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

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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.


Added by FUNKPhD on 10-14-2011

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Photo of Dcor
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of gvickery
3.42/5  rDev -19.9%
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 animal69
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of darktronica
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
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 -1.9%
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 hcproff36
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bryan12345
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BarleyAndBrett
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEER88
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another solod pumpkin beer!

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
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 Brick1981
4.79/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Casey_L
3.79/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of knicks19947
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wisegreensoul
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of David55555
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The_Epopt
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of atrocity
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Salinesnake
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.27/5  rDev 0%
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 -9.1%
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 DucksFan16
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GarbageMan10
3.44/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HardTarget
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
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 -8%
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 bluesyasian
3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pumpkinator from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 965 ratings