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Tax Attorney


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    1. BEERchitect
      I just read your review for The Beer Trappe and I want to thank you very much for such a glowing critique. I'm happy that we can continue to give beer lovers, like yourself, something unique, of quality and an enjoy experience. If there's anything that I or we can do to make things even better, then I'm all ears! Thanks again my friend.
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    Tax Attorney
    Just recently returned to the world of craft beer after taking an extended hiatus during law school and the first couple years of post-grad life. Now that life has settled into a good rhythm, it seemed like a good time to rekindle that passion for good beer.

    Beer Thoughts (08/19/14)

    On stouts: I enjoy all types of stouts, but in particular, I am very fond of milk/sweet stouts. They are the quintessential stout (if not most ideal beer altogether) because of their pleasing flavor profiles ranging from sweet to savory to decadent, creamy texture, supreme drinkability, relative year-round availability and generally inexpensive cost (when compared to higher ABV imperial or BA stouts). That goes without even mentioning their versatility in being paired alongside food, but also their ability to stand alone as a post-meal dessert onto itself.

    On barrel-aged beers: I find BA beers to be hit or miss. I enjoy them - don't get me wrong - but in my limited experience, for every good BA variant that I've tried, I seem to find another that just does not work. This seems to go both directions, be it over-done, to the point that the flavors and aromatics from the barrel overpowers the base beer leaving it feeling bland or unmemorable, or the barrel aging was simply underwhelming, failing to add the expected level of complexity or nuance.

    On DIPAs: Disclaimer - I'm not a hop head. I just don't get the DIPA craze. I've had a few IPAs that I have enjoyed, predominantly ones where where the dominant flavor profile showcased citrus or tropical fruits (orange, lemon, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, rind). But more often than not, most DIPAs just seem to me to be an exercise in making the most pungent, bittering blast of hop flavor such that your palate cannot discern anything else for the rest of the evening. Again, I just don't get the hype.

    On reviewing beers: Ideally, I try to approach each beer review in the same manner, using a modified weighted average that focuses on the traditional categories of:
    • Appearance (5% of weighted review score)
    • Aroma/smell (20%),
    • Taste (40%),
    • Mouthfeel (15%) and
    • Overall impression (20%).
    For an overall impression, I score the beer within its stylistic category on a sliding scale of 1.00 to 5.00 (out to two decimal places) - 5 being what I consider the best example of a given style of beer. This inherently means drawing comparisons to other beers I have rated within a particular style, which is far from comprehensive. It also means I assign numerical scores with some reservation, particularly acknowledging that I have not had a number of the beers widely considered as the best in a particular style, so I am constantly aware that a "better" beer is likely out there that I have yet to have the opportunity to review. In short, this means few 5s are awarded.

    I total the weighted components to produce the weighted sum, and then make ad hoc revisions up/down on the basis of a handful of "intangible" factors which I don't feel are necessarily captured by the traditional categories:
    • Drinkability/sessionable quality of the beer (ABV; serving size/type),
    • Availability of the beer (seasonal vs. year-round; limited diet.), and
    • Price considerations.
    Note: pre-August 2014 review were completed under this site's previous reviewing structure, and may not fit my current guidelines. Those reviews will be updated according to my new rating formula in the future as I revisit those beers.
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