pumpkin beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 00:17:45 | More by CuriousMonk
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superspak

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 04:20:05 | More by superspak
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videofrog

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a dimpled stein. Bottled on 9/24/12.

A: Dark black with a thick beige head. Head retention is excellent and sticks around all the way down the glass with sporadic lacing.

S: Pumpkin puree and spices, cinnamon mostly.

T: Pumpkin is up front with cinnamon and clove stronger than I thought they'd be after 7 months. A layer of sweet chocolate mixed with roasted malt is there as well. Earthy hops and alcohol in the finish.

M: Nice, thick, and creamy. A bit thin for what you'd expect from an impy stout, though.

O: My cellar got a little backed up and it took a while to get to this one. It was probably better that way as I typically don't like the strength of cinnamon & spices in pumpkin beers when they're young. Will try and grab 2 this fall when it comes back out.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 02:09:27 | More by videofrog
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imasloth

Texas

4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 02:27:17 | More by imasloth
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2012 04:52:36 | More by angrybabboon
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flexabull

California

4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of cfh64, thanks again!

Pours a flat black color with a nice big tan head.

Aromas are spicy, notes of nutmeg, cloves, and light cocoa.

Taste starts out with some nice dark chocolate, molasses, and some alcohol warmth. Finish has pumpkin and spice notes, mostly ginger, cloves and nutmeg. Nice balance of stout and pumpkin pie flavors.

Mouthfeel is ok, but a bit thin for the style.

Overall, a very nice pumpkin beer, one of the best I have had in a while. Well done St. Arnold.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 19:25:17 | More by flexabull
Pumpkinator from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 573 ratings.