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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

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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

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

Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Portsmouth, N.H., is home to the award-winning Smuttynose Brewing, yet another of the long list of stellar breweries that came onto the scene in the mid-’90s. Though focused mainly on producing exceptional ales, they do occasionally drift into lagers, including S’Muttonator, their traditional... Read More

Munich-Type Dark

Harpoon Munich Type Dark Beer
Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
24 / 24
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Located on the Boston waterfront, Harpoon has been doing what it does best for 25 years – offering a broad range of first-rate beers to a dedicated following. Rife with aromas of rich caramel, molasses, and traces of licorice, Munich Dark fills the room with a deep, malty sweetness. Lee was... 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

Copperhead Pale Ale

Judges Rating:
80
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
6 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

The beer itself pours a beautiful copper-orange with exceptional clarity and a bright white head. The aroma is a mélange of classic “C” type American hops, blending into a combination of woody, weedy, and citric components. The flavor is a rustic blend of toasty/cookie-like malt combined with an... Read More

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