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Brad Darnell

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Beer Judge

Brad became interested in the science behind beer while taking a senior Chemical Engineering elective course, Biochemical Engineering, where the professor spoke of enzymes (among other things) and took the class on a brewery tour. He has since begun home brewing and earned a BJCP Grand Master II rank, currently serving as the Mountain/Northwest Regional Representative and Associate Exam Director while continuing to judge competitions around the U.S. and educating himself and others. 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.

My reviews

Smooth Operator Peanut Butter Porter

Smooth Operator Peanut Butter Porter

Louisiana
United States
Smooth Operator Peanut Butter Porter, Low Road Brewing
Beverage Profile
ABV: 
6.3%
IBUs: 
22
Served at: 
45º - 50º F
Malts: 
Maris Otter, Crystal 40L, Crystal 120L, Chocolate Malt
Hops: 
Hallertauer Mittelfrueh, East Kent Golding

 

 


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Judges Rating:
97
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Smooth Operator Peanut Butter Porter by Low Road Brewing is an American Porter with peanut butter from Low Road Brewing. I am judging this according to the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines, Category 30A, Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer.

The glass arrives showing... Read More

Endless Siege

Endless Siege

Endless Siege - Barrel Aged Scottish Wee Heavy, Grain Theory
Description 

Indulgently malty and warming, with lavish aromas and flavors of dark fruit, raisin, toffee, and vanilla. Complex, but dangerously smooth. This intensely rich ale is traditionally served in small ("wee") measures. And that's BEFORE you might add one to a fresh Milam & Greene whiskey barrel for a year! So don't say we didn't warn you. In fact, the best way to experience this one is with a friend or three. This decadent bad boy is the perfect bottle-share hero and was crafted to be savored in company of friends during special occasions or to be aged for years to come.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
13.3%
IBUs: 
28
Served at: 
45º F
Malts: 
Maris Otter, Pale, Munich, Cara 45
Hops: 
German Tradition

 

 


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Judges Rating:
81
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Endless Siege by Grain Theory is being judged according to the 2021 BJCP Style Guidelines, Category 33B – Specialty Wood-Aged Beer.

A rich brown with mahogany hues supports a few white bubbles that rapidly recede from the top to form a... Read More

Black Caddis

Black Caddis by Wren House Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Black Caddis by Wren House is a dark Porter brewed with chocolate rye, and is being evaluated as an American Porter (2015 BJCP Category 20A) offering according to BJCP guidelines. For this style expect a substantial malty beer, both stronger and more aggressive than historical Porters. This beer... Read More

Judges Rating:
96
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Oatmeal Stout by East Brother Beer Co. is an Oatmeal Stout and is being evaluated as an Oatmeal Stout (2015 BJCP Category 16B) offering according to BJCP guidelines. For this style expect a dark and full-bodied ale with roasty malt.

The initial aroma is of roasted malt, nearly chocolate... Read More

You've Got a Friend in Me

You've Got a Friend in Me

California
United States
You've Got a Friend in Me, Peter B's Brewpub
Description 

Beautiful aromas of cherry blossom, black current, and citrus rind, with a minty wood and preserved lemon flavor. Very cool beer mixes nice tannic mouthfeel from the wood with a pleasant tartness from barrel microflora.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
6.2%
IBUs: 
22
Served at: 
38° F
Malts: 
Two-Row, Pale, Munich, Light Crystal, Medium Crystal, Extra Special, Chocolate
Hops: 
Jarrylo

 

 


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Judges Rating:
82
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

You've Got A Friend In Me by Peter B's Brewpub is a Barrel-Aged Amber and is being evaluated as a Specialty Wood-Aged Beer (2015 BJCP Category 33B) offering according to BJCP guidelines. For this style expect the base beer style blended well with characteristics picked up during the wood-aging (... Read More

Blood Orange Hefeweizen

Blood Orange Hefeweizen

California
United States
Blood Orange Hefeweizen, Garage Brewing Co.
Description 

This delicious hefeweizen, with its citrusy note of blood orange, will truly satisfy your thirst-quenching needs.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
5.5%

 

 


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Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Blood Orange Hefeweizen by Garage Brewing Co is being judged according to the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines, Category 29A – Fruit Beer.

Huge, fragrant and freshly squeezed blood orange emerges from below the thick, frothy white head, which is sitting atop a... Read More

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