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Bishop's Barrel 4 | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Bishop's Barrel 4Bishop's Barrel 4

Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Weizenbock aged in Woodford Reserve barrels with cocoa nibs.

Added by champ103 on 08-13-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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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

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Bishop's Barrel 4 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
4.12 out of 5 based on 185 ratings.
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