Pumpkinator
Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Style:
Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #1
ABV:
10%
Score:
95
Ranked #721
Avg:
4.32 | pDev: 12.04%
Reviews:
164
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Notes: 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 KensWorld
4.78/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2019 vintage, bottled 10/02/2019, drank 1/6/2020

Had this with my wife's fresh baked pumpkin pie and I have to say they both not just complimented each other, they are almost identical in smell, flavor & feel. Solid or liquid its hard to tell the difference. Basically this Imperial Pumpkin Ale is so spot on that it fools the senses. I want to rate it a 5.00 but I have not tried enough of this style to crown it the king of style. Will be back in future to update after trying more of this style

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KensWorld from Florida, Jan 08, 2020
Photo of MattDecker
4.69/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2019 edition

Look: pours a deep brown with small, quickly reversing foam head. Foam head has a lovely pumpkin tint to the dark tan foam.
Smell: nutmeg, all spice/clove, malt
Taste: rich, dark creamy malt, nutmeg/all spice/clove peppers it's way subtle, maybe some chocolate and ironically, not much pumpkin flavor. Tastes like the rich fall spice (that nutmeg/allspice/clove combo) smells and is really well balanced.
Feel: excellent mouthfell, rich and creamy, full body
Overall: really fricken good! Personally, I'd prefer an even deeper, Fuller body and bolder complex full flavors. Thats why I got the bourbon barrel version and based on how great this one is, that one will likely be a top 10 for me. Delicious!
Overall:

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Photo of Furlinator
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rich, roasty, malty stout notes with sweet pumpkin accents. Autumn spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and cloves are not over done. Nice texture and very drinkable for a 10% ABV. Well done.

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Furlinator from California, Nov 30, 2018
Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer poured black with a light moch colored head and no visible carbonation.

Smell - Cinnamon and nutmeg were big in the nose.

Taste - The taste was really well balanced. There were notes of ginger, chocolate, nutmeg, and just enough cinnamon. Too much cinnamon would literally make this a hot mess; this was spot-on. The spices lingered nicely.

Mouthfeel - Great viscosity allowed the spice to linger.

Overall - This is a top of the line pumpkin beer.

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Photo of Mister_DIB
3.86/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good punkin brew.. smells a bit like a yankee candle, but that'll make you feel wrapped in holiday cheer. Overall, doesn't taste like a pumpkin pie, but good spice.

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Photo of JohnDon
3.77/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had the 2017 edition poured from large bottle. The look was a little darker than expected but was good. Not much to the smell, which was disappointing. Tasted boozy even for a beer that comes in at its ABV.

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JohnDon from Texas, Oct 29, 2017
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3.42/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

First off, I am not a pumpkin fan. The bottle says 2016, it poured a very dark coffee color with a very slight medium dark head that goes away immediately. The first smells that I detected was cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. I couldn’t really smell pumpkin. It has very little carbonation. Almost tastes flat. I could not taste any pumpkin (not a bad thing since I don’t like it). It’s strong at 11% but I couldn’t really taste the alcohol. I started with it cold from the fridge but it seems to get more flavorful as it warms. You really taste the cinnamon and clove with some what of a licorice flavor, to me at least. It’s not sweet but it reminds you of things that are. It will definitely remind you of thanksgiving. The abv will sneak up on you so beware. It hits you like a giant pumpkin hammer. My wife had about 4 or 5 oz and I drank the rest of the bomber over an hour. It’s a nice seasonal brew, I’ll get another to have if we ever get some cold weather.

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Photo of darktronica
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A high-quality pumpkin seasonal, as evidenced by their Gold medal at 2017 GABF. Pumpkinator takes a less common approach by being a pumpkin stout, and it's relatively spice-forward. This won't necessarily be to everyone's taste, but it is definitely one of the best executed pumpkin beers that aims for the pie crowd rather than the autumn gourd concept.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark brown-bodied pour, moderate head, nice lacing & a rich silky appearance.
Smells like pumpkin spice, alcohol and a hint of vanilla, & in that order.
Taste is molasses and caramel, a sweet core to this beer, then with nutmeg/ pumpkin spice, cinnamon, and some vanilla spice caps it off. Then I pick up some burnt graham cracker/ some char.
Feel is silky smooth, fluffy-medium, nice stuff.
Complex flavor, and much nicer than I expected based on the initial aroma of it.
One of the best pumpkin beers I've ever had...safely a top 3.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance had a dark black almost brown color with no head in the snifter but a two fingered white head in the pint glass, am I arguing - no way, its all good (fit happy looking emoticon right here, right now). The lacing is a bit to be desired in snifter, but the pint glass, wow - nice clinging effect gracing ever so nicely. The smell had pumpkin up front graced with a nice allspice and ginger sort of background (sweet yet a spicy of sorts) and a decent roasty coffee yet almost leading to a fairly good chocolate of sorts in the aroma. The taste was sweet but a pumpkin-ness of sorts spiciness flavoring. The aftertaste is a bit misleading as there’s a super amount of Pumpkin coming through helping to overtake the stout-like features of this brew. There is a dry spicy finish. On the palate, it sits about a medium on the body and leaves a decent coating of pumpkin sweetness clinging to the mouth and tongue. Carbonation is good for the style of a Double Stout and is still good to me. Overall, spectacular pumpkin flavored Imperial Stout that I would have again.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Saint Arnold Brewing Co. "Pumpkinator"
on tap @ Craft Pride, Austin, TX on 5 November 2015
$6.50 / 10 oz.

