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Oliver's Bishop's Breakfast - Pratt Street Ale House

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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.44%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Pratt Street Ale House visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: akorsak on 05-03-2006

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Ratings: 64 | Reviews: 27
Photo of DonBowman
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark draft with a tan head and thick lace. Smooth as butter, feels great in the mouth, creamy oatmeal stout with a dryish finish.

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Draft, at the Columbia Ale House, Columbia, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a finger and a quarter of an oatmeal-colored head that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Pretty aromatic, with notes of roasted malt, imparting aromas of toasted dark bread, and oatmeal, dark molasses, cream, brown sugar.

Taste: Exactly like the aroma. Lots of roasted malt up front, imparting flavors of toasted pumpernickel bread, dark molasses, some coffee, and a touch of smoke, followed by some lactose and cream, a touch of licorice, lots of brown sugar-like sweetness and a slight touch of dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Slightly chewy and creamy as hell, because it was nitroed which left no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 4.4%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is an extremely good, delicious oatmeal stout! Highly recommended!

Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown/near black with a nice near one inch foamy tan head. Smell is sweet, hints of chocolate, caramel, and roasted barley. Very smooth. Very easy to drink for a stout. Paired well with the restaurant's Bishop's Burger (angus beef marinated in the stout, caramelized onions, and provolone cheese on a pretzel bun). Pratt Street Ale House is a cool restaurant right across from Camden Yards; good prices and a fair selection of beers. Good session beer.

Photo of Dave1999
3.39/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a solid black with a thick white head.

The smell is roasted malts but way too subtle.

The taste was dark roasted malts and quite bitter.

The mouth feel was smooth but fairly smooth with pretty much no carbonation, as you would expect from a cask beer.

Overall it was ok, pretty one dimensional and little weak. Doubt I'd buy it again.

Photo of DapperGrowler
2.65/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I tried this beer at Meridian Pint in Washington DC served Casked with vanilla.

A: The stout was black with minimal head and lacing.

S: The beer was week on smell, but I did detect a fait roasted malt smell.

T: This beer was bitter and very slightly sweet on the back of the pallet.

M: This beer was very thin. Not what i expected when i ordered a stout.

O: this was a good beer. Glad I tried it, but would not order it again. It was lacking in flavor.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oliver's Bishop's Breakfast has the typical dark body and brown head that come from a nitro pour, with the solid head and the cascade effect in the body.

The aroma is kind of weak, with hints of coffee and roasted malts.

The taste is much better than the aroma, with a combination of grain, roasted malts and coffee. Just a hint or two of hops comes through. Very well-balanced and smooth, I could easily have a few of these.

Full, very creamy mouthfeel that the nitro-tap creates.

This is probably another victim of the nitro-tap. Maybe it is just in my head, but I swear it dumbs down everything. With that said, this was an enjoyable stout.

Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had on nitro-tap this afternoon at the Pratt Street Ale House in Baltimore, MD. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pour a dark brown, almost black color, with two inches of light tan head and low carbonation evident. Little bit of lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of coffee, vanilla, roasted malts, and light milk chocolate.

t - Tastes of vanilla, cream, chocolate, roasted malts, coffee. Not as much coffee as the smell, but more vanilla and cream up front.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, insanely smooth and creamy body. Perfect for a low ABV oatmeal stout.

d - Overall this is one of the better Oliver's beers and probably their best year round, always available beer. Have had a few times and would have it again.

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on nitro-tap into a shaker glass at Pratt Street Ale House.

A- Very dark brown, almost black with nice creamy khaki colored head.

S- Mostly chocolate aroma with oats, not very strong aroma though

T- Lots of bitter chocolate, oats, roasted malts, and strong bittersweet vinegar aftertaste

M- Very creamy, lighter bodied for the style

O- Good flavor, very creamy, and highly drinkable.

Photo of jjboesen
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bishop's Breakfast is just one of several smooth pour drafts available here at Pratt Street (FKA Wharf Rat), home to Oliver's Ales. It is a very dark colored stout, as they all are. On top, a thin vanilla head that eventually ends in thick lacing, encrusting the glass. The nose can detect faint whiffs of toast and brown sugar. (i guess this is what bishops have for breakfast.)

