Brewed by Matso’s Broome Brewery
Style: Dunkel/Tmavý
Broome, Australia


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RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.84   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
The ’Smokey Bishop’ is a regal beer, resounding with dense and lush chocolate and coffee notes. As indicated, this beer is based on the dark lagers of Munich, Germany and is, as far as the brewers are concerned, a rewarding and hedonistic beer.

Note: 4.7% in bottles, 4.9% draught.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Oakes (13538) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 10, 2008
Golden-brown colour. Vanilla nose with caramel notes. Slightly smokey, toffeeish, tea-like. Fairly thin body with a finish that gets grainy and metallic late.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gnoff (8746) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - AUG 26, 2013
Bottled 33 cl from Chas Cole Cellars, Belmont/Geelong, on August 1, 2013.
Clear brown color, off-white head. Sweet, malty, fruity scent. Sweet, tobacco, malty taste. Medium mouthfeel, low bitterness. Fruity aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
DuffMan (7999) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 24, 2005
Really nice. Had this with lunch on the brewery patio overlooking the beautiful Roebuck Bay in Broome. Light brown with a long lasting head. I can’t remember specific characteristics, but I do remember that it was delicious. Both my wife and I preferred the Pride of Blackwood (maybe because it was 32 degrees in the shade and the fruitier POB was more refreshing).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2008
Bottle, special procurement. Amber color. Not quite a dunkel hue but looks pleasant enough. Lots of rising bubbles. Vanilla-forward nose. Some cream. Sweetish body. thin. Chocolate with metallic hop finish. Solid sweetness is rounded by a mildly hopped finish. Tastes a lot like a cream beer but not a bad effort.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mkel07 (4305) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 20, 2009
330ml bottle. Dark brown copper bronze in colour with a non existent head. Loose thin bubbles stick to the edge of the glass and aroma of chocolate intermingled with hinst of coffee come through.Tasty enough with burnt malt flavours dominating.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gam (3600) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 27, 2008
Medium bubbly head on a red/brown ale carbonation mild.Aroma smokey,malt caramel coconut.Flavour caramel maltiness,choclate is mild,smokeyness is decent,lack of coffee taste.Finish malty mild flavours,good session dark ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maneliquor (3469) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 5, 2011
Matso’s best beer as far as I’m concerned. Roasted malts and almonds smother the nose. Coffee, nuts, dark malts on the palate. Just a solid dark lager which is all you should be expecting

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
bluevegie (3067) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 6, 2005
On tap at Clancy’s Freo. Wasn’t sure what I was really expecting but I thought this beer would be half decent for Clancys to get it in, even though they do support local W.A. brewers. Well I was disappointed, maybe if I ever get up to Broome I could try the rest of their range and find a good one. Clear tawny brown body with a light tan head. The head only lasted for a very short time there was no lacing and so therefore the appearance was poor. The advertising promoted chocolate and coffee aromas but I could hardly find anything at all. Taste was sweet, mainly caramel, some grain, a little ginger and some light but harsh bitterness that tasted like cigarette butts and wet newspaper. It reminded me of a newcastle brown ale where I can drink one but after the second or third or fourth I think what the hell am I drinking this for?

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hawthorne00 (2828) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 30, 2012
Bottle. Clear light brown with an small beige head that fades to nothing. Aroma of caramel, chocolate, nuts and grass. Sweetish with some nuts, coffee and chocolate, good balancing bitterness. Not really my sort of thing, but pleasant enough.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ALLOVATE (2624) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 7, 2006
Starting off my day at the Freo’ Beer fest with a light coloured wheat beer, it was great for this to come in second. Not that I have a dark beer bias, it’s just I love the flavour and depth that malt produces in beers. This was a session beer, even with the small sample I received. On draught; poured a tawny, brownish amber with a thin, dense off-white head that left some legs. Dry, pasty and nutty malts on the nose. Lighter notes of burnt sugar, wood and cocoa come in late to join the first sip. Rich, oddly tannic, chocolate malts in the mouth which dry out just before the swallow with a touch of burnt wood. Deeper malt flavours, some peppery spices and a hint of orange peel comes in as it warms showing this would taste better had it not been chilled from the keg. It’s quite light in body and yet smooth in comparison to the Monsoon Blonde, and the finish is similar to the palate showing some good length. Could have passed for a Strong mild as it could easily be knocked back in quick succession. Not bad, now I just got to hunt down the ESB.

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