Pumpkinator (Bourbon Barrel Aged) | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States
saintarnold.com

Style: Pumpkin Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,071
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
47
pDev:
8.84%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
13
Trade:
0
 
User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 47
Reviews by Ford:
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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More User Reviews:
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 BKotch
4.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.98/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 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 spycow
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Rifugium
3.52/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of valkyre65
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PhatAtUT
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of oline73
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nathanmiller
4.9/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.36/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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 greenspointexas
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of blindpiggie
4/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of SocalKicks
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of twincano
4/5  rDev -9.3%

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

Photo of dkw0063
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Wayne17
3.83/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ben7773
4.96/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of akang
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of JamesStreet
4.26/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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