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Bishop's Barrel 5 - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 41
Gots: 27 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: VernonBaxter on 11-04-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives tan-capped with the liquid underneath a root beer brown; strands and dots of lacing are left behind

Smell: Dark fruit and Bourbon with hints of brown bread and molasses

Taste: Brown bread and molasses, up front, with dark fruit (fig and date) flavors building in the middle; after the swallow, the Wild Turkey builds and brings sweet licorice and vanilla elements; boozy aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with moderate carbonation; warmth in the gullet

Overall: A really excellent beer; I would like to see some peat flavor come through as well, but every other aspect of the beer was quite enticing

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of mothman
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a finger or more of tan head that fades away. Color is a deep caramel hued copper brown.

Flavor profile: caramel and toffee up front. A lot of vanilla, oak, and bourbon. Some fig, molasses, and cinnamon. A lot of malts. Very smooth and rounded out.

Mouthfeel: warming, smooth, creamy. Medium to full bodied. Good amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, a really nice beer. Easy drinking with a lot if flavor. I could drink a lot of this.

Photo of Dicers
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.35/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of fthomasl pours a dark mahogany color with very little head, what is there sticks to the side quite well.

Nose is sweet molasses, plums and currants. Malt is probably more unsweetened chocolate than anything else...prett faint. The barrel character is light but noticeable.

Taste is earthy and creamy with a fair amount of booze. The chocolate malts is a unique approach to a wee heavy. Mouthfeel is medium, I dont think its too thin as I have seen some others mention. The Bishop's Barrel series have all had such a nice smoothness to them that is really cool, this one is no exception. Excellent beer.

Photo of champ103
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark brown with some ruby highlights around the edges. A bubbly beige head noisely forms. Then recedes in a second. Little lace is left behind.
S: Just an awesome nose. Toasted and caramel malts up front. As this warms big barrel aromas come out. Oak and vanilla are very welcome. All with a chocolate finish.
T: Like the nose, the malts of the base beer are up front. Toasted and baked bread like. A caramel sweetness. Maybe a bit of smoke peaking through. Again, as this warms all the barrel flavors come out. Oak, vanilla, and that great lingering chocolate flavor.
M/D: A full body moderate carbonation. Smooth and velvety. A bit of heat though overall, so easy and enjoyable to drink. Everything is so well integrated considering the alcohol and barrel. A treat to drink.

Another excellent offering from Saint Arnold this year. My biggest complaint from previous BB releases have been the thin mouthfeel. Knowing how good DR 4 was to begin with, that was not a concern here. A great all around offering.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.14/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Saint Arnold Bishop’s Barrel No. 5 has a thin, cream-colored head, an opaque, brown appearance, with little beige chunks suspended throughout, and some lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of rich, very sweet, brown bread crust, strong bourbon, some vanilla, coconut, and alcohol. Taste is of bourbon, vanilla, coconut, brown bread crust, lots of alcohol, dark-roasted malts, and a bit of hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and not cloying, and Saint Arnold Bishop’s Barrel No. 5 finishes semi-dry, surprisingly mellow, and rich. Overall, this is very well done and more drinkable than one would expect for such a high-alcohol beer. It is really delicious!


Photo of Stevedore
4.29/5  rDev -1.6%

12oz bottle poured into an unlabeled snifter 8/18/2014.

A- The body pours a very silky smooth, dark brown body that is nearly black, very much like a stout. Up rises a thick, creamy, foamy mocha head that extends to two fingers evanescently; with just the right amount of retention- lingers long enough to get a man excited, but disappears quickly enough that you can start drinking without getting a milk mustache. [4.5]

S- Clean bourbon flavours with wet oak, vanilla notes and a lingering toffee sweetness from the base malt. Smells like tootsie rolls soaked in bourbon. Not particularly complicated, but very delicious. [4.25]

F- Toffee, tapioca sweetness up front that clears out almost immediately for a clean whiskey-forward smoky charcoal sweetness, finishing up with the barrel's oak and vanilla contribution; predominantly oaky of course. Transitions very nicely and very elegantly. [4.25]

M- Medium in body, well carbonated with a strong smoky bourbon finish. Definitely a sipper as the heat on this is quite strong. [4]

O- This is an excellent barrel-aged scotch ale. There aren't very many out there aside from Backwoods Bastard which is still the leader in the genre. To me, this beer strikes a nice balance between sweet maltiness and sweet smoky bourbon and vanilla- Backwoods Bastard tends to favour the latter but strikes a good balance; this is somewhere closer to the former but without sacrificing much of the latter. Again, this is a barrel-aged scotch ale worth getting. [4.25]

Final score: 4.2875

(Using the above ratings for each category and the weights below, per the old system)
Appearance 5%
Aroma 20%
Taste 45%
Mouthfeel 10%
Overall 20%


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Bishop's Barrel 5 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.