Bishop's Barrel 1 | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 31 | Ratings: 184
Reviews by PhatAtUT:
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3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: drinking in a dimly lit bar, but basically looks like an imperial stout. black with a thin tan head

S: at first whiff it smelled like a shot of whiskey. mellowed out some after a couple of minutes. get vanilla and a little cocoa.

T: the whiskey is definitely very upfront. doesn't really come off as particularly "hot", but there is certainly a very obvious whiskey flavor. get a hint of vanilla and milk chocolate. obviously some roasted malts. it's pretty tasty actually, but the whiskey verges on dominating the palate. a little too much barrel characteristic.

M: mouthfeel is fine. very early reviews I saw said too thin, but I didn't find that to be the case. it's not thick and chewy, but I don't find it to be too thin as to take away from the beer.

O: I enjoyed it. it does taste a little young and I could see it improving a little. wouldn't put this in a class with the best BA stouts I've had, but it's a tasty beer and i would certainly drink again

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Photo of rspauldi
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lance87
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Ryannotbryan
3.39/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of hoppy91
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of JScoot
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of ericat78
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of xtonytx
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BdM
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of notbornbutrazed
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Chris_Huston
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Easily the closest my experience has come to matching the brewer's notes, and also a fantastic example of the dramatic differences within a style and from the same brewer. Very different from the Divine Reserve #15. Sweeter, lighter, more complex flavor and easier to drink.

StA recommends consuming it somewhere between 55-60 degrees, I poured mine on the other side of 70, as I usually do, out of a tuliped snifter. Mostly bourbon on the nose. That fills out in the taste with some spiciness at the front, the cacao comes through quietly on the backend. The light carbonation gives it a nice, drinkable feel. The lacing is more clingy than newer StA offerings.

Essentially, this is a great beer for beer and bourbon lovers. The bourbon is unmistakable, but civilized, playing nicely with the beer itself. Definitely one of my favorite StA and Russian Imperial Stouts.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of bobbrew
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I hate to say this about a Texas beer but this beer is amazing! It's pushing the envelope of anything ever brewed. Hard to recognize as a RIP. It's a mouthful of plums and figs but soft and smooth. No edges on this brew. If you're into savoring, this will not be surpassed. I'm not sure what Thomas Hardy has been shooting for but 30 years of drinking everything they have brewed I think I've finally found it. Liquid mama. A first and hopefully not the last. This is what decades of beer exploration can come to. A Mother load of indescribable flavor.

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Photo of cfh64
4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I cant believe this beer is nearly a year old already! 12 oz bottle courtesy of fthomasl pours a hazed dark brown color with a modest cap of tan head. Not much for retention and lace.

Nose is a wonderful blend of coconut, vanilla, wood, blackberries, alcohol and toasted almonds. It is beastly on the aroma and smells really nice.

Taste is heavenly! Wow, this shows no signs of slowing down and might even be better than it was a year ago, the alcohol heat is much more integrated. Almond Joy dipped in bourbon and served on a cedar plank. BCBS is only 1% higher, but this one goes down with much less heat...though it is not quite as fruity or complex. It is big on the barrel treatment and the mouthfeel thins out as a result, but this is an excellent beer and would definitely fall within my top 20 barrel aged stouts, easily. Well done Saint Arnold.

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very dark brown, with no head.

Smells delicious. The molasses really comes through, along with bourbon barrel, caramel, cocoa, coffee, and dark dried fruit along the lines of fig.

Tastes sweet, with lots of molasses and bourbon, and some milder but somewhat balancing roastiness. Some mild bitterness helps it end more dry and roasty. There's a hint of herbaceous hop flavor that works well. A gentle oxidative note just adds to the complexity. I poured it too cold, but as it warmed up it really came together and it tastes cohesive and delicious, with bourbon and molasses being the main flavors.

Good rich texture and small bubbles, although these flavors would work with an even fuller body.

Nice beer! Thanks Daniel!

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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Bishop's Barrel 1 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 184 ratings