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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

Belgian-Style Tripel

Belgian-Style Tripel, Garage Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
87
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

This beer was judged as a 26C Belgian Tripel. In the glass, it's a very attractive gold with a frothy white head that persists, leaving lacing on the glass. The nose presents very akin to classic Belgian yeast, but has a saison twist to it. Loads of pepper, faint clove and low vanilla, along... Read More

Judges Rating:
94
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Bourbon Barrel-Aged Dopplebock by Seedstock Brewery​ was judged under 33b Specialty Wood-Aged Beer due to the use of a Bourbon Barrel.

It pours as a very attractive deep red-brown, with a persistent creamy off-white head. The barrel character is relatively restrained, which is very... Read More

Tears of My Enemies - Vanilla Barrel Aged

Tears of My Enemies - Vanilla Barrel Aged

Georgia
United States
Tears of My Enemies - Vanilla Barrel Aged, Monday Night Brewing
Description 

There is nothing more sumptuous than the misfortune of your enemies. This bottle was aged in vanilla barrels with locally-roasted Batdorf & Bronson coffee. This beer is roasty, chocolately, and, like the tears of your enemies, the most delicious thing you've ever tasted.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
9.3%
Served at: 
45 - 55ºF

 

 


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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

Tripel Decker

Tripel Decker

Connecticut
USA
Tripel Decker, Clocktown Brewing Co.
Description 

Inspired by the beers of Belgium, this Tripel comes in at 9% ABV. Despite its alcohol content, it is incredibly drinkable. Fruity, spicy, and peppery with a slightly dry finish and some alcohol sweetness. Easy to forget how strong this brewby is, so take it one at a time!

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
9.0%
IBUs: 
35
Served at: 
38° F
Malts: 
Pilsen, Light Crystal, Dextrose
Hops: 
Warrior, Saaz

 

 


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Judges Rating:
84
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
6 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Tripel Decker by Clocktown Brewing Co. is being evaluated as a 26C Belgian Tripel. The beer is a deep, faintly hazy golden color with a low head that falls relatively quickly into a ring of white bubbles. The nose is an interesting mix of sharp ethanol, big crackery pilsner malt and high yeast... Read More

Marshmallow Milk Stout

Marshmallow Milk Stout, Garage Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
80
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
14 / 20

This beer was judged as a 30A-Spice, Herb or Vegetable beer, with a base style of 16A-Sweet Stout, with Vanilla added, though the bottle does say "Marshmallow Flavor." The beer is a deep brown/black with ruby at the edges, with a big billowy tan head that sticks around. The nose initially does... Read More

Flensburger Dunkel

Flensburger Dunkel, Flensburger Brauerei
Judges Rating:
95
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Flensburger Dunkel by Flensburger Brauerei was judged as a BJCP style category 8A, Munich Dunkel.

Crystal clear deep copper color on the pour with a thin beige head. The nose is richly malty and melanoidin-heavy, making it delightfully bready. No caramel character, just a hint of cocoa.... Read More

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