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Pumpkinator - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Reviews: 124
Hads: 805
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 4.68%
Wants: 179
Gots: 311 | FT: 20
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Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  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 kojevergas
3.37/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

22 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing label art and branded pry-off pressure cap acquired at a local bottle shop and served into an Avery stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are high seeing as it's currently #9 in the top 50 Southwest. Reviewed as an imperial pumpkin stout because the label identifies it as such on its label. No ABV is listed on the label.

2013 vintage. Many bottles in this vintage were low fills, but this isn't one of them.

Served cold - straight from me fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. I initially side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues were expected, but as I poured it became obvious no head was forming so I upped the vigor considerably.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

In spite of the vigorous pour, no real head forms - just a sad-looking light khaki coloured floater ring. Tilting the glass doesn't yield any lacing formation.

Body colour is a predictable dark solid black. Opaque and dull. Not a jet black. No floating yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it's within style conventions (for an imperial stout) but falls short of the appearance of great beers in the style. The lack of a head suggests severe undercarbonation. I'm a bit concerned going into this based on the subpar appearance, but it's egregious. Far from unique or special. I'm optimistic.

Sm: Bread crust, pie crust, dark malts, pumpkin gourd, nutmeg, allspice, graham cracker, toasted malts, brown sugar, clove, cinnamon, pecan, and light rum-soaked stonefruit. The spices seem to actually overwhelm the pumpkin notes, stealing the limelight. I'd like more pumpkin and more diversity of pumpkin flavour - skin, flesh, and seed would be nice in addition to gourd. Dark malts. Chocolate malts.

I'm not picking up any roasted barley, to its detriment. No overt hop character is detectable, nor is any yeast character or alcohol. I don't find any coffee, char, or burnt qualities.

Overall, it's a pleasant appealing aroma of moderate strength which delivers on the beer's premise.

T: What I notice initially and what I love are the strong pie crust/bread crust notes on the climax, which are complemented very nicely by the spices: cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, ginger, and clove (in order of prevalance). There's plenty of brown sugar and graham cracker notes throughout. I think the graham cracker is a highlight of the beer. The dark malts and chocolate malts of the foundation get lost in the seamless cohesion of the flavour profile.

Don't look for too much imperial stout style depth here: they don't distract from the pumpkin with notes like cream, coffee, burnt sugars, bourbon, etc. It's all about the pumpkin, as well it should be. But unfortunately, there's not an ideal diversity of pumpkin notes - just gourd and flesh. Luckily though, it feels like authentic pumpkin - not artificial flavouring - which is more than I can say about a lot of pumpkin beers.

Overall, it's a fairly balanced flavour profile, though not quite a gestalt one, and offers some interesting if limited complexity and subtlety. I like it. The lack of overt hop character leaves the beer feeling a bit too sweet, especially on the climax when the sugars really push through. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

Mf: It's a bit too heavy and thick on the palate. Overcarbonated. Too full-bodied. A lighter more accessible feel would really help. The flavour profile doesn't have the intense notes that require this heavy a texture (e.g. bourbon, coffee, vanilla). I like that it's smooth and wet. Unrefreshing. While the presence on the palate isn't ideal, the texture does suit the flavour profile well in a general sense, but doesn't feel custom-tailored to it.

There is some noticeable alcohol presence but it's not hot or boozy.

Not oily, astringent, harsh, rough, or gushed.

Dr: I'm not sure what they're gaining by using an imperial stout as the platform for the pumpkin notes here; the beer's heavy presence on the palate does hold it back, and it doesn't really delve too deep into the potential of an imperial stout. I'm confident there's a style that would better suit the intricate spicing and bready notes they're emphasizing. I do like the beer (especially the impressive graham cracker note), and I'd pick up another bottle to set aside for cellaring, but ultimately I don't know that it's one of the best pumpkin beers out there. Not a world-class beer, anyway. This is definitely a sipper, and could hide its ABV better.

I'm not sure if 2013 is just a weak year for this brew, but based on my experience I wouldn't recommend going out of your way to nab a bottle. A very respectable pumpkin stout, but by no means great.

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Photo of megahurts4
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (340 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a medium creamy tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is roasted chocolate malts with some perfumey pumpkin spice and some vegetal pumpkin.

