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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

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

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

La Parcela

La Parcela
Judges Rating:
75
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
18 / 24
Flavor:
30 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Another intriguing entry into the world of pumpkin beer, La Parcela, from Dexter, Michigan’s Jolly Pumpkin Artisanal Ales, deftly straddles the line between tradition and quirkiness. It blends pumpkin and spices with old school oak barrel aging. Rife with lush, sweet notes of plums and peaches,... 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

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

Rye Pale Ale

Rye Pale Ale
Judges Rating:
86
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

For ten years, Terrapin Beer Company has been pushing the boundaries and challenging the concept of “acceptable” beer styles. Rye Pale Ale was introduced in April of 2002 and the company hasn’t looked back since. Brimming with spicy notes of rye meshed with delicate hop notes, Rye Pale Ale’s... Read More

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