I realized in the last week, writing posts about the Movie and/or Beer of the Week, both for The Less Desirables, and realized that I use a lot of comparison sites to show where my rating stands against others in the respective categories. So, I figured that I’d explain what all of this means.
Let’s start with movies, as it’s a little more complicated, overall. The ratings that I use for comparison is IMDb, which is pretty cut and dry, and Rotten Tomatoes, which isn’t necessarily. IMDb, for those under a rock is an Amazon-owned database of just about every movie and television show and/or special you can think of. It shows all the cast, crew, trivia, shooting locations, goofs (the mistakes), quotes, release dates and so on. Anything you want to know, you can most likely find it here. They also use a weighted-mean system to figure the ratings of registered users on a scale of 1-10. I use that mean to report how many stars out of 10 any film is.
Rotten Tomatoes is a review aggregator and I use two rating models from it to report in this blog: The Tomatometer and the Audience Score. It registers users and their ratings are averaged to a collective “Audience Score.” The Tomatometer is a different monster. The Tomatometer takes the reviews and ratings from top film critics and averages them. If over 50% of the critics gave it a positive review, regardless of weight (1-5 stars), then it is considered “Fresh.” Otherwise it isn’t. So, when I rate mine, I weigh it beside both how “Fresh” the film is on the Tomatometer and the Audience Score. I try to rate them as I watch them. And I rate them on my own scale of .25-5.
When I rate beer I use two comparison tools: BeerAdvocate and Untappd. Untappd is a straight-forward social media platform for beer enthusiasts. You rate your beer on a scale of .25-5 in quarter units. So you can have a 2.75, 3.5 or 4.25 or whatever in and around as long as it’s between .25 and 5. You can leave a description of your rating or thoughts of the beer. BeerAdvocate is an online rating site that rates not only beer but bars, beer stores, breweries and other beer companies. There must be 10 user ratings before it gets a score. The score ranges from 0-100. The higher the number the higher the accolade. Anything from 91-100 is “World Class.” It goes down from there to “Outstanding,” “Very Good,” “Good” and so on. I know that under 50 is “Awful.” In addition to the user scores, there’s the Bros. Score (the score of the two brothers, Todd and Jason Alström, who founded the site). In case you’re wondering, the all-time worst rated beer on BeerAdvocate is Natural Light. The Bros gave it a 37 and the BA (BeerAdvocate) score was 47. I just thought that you’d like know that and I could stretch my beer snob legs a bit. So, that’s the comparisons for the beer. I rate mine, like Untappd, .25-5; same as the movies.
In case you’re wondering, numbers 2-15 on BeerAdvocate’s bottom of all time (in order): Bud Light & Clamato Chelada, Michelob Ultra, Budweiser Select 55, Corona Light, Evil Eye Malt Liquor, Bud Light, Busch Light, Keystone Light, Natural Light, Coors Light, Rock Green Light, Miller 64, Keystone Ice. If you drink any of those, well that’s a shame.
Anywhat, I hope this helps to explain what I mean when I put those comparable items into the ratings systems that I do. I hope it answered questions and didn’t create more questions. If I did, then ask away!
Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
“Since its inception, BeerAdvocate.com has grown into the largest and most diverse beer community online and is now widely considered the go-to website for news, reviews, gossip and guidance about beer.” – BeerAdvocate About Us