Bishop's Barrel 9 | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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4.35/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States
saintarnold.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
110
pDev:
8.28%
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
52
Trade:
3
 
User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 110
Reviews by champ103:
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4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Updated review on 1/26/108. I just recently opened a bottle from 3/27/2015. So basically right at 3 years old.

I can tell the carbonation has held well, as a dense two finger head forms and recedes after a minute. Big chocolate, pumpkin pie, spice, vanilla, and wood all over the place. Ridiculously smooth, and something that is amazingly warming and enjoyable to drink. This has aged beautifully as far as I am concerned.

Original Review___________________________________
A: Pours a near opaque black. Except some reddish/brown around the edges, basically looking into a reflection. A noisy and bubbly tan head quickly forms, but recedes in a second to nothing. No lace either. Not entirely unexpected for the style and alcohol though.
S: Christmas spices. Cinnamon, clove, spice, brown sugar. Oak tannins, vanilla, some chocolate. Lots going on, which is not bad, just busy and to much like a spice rack being thrown in.
T: Like the nose. Lots of spices up front. Cinnamon, allspice, brown sugar. Some oak/wood notes, with chocolate and vanilla. Like the nose really busy.
M/D: Low carbonation, and a relatively thin body. Though viscous at the same time, if that makes sense. While there is plenty of alcohol, it is pretty easy to sip on.

This is OK. I enjoyed the rum barrel version much more, and that seemed much more rounded that this. Not as outright awesome and craveable as Bishops Barrel 8 either. Saint Arnold succeeded in what they wanted to create, just not one of my personal favorites of the series.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BKotch
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of charrel
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cjgator3
4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mothman
3.77/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First thoughts is pumkinator aged in bourbon barrels.

Cinnamon, nutmeg, spice, pumpkin, etc. chocolate and malts. Bourbon and booze. Oak and vanilla. Huge beer. The abv shows here. Good, but a ton of pumpkin.

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Photo of gjoker321
3.42/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jaydoc
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gatordaddy
4.57/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of XicanoBeerRun
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PhatAtUT
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: thin, quickly dissipating head.
S: bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar. mainly bourbon.
T: pumpkin more prominent than pumpkinator for me. nutmeg, vanilla, and lots of bourbon. fairly boozy, with good burn on the way down. lots and lots of bourbon character.
F: medium bodied. fuller than it looks in the glass. not chewy by any means, but there is plenty there.

quite good. a little hotter than I would prefer right now, but I would expect it to mellow some.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4.76/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had Bourbonator at the SA 20th Anniversary party and so that taints this review a little, admittedly. Bourbonator was so close to perfection, but BB9 is not *quite* there. Still an incredible bourbon barrel aged stout though - the spices from pumpkinator are more subdued without disappearing altogether, whilethe bourbon is strong and pleasant, without being overpowering. Pumpkin shines through on the nose and spice throughout, with a finish of bourbon. Lovely.

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Photo of IrishColonial
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kjkinsey
4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

[Forced outlier notes pertaining to a bottle sampling.]

Heavy on the pie spices (nutmeg, allspice, clove, cinnamon) without committing to the pumpkin gourd which should be at its core. Unrefreshing, unnecessarily heavy, and medium-bodied with an unpleasant syrupy viscous feel on the palate. Lacks focus, as well as a harmony of texture and taste.

Boozy with none of the benefit of bourbon barrel aging. The barrel was wasted on this.

High C+

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Photo of greenspointexas
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kylehay2004
4.37/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Texasfan549
4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kylemckinnis
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of zbooks
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brewskifan55
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter.

A: A rich dark brown with a tan one-finger head that lasted. Significant lacing.

S: Strong pumpkin spices and bourbon hit you head on. Very enticing.

T: Pumpkin rich, robust with lots of bourbon in the background. This one grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go. Sip slow and let it warm for maximum punch.

M: Medium to heavy, chewy with medium carbonation.

O: Glad I got to try this monster of a brew. I love Pumpkinator and adding the barrel aging only amps up the flavor factor. Heavenly.

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Photo of DavidST
4.11/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zonker17
4.66/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WritersBlock
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bishop's Barrel 9 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 110 ratings