Bishop's Barrel 6
Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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American Imperial Stout
4.4 | pDev: 10%
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Bishop's Barrel 6Bishop's Barrel 6
Notes: Imperial Pumpkin Stout Aged in Rum Barrels
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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, about 2.5 yrs old. Pours deep brown with fizzy head that fades quickly to a thin ring. Sweet rum candy spice aroma. Taste is full of pumpkin spice, sweet malt, touch of vanilla and plenty bourbon booze in the finish. Medium oily slick feel. Good imperial pumpkin stout, aged nicely.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #89 (June 2014):

Pumpkin, Spices, Rum, WOW

This isn’t just another Pumpkin Ale with spices. This big Stout has been aged in Appleton Estate 21-30 year rum barrels, which bumped the ABV by 3%. And it drops into the glass black with a creamy coffee head. Aroma is full of pumpkin pie spices, squash, roast, vanilla, rum, and cake batter. Body is smooth, but also lively, with flavours of tangy molasses, char, coffee, wood, roasted pumpkin, clove, nutmeg, vanilla, and dark fruits with a boozy rum back. This is a truly awesome, and most welcomed, twist on the whole pumpkin and spice beer thing. Find and try it now.

STYLE: Imperial Pumpkin Stout | ABV: 13.0% | AVAILABILITY: Limited

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Photo of angelmonster
3.97/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours pitch black with a mocha head. Head retention is average and lacing is above average.

First smell is of pumpkin pie and baking spices like cinnamon, cardamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Booze is next, kinda like pyrat rum. Ends with sweet cocoa and some smoked malt.

Taste is definitely of a pumpkin beer. Sweet molasses, cinnamon, chocolate malt and booze are the dominate flavors. Rum is somewhat apparent, at 13% abv, it definitely warms the throat coming down. Finishes with some smoke and spicy ginger.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied but on the lighter side for a high gravity imperial stout. Head faded prematurely unfortunately leaving body a bit thin. Carbonation levels are good

Overall this beer was just overwhelmed by spices. Thought the addition of barrel aging and rum would mellow out and blend the flavors but I think I prefer the flavors in the base beer, Pumpkinator. Would be a good dessert beer but don't think I could handle the sweetness on a regular basis.

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Photo of utfiero
4.75/5  rDev +8%

A very good friend brought an aged bottle over on 12/6/2014.

Its color was very dark, near black. Hardly any head. The taste was complex with notes of barrel, earth (this element reminds me ever so slightly of an aged Thirteenth Hour by Samuel Adams), and fermented pear. The pumpkin was very subdued and faded into the mix of fruits one would normally expect in a Belgian stout. The rum barrel aging and the subsequent cellaring of this brew took it to a near divine level.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

easily the best beer i have had from these guys. first of all, holy cow! i never would have guessed 13% abv, maybe 9, max, its so smooth and there is no burn at all in nose or feel, its awesome. the beer is rich chocolate brown with a nice dark head on it but it fades pretty fast. the nose here is spice from the rum, plenty of molasses, and only a moderate amount of squash. i like the idea of the rum barrel. the spice of it sort of balances and mellows and improves the usual pumpkin pie spice complex in these seasonal beers, its way better this way. the wood mellows the booze too to a ridiculous extent, and the pumpkin flavor goes so well with the dark chocolate roasty notes from the barley malt. its a beautifully built beer, and makes me question why some of their others are so pedestrian if they are capable of something this good. easily the best pumpkin beer of the year so far!

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Getting the pumpkin spice up front in the nose, followed by a hint of vanilla and maybe some booze. Tastes like a molasses or ginger snap cookie. Maybe some sort of fruit, a very very slight dark/sour cherry. Getting no alcohol in the flavor. This is really good, but I'm finding myself looking for a tad more rum flavor(being nit picky).

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.55/5  rDev +3.4%

Picked this up in a recent trade. Dark brown, nearly black pour with a one finger beige head with minimal retention and decent lacing. The nose is rich and complex with hints of cinnamon, clove, licorice, pumpkin, and subtle molasses with rum emerging as it warms. The taste follows suit with the rum being even more prevalent, along with hints of cinnamon, molasses, tobacco, licorice, raisins, pumpkin pie, and just a touch of dark chocolate. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with perfect carbonation, great balance, and a subtle warming on the finish. Overall, this is a rich and flavorful beer that lived up to all the hype. I love Pumpkinator, and this takes it over the top!

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Photo of BigRedDog
3.75/5  rDev -14.8%

Also called Rumkinator.

Poured into an 8oz pint glass directly from the brewery tap.

Pours a black color with a light mocha colored head.

Smell is heavy of cinnamon and molasses. Some mulling spices, with a hint of sweet vanilla.

Sweet molasses and slight pumpkin flavor. Some light mulling spices. Slight vanilla flavor that doesn't linger on the finish. Clean finish for a BA beer. Not much burn from booze. Some boozy taste, but not as heavy as a bourbon barrel beer. Not overpowering. Almost a little sour even...

Mouthfeel is light for a BA beer.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Interesting to call this a stout...

Thin, deep brown brew. Small one-finger straw colored foamy head. Not much lacing.

