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Pumpkinator - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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139 Reviews
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Reviews: 139
Hads: 858
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 31.38%
Wants: 191
Gots: 337 | FT: 23
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 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 tviz33
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
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!

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Photo of SkipWeathers
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - little head, brownish-black color

Aroma - COLA

Taste - Coffee, cola, pumpkin pie, holiday spice

M - chalky but not unpleasant, sweetness, depth

Overall - Finally a pumpkin ale I can buy into. I like how they made it a confluence of an imperial stout and a pumpkin ale. The sweetness hits you up front, then followed by a bitterness of the stout. And of course the alcohol.

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Photo of Hugonaut13
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served into a Teku. Thanks to Steimie for this bottle

A - Pours a rich black with a thick light brown head. Swirl the glass and it looks a bit thin for a stout

S - Thanksgiving dessert in a glass here. Tantalizing smell of cinnamon, nutmeg, and chocolate. I want to keep this bottle around for awhile just to smell it.

T - Tastes just like it smells. Roasted malts and chocolate upfront and roasted pumpkin, clove, and nutmeg come into the mix to bring it all together. The pumpkin beer and stout aspects mix together pretty well here.

M - A bit thin for a stout. This is more porter-like in feel. The 10% abv is well hidden when it's cold. Comes out as it warms but doesn't overpower.

O - As a person who often doesn't care for pumpkin beers due to their overpowering spice, I thought this was well done! The stout notes and pumpkin pie notes mix very well together. This is definitely something I haven't had before. Kudos Saint Arnold.

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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 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 spoony
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 650 ml bottle into a chalice.

A-A slightly aggressive pour produces about a half-finger of short-lived, dark mocha-colored head. The head leaves no lacing and sits atop a virtually black beer with very little light getting through, even around the edges. Pretty standard stuff here.

S-The smell is huge! There is a ton of pumpkin, ginger, clove, allspice, and graham cracker that would fool almost anyone into thinking they were smelling fresh pumpkin pie. There is just a hint of cocoa, too. The aroma is sweat, creamy, and very full-bodied. The smooth, rum-like alcohol is pretty mild and really compliments the baking spices and pumpkin. If you don't like pumpkin pie, you won't like this, I on other hand....

T-After such a delicious aroma, the taste was a bit of a let-down. There is a still a decent kick of baking spices, ginger, pumpkin, and graham cracker, but I also pick quite a bit more vegetal, earthy bitterness...a bit like rotten pumpkin. The alcohol is a bit more noticeable on the palate and more medicinal than sweet and pie-like. Still, its not bad.

M-The feel is medium heft with a soft, slightly chunky carbonation. The brew is surprisingly filling.

O-This is a big, sweet, take-no-prisoners pumpkin beer. I would have trouble drinking more than one glass of this stuff and if you don't like spices or sweetness, stay away. On the other hand, if pumpkin pie is your thing, this is a great choice...they really nailed the aroma with the graham cracker and spices. I just wish this taste was as smooth and refined as the smell.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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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 Duff27
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown body with light brown edges. Slim collar, with splotchy cap and lacing.

Cinnamon potpouri. One of those beers that you just want to keep smelling. Awesome!

Cinnamon all the way, leaves mouth watering. Some booze detected booze on the tail end.

Medium mouthfeel. Medium carbonation that combined with the cinnamon is very biting.

Really good but I'm not so sure this isn't a spice beer, not a "pumpkin" beer. Something similar to Big Red bubblegum. Thanks egrace84!

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Photo of KYGunner
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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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 tjkinate
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm so happy to see my Texas breweries stepping up their game.

A: Single fingered creamy cocoa colored head with decent retention settling to a thin film remains atop the brew leaving behind some lacing as this deep brown bodied brew lowers.

S: Pumpkin, cinnamon, lots of nutmeg, smells like pumpkin pie hiding the high ABV well.

T: Very robust flavor, much more potent than the smell led on. The strongest in the pumpkin department I've had so far. Back end is where the spices I detected in the nose make their presence known, but unfortunately they drop off quicker than I would have liked.

M: Medium for the style, very well carbonated, slight burn as the brew passing down the throat.

O: Pretty awesome. Probably the best pumpkin beer I have ever had, but I know it can get better.

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Photo of Hops4Pops
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 Pumpkinator in bomber (not one of the low filled, tilted cap ones)

This is a very complex brew. I am not sure that I have enough experience to give it a completely proper review considering I have not had this before and have heard some people who had the original Divine Reserve #9 speak so highly of it. That having been said I will do my best.

