Pumpkinator | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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

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.

http://www.saintarnold.com/beers/pumpkinator.html

Added by FUNKPhD on 10-14-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
931
Reviews:
154
Avg:
4.25
pDev:
12.47%
 
 
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206
Gots:
368
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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 needMIbeer
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sd123
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 10.7.13
2012 Vintage

A - Pours a opaque dark brown with a nice dark tan head with solid retention.

S - Pumpkin, gingerbread, cloves.

T - Lots of gingerbread with a nice subtle pumpkin finish.

D - Medium body with lower carbonation.

O - Nice fall spices and flavors. Nice stuff.

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Photo of ranger7
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 1 pint, 6 oz bottle (bottled 9/27/2013). Review from notes.
Consumed 11/10/2013.

A: Pitch black with small tan head that sticks around.

S: Nutmeg, clove, and allspice.

T: Spices, maybe a little pumpkin, but more of a stout with spice than a pumpkin beer. Dark and smooth.

M: Some carbonation, smooth, but a little fizzy at the end.

O: Greatness. The best pumpkin flavored beer I've had. The spices are prominent, but not too overpowering. The "stout" of the brew is very sneaky in alcohol. Label has no ABV, but I'd guess 8-9%. So glad I was able to track this down. See you again next year!

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

another pleasant surprise from cfh64. enjoyed from an elysian pumpkin mini snifter.

a - popped the cap and it said "Be a know it ale"...brew poured a watery black with a thin head of creamy tan bubbles that bubbled away leaving a fairly thick ring of head on the surface with small ponds of exposed beer.

s - really nice and zesty. smells like walking into a michael's craft store in august. really spectacular. i don't get much stout but the pot pouri autumn seasoning is really appetizing and not overwhelming. cinnamon and sugar and chocolate happiness.

t - YUM. starts off with chocolate and autumn seasoning pot pouri...then finishes off with some nice roast. whereas the nose has everything in the right place, i wish the pumpkin was dialed back a touch on the taste so i could enjoy the base stout more. that being said, still pretty good beer.

m - a bit fizzy. fairly light...almost has a porter like char to the body.

o - overall, good pumpkin beer. i had heard some rumblings that this was more of a stout with some pumpkin flavorings and i'd say it the other way around...it is a pumpkin beer with some stoutiness to it.

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Photo of jpjpjp
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TXGenX
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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)

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Stillmakingnoise
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ToddBeans
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Treebs
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle served in a CBS snifter. 2012 vintage. Big thanks to cfh64(Brad) for hitting this long time want.

A: Pours a dark black color with some dark brown edges where the light hits. A light tan head forms on the pour and it recedes to a thin collar.

S: Big pumpkin pie spice. Nutmeg and cinnamon with a sweet pie crust scent as well. Light pumpkin flesh with a smooth chocolate presence. Very good.

T: The stout and pumpkin ale flavors blend really nicely. Very spice forward with cinnamon and nutmeg up front with a big burst of roasted malts, chocolate and pie crust in the middle. The finish is slightly sweet pie crust with a hint of rich chocolate and roasted malts.

M: Medium bodied with a roasty and spiced finish. Slightly sweet as well with a medium carbonation.

O: I would have liked a little more body to the beer, but it was still really good and the underlying stout flavors really blended nicely with the pumpkin ale. The booze is well hidden as well.

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Photo of GregSVT
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

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.

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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 Brian29
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of deakin
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of OneEye78
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of HipCzech
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 1 pt 6 oz bottle (2013) poured into a 9 oz Libbey Embassy snifter.

Appearance: Deep, dark brown with slight reddish tint. Thin head of khaki foam recedes to hazy cap with spotty lace.

Smell: Holiday spices dominate: nutmeg, cinnamon, clove. Dried fruits.

Taste: Roasted malt body with molasses, cocoa, warm spices, burnt gingerbread. Slight lemon zest, cola notes and bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, almost light, with moderate carbonation. More drinkable than expected.

Overall: Relatively light for an imperial stout, but a great base for powerful pumpkin pie spice. A step ahead of most pumpkin ales.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 srhoadsy
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First a shout out to my dad for bringing me three bottles of this back from his recent trip to San Antonio.

Served chilled into a tulip.

Pours a rich mahogany color with a quarter inch of dark tan head that quickly recedes leaving no surface layer and very light lacing.

Strong aromas of nutmeg and cinnamon with a hint of booze.

Immediate flavors of pumpkin pie spices and toasted pumpkin. Hints of booze and a mild earthiness that reminded of Elysian's "Great Pumpkin".

Heavy bodied but not overboard for the style. Light carbonation with a spicy, sweet finish and lingering aftertaste.

A nicely crafted pumpkin ale. Would make a great dessert beer or winter warmer. Will definitely have again.

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

Photo of DanielBarba
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%

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

Pumpkinator from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
4.25 out of 5 based on 931 ratings.
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