DuffMan (6153) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 3, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, fresh from the brewery (thanks to my amazing wife) on the first day of release for this season-- which happens to be Canada Day! OH YEAH! Let’s celebrate with a Smokin’ Bishop! Pours a beautiful deep copper with a thick soapy orange-tinted head that leaves clingy lace. Very enticing smoky wood aroma, not ashy, not really campfire either. Once your sniffer can get past the smokiness, there is some nice sweet malt under there with a hint of fruit. The smoke character is the most noticable flavour note also, but again, after spending some time with this brew the complexity becomes apparent: sweetly toasty, some burnt sugar, almond nuttiness, subtle beguiling fruit. The finish is nice and bitter, with a mild licorice-aniseed spiciness. Mouthfeel is soft, body is medium-heavy, alcohol is completely hidden. Truly outstanding! Happy Canada Day! Incidentally, this year’s batch has an ABV of 7%.
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown! / Waikato, NEW ZEALAND - APR 11, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Scotch Wine Bar, Blenheim. Pours copper with a small lingering beige head. Aroma of Smoked malt, wood and bacon. Mmm flavour of smoked malt, bacon and cheese. Medium bodied, very well balanced with a smooth, lingering bitterness. Delicious!
Alasdair (76) - NEW ZEALAND - FEB 25, 2009
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Delicate malt aroma with a hint of alcohol. Lovely rich amber/red colour. Rich, but mellow, malt flavour, with a hint of smoke and a dry finish. Very drinkable and balanced.
thirstystirrer (15) - , NEW ZEALAND - DEC 15, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
wow big nose, big flavours and long long smokey finish. I think i like this...
fonefan (33333) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light unclear light to medium red amber color with a small to average, fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, meat, rubber, smoke. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long to average duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. (100908)
KiwiJonno (76) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 2, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
640mL Bottle. Very powerful smoked malts as well as Manuka Honey aroma. Surprisingly short lived head. A Smooth creamy beer, the aroma leading you into this smoked malt dominating beer. Finishes slightly sweet with the Manuka Honey. They haven’t gone overboard on the honey like some brewers do, which is good. Im sure the bottle said 7% alc not 6%, but regardless it hides it very well. Nice Beer.
SorenE (168) - , NEW ZEALAND - OCT 27, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
640 ml bottle. Pours a lovely copper colour, with an off-white head that lingers a few minutes.
Very smoky, sweet and slightly fruity on the nose.
Very nice smoky flavor balanced by a big malt sweetness.
yespr (29683) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - SEP 18, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
33 cL bottle. Pours slight cloudy reddish with a fully gone head. Aroma is whiskey malt and smoked. Smoked yet also sweet flavour. Lasting smoked and towards meady finish. Light warmth in the finish.
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - SEP 11, 2008
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Hazy deep amber with medium off white head. Sweet malty aroma with smokey and caramel notes. Sweet flavour with smoke and bacon notes. Ends smoked.
MiP (13046) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - SEP 10, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, 6%. Good smoky aroma. Almost clear red and brown colour. Distinct smoke flavour, some smoked ham, good alcohol finish. Quite nice.