Houston’s Saint Arnold Brewing, the state’s oldest craft brewing operation, has released the next entry in the highly acclaimed Bishop’s Barrel series.
The release is Bishop’s Barrel #6, an imperial pumpkin stout aged for nine months in oak barrels. The barrels were previously used by Appleton Estate to age its rum for 21 to 30 years. With the added flavors from the rum and the oak, Bishop’s Barrel #6 is certain to be a treat for the senses.
Many Saint Arnold fans already know that Saint Arnold Pumpkinator is an imperial pumpkin brew and might wonder if Saint Arnold Brewing used the same recipe for Bishop’s Barrel #6. The answer is yes, the brewery did. The ale was brewed in the usual manner then transferred to the barrels for aging.
Adding rum and oak flavors would not work for any beer, but they match up nicely with the dominant flavors in Saint Arnold Pumpkinator.
"We always choose the barrels carefully to enhance and compliment the characteristics of the underlying beers, and in this case the barrels and the beer were meant to be together," said Brock Wagner, Saint Arnold Founder/Brewer. "I can't emphasize enough that the warmer it gets the better this beer tastes. Its flavors become rounder and fuller when it's enjoyed over 55 degrees."
According to sources at the brewery, Saint Arnold Bishop's Barrel No. 6 is dark brown/black in color and with a nose of pumpkin pie and a hint of rum. The flavor profile is complex, with tastes such as sweet malt, chocolate and spices, and a warming rum finish. The beer contains 13 percent alcohol by volume and has 30 IBU of bitterness.
Look for Bishop’s Barrel No. 6 in Texas and Louisiana, where other Saint Arnold beers are sold. Supplies are very limited, so if you can find Bishop’s Barrel No. 6, grab and it and enjoy it while you can.
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