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

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153
Ratings:
927
Avg:
4.25
pDev:
12.47%
 
 
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Photo of ms11781
2.45/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to duff247. 2011 vintage. 22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a very deep, dark brown. It's nearly black but not quite. There is a bit of fizzy foam that develops but it disappears almost immediately. There isn't really any lacing to speak of either. The beer looks fairly thin, especially for a stout of this size.

The nose is full of spice, notably cinnamon and nutmeg. Both are dominant and make the other aroma really fight to get to the forefront. Some clove does make it's way to the surface as does a slight bit of roast. There is no hint of pumpkin here at all.

The taste seems to be even heavier on the cinnamon. There is a good deal of nutmeg too but the cinnamon is nearly overpowering. The finish saps the mouth of any moistness, almost as if you tried to swallow a mouthfull of actual, dry ground cinnamon. There isn't really much going on here aside from the big spice notes. Perhaps there is but it's drowned out by the strong cinnamon.

This feels a bit thin for a 10% ABV stout. The carbonation is not all that high but it is a bit high for the style. The body almost feels closer to a decent sized porter than to a big stout.

This beer missed the mark for me. There was no pumpkin that I could detect whatsoever and a huge cinnamon note took over in the taste and didn't let go. I'd like to think that maybe a fresh bottle had some pumpkin to stand up to and compliment the spice notes but I thiink the body would still be lacking for it to work.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to injuredreserve for throwing in this crazy extra.

Appearance: Deep, dark brown/amber with some deeper red hues when held to direct light. Head is a nice khaki, creamy, and fluffy to start. Drops to a a darker tan ring in short order. Almost no cap to speak of. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Cocoa dusted pumpkin bread. Laden with fall spices (clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, allspice) and chocolate. Cocoa, dark chocolate pieces, some lighter milk chocolate as well. Big roasted compliment coming through the back. Pie crust. Buttery and crumbly. It smells like dessert. Aggressive, spiced pumpkin chocolate bread. Caramel malts add a nice layer of sweetness. Some underlying pumpkin flesh as well.

Taste: Almost as big as the nose, but not quite. Big punch of spice that never dials back and grows as the beer warms. Allspice and cinnamon dominate. Incredibly malty. Roasted malts coupled with some cooked caramel malts as well. A touch of burnt malts run through the back. Pumpkin takes a back seat, offering up some faint hints in the back. Mildly toasted. Pushes toward brown sugar at times. Dialed down chocolate presence, big on the cocoa. Warming turns this in to an aggressive spice stout. Balance fades.

Mouthfeel: Body is on the heavier side of medium. Moderate carbonation works well with the flavors. Some lingering alcohol dryness. Smooth and just a touch creamy.

Overall: Burly as hell, but the muscles are just for show.

Easily one of the better takes on a pumpkin stout. Spices feel a little out of whack in the long run, but the whole dessert thing is interesting enough to keep it going. Split this between 3-4 people and it would be ideal.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on Thanksgiving night

Appearance: Cloudy, cola brown; light head, very little retention; some lacing.

Smell: pumpkin pie, cinnamon, leather

Taste: hard core pumpkin pie! Lots of cinnamon and nutmeg. Maple syrup. Smooth, black pepper finish.

Mouthfeel: medium with strong carbonation. Fizzes on the tongue.

Overall: Best pumpkin beer I've tried. Solid, robust. Great with ham and turkey. This is the perfect finish to Thanksgiving. I know what I'm thankful for.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.47/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle split two ways

A: Pours a shade from black with a finger of head that quickly recedes to a ring around the beer.

S: Cinnamon, nutmeg, apple cobbler, and a hint of roast.

T: Strong cinnamon and nutmeg up front - I get more apple cobbler than I get pumpkin pie, but this is still very nice. I get strong dark chocolate and mild roast.

M: A bit above medium mouthfeel with adequate carbonation.

O: More of a pumpkin beer than a stout, but still decent. There is certainly a stout base underneath all these spices, but I'd like to taste a bit more of it.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark dark brown. Touch of off-white head. Looks pretty solid. Smells incredible. Like a chocolate spiced pumpkin pie with cloves and cinnamon. Tastes the same. I'm quite impressed. The pumpkin pie melds with the chocolate quite well. A bit over carbonated but very nice overall

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Photo of Mikecap
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Poured jet black with one finger of dark brown head that fades slowly, spots of chunky lacing stick on the sides of my tulip glass.

Smell: Lots of cinnamon and brown sugar, some burnt pumpkin, and then I get notes of chocolate, coffee, and more roastiness. Pumpkin character is there, but I get a lot of stout quality, impressive.

