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Mad Bishop - DuClaw Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
78
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134 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 0
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 11-02-2003)
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TomG2751

Maryland

1/5  rDev -70.4%

04-11-2013 16:40:48 | More by TomG2751
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Cavery

California

1.6/5  rDev -52.7%

Given as an extra from a generous trader, cheers! Cracked it after work, just wanting to try and start enjoying my weekend.

poured into a Stone Nonic.

A: Woody cherry brown body with some light colored, semi-transparent white foams with a rapidly diminishing head. The bubbles burst with a fury that makes it seem more like a perrier that's been violently poured. I'm left looking at a rather shirley temple looking flat brew.

S: Smell is ripe with the smell of old nuts, spent cooking oils, grease, and other unpleasantness. Something immediately seems off in the nose where german malts don't seem to be the predominant character. Certainly an almost animal fat smell dominates the nose.

T: Yup, rotten peanut oils with a heaping dose of pork fat and butters. The breadiness of the malt blends in to create this really awful moldy pretzel bread flavor that makes me want to slap my head with both hands just so I can distract my taste buds from the pain of ingesting. This is really gross, a new low for me in compromised beers. I'm reminded of my infected bottle of key lime Pie from Shorts.

M: it's carbonated, not a bad feel. Medium body with some fairly violent bursting bubble carbonation. Obviously it's hard to focus on given the oily nature of the finish, and buttery tones in the flavor. Very wet throughout. Lots of olive oil feels in the finish.

O: This might be a mad bishop, but I'm a mad drinker. This is truly not the way you want to start your session off, and most certainly not a way to have a first beer from a brewery. I'll reserve my final say about the quality control of the beers for another time, but it is always disappointing to open what seems to be a compromised bottle. I'll give another Duclaws beer a shot, but I'll start off with a tiny sip.

10-01-2011 01:05:12 | More by Cavery
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fo5s

District of Columbia

2/5  rDev -40.8%

12oz bottle served in a tumbler. No dating on the bottle. Reviewed 10/27.

A- cap pops off extremely loud (louder than many corks) and gives way to some gushing, emptying the neck of the bottle. Pours with a massive, light brown head that fills 2/3 of the glass. Body is rich copper with a hint of ruby. Slightly hazy.

S- A busy mess - notes of apple or cider.

T- metallic, oxidized malty. Syrupy, almost tastes like malt extract? Yeasty, in a bad way. Cidery. Can't tell if this is infected already or not, but it seems headed in that direction.

M- sticky and overcarbonated.

O- after 2 sips I thought "I can finish this, it's not a drainpour, but it's not awful". After 2 more sips it gave me the shivers and promptly went down the drain.

10-30-2011 03:29:02 | More by fo5s
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -26%

12 oz bottle into a mug.

Pours a clear copper, with 1 ½ fingers of foamy off-white head. This retains with a thin foaminess, especially on the edges, that leaves back just some light spotty lace. This actually gets pretty dead looking about half way through the glass. The aroma smells sweet and spicy in the nose, with notes of earthy citrus and toast underneath. This has a bit of a plastic or medicinal off-note to it as well, which mostly adheres itself to that sticky combo of toasty sweetness and citrus.

The taste is a little more green feeling with earthy hops, before a big flush of toasted sticky sweetness comes in. This is fairly bitter and a little spicy on the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and softer feeling up front before firming up a little more on the tongue. Unfortunately, the overall carbonation here seems to match that mediocre retention, with this mostly sitting in the mouth with a flat heft at times.

I’ve had this on draft several times over the years but I don’t ever remember this beer being this mediocre before. It just doesn’t pack much crispness to it at all, which leaves the flavors here sitting too loose and the overall feel too thick and chewy. What a shame. It seems like this isn’t translating very well to the bottle.

09-27-2012 15:09:13 | More by Kegatron
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LarryMyers

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -26%

10-09-2013 17:51:03 | More by LarryMyers
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Eriktheipaman

California

2.5/5  rDev -26%

09-30-2012 21:27:00 | More by Eriktheipaman
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womencantsail

California

2.55/5  rDev -24.6%

Thanks for sharing this, Bobby.

A: The beer pours a clear light amber color with a finger of off-white head.

S: Slightly metallic on the aroma and overall very bland. A light nuttiness as well as a bit of stale bread and toffee. Really not very pleasant.

T: The flavor has sort of a spoiled nut flavor to it. A little bit of garbage in there too. Some toffee and bready malt flavor, a little bit of yeast, and some apple esters.

M: Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation.

O: Not what I was expecting from an Oktoberfest.

10-08-2011 22:59:04 | More by womencantsail
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

2.6/5  rDev -23.1%

On tap at release party 10/18 Bel Air, MD

A--Coppery/gold with a quickly dissapating thin white head.

S--Malt....with little else...maybe a whiff of something called hops

T--Not really that good...sweet with an odd sourness. I did not expect this and cant say that I enjoyed it.

M--Decent mouthfeel when I got past the sourness.

D--Had a tough time finishing my pint. I really did not enjoy this beer very much. I was hoping for a cleaner, malt based fest beer...this one was a bit "odd"

10-19-2007 13:42:05 | More by Deuane
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jlindros

Massachusetts

2.63/5  rDev -22.2%

Pours a way overcarbonated and almost infected looking fizzy bubbly head that fades pretty quickly after rising 3+ fingers very quickly after pouring only 2/3 of the bottle into my large snifter glass. The beer is a hazy ruby red colored.

