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Pumpkinator | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
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 Austin32
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
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%
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 -1.6%
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 -1.9%
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 -0.2%
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 -4%
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 -1.2%
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 -4.7%
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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Photo of Jovial_Libations
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L- Chocolatelty brown with little carbonation.
S - Graham crackers and fresh pumpkin pie.
T- Graham crackers, pumkin pie, vanilla, cinnamon.
F - Surprisingly light and drinkable for a 10% stout.
O - Reminds me of Big Shanty Graham Cracker Stout a lot. My fav beer from this brewery other than the BB series.

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Photo of HipCzech
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
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 cejaev
4.66/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This has become my favorite pumpkin beer. It is overflowing with pumpkin pie aroma and taste. I was hoping to like but I ended up loving it. Probably the perfect pumpkin ale.

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Photo of Awolter
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer really hit me by surprise. What a treat! Shared it with others a bottle share, and a everyone loved it. Strong pumpkin pie taste and smell with a great imperial stout holding it all together.

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Photo of FootballAndBeer
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer before I got really into the flavors of beer and everything else, but I definitely remember loving it. Can't wait for it to be released again here soon, I'll definitely grab a few and give it another review.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 vintage, 22oz bottle poured into a goblet

A- pours pitch black in color with a small foamy and fuzzy khaki colored head that eventually disappears completely, leaving nothing behind

S- nice bouquet of pumpkin pie spicing up front; nutmeg, allspice, clove, raw pumpkin, brown sugar, pie crust, molasses, vanilla, chocolate malt, hint of caramel/toffee

T- pure pumpkin pie flavor with an emphasis on nutmeg & clove, underlying cinnamon, allspice, raw vegetal pumpkin, vanilla cream, coffee, dark chocolate, big roasted malt linger that stands up nicely to the spicing

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a chewy silky finish

O- nearly perfect blend of pumpkin spicing with a bold base stout that adds a nice roasty finish. One of the best pumpkin stouts out there

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Photo of Zephan
4.94/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Toss up between this and pumking. Pumking is sweeter and tastes like pumpkin pie. This is less of a dessert beer for me and more of a I could drink this all damn day

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Photo of chrismann65
4.84/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is one very good pumpkin stout !! Very nice fresh like, (Mom's) pumpkin-pie ! With a nice smooth finish - long......!!!! finish !!! I like it very much !

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Photo of erushing
2.98/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

I know this is beloved and I was looking forward to it so much, but it tasted like perfume. I didn't get any stout flavors at all, just all perfume-y spice. I have a 2nd one aging, which will hopefully do it some good.

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
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 SpartanHomebrew
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Appearance - Opaque, black, average head retention
Aroma - spice: cinnamon, clove, alcohol
Taste - strong spice, cinnamon, clove, coffee, hint of alcohol, balanced, dry finish
Mouth Feel - creamy, some carbonation

Overall impression: Delicious. Would definitely seek out again! Exceeded expectations.

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Photo of BXM0032
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Tried the 2014 batch - got a case of it. It's not as pumpkinny (?) as some of the ones from previous years. Not much head. Pours dark.

I wish it tasted more like pumpkin. you can taste the alcohol but it finishes well. Not bad but I will let some of the other ones in the case age.

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Photo of tviz33
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured froma 22oz bomber in to a snifter.

A- Pretty much black... typical stout look. Not much head.

S- Woah, spices on spices. The pumpkin is hard to decipher from the spices, but its in there.

T- The pumpkin shows up a bit more, but still there are a ton of spices. The stout flavors are surprisingly subdued, but this is still delicious.

M- Medium feel.. less than I expected.

O- Pretty damn delicious! Thanks to scm2787!

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Photo of StandupandStout
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Halloween has never tasted better! Pumpkinator has the perfect toasted blend of pumpkin spices mixed with an stouty finish. Nice lightly golden head with a shadow dark body. Much like the moons light reflecting off the dark side of the earth. This is a treat with no tricks

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Photo of zookerman182
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
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 jngrizzaffi
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
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 jlindros
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Well now that Spring is over, it's 1 week, and winter gave summer and fall a miss, with the ice storm and inch of snow yesterday, I think it's time for another big stout. Also a really long and difficult frustrating day, so this should help. Thanks to HanksBeard (reddit) for this. Started not liking this brewery, only their Divine Reserve series was good, but lately I've found more beers from them that I liked. This even has the bottling info printing, bottle 297/300, bottled on 9/24/13, at 20:08.

Cap says "Porter one too", ok... anyways pours a nice mocha colored but smaller fizzy slight creamy head covering that fades at a fair rate, not that all bad for a 10% beer, leaves a little lacing, but huge legs, over a super pitch black beer.

Nose... whoa pumpkin, I was not expecting that much pumpkin, holy batman pumpkin!. Nice fruity like gourd note, cross vegetable fruity like aroma, with mild baking spices, a little sweet caramel note, with hints of a candy biscuity crust, almost a cinnamon crumble on the sides of a pie, hint of a nutty note, with more candy sweetness, toffee, even a hint of butterscotch, also some black malts, very slight roasty note, and faint cocoa.

Taste brings more pumpkin, but at least the dark malts are blended in nicely this time. More pumpkin out front, with lots of baking spices, cinnamon, allspice, clove, I think even a hint of cardamom, etc. A little biscuity crust again with a little cinnamon crumble, iwth a nice pumpkin pie filling. Malts bring nice dark malt profile, stouty bitterness but not a lot, hint of roast, touch of cocoa, and some dark caramel. Mild sweet characters with a touch of a dark corn syrup like flavor with the caramel and hint molasses like note, like sweeteners added to a pie. Also as it warms a hint of fluffy nougat and almost marshmallow note. Hops kick in a bit with an earthy spicy note, but not a lot, fair bitterness between the hops and dark malts, and even a little pumpkin flesh bitterness. Finish is quite sticky, syrupy feeling, semi sweet but drier, more bitterness too, with some baking spices lingering, a little pumpkin and black malts lingering too, finally a touch of warming booze but hidden nicely.

Mouth is fulled bod, touch syrupy and sticky, decent fluffy carb, hint of warming booze.

Overall quite nice, a lot more pumpkin than I though, and more spices, but a nice blend of them, and the malts have their way to shine as well for a nice overall balance, I was surprised how well it all balanced with the big dark malts and pumpkin notes. It was like pouring a great stout into a delicious pumpkin pie. Also the booze was hidden well, and hints of hops in there eventually.

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Pumpkinator from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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