Gorbalev (2887) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 10, 2004
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Probably my current favourite of the Guinness line. I quite enjoy the bottles with no nitro bubbles to be found. Good malt character similar to Newcastle I suppose. Good session type beer.
JFGrind (1801) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2004
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Wildwood, New Jersey is one of the last places I expect to stumble upon a new beer to rate. But low and behold two Irish pubs on the island have dropped Bass for Smithwicks on draft. I sampled it twice over the weekend and found it to be a flavorful session beer. Mild hops, slight smokey / roasted malt flavor, excellent dark red body and a pleasant aroma. It was a nice change from the usual Bass - Harp - Guinness selections in the Irish pubs of Wildwood.
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - MAY 6, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very little hop aroma, slightly sweet malt aroma. Nice red color. Very tasty ale, with enough body to be interesting and low enough alcohol to drink many. In fact, I had five pints last night and have a delicious headache from it. Good stuff.
obxdude10 (1964) - Limerick, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very smooth & drinkable, very creamy beer, other than that pretty bland, the body was light & a bit on the watery side, the flavors were bland, not much to the finish or aftertaste, not a whole lot of flavors happening
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - APR 30, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Was not imppressed. Your expect more out of Guiness and it did not deliver. Simply some form of session brew
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - APR 29, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Dark amber color with thin tan head. Very little aroma, but not terrible. I can’t really place it. Taste is a little sweet with some maltyness. It’s not a great beer, but I wouldn’t mind drinking 10 of them on my way to getting messed up.
PorterPounder (5107) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 27, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2005 RerateOn tap at a new Irish Pub in Tallahassee called Finnegan’s Wake - better all around this time - more earthy and smoky - bump up a notch Original 3.1 On tap at Mackey’s Public House in Crystal City, Va. Dark copper appearance, slightly off-white head, thin lacing. Very faint earthy aroma, not unpleasant. Overall a very restrained flavor - obviously meant for session purposes. Slight maltiness with some caramel notes. Slight bitter hoppines cuts in underneath to keep the interest level going. Stays strong throughout. Overall, decent.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Silky beige head and deep amber body. Rich caramel malts in the nose and flavor. Medium bitter finish. Nice medium malty body with considerable texture. A good Irish ale.
Ernest (6014) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 22, 2004
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2014 Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark amber. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted grain, cereal, caramel), lightly hoppy (flowers). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately bitter. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. The aroma is inoffensive but pretty simple (the malt is kinda raw/rough, but not too bad). In the mouth it’s rather sweet, thin, and watery, but again...nothing offensive. A mindless industrial quaffer for people who don’t like bitterness (or intrigue/enticement of any kind).
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 21, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Chestnut color with a dense beige head. Aromas of dough and roasted malts. Flavors of damp grain. Other flavors include mild roasted malt, peat and a light nuttiness. Drinkable, but nothing spectacular.