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Pumpkinator - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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141 Reviews
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Reviews: 141
Hads: 863
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 31.15%
Wants: 190
Gots: 338 | FT: 22
Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  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 Chris_Huston
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

All my previous pumpkin beers being ales, I was taken aback by this one being near-black, not realizing it's a stout. Would have liked a lot more of a head from it; unrestrained pouring gave it barely much at all, but the deep, dark brown opaque color of the brew is nice.

The smell is fantastic. Might be my favorite and probably the best smelling pumpkin beer I've had. It carries the sweet, pumpkin pie-ness of greats such as Pumking and Whole Hog, but with a heavier, darker character that's probably coming from the molasses, giving it an aroma you'd expect from a stout version of this style. There aren't many beers where I've felt like just sticking my nose in the glass for hours (e.g. Breakfast Stout), but this is one of them.

By contrast, it's one of the strangest letdowns I've ever had from smell to taste. It's a little bit muddled and grimey, faintly burnt. Not horrible, by any means, but certainly not living up to the smell. I prefer my beers warmer than most drinkers, but especially this one needs to be drunk closer to room temperature to give the flavor some chance.

Part of the taste disappointment comes on the thinner body feel than was both expected and than seems suitable for any stout, let alone a pumpkin one.

Again, not a bad beer, by any means, and the real apex and celebration is in the nose, but the taste is just too vague, and the feel too thin to make it a slam dunk. Worth repeating, but not ad infinitum like some others.

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Photo of Brittian
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Looks: extreamly dark, black, dark tan head, fine lacing

Smell: pumpkin but faint

Taste: burnt pumpkin upfront, finishes out with a malty. burnt, ever so slightly bitter, pumpkin

Feel: quite thin mouth feel for a stout, best in a goblet like glass for smoothness; a pint glass makes the beer stagnate

Overall: good seasonal beer, very different than most

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Treated as an American Double/Imperial Stout because that's what I thought it was, I poured this into a snifter.
I see on Beer Advocate that it is not. Oh well, next time I get one sent to me, I'll pour into a pint glass for proper review. Here's the rest on my take on this one.
The appearance was a dark brown almost close to black color with a one finger white to off white foamy head that dissipated within about less than a minute. Some stringy lacing glosses all around the glass nicely.
The smell took in the pumpkin along with the spices (ginger, cinnamon, and allspice) and bleeds into the chocolate very nicely. Light coffee also comes in slightly in a roasty sort of way.
The taste involves the spices running into the sweetness of this package deal of the cocoa and pumpkin for a nice all around balance. The aftertaste is sly and mostly misleading as the cocoa and pumpkin start but end up sliding out as it warms. I think I liked that aftertaste but it just seemed different a bit.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a nice sipping quality about it. Carbonation seemed to run right as a Double/Imperial Stout to me given that the stronger stout-like qualities and ABV allow less "pumpkin" spice to hit my tongue.
Overall, still, I liked it for me, no matter what BA says it is. I don't live in Texas, so I don't know the brewer's intentions though I don't think this is a straight up pumpkin ale. Just drink it and be happy.

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Photo of JohnDee
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours almost black with a tan head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is mild with hints of nutmeg. The taste, however, is anything but mild. Bold, almost harsh. Spice flavors and alcohol are dominant. Hops are a little too assertive for my taste, but tolerable. One of the better heavily spiced pumpkin ales.

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Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the bar looking like a headless stout and a bit of a swirl adds a smidgen of foam and a few dots of lacing

Smell: Pumpkin pie spices jut forward, with cinnamon, ginger, allspice, nutmeg and clove; supporting the spices are chocolate, pumpkin, burnt brown sugar and molasses tones

Taste: On the tastebuds, the reverse of the aromatics, as the chocolate, molasses, burnt brown sugar and pumpkin tones support the spices through the middle; it is the spice flavors, however, that linger into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: Had the Divine Reserve #9 in the bottle but this version, on tap was a much better experience

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Photo of Catracho5
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle poured into tulip

A: Pours pitch black, no head retention, not much carbonation, strange, head fizzled like a fuse on a firecracker, all gone, cap came off real easy, strange.

A: Pumpkin, spice, nutmeg, not getting any stout notes, has a big aroma.

T: Pumpkin, spice and nutmeg upfront, then there's some stout notes like chocolate, dark fruits, moderate bitterness in the middle, finishes with a pumpkin and spice aftertaste, dry finish.

M: Medium bodied, slightly more, dry finish, a little low on the carbonation.

O: This is pretty good, lots of flavors, big flavors, it's pumpkin ale and stout nice blended together, picked this up in a trade but if available in my area I would buy it.

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Photo of Austin32
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yeah what can I say that has not already been said. If you are not into pumpkin beers and haven't had this one, give it a try and it may change your mind. If you are into pumpkin beers give it a try because it is one of if not the best around. Very comparable to warlock but smoother with a better balance of spices and flavor IMO.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.9/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured into a standard English stout glass.

A - 3.75 - Pours an extremely dark brown, almost black color. Forms up about a finger of tan colored, quickly dissipating head. No lacing to be seen. Weak head potential and retention, but forgivable at the high ABV.

S - 5 - Wow, what a spicy nose this beer holds. Ridiculous amounts of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, allspice, vanilla bean, pumpkin meat and just the lightest biscuity malt aroma.

T - 5 - Can't believe how good this is. This beer is SPICY, there is a huge amount of the aforementioned spices in the taste, its a ridiculous big taste, a slow sipper to be sure, but it doesn't taste forced or artificial, just really, really well done. A good amount of true pumpkin meat flavor, vanilla and a bit of malt to let you know this is indeed a stout at the end of the day.

