You judged 35 different entries in one day or over two days? Even over two days, that's over 17 beers in a day. I know you're a newer judge, but most competitions should be striving to keep entries down to 10 - 12 per day (that's an am/pm session) to keep the feedback quality up and judge wear down low. The checklist style score sheet helps, but not that much....
The competitions that I have worked have had that many entries per flight.
True, but they usually split a large flight between several groups of judges and then do a mini-BOS, correct?
As a judge, it usually takes me about 10 - 15 minutes to evaluate a beer, write up the score sheet (traditional not checklist style), and discuss the entry with the other judge. This doesn't include the time that it takes to do a mini-BOS either. I purposefully avoid competitions that treat judges like factory machines to pump out entries. My point, since this is a thread about Noob judging experiences, was that most competitions don't ask their judges to do 19 entries in a single day like udubdawg did. Quality feedback should be the priority at competitions, not blowing through large numbers of entries. How did your hand feel afterwards?
3 hours of driving to KC did a lot more to make my arm sore than the writing. I put comments on each checklist scoresheet too, though I did see some who did not.
FWIW, next to our table was a table of 12 Amber Lagers. However they finished first because they had 2 teams doing 6 beers each, and the Dark Lager flight on Saturday also had 2 teams for 11 beers. 11 was not a normal flight length in this competition. I haven't seen any other categories that asked that of judges.
I've done as many as 14 regular scoresheets in a flight. Not fun. In those cases I've pleaded with organizers to set up a third session, get more teams per category, and make the flights short. breaks help a great deal. judging 8, lunch, 8, break, 8 is easier than 12, lunch, 12.