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Saint Arnold Bishop’s Barrel #4

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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.8/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 297   ABV: 9.9%
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Pours a dark brown color with a very light head. The nose is bourbon, chocolate and banana. The taste starts with bourbon and a rich maltiness. Chocolate and a light banana flavor emerges, reminiscent of a banana split made with chocolate ice cream. We brewed the base weizenbock again and blended 10% fresh beer in with the barrel aged beer as much of the weizen yeast character had greatly diminished in the barrels.

The warmer this beer gets the better it tastes. We recommend enjoying between 55°F and 60°F.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
kidmartinek (3307) - austin, Texas, USA - APR 6, 2014
Pours rich brown and barely develops any head. Aroma of some caramel malts. Cant smell it til it warms up. After warming it pours with a huge foamy head and smells like hazelnut, sugar, molasses and alcohol. The flavor is nutty, and tastes a lot like shiskey. Its a bit rough on the palate. Just because you put beer in a whiskey barrel doesn’t mean it’s going to be better. This really doesn’t taste anything like a dunkel.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ilovedarkbeer (2198) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 6, 2014
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a small light brown head. Notes of vanilla, banana, whiskey, chocolate, smoke, and cellar dust. Sweet with a long warming finish. Nice

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (3403) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 23, 2014
12oz bottle in a tulip. Pours very dark brown with a beige head. Aroma of bourbon and oak, chocolate, darker and almost roasted malts, hints of the wheat and banana esters, and hints of dark fruits. Flavor the same with a nice blend of everything. Average to smoother texture. A pretty good beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Westmeister (1527) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 19, 2014
HMOG 2014. Getting lots of sweet barrel notes on the nose with a bit of spiciness. Taste is oak, bourbon, banana, spice. I really liked it and can’t say I’ve had another BA Bock before.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EricTeusink (634) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 18, 2014
HMOG 2014. This is a great series. Might try and get them all. Pours near black with tan head. Boozy nose. Stays sweet from start to finish with a touch of spice. Another solid offering from Saint Arnold. Bottle - Shared at HMOG

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (4475) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2014
Sampled at ESBLS. Dark brown with no foam. I smell bourbon with chocolate and vanilla. Bourbon is tasted with vanilla and chooclate. But this is much smoother than many bourbon beers. I taste yeast but can’t quite identify it. A nice beer.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drake (7941) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2014
12 ounce bottle from Secret Santa. Thanks! Pours a clear dark brown color with a thin fizzy tan head. Poor head retention. Aroma of bourbon, banana, wood, mild toast and roast. The taste is bourbon, wood, cola, wheat, burnt sugar, mild banana, spice and chocolate. Medium bodied, faint hint of tartness, strong carbonation. A little overdone on the bourbon but not bad.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SudsMcDuff (5658) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 1, 2014
Had a bottle at the wonderful buffalo wild wings dump .. . pours a rather dark magenta .. medium foam, spots of lacing .. . pretty boozy .. mild mouth .. . light weizen notes. spice, clove, and medium barrel .. . very tasty but lighter than it should be .. . . new favorite phrase. fat cats!!!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2203) - Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2014
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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
fluffy (1327) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2013
just like #3 before it, this is one highly underrated line of beers. though this one could have stood another 6 months or more of aging as it still had some burn to it, otherwise it was pretty amazing.


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