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Pumpkinator | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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
Ranking:
#699
Reviews:
158
Ratings:
947
pDev:
12.38%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
216
Gots:
374
Trade:
23
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Ratings: 947 |  Reviews: 158
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
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 -9.3%
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 -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GarbageMan10
3.44/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HardTarget
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
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 -8.2%
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 -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brian29
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sabtos
3.81/5  rDev -11%
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 rkarimi
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2-10

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Photo of kkarimi
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CBrodbeck
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rcaros
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
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%
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 mschipper
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Roybert
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of redfox405
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rick778
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of holmesmi
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ovaltine
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bcsbeer
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of xt0n1cx
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mwbbq
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cp45
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pumpkinator from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 947 ratings
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