Texas Tuesday is once again upon us, Pint Jockeys. This week we’re profiling one of the hottest Texas craft beers available – Saint Arnold Brewing Co.’s Bishop’s Barrel No. 5.
We think it’s safe to say that the Saint Arnold Bishop’s Barrel series is the gift that keeps on giving. No. 5 in this series of releases of barrel-aged beers was just released yesterday. Produced in extremely limited quantities like its predecessors, the good stuff is only available at your favorite bars and restaurants. We’re seeing more than a few trips to your favorite local watering hole in the near future, because this good stuff is WORTH IT.
The Bishop’s Barrel series of beers were all aged in barrels specifically chosen to enhance and compliment the characteristics of the underlying beer. This particular recipe was first brewed by Vince Mandeville. Mr. Mandeville’s “Wee Heavy” recipe eventually became Saint Arnold’s Divine Reserve No.4. Originally released in 2007, that brew won a gold medal at the World Beer Cup in 2008 in the Strong Scotch Ale category, and Saint Arnold decided to resurrect it in BB5 due to popular demand.
The recipe was re-brewed in December of 2012 and placed into bourbon barrels where it aged for nine months. Now, it comes to you, Pint Jockeys.
Check out Vince Mandeville’s own tasting notes, below:
“The flavors and aromas of the base beer are true to the Divine Reserve No. 4. It is filled with caramel, toffee, dried figs, cocoa and a slight peatiness. Where it deviates is with the roundness of flavors the bourbon barrel contributes. Vanilla, cinnamon and a touch of rich earthy pipe tobacco mix with an alcohol warmth that adds to the rich creaminess. The great thing about this beer is that the barrel aging adds to the whole without taking away the character of the original.”
BB5 is rare, refined and Texas born and bred – just like you like it Pint Jockeys. Have you spotted BB5 yet? Help fill your fellow craft beer lovers out and share when and where in the comments below. For all the statistics on BB5, click here.
Cheers to another great Texas Tuesday pick of the week! We’ll see you back next week – same time, same place. We hear another great Saint Arnold brew is about to release, and you can be sure we’ll have ALL the details for you.