From the HBD Archive
Subject: smoking/beer-tasting
Date: 1992-04-07 13:57:00 GMT

Bob Jones asks about being a smoker and a beer taster.

I used to smoke (quit in sept 90 after 16 years). One of the
reasons I quit was that I entered a beer in the `88 nationals and
got terrible reviews. After receiving the judging forms, I
pulled out a refridgerated bottle of the same beer and tried to
identify the flavors/smells etc. I couldn't. At the time,
I figured that it could be the fact that was a smoker. In
retrospect, I think it was 60% smoke and 40% inexperience.
I am still learning a lot (who says "when I stop learning, bury me?")
but quitting smoking has made tasting a much more enjoyable and
intense experience.

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