James Link

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Beer Judge

A homebrewer in Connecticut for 31 years and a member of the BJCP for 29, Jim worked with Pat Baker, the driving force behind the creation and inception of the BJCP, while advancing to Grand Master ranking in 2001. With several decades of judging experience under his belt (along with many fine brews), Jim has served as Associate Exam Director for the BJCP,  appeared on Connecticut Public Television and worked with international beer experts Michael Jackson and Jim Koch in judging Best of Show for the Samuel Adams Longshot competition in 1995. James was also a judge at the 2015,2016 and 2018 Great American Beer Festival in Denver.

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My articles

Thanks to the craft beer movement and the proliferation of new breweries and beer styles, many fascinating beers of all styles are available to...

My reviews

Lightning Will

Lightning Will, On Tour Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Lightning Will Pilsner by On Tour Brewing Co. was rated as per style guidelines established by the Beer Judge Certification Program under subheading 5D German Pils.

Pale yellow in color and brilliantly clear with a fine bead and  big white head that poured up nicely and quickly fell off... Read More

Midnight Special

Funky Bow Beer Midnight Special Coffee Porter
Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

This beer's bouquet was strongly defined by freshly brewed coffee with a hint of toffee, vanilla and chocolate malt. A big khaki-colored head foamed up upon initial pour than fell off quickly. The beer was dark brown in color and quite clear. The flavor, much like the aroma, was predominantly... Read More

2X Stout

Southern Tier 2x Stout
Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

A chocolate bar fragrance emerged upon first pour accompanied by an alcoholic warmth along with faint traces of fruity esters, creating a unique bouquet of aromas. This beer was very dark brown in color and opaque with a medium khaki-colored head, which dissipated quickly. 

Although... Read More

Southern Tier Porter

Southern Tier Porter
Judges Rating:
86
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

This American Porter produced a clean chocolate malt aroma that was somewhat subdued. Coffee notes were accompanied by hints of vanilla and only a faint wisp of hops, which were more earthy than floral. This beer was a deep mahogany in color, was very clear with a medium tan head.

As was... Read More

Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Brut IPA by Devils Backbone Brewing Co. was reviewed under style guidelines provided by the Beer Judge Certification Program, category 21B Specialty IPAs. It should be noted that the above mentioned Beer Judge Certification Program has not yet provided style guidelines for Brut IPA however are... Read More

Warlock

Southern Tier Warlock
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

An Imperial Stout with a new twist. The bouquet had a variety of different aromas, none of which prevailed. A mixture of spices was apparent accompanied by notes of pumpkin pie more than actual pumpkin, which melded together with chocolate and gingerbread. This beer was ink-black in color and ... Read More

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