Pumpkinator (Bourbon Barrel Aged) | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: Pumpkin Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 47
Photo of Ford
4.98/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

One of the best barrel aged stouts I've had of any style. Smell is heaven and taste is even better. Great work by Saint Arnold. They truly have this one down and it does great justice to the excellent base pumpkin stout.

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Photo of JohnDon
4.32/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured 2018 edition from bottle to snifter glass.
Look: color is black with a finger thick head which dissipated quickly.
Smell: bourbon barrel, oak, pumpkin
Taste: delicious, oak, carmel malts, bourbon barrel as opposed to bourbon itself, pumpkin
Feel: medium body, light carbonation, creamy
Overall: excellent but expensive

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Photo of champ103
3.81/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a near opaque black color. On an aggressive pour, a two finger tan head forms. That recedes quickly, with light lace.
S: Pumpkin pie spice all the way up front. Vanilla, cinnamon, sugar, black liquorice. Then comes the bourbon wood barrels. Lots going on, and almost like a potpourri basket.
T: Like the nose, at first pumpkin spice with vanilla, cinnamon and brown sugar. That black liquorice and molasses flavor is present. The actual stout character is more prevalent, with bakers chocolate and roast. Barrel/wood notes in the finish. I find the spices much more balanced here, with better malt and barrel flavors.
M/O: A full body and moderate carbonation. With a sticky and viscous consistency. An interesting sipper, as there is noticeable heat with stout and pumpkin spice all intermingled.

I am no stranger to the barrel aged version of Pumkinator. Saint Arnold has done various versions from one offs at the brewery, to several Bishop Barrel releases. This is very much in line with all the other iterations I have had. Which is now a once a year release of coarse. I have had an up and down relationship with this beer, both barrel aged and regular. This is certainly enjoyable as is, but much prefer with at least a year or two aged as the spices are toned down (this can be magnificent). Anyway, a good beer with a cult following. I will try to always get some, as well as age some every year.

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Brown, sticky lacing on glass
S: Vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, bourbon, cola
T: Cinnamon, sweet malt, nutmeg, allspice, earthy bitterness, bourbon, vanilla, pumpkin pie, vanilla coke
M: Medium - thick, lower carb
O: Alcohol is very well hidden. Great balance between sweetness, spices and bourbon. A great example of the style even though I don't reach for pumpkin beers much anymore

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Photo of Treyliff
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

2017 vintage
12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours deep black color with a thin khaki head that has short retention and leaves just a ring around the edge

S- heavy pumpkin spice up front, led by cinnamon, along with clove, nutmeg & allspice. Undertones of cocoa, cola, dark chocolate & charred malt. Oaky bourbon aroma closes it out

T- flavor starts out with classic Pumkinator notes; cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, a bit of clove. Mid-palate immediately brings in strong bourbon barrel notes of woody oak, barrel juice, vanilla & caramel. The finish gives some charred malt, cocoa, vanilla and another hit of woody bourbon barrel that lingers along with more pumpkin spicing

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish, abv hidden well

O- an outstanding pumpkin ale, the amount of bourbon barrel matches perfectly with the pumpkin spicing and the maltiness of the base beer. One to be savored

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Photo of mothman
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2017 bottle

Tan head. Brown color.

Pumpkin spice and chocolate. Cocoa, cinnamon, vanilla, and lots of bourbon and barrel flavors. Everything blends and balances well here. The bourbon, the pumpkin and spice, and the stout base.

Really solid.

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Photo of ccnorthwest
4.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I rated this beer rather high because it was hands down the best pumpkin beer I have ever had. The nose is strong with the scent of purée'd pumpkin. The body is full but smooth. The finish is smooth with a great pumpkin "purée'd" finish. Yum!

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Photo of iamdavidcarr
4.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

First off, this is an amazing beer. Very potent at 12.50% ABV, but with the barrel aging you would never know. Very smooth, yet incredibly spicy beer. Pour yourself a snifter, slice a piece of pumpkin pie and enjoy.

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Pumpkinator (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.41 out of 5 with 47 ratings