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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   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.


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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
starkmarvelo (29) - Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2012
Saint Arnold's Bishops Barrel #1 A- pours dark brown, nearly black. Small 1/2 finger off white head. S- big bourbon smell. Milk chocolate and sweet vanilla aromas. Smells great. T- big bourbon flavor, sweet vanilla, chocolate. Very sweet, I think it has a lot of vanilla character from the barrels, but a bit too much. I'm also getting some sweet hazelnut maybe almond flavor and hints of milk chocolate. M- a bit thin, but still brings out all the flavors on the tongue. Fizzy carbonation is nice. A lot of bourbon heat. It almost feels like I'm drinking Woodford Reserve. Honestly if it was thicker, I wouldn't be able to drink it. O- the base beer comes out a bit more closer to room temp. I'm not big on bourbon and this has a lot to it. It tastes great but I would like to share this. 12 oz. is too much for me. -


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (1550) - 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..."

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wchesser (1163) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 11, 2014
In BB vertical 7/10/14. Bottle from HeffIAm...thanks, man! Been wanting to try this for a while. Pretty thin considering...watery rim from the age? Boozy bourbon nose, with a lot of dark malt.coffee. Dark almost ashy malts to balance the sweet barrel vanilla, some dark dried fruit, hot finish, but not harsh. Preferred this to #3 despite the extra age on this one...less of a hot mess.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (9152) - 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!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (3937) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 25, 2014
12oz bottle in a teku. Pours black with a beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, bourbon, oak, chocolate and vanilla, some alcohol, and light notes of dark fruits. Flavor the same with a nice blend of everything. Smooth texture. A good imperial stout.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
daknole (9099) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Experiment_Ale (1004) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 19, 2013
12oz at a bottle shop with Taylor. Pours black with no head. Aroma is bourbon, roasted malt, chocolate. Taste is whiskey booze, big chocolate malt, very full flavor. Big complex stout, very nice and strangely smooth for the style.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (15068) - , 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!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cavie (3795) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - AUG 13, 2013
Bottle from Live Oak....from a long ass time ago. Pours a super dark color, brown and black. Slick head. Aroma is woody, dark chocolate and roast. Oak on the flavor with vanilla and dark chocolate. Finishes a little more bitter than hoped for. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Errl (1585) - Plano, Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2013
Bottle thanks to mora2000 and Mr.Foley..Pour is dark with a thin tan head..Nose is amazing, oak, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate,spice..Taste is Bourbon, marshmallows, sweetness,oak

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (8425) - 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.


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