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Pumpkinator - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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532 Ratings
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Ratings: 532
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 12.76%


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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BigBarley

Texas

5/5  rDev +16%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 17:10:12 | More by BigBarley
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Treebs

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle served in a CBS snifter. 2012 vintage. Big thanks to cfh64(Brad) for hitting this long time want.

A: Pours a dark black color with some dark brown edges where the light hits. A light tan head forms on the pour and it recedes to a thin collar.

S: Big pumpkin pie spice. Nutmeg and cinnamon with a sweet pie crust scent as well. Light pumpkin flesh with a smooth chocolate presence. Very good.

T: The stout and pumpkin ale flavors blend really nicely. Very spice forward with cinnamon and nutmeg up front with a big burst of roasted malts, chocolate and pie crust in the middle. The finish is slightly sweet pie crust with a hint of rich chocolate and roasted malts.

M: Medium bodied with a roasty and spiced finish. Slightly sweet as well with a medium carbonation.

O: I would have liked a little more body to the beer, but it was still really good and the underlying stout flavors really blended nicely with the pumpkin ale. The booze is well hidden as well.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 02:24:24 | More by Treebs
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acevenom

Louisiana

4.7/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2012 23:59:51 | More by acevenom
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Ranz

Texas

4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 bomber bought on October 14, opened on October 20.

A: Pours a liquid-black concoction of beauty; the head isn't too robust, but maybe that's because I poured only half in my Duvel tulip because the other half went to my good buddy. Lacing isn't too pronounced, so I would like some more there.

S: Cinnamon, hints of sharp spice, gingerbread, and sweet malts are most present. As it warms, it loses some of the kick, unfortunately.

T: Small hints of chocolate, dank pumpkin, and huge notes of all-spice and/or cumin make a huge presentation. Sweet cream on the back-end gives this a well-rounded character. As it warms, it balances out and is much more sippable.

M: Piquant carbonation alongside cream is huge when it's cold; once it's warmed, the spiciness subsides noticeably. It's got an incredible after-taste of pumpkin puree.

O: Although I like the 2012 a bit better, this is still a fantastic brew with incredible character. I can't wait to do a vertical tasting for the next two years.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 03:44:56 | More by Ranz
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cfrobrew

Texas

4.05/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 00:55:13 | More by cfrobrew
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roddrizzo


4.83/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2012 16:22:38 | More by roddrizzo
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zander4dawin

Texas

4.93/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2012 03:02:36 | More by zander4dawin
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bmwats

Louisiana

4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
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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DRyan

Texas

4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a Jester King Tulip

A: Inky black with a medium tan head, just like an imperial stout should be.
S: Nothing like any stout ever, ever! Smells of pumpkin and spices and reminds me instantly of thanksgiving, very unlike the roasty coffee malty smells of most imperial stouts
T: Odd, but amazing. It’s strong stout, smoothed and sweetened with pumpkin pie. The pumpkin is obvious but not overpowering, as are the spices (cinnamon? Maybe cloves?), but yet it’s still got that stout backbone and a little hop bite on the end
M: Smooth and velvety
D: Very very easily drinkable for a 10% ABV brew

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 00:25:34 | More by DRyan
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obrike

Texas

4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
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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urdaddy117


4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

WOW was the first word i said after a good sip of this beer. Great tasting, creamy, smooth and very delicious. The only thing is maybe it needed a bit more pumpkin taste to it but overall the spices and everything was really good. i would recommend anyone that got more then 1 store the rest for winter time ;)

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 21:22:40 | More by urdaddy117
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BryanCarey

Texas

4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
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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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz, 2011
Tired Hands wine glass

A: Pours a dark brown color. Reddish hues around the edges. Basically in a ring of light tan head around edges. But it's nicely carbonated. Seeing some tight small bubbles up edges. No as thick as I was expecting.

S: Definitely getting the pumpkin like smell: flesh, spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, clove), etc. Also, pulling some roasted notes.

T: Tip of the tongue, getting all the pumpkin ale flavors. That spice bill primarily. In the middle, you get more fleshy hints and the roasted grain notes to make it a stout. Not crazy big or full, carbonation makes it thinner. On the finish its dry. But pulling more of that dark chocolate bitterness and roast. Makes you remember yes it's a stout.

M: It's full but the carbonation helps lessen it.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 13:41:50 | More by inlimbo77
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to injuredreserve for throwing in this crazy extra.

Appearance: Deep, dark brown/amber with some deeper red hues when held to direct light. Head is a nice khaki, creamy, and fluffy to start. Drops to a a darker tan ring in short order. Almost no cap to speak of. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Cocoa dusted pumpkin bread. Laden with fall spices (clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, allspice) and chocolate. Cocoa, dark chocolate pieces, some lighter milk chocolate as well. Big roasted compliment coming through the back. Pie crust. Buttery and crumbly. It smells like dessert. Aggressive, spiced pumpkin chocolate bread. Caramel malts add a nice layer of sweetness. Some underlying pumpkin flesh as well.

Taste: Almost as big as the nose, but not quite. Big punch of spice that never dials back and grows as the beer warms. Allspice and cinnamon dominate. Incredibly malty. Roasted malts coupled with some cooked caramel malts as well. A touch of burnt malts run through the back. Pumpkin takes a back seat, offering up some faint hints in the back. Mildly toasted. Pushes toward brown sugar at times. Dialed down chocolate presence, big on the cocoa. Warming turns this in to an aggressive spice stout. Balance fades.

