For example, such words as “good”, “very good”, “great”, “fair”, “meh”, disgusting”, where do you put it on YOUR” Overall scale” ?
A few years ago, I began a short list of words to help me to describe my rating (basically what I felt after my tasting). I think that’s an important part of the description to fully “live” the tasting. The analytical part (appearance/aroma/taste/palate) is not enough. I didn’t invent anything ; that’s what the overall-ratebeer part is all about, after all !I think that makes the game a lot more fun and interesting to play and to share.
So, take a pencil a paper, you have 10 minutes !
PS : I purposely hid my list to avoid influencing you.
There are phrases I know I overuse. I seem to be running out of words. This is my basic rate:
[Dispense method] at [place of purchase]. Light/mid-/dark gold/brown/black/red with a big/small white/beige/tan head. Aroma is [adjective] with hints of [fruit] and [weird thing]. Sweet/bittersweet/bitter/tart taste, turning/staying sweet/bittersweet/bitter/tart toward the [adjective that is often ‘medicinal’] finish. Soft/medium/medium to heavy/heavy carbonation. [Wrapping up sentence where I try to display some creativity, but often ends up being something like ‘This was nice, I’d have it again.’]
Hopefully this slowing-down of my rating will inspire more adventurous use of the written word.
Take a moment and just write what comes out of your mind. You might be surprised. I think, that’s easier to start from the beginning and end point (1 and 20, then the middle 10) and then fill in the gap…