Bishop's Barrel 4
Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Bock - Weizenbock
4.2 | pDev: 9.52%
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Bishop's Barrel 4Bishop's Barrel 4
Notes: Weizenbock aged in Woodford Reserve barrels with cocoa nibs.
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NolaHopHead from Louisiana

4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, 3 yrs old. Pours dark brown, almost no carbonation left. Bourbon and candy aroma. Sweet boozy candy sweet flavor, almost like a flat rum and coke. Wish I would've tried this one a year ago.

Jul 11, 2016
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beerdrifter from Germany

4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this one up in a trade with Cisco. Deep dark brown pour with a quickly fading one finger off-white head with decent lacing. The nose is a really nice and unique combination of bourbon and earthy dark fruit notes along with hints of vanilla, oak, cocoa, toffee, coconut, subtle espresso, and a touch of licorice. The taste follows suit with the bourbon once again the star. Loads of cocoa complement the bourbon nicely along with hints of vanilla, oak, coconut, toffee, raisins, and brown bread. The mouthfeel is somewhat light and fizzy with huge drinkability and a nice bittersweet finish. Overall, this is a unique and really flavorful interpretation of the style. Yet another amazing beer in the Bishop's Barrel series. Highly recommended if you can still find one.

Aug 16, 2015
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crankdatank from Washington

4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to Fro my first St. Arnold beer. Pours deep brown with minimal head. Smell is bourbon and vanilla, with a hint of chocolate. Taste is sweet bourbon finishing with vanilla, hint of oak and slight roastiness. Hides the abv well. My only complaint is the carbonation is a bit too prickly. Delicious beer, like easy drinking chocolate bourbon. Can't wait to try the others in the series!

Jul 06, 2014
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dar482 from New York

4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a dark brown mahogany with red coming through in the light.

The aroma is extremely bourbon forward with lots of fresh vanilla, bourbon, coconut, dark caramel, brown sugar.

Definitely let this warm up all the way to blossom. In the front, it is again that bourbon character with lots of vanilla and coconut. A hint of caramelized banana possibly, but mostly just caramel and rich sweetness. The bourbon character lingers throughout with watered down bourbon on the finish. No sense of the cacao nib.

The mouthfeel is quite watery for the style at a medium to light, but it has carbonation to move the beer around.

In the end, wenot much izebock nor cacao nib in this as advertised. However, it's still a very tasty bourbon barrel beer, more towards a bourbon barrel wee heavy.

Apr 09, 2014
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Beerzebub from California

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Attractive coffee color; minimal head.

Smells good - sweet whiskey barrel, malt, and dried fruit along the lines of dates; nice cohesive richness.

Might tasty, although the balance is a little tilted toward sweetness. Coconut, vanilla, rich caramel malt, long sweet bourbon barrel finish with lots of lingering coconut. Bare hint of bitterness at the end; good freshness and drinkability despite the sweetness.

The base beer seems to complement the bourbon barrel really nicely, while sort of taking backstage; good stuff. Thanks Daniel

Apr 08, 2014
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Labeorphile from Texas

4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Chimay chalice. Looks like a soft drink. Dark with a fizzy head that quickly disappears.

Smell is great. Vanilla, oak, dark fruits and raisin. A highly inviting nose.

Taste is similar, you can definitely pick up the dark fruit and vanilla. Alcohol is strong but well hidden.

The problem is the mouth feel. Way too thin, which in was worried about on when I saw the head. Really takes away from an otherwise great tasting beer.

Mar 16, 2014
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to rudzud for sharing this one. Also F-ing screw top, wtf guys, even with cheap wax, why! Really why would you do screw tops, I really don't see any possible benefit! Bottle cap says "Toy surprise inside".

Pours a decent creamy very small head, fades semi quickly, very dark molasses color little ruby light getting through.

Nose is quite nice, a mix of bourbon and dark raisin malts. Bourbon out front, bit of vanilla barrel, big sweet malts with caramel and brown sugar and candy, toffee, molasses, some nice raisin and brandy, lots of caramel candies. Just a hint of cocoa though.

