In both directions. I only have 48 beers reviewed, but I still find my own deviation ratios interesting. As I get more practice judging beers, I am finding that these ratios are growing smaller. I have a deviation ratio of +14.2 for Troegenator Double Bock. That's my highest on the positive end. I'm not shy about large gaps between my own rating and the average, but I wonder if my enthusiasm for this beer was partly due to the fact that my sister was over and we were having a really fun visit and were both trying this for the first time together (we both thought it was great). Or maybe I just really love this beer, now and forever! In my opposite direction is Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen. I'd heard so many good things about it, that you would think I would have been subjectively pressured to give it a higher score. Or maybe I was just so disappointed, that I wanted to throw some low ratings in its face. I think my scores were pretty objective, though. I try to make sure they are! Anyway, I thought it smelled, tasted, and felt like watered down bubblegum soda. I wonder how others picked up on a ton of goodness I didn't.