The palate is greeted with some subtly sweet hops, which fade into a warm gooey blanket of sloppy malt. Still, I did enjoy the balancing act of hop and malt, both of which sluiced into a biscuity crispness at the fade. This is a fine sessional stout: think Guinness with a little kick of the malt boot.

Photo of thain709
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is Bishop's Breakfast with Coffee from a firkin.

A - The beer was served with a dark brown body and a light brown, two finger head...the head showed some retention and some decent lacing

S - Pretty one dimensional...coffee...I'm not complaining here because I love coffee, but that's the only aroma I'm picking up

T - The flavors work better together here...there is an initial sweetness, like a touch of vanilla or cream...the coffee flavor is full blown in the middle of the beer...it's like drinking a fresh cup of iced coffee...there's an underlying earthiness which I'm expecting is from the oatmeal stout base...the coffee beans allow for a slight bitterness at the end

M - Medium to light bodied...smooth...could use a bit more creaminess...the coffee leaves a nice coating

D - I've never had the base Bishop's Breakfast, but this one with coffee was delicious...I could drink this in the morning instead of my regular cup of coffee...it would probably start my day off better

Photo of Thorpe429
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours from the cask with a moderate brown coloring. The nose is light oats, roast, chocolate, and a tad bit of vanilla. The taste is mainly some light roasted malt and slight hints of chocolate. Good body and nicely creamy. Drinks very well and is really nice overall; the light flavors fit well with a very nice body.

Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very dark amber in color and has lacy patterns of off-white bubbles floating on the surface.
S: There are notes of chocolate and oatmeal as well as hints of vanilla in the nose.
T: The taste shares some similarities with the notes but is slightly more complex with flavors of roasted malts. Oatmeal stands out in particular in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and extremely smooth on the palate. No carbonation is perceptible.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and can be considered sessionable.

Photo of Maerzen
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a 10 oz pour at the cask tasting at dba Brooklyn. Had a very nice thick, black color that poured with little to no foam. At first, there didn't seem to be any smell. However, after a few seconds a sweet aroma of chocolate and espresso appeared. This Oatmeal Stout had thick mouth feel but was also very velvety. Not heavy at all and very enjoyable, though definitely on the sweet side.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at Pizzeria Paradiso in D.C.

This beer appears a near black shade. The beige, sandy head has excellent retention and leaves a thick coating of lacing on the glass. The aroma has a strong cocoa presence, with notes of vanilla, roasted malt, coffee and subtle alcohol. The beer tastes pretty good, with a decent balance of flavors. The feel is creamy and smooth, as is typical with a cask ale. Overall, a good brew.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a nonic pint glass at ChurchKey.

Always nice to see a semi-local cask brew here at the CK. This one pours a very dark, nearly opaque, brown topped by merely a wisp of bubbles that didn't stick around too long. The nose comprises coffee, potting soil, chocolate, roasted malts, and just a cheek kiss of smoke. The taste holds notes of smoky chorizo, coffee, roasted malts, and some miscellaneous green, leafy plants in the middle of the woods. The body is medium, with no real carbonation at all and a rather smooth feel. Overall, a very nice cask stout, with more smoke than I expected (always a good time there).

Photo of Lunch
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served from a firkin at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD into a shaker pint glass at the appropriate temperature (01/14/10).

A: Pours a dark shade of brown with some mahogany highlights capped with just a few large bubbles which dissipated quickly leaving no lacing whatsoever.

S: Muted aroma of coffee and roasted malts.

T: Coffee and roasted malts are the only flavors that I'm detecting, but it seems very fresh, but slightly muted.

M: Rather light-bodied with a slick characteristic along with very subtle carbonation.

D: Quite drinkable and rather sessionable, this Oatmeal Stout is lacking in flavor and aroma.

Overall this was certainly a decent Oatmeal Stout and it seemed very fresh, but lacking in complexity, flavor, and aroma. Worth a Look.

Photo of drabmuh
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on nitro-tap at a local beer bar. Beer is black and thick. Off white to brown head of tiny bubbles. Effervescence is low. Lacing is high.

Aroma is slightly tart, there is some roast in there as well, some coffee, overall muted.