Notes: Dark brown-black with ruby highlights beneath a short head of off-white. Smells of gingerbread cake with cinnamon at the front. The flavor is sweetish with a gentle medium-dark caramelish malt that comes off like Graham crackers with the spice mixed in, some darker molasses, and the expected spicing (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, clove). It's not overdone, and the caramel and lightly cocoa-ish/chocolatey malt balance perfectly. Moderately bitterness. Medium bodied and crisp. Finished dry with an ashen roastiness like that of bittersweet chocolate a mist of alcohol, and soft, lingering spice. Pretty decent overall: well-balanced, not overly spiced, and competent as a beer beyond the spicing - one of the better pumpkin beers I've sampled, and also nice at 10% ABV whereas it could have gotten out of hand but didn't.

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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania, Jan 20, 2017
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3.88/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bottle poured into tight nonic
(9/29/16 born-on date)

L: clear brown-amber, mahogany, as it pours out of bottle; super dark copper highlights up to the light -- can't see through middle of glass ... it's pure black; pushes up over an inch of thick tan foam, big head, looks sticky around edges and it lingers for more than 2-3 minutes; keeps a thick collar of tan foam, slight skin; only a bit of sticking and lacing but otherwise a beautiful beer

S: very earthy pumpkin/pumpkin rind, a little allspice/nutmeg, sweet at end of each whiff and there's just a little roasted malt; as it warms, red wine, molasses ... a red wine on the fruitier/sweet side, not as sweet as a white dessert wine but much sweeter than the average red; molasses really takes over as you get into the glass ... raisins, dates, raisin bread

T: tingly black pepper on tongue right away with a ton of Christmas-like spice in middle, nutmeg, allspice, maybe a pinch of clove, then the earthy pumpkin takes over on the back end; roasted pumpkin rind ... like a big dirt-hop bite that's relatively bitter, but it's not medicinal; little sweetness to start with

F: thick midweight with a lot of carbonation

O: solid brew ... the pumpkin shows up right away in the aroma, while the spices live more in the flavor -- they're a bit mixed up and muddled, but the overall effect is good; a beer I would probably prefer to age, for the dark malt exists more in the appearance than anywhere else ... still, a good beer and one pumpkin ale fans should love

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Premo88 from Texas, Dec 19, 2016
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4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Black glass holds a thin halo of brown bubbles. Opaque, legs.

Aroma: Heady mix of big stout beer and pumpkin spices. Brown sugar sweetness, bit of gingerbread.

Taste: Malty rich stout is heavily infused with spices. Gingerbread is strong and good, little raisin, hints of alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Heavy body, low carbonation, numbing alcohol, slick texture, solid chew.

Overall: A seasonable celebration, big beer is probably best shared but I will take the bomber and want more. The spices are strong so I think ratings will vary by age and preference for the spice. I'll be looking for more as often as possible.

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Photo of Slack
3.93/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber brown to brown in color and clear on the edges with a minor partial ring of head remaining. Minimal lacing on a swirl.

Nose is very spicy - clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, anise and minor pumpkin.

Taste is bourbon, caramel, vegetal pumpkin, oak, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, and minor booze.

Mouthful is medium and a bit rough. Carbonation is average. Finish is semi dry.

Perhaps I was expecting alot considering the high ratings of this beer. I found that the vegetal pumpkin flavor overwhelmed. The bourbon barrel is nice but disjointed from the pumpkin creating a bourbon front end and veggie pumpkin backend. I am inclined to think a year or so aging may make it better.

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Slack from Virginia, Nov 20, 2016
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3.81/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark red brown, filling to black, with a half finger tan head that fizzles out to a thin ring.

Smell is roasted pumpkin, pie spices mainly consisting of ginger and cinnamon, and nicely roasted chocolatey malts and graham cracker crust.

Taste is tangy graham malt, but roasted with an almost black licorice after taste and a touch of pumpkin. On the spice front, more ginger than cinnamon comes in, making the full effect a chocolatey pumpkin ginger snap. Very unique!

Feel is surprisingly crisp, with a medium slick body, finishing semi-dry.

2015 vintage

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Sabtos from Ohio, Nov 01, 2016
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4.04/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2016 vintage

Poured brown out of the bottle.. black with dark ruby edges in the glass.. half a finger khaki head. Little carbonation.

Very spice forward on the nose. Nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin spice, slight roast

A lot going on in the taste but very very balanced.. everything in the nose is in the taste.

