I wasn't expecting to win anything (and I didn't
), but I got some good, very full, sheets of feedback from my judges. I entered the 2 beers that I thought turned out 'ok but not great', and in all fairness they probably could have used another month or two of bottle conditioning.
Scored 30/30 on one, and 30/29 on the other, with the 29 saying it would have done better in a slightly different category (dry stout vs. sweet stout). Most of the 'problems' that I got dinged on are easily fixed (more carbonation, more maple flavor, more lactose/sweet flavor next time), and they didn't detect anything fatal IMO. Not too bad for my 3rd and 4th batches I ever brewed I guess. I'll probably tweak the sweet stout one sometime in the next couple months and see how the next one it turns out.