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Smokin' Bishop - Invercargill Brewery

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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 16.08%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Invercargill Brewery visit their website
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ADZA on 12-21-2009)
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Reviews by ThePorterSorter:
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4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I didn't know what to expect with this beer, but am familiar with manuka wood and can't wait to try it's medicinal qualities infused into a bock.

The beer pours a cloudy, dark amber with a thin, tan head that laces nicely. This beer looks richer than bocks I'm used to and glistens like buckwheat honey (a lighter amber) when held to the light. Something about this beer, from the label to the beer sitting in my DFH goblet, is so inviting.
The smell of this beer is quite intriguing as well. It seems to blend a subtle smokiness with medicinal spiciness and a sweet malt base. I appreciate the fact that this beer doesn't try and cover up everything with smoke, yet still lets you know it's a smoked beer....Balance. Even when I let this beer warm there is still only a modest smoke in competition with all the other aromatics this beer offers.
The taste doesn't disappoint with a smooth smokiness in a lovely balance by some hoppy bitterness and syrupy malt sweetness. The aftertaste is tobacco and a smooth chocolaty/caramely richness. There is a little bit of smoke and spice that sits on the palate, but it's not overwhelming.
Overall, I was more impressed with this beer than expected. It was pricey ($7/12oz), but definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 04:51:00 | More by ThePorterSorter
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

07-20-2014 21:38:34 | More by XmnwildX12
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

06-08-2014 21:19:30 | More by leftoverburrito
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

05-29-2014 18:14:06 | More by NRo
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3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a hazy orange amber with a fine half-finger off-whte head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, smokehouse smoke and a hint of cardboard oxidation. Flavor is sweet bready malt and the same smokehouse (bacony) smoke, finishes a bit bland, but with pleasant residual smoke. Nice moderately creamy medium body. A pleasant, but not too complex smoked bock. The flavor of the malt body is somewhat subdued and finishes mildly, but the smoked malt flavors really pick up the slack; quite flavorful and last throughout the taste. This could well be an older bottle (the bottle manufacturing code seems to indicate 2008), and if so that may explain the attenuation of flavor. The mild oxidation aroma is not reflected in the flavor. A nice low key smoked beer that I would not hesitate to try fresh given the chance.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 02:07:55 | More by LiquidAmber
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

12-31-2013 21:34:16 | More by kaelingirl
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3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Semi clear amber color with half a finger of head that dissipates instantly, no lacing.
S - Sweet caramel malt, some maple bacon, hickory and applewood, slight booze, a little dark dried fruit underneath.
T - Extremely sweet toffee caramel malt sweetness, fig and plum notes, bacon-like smokey flavor takes a serious backseat in this.
M - Thin and watery.
O - This one is a rather big disappointment, had bigger hopes than it delivered with in flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 02:06:27 | More by Omnium
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3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Retired? Damn this must be old. Purchased on discount for 5 bucks at the house of 1,000 beers.

A - Yep just a mild layer of foam to start that pulls back to practically nothing. Beer is a very very dirty amber brown color. Sediment in base could mean this is around a year old.
S - Caramel and toffee are strong kind of like an old ale. Smoke is there but secondary. Strong yet mildly skunky.
T+M - Very smooth smokey taste that steals the show and rises above all caramel and toffee malts. Nice bodied beer medium and kind of chewy with faded yet balanced hop profile.

Overall it was a pretty good old ale taste, mild hops, and decent smokey flavor. Would love to have tried this fresh and since retired can't find it anymore. Not a bad beer at all.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 04:13:18 | More by DrDemento456
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

10-17-2013 23:47:46 | More by kbuzz
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

10-14-2013 01:09:36 | More by Brewski
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New Hampshire

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

10-01-2013 22:25:11 | More by JakerLou
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

08-08-2013 04:13:15 | More by tbryan5
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

02-12-2013 19:45:57 | More by RedneckBeerz
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

01-25-2013 12:40:04 | More by Tibi81
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4.23/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a small head of white foam on top of a hazy golden brown body's. the head settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Comlex smokiness with notes of toffee, leather, pipe tobacco, peat, and grass.

T - Thick, bready malt up front with some toffee. Peppery smoke shows up in the middle with notes of turpentine, new leather, and juniper. Finishes with more spicy complexity including lemongrass, good black pepper, and caramel.

M - Medium thick body, low carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - I liked this quite a lot, the smoke charter is astonishingly complex. It is reminiscent of a Schlenkerla beer, but with much more depth. My only complaint, and I had to look hard to find one, is that it would be better with a bit more carbonation to push back against the flabby sweetness in the finish, still this is an exceptional smoked beer if you are into that sort of thing.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 04:27:25 | More by nickfl
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3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: thin head but nice lacing on a hazy copper body.

S: hickory, mesquite and smokey flavors. these are fairly strong overall.

