Have scooped beers on and off since the early 90s. Went through phases of being semi desperate, keeping records, just drinking new beers. Never retained any of them! Started recording beers again in earnest in Oct 11 and started to write reviews (for the first time) by the end of that year.
Hit 1K rates mid Oct 12 (had a 550 backlog from joining). At this point I was only the 1,003rd rater to hit 1K.
Entered the top 100 raters on Feb 1 14 with 5,876 rates.