Mad Bishop - DuClaw Brewing Company
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3.04/5 rDev -10.1%
12 oz bottle into a tulip pint glass.
A: Pours a copper color with little to no head. beer leaves no lacing on the glass not sure if it was my glass or the pour but head was almost non existent
S: very sweet bready smell no real hop smell
T: strong malty character that have a bread feel. at the end there is a little bit of hops but not very strong. overall very light taste
M: light carbonation very thin as far as feel but an ok beer
O: not my favorite oktoberfest by a long shot is an ok beer that you can detect some malty flavors ending with hops. very thin and light, don't really wanna say watery. i'm happy i tried it but would choose another next time
09-23-2013 00:35:44 | More by upton7418
3.19/5 rDev -5.6%
This is not really a review, it is more notes on the beer. Mad Bishop is one of DuClaw's seasonal brews. It is released each September/October. I have probably had one or two each year for the last six or seven years. Some year's it has been a very good beer, other years it is fair to okay. That's the problem, it is around for such a short period of time and the quality of the beer is uneven from year to year. In the early years the flavor was robust, but lately not so much.
As I write this, the 2013 batch is due for release this evening and tomorrow evening at local Duclaw brewpubs. We will see what the evening brings.
09-18-2013 19:01:57 | More by PolhillS
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
3.06/5 rDev -9.5%
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a copper color. I like how fluffy and soft the two finger, off-white shaded head is, in particular. Not only is the retention quite good, but the lacing this leaves behind is quite plentiful.
S: I pick up a lot of not only caramel, but also DuClaw's house profile: a vaguely peppery tone. There's also plenty of toffee, and even a touch of a hop bite. It doesn't seem to have the sweetness some marzens have, either.
T: Touches of caramel and toffee open this one up...and that's about all I pick up in terms of the flavor profile at first, apart from the aforementioned house yeast character. But something strange happens once it warms up - it develops a bit of character. No, it's not enough to make this anything more than an average marzen, but the nutty qualities are a bit of a welcome respite after a first half that was simply bland, bland, and bland. Still, it's nothing spectacular.
M: On the other hand, I really like that it features a soft, lush mouthfeel and a full body. Or do I? This is a classic case of "too much body for the flavors presented", so all this really does is harm the drinkability factor. Carbonation is about average for the style, which is to say it's pretty high.
O: Eh, mediocre. Having said that, it does grow into something very slightly above mediocre as it warms up. I'd still pick a number of marzens over this one, though.
08-13-2013 19:02:43 | More by ThisWangsChung
3.48/5 rDev +3%
Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a bronze color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of mild malts, some grains. Taste is malty, caramel, a bit of green apples, a touch of hops. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent effort but doesn't stand out from other Oktoberfest beers.
08-02-2013 11:11:20 | More by tone77
Mad Bishop from DuClaw Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.