Indy (87) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - FEB 18, 2005
3.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
I first had Smithwick’s on tap at a pub in Galway, Ireland where I learned that it is actually pronounced "SHMID-icks". This said, I believe this beer is much better "in context". It’s not meant to be the best beer you’ve ever had, just the best beer you’re having right now. It’s a great looking, crisp, clean, full tasting, easy drinking Irish ale...a great alternative to a creamy stout. I’ll admit that it is a bit disappointing out of the bottle (smells slightly foul, possibly due to lengthy importation?). Hoever, to say that this beer isn’t good is like watching a Grateful Dead concert on video at your Grandma’s house, and then saying "I don’t get it...these guys aren’t any good." Once again, it’s all about context with this one...find it on tap at your local Irish pub.
jimlintott (13) - CANADA - FEB 15, 2005
2.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours nice with a thick head and lots of lace. appealing colour. Sharp taste and somewhat bitter. Tastes better warm. Pretty average. There is better stuff out there.
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 14, 2005
2.7 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Rancid, sewer, stale-malt aroma! My first impression is, "Did I get a bad bottle!?" Pours a decent head though and has a rich tan-orange color. Flavor is actually quite zesty - rather malty with a healty dose of hops; not much subtle variation though. A strong oatmeal aftertaste comes out of nowhere. My first thought was "Stick with the Stout", but fix the aroma, Guinness, and Smith_Icks will get a better rating.
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - FEB 13, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Had at KC Bier Meisters meeting. Dark amber color, off white head. Malty nose, sour notes. Malty, slighty sour flavor. Lots ’o carbonation. Light and watery. No thanks.
Cdog (32) - Farmington, Michigan, USA - FEB 12, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A nice beer with a creamy head that has a hint of molasses . Not overly hoppy yet full boddied and a soft finish.
Nekronos (3838) - Xalapa, MEXICO - FEB 12, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2006 For an Ale it was not that bad, it was really lager and bitter but better than most of English style Ales. Yes.
szkot (100) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not a bad session beer. Pours a medium amber with sufficient head. Aroma is not remarkable. Tastes like a grassy lager to me. All in all, this is a middle of the road, all-pleasing session ale.
Hangover (1094) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - FEB 11, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice dark amber pour with an initially voluminous white head. Slighly malty and peppery aroma with a hint of something metallic. Decent effervescent mouthfeel. Taste is somewhat smokey, more malt, caramel and slightly sweet. Dry finish... minimal hopping. Easy drinking, perhaps a good session ale if you are into these. Personally, I find it rather bland and unimpressive. On tap I imagine it would be significantly better. A foamy nitro charge might work.
ABUSEDGOAT (2417) - California, USA - FEB 10, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2005 Pours a thin brown body. Aroma is earthy and smells like a basement. Flavor is caramel, dough, minimal bitterness. It’s scary to think that a year ago this beer was possibly my favorite.
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 10, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Malty and a slight hint of citrus and flowers w/ a slight alcohol sweetness on the nose. The flavor was matly and sweet, tangy like grapefruit and a note of green. The mouthfeel was good effervescence and light. The pour was reddish brown w/ red hues, thin laasting head and good lacing.