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Pumpkinator - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Ratings: 774
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 165
Gots: 284 | FT: 20
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:
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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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of atoulouk
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of bghozali
2/5  rDev -53.5%

Photo of tswater
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of noggleam
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of Rhettroactive
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.53/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Saint Arnold Pumpkinator has a thick, creamy, beige head, some decent lacing, and a dark brown, cane syrup-looking appearance. The aroma is sweet, roasted, and somewhat spicy, and the flavor is even more-so spice oriented. Sadly, there is just too much allspice taste to it, which overrides everything else, from what I could tell. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Pumpkinator finishes sweet, syrupy, and heavy. It’s a sipper, for the most part. Overall, I think it’s good enough, but overly spiced. It's worth checking out.

RJT

Photo of BigBarley
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The year this beer appeared (not as Divine Reserve 9 but the first year as Pumpkinator) I was unable to go grab a bottle the week it came out. By the next week they were GONE. So for a year I pined.

Then a day after it was rereleased I secured a couple bottles and made sure I was prepared for the ultimate letdown. After months and months of wondering, reading reviews, and anxiously awaiting the release of this beer, I had built it in my mind to be the perfect beer. And reality set in. There's no WAY this beer could be as good as I was hoping in my mind. Anticipating some sort of elixir of beery perfection was sure to bring only heartache and disappointment.

This beer is jet black in body. A Perfectly dark, impenetrable stout frame, with a unique orange-brown, milky head that was around a finger at the end of the pour, and receded within a few minutes. Looked not only like a truly dark beer, but it had a unique head that added to the beauty. Perfect appearance!

The nose has only a faint note of roasted malt, as it's dominated by the undeniable presence of pumpkin, wrapped in graham cracker, immediately followed by cinnamon and chocolate. The smell alone kept me enamored for several minutes. I can't believe it, the perfect smelling beer as well!

I took a sip of the little foam ring atop the glass. Sweet, bitter chocolate with a roasty back. Very interesting head. Now for a real gulp... Immediate explosion of flavor. Like a chocolatey, sweet, nutmeg-laced pumpkin pie with a very mild alcohol backbone. Delicious, sweet, and still somehow stout. A wonderful balance of desert and a brew. The perfect taste! (and that doesn't happen everyday)

And the mouthfeel... so thick, so creamy, so smooth and filling. It was almost like some sort of sinful milkshake of yeasty perfection. I would marry this beer!

Pumpkinator was everything I imagined and more. I've yet to taste such a flavorful, filling, and satisfying beer and I dunno if any experience will ever compare to FINALLY tasting my first Pumpkinator... next year I'm getting a couple cases at least.

Photo of Treebs
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
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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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of thebouch01
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Ford
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap.

Man. I love this stuff. I picked up three bottles this year, but haven't cracked one open yet. I was able to try it first on tap at a Flying Saucer BeerFeast.

Fantastic. As a good friend noted, it tastes like pumpkin pie with a delicious touch of chocolate. I wish it was year round. I wish it was easier to get. It's a limited release in bombers and sells out in Houston, Texas very quickly. First day at most locations.

If you get a chance to try it, do it.

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of 3Hops
2.25/5  rDev -47.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of acevenom
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
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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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into dimpled mug. Poured a near black with a nice khaki head. Aromas of toasted vanilla, clove, cinnamon and cardamon. Warming yet lively palate. Spicy on the palate with a nice clean malt roast background- chocolaty, coffee, toasted cinnamon, clove, cardamon, and mild ginger cookie. Quite a complex beer with some alcohol warmth throughout. There’s a touch of smoke underneath to give more depth. Has a late lingering rich black malt roast. Nice subtleties. Sure wish I had more of this beer - this quickly hit my top 5 all-time pumpkin beers.

Photo of raffy313
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Ranz
4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 bomber bought on October 14, opened on October 20.

A: Pours a liquid-black concoction of beauty; the head isn't too robust, but maybe that's because I poured only half in my Duvel tulip because the other half went to my good buddy. Lacing isn't too pronounced, so I would like some more there.

S: Cinnamon, hints of sharp spice, gingerbread, and sweet malts are most present. As it warms, it loses some of the kick, unfortunately.

T: Small hints of chocolate, dank pumpkin, and huge notes of all-spice and/or cumin make a huge presentation. Sweet cream on the back-end gives this a well-rounded character. As it warms, it balances out and is much more sippable.

M: Piquant carbonation alongside cream is huge when it's cold; once it's warmed, the spiciness subsides noticeably. It's got an incredible after-taste of pumpkin puree.

O: Although I like the 2012 a bit better, this is still a fantastic brew with incredible character. I can't wait to do a vertical tasting for the next two years.

Photo of Hopmodium
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of cfrobrew
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Pumpkinator from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 774 ratings.