I recently compiled a glossary of common beer flavors, description words, and characteristics. A sort of guide for anyone looking up a beer or reading a review and wondering: "Sounds great, but what does that mean?"
Obviously beer is incredibly complex and varied, so I definitely didn't cover everything. I also decided to leave out most off-flavors, as a list of those is more for diagnosing botched homebrew — not flavors you'll often encounter in commercial beer. Hopefully I accomplished my goal of cataloging 98% of the flavors you'll find in 98% of beers.
Thoughts? Suggestions? Critiques? The list is too long for a single post, so hopefully you'll humor me and click on through to my blog, here. I'd love to hear what you guys think, and I hope it's genuinely helpful to someone somewhere sometime.