T: more of the same in the flavor which is slightly bitter with smokey, mesquite and BBQ smoked pork flavors which dont overwhlem.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: fairly standard for what I would consider a good smoked beer. wouldnt say memorable or different from others I have had but it has all the elements you want and expect from the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 04:26:13 | More by kylehay2004
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4.23/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one's a pretty good smoked beer- a style that I really appreciate when done right. Smoked over native New Zealand wood, it definitely hits you with a big smokey flavor, but this mellows a bit as you drink it. What I particularly like about the smoke here is that it's got a very nice campfire element to it, with a certain ashiness, but doesn't veer in the bacon or smoked meat direction . Don't get me wrong- I like the bacony direction of a traditional Rauchbier, but sometimes it's nice to find a smoked beer go in another direction. This wood tastes a little mesquite like, and the base beer is malty and solid enough to support it. Their is an undercurrent of herb, almost minty that couples with an ashen finish to create a unique taste. Like all smoked beers, this complements foods very well, especially mild foods. I enjoyed this with some traditional hoop cheese. Very nice!

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 23:56:18 | More by Georgiabeer
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4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The Kiwi's continue to invade the shelves of US beer stores. Here's one from New Zealand's most southern located brewery. On to the beer:

Short headed, but it retains pretty well and leaves more than a few splashes of lace around. The color is flame orange with hues that stray into yellow. As the label makes note, there is smoked wood that is added to the beer, and there's enough smoke to go around. Sweet and smokey in the nose, toffee and bready notes along with the aroma of smoked ham hocks.

A taste similar to the nose would have been good for me, but the reality is it's even better. Smoking wood hits hard upfront and retains much of its intensity throughout. The bock aspect of dough and sweet dark bread adds to the enjoyment. More smokiness hits. Somehow, the beer isn't overly dominant of neither smoke nor bock. It's a medium-full bodied beer with a slight chew, and carbonation standing towards the higher end of intensity. Despite the reputation of the bock being a drink that's a meal in a bottle, this one drink rather easy.

One fun and tasty bock. It's been a while since I've had a bock that was so good, but I think the smoked aspect helps its cause as well. This is definately one for the rauchheads.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 17:33:50 | More by DoubleJ
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South Dakota

4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smokin Bishop pours a hazy bright brown color, with a small lacing head. There is a very strong smokey beef jerky aroma. There is a strong smokey taste, very similar to smoked bacon, with a salty aftertaste. Pretty easy to drink, good full flavor. Overall a good strong smoked beer, wont dissapoint.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 04:23:43 | More by vette2006c5r
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4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very hazy amber-copper color with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is full of smoke and oak with some sweet caramel and bready malts, vanilla, and tobacco.

T - Starts off with some sweet caramel and bready malts with some vanilla and tobacco. Through the middle, lots of smoke comes through with some oak. The finish is a mix of smoke, oak, vanilla, bacon, cured meats, tobacco, and some sweet bready malts.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a smokey and lightly sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. Big smoke character, but in a really great way. Very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 04:54:09 | More by ngeunit1
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

08-27-2012 20:14:56 | More by wesley14
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3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle given to me by @epiclurk. Shared with @tobeerornottobe.

Pours a murky mahogany colour, with a filmy head of off-white, that forms a more solid, but bubbly ring at the edges. Colour is very pleasant, body is decently weighted. Looks pretty good, all up.

Nose is intense—smokiness is the key, but it has a really savoury note to it, so that it smells like nothing less than Arnotts Cheddar Shapes. There's certainly something cheesy to it. Perhaps it's just the right balance of smoke, sweet and savoury flavours. It's very, very strange to be smelling cheese from your beer, but there you go. I'll pay it for it's unusualness.

Taste is lighter, and disappointingly a little too sweet. There's a caramelly tone to the flavour, especially on the front, which gives too much width to the palate, and oddly masks the smokiness. On the back, the smokiness has more freedom, and blends with a distinct roasted or bitter bite on the back to give a suggestion of char. It's very interesting.

Feel is a touch too thin, although it has a fineness which is quite pleasant.

Overall, pretty interesting stuff from a brewery I've been less than impressed with in the past—in fact, I'd almost sworn off them, and probably would have bypassed this one had not it been a gift. I'm glad I didn't bypass it in the end, however; this gave me an interesting beer experience.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 03:00:03 | More by lacqueredmouse
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3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy amber with a thin white mousse.

S: Aromas of caramel, toffee, biscuit, and molasses are chased by a strong scent of woodsmoke on the nose.

T: Notes of caramel, toffee, biscuit, minerals, grassy hops, roasted nuts, and woodsmoke wash across the palate. The finish is clipped and woody with robust notes of woodsmoke and roasted nuts.

M: Medium-to-full in body, dry, and chewy. Carbonation is very firm. Alcohol presence is minimal.

O: This is an interesting bock, one of the better examples of this style brewed outside of Germany. Still, the lackluster head retention and overwhelming smoke flavor do knock some points off of its score overall. A very unique and innovative brew to be sure, but it could use some tweaking in order to iron out the rough edges.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 16:00:11 | More by mrfrancis
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

07-17-2012 19:08:57 | More by rolltide8425
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3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Strong, malty aroma has a firm smoky overtone and a hint of - bacon? I get a hint of yeast as well. It pours a clear, coppery brown with a decent eggshell head. Malty flavor has a barbecue overtone, smoky and a little sweet, with hints of yeast and hops. Firm-bodied texture has good fizz. An interesting ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 23:11:47 | More by Cyberkedi
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Smokin' Bishop from Invercargill Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.