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Rick Franckhauser

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Beer Judge

Rick’s interest in beer styles and brewing began in 1975, as a part of an interest in the culinary arts but his education in beer styles began with an introduction to Michael Jackson’s “The World Guide To Beer”. In those days imported beers were hard to come by to say the least. As that began to change, his appreciation and interest in various beer styles grew stronger. Some styles remained hard to find, so in 1991, Rick began home brewing.  To increase his knowledge of the brewing process he became a member of the Cincinnati Malt Infusers homebrew club in 1996, where he served as Program Director and helps to conduct an annual BJCP exam prep class. Rick became a BJCP judge in 2004 and has risen to the rank of National. But most importantly, he loves beer! After all these years, he remains fascinated with the varied aroma and flavor experiences a beer can provide.

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My reviews

pFriem Oude Kriek

pFriem Oude Kriek, pFriem Family Brewers
Judges Rating:
96
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

pFriem Oude Kriek by pFriem Family Brewers was judged as a Fruit Lambic (with cherries - Kriek), BJCP Category 23F.

Aromatics of stewed cherries with a bright clean acidity. A little underlying lactic acid note provides the impression of the sourness that awaits your palate. Some earthy... Read More

Barrel Aged Brownie Batter Blend #2 Mexican Hot Chocolate

Barrel Aged Brownie Batter Blend #2 Mexican Hot Chocolate

Barrel Aged Brownie Batter Blend #2 Mexican Hot Chocolate, Pontoon Brewing
Description 

We aged our BA Brownie Blend #2 on ancho, guajillo and arbol peppers, Mexican vanilla, dark muscovado sugar, cassia bark and Honduran cocoa nibs to create a sweet and spicy treat! Decadent, rich, and velvety, with big notes of dark chocolate, cinnamon caramel swirl, melted dark brown sugar, and vanilla upfront and fades into a chili pepper finish. Sweet with a bit of heat!

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
13.9%
Served at: 
60º F

 

 


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Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Barrel Aged Brownie Batter Blend #2 Mexican Hot Chocolate by Pontoon Brewing was judged as BJCP category 33B, Specialty Wood-Aged beer, with the underlying style category of 22C, Imperial Stout. This beer featured Ancho, Guajillo and Arbol chilies, Mexican vanilla, dark Muscovado sugar, Sasia... Read More

Murdered Out Stout

Murdered Out Stout
Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Roasted malts, coffee and bitter cocoa combine with some low-level earthy hop aromas and prune-like esters hide underneath it all. At first sight. this beer appears black and opaque but when held up to light, it is a deep ruby. A thick, tan head drops to a creamy cap which lingers throughout.... Read More

Double Trouble

Double Trouble

Louisiana
United States
Double Trouble, Low Road Brewing
Description 

Hazy double IPA with lactose, Citra & Motueka hops.

Beverage Profile
ABV: 
8.0%
Hops: 
Citra, Motueka

 

 


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Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Double Trouble by Low Road Brewing was judged as BJCP Category 21C, Hazy IPA. High levels of pineapple and guava are up close and personal at first whiff, followed by moderately high levels of mango and passion fruit. A touch of grapefruit and hints of diesel join in... Read More

Yclept

Threes Brewing Yclept Hoppy Wheat Ale
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

This is not your grandfather's Pilsner. Tropical fruits intermingle with slight sulfur and DMS aromas. Grassy hop notes, grainy pilsner malt and a very low mineral aspect also join the aromatics. This beer pours a light gold color with a very slight haze and lots of tiny bubbles climbing up. The... Read More

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