Brian Eichhorn

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Beer, Mead & Cider Judge

Brian started diving into the world of craft beer in 2004, tracking all of the beers he tasted online, with notes. He picked up homebrewing in 2008 and began judging in 2010. Taking pride in the opportunity to give feedback to brewers of all sorts, he has progressed through the BJCP, attaining the rank of Master in 2013. He formerly acted as an Associate Exam Director for the BJCP, as well as an exam administrator and proctor, and presently holds the rank of Grand Master IV, as well as Mead judge. To him, the most important aspect of judging is to know your limits and learn how to recognize them and expand them. To achieve that end, Brian has judged in over 100 competitions in 12 states and counting, including the Great American Beer Festival, and visits innumerable breweries. He also helps organize a few competitions each year, including the role of judge coordinator for the Festival of Wood & Barrel-Aged Beer (which you may know as FoBAB), the largest of its kind in the world.

 

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My reviews

Judges Rating:
86
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
6 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Situational Ethics - Maple Cognac by Monday Night Brewing was judged as a 33b-Specialty Wood-Aged Beer due to the use of a spirits barrel. In addition, the base style falls under 30a Spice, Herb or Vegetable beer due to it's use of hazelnuts, pecans, cocoa nibs and vanilla.

The beer shows... Read More

Broyhan

Seedstock Broyhan, Seedstock Brewery
Judges Rating:
83
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Broyhan by Seedstock Brewery is being judged based on independent research of the style as a category 27 Historical Beer.

Broyhan is a beer that falls within the Northern European wheat beer tradition, which includes witbier & gose and, historically, appears it may have been wheat... Read More

2021 New Year Cuvée

2021 New Year Cuvée, pFriem Family Brewers
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

2021 New Year Cuvée by pFriem Family Brewers is being judged as a 33B Specialty Wood-Aged Beer, as a strong stout with toasted coconut and vanilla. In the glass, the beer is definitely a bit less black than anticipated, but that's just the appearance. Pours clear with a thin off-white head. The... Read More

Judges Rating:
85
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Premium Czech Lager by Seedstock Brewery was Judged as a 3b-Czech Premium Pale Lager.

The beer pours a faintly hazed deep gold with a persistent white head. The nose seems Saazer like, but I also get a slight lemony edges that makes me think of something like Premiant. At any rate, the... Read More

Judges Rating:
84
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Tears of My Enemies - Vanilla Barrel Aged by Monday Night Brewing is being judged as a 33B Specialty Wood-Aged Beer, an Imperial Milk Stout with coffee, vanilla and cacao nibs, all aged in a barrel used to age vanilla extract (presumably). 

In the glass it's an opaque deep brown-black... Read More

Mango Tree Shaker

Mango Tree Shaker, Odell Brewing
Judges Rating:
86
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Mango Tree Shaker by Odell Brewing Co. was reviewed as a 29A Fruit Beer, per the BJCP 2015 Style Guidelines.

The pour starts a deep gold with a faint hop and protein haze with a sticky white head that persists. On the nose, the aroma is fairly complex, though hop-forward. The mango is a... Read More

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