Saint Arnold Bishop’s Barrel No. 7 Release July 28, 2014
(Houston,TX) – The seventh release in our Bishop’s Barrel series will be available beginning Monday, July 28. BB7 is a Russian Imperial Stout aged in Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels for over 11 months.
The result is a beer tasting of a mix of spice, along with bourbon and chocolate emerging and lingering throughout. Our house yeast adds a slight creaminess, and a different roasted malt give this imperial stout a slightly sweeter, rounder character than BB1 and BB3. It is a pleasant sipping beer with the bourbon both present but not overpowering, and it is oddly easy to drink for a beer coming in at 11.3% ABV.
As with previous Bishop’s Barrel releases, bottles are available only at bars and restaurants. Check out the Other Fun Stuff section below for a few BB7 release events, and keep up with the hashtag #BB7 on Twitter for more places to find it.
Style: Bourbon Barrel Imperial Sout
Date Brewed: May 23, 2013
Date Racked: June 21, 2013
Date Bottled: July 21, 2014
Beer style in bbl: Russian Imperial Stout
Type of Barrel: Woodford Reserve Bourbon Barrels
Original Gravity: 1.084
Final Gravity: 1.021
Alcohol: 8.5% ABV prior to barreling
11.3% ABV after barreling
Bitterness: 49 IBU
Pours a black color with a very light head that dissipates quickly. 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. Saint Arnold house yeast adds a slight creaminess. Slightly sweeter and rounder than BB1 & 3. The light carbonation keeps the beer from becoming cloying, almost giving it a perception of lightness. A pleasant sipping beer with the bourbon both present but not overpowering as you work your way through the glass. Oddly easy to drink for a beer this strong.
The warmer this beer gets the better it tastes. We recommend enjoying between 55°F and 60°F.