You're very self deprecating about your beard, but you really do have an awesome beard. Maybe you're right that it won't win any contests, mine definitely won't either, but it looks great on you and is a beard to be proud of. Welcome back to long beards.
The beard is looking fantastic, and it's great to see you on the long beards side. So much character in your beard, great color. And as others have said, the usual great haircut paired with it. If it works, why change it?