Sal Mortillaro II

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Beer & Mead Judge

Sal has been homebrewing since 2010 and has been a certified judge in the BJCP program since 2012 where he currently holds the rank of Grand Master. He has won several awards and medals during his time homebrewing and he currently serves as a BJCP exam proctor, exam grader, exam admin, and the Regional Representative for the Southern Region.  Sal has served as a Best of Show judge for the Alabama Craft Beer State Championship and Montana Brewery of the Year State Championship commercial competitions and the Great American Beer Festival in Denver.  He is a regular guest on the NOLA Drinks radio show & pod cast and contributor to Louisiana Craft Beer Magazine.

Sal is a member of the Mystic Krewe of Brew Homebrew Club where he serves as the Educational Director and occasional Vice President. He is also a founding board member of The Bayou State Homebrew Competition Circuit. He is the competition coordinator for the New Orleans On Tap, Bayou Beer Fest, and Larry Fest charity beer events. He has served as a “Beer Geek” in the local area for a well-known, national chain of natural grocery stores reviewing and recommending beers to their customers.

Sal enjoys brewing all styles of beer, but thoroughly enjoys venturing into the weird and wild, discovering beers that utilize non-traditional ingredients and brewing techniques. He appreciates drinking all beer styles, but particularly enjoys malty or sour beers.

 

 

My reviews

Judges Rating:
85
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
32 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Alpha Abstraction Vol. 9 by Wild Leap Brew Co. is a Double IPA and is being evaluated as a Category 22A in the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines.

This beer pours a dark gold color with a slight orange hue and a hazy clarity. A moderately sustained rocky bone white head leaves a nice lacing as it... Read More

Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

With A Little Help From My Friends by Monday Night Brewing pours a medium gold color with opaque clarity. A spongy bone white head quickly falls and leaves a thin ring and layer of tiny white bubbles around the glass. The aroma consists of a  medium-high malt aroma of honey and slightly grainy... Read More

Judges Rating:
83
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Thunderstruck Coffee Porter by Highland Brewing Co. is being judged as a Spice, Herb, Vegetable Beer (Category 30A) with an American Porter (Category 20A) base per the 2015 BJCP Guidelines.

This beer pours with a dark brown appearance with slightly hazy clarity when held to the light with... Read More

Tie 9 On

Tie 9 On, Monday Night Brewing
Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Tie 9 On by Monday Night Brewing pours a dark black color with opaque clarity. A sudsy mocha-colored head of large bubbles is persistent almost the entire time the beer was consumed. The initial aroma consists of a medium-high sweetness, which is quickly followed by medium barrel lactones of... Read More

Judges Rating:
85
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
32 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Silver & Steel Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout by Highland Brewing Co. is being judged as a Specialty Wood-Aged Beer (category 33B) with an Imperial Stout (category 20C) as its base beer per the 2015 BJCP Guildelines.

This beer pours a very dark brown color with a slightly murky... Read More

Pig Porter

Pig Porter, Right Brain Brewery
Judges Rating:
95
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Pig Porter by Right Brain Brewery is being evaluated as a Specialty Smoked Beer (Category 32B) with with the addition of smoked pigs head and pigs bones with an American Porter (Category 20A) per the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines.

On the pour, a very dark brown with opaque clarity due to the... Read More

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