Taste: Brown sugar, burnt pumpkin and cinnamon come to mind. I get some nutmeg and allspice as well. Some chocolate character as well, but a good balance without overdoing the allspice as some pumpkin ales tend to do.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a fairly smooth texture. Alcohol well hidden and this drinks nicely without being overly cloying.

Overall: I thought this was fantastic. I really enjoy pumpkin in a stout setting so this hit home with me. I will definitely be purchasing some more!

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, the centerpiece of a recent trade with BeerHunter76 (thanks man) split 3 ways into pint glasses.

A: Very dark brown body with red highlights...half finger of lighter tan head, light lacing.

S: Holiday spices dominate but there is a fair amount of chocolate here as well...moderate suggestion of pumpkin as well. Cinnamon is pretty dominant, hints of nutmeg, ginger and clove as well.

T: Cinnamon upfront again, with moderate creamy chocolate/roast notes and lighter suggestions of pumpkin pie. Not vegetable-like, which is a huge plus. Clove and ginger spices as well...cinnamon is pulling but the creamy chocolate delivers.

MF: Creamier feel, higher carbonation but no complaint here with the assortment of flavors. Body is about medium, with a pulling spiciness that isn't distracting.

O: Complimentary spices and holiday flavors with a surprising chocolate presence makes this a nice pumpkin stout. Definitely one to seek out if you like pumpkin beers.

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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 videofrog
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a dimpled stein. Bottled on 9/24/12.

A: Dark black with a thick beige head. Head retention is excellent and sticks around all the way down the glass with sporadic lacing.

S: Pumpkin puree and spices, cinnamon mostly.

T: Pumpkin is up front with cinnamon and clove stronger than I thought they'd be after 7 months. A layer of sweet chocolate mixed with roasted malt is there as well. Earthy hops and alcohol in the finish.

M: Nice, thick, and creamy. A bit thin for what you'd expect from an impy stout, though.

O: My cellar got a little backed up and it took a while to get to this one. It was probably better that way as I typically don't like the strength of cinnamon & spices in pumpkin beers when they're young. Will try and grab 2 this fall when it comes back out.

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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 jngrizzaffi
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark black color with small head and mild lacing. Actually disappointed in this aspect of it. The sweet pumpkin aroma is very overpowering, though. It is about all you can smell. Malty taste up front, followed by overwhelming pumpkin spices. Very mild bitter aftertaste. While good, the taste did get a little sweet after a while. I will say that this was from the 2013 Fall batch, so the pumpkin taste had more time to pop out. I would want to try the 2014 batch to see how it may differ. Would be a great beer for an after Thanksgiving dinner with dessert.

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22oz Bomber with bottle cap featuring "Peace, Love, Beer" text bottled on 10/02/14. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a deep black with faint mahogany hues and a 1 finger of tan head

Smell: Pumpkin, brown sugar, and fall spices including molasses and brown sugar

Taste: Similar to the aroma with a hop presence in the middle with some more of the roasted malt coming in the finish and extremely well balanced

Mouthfeel: Slightly thinner compared to how heavy the aroma and taste make this beer feel and considering the ABV

Overall: An incredible pumpkin beer that puts many to shame. It is very well balanced and full of flavor. Compared to others, the spice is ample but doesn't go overboard and still allows the hops, malt, and yeast to be present. A fantastic desert beer that compliments the time of year it arrives.

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Photo of azdback
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Bruery snifter. Almost all light sucking black. Two finger, creamy latte colored head. Lace is minimal but hanging in there.

Smell is quite pumpkin spicy, nutmeg, cinnamon. Sweet, brown sugar.

Taste is a lot like cinnamon sugar toast. Some alcohol and as this sits on the palate I do get some raw pumpkin/squash flavors. As this exits my nose I get a cherry coke flavor. Interesting but nice.

Mouth is a bit thin for an Imperial Stout but carbonation is on the high side. Body is medium and the finish is long and on the wet side.

Overall I am really enjoying this. Probably the tastiest pumpkin beer I have tried to date. Not all pumpkin or all pumpkin pie spice but a nice combination of the two. Thanks to injuredreserve for the chance.

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Photo of DavidST
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. This pours an almost black color with an okay tan head which quickly dissipates. The smell is definitely of pumpkin and spice, there are a little roasted malts underneath. The feel is medium to thick and creamy. The taste is pretty good, deep dark roasted malts, lots of pumpkin and spices, overall very good.

