Pumpkinator | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

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.


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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of Premo88
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
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 ... in fact, if this were labeled a pumpkin ale and not a stout, I'd buy it; I bet a year or more in the fridge would give that malt a chance to contribute more; still, a good beer and one pumpkin ale fans should love

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Photo of HardTarget
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
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 -7.5%
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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Photo of Sabtos
3.81/5  rDev -10.4%
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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Photo of Rcaros
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
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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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
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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Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
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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Photo of Kevinpitts
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
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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Photo of MacSon1982
4.25/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of Chris_Huston
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
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 -2.8%
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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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
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 -7.1%
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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Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the bar looking like a headless stout and a bit of a swirl adds a smidgen of foam and a few dots of lacing

Smell: Pumpkin pie spices jut forward, with cinnamon, ginger, allspice, nutmeg and clove; supporting the spices are chocolate, pumpkin, burnt brown sugar and molasses tones

Taste: On the tastebuds, the reverse of the aromatics, as the chocolate, molasses, burnt brown sugar and pumpkin tones support the spices through the middle; it is the spice flavors, however, that linger into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: Had the Divine Reserve #9 in the bottle but this version, on tap was a much better experience

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Photo of Catracho5
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle poured into tulip

A: Pours pitch black, no head retention, not much carbonation, strange, head fizzled like a fuse on a firecracker, all gone, cap came off real easy, strange.

A: Pumpkin, spice, nutmeg, not getting any stout notes, has a big aroma.

T: Pumpkin, spice and nutmeg upfront, then there's some stout notes like chocolate, dark fruits, moderate bitterness in the middle, finishes with a pumpkin and spice aftertaste, dry finish.

M: Medium bodied, slightly more, dry finish, a little low on the carbonation.

O: This is pretty good, lots of flavors, big flavors, it's pumpkin ale and stout nice blended together, picked this up in a trade but if available in my area I would buy it.

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Photo of Austin32
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yeah what can I say that has not already been said. If you are not into pumpkin beers and haven't had this one, give it a try and it may change your mind. If you are into pumpkin beers give it a try because it is one of if not the best around. Very comparable to warlock but smoother with a better balance of spices and flavor IMO.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.9/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured into a standard English stout glass.

A - 3.75 - Pours an extremely dark brown, almost black color. Forms up about a finger of tan colored, quickly dissipating head. No lacing to be seen. Weak head potential and retention, but forgivable at the high ABV.

S - 5 - Wow, what a spicy nose this beer holds. Ridiculous amounts of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, allspice, vanilla bean, pumpkin meat and just the lightest biscuity malt aroma.

T - 5 - Can't believe how good this is. This beer is SPICY, there is a huge amount of the aforementioned spices in the taste, its a ridiculous big taste, a slow sipper to be sure, but it doesn't taste forced or artificial, just really, really well done. A good amount of true pumpkin meat flavor, vanilla and a bit of malt to let you know this is indeed a stout at the end of the day.

F - 4.75 - Has a noticeably oily and decent thick mouthfeel. Goes down smooth.

O - 5 - This is hands down the best pumpkin stout I've ever had, Warlock can step aside because Pumpkinator definitely reigns supreme for me.

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Photo of BayouBengal1537
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 poured into stout glass. Pours a dark brown color with small tan head that quickly dissipates. Looks jet black in the glass, no lacing to be seen. The aroma is big cinnamon, spices, nutmeg, brown sugar, pumpkin. Taste is big on the cinnamon and spices. I got more of the raw pumpkin, graham cracker taste as it warmed. Feel was creamy and smooth for a 10% beer. Overall, I thought this beer was best enjoyed when it was almost a room temp. This is definitely the biggest pumpkin beer I've ever had.

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Photo of puck1225
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got it as part of a Halloween themed flight. A strong cinnamon flavor up front with more subtle pumpkin and nutmeg following. It has a crisp and clean smell and a smooth feel I the mouth. I will look forward to it again next year.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Not a whole lot of head was generated from my basic pour, maybe a half inch that turns to a skim in no time. Body is blackness that has only hints of mahogany when held to light. Nose is of smokey spice and sweet pumpkin pulp. The flavor profile here is unlike most pumpkin beers where there is a heavy spice and or pumpkin presence. There is black strap molasses, smokey dark chocolate and dark fruits that are slightly soured. Turns more choclatey as it warms up. I total recommend Pettit this beer warm to closer to room temperature before enjoying.

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Photo of Myotus
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle (bottled 10Aug15) into a Spiegelau stout glass.
LOOK: Pours with a finger and half worth of khaki foam that dissipates into a half finger's worth after 1 minute. Black in color with an orange tint. There is a large amount of very small rising bubbles. Lacing is thick and high.
SMELL: Has strong aromas of nutmeg and alcohol that combine with mild aromas of pumpkin, bittersweet chocolate and subtle aromas of molasses, cinnamon, and bitter roasted malts.
TASTE: Strong flavors of nutmeg and mild flavors of pumpkin enter initially. Mild bittersweet chocolate, molasses, and alcohol flavors enter right after. Mild cinnamon and hints of bitter roasted malt flavors enter lastly as all flavors persist, except for pumpkin, which grow slightly stronger.
FEEL: Medium-bodied with hints of carbonation. Goes down smooth, but not creamy. Ends with a dry finish.
NOTE: The alcohol perception was too much for me along with the nutmeg. Of course, if you love that alcohol warmth, you will love this beer. That being said, even with the alcohol bite that I do not enjoy, this was still a tasty brew.

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Photo of Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Ordered this beer on draft from a keg dated 2014 (roughly a year old). Much smoother then I remember it being when drank shortly after bottling. The one-year has made it slightly smoother in feel. Smell is strongly pumpkin. Taste is the closest Ive found to strong pumpkin-pie (against all other pumpkins beers Ive had). Not a huge fan of pumpkin beers, but if you are, then this would be a great one to try.

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Photo of Dolphinsmarlins1
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 2013 into a snifter. The dominating feature of this one is the spicy nose on this one. Additionally, its one of the more "pumpkiney" beers I've tasted. For its ABV, it is deceptively light bodied. Overall, a pretty good brew; I wonder if it would have tasted better fresh.

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