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Bishop's Barrel 3 - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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137 Ratings
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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 57
Gots: 20 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Imperial stout aged in Woodford Reserve barrels with molasses.

(Beer added by: BeanBone on 05-20-2013)
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev -0.7%

Pours with a moderate head that settles to rim bubbles. Near black color where no light shines through. Some blanketing lace that slides down the glass.

Okay, I think this is off--I smell sour mix and Southern Comfort. In short, this is mostly sweet with a touch of sourness. It's a bit like a punch, the alcoholic kind, to the nose.

The flavor is amazing. There's cherry, Bourbon and vanilla. The swallow features a lot of alcohol with a back of the throat strong cherry/brandy flavor. Spritzy carbonation but there's plenty of body to support it. No burnt elements like most stouts--this far sweeter. It could pass as a Barley Wine.

10-28-2013 01:38:56 | More by smcolw
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sjjn

New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

10-27-2013 17:07:13 | More by sjjn
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macher0

Kentucky

4.45/5  rDev +2.1%

I had this at the Bearded Lady in Ft. Worth. It poured black with little to no head. A strong fragrance of bourbon, dark malts, vanilla, and bitter coco. The taste followed the nose with a very strong bourbon aftertaste. It was not nearly as smooth as the big boys of ba stouts but still very good. This is certainly the best beer I've ever had from St Arnold. I certainly recommend this ale if you have a chance to get one.

10-26-2013 19:58:01 | More by macher0
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LSUPT

California

4/5  rDev -8.3%

10-18-2013 11:19:06 | More by LSUPT
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BeerHunter76

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

10-12-2013 17:41:45 | More by BeerHunter76
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

10-10-2013 02:23:00 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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browniewithnuts

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

10-05-2013 02:00:53 | More by browniewithnuts
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Jvrdz24

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

10-04-2013 02:34:25 | More by Jvrdz24
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t_carterb

Georgia

4/5  rDev -8.3%

10-01-2013 18:32:26 | More by t_carterb
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Yeti1979

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

10-01-2013 18:04:15 | More by Yeti1979
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st9647v3

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

10-01-2013 01:31:09 | More by st9647v3
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wildstyle2k3

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

09-28-2013 21:24:27 | More by wildstyle2k3
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HookemHops13

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

09-28-2013 18:21:56 | More by HookemHops13
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lonewolfcry

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

09-23-2013 00:38:23 | More by lonewolfcry
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AtrumAnimus

Texas

4.88/5  rDev +11.9%

Finally cracked open the only bottle of this I was able to get my hands on. Thanks to my best friend Mark N. for thinking of me!

I let it warm up to about 50 degrees allowing the head to settle. I used a tall tulip shaped glass giving me a chance to savor the nose.

The pour is a beautiful midnight black that is as dark as the Devil’s soul. It has a frothy head that is very tan and almost as creamy as shaving cream in appearance, the lacing down the glass that is broken and smooth clumping that lingers on the glass.

The nose is sweet bourbon/malt with almost no hints of hop, lots of caramel, vanilla, chocolate and cardamom notes in there.
The flavor is, well frankly, spectacular. To qualify, I have not yet met a bourbon that I would ever want to drink again. Bourbon just doesn’t excite me like a 50 year old Messias vintage port will. Now I use Bourbons in my cooking very frequently and savor the delicious notes it pairs with the likes of Italian Parmesan Butter, Homemade Worcestershire sauce from Revival Market and Basil Hayden’s Kentucky bourbon (Add a dash of powdered Habanero and Sea Salt); this combination is somewhat orgasmic when paired with a perfectly aged steak. But I digress…

That said this beer is AMAZING!!! I love the bourbon overtones in this beer. The presence is undeniable and extremely prevalent, even dominating, but the tones of an Imperial Stout are there too and perfectly blended. A pairing far braver than I would typically try, and I am very adventuresome when it comes to pairing flavors. The flavors of the bourbon are somewhat buttery, savory when very distinctive notes of oak and fructose. There are notes of apples, vanilla, darkest chocolate, nutmeg with a slightly hoppy and bitter bourbon finish.

The mouth feel is more watery than what I was expecting considering this is an imperial stout. I was expecting a much more viscous beer. However, I am not disappointed. I am more surprised by the complexity this beer brings to my sense of smell and my palate.

I can clearly see that this beer just is not likely to be feasible for the mass-market type of production one might like to see and we are likely to never see it’s likes again, that is very sad. This is an excellent brew. The only good news I have is the fact that I least got my hands on one bottle and was able to truly enjoy it.

Now it’s time for some GTA V.

Don’t Drink & Drive unless it’s GTA-V!

09-22-2013 00:02:18 | More by AtrumAnimus
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thegerm87

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -8.3%

09-17-2013 12:45:48 | More by thegerm87
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Dicers

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

09-12-2013 01:32:07 | More by Dicers
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grifter51

Texas

4.44/5  rDev +1.8%

Almost black in color this is a stout that has been aged in bourbon barrels. The smell of bourbon, and chocolate is readily apparent. It pours with a light head and good effervesence. The bourbon and chocolate hit you after you first taste it and stay through the experience. It is a very strong beer (11+% ABV) but is outstanding in that it gets better as your glass warms slightly. The bourbon becomes more pronounced in the odor but never overwhelming. A great beer for those who also like "a beer and a shot".

09-09-2013 17:24:53 | More by grifter51
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zonker17

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

09-07-2013 19:33:08 | More by zonker17
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JDice20

Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

09-05-2013 19:08:09 | More by JDice20
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PhatAtUT

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

09-05-2013 05:27:07 | More by PhatAtUT
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Greigh

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

09-01-2013 08:06:35 | More by Greigh
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CraftBrew

Texas

4/5  rDev -8.3%

08-29-2013 20:18:40 | More by CraftBrew
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gueuzegossage

California

4/5  rDev -8.3%

08-28-2013 22:26:19 | More by gueuzegossage
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KikeIPA

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

08-25-2013 21:08:34 | More by KikeIPA
Bishop's Barrel 3 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.