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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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Bishop’s Barrel No. 1 is an Imperial Stout aged in 48 Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels for ten months. The nose is all bourbon and chocolate. The taste starts with a mix of spice with the bourbon and chocolate emerging and lingering through the finish. The light carbonation keeps the beer from becoming cloying, almost giving it a perception of lightness. A pleasant sipping beer, the bourbon is both present but not overpowering as you work your way through the glass. This beer should be served at 55°F or a couple degrees warmer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (16507) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2013
15th February 2013
Opaque black - brown beer with a decent pale tan head. Palate has body and fine sharp carbonation. Medium dark malts and semi sweet wood, just a trace of vanilla. Medium bourbon. Quite an earthy sweet Impy this one, especially in the mid and finish. Nice enough!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (14159) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 14, 2013
Bottle courtesy of t0rin0, thanks! Very dark brown color, small tan head. Aroma of chocolate covered brownies. Taste is thick, rich brandied chicolate bon bons and peppermint. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12039) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 14, 2013
(12oz bottle, courtesy of Walt) Pours an opaque black body with a small beige head. Aroma of green oak, bourbon, roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon. Flavor of oak, vanilla, bourbon, roasted malt, nuts, anise, and brown sugar.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (11998) - Orange County, California, USA - JUN 16, 2013
Very dark brown, almost black, with a khaki head. Nice roasted malt, licorice, and bourbon. Vanilla, coconut, and some dark fruit. A hint of burnt sugar, too. Nice coconut, vanilla, and fudge flavors. Roasted malt, licorice, bourbon, and dark fruit. Quite nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (9816) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2014
Bottle... Mostly clear, dark brown ale with a small, quickly-dissipating, beige head. The nose is a decadent medley of fudge, bourbon-soaked brownies and light molasses. Full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and modest carbonation. The flavor is a mélange of deeply roasted malts, semi-sweet dark chocolate and molasses accompanied by a nice measure of bourbon. Short, vanilla finish. Bottle courtesy of Rosebud butternuts!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
daknole (9694) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 24, 2013
Brown pour, brown head. This beer tastes just like chewing on a wet bourbon barrel. How do I know? Well I don’t. But I can imagine that it tastes just like this beer. Barrel overload. Nice aroma tho.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (8930) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUL 8, 2013
355mL. Pours a clear deep mahogany/deep brown. Weaker foam that takes a lot of coaxing to get hardly anything. Nose is pretty hefty barrel- rich coconut, toast, but also a ton of dark fruits- licorice, dates, raisins. Taste is not as good as expected- dusty and papery with a full barleywine body. Not even close to imperial stout as this is completely void of roast, chocolate, body, and bitterness. It is more like a Firestone Walker anniversary beer- some sort of Parabola/Abacus blend. The palate isn’t even that thick and there is no cloying sugar. But lemon tea, black tea, sweet ’n’ low, a raisins create the flavor profile. I like the barrel notes overall but the base beer has thinned out perhaps and was probably never an imperial stout from the beginning. Chocolate is not one of the flavors in this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7884) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Bottle shared by Walt. Pours with a black hued body with a medium sized tan head. Aromas are of cola, brown sugar, chocolate and bourbon, some licorice, malty, caramel and toasty with light vanillin. Flavors are of cola, brown sugar, nutty, medium whiskey. Full body, lightly warming, balance nicely. Good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 6, 2013
Bottle:   Deep brown, cola hued edges, thin sudsy light beige head, spotty lacing.   Soft bourbon nose, sweet roasted malts, a bit of caramel like graham cracker, slight alcohol.   Bourbon, marshmallow, caramel, graham cracker, and soft vanilla notes on the tongue.   Backside seems to have a lot of vanilla flavor, almost like the stuff you buy at the store.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Was hoping this would be a bit more chewy.   The vanilla aspect of this beer goes from subtle to KAPOW, right in the kisser.   Alcohol is noticeable, but is manageable.   Maltiness could stand to be bigger.   This beer needs to be chewy, and it is not.   However, for what it is, roasty, bourbon, graham cracker, and caramel, its pretty tasty.   Dial down the vanilla, provide a bit more chewiness, and this would be the t*ts.   Thanks Bill for this rarity!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6281) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 12, 2014
"No hint of 12%, thought the barrel shines. Whiskey, coconut, vanilla, molasses, and chocolate almost on equal measures. Very smooth feel. Flavor marches the aroma with a hint of roast and graham cracker. Best TX beer I’ve had so far I think..."

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