I have observed that many of the gold medal recipes (year after year) are out of style. It really depends not so much about the numbers (of which the judges don't know about, i.e. OG, FG, IBU's, etc) but rather on taste. I consistently see many beers with much higher FG's than the style suggests (i.e. mild, 60 schilling scottish). Just goes to show that tastebuds truly can pick out the gold medal beers from the others.