Reviews

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Reviewed by: Pat Mulloy
Judges Rating:
88
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
4 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

It smells like red wine, balsamic vinegar, a teenage boy’s clothes closet, fruit skin, with traces of tobacco, vanilla and coconut. This beer is judged as a BJCP 23B (Flanders Red Ale). In the glass the beer hisses like a snake with streams of... Read More

Reviewed by: Pat Mulloy
Judges Rating:
95
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

This beer is reviewed as a BJCP 28B (Mixed-Fermentation Sour Beer). This beer captures an interesting Brett at an interesting stage and its worth buying a bottle to participate in the event.

Reviewed by: Tracy Hensley
Judges Rating:
90
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Aromas of strong milk chocolate covered by cloying candied orange peel and vanilla jelly with a lingering note of warm bourbon vanilla.  A very low tan film with sea spray-like legs cover the glass over an opaque dark brown stout color.

Reviewed by: Tracy Hensley
Judges Rating:
85
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

This hazy Double IPA leads with ethanol and hop bitterness, followed by unusual, but interesting, aromas of white milk chocolate and aggressive resin flavors.   

Reviewed by: Tracy Hensley
Judges Rating:
95
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

KettleHouse Brewing Company's Fresh Bongwater Hemp Ale was evaluated as a Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer with a base beer style of Blonde Ale (2015 Beer Judge Certification Program [BJCP] Category 30A and 18A, respectively).

Reviewed by: Tracy Hensley
Judges Rating:
90
Aroma:
19 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This is a sessionable example of a Scottish Export (2015 Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) Category 14C), with uncharacteristic but enjoyable burnt, smoky, and roasted aroma notes.

Reviewed by: Tracy Hensley
Judges Rating:
90
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

A solid IPA, good looking with a well-developed aroma profile.  For the IPA style (2015 Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) Category 21A - American IPA), the conflicting, bitter, and chalky flavors as well as a carbonic mouthfeel are... Read More

Reviewed by: Michael Heniff
Judges Rating:
95
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Mother's MILF Imperial Stout is being evaluated as a Specialty Wood-Aged Beer (category 33B of the 2015 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines).  For this category, the best examples have a "harmonious blend" between the base beer and the wood/spirits... Read More

Reviewed by: Michael Heniff
Judges Rating:
94
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

pFriem Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout is being evaluated as a Specialty Wood-Aged Beer (category 33B of the 2015 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines). For this category, the best examples have a "harmonious blend" between the base beer and the wood/... Read More

Reviewed by: Michael Heniff
Judges Rating:
87
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

pFriem Scotch Barrel Aged Imperial Brown is a being evaluated as a Specialty Wood-Aged Beer (category 33B in the 2015 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines).  For this category, the best examples have a "harmonious blend" between the base beer and the wood/... Read More

Reviewed by: Sean Coughlin
Judges Rating:
81
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
4 / 6
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

500 is a Belgian-style Quadruple aged in wood (2015 BJCP Guidelines 33A) with the base beer being evaluated using the 2017 Brewer’s Association Guidelines for Belgian-style Quadruple. 

Reviewed by: Sean Coughlin
Judges Rating:
95
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Declaration is an Imperial Stout (2015 BJCP Category 20C) and is being evaluated as such according to the BJCP guidelines. 

Reviewed by: Sean Coughlin
Judges Rating:
91
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Barrel-aged Jude is a Belgian-style Tripel and is being evaluated as a Specialty Wood-Aged Beer (2015 BJCP Category 33B) offering according to BJCP guidelines.

Reviewed by: Sean Coughlin
Judges Rating:
80
Aroma:
19 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
32 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Scout the Storyteller is a Foreign Extra Stout (2015 BJCP Category 16D) and is being evaluated as such according to the BJCP guidelines. 

Reviewed by: Sal Mortillaro II
Judges Rating:
90
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Redbud by Independence Brewing is being evaluated as a Berliner Weisse (Category 23A) from the 2015 BJCP guidelines. 

Reviewed by: Sal Mortillaro II
Judges Rating:
89
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

The Illustrated Man by Independence Brewing is being evaluated as a Wild Specialty Beer (Category 28C) from the 2015 BJCP guidelines. 

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