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

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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75


This beer pours dark black with not much of a tan, bubbly head. No light through the glass.

Smells like pumpkin spice and nutmeg. I don't get any chocolaty stout-like aromas.

The taste is the best part. For the style, Saint Arnold hit it right on the nail this year. Just as you'd expect from a "pumpkin stout", there's pumpkin spice, nutmeg, and cinnamon dominantly. What follows is the lovely stout qualities: chocolate, malt, caramel, toffee. The pumpkin flavors even linger in the back.

The mouth feel differs from the year before, and the year before that, in a good way. This year it seems thicker and smoother. Although, I'd even like it thicker than this. Still lovely.

This is the best version of this brew from Saint Arnold. I think they've finally perfected it, and I've noticed the alcohol by volume has stepped up an integer! So drink safely!

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 Pumpkinator in bomber (not one of the low filled, tilted cap ones)

This is a very complex brew. I am not sure that I have enough experience to give it a completely proper review considering I have not had this before and have heard some people who had the original Divine Reserve #9 speak so highly of it. That having been said I will do my best.

A: Side poured into a Saint Arnold tester glass procured at the brewery. Appears to be a jet black color but shining a strong flashlight through it reveals a very dark red color. Its completely clear and free of particles. A one finger darkish tan head that quickly disappeared. The lack of head despite more agressive pouring on the second glass seems to indicate undercarbonation. Almost zero lacing on the glass but what is there is very sticky. Strangely, on pouring and drinking the second glass, some of the lacing is very oily and some is very sticky. ???

S: Lots of pumpkin (duh), cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, malts, chocolate and not even a hint of alcohol despite the ABV.

T: Lots of complexity going on here. A lot of pumpkin up front of course, all spices mentioned above, caramel, malts and maybe even some dark chocolate and coffee. Very well balanced and only the slightest hint of booze. Slightly sweet with a nice bitterness aftertaste. A very nice wintertime flavor.

M: Creamy and smooth up front with a little bit of bite and warmth on the back end.

O: There is so much going on here that I am going to let my other ones age for a year and try again. It seems to need some time to let the flavors meld. I have heard so many great things about previous years of this beer. I know the brewery had some issues on this 2013 run with underfills and capping and one of the brewers said it was a pain in the ass to make. This might not be the best year for it but with some aging it might be great. I am slightly disappointed but knowing that this brewing company is excellent, I will get some more next year and compare the aged with the fresh. Overall a great beer. Needs some time in the cellar I think. Regardless, I will be buying some more next year.

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