Bishop's Barrel 24
Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #776
Ranked #8,741
4.39 | pDev: 5.69%
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States
Notes: After aging for 19 months in Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels, Bishop’s Barrel No. 24 is finally ready – and it is unabashedly opulent.

BB24 tastes grandiose in all aspects; from the notes of rich figs, fresh vanilla, ripe strawberries, toasted oak, and dark chocolate, to the way its dense, silky texture grips softly to the palate. Yet even with such bold flavors, this beer is remarkably balanced and drinkable – even at 14.7% ABV.

34 IBU
Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 13 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a one finger tan head rises that fades to a collar, leaving a few spots behind

Smell: Roasted and caramelized malts mingle with the chocolate and Bourbon tones; there is a black cherry element in the aromatics, too; big and oaky

Taste: Roasted dark malt flavors forward, with chocolate and black cherry flavors developing; the Woodford barrels interject, through the middle. bringing oak and vanilla into the fray; the finish has a lot of warmth and black cherry

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

Overall: There is a lot of flavor in this gem and while I really enjoyed the black cherry element, I would like to have dialed it back just a slight bit - that is a quibble, as this is an excellent brew

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark chocolate, fig bourbon, charred oak, vanilla, dark cherry, brownie, molasses

Alcohol is present but blended well. Mouth feel is silky. May be better than recent BCBS

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Photo of champ103
4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an opaque black color. On a vigorous pour, a two finger tan head rises. That sticks around for a while and recedes after a minute. Light lace is left behind.
S: Up front I get baked bread and toasted malts with chocolate. A big rich malt character up front. Then the barrels come in. Vanilla and deep wood/oak aromas.
T: Like the nose, the malt character is huge here. Not so much overly roasted but more baked bread and toasted malts. Chocolate, a bit of dark fruits. I get this lingering peppery flavor throughout. Which is not bad and counters everything else going on nicely. Certainly sweetness as well. Then the barrels come into play. Vanilla and big oak/wood flavors. This is one of those that you can taste for days.
M/O: Certainly a big full body. Though like almost all Saint Arnold offerings, there is high carbonation. Which gives the impression of a lighter body without actually being light at all. After a while this becomes sticky and thick. As expected, a huge beer that has some warming alcohol. A slow sipper for sure, that has a lot of alcohol presents. Still a really enjoyable sipper.

Oh man, on occasion you come across something that transcends. This is one of those offerings. Something that between beer and a liquor of some kind. If this was a Bruery type of release, this would be undrinkable, those are just way to sweet and alcoholic, let alone to big a bottle to be enjoyable. As is, I enjoy this a lot and is the perfect serving size to do just that. I am usually all about subtly, and this is the opposite. Though it is really well done.

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Photo of marieli
4.09/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into snifter. Be sure to let this warm up. Don't rush it at all! Boozy and muted flavors give way at ~55 degrees to a welcoming mellow and blended flavor that for me was mainly chocolate mixed with "whatever"--bless those who find all sorts of things in there that I can never detect! A very nice beer, especially for St. Arnold that doesn't usually hit the nail on the head with dark ales. Credit where credit is due: they gave us a solid stout with Divine 18 and have now rolled that into an impressive Bishop 24. But frankly, I'm shocked at some of the early big scores. To each their own, but relative to other upper class barrel aged stouts, this is not a 4.5+ beer, even for Texas where it's often hard to find a great dark beer.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is black with a finger of cinnamon. Head that quickly fades to a faint ring around the glass.
Not unexpected given the ABV
Nose is a huge wave of bourbon coconut, vanilla, fudge. Dark bitter chocolate and coffee
Taste follows. Huge hit of soft bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate brownie, coconut, alcohol is well hidden.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Hint of plum, raisin.
Lingering fudge, vanilla. Bourbon.
Excellent beer. Much beer than the base.

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Photo of Usmc0311A
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is DR18 aged in bourbon barrels for 19 months but the barrels only added a hint of bourbon flavor however made the imperial stout undoubtedly smoother. I have both to compare to. The BB24 feel is slightly more mellow than the DR 18 but not in a negative way. This beer won’t be back anytime soon at the earliest it would take 3 more years to recreate BB24. This is by far the best beer I’ve ever tasted. There’s a reason why there’s a limit 2 per customer at total wine and they sold out first day. If you do find some by as much as possible.

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Bishop's Barrel 24 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 13 ratings