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 Assistant 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

Barrel Aged Helios

Barrel Aged Helios, Pontoon Brewing
Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Barrel Aged Helios by Pontoon Brewing is being evaluated as a Wild Specialty Beer (Category 28C) according to the 2015 BJCP Guidelines.

This beer pours a dark gold color with hazy clarity.  A bone white head consisting of micro-bubbles is short left but leaves a ring around the glass. As... Read More

Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Last Leaf Maple Brown Ale by Starr Hill Brewery is being evaluated as an Alternative Sugar Beer (Category 31B) from the 2015 BJCP guidelines.

This beer pours a light brown color with slight chill haze. An ample and sustained tan head lasts throughout the beer.  The aroma when poured is... Read More

Lucky U IPA

Lucky U IPA
Judges Rating:
81
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
31 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

This Nitro IPA pours a deep gold color with a slightly hazy clarity.  A beautiful creamy, mousse-like white head is everlasting and persists during the entire beer leaving a lovely lacing on the glass.  The aroma has a low malt character that is sublime and general at first but has hints of... Read More

Prize Inside

Prize Inside, Wild Leap Brew Co.
Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Prize Inside by Wild Leap Brew Co. is being evaluated as a Imperial Stout (Category 16A) according to the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines while keeping in mind the intentional addition of peanuts and caramel to the beer.

This beer pours a very dark brown clarity which is opaque with a thin,... Read More

Judges Rating:
94
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Festie by Starr Hill Brewery is being evaluated as a Festbier (Category 4B) from the 2015 BJCP guidelines.

This beer pours a deep gold, bordering light amber, color with no head when poured.  A very thin, white ring stayed around the glass during the entire drink.  The aroma is malt... Read More

The Illustrated Man

The Illustrated Man Independence Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

The Illustrated Man by Independence Brewing is being evaluated as a Wild Specialty Beer (Category 28C) from the 2015 BJCP guidelines. 

This beer pours a dark brown color with opaque clarity due to the color and a light haze. A beige colored velvety head quickly forms but is modest and... Read More

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