Michael Bury

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Beer & Mead Judge

Mike Bury is an award winning homebrewer and meadmaker for over a decade, BJCP Grand Master II judge with mead certification, and former President of the Stoney Creek Homebrewers. As a chemist, he enjoys that complex chemistry that occurs in fermented beverages during both the production and consumption phases. Forever in the pursuit of great beer and mead, he doesn’t allow the trappings of particular styles to ruin his experience. While in his spare time, he enjoys landscaping, woodworking, and most home remodeling projects.

 

My reviews

Puff

Sixpoint Beer Puff Double IPA
Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

The aroma is sure to awaken the senses with a punch of ripe mango, tangerine and resiny hops making their presence immediately felt. A light honey-like caramel malt provides a counterpoint along with moderate sweet alcohol. As expected for an unfiltered Double IPA, an average-sized beige head of... Read More

Riegele Privat

Privat by Brauhaus Riegele
Judges Rating:
98
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
24 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
20 / 20

Privat by Brauhaus Riegele is being evaluated as a Festbier (2015 BJCP Category 4B).

At first glance, the effervescent bubbles rapidly climb through this brilliantly clear, light golden beer and help to support a stand of white foam. The appearance of this beer is just the tip of the near... Read More

Shiner Black

Shiner Black
Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Shiner Black opens with an intense dark chocolate nose and hints of coffee and toast. Also in the aroma, malt dominates the the faint floral hops. No esters are present -- as expected with a cleanly fermented lager. It pours obsidian in color, but the moderately sized light brown head is... Read More

Shiner Bock

Shiner Bock
Judges Rating:
78
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
16 / 24
Flavor:
32 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
14 / 20

Shiner Bock pours brilliantly clear and amber in color. Despite ample carbonation, its ivory head is fleeting. The aroma in general is low with faint toasted malt, whispers of caramel, and an apple ester. Hops are completely absent. The bready flavor is where this beer shines, as the balanced... Read More

Consolation Prize

Lord Hobo Beer Consolation Prize Double IPA
Judges Rating:
80
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
17 / 24
Flavor:
32 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Consolation Prize opens with an overall restrained aroma with a balance of caramel, grapefruit, and generic herbaceous and floral notes.  Although the aroma leaves a bit to be desired for a double IPA, the appearance is spot on.  The light amber beer is only partially hazy and sits beneath a... Read More

#9

Magic Hat #9 Beer
#9
Judges Rating:
84
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Fruit beers can be a difficult nut to crack. There needs to be a harmonious balance between the fruit addition and the base beer, which also needs to be deftly crafted. Magic Hat #9, a summer favorite, opens with an intense apricot nose with subtle, grainy caramel malt notes and a delicate pear... Read More

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