F - 4.75 - Has a noticeably oily and decent thick mouthfeel. Goes down smooth.

O - 5 - This is hands down the best pumpkin stout I've ever had, Warlock can step aside because Pumpkinator definitely reigns supreme for me.

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Photo of BayouBengal1537
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 poured into stout glass. Pours a dark brown color with small tan head that quickly dissipates. Looks jet black in the glass, no lacing to be seen. The aroma is big cinnamon, spices, nutmeg, brown sugar, pumpkin. Taste is big on the cinnamon and spices. I got more of the raw pumpkin, graham cracker taste as it warmed. Feel was creamy and smooth for a 10% beer. Overall, I thought this beer was best enjoyed when it was almost a room temp. This is definitely the biggest pumpkin beer I've ever had.

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Photo of puck1225
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got it as part of a Halloween themed flight. A strong cinnamon flavor up front with more subtle pumpkin and nutmeg following. It has a crisp and clean smell and a smooth feel I the mouth. I will look forward to it again next year.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Not a whole lot of head was generated from my basic pour, maybe a half inch that turns to a skim in no time. Body is blackness that has only hints of mahogany when held to light. Nose is of smokey spice and sweet pumpkin pulp. The flavor profile here is unlike most pumpkin beers where there is a heavy spice and or pumpkin presence. There is black strap molasses, smokey dark chocolate and dark fruits that are slightly soured. Turns more choclatey as it warms up. I total recommend Pettit this beer warm to closer to room temperature before enjoying.

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Photo of Myotus
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle (bottled 10Aug15) into a Spiegelau stout glass.
LOOK: Pours with a finger and half worth of khaki foam that dissipates into a half finger's worth after 1 minute. Black in color with an orange tint. There is a large amount of very small rising bubbles. Lacing is thick and high.
SMELL: Has strong aromas of nutmeg and alcohol that combine with mild aromas of pumpkin, bittersweet chocolate and subtle aromas of molasses, cinnamon, and bitter roasted malts.
TASTE: Strong flavors of nutmeg and mild flavors of pumpkin enter initially. Mild bittersweet chocolate, molasses, and alcohol flavors enter right after. Mild cinnamon and hints of bitter roasted malt flavors enter lastly as all flavors persist, except for pumpkin, which grow slightly stronger.
FEEL: Medium-bodied with hints of carbonation. Goes down smooth, but not creamy. Ends with a dry finish.
NOTE: The alcohol perception was too much for me along with the nutmeg. Of course, if you love that alcohol warmth, you will love this beer. That being said, even with the alcohol bite that I do not enjoy, this was still a tasty brew.

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Photo of Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Ordered this beer on draft from a keg dated 2014 (roughly a year old). Much smoother then I remember it being when drank shortly after bottling. The one-year has made it slightly smoother in feel. Smell is strongly pumpkin. Taste is the closest Ive found to strong pumpkin-pie (against all other pumpkins beers Ive had). Not a huge fan of pumpkin beers, but if you are, then this would be a great one to try.

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Photo of Dolphinsmarlins1
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 2013 into a snifter. The dominating feature of this one is the spicy nose on this one. Additionally, its one of the more "pumpkiney" beers I've tasted. For its ABV, it is deceptively light bodied. Overall, a pretty good brew; I wonder if it would have tasted better fresh.

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Photo of Jovial_Libations
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L- Chocolatelty brown with little carbonation.
S - Graham crackers and fresh pumpkin pie.
T- Graham crackers, pumkin pie, vanilla, cinnamon.
F - Surprisingly light and drinkable for a 10% stout.
O - Reminds me of Big Shanty Graham Cracker Stout a lot. My fav beer from this brewery other than the BB series.

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Photo of HipCzech
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 1 pt 6 oz bottle (2013) poured into a 9 oz Libbey Embassy snifter.

Appearance: Deep, dark brown with slight reddish tint. Thin head of khaki foam recedes to hazy cap with spotty lace.

Smell: Holiday spices dominate: nutmeg, cinnamon, clove. Dried fruits.

Taste: Roasted malt body with molasses, cocoa, warm spices, burnt gingerbread. Slight lemon zest, cola notes and bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, almost light, with moderate carbonation. More drinkable than expected.

Overall: Relatively light for an imperial stout, but a great base for powerful pumpkin pie spice. A step ahead of most pumpkin ales.

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Photo of cejaev
4.66/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This has become my favorite pumpkin beer. It is overflowing with pumpkin pie aroma and taste. I was hoping to like but I ended up loving it. Probably the perfect pumpkin ale.

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Photo of Awolter
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer really hit me by surprise. What a treat! Shared it with others a bottle share, and a everyone loved it. Strong pumpkin pie taste and smell with a great imperial stout holding it all together.

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Photo of FootballAndBeer
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.44/5  rDev +4%
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

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Photo of chrismann65
4.84/5  rDev +13.3%
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 !

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Photo of erushing
2.98/5  rDev -30.2%
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.

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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Photo of SpartanHomebrew
5/5  rDev +17.1%

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.

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Photo of BXM0032
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Tried the 2014 batch - got a case of it. It's not as pumpkinny (?) as some of the ones from previous years. Not much head. Pours dark.

I wish it tasted more like pumpkin. you can taste the alcohol but it finishes well. Not bad but I will let some of the other ones in the case age.

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Pumpkinator from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.