Brad Darnell

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Beer Judge

Brad became interested in the science behind beer while taking a senior elective course, Biochemical Engineering, where the professor spoke of enzymes and took the class on a brewery tour. He has since begun home brewing and earned a BJCP National rank, currently serving as volunteer exam grader while continuing to judge competitions around the U.S. In his spare time Brad visits breweries around the world, always on the hunt for those who produce world-class examples of hard-to-find, obscure or innovative styles.

 

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History

Member for
1 year 1 month

My reviews

Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Sweet dark malts with chocolate and roast character greet your nose as it nears the glass. Further into the initial sniff an earthy and tobacco character enter the fray. Earthy, herbal and woody hops are light along with some oats and black pepper. Dark brown to black in color, this beer has a... Read More

Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Initial aroma is green and spicy jalapeno with moderate dark roasted malt, notes of chocolate and coffee. The beer pours dark brown to black with a large, frothy and bubbly beige head. Slowly receding, the head forms a thin film and leaves spotty lacing. A secondary aroma introduces oatmeal... Read More

Judges Rating:
87
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Sweet brown sugar and vanilla, soft yet spicy nutmeg and cinnamon mix with a lightly sweet pie crust to greet your senses. The appearance is a lightly hazy bold amber with a thick, creamy and bubbly light beige head. The head takes its time dissipating to a film on top, leaving enough for some... Read More

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