Taste is ok, a little thin, then into nice sweet candy, lots of caramel and that candy wheat biscuit toffee, little molasses too, but not syrupy. Mild bitterness, grassy hop, little booze, then into little cocoa and vanilla barrel, mild milk choc and a little raisin. The bourbon is there but much less than the nose. Finish is drier with little sweet malt, little toffee and caramel, biscuit wheat toffee, little bourbon and raisin, that's about it.

Mouth is thin, lighter carb, hint of booze.

Overall mix, but interesting.

Mar 01, 2014
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superspak from Michigan

4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with cyde. 12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 7/26/2013. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy very dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of cocoa, chocolate, brown bread, caramel, raisin, light banana, clove, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, oak, brown sugar, and light yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt, barrel, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of big cocoa, chocolate, brown bread, caramel, raisin, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, oak, clove, brown sugar, light banana, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of cocoa, chocolate, brown bread, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, oak, light clove and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity and balance of malt, yeast, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great malt/barrel flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome Barrel aged weizenbock. All around great complexity and balance of malt, yeast, and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

Feb 06, 2014
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Mikecap from Rhode Island

4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a deep brown, nearly black with very little head that leaves traces of lacing on the sides of my snifter.

S: Bourbon, chocolate and some dark fruits. A bit of oak from the barrel and some vanilla and caramel come through but strong sweet bourbon is dominant.

T: Beautiful up front notes of cocoa and baker's chocolate, alcohol heat that doesn't overpower, and some dark fruity notes. All in all it is well put together and the flavors complement one another well.

M: Medium to full bodied but extremely smooth. The alcohol comes through but doesn't overpower the flavors and this is a nice sipper.

O: My first Bishop's Barrel and it is a great one. I don't think I will get to try this again but I'm glad I did!

Jan 12, 2014
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Duffy for sharing.

A - Poured a nice slightly see through brown with a very thin head that leaves thin legs.

S - Aromas of nice nibs and bourbon. Really appealing.

T - Taste is sweet, almost cloy, like a rollo without the chocolate. Super sweet caramel notes and nice bourbon. Pretty tasty.

M - Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side, feels slighftly sticky.

O - Overall this was a tasty beer. Nice bourbon notes, solid.

Nov 27, 2013
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twiggamortis420 from Texas

3.59/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of fthomasl pours a clear-ish chestnut color with a moderately sized froth of fine-bubbled tan head. Retention and lacing are both fantastic.

Nose has more in common with a barrel aged stout than a weizenbock...but the coconut, vanilla and oak are all there. Good barrel aromas but the base beer is definitely covered up.

Taste is coconut, vanilla and...weizen yeast?? Thats cool, and somewhat interesting but the barrel is a bit much and leaves me disappointed I cant taste much of the base beer. Dont get me wrong, it is a tasty beverage - but I just feel like it has a ton of flavors that are similar to the first few Bishops Barrel beers. Id have to go with 'meh' on this one and at $8 a way jose.

Oct 02, 2013
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bhuff10 from New York

4.56/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A: Similar to a darker brown ale; very little head when poured

S: Heavy bourbon; hints of banana and caramel

T: Strong taste of bourbon, with hints of carmel and banana; alcohol was well hidden by strong, sweet, malty flavors

F: Medium-Full bodied

O: SA's BB4 is one of the best beers I've had lately. The Weizenbock alone would be great, but the bourbon barrel aging make it exceptional. Well worth the cost on a special occasion.

Sep 26, 2013
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inlimbo77 from Delaware

4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz, 7/26/13
Jester King 2nd anniversary snifter

A: Pours a deep brown with reddish hues. You can see some light through it. Thin layer of light tan head. Forms a collar. Alcohol feet.

S: Sweet caramel. Mocha. Chocolate. Vanilla. Some fruit. Smells really nice.

T: Sweet cocoa on the tip if the tongue. Vanilla. Toffee. Really nice flavors. Finish has some booze, but it's not over powering.

M: Full bodied. Mouth filling.

Sep 24, 2013
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TexasBeerGuy from Texas

3.64/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a dark chocolate with a very thin head.

S - Bourbon followed by chocolate and some banana. I really enjoy the smell, but it's just a little basic.