The flavor is sweet roasted chocolate malts with a lot of pumpkin spicing (cinnamon, nutmeg, clove) and some dark fruit, molasses and alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a nice imperial pumpkin porter/stout. (452 characters)

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

First a shout out to my dad for bringing me three bottles of this back from his recent trip to San Antonio.

Served chilled into a tulip.

Pours a rich mahogany color with a quarter inch of dark tan head that quickly recedes leaving no surface layer and very light lacing.

Strong aromas of nutmeg and cinnamon with a hint of booze.

Immediate flavors of pumpkin pie spices and toasted pumpkin. Hints of booze and a mild earthiness that reminded of Elysian's "Great Pumpkin".

Heavy bodied but not overboard for the style. Light carbonation with a spicy, sweet finish and lingering aftertaste.

A nicely crafted pumpkin ale. Would make a great dessert beer or winter warmer. Will definitely have again. (702 characters)

Photo of RuthL
4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

A - dark brown with thin head, and noticeable carbonation

S - spicy, raisins, pumpkin pie spices, graham cracker

T - Pumpkin pie spices, dried fruit in the aftertaste, sweet, molasses

M - lightweight feel

O - I have tried this at 1 year old, and also not aged. The one at a year old is more mellow with the flavors more intertwined, and working together than the new one, where each flavor is more easily picked out or noticed. They become more similar to each other as they warm up. Definitely a beer I look forward to every year. One of my favorites. (557 characters)

Photo of bens0n
4.92/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours a nearly opaque dark brown/black with a nice amount of creamy tan head but not too much lacing going on.

On the nose, its extremely sweet smelling with a really hefty amount of pumpkin and spice, no cloves or hops, reminds me of a sweet pumpkin pie, don't think I've ever smelled a better beer...

Flavor wise its alot like the aroma, tons of sweet pumpkin pie and spices, plus that nice robust, stouty backbone. Again, don't think there is any room for improvement here, best pumpkin beer I've ever had.

Mouthfeel is nice and thick, low carbonation, just like you would expect from an imperial stout.

One of the best imperial stouts I've ever had, and its especially good for a pumpkin beer. (711 characters)

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. (1,559 characters)

Photo of JGlitz87
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (404 characters)

Photo of Labeorphile
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a chalice type glass.

Dark beer with some reddish tints and a small light brown head that doesn't linger.

Smell is amazing. Like a pumpkin pie in a glass. They absolutely nailed the scent here.

Flavor is great as well. Spicy and cinnamony up front with the pumpkin chasing down the back. A little bit of an off aftertaste, but smooth and drinkable and I typically don't like pumpkin beers. But this one will become a regular this time of year as long as I can find it. (497 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looking for that perfect post-Thanksgiving beer to appease your non-beer loving family? This is it and this is why...

It pours like a stout, but its near-black body highlights tawny redish-brown edges. Where an initial loosely-knit head forms on the beer, its beige balloons of foam pop in a somewhat fizzy fashion and prefer a still appearance. An aggressive swirl regenerates its head but for only a brief moment until the carbonation is all gone. But at 10%, its glossy coat on the glass gives it more of a cognac appearance than that of beer.

Overwhelming spices evade the nose with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and clove. But a substantial backing of brown sugar, burnt pie crust, chocolate, gingersnaps, graham crackers and walnuts offer up a resounding counterpart to the pumpkin pie spice. Alcohol spicy-sweetness acts like rum on the olfactory senses heading into that first sip.

Its taste offers much more as the burnt sweetness of graham crackers, over-toasted gingerbread, pie crust, brown sugar, charred breads and over-cooked molasses all hit just before the spices arrive at middle palate. That's when the cinnamon & co. take charge and dominate the taste thereafter. Its drier-than-expected finish leaves the spices in control and invite an acrid, nearly-campfire smoke quality in the end.

Full bodied, but with a little uncertainty- the beer's dryish and spicy finish provides a powerfully heated, spiced astringency and desert-like dryness that's totally unexpected from its robust upstart sweetness. The ale simply makes up a lot of ground in short succession. Its rummy warmth concludes with more bitterness that for it'll likely receive credit.

