I've always felt the same way as Fred and Dr. Fix. Maybe because I was influenced by Dr. Fix's statement when I started batch sparging years ago, maybe because it's true? I don't know. I don't try to convince people of it because it's so subjective and hard to quantify. But I feel like no sparge beers are maltier than sparged beers, and that batch sparged beers are maltier than fly sparged beers. This is based on my own experience and like I said, I won't try to convince anyone else of it.