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

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Oliver's Bishop's Breakfast
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.14%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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5/5  rDev +34%

mcphish22, Nov 17, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

matt062286, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of jgasparine
4.4/5  rDev +18%
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!

jgasparine, Oct 28, 2009
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4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

PhillyStyle, Jul 29, 2008
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4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
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

thain709, Nov 11, 2010
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4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
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).

TMoney2591, Jul 30, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

StevenCue, Jun 16, 2014
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4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

jjboesen, Jan 30, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

mdfb79, Apr 03, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

beerman207, Jun 28, 2009
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4.03/5  rDev +8%
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.

Huhzubendah, Sep 14, 2010
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

stephenjmoore, Mar 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

MarvinSnyder, May 24, 2013
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3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

oldirtycaffrey, Nov 19, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Slatetank, Oct 03, 2007
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3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Thorpe429, Nov 03, 2010
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3.88/5  rDev +4%
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.

Hoptometrist, Mar 25, 2011
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Oliver's Bishop's Breakfast from Pratt Street Ale House
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