Very spicy. Lots of pumpkin, vanilla, rum... I would say it's more of a pumpkin porter than stout, but I guess I'll play along.

Loads of complexity. Rum shines through w/o heat. Lots of sugars, vanilla, chard cocoa, kinda pumpkin puke-y, spices... Carbonation is far too high for my liking. No bitterness and smooth cheek pulling sweetness.

This is a solid brew overall, it's not my favorite, but I still dig it. It's certainly unique and odd. It's far from anything a stout I've ever had, but I digress. Screw summer, I'm ready for fall.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
3.89/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Dark brown lager look, medium lacing of dark ivory no legs.

S- Smells just like pumpkin bread. Pumpkin, spices little bit of rum never hurt.

T- Tastes just like spiced pumpkin bread. Back end of this beer is the rum barrel, forefront is the pumpkin bread.

M- Medium to medium/thin on M. Very little carb.

O- A very well done pumpkin spice brew; the rum barrel is not too noticeable.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.85/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Saint Arnold's Bishop's Barrel No. 6 has a thin, beige head, a black, oil-like appearance, with visible bubble streams, under direct sunlight, and essentially no lacing left behind. The aroma is of spices (think of cinnamon and nutmeg), vegetable, rum, vanilla, whipped cream, sweet barley malt, pie crust, molasses cookies, and wood. Taste is of all of those elements, with additional flavors of flaked coconut and white pepper, with some bitterness detected. Mouthfeel is heavy and syrupy, and Saint Arnold's Bishop's Barrel No. 6 finishes semi-dry, heavy, rich, and sip-able. Alcohol is most certainly detected. Profoundly good!


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Photo of beerdrinker123
4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours a nice opaque black with a decent amount of tan head, not too much lacing. Definitely looks nice though.

On the nose I pick up on the pumpkinator and the sweet rum barrels it was aged in plus some other raisin and dark fruit aromas. Smells amazing, pumpkin pie and raisins.

Flavor wise its got a nice sweet rum-like start, followed by the pumpkin and spices, then finishes with a raisiny note. Very complex but still balanced.

Mouthfeel is just like you would expect from a barrel aged stout, its decently thick, and smooth.

I am a huge pumpkinator fan, and this, just like expected takes it to the next level. I'm so glad I was able to try this beer, as it is definitely one of my favorites at this point.

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Photo of brentk56
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours out fudge brown with a very modest film; swirling it around generates a few strands of lace

Smell: Chocolate fudge, pumpkin pie and hints of both molasses and rum

Taste: The chocolate fudge base provides a platform on which the other flavors (pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, ginger and molasses) can develop; after the swallow, the rum becomes more apparent an adds flavor and a bit of warmth

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: This is a really interesting beer; I was a bit of a skeptic but the combination of ingredients work really well

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Photo of HeadyTheElder
4.52/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pitch black with minimal head.

S - Pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg. Basically like a pumpkin pie with a hint of alcohol.

T - Roasted chocolate malts with lots of pumpkin spices and molasses, some sweet potato. The rum flavors aren't overpowering and are nicely blended into the regular Pumpkinator flavor profile. Any wood flavors are very subtle. There is some alcohol burn, but it's balanced by the malts and spice. Very nice.

M - Very smooth and creamy.

O - Excellent pumpkin stout and a slight improvement on the base beer. The effect of the rum barrels is subtler than I've come to expect from most barrel-aged beers, but that may be a good thing here as it is very nicely balanced. It is more complex and smoother than the regular Pumpkinator, which I found a little too spice forward in the most recent batch. Here this spices are more in check. It is ready for drinking now, but should also age nicely.

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Photo of Ben7773
4.76/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

when first poured it is jet black. the nose gives off the pumpkin spice with a dash of rum. mouthfeel smooth no harshness. first sip was when the beer was still cold and i picked up the taste of the rum. second sip i allowed it to warm up a bit and i picked up the spices. third sip i've allow it to reach room temp and its full flavor comes through. you must drink it at room temp to truly appreciate this beer if you drink it cold you will not get full enjoyment of it. bravo saint arnold. i truly enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of champ103
4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have already had a few bottles at D&T and Hay Merchant.

A: Pours a dark, nearly opaque black color. A minimal beige head noisily fizzles out to nothing. Light lace is left behind.
S: Big milk chocolate and caramel malt aromas up front. Pumpkin spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. Vanilla, light wood. Very pleasant. Not a huge barrel character which works well. Everything is pretty balanced.
T: Milk chocolate, molasses, vanilla. Pumpkin pie, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Some warming alcohol. A bit of oily wood character. There is a ton going on here. More than just an imperial stout/pumpkin ale. Almost liqueur like.
M/D: A full body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, creamy, slightly oily. I really like the feel. Not overly viscous, but full enough to let you know what is up. Certainly some warming alcohol. Though, for being so big, this is an incredibly enjoyable sipper.

A huge beer, with huge character. So much is going on here, but really balanced so it never becomes overbearing. Much like sipping on a liqueur like an Amaro. Unique, highly recommended.

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Bishop's Barrel 6 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 206 ratings