So if i read this right Monteiths Black and Mac's gold were judged better beers than say Emersons Bookbinder, Renaissance elemental porter, Smokin bishop or Emersons Pilsner....?
Is that what the article is saying?
Beer judging is subjective i know but really?
Here's a list of the judges' highest scoring beers (4 and above)
Founders Fair Maiden
Renaissance Elemental Porter
Green Man Wheat Beer
Mac’s Great White
Renaissance Discovery APA
Mac’s Spring Tide
Invercargill Smokin’ Bishop
Emerson’s Organic Pilsner
Green Man Enrico’s Cure
Renaissance Stonecutter Scotch
Three Boys Oyster Stout
It certainly seems odd that second and third place overall were given to lower ranking beers!
The problem with this sort of thing is that while i have the utmost respect for Geoff and Colin's palate this sort of irregularity unfortunately really strains the credibility of a survey like this :0(
Here's a reply from Aaron (to an email from myself)...
Interesting. I may have to sign up and defend the panel. The top three were
judged blind and we (sadly without you) looked for integration and balance
in what were already good examples of style.
Fair Maiden was as good as I have ever tasted it. It and the other two were
pleasant even after a tough 100-beer day.
The question from a judging perspective is why we didn't give a 4.5 in the
golden or dark larger category - more chance of prejudice at that end of the
decision than when we took the top few beers next to each other, methinks.
Monteith's Black in particular was a surprise, but Kylie says the guy making
it on the West Coast is very proud of it and it really was better than I
have come to expect from that brand.
This survey used to pick a mixed dozen... methinks that was a better option.
But I've got nothing against the picks. I know how these things work and the results are always surprising. Always. And I know it is bloody hard work (this isn't the first time that Geoff has had to rush for a plane).
I've had a litre of Fair Maiden tonight. Very buttery - a little on the nose and a lot on the palate - but quite outstanding besides.