Entered 4 beers...high 37 low 27...31.5 ave. After taking some time to think about it, there was some useful feedback. 2 of the 4 beers were hoppy ones brewed in September and bottled in early December...they were definitely over the hill. The BarleyWine scored the best (Brewed in August) and the Oatmeal Stout was just too tame @ 4%...even though it had "phenol alchohol present". Some observations: 1. Don't overfill your bottles even if you have a beer gun and force carbonate. The score sheet is pre-printed with that attribute even though they alegedly don't subtract points for that...bad first impression. Doh! 2. Don't put anything in a beer that could get mistaken for diacytl. I used some invert sugar (Lyle's Golden Syrup) in an American Pale Ale that got pegged that way. 3. Don't use chico yeast unless you have to... judges generally think it is bland. 4. Don't think your beer will be judged necessarily against only beers in the same sub-category...they seemed to combine some eg. my American Barleywine finished 2nd, but was beat out by a 80 schilling Scottish Ale that ultimately won Best of Show. Didn't hear a winner for the American Pale Ale sub-category either and one of the judges mentioned an American Brown Ale won it. Was this representative of BJCP events you've entered? I'm a glutton for punishment and if the timing is right will probably enter a comp in Feb., too.