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Bishop's Barrel 1 - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Not Rated.
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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

168 Ratings
THE BROS
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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.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First beer review, here it goes!

A: Pours a deep/dark brown, not quite what I would consider black (although could just be the brightly sunlit room I am in). The head is a typical pour, but very inviting. Not quite sure yet but I believe I saw some light sediment leave the bottle at the end-wasn't expecting that.

S: Has that great Bourbon smell to it. Its strong, but not boozy to the point it burns your nostrils. Could be noticing faint hints of the molasses it was brewed with, although that may just be a characteristic of the bourbon as well.

T: Truly remarkable in my opinion. The bourbon does what it should and supports the beer remarkably. Their is a strong presence from the bourbon barrels, but it leaves out that boozy throat burn other bourbon barrel-aged beers leave you with. Some slight hints of molasses do give it a "dark sweetness" to it, not sugary per say, but makes it enjoyable.

M: There is a good mouthfeel to this beer. It sits good on the tongue and seems to turn almost foamy in your mouth, leaving a good bourbon aftertaste to it as it slides down your throat.

O: This beer reminds me of a more drinkable Backwoods Bastard. The base beer has its own flavor profile that comes first, followed by a considerable but not overpowering amount of rich bourbon. I wish this was sold in 22oz and that I had more than one so I could note the change over time. Hands down a top beer for me.

Cheers

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A: Nothing out of the ordinary here with a slight head and overall dark appearance.

S: Right from the nose you pick-up the unique punch that this beer has to offer. The bourbon scent is very prominent with an OK back-end that was a little sour for me

T: The taste is where this beer really stands out: The most prominent Bourbon flavor profile to any beer I have ever tasted with a little burn at the end similar to drinking the liquor. There is also some hints of vanilla and dark chochlate that compliment it nicely.

M: A little on the fence as it was neither thick nor clean. Some bitterness as others have described below but it is hard to notice past the flavor.

O: If you get the chance to find this little beer try it. It is tricky to track down but the unique punch of bourbon is a must have if you are into the new trend of barreled beers.

Serving: Bottle

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