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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

Grätzer

Judges Rating:
85
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

From the start, this is a different beer: near-black in color with a smoky-roasty aroma that evokes dark chocolate and charred hardwood. Leathery and bacon-like aromas add to the curious mix. No notable hop character is present in either the aroma or flavor. The flavor continues the theme of... Read More

13th Century Grut

13th Century Grut
Judges Rating:
78

Maerzen

Maerzen
Judges Rating:
85
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Heiner Brau’s German owner/brewmaster produces traditional lagers in Covington, La., with his German-style Maerzen being the brewery’s flagship brand. With brilliant clarity, a gorgeous amber/orange hue and a thick layer of off-white foam, this beer’s appearance elicited a unanimous “thumbs-up”... Read More

Saison Rue

Saison Rue
Judges Rating:
84
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
18 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

The Bruery produces somewhat esoteric beers in the Los Angeles suburbs, constantly building upon an already avid, loyal following. Their Saison Rue is a year-round offering, and in keeping with the old traditions, it is unfiltered and bottle conditioned, lending the beer a uniquely complex... Read More

Judges Rating:
85
Appearance:
3 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Leaning heavily on Flemish roots, Brouwerij Het Anker produces a line of fairly high alcohol beers including Cuvée van de Keizer Rood, Although a high octane brew at 10 percent ABV, this is a drinkable Belgian golden ale, overflowing with aromas of pears, bread, and garden herbs. Tom enthused... Read More

Amber Ale

Bluegrass Brewing Amber Ale Beer
Judges Rating:
85
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Kentucky’s popular Altbier, modeled after the North German Altbier style, boasts a grain bill featuring Munich, wheat, caramel and chocolate malts. Another notably clear beer judged by our tasting panel, Bluegrass Brewing’s eye-friendly entry displays a copper shade with amber hues – a color on... Read More

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