“Lil’ Sprout Stout” Judges Notes

The beer was rated as outstanding (a world class example of the style.  A beer with great character and no flaws). 

Judge 1:

Aroma (10/12):  Sweet Vanilla, Chocolate and coffee; they keep travelin places for first place.

Appearance (3/3):  Black, decent head.

Flavor (17/20):  Coffee, chocolate, vanilla, sweet.  Bitterness balances.  Nothing dominates.  Beer charactr is hidden – more like a mocha than a beer.

Moutfeel (5/5):  Thivk, but no cloying.  Smooth.

Overall Impression (9/10):  Lots of credit for non-burnt coffee flavor.  Balance is great.  Doesn’t come across as a beer though okay.  Malt is like malted milk!  Great job.

Total Score:  44/50.

Judge 2:

Aroma (10/12):  Sweet vanilla, cocoa dominate (with lactose notable), while coffee and roasted malts linger in background; little to no hop aroma, clean; aroma seems to dissipate in time.

Appearance (3/3):Pours out with tan, fine-bubbled head, which lingers a few minutes.

Flavor (18/20):  Like aroma, but coffee and milkshake qualities come up to balance sweetness and vanilla; nice malted milk ball character.

Mouthfeel (5/5):  Medium-full bod, very creamy and silky, with an appropriate balance of hop/ roast astringency at end to balance vanilla/ cocoa sweetness.  Slight alcohol warmth at end.

Overall Impression (44/50):  All flavors tight, well-balanced; nice execution of the specialty stout.

Total Score:  44/50.

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