Dan Preston

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Beer Judge

Dan discovered craft beer his junior year of college and never looked back. After a few years of brewery tours and tastings, he finally dove into homebrewing in 2009 when a work colleague was giving up the hobby. Shortly after, he joined one of the oldest club’s in the nation (Boston Wort Processors) and quickly got into judging beer and was a National-ranked BJCP judge by 2013. As an officer of the Worts since 2011, Dan has assisted in organizing several AHA/BJCP competitions as well as trying to promote beer education and experimentation. While he appreciates and makes all beer styles, Dan’s favorites are of the hoppy or sour variety, and has even had great luck combining the two.

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My reviews

Gathered #1

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Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Gathered #1 by Wunderkammer Bier is a sour ale with coltsfoot, bramble leaf, goldenrod, and chanterelle mushrooms, which puts it under BJCP 2015 category 28C Wild Specialty Beer due to its use of herbs/spices. I had to look up what most of these additions were and upon tasting this beer, I have... Read More

Judges Rating:
82
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Volume Fourteen Embroidered Bird Motif, 19th Century by Wunderkammer Bier is a sour ale with yarrow which puts it under BJCP 2015 category 28C Wild Specialty Beer due to its use of herbs/spices. The beer pours a deep golden color with an orange hue and some haze. There is an off-white head with... Read More

Honeybird

Honeybird, Sketchbook Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
84
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Honeybird by Sketchbook Brewing Co. is a Pale Ale featuring additions of honey & basil. Due to the specialty ingredients it technically falls under BJCP 2015 category 34B Mixed-Style Beer (combination of 31B alternative sugar and 30A spice, herb, vegetable) with 18B American Pale Ale as the... Read More

King of Hop

Starr Hill King of Hop Imperial IPA beer
Judges Rating:
86
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

This Double IPA pours a clear golden color with an impressive white head. The nose is hop-forward mixed with a little bit of sweetness. The hop character is complex with notes of citrus, orange, grapefruit peel, mango and a little bit of resinous pine. Beneath the hops is a light caramel... Read More

Judges Rating:
85
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Volume Thirteen Memento Mori by Wunderkammer Bier is a sour ale with chaga and rose petals which puts it under BJCP 2015 category 28C Wild Specialty Beer due to its use of herbs/spices.

The beer pours a deep golden with orange honey and some haze, making a very honey-like look. It starts... Read More

Kawi

Kawi, Currahee Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Kawi by Currahee Brewing Co. is a Coffee Milk Stout and will be judged as a Spice Herb & Vegetable Beer under BJCP 2015 category 30A due to the coffee, with a base style of sweet stout (16A). The inherent difficulty in this style is providing an additive that not only complements the base... Read More

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