Ok, so it doesn't win over the family. But now its a 10% abv, 22oz beer that none of them are likely to enjoy. But with that entire bomber all to yourself, they are so much more tolerable!, or enjoyable!, or entertaining! (1,890 characters)

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

Deep mahogany red body with a rich, creamy, tan head. Pumpkin, allspice, and cinnamon dominate the aroma; roasted grains; a bit of black molasses. Taste mirrors the aroma with additional touches of alcohol burn and a noticeable hop bitterness to balance things out; ripe pear or apricot notes, too. Medium-heavy body; semi-sweet; soft carbonation throughout.

An immense, intense, and enjoyable pumpkin-themed beer. Combining a stout with pumpkin is a winner here. Mouthfeel is relatively light for such a big beer, but the malt grains and pumpkin components are the real highlights, and the relatively light body just makes this beer go down easier. A very fine fall and/or winter holiday beer. (695 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 10.7.13
2012 Vintage

A - Pours a opaque dark brown with a nice dark tan head with solid retention.

S - Pumpkin, gingerbread, cloves.

T - Lots of gingerbread with a nice subtle pumpkin finish.

D - Medium body with lower carbonation.

O - Nice fall spices and flavors. Nice stuff. (299 characters)

Photo of eharris
2.28/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I knew that a cask was being breached at a local restaurant at 7pm and went there early to secure a table as I expected there to be a crowd come 7pm. While waiting I had 2 pints of St. Arnold's "Endeavor" strong ale (aka Divine Reserve #13) before receiving my first glass of Pumpkinator. I immediately thought I had made a step backwards taste wise plus its claimed 10% abv is surely wrong, more like 6.5%. In the expectation of sampling a classic pumpkin ale I had also taken 64 ozs of empty Growler bottles to be filled with Pumpkinator, and whose contents I am now slowly sampling. I still feel that it is way over rated and not a beer that I will ever buy again. Its after taste reminds me of that after eating a Middle Eastern dessert cake. Yuk. (751 characters)

Photo of Fuzzycranium
4.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Would like to see more head in the serving.
slightly clove like, toasted malts with cinamon.
The taste and mouthfeel are the most appreciated aspects of this beer. Most of the flavor comes on the front or initial taste and finishes dry without any lingering taste/bitterness. Most importantly, this beer leaves my throat warmed and happy, reminiscent of a mulled wine or cider. (378 characters)

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! (840 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.87/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a New Belgium goblet. Code on the bottle neck has 297 as the first numbers. Maybe it was bottled on the 297th day of 2013?

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 1/4 inch dark tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a center patch of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind.

S- Intense clove spice with some cinnamon and nutmeg. Smells a lot like potpourri and it's so heavy that it borders on medicinal. All I can smell are the spices, no roasted malt or alcohol.

T- Allspice, nutmeg, clove, more allspice, cinnamon, sugar and more allspice. This could be the most spice-laden beer I've ever had. The dark roast does come through in the flavor but it's certainly not doing much to balance things out. The alcohol is quite well-hidden but it's not surprising since you'd be hard pressed to taste anything beyond the spice overload that's occurring.

M- Not as viscous or creamy as I was hoping. Medium-low carbonation and a full body.

O- It tastes good but it's just way too heavy on the spice. I'm slightly disappointed because everyone's been telling me this is one of the greatest pumpkin beers. (1,189 characters)

Photo of brurevu
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From my tasting notes on a 2012 bottle: It poured an opaque black with very little tan head. The aroma had a distinct spiciness over a sweet maltiness that reminded me of the liqueur BnB. There were hints of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg that were straight up pumpkin pie. The taste had those same spices but much more subdued and well balanced by the dark malty imperial stout. This was definitely a unique beer and the best Pumpkin beer and best Saint Arnold brew I have had. (475 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks willandperry!!

Appearance. Pours a deep dark brown, black in the glass and topped with a thin, light tan head.

Smell. Ginger, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla, and a little molasses. I might not be the biggest fan of spiced beers, but this smells good.

Taste. Wow, lots of molasses, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, a bit of dark malts and some booze.

Mouthfeel. Fairly full body, on the low side for sure. Low+ carbonation.

