Fritz123 (931) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - FEB 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle from a recent trade. Poured into tulip at home. Deep brown, hazy pour with a thin head that disappeared quickly. Nice aroma of caramel, malts, oak barrel and scotch. You get a little cardboard aroma as well. The taste was a nice combination of oak barrel, heavy malts, caramel and toffee, dark fruits, and booze. Heavy full body that you can almost chew. Increased flavor and booze as it warmed. Barrel and booze finish. I really liked this one.
phaleslu (6281) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle via Texas trade - thanks again, Brian! Pours a deep, clear brownish-amber with a small beige head. Looks a lot like BB#4, actually. Aroma of peat, oak, brown sugar, toffee, and caramel. Flavor of peat, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, dates, and cookie. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a sticky, peaty mouthfeel. Good barrel-aged Scotch ale. Really grew on me over the course of drinking it.
DrSilverworm (6009) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle, thanks to phaleslu for sharing. Peter thinks it’s from October 2013. Hazy dark brown color. Thin off-white head, leaves loose lace. Nice dark fruit, caramel, spice, bourbon aromas. Light smoke, peat, earthy hop, wood. Moderate bitter, more dry finish. Minimal sweet. Drinks like maybe 10%? Some warmth, but alcohol is not bothersome. Medium to bigger body. A little thinner than expected again, but it doesn’t bother me as much as it did in the weizenbock I just tasted (bishop #4). A lot more of a bigger flavor on this one. A little more heat, too, but I like the edge. A little bit of pumpkin type spice to this, maybe? Good, enjoyable, flavorful way to do a scotch ale. Like the weizenbock, the texture could use a little work, but the flavor is awesome. Enjoyed the last half of my glass with some of foppa’s gouda... goddamn it kicked it up so many notches. Left my scores unchanged, though (cheese is unfair help)
wchesser (1114) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Got some of this from Cloaker and Errl-cheers to you both! Cloudy brown. Rich bourbon nose, vanilla, oak, and malty, lean scotch ale aromas. Lots of wood oak tannin present, but it worked here. If you could taste the smell when you first turn on your furnace in the fall and burn the dust bunnies off it would taste kind of like this. Fortunately, that is one of my favorite smells. Dug this. Glad I have another.
kidmartinek (3536) - austin, Texas, USA - APR 6, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a rich brown color with a frothy tan head. Aroma of dark fruit, nuts and alcohol. Flavor is hazelnut and coffee with an oaky vanilla finish. Smooth on the palate but warms later.
Leveejr (89) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 6, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet, malty aroma with nice bourbon and barrel notes. Taste is very sweet with subtle bourbon flavor that is not overpowering. Overall very nice beer
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SudsMcDuff (5792) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 1, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Me and Scoop drove down to the Flying Saucer in his new car just to try this .. . definitely my favourite so far from the BB series, goes to reason though, divine reserve 4 was my favourite divine reserve release .. . pours a very dark brown .. solid foam .. . lots of dark chocolate, happy barrel, and chewy cocoa nibs .. . very tasty .. . . masturbate furiously..
ben4321 (3784) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Location: 12 oz bottle from the Hay Merchant, 2/25/14
Aroma: The nose is rich and boozy, whiskey, caramel, vanilla, smoke, some earth and peat
Appearance: It pours a brown color with a slight red hue and a small off-white head
Flavor: The flavor is a little sweet, with rich malts, whiskey, smoke, and some earth too
Palate: The body is fairly full, it has a rich feel, average carbonation, and a little bit of heat
Even in Houston these do not seem that easy to get your hands on. Anyway, finally found the 5th one (I didn’t find #6 last week, but maybe I will eventually). This is a pretty nice scotch beer. At this ABV the burn is fairly minimal. All in all, a tasty beer, the barrel aging compliments it nicely.
taestee (52) - USA - JAN 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not much of an aroma or appearance but taste is great. Caramel and molasses and brown sugar with the boozy lingering finish. very tasty
ronaldtheriot (1194) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - DEC 20, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Saint Arnold Bishop’s Barrel No. 5 has a thin, cream-colored head, an opaque, brown appearance, with little beige chunks suspended throughout, and some lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of rich, very sweet, brown bread crust, strong bourbon, some vanilla, coconut, and alcohol. Taste is of bourbon, vanilla, coconut, brown bread crust, lots of alcohol, dark-roasted malts, and a bit of hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and not cloying, and Saint Arnold Bishop’s Barrel No. 5 finishes semi-dry, surprisingly mellow, and rich. Overall, this is very well done and more drinkable than one would expect for such a high-alcohol beer. It is really delicious! RJT