Very thin

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Rcaros from Texas, Oct 29, 2016
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4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 Bottle 297 out of 300. Holding up fairly well. Lots of spices. Vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin flesh. Medium bodied, full flavored. Probably the best pumpkin stout out there.

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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts, Oct 27, 2016
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a finger of dense tan head that fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass
S: Smells of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices with notes of cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg
T: Taste is pumpkin, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, slight roasted malt, hint of brown sugar as well. Swallow is pumpkin, roasted malt and more pie spice
M: Heavier side of medium in body with slightly prickly carbonation and a drying finish
O: Probably one of the best pumpkin beers out there. Loads of spice and pumpkin flavor with some nice notes provided by the base beer.

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SHODriver from North Carolina, Mar 02, 2016
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4.01/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber. Pours deep brown, almost black, thin tan head. Pumpkin pie spice, rich aroma. Taste is powerful, a little sharp with the spice, better as it warms. Some booziness present. Thin oily mouthfeel. Overall good for an imperial pumpkin, was hoping for more subtle spice and could be a bit thicker.

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NolaHopHead from Louisiana, Feb 14, 2016
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4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really nice pumpkin stout. Spice comes through most and then pumpkin flavor which all blends together with lighter stout. Blend is fantastic. One of the better pumpkin beers I've had.

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Kevinpitts from Illinois, Jan 17, 2016
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

N: cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin spice

T: sticky sugary syrup and molasses. Tons of spice

F: thick, light to med mouthfeel.

O: fair beer. Their BB8 is way better.

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MacSon1982 from Florida, Dec 12, 2015
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4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

All my previous pumpkin beers being ales, I was taken aback by this one being near-black, not realizing it's a stout. Would have liked a lot more of a head from it; unrestrained pouring gave it barely much at all, but the deep, dark brown opaque color of the brew is nice.

The smell is fantastic. Might be my favorite and probably the best smelling pumpkin beer I've had. It carries the sweet, pumpkin pie-ness of greats such as Pumking and Whole Hog, but with a heavier, darker character that's probably coming from the molasses, giving it an aroma you'd expect from a stout version of this style. There aren't many beers where I've felt like just sticking my nose in the glass for hours (e.g. Breakfast Stout), but this is one of them.

By contrast, it's one of the strangest letdowns I've ever had from smell to taste. It's a little bit muddled and grimey, faintly burnt. Not horrible, by any means, but certainly not living up to the smell. I prefer my beers warmer than most drinkers, but especially this one needs to be drunk closer to room temperature to give the flavor some chance.

Part of the taste disappointment comes on the thinner body feel than was both expected and than seems suitable for any stout, let alone a pumpkin one.

Again, not a bad beer, by any means, and the real apex and celebration is in the nose, but the taste is just too vague, and the feel too thin to make it a slam dunk. Worth repeating, but not ad infinitum like some others.

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Photo of Brittian
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Looks: extreamly dark, black, dark tan head, fine lacing

Smell: pumpkin but faint

Taste: burnt pumpkin upfront, finishes out with a malty. burnt, ever so slightly bitter, pumpkin

Feel: quite thin mouth feel for a stout, best in a goblet like glass for smoothness; a pint glass makes the beer stagnate

Overall: good seasonal beer, very different than most

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Brittian from Oregon, Nov 30, 2015
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4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Treated as an American Double/Imperial Stout because that's what I thought it was, I poured this into a snifter.
I see on Beer Advocate that it is not. Oh well, next time I get one sent to me, I'll pour into a pint glass for proper review. Here's the rest on my take on this one.
The appearance was a dark brown almost close to black color with a one finger white to off white foamy head that dissipated within about less than a minute. Some stringy lacing glosses all around the glass nicely.
The smell took in the pumpkin along with the spices (ginger, cinnamon, and allspice) and bleeds into the chocolate very nicely. Light coffee also comes in slightly in a roasty sort of way.
The taste involves the spices running into the sweetness of this package deal of the cocoa and pumpkin for a nice all around balance. The aftertaste is sly and mostly misleading as the cocoa and pumpkin start but end up sliding out as it warms. I think I liked that aftertaste but it just seemed different a bit.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a nice sipping quality about it. Carbonation seemed to run right as a Double/Imperial Stout to me given that the stronger stout-like qualities and ABV allow less "pumpkin" spice to hit my tongue.
Overall, still, I liked it for me, no matter what BA says it is. I don't live in Texas, so I don't know the brewer's intentions though I don't think this is a straight up pumpkin ale. Just drink it and be happy.

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Photo of JohnDee
3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours almost black with a tan head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is mild with hints of nutmeg. The taste, however, is anything but mild. Bold, almost harsh. Spice flavors and alcohol are dominant. Hops are a little too assertive for my taste, but tolerable. One of the better heavily spiced pumpkin ales.

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JohnDee from Texas, Nov 19, 2015
Pumpkinator from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 1001 ratings