Overal. Nice spicing but a little heavy handed. I wonder if it will mellow over time. If I come across another bottle I'll throw it in the cellar a while. (587 characters)

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. (800 characters)

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. (957 characters)

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. (1,371 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

another pleasant surprise from cfh64. enjoyed from an elysian pumpkin mini snifter.

a - popped the cap and it said "Be a know it ale"...brew poured a watery black with a thin head of creamy tan bubbles that bubbled away leaving a fairly thick ring of head on the surface with small ponds of exposed beer.

s - really nice and zesty. smells like walking into a michael's craft store in august. really spectacular. i don't get much stout but the pot pouri autumn seasoning is really appetizing and not overwhelming. cinnamon and sugar and chocolate happiness.

t - YUM. starts off with chocolate and autumn seasoning pot pouri...then finishes off with some nice roast. whereas the nose has everything in the right place, i wish the pumpkin was dialed back a touch on the taste so i could enjoy the base stout more. that being said, still pretty good beer.

m - a bit fizzy. fairly light...almost has a porter like char to the body.

o - overall, good pumpkin beer. i had heard some rumblings that this was more of a stout with some pumpkin flavorings and i'd say it the other way around...it is a pumpkin beer with some stoutiness to it. (1,136 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Been waiting a while to crack this one from my fridge. 2011 vintage reviewed from notes.

A - Poured into my Dogfish Head chalice a clear garnet/brown hue with a thin quarter inch head that fades slowly but leaves no side lacing.

S - Aroma are quite nice. Almost like a Cigar City Good Gourd, just as a stout. Nice chocolate, faint pumpkin pie spices (cloves, nutmeg), roast malts, and roasted gourd.

T - Taste is like the nose with large bursts of chocolate, roasted vegetable/gourd, more pie notes particularly nutmeg. Starts off with the ABV hidden, however, when warm it really pops out unfortunately.

M - Mouthfeel is the low point for this beer. It is simply too thin and watery. Such a shame.

O - Overall, a good beer with nice chocolate and pumpkin notes. Just really wish that the alcohol was hidden more come the end of the glass. (844 characters)

Photo of afluentturtle
4.92/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this awhile ago but just got around to putting it on here.

2011 vintage poured into a tulip glass. Enjoyed on 4/5/2011.

Appearance: Off black with a touch of red, just a little light can penetrate the edges. Two fingers of thick khaki head, not much lacing.

Smell: fresh pumpkins, cinnamon, nutmeg, christmas spices, vanilla, hint of chocolate.

Taste: A perfect melody of pumpkins, spices, and typical stout roasted malts and chocolate. This is the perfect example of what a pumpkin beer should be like.

Mouthfeel: Just a tad on the thin side. Nice warm feeling from the alcohol.

Overall: Easily Saint Arnolds best beer. Almost perfect if not for the lack of lacing and thin mouthfeel. (696 characters)

Photo of hornsup
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle courtesy of a trade from sjs0187...thanks buddy poured into an Intuition pint glass (yea yea)
Bottling date 9/24/12

A: Pours an opaque dark brown color, there is a bit of transparency in the thinner parts of the glass that are deep orange color in color. I like it considering its a pumpkin stout, but it could be off putting for some.

S: Heavy spices....notably nutmeg and cinnamon. Get some fresh unripe pumpkin on the nose as well

T: Tastes like someone took cocoa powder and sprinkled it on freshly oven roasted pumpkins. Has a hint of alcohol on the back end which compliments the spices quite well I think...I would have guessed 6% alcohol judging by how smooth it is. Get the nutmeg cloves and cinnamon in the middle as well.

M: Mouthfeel is a little thin, but I really enjoy it in this particular rendition. Doesn't coat your mouth but it definitely overloads and coats your palate nicely. The extra body on it replaces the heavy natural sugars seen in most pumpkin beers.

O: I would prefer this over most all pumpkin beers due to its body and the seeming replacement balancing cocoa for the natural sugars. Its really enjoyable and I actually enjoyed it colder rather than when it warmed up which is completely uncharacteristic for stouts. Spices became more pronounced when warm though...take your pick...either way its fantastic (1,356 characters)

Pumpkinator from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.