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Bishop's Barrel 5 | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Bishop's Barrel 5Bishop's Barrel 5

Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by VernonBaxter on 11-04-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 165 |  Reviews: 15
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives tan-capped with the liquid underneath a root beer brown; strands and dots of lacing are left behind

Smell: Dark fruit and Bourbon with hints of brown bread and molasses

Taste: Brown bread and molasses, up front, with dark fruit (fig and date) flavors building in the middle; after the swallow, the Wild Turkey builds and brings sweet licorice and vanilla elements; boozy aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with moderate carbonation; warmth in the gullet

Overall: A really excellent beer; I would like to see some peat flavor come through as well, but every other aspect of the beer was quite enticing

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Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.35/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a finger or more of tan head that fades away. Color is a deep caramel hued copper brown.

Flavor profile: caramel and toffee up front. A lot of vanilla, oak, and bourbon. Some fig, molasses, and cinnamon. A lot of malts. Very smooth and rounded out.

Mouthfeel: warming, smooth, creamy. Medium to full bodied. Good amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, a really nice beer. Easy drinking with a lot if flavor. I could drink a lot of this.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.03/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.25/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.29/5  rDev -0.5%

12oz bottle poured into an unlabeled snifter 8/18/2014.

A- The body pours a very silky smooth, dark brown body that is nearly black, very much like a stout. Up rises a thick, creamy, foamy mocha head that extends to two fingers evanescently; with just the right amount of retention- lingers long enough to get a man excited, but disappears quickly enough that you can start drinking without getting a milk mustache. [4.5]

S- Clean bourbon flavours with wet oak, vanilla notes and a lingering toffee sweetness from the base malt. Smells like tootsie rolls soaked in bourbon. Not particularly complicated, but very delicious. [4.25]

F- Toffee, tapioca sweetness up front that clears out almost immediately for a clean whiskey-forward smoky charcoal sweetness, finishing up with the barrel's oak and vanilla contribution; predominantly oaky of course. Transitions very nicely and very elegantly. [4.25]

M- Medium in body, well carbonated with a strong smoky bourbon finish. Definitely a sipper as the heat on this is quite strong. [4]

O- This is an excellent barrel-aged scotch ale. There aren't very many out there aside from Backwoods Bastard which is still the leader in the genre. To me, this beer strikes a nice balance between sweet maltiness and sweet smoky bourbon and vanilla- Backwoods Bastard tends to favour the latter but strikes a good balance; this is somewhere closer to the former but without sacrificing much of the latter. Again, this is a barrel-aged scotch ale worth getting. [4.25]

Final score: 4.2875

(Using the above ratings for each category and the weights below, per the old system)
Appearance 5%
Aroma 20%
Taste 45%
Mouthfeel 10%
Overall 20%


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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark brown with some ruby highlights around the edges. A bubbly beige head noisely forms. Then recedes in a second. Little lace is left behind.
S: Just an awesome nose. Toasted and caramel malts up front. As this warms big barrel aromas come out. Oak and vanilla are very welcome. All with a chocolate finish.
T: Like the nose, the malts of the base beer are up front. Toasted and baked bread like. A caramel sweetness. Maybe a bit of smoke peaking through. Again, as this warms all the barrel flavors come out. Oak, vanilla, and that great lingering chocolate flavor.
M/D: A full body moderate carbonation. Smooth and velvety. A bit of heat though overall, so easy and enjoyable to drink. Everything is so well integrated considering the alcohol and barrel. A treat to drink.

Another excellent offering from Saint Arnold this year. My biggest complaint from previous BB releases have been the thin mouthfeel. Knowing how good DR 4 was to begin with, that was not a concern here. A great all around offering.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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Bishop's Barrel 5 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.31 out of 5 with 165 ratings
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