Brewed by Invercargill Brewery
Style: Smoked
Invercargill, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 93   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
A German style bock beer using our own Manuka smoked malt to give a distinctive smoke character that’s balanced out with the richness of the bock using our own yeast.
2007 - 08 vintage - 6%
2009 - 11 vintage - 7%

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
highlandlad (1475) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - DEC 27, 2009
An interesting rauch, but one that perhaps pulls its punches. Bronze in colour, with a fair head. Typical dry rauch aroma of bacon crisps. Oily palate, nicely under-carbonated. Quite light in body and lightly smoked. Sweet honeycomb notes dominate. Could use a heavier malt bill IMO. Very easy drinking for the style but a little underdone. Another one where this brewer comes very close to something special but seems to hold a little back. (RateBeer Sydney Xmas 2009 gathering under the harbour bridge. Bottle courtesy of Yalnikim - thanks buddy)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TimE (5092) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 19, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2012 Re-rate, aged 1.5yrs, which really helped this beer IMO. Tons of smoked Gouda. Very big malty backbone. Malty. Rating is blended Peaty, smokey nose with a touch of manuka honey. The mouth is unbalanced with only a faint hint of smokey and honey. Sweet. Much more like a Scotch ale than anything else. OK.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (34690) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 3, 2009
Bottled. A hazy reddish beer with a thin beige head. The aroma has strong notes of fruit as well as medium notes of malt, berries, and caramel. The flavor is sweet malty combined with notes fo beech wood smoke, as well as a light acidity, leading to a dry smokey finish. The alcohol leaves a ligth burn in the finish. Thanks Papsoe for sharing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4903) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 16, 2009
2009 bottle. Very smokey indeed. Dark red amber. Light lasting head. Big smokey flavour. Smells like smoke and taste like sour smoke. Very sour. Very smokey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DonBirnam (108) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 31, 2009
Bottle from Regional. Pours a dark copper colour with an off white head. Smells smokey and slightly malty. Smokey, sweet, bacony and slightly bitter all at once. Goes down surprisingly easy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
sdriessen (320) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 23, 2009
On tap at Eureka in Dunedin. Courtesy of Donfardz64! Very very clear, vibrant ruby hue with an off-white head. Aroma immediately reminds me of smoky barbecue sauce or something savoury. Which is nice, but different. I like it. This beer would be a lot of fun to match with food. Flavours are much the same. some tanginess, and a lot of smoke. Like bacon... Very full bodied, not the best beer to drink all night, but lovely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enjoyit (3757) - Vadum, DENMARK - JUL 23, 2009
Unclear reddish of color with a beige head. An aroma of smoke, sweets and wood. a flavor of sweets, fruits and smoke.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DuffMan (9610) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 3, 2009
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%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - APR 11, 2009
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!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alasdair (76) - NEW ZEALAND - FEB 25, 2009
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.

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