Pumpkinator - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Ratings: 765
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 165
Gots: 278 | FT: 19
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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Photo of jordanmckell
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of srhoadsy
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of RuthL
4.89/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Photo of fredmugs
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of alexanf
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Heretic42
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of WDJersey
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of DrewLikesBeer
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of zonker17
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of bens0n
4.93/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Photo of spoony
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of BlackTuesday
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of pinnser
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of AMG55
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of timontheroad
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of MisterWatt
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of SavageHopHead
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of JGlitz87
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of Labeorphile
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of CTJman
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
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!

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Pumpkinator from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 765 ratings.