Denny . . I know you are pragmatic! (Maybe I an too . .)
So, let me ask a question in response to your question . . Is it not possible to make an objective judgement of flavor without doing a blind test?
Maybe, but my experience is that as long as you know which beer is which, you will always have a bias on a subconscious level. For instance, in my FWH experiment, when I poured the 2 different beers for myself, I was sure that I could tell which was which and what the attributes were. When my wife poured 2 of one and one of the other, it took me 3 tries to pick out the different one, and even then I was wrong about which one it was!