T - Bourbon, vanilla, chocolate and a little banana on the finish. A taste of burnt malt lingers.

M - Medium carbonation on the pour that quickly faded. This was just a little thin for what I like.

O - I enjoyed this beer, but not my favorite in the series. I enjoyed it, but it I still prefer BB1 or BB2. Wish there was just a bit more complexity in this one.

Aug 20, 2013
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JGlitz87 from Texas

4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle at Common Table in Dallas

A: Not quite as dark as I expected. Similar to a brown ale

S: Lots of bourbon, with hints of banana and caramel.

T: Reminded me of a bananas foster with bourbon. Strong taste of banana to go along with the bourbon. Alcohol level masked well.

F: Medium bodied

O: Have only had BB2 and BB4. These two beers are completely different. However, the bourbon from the aging came through clearly which I enjoyed. Certainly not a stout, but certainly a beer well worth trying.

Aug 17, 2013
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Ford from Texas

4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another goodie from SA in Houston.

I still prefer 1 and 3 in this series.... I didn't think this one tasted like a stout at all.. which it isn't of course... it was easy for me to tell the difference than it and 1 and 3.

I also got to try the base beer alongside this... which made it easy to pick out.. the bourbon wasn't quite as strong as 1 and 3, but there was still plenty there in my opinion.

Really good stuff Saint Arnolds. Keep em coming.

Aug 15, 2013
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snargles from Texas

3.67/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

bottle @ Stag's Head
served ice cold??? (it even seemed like it was on ice as the label was wet)
by far my least favorite and the least flavorful of this series. the scent was of slight bourbon and a faint banana sweet aroma. It looked pretty dark, but I didn't study the color as it was dark in the pub. Strong bourbon flavor, weak mouthfeel & body and some banana notes that seem to fade in and out and remain absent from most sips. It's like there isn't much of a beer behind the bourbon barrel aging and the flavor just completely clips out at the end, like a Michelob Amber Bock that's been BBAged, and you've just chased it down with a shot of tonic water. As it warmed it almost seemed to lose flavor, banana barely fading in and out. I noticed nothing from the cocoa nibs or any type of chocolate characteristics. Saint Arnold has been doing a great job so far with their Barrel aged beers, and that distinct BBA flavor certainly comes through again here, but the base beer couldn't carry it this time. Interesting experiment but rather disappointing.

Updated 10/11/13: I've tasted others since then and they were much, much better, I suspect the first one I tried had been compromised by temp. extremes. Very good brew, but still doesn't quite stack up to 1 & 3

Aug 14, 2013
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Dajtai007 from Texas

4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Despite what Paul says its pretty good :)

Low to medium carbonation on a medium bodied ale. Great booziness mingled with chocolate and vanilla on the nose. It's slightly hot, but delivers a solid combination of vanilla-bourbon, milk chocolate, and bananas. As it gets to room temp it gets creamier. A great tasty beer from SA and they continue to produce solid beers in this series. Cheers!

Aug 13, 2013
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champ103 from Texas

3.42/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown with ruby around the edges. At first a large, bubbly beige head forms that rises to over two fingers. Though noisily and quickly fades to a small ring. Little lace is left.
S: Vanilla, toasted malt, caramel sweetness. Big barrel aromas. Wood, and more vanilla. Sweet, bourbon, malty. Nice, but a bit simplistic.
T: Toasted malt, almost burnt toast like. Cereal grains. Then the barrel flavors kick in. Vanilla, wood, and sweetness. For the most part, very similar to BB 1 and 3. Even though they are very different styles.
M/D: A medium body with effervescent and bubbly carbonation at first. Though, as this breaths, the carbonation is quickly cut down. Like the others in the series, just a bit watery. Plenty of alcohol and barrel character that makes this a slow sipper.

If anything, this is a bit to similar to BB 1 and 3. Not a bad beer, but nothing that screams any kind of uniqueness IMO. Let alone anything that resembles what I wanted in a barrel aged Weizenbock. More of a strong brown ale/bordering on a stout. I was really looking forward to this one, and a bit of a let down. BB 2 is still the best in the series so far.

Aug 13, 2013
Bishop's Barrel 4 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 191 ratings