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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

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

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

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

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

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

Georgia Brown

Sweetwater Georgia Brown Beer
Judges Rating:
87
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

This ale shows off a rich brown color with a frothy, tan head and good clarity, Bob noted. Owen added that subtle aroma notes of light fruit, caramel and restrained dark malt lead to a flavor profile marked by mild toastiness, caramel hints and brief encounters with cherry esters and other faint... Read More

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