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Pumpkinator - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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139 Reviews
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Reviews: 139
Hads: 858
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 31.38%
Wants: 192
Gots: 337 | FT: 23
Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A truly exceptional pumpkin stout from St. Arnold. And definitely my favorite of the style. It tops Southern Tiers Warlock in my opinion. My only critique is that I wish the body was a little heavier. But still, Wow. Pick this up if you see it.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Photo of nlmartin
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer came way as part of the Values Bif. Thanks Azzy! The beer was lightly chilled and was served in an Imperial Pint glass.

A- The body of the beer wa black with no opaqueness to light. The beer had no head and no lacing.

S- The aroma of the beer is roasted pumpkin, pumpkin pie spicing like my grandmother made, nutmeg, cinnamon, all spice, cloves, vanilla, brown sugar, molassis. All the above aromas are riding a sea of darkly roasted malty cocoa.

T- The flavor of the beer gives plenty of dark roasted malt. This is a perfect vehicle for roasted pumpkin pie flavors. The pumpkin pie spice flavors are well done and consist of the usual suspects. Just an excellent delivery of the aroma. Not too sweet and not too spiced.

M- The body of the beer is smooth and very full bodied. The carbonation levels wrok well. Not a trace of alcohol heat. Kind of coats my mouth like I ate some pumpkin pie.

O- This beer is a dam tasty darkly roasted vehicle for delivering a pumpkin pie flavored beer. Only compaint was the appearance but can overlook this. Sorry I have a second complaint my glass is empty.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

Thanks to twiggamortis420 for this bottle!

I imagine a crossover flick, in the style of Freddy Vs Jason, between Pumpkinhead and the Terminator. God, would it probably suck... Anyway, this stuff pours a dark black-brown topped by a finger of sandy tan foam. The nose comprises mild roasted malts, very light cola, brown sugar, very light molasses, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. The taste brings in more of the same, with an avalanche of the aforementioned spices and a hint of ginger tossed in for good measure. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a delightful pumpkin stout (wow, did I really just say "delightful"...?), one that pleasantly balances the roasted elements with a healthy spicing. Good times.

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Photo of flexabull
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of cfh64, thanks again!

Pours a flat black color with a nice big tan head.

Aromas are spicy, notes of nutmeg, cloves, and light cocoa.

Taste starts out with some nice dark chocolate, molasses, and some alcohol warmth. Finish has pumpkin and spice notes, mostly ginger, cloves and nutmeg. Nice balance of stout and pumpkin pie flavors.

Mouthfeel is ok, but a bit thin for the style.

Overall, a very nice pumpkin beer, one of the best I have had in a while. Well done St. Arnold.

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Photo of beerdrifter
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
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 lxCheshireCatxl
4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this beer in bottles and also on tap, and went on a 2 week search to find it only to find it on tap the second time.

A - a great dark imperial stout that its style is known for with a dark brown head that fades quickly
S - a sweet smell of pumpkin pie and spices mixed with very heavy hops that pair well with the flavors that are in this beer
T - sweet, heavy, spicy and all flavors meld to remind you of Halloween and pumpkin pie that reminds you of the season
M - slightly sour at first that slowly releases its flavors as it warms to a sweet yet nutty and heavily spiced stout
O - if you are ever in Texas, better yet in Houston, and it is Pumpkinator time and you prefer dark, sweet, spicy, heavy beers, I would say search this beer out at least on tap just to enjoy it. Most pubs and bars will hold onto it for a bit since most usual patrons do not have palette ready for this Frankenstein creation.

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Photo of genitempo
4.95/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

*Let me preface this by my utter appreciation for this beer. I missed out last year. However, this year was a bit of a treasure hunt for me. I tried the Pumpkinator 2012 (in bottle and draft) the Pumpkinator 2011 (bottle) and the DR9 (Pumpkinator Originator on Draft). All the experiences were fantastic and bit different each time. The beer I'm currently sipping is a bottle of 2012.

A - Pours a rich, dark midnight. A lighter tawny look to its head with a balky lace, remaining fairly contiguous while circumnavigating the snifter.

S - A solid blend of spices and pumpkins, keeping the roasted malt and booze in the undertones. Blended scent gives a suggestion that this beer may be a Banana Bread Stout.

T - Unbelievably gratifying throughout the sip. Well-balanced spices that covers the heat of the ethanol perfectly. A very well-orchestrated taste.

MF - A heavier medium, husky, if you will. A bit of carbonation hinders this beer from being perfect...maybe I need to try it on cask?

O - This recipe, along with the DR12 and BB1, have made St. Arnold my favorite brewery of the year. An astounding work of art that should be enjoyed by all.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
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 Duff27
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown body with light brown edges. Slim collar, with splotchy cap and lacing.

Cinnamon potpouri. One of those beers that you just want to keep smelling. Awesome!

Cinnamon all the way, leaves mouth watering. Some booze detected booze on the tail end.

Medium mouthfeel. Medium carbonation that combined with the cinnamon is very biting.

Really good but I'm not so sure this isn't a spice beer, not a "pumpkin" beer. Something similar to Big Red bubblegum. Thanks egrace84!

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Photo of azdback
4.27/5  rDev 0%
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 noggleam
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This Texas gem is currently on tap at the Live Oak Music Bar and Lounge in Fort Worth. This is the only pumpkin beer I know of that is made like a stout. This keeps the flavor better and adds hints of chocolate. Similar beers like Dogfish Punkin and Rogue Pumpkin Patch Ale miss because of they are made like an amber beer.

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Pumpkinator from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.