Mad Bishop - DuClaw Brewing Company
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Ratings: 145 | Reviews: 44 | Display Reviews Only:
3.36/5 rDev -0.9%
Poured a nice reddish brown with one finger head that sticks around for awhile. Get some minimal hop bittterness and malts in the aroma but everything seems faint and a little off (this should've been foreshadowing). The beer is more of the same as it's off balance and a little sour/veggie like. The malts are minimal and the hops overpower leading to a bitter, offkilter beer, which is also well-carb'd so it's sharp and has a cutting finish. Not one that I'll bother trying a second time.
11-01-2013 13:46:55 | More by clayrock81
3.11/5 rDev -8.3%
A- Golden amber color with a thin head. Very clear.
S- Super sweet and malty.
T- Sweet malt and huge toffee flavor. Butterscotch.
M- A bit of a burn from the alcohol, but very drinkable.
O- Not a bad beer. Not nearly as good as other octoberfests but it's ok.
11-01-2013 00:26:06 | More by stckhndlr
3.53/5 rDev +4.1%
12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass
Appearance: Pours a semi-cloudy, deep golden amber color with a quarter of a finger of off-white head that completely dissolved away to nothing.
Aroma: Malty, very malty, but also very floral. Lots of cover and surprisingly, alcohol notes.
Taste: Very tasty! Malty, with lots of freshly baked bread and soft pretzels, but spicy too. Notes of clove, cinnamon, all-spice, nutmeg, black pepper, clover, honey, caramel.
Mouthfeel: Medium, with practically no carbonation, which is odd, as past year’s versions were extremely carbonated. With an ABV of 5.8%, there is just the slightest hint of alcohol on the palate.
Overall: This is a very good Oktoberfest beer. I really enjoy the spiciness of the beer which is nicely balanced with a great malty backbone. Delicious. Always an addition to my Oktoberfest rotation.
10-29-2013 22:49:42 | More by Jeffreysan
3.08/5 rDev -9.1%
Poured from the bottle into a pilsner style glass.
Pale bronze body, quite clear with lots of orange color and hues to it. Very little rising carbonation, and hardly a finger of light tan is made off the pour. Manages to leave a ring like thin collar while drinking.
Faint light sticky like toffee malts, but a very wet grainy smell. A bit muted and closed.
Palate comes with a bit of prickly carbonation. Bock like malts but a little more thin and coffee sensing finish a little. Grainy sticky quality and an almost chalky finish with lots of dry character almost nutty tannic in a sense. Mild caramel and slightly wet.
Overall a passable marzen but one that I am probably not going to be in the mood to want to have again given other choices.
10-13-2013 20:59:52 | More by smakawhat
3.04/5 rDev -10.3%
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 -5.9%
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 -17.4%
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
Mad Bishop from DuClaw Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.