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Saint Arnold Bourbon Barrel Stout - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Saint Arnold Bourbon Barrel Stout
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88
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31 Ratings
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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 19.8%
Wants: 7
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Redrover on 03-30-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 31 | Reviews: 13
Reviews by skittlebrau:
Photo of skittlebrau
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was lucky enough to catch this one on cask at the Gingerman in Houston.

A: Deep, bottomless black. Short creamy head. It looks like what a stout should look like.

S: Smell is not terribly strong. A little toasted malt and alcohol, that's it.

T: This is one delicious beer. Deep toasty malt, slight hop bite, and plenty of bourbon barrel flavor. There's a lot of vanilla flavor in the aftertaste.

M: Very creamy all the way through. The beer kept its head until I had finished the entire thing, very impressive.

D: For an imperial stout this is very drinkable. I would have had more if it weren't for the alcohol.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tried on cask at the Gingerman in Dallas.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a nice-sized tan head. The aroma is very strong. I get a lot of bourbon, maple, oak and chocolate. It is an overpowering aroma. The flavor is very heavy on the bourbon, but I also get some oak, maple, vanilla, roasted malt and chocolate. Thick mouthfeel and low carbonation.

This beer tastes about like carbonated, creamy Knob Creek. Since I really like regular bourbon, I really liked this beer. That being said, it is completely unbalanced and tastes like someone mixed a pint of stout with about three shots of bourbon. I can see how someone may not like this. That being said, I found it enjoyable, although as I got the near the end of my pint, the beer was getting a little hard to drink.

Photo of RickSawyer
4.39/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served annually at St. Arnold St. Patrick's Day Party. This is Tatonka Stout that is contract brewed for BJ's Brewery in Texas that is aged in Buffalo Trace Bourbon Barrels for 8 or 9 months and then transferred into casks a couple days before the party. Pulls from the engine give a nice thick dark impy stout with ruby edges. Gave me a thick two finger head that held nicely but left little to no lace across the glass. Smell is bourbon sweetness, some bourbon syrupy fruit and alcohol, all lingering alongside a roasty, molassess, creamy nose. This BB aged stout is all about the sweetness. The taste is quite similar... sugary, syrup, dark chocolate all ended with a sharp bourbon bite. Wonderfully thick and creamy mouthfeel. This is certainly good, the ABV feels like it falls around 9-10%. The only downfall I really see is the sweetnes... drinkability takes a hit, I could only manage 2 half pints in my 3 hours @ the brewery. Fun beer and a fun time.

Photo of womencantsail
2.04/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A: The pour is just about black with a tan head on it.

S: Chocolate and bourbon all the way on this one, and way too much bourbon. The oak is astringent and overbearing. It's like somebody dumped a bottle of bourbon in the cask.

T: The flavor is even worse. Sweet and artificial vanilla flavor with a lot of alcohol. It's almost got a vanilla vodka flavor to it. Not much actual stout flavor.

M: The body is medium with low carbonation and plenty of boozey heat.

D: This was just a mess all around. Perhaps I just got it on a bad day, because what I had was nothing like what other reviewers are describing.

Photo of champ103
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at The Gingerman's 25th Anniversary.

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black color. A perfect two finger tan head forms with excellent retention. The tightly packed foam sticks around till the end, with lace that clings to the glass.
S: Lots of smoke, oak, and wood up front. Roasted chocolate and light coffee. Sweet toffee and vanilla lingers. Really inviting.
T: Not as complex as the nose, but still good. Sweet toffee and vanilla is dominate. Some wood and oak linger. Some rough alcohol as well.
M/D: A medium to full body. Low carbonation that is creamy and smooth. Not hard to drink, but there is plenty of alcohol. Something good to sip on though.

This is a good barrel aged stout. A little rough around the edges as far as the alcohol, but still something I really enjoyed. Overall, an excellent beer.

Photo of chesterspot
4.67/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

RickSawyer and I went to the St. Paddy's Day event at Saint Arnold's and had this from a cask.

It was very very dark as an imperial stout should be. Out of 4 pours (between the two of us) 2 did not have much head retention, or lacing. The smell was very sweet with the bourbon almost over powering. The mouthfeel was not as thick as I would have expected from an imperial stout but still good (The mouthfeel was better on the ones where the head lingered for a bit). The taste was chocolate, coffee, caramel, molasses, and the bourbon. The drinkability was great for those who like the sweetness and bourbon taste. Many people I talked with did not finish theirs but I love stouts so this was not a problem. Overall this was an excellent beer and would be great if Saint Arnold's bottled it.

