Invercargill Brewery – Smokin’ Bishop – 4.5 out of 7


Smokin’ Bishop pours a nice color with a touch of campfire and maybe even a little peat smoke wafting out a bit. The taste comes with a nice sweetness to it, a little bitterness, a smidgen malty, a tad ashy, and a dash boozy. All this adds up to a well balanced beer. A beer that looks better than it smells, and smells better than it tastes. Invercargill encourages pairing with smoked sausages as well as aging in your cellar for a bit, which The Ministry might just try, hopefully leading to a more robust taste and higher score a year or so down the road. This isn’t a total loss, and it’s obviously not a total win. There is one flavor in this beer, mind you, that does not fit. There are 5 or 6 distinct flavors in there and one of them remains elusive. I can’t quite put my palate on it. It’s right at the tip of my tongue… and for that, Overall Happiness comes in at 4.5 out of 7 smokestacks.

Beer Name Smokin’ Bishop                     Manuka Smoked Bock
Brewer’s Description Smokin’ Bishop is 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. Served with Smoky Sausages the smoke disappears into a funky fruity bock. Because we smoke our own malt and can’t resist trying different wood combinations – each vintage is distinct. This cellars beautifully, so we encourage fans to buy one for now and one for later … and maybe even another for later again …  to create your own vertical tasting.
Food Pairings Smoky Sausages
Brewer Location Invercargill, New Zealand
Alcohol content by volume 7.0%
IBU (International Bitterness Units) 21
Beer opacity rate 1 – 7 (light – dark) 3.5
Smell smoke? 1 – 7 (No – George Burns) 3
Sausage detection? Y or N N
Smokepower taste: 1 – 7 Smokestacks 3
Overall Happiness: 1 – 7 (sad – happy) 4.5

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