With tasting beer, as with most other things of a sensory nature, it seems that the deeper and broader your experience level, the more critical and difficult to please you naturally become. The more different beers you've tasted, and especially if you're making an effort to evaluate them critically within the parameters of "style," the harder it is to really enjoy most of them. Their flaws become more pronounced, their positive qualities eclipsed by shortcomings. Just as a film critic will pan most movies as pedestrian tripe, or a food critic will slam restaurants that most people would enjoy, a beer connoisseur will see every beer he drinks through the lens of his/her aggregate experience, and will naturally find most of them wanting. I think the most experienced aficionados on BA are more likely to trash a beer that most noobs think is very good. So here's the question. Is this inevitable? Are the beer "experts" still actually enjoying the beer they drink, or do they constantly have to go to greater lengths, expense, and effort to find beer that's worthy of their advanced palates? Can you still just enjoy a beer for what it is, without judging it against every other beer you've ever tasted? Once you're at the top of the mountain, can you only look down? Or is there no top of the mountain? Cheers!