33 Bottles of Beer Journal – A Review

Tasting beer (like wine) can be a bit daunting when you have to review it.  How do you remember the things you smell/taste?  What was your reaction upon first tasting it?  What were the specific characteristics of the beer?  Thanks to my wonderful boyfriend, I have Scout Book’s 33 Bottles of Beer Journals.  You may wonder, “why 33?”  I never thought of it until someone said this weekend, “did they come in a 3 pack?  For 99 bottles of beer?”  *facepalm*  But I digress.

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These sell at Scout Books for $12 (for a 3 pack) which is a decent price.  They are 3.5″ W x 5″ H, which conveniently fits in a back pocket, or even a small handbag.

Below you’ll find the flavor wheel, which allows you to show how present (or not) specific characteristics are in the beer.

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Here is a larger view of where you can state the who/what/when/why/how of the beer you’re tasting.

Tasting notes

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As a novice explorer of the beer world, this has been incredibly helpful for me to remember the beers I’ve tasted.  I also love the stars rating area which helps me quantify how I really feel about the beer.  Some of the more technical aspects (OG, TG) I don’t use because they’re not important to me, but clearly a lot of thought has gone into the making of this little book.  Many thanks to the folks over at BS Brewing who designed this.  If you are at all interested in reviewing beer, I’d highly recommend this product.  I really love it and look forward to filling out more books as my education continues!

Have you tried these books or something similar?  What do you think?  Would you change/add anything?  Let me know your thoughts!

  • http://keane.festizio.net Keane

    That is awesome. I passed a fancy liquor store at Ward Warehouse in Hawaii with loads of beer. Saw forms of Sierra I haven't tried yet. Thought of you and Mr. Z!

  • http://superduperfantastic.net/ suki

    Oh wow, this is great! I would totally use something like this. 😀 Except, I don't know yet how to pick out those flavors in beers… YET.

  • Robert

    Happened upon your blog… and I ordered a 3 pack of these! Brilliant!

  • Melanie

    Thanks for sharing, Mr. North! I didn’t know that. 🙂

  • http://www.shutterphoto.net D. Travis North

    Ahhh…the magic number 33 – ever a wonderful thing in the beer world. Why? Because 1933 is the year when Prohibition was repealed. This is why many beers that existed both before and after Prohibition (Rolling Rock, for example) carry the number on their labels/bottles.

    And now you know….(and knowing is half the battle).