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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

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

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

Liberator

Liberator
Judges Rating:
80
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Since launching in 2003, Thomas Hooker Brewing Company has pumped out a lineup of solid ales and lagers from the brewery in Bloomfield, Connecticut. While traditionally a seasonal, Thomas Hooker offers its rich chocolate and roasted coffee-accented Doppelbock year round – noteworthy considering... Read More

Halcyon

Halcyon Thornbridge Beer
Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Hops initially leap out with an herbal, leafy character atop a bouquet of pine and citrus. Fruity tones include berry, melon and stone fruit with light accents of tropical fruit adding an interesting layer. Malt is a light grainy presence in the aroma, but is more notable in the flavor,... Read More

Judges Rating:
94
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
24 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

A classic American take on Russian Imperial Stout, this is an inky black, brooding monster of a beer. Dancing around the edges of this black hole in a glass are flashes of ruby red highlights, all topped off by a dense, creamy latté colored head. Tons of espresso, Hershey’s dark bittersweet... Read More

XS Imperial Porter

XS Imperial Porter
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
24 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

John Maier and Rogue weigh in with this unapologetically intense brew, brimming with notes of café mocha, caramel and sweet fruit. Pours deep brown, almost black, this beer is opaque and throws a colossal, long-lasting brown head. Dark roasted malt aromas dominate the nose, with underlying notes... Read More

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