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 reviews

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

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

Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Bizarre Gardening Accident Kumquat by Motorworks Brewing was reviewed per 2015 style guidelines of the Beer Judge Certification Program under category 29A Fruit Beer.

A big white head filled the glass and then fell off quickly. Lots of tiny bubbles were manifest throughout its hazy pale... Read More

Typical Daydream

Typical Daydream, On Tour Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Typical Daydream by On Tour Brewing Co. was reviewed from a goblet after a pour from a 32 ounce can and subsequently evaluated per style guidelines defined by the Beer Judge Certification Program as a Saison category # 25B.

A golden tinted hazy ale that supported a sizable white head that... Read More

Fruit Cup Vol. 1

Fruit Cup Vol. 1, Pontoon Brewing
Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Fruit Cup Vol. 1 by Pontoon Brewing was reviewed following an initial pour from a 16 ounce can into a 12 ounce goblet and rated as per style guidelines as provided by the Beer Judge Certification Program under subheading 29B Fruit and Spice Beer.

An aroma redolent of sour cherries is... Read More

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