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Bishop's Barrel 4 | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States | website

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Weizenbock aged in Woodford Reserve barrels with cocoa nibs.

Added by champ103 on 08-13-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by JGlitz87:
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4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle at Common Table in Dallas

A: Not quite as dark as I expected. Similar to a brown ale

S: Lots of bourbon, with hints of banana and caramel.

T: Reminded me of a bananas foster with bourbon. Strong taste of banana to go along with the bourbon. Alcohol level masked well.

F: Medium bodied

O: Have only had BB2 and BB4. These two beers are completely different. However, the bourbon from the aging came through clearly which I enjoyed. Certainly not a stout, but certainly a beer well worth trying.

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bottle @ Stag's Head
served ice cold??? (it even seemed like it was on ice as the label was wet)
by far my least favorite and the least flavorful of this series. the scent was of slight bourbon and a faint banana sweet aroma. It looked pretty dark, but I didn't study the color as it was dark in the pub. Strong bourbon flavor, weak mouthfeel & body and some banana notes that seem to fade in and out and remain absent from most sips. It's like there isn't much of a beer behind the bourbon barrel aging and the flavor just completely clips out at the end, like a Michelob Amber Bock that's been BBAged, and you've just chased it down with a shot of tonic water. As it warmed it almost seemed to lose flavor, banana barely fading in and out. I noticed nothing from the cocoa nibs or any type of chocolate characteristics. Saint Arnold has been doing a great job so far with their Barrel aged beers, and that distinct BBA flavor certainly comes through again here, but the base beer couldn't carry it this time. Interesting experiment but rather disappointing.

Updated 10/11/13: I've tasted others since then and they were much, much better, I suspect the first one I tried had been compromised by temp. extremes. Very good brew, but still doesn't quite stack up to 1 & 3

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Bishop's Barrel 4 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.