Pumpkinator

Texas
United States
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
91
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

Pumpkinator is a big, black, full of spice, full of flavor beer. Originally released in 2009 as Divine Reserve No. 9, it is an imperial pumpkin stout and our answer to how a pumpkin beer ought to taste. This year’s version comes in at 10% ABV. It is brewed with a combination of pale two row, caramel and black malts, Cascade and Liberty hops for a background hop flavor, pumpkin for a rich mouthfeel, molasses, brown sugar, spices and dry-spiced to make it feel like you just walked into your mom’s kitchen while she was cooking 37 pumpkin pies. It is the most expensive beer we have brewed.

A single batch of Pumpkinator will be released around every October 15. It is available in 22 oz. bottles and on draft.

This beer is best enjoyed at 50°F or warmer to bring out the spices and round body. Personally we have found it to be the perfect end to a Thanksgiving meal from a flavor standpoint. Some have said it makes relatives more enjoyable too.

Profile

ABV: 
10.0%
Served at: 
50°+ F
Hops: 
Cascade, Liberty
Malts: 
Two-Row Pale, Caramel, Black
Judges Review 
Graham L. Barron's picture
Judges Rating:
91
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This ale pours a very dark brown (near-black) with a light tan head that dissipates quickly, which is not surprising given the alcohol content. Upon taking the first whiff, you are immediately hit with a spiciness that brings to mind the aromas of Thanksgiving and the holiday season. Hops are hidden, replaced by intense aromatic notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, and a little bit of clove. A light floral, perfume-like hoppiness sits in the background with some slight caramel and coffee. The taste follows the nose and begins with an aggressive phenolic spiciness mixed with some caramel sweetness and a balanced bitterness. Although labeled as an Imperial Stout, this beer might better be viewed as a strong, malty, heavily spiced brown ale since it lacks the roasty bitterness one would expect.  Pumpkin flavors and aromas are hard to discern, but the gourd is evident in the creamy, full mouthfeel. Pumpkin beer fans should seek this one out for sharing at their holiday table.