Bishop's Barrel 1 | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Bishop's Barrel 1Bishop's Barrel 1
BA SCORE
4.24/5
183 Ratings
Bishop's Barrel 1Bishop's Barrel 1
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States
saintarnold.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by PhatAtUT on 11-06-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
183
pDev:
11.08%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
56
Gots:
34
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 183 |  Reviews: 31
Photo of Ben7773
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Beerzebub
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
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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Photo of Can_has_beer
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours dark brown, with no head

S- Not a lot going on with the nose. Roasted oats, coffee and alcohol.

T- A massive vanilla component on the tongue, as well as lots of oak. Bourbon shines through but was rather subdued. No lingering bitterness; smooth.

M- Not as chewy as expected. Just a tad thin for being 12% abv.

O- I definitely preferred the BB #3 over this one. Even though they were both the same recipe, I just don't think this one turned out as good. This was still a very enjoyable beer, I just had high expectations. I think the saving grace here were the vanilla and oak components on the palate.

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Photo of Kramerbarthomer
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of zonker17
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of ucsbmullet
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of JamLand
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of facundoCNB
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

a deep brown almost black in color with a finger of light tan head which diminished slowly into a tiny carbonation ring - nice amount of sticky lacing. huge nutty/vanilla/oak/bourbon aroma as soon as you twist the cap off.. wet pecans, butterscotch, maple. the flavor is just a world of awesome, with tons of bourbon hitting you up front. lots of maple, molasses follow, with a delicious wet pecan tone in the background. hints of milk sweet chocolate, subtle roastiness, light roasted coffee.
the mouthfeel is excellent.. a full body beer with low carbonation, nice smooth silky feel (you taste the bourbon but don't feel it - until it hits you in the chest and you realize it's got a nice bite).

this is fantastic beer for every category it could possibly fall in (stout, imperial stout, barrel aged beers, etc).. it has an amazing flavor profile that i can only compare to peruvian morning (just more on the sweeter side and with more bourbon). definitely worth seeking out, and am definitely glad i received this as a part of a blind trade last winter (and am even gladder i held onto it and let it age for a bit).

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Photo of Yeti1979
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of wildstyle2k3
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of HookemHops13
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
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 jordanmckell
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Dicers
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of valkyre65
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of CraftBrew
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of VernonBaxter
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of melissajtai
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Theortiz01
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of canadianghetto
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of TxUltraRunner
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of mhksuccess
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Immortale25
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had at Avenue Pub New Orleans. Served in a snifter. Bottleneck says 102612

A- Pours a completely opaque black color with a 1/4 inch light tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and random splotches of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a solid ring behind on the glass.

S- Heavy dark roast and you can definitely smell the molasses which brings with it notes of brown sugar. The barrel presence is certainly there too showing plenty of bourbon characteristics.

T- Where to begin? The roast comes in with a bunch of sweetness to balance and creates that savory barrel-aged stout flavor. Tons of chocolate, brown sugar and molasses. The bourbon sews everything together making for a dangerously drinkable beer.

M- Creamy and slick with medium-low carbonation and the fullest of bodies.

O- You can't really get much better than this, flavor-wise. This stacks up to some of the best BBA stouts out there. Very pleased with this beer which was totally worth the $14 for a 12 oz.

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Photo of CDCNAM
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Bishop's Barrel 1 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 183 ratings
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