Mouthfeel: Body is on the heavier side of medium. Moderate carbonation works well with the flavors. Some lingering alcohol dryness. Smooth and just a touch creamy.

Overall: Burly as hell, but the muscles are just for show.

Easily one of the better takes on a pumpkin stout. Spices feel a little out of whack in the long run, but the whole dessert thing is interesting enough to keep it going. Split this between 3-4 people and it would be ideal.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 17:19:24 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
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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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

3.48/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle split two ways

A: Pours a shade from black with a finger of head that quickly recedes to a ring around the beer.

S: Cinnamon, nutmeg, apple cobbler, and a hint of roast.

T: Strong cinnamon and nutmeg up front - I get more apple cobbler than I get pumpkin pie, but this is still very nice. I get strong dark chocolate and mild roast.

M: A bit above medium mouthfeel with adequate carbonation.

O: More of a pumpkin beer than a stout, but still decent. There is certainly a stout base underneath all these spices, but I'd like to taste a bit more of it.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 02:14:50 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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ms11781

Massachusetts

2.4/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to duff247. 2011 vintage. 22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a very deep, dark brown. It's nearly black but not quite. There is a bit of fizzy foam that develops but it disappears almost immediately. There isn't really any lacing to speak of either. The beer looks fairly thin, especially for a stout of this size.

The nose is full of spice, notably cinnamon and nutmeg. Both are dominant and make the other aroma really fight to get to the forefront. Some clove does make it's way to the surface as does a slight bit of roast. There is no hint of pumpkin here at all.

The taste seems to be even heavier on the cinnamon. There is a good deal of nutmeg too but the cinnamon is nearly overpowering. The finish saps the mouth of any moistness, almost as if you tried to swallow a mouthfull of actual, dry ground cinnamon. There isn't really much going on here aside from the big spice notes. Perhaps there is but it's drowned out by the strong cinnamon.

This feels a bit thin for a 10% ABV stout. The carbonation is not all that high but it is a bit high for the style. The body almost feels closer to a decent sized porter than to a big stout.

This beer missed the mark for me. There was no pumpkin that I could detect whatsoever and a huge cinnamon note took over in the taste and didn't let go. I'd like to think that maybe a fresh bottle had some pumpkin to stand up to and compliment the spice notes but I thiink the body would still be lacking for it to work.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 18:51:22 | More by ms11781
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DTBird

Texas

4.83/5  rDev +12.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2012 00:50:44 | More by DTBird
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libbey

British Indian Ocean Territory

3.8/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a NB globe. Thanks to injuredreserve for the chance to try this.

A: The beer pours a very dark brown with a nice fluffy head that dissipates quickly into a thin film. Very minimal lacing.

S: Big cinnamon and nutmeg spices dominate the nose. Smells like pumpkin pie, yum. Alcohol becomes more pronounced as it warms.

T: Cinnamon and nutmeg mingle with a touch of roasted malt. A fair amount of booze is present and it is a bit cloying. Spice is the dominant player here.

M: The beer is a touch under carbonated which leaves the overall mouthfeel a bit thin which doesn't help the style. The finish is nice as the cinnamon and nutmeg linger on the pallet.

O: While I am not generally a fan of spiced beers this one kind of works for me. I could see the pumpkin lovers out there going gaga over this one and I'm glad I got a chance to try it but once was enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 23:53:24 | More by libbey
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.28/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 03:27:02 | More by mdaschaf
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claspada

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours almost dark brown, almost black with a smallish fluffy tan head that fades slowly to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Aromas begin with a ton of mulling spices; cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and mace. Reminds me more of apple pie spice than pumpkin pie spice. As it warms you get a little of the base porter, mild roasted malts, but it's hard to fight over the crazy strong spice blend. Actual pumpkin is not present; smells kind of like vodka miles with mulling spices as it continues to warm.

The tastes begin, thankfully with some dark roasted porter flavors highlighted by dark bitter cocoa and roasted dark espresso bitterness. The backend/ finish is dominated by a boat ton of spices which I mentioned in the aroma. Fusel alcohol is also present as it continues to warm.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is spice and alcohol dominant, a bit abrasive to be honest.

Overall this was a decent beer at first, but as it warmed it became quite spice forward and alcohol dominant. A slightly softer spice hand wold have been appreciated here as well as a more controlled fermentation temperature to limit the abundant abrasive alcohol that is present as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 04:09:55 | More by claspada
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

2.58/5  rDev -40.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 21:48:46 | More by EgadBananas
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jono311

Louisiana

4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- very dark amber brown with a thick reddish tan cap of head that hangs on nicely.

Smell- Straight up pumpkin pie in a glass. basically smells like the fruit part of a pumpkin, nutmeg, and a bit of caramel/amber malt.

Taste- Rich and sweet with a bit of the spice palate typical to pumpkin pie, i.e. nutmeg, cinnamon, all spice, with just enough hoppiness to balance out the sweetness and provide a refreshing clean finish.

Mouthfeel- Creamy and smooth on cask, it was a bit hoppier and drier in the bottle. The ABV is not overwhelming by any means but the richness of this one lets you know its not your average session beer.

Overall, one of the best pumpkin beers I've ever had and definitely a highlight of the 2011 fall season. laid one bottle down to see how it goes with a year or so of age.

Serving type: cask

01-26-2012 22:03:26 | More by jono311
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tjkinate

Texas

4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 00:03:02 | More by tjkinate
Pumpkinator from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 532 ratings.