Photo of dcarr
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Got my hands on a bottle of this at Cedar Creek in Houston.

As far as Bourbon goes, I'm not a huge fan. However, mixing the 2 together in this instance was pretty amazing. Very boozy, with the smell of bourbon and vanilla punching your nostrils. The mouthfeel was quite creamy and thick; thicker than I expected. It tasted much sweeter and the chocolate/vanilla really came through. Great beer, would definitely enjoy another bottle of this.

Photo of Redrover
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Saint Arnold Bourbon Barrel Stout on cask at the Ginger Man in Austin. The beer was served in an 8 oz glass. It is very dark brown bordering on black. There is a dark, dense tan head and some nice lacing. This beer is a looker.

The beer smells of dark fruits, bourbon, smoke, brown sugar and alcohol.

The taste while interesting is a bit harsh. Seems young and should be aged longer. Lots of alcohol underlined with roasted malts, coffee, charred wood and burnt sugar. I liked what was there, but the alcohol (not bourbon) flavor was a bit to strong and masked the rest of the beer.

The mouth was a bit thinner than expected, but was substantial enough. I would give the beer 6 more months to age and mellow as it seems a little young and raw.

Photo of JDV
2.54/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

On cask at the Gingerman. Starts out promising with a nice black pours and a lasting creamy tan head. Unfortunately thats about as good as it got. Smell is mild with chocolate and grain alcohol and no pleasant barrel aged notes. Came across like chocolate scented vodka more than anything and the nose did not impress at all. Taste was equally mild with some chocolate roasted malt, and a creaminess from the cask pour, but with a lot of alcohol and no pleasant barrel flavor whatsoever. Body was as thin or thinner than their regular stout. More like a nitro pour of guinness with a shot of Vodka tossed in, than a Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, unfortunately. If they just would toss DR 5 into a barrel instead of this...

Photo of armock
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a bacically black color with a tan head that leaves lacing

S - Is of roasted malt chocolate and bourbon alcohol

T - Is just like what it smells like the bourbon taste was a little strong for me but still very good

M - This is one creamy smooth beer with no carbonation like silk

D - If I could get this outside of the St Pats day party I would buy it often can't wait till next year

Photo of Onslow
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was enjoyed at the Saint Arnold's St.Patty's day Party 2008.

Pours with a fat thumb head, with decent stout lacing...

Smell is amazing, lots of sweet bourbon and chocolate plum...

Lots of bourbon upfront but it really is remarkable how enjoyable it is, despite the fact that its like sipping straight bourbon...

This beer would age soooo beautifully!!!

A wonderful beer that I was honored to have tried at a really fun event, but that open bar kicked my butt in the end!!

Photo of GregMcQ
4.75/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had the pleasure of tasting this beer on two separate occassions... at the St Arnolds St Patrick's Day gig and just last night at Rudyards, wherein they killed the last cask in less than four hours. This is an exceptional beer... it's black-red; more on the black side than the red side. It's got a very nice smell to it... the "Imperial Stout" comes out nicely, and the bourbon flavor does it justice without being overwhelming. It has a surprisingly light taste for such a strong beer; and the mouthful brings all the flavors together nicely... no one flavor overpowers the other; a very nice balance.

Drinkability? Too much so... but two of these at any given time is all it takes. :)

Seriously, though, a very well put together beer by SA.

Photo of wagenvolks
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Polished off a few (read: 4) 8oz cask pours at the final day of the Ginger Man's old location in Austin, Texas; listed at 9%.

Pours an attractive, deep seal brown body with hints of sienna at the edges. Amazing retention on the custard head, as the foam never fully subsides on my pint. The tightly-packed bubbles leave thick rings of lacing along the inside of the glass. Aroma is subdued, perhaps due to the cask conditioning, but some pleasing notes of nutty, chocolate malts and a hint of wood pull through.

This beer drank WAY too easily for a 9% stout. Subtle notes of chocolate, caramel, and toasted toffee lead the charge, laying sweet malty layers across the palate. A sharp, boozy whiskey warmth pairs nicely with some spicy hops along the finish. Mouthfeel is nearly perfect, with a creamy, smooth, medium body that packs a flawless carbonation level. Could stand to be a bit thicker, though, but it's still amazing. I downed my four glasses of this brew way too easily...the warm weather and good company certainly helped. Either way, St. Arnold has a winner with this beer.

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Saint Arnold Bourbon Barrel Stout from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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