HOUSTON — Pubs and restaurants throughout Texas and Louisiana have begun to receive shipments of Saint Arnold Bishop’s Barrel No. 14 brewed by Saint Arnold Brewing Co. (www.saintarnold.com), the oldest craft brewery in Texas. It is a русский императорский стаут с кофе (russkiy imperatorskiy staut s kofe) which in Russian means, “Russian Imperial Stout with coffee.”
Despite its name, the Russian Imperial Stout style originated in England, with roots that trace back to Peter the Great’s visit to London in 1698. The Czar fell in love with stouts, but later shipments to back to Russia went bad, unable to withstand the thousand-mile journey. Brewers adjusted the standard stout recipe, creating a stronger, bolder beer with more hops and higher alcohol content. Later in the 1700s, Russian Empress Catherine the Great secured her reputation as one of history’s early fans of craft beer by importing large quantities, which beer historians say was responsible for the style taking on the name, Russian Imperial Stout.
Saint Arnold Bishop’s Barrel No. 14 started with the recipe for Saint Arnold Divine Reserve No. 5 – rated world class on Beer Advocate. Saint Arnold’s brewers aged it for 11 months in Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels. The brewers then added espresso beans after the barrel aging to complement the flavors and add balance.
“We were going for something different from the typical Russian Imperial Stout, which can be dominated by intense alcohol heat,” said Saint Arnold Brewer and Barrel Wrangler Aaron Inkrott. “By adding espresso beans from our friends at Java Pura, we were able to effectively bring the beer into balance so the flavors work in harmony.”
Saint Arnold Bishop’s Barrel No. 14 is available in 12 ounce bottles and on draft. Due to the limited quantities produced, beers in the Saint Arnold Bishops Barrel series are only distributed to pubs and restaurants. While these beers can be aged, they have done a fair amount of aging in the barrels and are intended to be enjoyed soon after bottling.
Future Bishop’s Barrel beers currently aging in the Saint Arnold barrel room include the following: Barleywine aged in Rye Whiskey barrels, Sorachi Ace Dubbel Aged in Red Wine barrels with brettanomyces, Old Ale aged in white wine barrels with cherries and brettanomyces, and Adambier aged in bourbon barrels.
- Date Brewed: May 28, 2015
- Date Racked: June 17, 2015
- Date Bottled: June 7, 2016
- Original Gravity: 1.113
- Final Gravity: 1.024
- Alcohol: 10.1% ABV prior to barreling, 12.1% ABV after barreling
- Bitterness: 33 IBU
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About Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Saint Arnold Brewing’s 10 year-round beers, seven seasonals and three special series – Divine Reserve, Icon and Bishop’s Barrel – are made and sold by the company’s staff of 80 dedicated employees. Saint Arnold beers have won 21 medals at the Great American Beer Festival. The brewery on the north side of downtown Houston was listed by Thrillist among the best breweries in America for eating, and Smart Meetings magazine named it among the top breweries to host an event. Saint Arnold is located at 2000 Lyons Avenue and its beer hall open at 11 A.M. Monday through Saturday. For more information, visit www.saintarnold.com.