While I do not consider myself Obsessed with BA ratings, I certainly use them to determine which beers I select in a very crowded field. I find that this is one of the greatest perks of the community. I have a group of folks, that as a collective, I trust to help me determine if a beer is worthy or not. With few exceptions, I think the general direction is correct. One of the phases of being a BA member is finally realizing you will NOT try every beer there is on the market. Therefore we need to be somewhat selective. BA ratings are great for this. As a frequent business traveler I find the rating invaluable in picking out spots to visit while out in the country....... and also beers to try. Hats off to the guys using the system. Keep up the great work!!