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Pumpkinator - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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599 Ratings
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Ratings: 599
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 145
Gots: 204 | FT: 18
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 BryanCarey


4.45/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

10-16-2012 03:02:35 | More by BryanCarey
Photo of spence524


4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

10-16-2012 02:06:01 | More by spence524
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

10-16-2012 01:31:39 | More by acbe
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

10-11-2012 18:11:38 | More by jbaezner
Photo of HoustonZ33


5/5  rDev +16%

10-11-2012 10:12:00 | More by HoustonZ33
Photo of spy1981


4/5  rDev -7.2%

10-09-2012 21:05:53 | More by spy1981
Photo of inlimbo77


3.98/5  rDev -7.7%

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.

10-08-2012 13:41:50 | More by inlimbo77
Photo of TheStashRide


5/5  rDev +16%

10-08-2012 00:44:23 | More by TheStashRide
Photo of thewimperoo


2.5/5  rDev -42%

09-21-2012 21:04:07 | More by thewimperoo
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

09-18-2012 19:13:06 | More by melissajtai
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3.75/5  rDev -13%

09-17-2012 10:41:48 | More by ReyG006
Photo of brotherliam


4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

09-14-2012 17:40:48 | More by brotherliam
Photo of Goblinmunkey7


3.95/5  rDev -8.4%

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.

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

New Hampshire

4.3/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

09-10-2012 04:52:36 | More by angrybabboon
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S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

09-09-2012 02:29:27 | More by sliverX
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1/5  rDev -76.8%

09-07-2012 04:43:07 | More by brez8791
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

09-01-2012 00:38:18 | More by Eriktheipaman
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

08-22-2012 01:58:14 | More by scm2787
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

08-18-2012 16:07:43 | More by Renegrenade
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

08-16-2012 14:49:47 | More by chuckrx
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

08-12-2012 13:38:23 | More by whallgren
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

07-26-2012 03:46:22 | More by DIPADude01
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

07-25-2012 02:40:21 | More by MarsNelly
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5/5  rDev +16%

07-12-2012 19:40:26 | More by tofuspeedstar
Photo of coreyfmcdonald


3.48/5  rDev -19.3%

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.

07-11-2012 02:14:50 | More by coreyfmcdonald
Pumpkinator from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 599 ratings.