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Pumpkinator - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Ratings: 607
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 149
Gots: 209 | 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 BeerHunter76
5/5  rDev +16%

Extraordinarly big nose just after cracking this open. Big notes of spice and pumpkin immediately. It pours a dark brown to black with just a hint of rust creamy head that leaves excellent lacing on the glass. The pumpkin pie spices especially the nutmeg and cinnamon hit you on the tongue with the first taste. The first pumpking beer I have had that had that true pumpkin flavor. Pumpkinator is a fantastic fall/winter beer. Great body, just enough carbonation, absolutely smooth finish. For adding kick I zested some fresh nutmeg over the top.

BeerHunter76, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of jl28r1
5/5  rDev +16%

jl28r1, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of CommonRider
5/5  rDev +16%

CommonRider, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of bentwookie
5/5  rDev +16%

bentwookie, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of joshuacavett
5/5  rDev +16%

joshuacavett, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of sparkdinko
5/5  rDev +16%

sparkdinko, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of beenitty
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%

2X 22oz bombers as a surprise from lnashsig, thanks lee!

A: pours gorgeous and billowy pitch black, nice mocha head.

S: whoaaa. unreal on the smell. pumpkin pie, nutmeg chocolate, cinnamon, smells like thanksgiving dessert in a bottle. If I could rate above a 5.0 on smell, this would be the one.

T: pumpkin ciderish taste up front (combo of all the spices), then pumpkin pie with milk chocolate, then crust (malt) and cinnamon finish. Definitely overflowing with flavor.

M: complex to say the least. great meld over flavors and super smooth.

D: I love this one but its a sipper, so I'd say low overall but thats not a knock.

O: Pumking was my previous favorite pumpkin beer,but this one is king now. Definitely best pumpkin beer I've had. Kudos to the Htown.

Very glad to see this one getting some great reviews, I recently had TREAT 2011 and I thought this was a better "pumpkin" beer.

beenitty, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%

So I've been pretty excited about this beer...

Dark, dark brown stout with a light tan head and creamy lacing. There is lots of particulate matter floating around as well.
The head falls down along the outer rim, but a few swirls will give the beer a regenerated thin covering.

Whoa, banging pumpkin spices (cinnamon and nutmeg) predominate this beer's nose. However, once the beer warms it really starts to bring out a very ripe pumpkin aroma. This may be the first time I've smelled a beer and been confused by the true essence of pumpkin present!

A super roasty pumpkin pie stout! The roastiness predominates but a medicinal spicy aftertaste lingers on my palate. This is a very interesting beer with a lot more pumpkin than I had expected. Honestly, I love it; it's got attributes of a rich winter stout mixed with fall pumpkin ale tradition. How can you go wrong?

This beer is a tad more carbonated that I would prefer, but has a superbly bold, spicy aftertaste. There's a very minimal alcohol burn. I would have liked a tad more body and sweetness to make this perfect, but it's quite a different pumpkin ale sensation than I'm used to!

I'm super excited to have 2 bottles because I think a year of age will really help this beer in regards to excess carbonation.
Something about it is just delicious and I'm happy to finally share & review!

ThePorterSorter, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of TXGenX
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%

A: Very dark brown and opaque. Hardly any head (may need to bottle condition longer)

S: Strong gingerbread aroma with undertones of licorice, cola and brown sugar.

T: Liquid gingerbread. Caky with strong ginger flavor and some cloves. I didn't really taste any pumpkin but my tasting companion did. He also noticed buttery notes. Strong alcohol taste with some burn on finish.

M: Medium thick.

O: Definitely an after dinner beer. The only food that I could think of that it might pair with is cheesecake or shortbread.

This was a 2011 brewing tasted almost immediately in a chalice. We are keeping some to bottle condition and taste again next year (if we can wait that long)

TXGenX, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of AndrewR
3.88/5  rDev -10%

Less motor oil, more root beer in the glass. Aromatically insane; yankee candle, fiery cinnamon stick, clove, butter crust. Mouthfeel is medium, hollow mid palate, intense on carbonation with round, thick tannins. Finishes with heat, way too young, alcohol spikes and makes this ultimately unbalanced. Best to lay a half dozen down for the next 2-8 years. Savor/sip now over the course of a few hours.

All the stuffing is here, just needs time. Could be epic...

AndrewR, Nov 01, 2011
Photo of PhatAtUT
4.78/5  rDev +10.9%

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: pitch black, thin tan head.

S: pumpkin pie. chocolate. cinnamon. nutmeg. espresso. smells amazing.

T: pumpkin is not the dominant taste. more of a milk chocolate up front and then a distinct cinnamon finish. very well balanced. not too sweet. high alcohol is detectable but not imposing or distracting. wouldnt call it "hot". very pleasing taste overall.

M: very smooth, velvety. could be slighty more chewy/thick, but its not thin. perhaps slightly more carbonation that ideal, but still scores high here.

O: really enjoy this one. glad st. arnold decided to make it a seasonal. great dessert beer or sipper on a cold night.

PhatAtUT, Nov 01, 2011
Photo of oline73
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%

Poured from a bottle into a Unibroue goblet.

