I don't like 'em for at least three good reasons: -They're unneeded. Like wine, beer is becoming increasingly confusing, with a myriad of styles and flavors from obscure breweries and importers. Unlike wine, beer is still cheap enough that you can drink lots of different bottles while you discover your own favorites. A number only reduces what should be a challenging and enjoyable pastime to the blind pursuit of the so-called "best." -They're inflationary. High scores will only justify brewery price increases. Some wineries focus their entire production on these expensive, big-flavored bottles, hoping to cash in on the attention of a 95 from the likes of Wine Spectator. Worse, the high scores attract speculators who drive up the prices on low-production gems. -They're anti-beer. The mere process of rating wine, in which a few experts - whose standards do not reflect the masses - influence the marketplace, is elitist and autocratic. Beer is democratic by nature and should reject any high-handed incursion by taste-makers who insist they know better. All you need to know here is that professional tasters spit without swallowing.These are valid points, but I visited the BTI's website and it looks pretty neat. I tried to type in some queries ("Budweiser" for laughs; "Oberon" for confirmation that I am a good person), but the server seems to be malfunctioning. I'll try again later.