« on: July 23, 2012, 03:41:05 PM »
The other day I was helping with an exam and listening to some war stories and there was one from a judge talking about an experience he had at a BOS panel where one of the judges voted down everything Belgian because they don't like them.
Stuff like that is amazing to me.
I had a kind of similar experieince judging 2nd round at NHC a few years back. We were judging IPA and were at the miniBOS stage. The other judge and I were loving a particular IPA but the head judge (Master) kept pushing us toward one that had almost no hop character to it. He finally admitted that he hated IPA and only liked Belgian beers. The other judge and I made him go through the guidelines step by step with us and he finally admitted that the beer we liked was the winner. It's one thing to have preferences, but it's totally unacceptable to let those preferences color your decision.