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Photo of beerdrifter
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Becca for the hookup on this one! Dark brown, almost black pour with a half finger beige head that fades really quickly with almost no lacing. The nose is huge and complex with hints of clove, licorice, nutmeg, cinnamon, and chocolate. The taste is big and bold and complex as well. Tons of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg up front along with hints of licorice, anise, chocolate, cardamon, molasses, pumpkin, vanilla, and ginger. The mouthfeel is slightly thick and syrupy and definitely a sipper. The alcohol is well hidden for a 10% beer. Definitely a great winter beer perfect for a cold evening in front of the fire. Very impressive offering.

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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 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 dcloeren
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into my Duvel Tulip.
"You got ale"

Pours a dark coffee brown with 2 fingers of khaki colored head. The head dissipated quickly into a thin film. Definitely has some thick legs on it, leaves some spotty lacing.

Great aroma! Lots of spice, mainly nutmeg, all spice and cinnamon, along with some nice pumpkin notes and cacao. Smells what I would imagine fresh baked chocolate pumpkin pie to smell like.

Taste follows the nose to the T. The taste really comes alive once this stout to warmS up. Great spice, just the right amount of pumpkin and some great chocolate notes on the back end.

Medium bodied with a touch too much carbonation for me at first. Once the beer has had a little time to breathe, it mellows a bit and becomes alot more pleasant. A little thinner than I would have liked but it absolutely coats every
millimeter of your mouth with each sip.

Overall, this is one of, if not, the best pumpkin beer that I have had. I wish that it was thick and chewy but the aroma and taste make up for the thinner body. Glad that I was able to pick up a few to age and spread around. Saint Arnolds is definitely moving up in the world!

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Photo of beeragent
4.89/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A - Pours a deep dark brown, appearing jet black in the glass, forming a 1/4 inch mocha head. Light lacing on the glass.

S - Amazing aroma of roasted malt, pumpkin, and spices!

T - Nice blend of roasted malts, chocolate, pumpkin, and pumpkin pie spices. The flavors meld incredibly well, all present together rather than jumping out seperately. Alcohol is very well hidden.

M- Perfect heavy body, low carbonation, and very smooth.

D - Worth every penny!! This is by far my favorite Saint Arnold beer. Just amazing and very unique flavor which really sets this apart from your average Imperial Stout.

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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 davey101
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber into a DFH signature glass. The cap came off with a huge pressure release. Huge thanks to jl28r1 for this awesome extra!

A - Pitch black body. Zero light shines through. A decent frothy khaki head formed and receded to some solid edging. Lacing and retention is pretty weak.

S - Pumpkin pie spice followed by some dark roasty, chocolaty malts. The spice smells really natural, cinnamon, cloves, all spice, nutmeg, etc. I get the slightest hint of squash. This smells fantastic!

T - Not as impressive as the nose. Roasted bitter pumpkin followed by the full spice cabinet and some biscuity malts. The nutmeg is very strong on this one. There is a lot of sweetness which is balanced out by the spice and bitterness. The mouth feel is medium bodied, but for an imperial stout I was hoping for a bit more body. The alcohol isn't very noticeable though.

O - A really unique take on the pumpkin beer. This is my first pumpkin stout and I quite liked it. It wasn't the best pumpkin beer I've had, but it was the perfect beer for a chilly October afternoon.

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Photo of JGlitz87
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 Bottle

A: Dark, almost black with very little head.

S: Pumpkin, roasted malts, and spice.

T: Great balance of stout and pumpkin. Hints of spice add a nice flavor profile.

F: Medium to thick body with low levels of carbonation.

O: One of the better pumpkin beers I have had this season, and I have had quite a few. Not too pumpkiny but noticeably a pumpkin beer. If you can find it, grab it.

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Photo of mjurney
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Edition.

Appearance:
Pitch black. Creamy beige head.

Aroma:
Sweet aroma. Lots of sweet spices... Cinnamon, nutmeg, some brown sugar. There some pumpkin.

Taste:
Sweet pumpkin up front along with spices at the end. There good amount of nice bready malts, ginger bread with a touch of sweet molasses. Dark fruity character. Holiday spices towards the finish.

Body:
Medium, not too heavy.

Finish:
Spices. A little alcohol warmth. Smooth.

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Photo of zookerman182
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance is a dark brown with a one finger brown foamy head.
Aroma is massive spice. All spice, cinnamon, ginger, pumpkin pie spice.
Taste is not as intense as the nose. Still a bunch of spice. Not a lot of pumpkin or crust.
Mouthfeel is medium and you can really taste the alcohol.
It's pretty overwhelming in flavor and aroma.
Not my favorite pumpkin beer but its not bad.
I couldn't drink much of it.

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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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Pumpkinator from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
4.25 out of 5 based on 927 ratings.
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