Why Being A Nerd Isn't A Bad Thing

This article really shows why being a nerd can be a wonderful thing.  Since the name of this site is AssortedNERDery I have to assume everyone can relate in some way to little Katie... maybe you like music that people would consider unusual... maybe you spend your paycheck on comics... maybe you build computers/websites... maybe you have been called a nerd or a geek in your life.  We all know what it is like to be considered different in some way and have others treat us different because of it.  It takes a great group of people to stand up for a young girl that is going through this kind of treatment and it shows the world that being nerdy means being part of a wonderful group of people!

 

http://www.cnn.com/2010/LIVING/12/09/katie.starwars.geek/index.html?hpt=C1

 

Atwater Vanilla Java Porter - Beer Review

 

  • Brewery - Atwater Block Brewery
  • Location - Detroit, Michigan
  • Type - Porter
  • ABV - 6.00%

 

Reviewer:

FRITZ

Appearance

7/10

Aroma

3/10

Taste

3/10

Mouth Feel

7/10

Holistic

3/10

Total

23/50

Thoughts

It’s a very dark brown that’s nearly opaque with not much of a head for a porter. The aroma is a little chocolaty. I’m not really a fan. It tastes like rancid Guinness. I will say it has a light feel, which is odd for a porter.

All around not a fan at all!

 

Reviewer:

JOHN

Appearance

7/10

Aroma

1/10

Taste

1/10

Mouth Feel

6/10

Holistic

2/10

Total

18/50

Thoughts

Granted, I’m not a coffee fan, but a beer that’s trying to taste like coffee… NO!!! That’s just wrong. I like the brief smell and taste of vanilla, but then the coffee takes the forefront and I was reminded of vomit. I’m really glad that I didn’t pour a whole glass of this.

I recommend that if you like coffee, or beer, do not drink this rot.

 

Reviewer:

JP

Appearance

6/10

Aroma

5/10

Taste

3/10

Mouth Feel

2/10

Holistic

BLAH (did I mention I don’t like this category)

Total

16/40 (20/50)

Thoughts

Lighter than usual for a porter. Smells more like coffee then a beer. Taste really good if you like day-old coffee with club soda. Mouth feel is much too thin for a porter. This beer makes me feel depressed and I hate it.

I can’t stop crying and its Atwater Block Brewery’s fault!!

 

Reviewer:

RYAN

Appearance

7/10

Aroma

4/10

Taste

3/10

Mouth Feel

5/10

Holistic

4/10

Total

23/50

Thoughts

Not the appearance I would normally expect from a porter but pleasant enough. Nice tight head with a black, though light, body. There is no question this beer is going for the coffee crowd as the smell of coffee smacks you in the face as soon as you start pouring. I am a fan off coffee and very willing to try coffee “flavored” drinks but this falls short as the coffee bean taste is clear but not blended well with the other flavors. Somewhat malt heavy on the tongue with what is almost a cigarette ash after taste.

Atwater clearly tried too hard on this beer and over did the coffee flavoring instead of blending it into a drinkable beer.

 

Butt Head Bock - Beer Review

  • Brewery - Tommyknocker Brewery
  • Location - Idaho Springs, Colorado
  • Type - Doppelbock
  • ABV - 8.2%

 

Reviewer:

FRITZ

Appearance

9/10

Aroma

8/10

Taste

7/10

Mouth Feel

7/10

Holistic

8/10

Total

39/50

Thoughts

This beer is about the perfect color in my opinion with a great red/brown color and virtually no head. It has a nice cherry smell, if a little sweet. The beer has a non-descript sweet flavor, kinda like someone added sugar to my beer. It’s not bad by any means and I’d probably get it again, but not as an everyday beer. It is a bit syrupy and kinda coats the tongue. While it’s not heavy by any means it is a little thick.

 

I really like this beer but it’s definitely a ‘once-in-a-while’ beer. It would be a little much on a regular basis.

Reviewer:

JOHN

Appearance

8/10

Aroma

4/10

Taste

6/10

Mouth Feel

7/10

Holistic

6/10

Total

31/50

Thoughts

I’m usually worried about clever names like this. It feels as if an enormously clever frat-boy, douche-bag got high one night and felt, I mean REALLY felt, that “Butt-head” would be an “Awesome!!” name. Fortunately, this beer wasn’t “that” bad. It was OK. The main detriment was the after taste. The initial taste was good but the after taste reminds me of a bad dish with some sort of fake cheese.

Reviewer:

JP

Appearance

7/10

Aroma

7/10

Taste

6/10

Mouth Feel

6/10

Holistic

Booze (I don’t like this category)

Total

26/40 (32.5/50)

Thoughts

Lovely deep red color but no head at all. Smells like caramel, but in a good way. Very, very heavy alcohol taste that overpowers the other tastes way too much. Silky and smooth mouth feel but oh!!! that alcohol. This is definitely not a casual drinking beer, not unless you dig passing out early, but it’s good!

Reviewer:

Ryan

Appearance

7/10

Aroma

8/10

Taste

7/10

Mouth Feel

6/10

Holistic

7/10

Total

35/50

Thoughts

The amazing red color on this beer almost makes up for the minimal head that is present. At first smell there is clearly heavy alcohol but quickly a strong cherry aroma comes to the front. Overall taste on this beer is pleasant as long as it is in small doses. The thick feel and sweet flavors make this a wonderful beer but something that could not be a session drinker.

Beer Review - Scoring Breakdown

APPEARANCE: This is how the beer looks after it has been poured into an appropriate glass. Look at color, clarity, and head. Color can range from the palest straw yellow to pitch black, clarity from crystal clear to deep murk, and head from effervescent fizz to dense cream. Most important is your reaction to how it looks: is it inviting you to take a sip, pour it down the drain, or something in between?












AROMA: A significant chunk of beer enjoyment can come before you take your first sip. Bring the glass up to your nose and take a sniff. What does the smell remind you of? Keep in mind there can be lots going on here: sweetness, grass, flowers, perfume, spices, musk, toast, grain, berries, toffee, citrus, and more, often with weird combinations and surprises, await you in the beer’s “nose.” Are you intrigued, put off, or something in between?













TASTE: Here’s where the aroma evolves into something more. The tongue can detect sweet, sour, and bitter flavors in beer. Often, the themes established by the aroma continue more strongly in the taste. Sometimes, however, surprises await. A beer that comes on sweetly might have a bitter bite on the back of your tongue; a beer that promises hops might be more like honey than hoppy. Does the taste trip your trigger, gag you with a spoon, or something in between?













MOUTH FEEL: Quite literally, how the beer feels while in your mouth. Mouthfeel ranges from watery to syrupy. After you take your first sip, notice how this evolves, as some beers can start fairly dense, but then evaporate away, while others coat your mouth and refuse to leave. Think in terms of “body”: light, medium, and heavy, but also in terms of dynamics: cloying, effervescent, inviting. When it comes to what your beer’s doing in your mouth, do you dig it, hate it, or something in between?














HOLISTIC: Here you can rave about the beer that, on paper anyway, you should hate, or totally bag on a beer you’re “supposed” to love. Beer drinking is as much about the “experience” as it is the chemicals. We are opinionated animals, and with this category you can let your totally biased opinion fly. Did a beer defy your expectations? Reward it! Was it a crushing disappointment? Punish it! No wrong answers here, just what did you think of this particular beer on this particular day?














Each category gets 10 points. A 5 means “OK, that’s fine.” Anything that catches your attention in a positive way warrants additional points, and anything that catches your attention in a negative way warrants deducted points. Total them up, and you’ve got a number out of 50 that expresses your beer experience!

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