Beer is slightly sweet and there is a lot of roast in the back. Chocolate and coffee in the back of the mouth, lots of coffee. Beer has a nice body to it, there is no strong aftertaste. Not the best breakfast stout I've had, some of the flavors seemed disconnected. Overall, just OK.

Photo of jgasparine
4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on a nitro-tap:

A- Poured with a 3/4" creamy tan-colored head, which was well retained, slowly producing some incredible lacing. The body was a very dark opaque brown, almost black. No carbonation was observed.

S- Straight-up roasted malt... BIG roasty, grainy aromas. Not hop aroma detected. Simple and beautiful. Can't wait for the first sip!

T- As anticipated, big roasty grainy flavors come blasting through on the first sip. No hop flavor was noted, however, some retrained dark chocolate notes were revealed as the beer warmed. Nice lingering dry and roasty finish.

M- Firm body. Exceptionally creamy (thanks Nitro pour!). Nice velvety soft carbonation. It lacks just a litte deisred chewiness, which keeps it from being a perfect 5 in the mouthfeel department.

D- Wow. Beautiful from appearance all the way through the finish. I could drink this stuff all night!

Photo of beerman207
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very dark with nice head retention. Some nice lacing left in the glass.

S - Malt, Nuts, coffee

T - Some mild bitterness mixed with coffee expresso flavor

M -Creamy and light

D - This beer is highly drinkable and the low ABV helps it be a sessionable stout which is quite rare.

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As noted by others, this beer is alive and well at The Wharf Rat, at least on 7/23, it was on tap. The menu noted that it was 4.4% ABV. The beer was drawn into a pint glass and was completely black with a very nice, very thick cream colored head that seemed to hang around forever, so long that I had to just start drinking it. The aroma was very good, malt with some hints of coffee and some sweetness. The taste was very good. Hearty malt and coffee flavors with almost a hint of cream or milk. The beer was rich, very smooth with no noticeble carbonation which made this brew highly drinkable. Overall, an excellent beer and one that I would order early and often.

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Alive and well, served up at the brewpub downtown location.On nitro, it had lots of lace and dark colour. Smooth drinking and significant roast. Coffee and chocolate together. Would like to try this not on nitro.Understated carbonation. About average for the style.

Photo of Boto
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draught @ The Wharf Rat: I drank this just after the breakfast hour. This one poured a dark brown, with a tight, nitro creamy head. The aroma was lighter but good. Notes of chocolate and roasty. There was some coffee to the taste, as well as some chocolate and roastiness. Creamy mouthfeel. A decent, but lighter stout.

Photo of Slatetank
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this on 9/29 at the brewpub in Baltimore.
Served cool in a glass mug.
A - Deep brown almost black w/ a creamy dense light tan head that leaves creamy lace of nitro-quality.

S - Fruity, creamy, nutty and malty overall w/ a piney hop note.

M - Roasty charred w/ light creamy softness and low carbonation and bitter malt w/ a spice and pine feel that is moderately bitter.

T - Roasted w/ plenty of piney hop. Overall nutty tastes overpower the smooth malt and noble hop flavors. A dark roast bitterness w/ light flavor of charred malts leads into a taste of nutty vanilla and a lightly dry finish.

D - A creamy, roasty stout that is light in body and easily quaffable w/ plenty of flavor.

Photo of claytri
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured black with a tan head. The aroma was of malt and hops. The taste is of sweet malt with just a nice dash of bitter. The feel was heavy and wet. A nice stout, and good example of an oatmeal stout. If you want one a bit more on the bitter side it's a good beer to try.

Photo of cichief
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had from a nitro-tap at Friscoe's Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Pours a deep brown, as close as you can get to black, with a nice creamy light-brown head.

S- Slight coffee-chocolate scent, malty, sweet and inviting.

T- Strong malted barley flavor, dryish finish, not overly sweet, hint of coffee and chocolate. Flavor may be muted from the nitrogen.

M- Very smooth off of the nitro, full bodied, coats the tongue.

D- Overall a very good, fresh stout, drier than most Oatmeal Stouts however.

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Oliver's Bishop's Breakfast from Pratt Street Ale House
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