Bishop's Barrel 18
Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Barleywine - English
4.23 | pDev: 6.62%
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Bishop's Barrel No. 18 is an "Oat Wine" aged in WhistlePig Rye Whiskey barrels for 9 months.

25 IBU
Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 55 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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puck1225 from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap at a local pub. Pour into a small snifter. Clear dark brown color with an nice beige head and excellent curtain lacing. Nice caramel and vanilla smell and taste. Nutty pecan flavor along with some molasses. A bit boozy. Overall a nice barleywine.

Feb 28, 2021
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stephens101 from Oklahoma

3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one's been hanging around for a while. Let's see how it stands up.

This brew is crowned with a quickly receding (like my hairline) off-white froth. Color is dark brown with amber hues interspersed. Smells of cherry, brown sugar, treacle, and grain. Sweet with burnt sugar, maraschino cherry, and graham cracker on the tongue. Some other notes of syrup, caramel and faint wood present themselves randomly. Medium to heavy with a good dose of fusel alcohol in the finish.

A little slow out of the blocks but finishes fairly well. Just a bit more training that this one would be winning some races.

Jan 07, 2018
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mothman from Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Khaki head. Caramel copper color.

Great rye whiskey and barrel flavor. Vanilla and oak. Spice. Caramel and toffee. Malty. Wheat is a nice addition. Everything blends together well here. Very enjoyable.

Dec 01, 2017
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rye wine aged in Bourbon Barrels. Caramel, toffee, vanilla, brown sugar, figs, creme brulee and oak. All malt. Medium bodied. Smooth. Nice hit of boozy heat. Really good.

Nov 22, 2017
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Rimbimhoot from Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark mahogany with some ruby tones, head quickly dissipates
S: Rye whiskey, sweet caramel, dates, dry oats, butterscotch, booze, rye spice, raisin
T: Bright rye whiskey, caramel, raisins, dates, oats, alcohol, spicy rye, brown sugar hints, some charred oak
M: Sticky but very drinkable, alcohol blends well
O: Very tasty and multi-dimensional. Killer in the 12 oz format!

Aug 04, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to snifter.
The appearance was a fairly dark brown color with a sly transparency about it. Finger's worth of white foamy head stiffened and slid off at a moderate pace. Lace slid for the most part.
The aroma had a nice blend of some black cherries, red delicious apples, vanilla, oak, tobacco leaf and a light earthy spice.
The flavor had a good sweetness rolling about taking the blend of the prior notes to delve into the spice ever so slightly. Nice aftertaste accompanied smoothly.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a good sipping sort of quality about it. Carbonation felt fine, perhaps a touch low. ABV felt as projected by the brewer. Nice mobile smooth almost sticky yet sweet finish.
Overall, thanks Nate for sending. Really nice English styled barleywine.

Jun 23, 2017
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HipCzech from Texas

3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving: 12 oz bottle poured into a 9 oz Libbey Embassy snifter.

Appearance: Deep, clear dark brown of strong black tea with a fringe of tan bubbles and little lace.

Smell: Sweet, malty caramel aroma with some vanilla, spice and oak.

Taste: Malty, grainy, sweet with some dark fruit and a bit of booze.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, not as full as it tastes, with moderate but gentle carbonation.

Overall: Sweet, boozy sipper that delivers on its reference to oatmeal cookies (with maybe some booze soaked raisins).

Jun 10, 2017
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champ103 from Texas

4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Have had a few times now. First a bottle from the Flying Saucer, and again on tap at Southern Goods.

A: Pours a beautiful ruby/brown color. A dense two finger light beige head forms, which recedes after a minute. Light lace, but find the color stunning.
S: The wonderful malt and barrel character mixes perfectly. Toasted malts, light chocolate, caramel/toffee, spice, wood, baked bread. The spiciness and wood aroma builds as the warms. The barrel character might seem a little subtle, but this is spot on for an English Barelywine, and anybody familiar with Whistle Pig will love the spicy wood character.
T: Like the nose, with a fantastic balance of malt and barrel character. Tasted malts, chocolate and doughy, caramel/toffee sweetness. Which intermingles with the bready spicy, woody character from the barrel. A bit of fusel alcohol, but that is to be expected.
M/O: A big full body that is slightly sticky and resiny. Though as this breathes becomes silky and ultra smooth. You can thank the oats for that. Really enjoyable to sip and savor, again the alcohol is a bit burning. Though mix that with the malt and wood, this becomes a fantastic sipper.

Yep, another excellent Bishop's Barrel. I need to get a few bottles for home, which I have yet to do. It is rare that the particular barrel used can impart such a balanced but noticeable character on the overall product. Everything works really well here, and when the alcohol burn mellows a bit, this will be even better.

Jun 10, 2017
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ilikebeer03 from Texas

3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nose is a malty, caramel sweetness. Taste is caramel, light toffee, lightly toasted malts, a slight vanilla. Not a ton of bourbon to speak of. Mouthfeel is a bit more than medium thickness.

Jun 09, 2017
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Mateo2699 from Texas

4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looks a very dark brown on initial pour, reddish hue held up to the light. White head, moderate lacing. Sweet caramel aroma upfront along with brown sugar, with a nice dose of the spice from the rye whiskey barrel in the background. Nice presence of sweet oats with the taste, caramel, brown sugar, and sweet malt initially, a wave of rye spiciness comes through in the back end. Slightly boozy finish, nothing too over the top though. Mouthfeel is relatively thin, the oats didn't add much to the mouthfeel from what I could tell. One of the better ones from the BB series.

Jun 07, 2017
Bishop's Barrel 18 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 55 ratings