A: Side poured into a Saint Arnold tester glass procured at the brewery. Appears to be a jet black color but shining a strong flashlight through it reveals a very dark red color. Its completely clear and free of particles. A one finger darkish tan head that quickly disappeared. The lack of head despite more agressive pouring on the second glass seems to indicate undercarbonation. Almost zero lacing on the glass but what is there is very sticky. Strangely, on pouring and drinking the second glass, some of the lacing is very oily and some is very sticky. ???

S: Lots of pumpkin (duh), cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, malts, chocolate and not even a hint of alcohol despite the ABV.

T: Lots of complexity going on here. A lot of pumpkin up front of course, all spices mentioned above, caramel, malts and maybe even some dark chocolate and coffee. Very well balanced and only the slightest hint of booze. Slightly sweet with a nice bitterness aftertaste. A very nice wintertime flavor.

M: Creamy and smooth up front with a little bit of bite and warmth on the back end.

O: There is so much going on here that I am going to let my other ones age for a year and try again. It seems to need some time to let the flavors meld. I have heard so many great things about previous years of this beer. I know the brewery had some issues on this 2013 run with underfills and capping and one of the brewers said it was a pain in the ass to make. This might not be the best year for it but with some aging it might be great. I am slightly disappointed but knowing that this brewing company is excellent, I will get some more next year and compare the aged with the fresh. Overall a great beer. Needs some time in the cellar I think. Regardless, I will be buying some more next year.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.27/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark dark brown. Touch of off-white head. Looks pretty solid. Smells incredible. Like a chocolate spiced pumpkin pie with cloves and cinnamon. Tastes the same. I'm quite impressed. The pumpkin pie melds with the chocolate quite well. A bit over carbonated but very nice overall

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Photo of mjurney
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Edition.

Pitch black. Creamy beige head.

Sweet aroma. Lots of sweet spices... Cinnamon, nutmeg, some brown sugar. There some pumpkin.

Sweet pumpkin up front along with spices at the end. There good amount of nice bready malts, ginger bread with a touch of sweet molasses. Dark fruity character. Holiday spices towards the finish.

Medium, not too heavy.

Spices. A little alcohol warmth. Smooth.

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Photo of azdback
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Bruery snifter. Almost all light sucking black. Two finger, creamy latte colored head. Lace is minimal but hanging in there.

Smell is quite pumpkin spicy, nutmeg, cinnamon. Sweet, brown sugar.

Taste is a lot like cinnamon sugar toast. Some alcohol and as this sits on the palate I do get some raw pumpkin/squash flavors. As this exits my nose I get a cherry coke flavor. Interesting but nice.

Mouth is a bit thin for an Imperial Stout but carbonation is on the high side. Body is medium and the finish is long and on the wet side.

Overall I am really enjoying this. Probably the tastiest pumpkin beer I have tried to date. Not all pumpkin or all pumpkin pie spice but a nice combination of the two. Thanks to injuredreserve for the chance.

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Photo of flexabull
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of imasloth
4.29/5  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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on Thanksgiving night

Appearance: Cloudy, cola brown; light head, very little retention; some lacing.

Smell: pumpkin pie, cinnamon, leather

Taste: hard core pumpkin pie! Lots of cinnamon and nutmeg. Maple syrup. Smooth, black pepper finish.

Mouthfeel: medium with strong carbonation. Fizzes on the tongue.

Overall: Best pumpkin beer I've tried. Solid, robust. Great with ham and turkey. This is the perfect finish to Thanksgiving. I know what I'm thankful for.

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Photo of Mikecap
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Poured jet black with one finger of dark brown head that fades slowly, spots of chunky lacing stick on the sides of my tulip glass.

Smell: Lots of cinnamon and brown sugar, some burnt pumpkin, and then I get notes of chocolate, coffee, and more roastiness. Pumpkin character is there, but I get a lot of stout quality, impressive.

Taste: Brown sugar, burnt pumpkin and cinnamon come to mind. I get some nutmeg and allspice as well. Some chocolate character as well, but a good balance without overdoing the allspice as some pumpkin ales tend to do.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a fairly smooth texture. Alcohol well hidden and this drinks nicely without being overly cloying.

Overall: I thought this was fantastic. I really enjoy pumpkin in a stout setting so this hit home with me. I will definitely be purchasing some more!

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Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of videofrog
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Pumpkinator from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.