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Bishop's Barrel 1 - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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168 Ratings
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Ratings: 168
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.32%
Wants: 63
Gots: 30 | 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:
Beer added by: PhatAtUT on 11-06-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Reviews by dcloeren:
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4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one at Luke's Ice House on election night.

Pours a dark coffee black with ruby edges. The head is sucked down under the weight if the abv. Thin ring stays for the remainder of my beer.

The aroma is heavenly! Woodford Reserve slaps me across the face with oaky notes, rich vanilla, roasted malt and chocolate.

The taste follows the nose but is a tad under the awesomeness of the aroma. This beer is mighty tasty. Great bourbon notes dominate followed by oak and vanilla. Roasted malt and chocolate are present in the background.

The mouthfeel is the only weakness of this stout. A tad thin with a little too much carbonation. It's not the worst thing that could happen to this beer though. It keeps it easy drinking and hides the alcohol. I would like for this to be thicker and have a higher viscosity but it's not bad enough to bother me.

Overall, I got to give it up to Saint Arnold's. Not the best BBA Stout but it was a damn find beer. These guys keep on comin with new stuff(minus DR12) and are moving in the right direction. Worth seeking out!

More User Reviews:
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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3/5  rDev -29.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.22/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Bishop's Barrel 1 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.