This popped into my head the other day when Mr Mulder asked about our favourite Black IPAs. I don't really like the style. Give me malts or give me hops but separately please. I have however rated Karma Citra as a 4.5 on my profile. This is because it ticks all the right boxes stylistically (in my neophyte opinion) and I did enjoy the beer. I'm fairly certain I'm being an easier judge on it because of my dislike for the style, not in spite of. I'm sure if it had been a stout or an IPA I would have been much harder, and perhaps harsher, in my judging. A case in point being Hop Hog. Given a choice I would drink Hop Hog over Karma Citra any day of the week, yet I rate Karma Citra higher. How do other people rate beer? Do you give 'stlye' points, even if you don't like the style, but it ticks all the style boxes? Are you easier on beer styles you dont like because of a) lack of knowledge b) you don't like the stlye but you like this beer, so it's easier to impress etc. Please discuss. I'm actually new to this rating (and on this site, ranting) business, so this is more of a general quest for advice and peoples way of doing things.