Appearance: Pours almost black with just a little light coming through at the edges. There is a red/orange tint where the light comes through. Pours with a finger of fluffy tan head that fades slowly to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Sweet and full of pumpkin spices. Lots of cinnamon, but it's not too overpowering. There is some pumpkin and other spices along with a mild roast.

Taste: Extremely smooth and very good. Lots of pumpkin and spices, the star being cinnamon. Sweet roast mixes with the pumpkin and spice and there is a warm finish from the alcohol, but I never would have guessed this was 10%.

Mouthfeel: Just on the thick side of medium with tingly, smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Taste: This is a fantastic pumpkin beer. I don't know that I have ever had a better pumpkin stout. If you think you have a better one, feel free to let me know and I'd love to trade for it. Amazing beer.

oline73, Nov 01, 2011
Photo of jgk79
4.63/5  rDev +7.4%

Got a full pint pulled from the cask at The Gingerman in Austin. Surprised to get a f I'll pint considering the high alcohol content, but I'm not complaining.

Very dark opaque color with very little head. No lacing to speak of.

Smell - Wow. This is what a pumpkin beer is supposed to be about. Most of the time the spices associated with pumpkin cooking gets a back seat to just trying to push pure pumpkin flavor. Nutmeg hits first with cinnamon and brown sugar following closely behind.

Taste - nice that the alcohol doesn't blow out the flavor but seems to add just the right amount of warmth to continue the pumpkin pie illusion. Nice malt backbone carries the spice and a light hops and a little alchohol finishes the end.

Mouthfeel - not much carbonation and very smooth with tiny bubbles (as expected from cask conditioned beer). Good things to me as I can imagine how more carbonation would take away from the full flavor and creamy mouthfeel.

It's Halloween and I'm genuinely scared because the cask of Pumpkinator is almost empty. I'm hoping I can get one more pint squeezed out before it's all gone.

Also, Pupmkinator - best pumpkin beer name ever.

jgk79, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of StArnoldFest2010
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Got that Pumpkinator from BAPlaya11 on SBF. Excellent Pumpkin Imperial Stout! The nose was awesome! The pumpkin and spice were well balanced. Very small head when poured that disappeared quickly. Poured thick and almost black but not quite. No lacing as you drank it. Had a small bitter stout aftertaste, but not offending. Then medium alcohol warmth in the stomach. One of the best pumpkin stouts I've had to date!

StArnoldFest2010, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of billshmeinke
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%

Dark brown, almost black one finger of off white head. Retention is ok and lacing is minimal.

The nose is all gingerbread along with cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, and hints of bakers chocolate.

Tastes of dark chocolate dipped gingerbread, perhaps a touch less sweet than that would imply.

Mouthfeel is fairly smooth, but definitely a pretty solid acidity. Well carbonated.

Kinda like midnight suns treat. Highly recommended.

billshmeinke, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of Pegasus
4.72/5  rDev +9.5%

Appearance: Deep, opaque brown in color, with a small, dense, and persistent tan-colored head. Thin lacing coats the glass walls.

Aroma: Deep and profound notes of pumpkin pie spices: nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves. A slight bitter cocoa and earth note is present as well.

Taste: Opens with a burst of sweet, spicy notes. I am made to think of pumpkin pie, with brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, and an earthy note as well. There is a note of spicy, warming alcohol also. The finish presents a flourish of spices, bitter cocoa, and mild hops. Bitter cocoa and earth lingers on past the close of the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and very pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A spectacular and superb beer. It would certainly be a gracious accompaniment to a holiday dinner. Best served and consumed a bit cold, when too warm, it seems to acquire off-flavors.

Presentation: Presented in a twenty-two ounce brown glass bomber, capped with a pop-off crown, served in a Pilsener glass.

Pegasus, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of DavidST
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. This pours an almost black color with an okay tan head which quickly dissipates. The smell is definitely of pumpkin and spice, there are a little roasted malts underneath. The feel is medium to thick and creamy. The taste is pretty good, deep dark roasted malts, lots of pumpkin and spices, overall very good.

DavidST, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of GregSVT
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%

22oz bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights and a nice dark tan head which fades to a ring and leaves no lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is damn near the same as DR#9 with big notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, and alspice along with some chocolate notes in the background.

T: The taste is about the same as well. Big flavors of nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin, and chocolate. The pumpkin is very subtle or maybe just overwhelmed by the spices. This will probably do well with a year or 2 on it.

M: The feel is thin with a super creamy finish due to the carbonation. Pretty disappointing as DR#9 was pretty thick which made the finish last forever.

O: The flavors and aroma are nice but the mouthfeel detracts from the beer pretty heavily. I will set one down to try again in a year and hopefully it has thickened up a bit.

GregSVT, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of Piliper
4/5  rDev -7.2%

What an interesting offering from St. Arnold's. I have 3 bottles in the cellar that I'm going to age, so I may amend my review in the future.

A: Very dark. Almost pitch black, but with a very faint brownish red around the edges.

