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Bishop's Barrel 1 - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

159 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 159
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.32%
Wants: 61
Gots: 28 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: PhatAtUT on 11-06-2012)
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Reviews by Ford:
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4.83/5  rDev +13.9%

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

Wow. This beer was pretty hard to get but did not disappoint. The first by Saint Arnold in this series of limited releases.

Plenty of bourbon, which is the point of the bourbon barrel.. but plenty of chocolate and caramel in there... the base Imperial Stout seems really good.

Up there with BB Hellfighter from Karbach to me... another great beer out of Houston. Would love for this one to be year round...

Ford, Dec 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Ben7773, Jan 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Bottle at the Holy Grail Pub in Plano.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a khaki head. The aroma has a lot of whiskey notes, as well as some roasted malt and oak. The flavor is boozy chocolate and roasted malt up front, with some whiskey, maple, oak and vanilla notes in the background. You can get notes from both the base stout as well as the barrel aging. My only complaint is the mouthfeel, which is too thin for my liking. Medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Nov 12, 2012
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En29356, Dec 20, 2012
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4.7/5  rDev +10.8%

I hate to say this about a Texas beer but this beer is amazing! It's pushing the envelope of anything ever brewed. Hard to recognize as a RIP. It's a mouthful of plums and figs but soft and smooth. No edges on this brew. If you're into savoring, this will not be surpassed. I'm not sure what Thomas Hardy has been shooting for but 30 years of drinking everything they have brewed I think I've finally found it. Liquid mama. A first and hopefully not the last. This is what decades of beer exploration can come to. A Mother load of indescribable flavor.

bobbrew, Jan 06, 2013
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

porter0209, Aug 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

jheezee, Nov 12, 2012
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3.2/5  rDev -24.5%

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Not quite black. No real head. Pretty transparent. Wispy surface but not much else.

Smell - Nutty and lots of caramel. Some roast. Some bourbon. Molasses.

Taste - Just a bit of sweetness up front. Nutty caramel. Light chocolate. Some bourbon. Not much barrel character. Odd nutty caramel flavor.

Mouthfeel - Dry and medium body. Not too sweet.

Overall - Poor beer came after Grey Monday. Never gonna live up. This has a weird nutty flavor. Maybe I'd like it better in the early evening.

Alieniloquium, May 21, 2013
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Bishop's Barrel 1 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.