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The Expert Panel

The Beer Connoisseur® review was conducted as a round table single blind review by our panel of expert judges. Four to six judges reviewed 8-14 beers per session and submitted their individual scores and notes. The scores were averaged into a single score and notes compiled and summarized for publishing in magazine issues 1-14. These reviews have been republished here in this online format.

The names and biographies of the contributing judges were publsihed with each magazine issue and are listed below.

Charlie Gow - Founding Beer Review Coordinator ​(1960 - 2014)
Tim Artz
Tom Cannon
Phil Farrell
Pete Garofalo
Rick Garvin
Lee Anthony Hitchins
Owen Ogletree

My reviews

A-Town Brown Ale

A-Town Brown Ale
Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

This crystal-clear, copper-brown ale with a tan, moussy head throws fairly clean aromas of earthy hops, very light biscuits and nuts, noted Phil. Owen called it a stronger-than-usual brown that exhibits a medium brown color, excellent clarity and a large stand of foam with attractive lacing. To... Read More

Saisonniére

Saisonniére
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Producing a small range of beguilingly complex beers, Urthel’s brew master Hildegard van Ostaden recently introduced Saisonnière, which falls somewhere between saison and golden ale. Showcasing the brewer’s finesse, the aroma is a nuanced blend of faintly crackery Pils malt, fruity esters,... Read More

Secret Stache Stout

Secret Stache Stout
Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

A dark brown beer awaits after the pour with a low tan head. The aroma is dark chocolate with a little biscuit, oatmeal and just a hint of vanilla. The flavor has the same aspects as the aroma. The vanilla adds a little complexity, but the finish is drier than expected for this style – possibly... Read More

IPA No. 3

IPA No. 3
Judges Rating:
84
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Earthy, slightly piney hops dominate the aroma, followed by slight toasty malt that gives way to berry and cherry fruitiness. The flavor starts with herbal and resinous hops with a supporting grainy, nutty maltiness that has a slight caramel aspect. The bitterness is fi rm, with a slight herbal... Read More

Old Dipsea

Old Dipsea
Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

A huge, fruity, caramel-driven, alcohol-fueled beast of a beer, Old Dipsea is not a tipple for the faint of heart. A deep, dark amber – almost mahogany – the color of this beer speaks of the brewer’s fondness for caramel malts. Redolent of figs, black cherries, plums, citrus fruit, and lots of... Read More

Hop Karma IPA

Hop Karma IPA
Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

This lovely, dark brown beer comes across as a real hybrid – “Jekyll and Hyde” style – with bold aspects of an I.P.A. and brown ale fused into one very interesting beer, noted Bob. It pours clear and dark brown, Owen added, with garnet hues and a heavy, lingering, fluffy layer of tan foam, and... Read More

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