Nose is loaded with sweet things, plenty of reddish caramel malts, maybe a hint of munich malt, plenty of syrupy aromas as well, caramel, candy syrup, and a bit of malt extract. No real hops either.

Taste is similar, starting with plenty of malts, reddish malts, caramel, red candy syrup, syrupy flavors, malt extract, etc. Then a bit of an earthy infection like flavor, not funky just bad yeast like an infection is starting but not sure. Tons of carbonation like my sip is just foam that I'm trying to taste. A bit almost oxidized as well. A slight bitterness comes out on the finish with a slight earthy hop and sticky syrupy mouth. And absolutely no lager flavors. The burps (and there are plenty of em with that much carb) bring a stale earthy hop and bad infected yeast.

Mouth... I can't really tell the body much but its about medium bodied and the carbonation is... well lets just say its like Mumbai or Shanghai in population density of bubbles. Way too much. Also sticky mouth.

Bleh, I think this is a drain pour. Very syrupy, semi sweet, lots of candy and syrups, no real hops until the stale earthy hop finish. Also either infection or just done horribly wrong, like lagered at a horrible temperature, not sure but a bad yeast flavor. Just wrong.

10-22-2011 00:26:29 | More by jlindros
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xk6m6m5x

New Jersey

2.64/5  rDev -21.9%

08-13-2014 17:36:00 | More by xk6m6m5x
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happy4hoppybeer

Pennsylvania

2.68/5  rDev -20.7%

Deep amber.orange with medium head, dissipating within minutes to a very thin body, minimal head.Ok look, nothing special.

Aromas of grains, faint hops, some breadiness/biscuits, some nuts. Nothing too impressive.

Taste is same as nose, with medium/light body. thin carbonation.Crisp, clean, nothing special or original.

An average American version of the Marzen/Oktoberfest style. German ones are defintley better, but this is OK for American.

10-15-2012 23:32:57 | More by happy4hoppybeer
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ImpactDan

Maryland

2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

05-31-2013 18:17:14 | More by ImpactDan
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djrn2

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

08-16-2014 03:14:08 | More by djrn2
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ckollias

Maryland

2.78/5  rDev -17.8%

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a deep orange-mahogany color with a very thin white head that dissipates almost immediately.

S: Musty malty aroma that is a little sweet on the nose.

T: A mild sweet brew with musty malt flavor similar to the aroma. Finished slightly on the dry side.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Just an ok brew. Nothing special.

09-02-2012 21:36:57 | More by ckollias
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taylor714914

Pennsylvania

2.8/5  rDev -17.2%

Meh, Nothing to write home about. Usually a fan of most duclaw beers, but this one misses the mark.

Poured from a bottle into a SN glass. It has a copper caramel color with almost no head which dissipates very quickly.

Smells of sweet grain, almost reminds me of a BMC with a slight corn smell.

Unfortunately, the flavor follows the nose. There is a sweet corn adjunct flavor that carries all the way through the beer. There is a hint of sweet caramel on the back end, but overall that cheap adjunct flavor really dominates the beer.

Mouthfeel was a bit overcarbonated.

Overall, not impressed.

09-13-2013 22:40:05 | More by taylor714914
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JasonL02


2.84/5  rDev -16%

08-20-2014 00:33:00 | More by JasonL02
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Minkybut

Virginia

2.9/5  rDev -14.2%

I poured this average beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer poured a really pretty copper colored beer but it had a really lax head that was not around very long. The beer was smelly and not in a good way either. Thee beer was not terrible but I most likely will not buy it again.

10-07-2011 17:02:32 | More by Minkybut
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Ryanm1

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -11.2%

Honestly there's not really much to say about this beer on the positive side. Very bland for an Octoberfest. Pours copper color, more carbonated than most micro domestics. Slightly sweet smell, very German style taste and might even use malts from there which is the only thing powerful about the beer. Watery body doesn't leave much on the palate after going down. No distinct note of hops.

12-22-2013 00:50:43 | More by Ryanm1
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tln13

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -11.2%

04-20-2012 21:08:38 | More by tln13
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ChipMurray

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -11.2%

10-03-2013 22:06:10 | More by ChipMurray
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Cook82

Maryland

3/5  rDev -11.2%

07-09-2014 00:58:35 | More by Cook82
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3/5  rDev -11.2%

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a lightly hazed copper color with very smell off white head. The head fades rather fast, leaving a persistent foam on the surface of the beer and a little bit of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The nose of the beer is sweet and malty with the sweeter smells being largely of a caramel and toffee smell and the malty being a blend of toasted malt and bready smells. Some fruity aromas of a pear as well as some cherry are in the nose as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a rather thick and sweet bready taste with a little bit of a roasted nature. The sweet flavors are a mix of toffee and brown sugar with both of these growing even stronger as the taste advances onto the end. A little bit of a roasted flavor joins the tongue, but the bready flavors also become more doughy in nature as the taste advances, giving the brew a very sweet and malty taste. A tiny bit of darker fruits of plum and a little bit of an earth hop come to the tongue at the end, leaving a rather sweeter and malty flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. For the malty and sweet the feel is quite appropriate really creating a thick and coating feel for the brew.

Overall – In some respects the thickness and sweet maltiness was a bit cloying and too much. Not an Oktoberfest I would likely frequent often.

08-16-2014 01:25:57 | More by Darkmagus82
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -11.2%

02-06-2012 04:58:50 | More by yourefragile
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Zetcha7x

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -11.2%

03-12-2014 00:59:43 | More by Zetcha7x
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gr0g

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -11.2%

08-10-2014 00:42:05 | More by gr0g
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Mad Bishop from DuClaw Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.