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Pumpkinator | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States | website

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

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 

Added by FUNKPhD on 10-14-2011

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Photo of Mikecap
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
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 Treebs
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, the centerpiece of a recent trade with BeerHunter76 (thanks man) split 3 ways into pint glasses.

A: Very dark brown body with red highlights...half finger of lighter tan head, light lacing.

S: Holiday spices dominate but there is a fair amount of chocolate here as well...moderate suggestion of pumpkin as well. Cinnamon is pretty dominant, hints of nutmeg, ginger and clove as well.

T: Cinnamon upfront again, with moderate creamy chocolate/roast notes and lighter suggestions of pumpkin pie. Not vegetable-like, which is a huge plus. Clove and ginger spices as well...cinnamon is pulling but the creamy chocolate delivers.

MF: Creamier feel, higher carbonation but no complaint here with the assortment of flavors. Body is about medium, with a pulling spiciness that isn't distracting.

O: Complimentary spices and holiday flavors with a surprising chocolate presence makes this a nice pumpkin stout. Definitely one to seek out if you like pumpkin beers.

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Photo of azdback
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
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 videofrog
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a finger of dense tan head that fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass
S: Smells of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices with notes of cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg
T: Taste is pumpkin, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, slight roasted malt, hint of brown sugar as well. Swallow is pumpkin, roasted malt and more pie spice
M: Heavier side of medium in body with slightly prickly carbonation and a drying finish
O: Probably one of the best pumpkin beers out there. Loads of spice and pumpkin flavor with some nice notes provided by the base beer.

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Photo of beerdrifter
3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Becca for the hookup on this one! Dark brown, almost black pour with a half finger beige head that fades really quickly with almost no lacing. The nose is huge and complex with hints of clove, licorice, nutmeg, cinnamon, and chocolate. The taste is big and bold and complex as well. Tons of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg up front along with hints of licorice, anise, chocolate, cardamon, molasses, pumpkin, vanilla, and ginger. The mouthfeel is slightly thick and syrupy and definitely a sipper. The alcohol is well hidden for a 10% beer. Definitely a great winter beer perfect for a cold evening in front of the fire. Very impressive offering.

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Photo of dcloeren
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into my Duvel Tulip.
"You got ale"

Pours a dark coffee brown with 2 fingers of khaki colored head. The head dissipated quickly into a thin film. Definitely has some thick legs on it, leaves some spotty lacing.

Great aroma! Lots of spice, mainly nutmeg, all spice and cinnamon, along with some nice pumpkin notes and cacao. Smells what I would imagine fresh baked chocolate pumpkin pie to smell like.

Taste follows the nose to the T. The taste really comes alive once this stout to warmS up. Great spice, just the right amount of pumpkin and some great chocolate notes on the back end.

Medium bodied with a touch too much carbonation for me at first. Once the beer has had a little time to breathe, it mellows a bit and becomes alot more pleasant. A little thinner than I would have liked but it absolutely coats every
millimeter of your mouth with each sip.

Overall, this is one of, if not, the best pumpkin beer that I have had. I wish that it was thick and chewy but the aroma and taste make up for the thinner body. Glad that I was able to pick up a few to age and spread around. Saint Arnolds is definitely moving up in the world!

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark black color with small head and mild lacing. Actually disappointed in this aspect of it. The sweet pumpkin aroma is very overpowering, though. It is about all you can smell. Malty taste up front, followed by overwhelming pumpkin spices. Very mild bitter aftertaste. While good, the taste did get a little sweet after a while. I will say that this was from the 2013 Fall batch, so the pumpkin taste had more time to pop out. I would want to try the 2014 batch to see how it may differ. Would be a great beer for an after Thanksgiving dinner with dessert.

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Photo of DavidST
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of davey101
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber into a DFH signature glass. The cap came off with a huge pressure release. Huge thanks to jl28r1 for this awesome extra!

A - Pitch black body. Zero light shines through. A decent frothy khaki head formed and receded to some solid edging. Lacing and retention is pretty weak.

S - Pumpkin pie spice followed by some dark roasty, chocolaty malts. The spice smells really natural, cinnamon, cloves, all spice, nutmeg, etc. I get the slightest hint of squash. This smells fantastic!

T - Not as impressive as the nose. Roasted bitter pumpkin followed by the full spice cabinet and some biscuity malts. The nutmeg is very strong on this one. There is a lot of sweetness which is balanced out by the spice and bitterness. The mouth feel is medium bodied, but for an imperial stout I was hoping for a bit more body. The alcohol isn't very noticeable though.

O - A really unique take on the pumpkin beer. This is my first pumpkin stout and I quite liked it. It wasn't the best pumpkin beer I've had, but it was the perfect beer for a chilly October afternoon.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
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 billshmeinke
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, almost black one finger of off white head. Retention is ok and lacing is minimal.

The nose is all gingerbread along with cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, and hints of bakers chocolate.

Tastes of dark chocolate dipped gingerbread, perhaps a touch less sweet than that would imply.

Mouthfeel is fairly smooth, but definitely a pretty solid acidity. Well carbonated.

Kinda like midnight suns treat. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Myotus
4.09/5  rDev -4%
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 JGlitz87
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 Bottle

A: Dark, almost black with very little head.

S: Pumpkin, roasted malts, and spice.

T: Great balance of stout and pumpkin. Hints of spice add a nice flavor profile.

F: Medium to thick body with low levels of carbonation.

O: One of the better pumpkin beers I have had this season, and I have had quite a few. Not too pumpkiny but noticeably a pumpkin beer. If you can find it, grab it.

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Photo of zookerman182
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance is a dark brown with a one finger brown foamy head.
Aroma is massive spice. All spice, cinnamon, ginger, pumpkin pie spice.
Taste is not as intense as the nose. Still a bunch of spice. Not a lot of pumpkin or crust.
Mouthfeel is medium and you can really taste the alcohol.
It's pretty overwhelming in flavor and aroma.
Not my favorite pumpkin beer but its not bad.
I couldn't drink much of it.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber. Pours deep brown, almost black, thin tan head. Pumpkin pie spice, rich aroma. Taste is powerful, a little sharp with the spice, better as it warms. Some booziness present. Thin oily mouthfeel. Overall good for an imperial pumpkin, was hoping for more subtle spice and could be a bit thicker.

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Photo of mjurney
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Edition.

Appearance:
Pitch black. Creamy beige head.

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

Taste:
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.

Body:
Medium, not too heavy.

Finish:
Spices. A little alcohol warmth. Smooth.

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Photo of GregSVT
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights and a nice dark tan head which fades to a ring and leaves no lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is damn near the same as DR#9 with big notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, and alspice along with some chocolate notes in the background.

T: The taste is about the same as well. Big flavors of nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin, and chocolate. The pumpkin is very subtle or maybe just overwhelmed by the spices. This will probably do well with a year or 2 on it.

M: The feel is thin with a super creamy finish due to the carbonation. Pretty disappointing as DR#9 was pretty thick which made the finish last forever.

O: The flavors and aroma are nice but the mouthfeel detracts from the beer pretty heavily. I will set one down to try again in a year and hopefully it has thickened up a bit.

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Photo of cfrobrew
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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

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

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Photo of obrike
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of megahurts4
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

St Arnold Pumpkinator

Appearance: dark brown, some good small lacing, and no head.

Smell: apple and pumpkin pie.

Taste: rich creamy pumpkin pie with many nice spices (pumpkin spice).

Mouthfeel: chewy-yet-smooth medium.

Overall:
This is a nice brew. It is a MUST try. The aroma is wonderful. I can't wait until it is released again.

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Pumpkinator from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.