Richard Wong

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Beer Judge

Richard currently holds the distinction of National Judge and has been a BJCP member since 1996. As well, he has been a homebrewer for more than 15 years.  He enjoys visiting new brewpubs and breweries and is always on the lookout for new beers. He resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.

 

My reviews

Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

For an Imperial IPA/Barleywine hybrid, the aroma was rather subdued and I really didn’t get that much of a hop aroma. This beer poured a golden-yellow color with very nice clarity and a rocky, foamy head of small, tight bubbles sitting above that lingered for a long time. The malt and hops were... Read More

Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

This beer poured a beautiful, pitch black color that featured a tan foamy head. I detected very nice aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, dried fruit and oak barrel with slight hop overtones. The flavors were very pronounced with dried fruit leading the way (think raisins and plums) along with... Read More

Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This IPA had a very subtle hop aroma of pine needles and not much more. Featuring a very clear, light copper hue with very good carbonation and a frothy head of small, tight bubbles. Well-balanced flavors of smooth malt and refined hops with substantial piney notes blended well with one another ... Read More

Ol' Dirty Barrel

Ol Dirty Barrel Belching Beaver Stout Beer
Judges Rating:
94
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

We were off to a great start when I sniffed aromas of slight roastiness and a very strong bourbon presence. The beer poured pitch black with a nice tan head with moderate carbonation. Rich, complex flavors of bourbon barrel jumped out on the first sip from the oak rye whiskey barrels this beer... Read More

Judges Rating:
86
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Starting with a nice aroma of hazelnuts and cocoa nibs, this dark had little to no carbonation, foam or head retention. Malty sweetness of roasted malts, chocolate, hazelnuts, and hops blended well together along with a hint of lactose that gave it a creamy mouthfeel. The bittering was just... Read More

Beatitude Mango

Council brewing Beatitude Mango Tart Saison beer
Judges Rating:
95
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

The aroma of this beer had bouquets of citrus, hints of mango and bread-like qualities. The appearance was a cloudy straw-like color due to the beer being unfiltered. I personally like the look of unfiltered beers and this one was beautiful. Even with the cloudiness, I could see the bubbles... Read More

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