« on: December 02, 2015, 01:17:48 PM »
I had a lesson with spice beers. A lot of it is in the wording and how you describe the beer. You are laying he foundation to how it will be judged. I had a Robust Porter that I added Chocolate and Coffee to. It scored a 36 in a comp and had some valuable feedback. I sent the beer off to another competition 2 weeks later and changed the description from "Porter, Chocolate and Coffee" to "Porter, Coffee and Cocoa" as the Coffee was more upfront and the Chocolate was more Cocoa like. It then scored a 46. I know it was a separate comp and different judges but I believe the wording played a part in how it was judged. Remember the beer is not being judged for how good it is or how much they like it...its being judged for how good of a Baltic Porter it is. List only what you want to be judged.
Thanks! For some reason these things have never been very obvious to me. Any spice notes on this beer are not outside of the baltic porter guidelines and not obvious as actual spices. Hopefully I don't misenter...
I don't want to dismiss what PORTERHAUS has said as I don't really disagree. However, you'll find the judging will vary significantly so at some point it's not worth worrying about. Give your beer the best shot you can, and then understand there's nothing else you can do. I just got a gold medal for a beer that was destroyed in the NHC First Round. In another comp the same weekend, it scored a 22. Such is life.