I actually JUST saw your message here....sorry I did not respond earlier!
Hey, congratulations on your ribbon!! I hope you can take 1st this year if you enter
My beers did not do so great, but I was extremely pleased with the feedback I received. My highest score was 32.5 on a Belgian Specialty Ale. From feedback, it was apparent that the judges liked the beer but could not score it well because the character from the coriander I had listed in the ingredients was just not present. I could not taste it myself, either, and understand what was meant by the judges. My Ami-Stout was oxidized, so was no good and my Ami-brown was just a poor recipe and was not brewed well by me.
I'm entering a Belgian Dark Strong and an American Barleywine this year. The Barleywine is super good I think, and will be 3 months bottled at the time of the competition...although conventional wisdom says to let a BW age for a year or so, I'm going to take a chance and enter it anyway