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Saint Arnold Bishop’s Barrel #3

Saint Arnold Bishop’s Barrel #3
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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.88/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   ABV: -
The third in our Bishop’s Barrel series is coming out on Monday. Like BB1, it is a bourbon barrel imperial stout. There will be two differences: 1) we fermented the imperial stout this time with our house Saint Arnold yeast which added a touch of creaminess to the beer (BB1 was fermented with a less estery yeast), and 2) it will have a 3 on the neck label instead of a 1. Also, BB3 was aged slightly longer (12 months vs. 10 months) than BB1.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
coachd (382) - Missouri, USA - MAR 20, 2015
Excellent aroma of milk chocolate right away, with some vanilla, oak and molasses. Pitch black with a cap of tan foam that rises high but goes away in an instant. Flavor is tart cherry, lots of oak, molasses and some maple syrup. Slight booze burn at the end. Very interesting flavor - I have never had another beer like it. Props for the originality. This one is great; I normally do not like the flavor of molasses in anything, but this one is really growing on me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (6619) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2015
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with small beige head that dimnishes to nothing. The aroma is chocolate, graham cracker, whiskey. Flavor of toasted coconut, whiskey, vanilla, and oak. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
roxtersoxter (358) - McKinney, Texas, USA - OCT 7, 2014
Pours dark brown with slight Amber tiny. Aroma of chocolate covered cherries. Excellent flavor of bourbon with hint of sweet cherries and spice. Awesome beer! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
merc7186 (2715) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 7, 2014
Aroma: Bourbon, Mild Chocolate Malts Appearance: Dark Opaque Hue, Passes Almost No Light, Thin Off White Head Ring, No Lacing Taste: Bourbon, Dark Mildly Roasted Malts, Mild Chocolate Mouthfeel: Average Carbonation, Medium to Full Bodied, Mildly Boozy

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wchesser (1577) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 11, 2014
In BB vertical 7/10/14. Bottle from HeffIAm-thanks! Looks like #1...dark brown black, thin with watery rim. Nose of hot booze, some dark chocolate, vanilla. Taste follows. Boozier without the dark roast bitterness to balance it that I got from #1. Just feel like the base beer wasn’t built to stand up to the barrel treatment on this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TXBadger (2081) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 26, 2014
Pours a dark deep brown color. Bourbon, oats, and dark fruit on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes semi-sweet. Alcohol is well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
blklab2007 (2108) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 26, 2014
Bottle big thanks to whomever sent this my way! Pour has a very dark brown color with a thick coating of tan head that slowly melted back. Aroma has bourbon, alcohol heat, oak, chocolate, and sweetness. Mouth feel is light especially considering the heat on the nose and the carbonation is on the low side. Flavor again centers on the bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate, hints of dark fruit, and a light hit of creaminess. According to Saint Arnolds web site this beer was barreled at 8.7% but finished aging at 11.5%? I don’t know but it does not drink like anything close to 11.5% and that seems like a big jump in abv. I feel totally twisted around by this beer it is predominately about the Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels they used but it is insanely drinkable and there is no overdose of heavy thick malts here either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ibrew2or3 (7661) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 27, 2013
Bourbon Barrels and Molasses version, per the label. 12oz bottle pours with a mahogany colored body that supports a thin tan head. The aroma is pure bourbon booze with some oak added and a touch of molasses. The taste is similar with fairly smooth sweet bourbon and vanilla and then soft thin sweet wood sort of notes. It gets pretty darn bourbon and boozy into the finish where a wafer thin layer of nectar sweet molasses is far off in the background. Way too much treatment and contact time. This was beer? I’m not sure I tasted in any beer in this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
theothermatt (285) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - OCT 21, 2013
On tap at Falling Rock for GABF. Pours dark with little lacing. Very vanilla and caramel. Mouth is thin and acidic. The oak becomes way too strong as it warms and the thinness of the beer really muddles everything.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 7, 2013
(12oz bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of chocolate, toasted coconut, grain, graham cracker, whiskey, and vanilla. Flavor of toasted coconut, whiskey, vanilla, lactose, oak, chocolate, roasted malt, and some dark fruit.

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