Tom Cannon

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Beer Judge

Tom has been drinking beer for 40 years, hunting for good beer for 26 years and homebrewing for 22 years. He is currently an Exam Director for the Beer Judge Certification Program and has achieved the Grand Master II level as a beer judge. He has visited breweries from Portland, Oregon to Pilzen in the Czech Republic and is always on the lookout for new beer experiences. 

 

My reviews

Vanilla Oatis

Vanilla Oatis Ninkasi Stout Beer
Judges Rating:
95
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

The combination of dark roasted malt and the sweet, Ibarra chocolate flavor and aroma make this Oatmeal Stout similar to a chocolate covered coffee bean. The style calls for both coffee-like and chocolate-like roast aromas and this version hits both notes quite well. In the glass, this beer is... Read More

V Twin

V Twin Motorworks Beer
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

A well made Vienna can be the perfect thirst-quenching Amber lager, worthy of being considered one of the original lager styles. This Vienna has a lot of the pieces that make up a good one. It pours a beautiful amber/copper, with aromas of toasted bread. The toasted, almost cookie-like malt... Read More

Sauvage

Sauvage NOLA Brewing Beer
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Brettanomyces used in place of conventional yeast, or in conjunction with conventional yeast, provides beer with a somewhat earthy, bitter, funky character. When done poorly, it can result in an overly dry beer with an almost barnyard-like character that can dominate any other characteristic in... Read More

Nut Brown Ale

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

This beer accentuates the malt by presenting a complex blend of brown sugar, biscuit, chocolate, caramel and toasted cracker with a bit of latte thrown in.

The beer shows itself as mahogany brown with a bright orange/red hue and a just off-white head that provides nice lacing on the glass... Read More

Bombshell Blonde

Bombshell Blonde Ale Southern Star Beer
Judges Rating:
86
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

How do you define a great American Blond Ale? A perfect one would be exceptionally clean and refreshing, but after that, not much can be said – that’s just the nature of the style. This example has a light, bready and slightly sweet malt aroma with only a hint of a citrusy hops. It’s a clear,... Read More

Valar Morghulis

Brewery Ommegang Valar Morghulis Dubbel Ale beer
Judges Rating:
95
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

This beer walks the fine line between the Belgian Dubbel style and its bigger cousin, the Belgian Dark Strong Ale. In the glass it is a deep brown with a reddish/orange hue and a big, white, rocky head. The Belgian yeast provides plum, raisin, maybe some green banana, along with cocoa, spun... Read More

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