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

Autumn Ale

Autumn Ale by Breckenridge Brewery
Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This beer pours a brown, Coca-Cola like color with good clarity and light ruby highlights when held up to the light.  A creamy tan head quickly fades but leaves a ring around the glass.  The intensity of the malt aroma is moderate; however, it is very forward on the nose and rich and consists of... Read More

Judges Rating:
95
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

This Imperial White IPA pours a deep gold color with slightly hazy clarity.  A lathery, bone white head is persistent during the entire beer.  The aroma of this beer is very forward, consisting of moderate, general grainy base malt sweetness and a moderate-high citrus aroma that blends well with... Read More

Nutty Brunette

Nutty Brunette by Frog Level Brewing Co
Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

This American Brown Ale pours a dark brown color with good clarity.  A fine beige creamy head is moderate in its retention and leaves a ring around the glass when it dissipates.  A moderate malty sweet aroma is forefront on the nose consisting of medium levels of chocolate, low caramel, and a... Read More

Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This Oatmeal Stout with coffee pours a very dark brown color with opaque clarity. A dense and fluffy mocha-colored head is well sustained. A prominent aroma of fresh-brewed coffee with a touch of cream is the showcase with undertones of dark chocolate and earthy roast. The coffee and roast... Read More

RecreationAle

RecreationAle by Terrapin Beer Co.
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

RecreationAle by Terrapin Beer Company is being evaluated as a Mixed-Style Beer (Category 34B) from the 2015 BJCP guidelines as it combines traditional American IPA qualities (Category 21A) with a session strength 4.7% ABV noted in Specialty IPA guidelines (Category 21B).

This beer pours... Read More

Luau Krunkles

Luau Krunkles by Terrapin Beer Co.
Judges Rating:
95
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Luau Krunkles by Terrapin Beer Company is being evaluated as a Fruit Beer (Category 29A) with a base style of an American IPA (Category 21A) from the 2015 BJCP guidelines.

This beer pours a deep gold color with hazy clarity and a white head which is fleeting, but leaves a white-colored... Read More

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