The crazy thing is that I asked to taste the beers in that flight. A beer in 9C that reeked of ballpoint pen extract tang scored higher than a beer in 8C that was commercial quality. The lead judge's justification was that the 8C beers were slightly malt forward. This experience taught me that BCJP-sanctioned competition results should be taken with a grain of salt. Anyone who has ever tasted a "real deal" English ESB on tap knows that "malt forward" is acceptable within the style.
you seem to know a lot. but you didn't already know this bolded part?
Judges do their best. None of us know everything. I struggle detecting low levels of acetaldehyde and sometimes DMS. I'm hyper sensitive to diacetyl. And I'm still a pretty decent judge.
And maybe "silence fell over the room" because they were waiting for further explanation from someone they thought they could learn something from? Or perhaps the "this is what it is, period" tone made them not want to reply?
No, it gets worse. ...... a major faux pas
yeah we're gonna have to disagree on the seriousness of what happened...
With that said, the major problem that I have with this situation is that inexperienced brewers tend to take contest remarks as gospel.
IMO your comments have an "I was right and they were wrong" tone. Since you've also lumped all judges in together with your comments, perhaps you could offer some feedback to address the issues you believe exist. If I were a new brewer, not a judge, and took your
comments "as gospel" I'd likely come to the conclusion that BJCP judges were worthless and we should blow up the judging process. So, what should be done?