Greetings, this will sort of be our mission statement, a little bit of history, and a starting point if you wish to get to know who we are. Feel free to visit our FAQ/Review Policy for specific questions.
We began in Late 2010 reviewing spirits under Nerdfit.com – Nerdfit is a media site that focuses on Nerdy content ranging from games, EDM, anime, and more. They do a lot of conventions appearances with panels, dances, and general tomfoolery. We were originally a project of Nerdfit that spun off once it became clear how often we’d be reviewing versus Nerdfit’s other content.
So our four main reviewers. (DJ Lvl, Buffalojern, William Henri Neve the IVth, and Justice) began our little review site. Our goal was to do reviews that weren’t bullshit. We’d not try and use fancy terms like ‘notes’ or decide which type of toffee we could taste. We gave overall thoughts and honest thoughts. Then when it came to scoring we broke up reviews against a set of 7 metrics, metrics which make it nigh-impossible to get a perfect score. We kept to that ideal by deciding that average is a 5 and not an 8.5 as a lot of review sites do. See we’ve seen things like RateBeer, Top 100 Wines, BeerAdvocate, etc in stores with scores from 94-100 ALL over the place. Now, of course, a store would not put up the low numbers, but things that get into the 90’s that often, that is absolute perfection?
Bullshit. This is not grade-school and we’re not enacting ‘No Hooch Left Behind’ so we decided that we weren’t going into the fray half-heartily trying to make friends and make happy companies, no we went in there full armoured ready to destroy everything. We wanted to do reviews that weren’t shills, reviews that didn’t care who you were, what you said, or what you had to offer, reviews that were honest.
It’s why when we decided to bring the site back in its new incarnation – choosing a name was surprisingly easy and apparently available – which says a lot about the review community.
Reviews will have 1-2 of us 4 doing the review (Mostly TheBuffalo), but others may add scores later on.
To that end:
- Spirits will get full-blown review every Monday
- Beer will get a paragraph or two and a 0-10 rating, with decimal points every Wednesday/Thursday
- Wine will get a letter grade (since these are mostly at a tasting we realize we need to be a little more lenient with numbers) every Saturday or Sunday
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Now I’ve gone on long enough so head over to our archives and get reading.