S: Powerful nutmeg and cinnamon with hints of clove. Has an incredibly distinct smell, unlike anything I've ever sampled.

T: The cinnamon and nutmeg hits like a ton of bricks. Very faint pumpkin taste and the 10% ABV is well disguised. Strong, but smooth.

M: A little grainy. The spices almost grind against your teeth and tongue. Moderate carbonation.

O: I'm back and forth on this beer. I can't decide if it's good or epic. It's simply so different than anything I've ever had that it's hard to make a decision. It's a definite must try if you can find it.

Piliper, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of depechemode1983
3.98/5  rDev -7.7%

A - Super dark brown in color. The head is decent. Its tan and somewhat foamy. It stays around for a couple of minutes but doesn't leave any lacing behind.

S - Very aromatic. Reminds me of a Yankee holiday candle. Tons of spice in the nose. Nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, licorice, and vanilla. It smell delicious.

T - Unique. Definitely getting alcohol. Sorta just hits you straight up. All the spices are there. As far as the spices clove is dominant. The end is sweet and hot. I think the alcohol could have been played better. Its way to noticeable. All the spices are great though.

M - Medium bodied. A little rough around the edges. The boozyiness doesn't help the finish.

O - It's not that I'm disappointed. It's just that I was expecting something a little more refined. I think this one could use a couple years of aging. I love hot beers but this one was way out there. I'm giving it a high score based on the spices used. You can really pick each one out and label it perfectly. But like I said before with a little less alcohol bite this beer would be bomb.

depechemode1983, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of diamondc
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%

A: Dark, not completely black. Nice head on the initial pour, but it fizzes out after a minute.

S: Cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, pumpkin lingers in the background. A bit of alcohol heat, too.

T: All the good pumpkin pie spices hit the tongue first, followed by a lite espresso/chocolate flavors. I really taste the pumpkin on the aftertaste. Hops are minimal, here. Well-done.

M: A bit thin for a double stout. Didn't really taste that much booze compared to other reviews. A bomber wasn't that hard to finish, despite all the spices.

O: Definitely the best pumpkin flavored beer I've had.

diamondc, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of davey101
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%

22 oz bomber into a DFH signature glass. The cap came off with a huge pressure release. Huge thanks to jl28r1 for this awesome extra!

A - Pitch black body. Zero light shines through. A decent frothy khaki head formed and receded to some solid edging. Lacing and retention is pretty weak.

S - Pumpkin pie spice followed by some dark roasty, chocolaty malts. The spice smells really natural, cinnamon, cloves, all spice, nutmeg, etc. I get the slightest hint of squash. This smells fantastic!

T - Not as impressive as the nose. Roasted bitter pumpkin followed by the full spice cabinet and some biscuity malts. The nutmeg is very strong on this one. There is a lot of sweetness which is balanced out by the spice and bitterness. The mouth feel is medium bodied, but for an imperial stout I was hoping for a bit more body. The alcohol isn't very noticeable though.

O - A really unique take on the pumpkin beer. This is my first pumpkin stout and I quite liked it. It wasn't the best pumpkin beer I've had, but it was the perfect beer for a chilly October afternoon.

davey101, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of nickhiller
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%

A: Dark, raisin colored. Pretty flat, little to no head.

S: Cinnamon, nutmeg, clove - But not overwhelming like potpourri or a yankee candle. Subtle, floral, delicious. Some chocolate in there too. Toast and gingerbread.

T: Pumpkin, of course. Strong but not too strong. Good depth of flavors. Toasty, with slight bourbon and vanilla undertones. Christmas pudding. Warming alcohol taste (in a good way).

M: Lighter than expected for how dark and flavorful it is, but still pretty good. Not very carbonated at all, smooth.

O: In general, I'm not a big fan of pumpkin beers or St. Arnold's regular line-up, but I am VERY impressed by this. Perfect beer for this time of year. Liked it so much after tasting it on tap that I called a number of different retailers so I could find bottles!

nickhiller, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of gtermi
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%

A: The beer pours a very dark brown, almost black. The head is pretty thin with a nice almond color.

S: I'm picking up a nice amount cinnamon, clove and a bit of all spice. It has a slight cider scent too. When I look deeper, I am getting some roasted malt and something that smells like Dr. Pepper

T: Wow this beer is crazy. The spices are amazing and go perfect with the chocolate type flavor. There is a tiny bit of roasted malt too.

M: The beer is pretty smooth, has a nice amount of carbonation and some crispness on the back of the throat.

O: This beer is freaking delicious. The spices are absolutely perfect and just blow me away on how ling it lingers. I am so glad that I bought so many bottles. I cant wait to see how this ages.

gtermi, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of SkipWeathers
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%

Appearance - little head, brownish-black color

Aroma - COLA

Taste - Coffee, cola, pumpkin pie, holiday spice

M - chalky but not unpleasant, sweetness, depth

Overall - Finally a pumpkin ale I can buy into. I like how they made it a confluence of an imperial stout and a pumpkin ale. The sweetness hits you up front, then followed by a bitterness of the stout. And of course the alcohol.

SkipWeathers, Oct 21, 2011
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