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

Devil's Harvest

Southern Prohibition beer Devil's Harvest Pale Ale
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

This American Pale Ale pours a deep gold color with hazy clarity and a dense, white, mousse-like head, which is sustained and leaves lovely lacing on the glass. The aroma consists of a moderately strong American hop profile with juicy citrus at the forefront with undertones of pine needles and ... Read More

Reviver Red IPA

Starr Hill Reviver Red IPA Beer
Judges Rating:
95
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Reviver by Starr Hill Brewery is being evaluated as a Specialty IPA: Red IPA (Category 21B) from the 2015 BJCP guidelines. 

This beer pours a gorgeous amber, bordering deep amber, color with a sustained white head that lasts the entire beer.  On the nose, the moderate malt profile is... Read More

Mississippi Fireant

Southern Prohibition beer Mississippi Fireant Red IPA
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This Imperial Red Ale pours a beautiful deep amber and rust color with hazy clarity and a fluffy, khaki-colored head, which lasts for the duration of the pour. A lovely lacing lingers on the glass as the beer is consumed. There is a low malt aroma consisting of sweet base malt with toffee... Read More

Nitro Vanilla Porter

Nitro Vanilla Porter
Judges Rating:
80
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
14 / 20

This Nitro Vanilla Porter pours a very dark brown color with clear clarity.  The pour creates beige colored beautiful, creamy, and everlasting head.  The overall aroma of this beer is very muted with the most prominent note in the aroma is a candy like malt sweetness at the front.  Wisps of... Read More

Judges Rating:
96
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Tunnel Vision DDH w/Citra by Bearded Iris Brewing is being evaluated as an American IPA (Category 21A) from the 2015 BJCP guidelines. 

This beer pours a deep gold color with opaque clarity due to the use of dry hopping. A modest off-white head forms but dissipates fairly quickly. As the... Read More

Tavern Ale

Tavern Ale by Big Boss Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
96
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

This Barrel Aged Ale pours a deep amber color with hazy clarity.   A fine-bubbled white head quickly dissipates and leaves ring and lacing around the edge of the glass.  An aroma of barrel qualities of oak character and vanilla lactones are prominent in the nose followed by a malt character... Read More

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