BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - MAY 24, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draft. Slightly sweet, nutty, with a touch of caramel and nice malt flavor. I was relaxing on the patio of a pub in Santa Monica, and this really hit the spot.
argo0 (11349) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 13, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
(draft) Creamy beige head atop clear copper body. Aroma is mild sweet, toasty,malty, some caramel, earthy, light peat. Taste is mild sweet, caramel, some earthy, light peat. Smooth, light-medium body. Ok for what it is.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAY 11, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This stuff is great on draft. This is my new session beer when I go out to the pubs. Pours a deep dark amber, with a nice tan head. The taste has a great sweet malt character, with just a nice bit of dry hopping and bitterness in the aftertaste. A perfect combo of bass, guiness and harp all in one, all the best qualities and none of weak ones.
Gorbalev (2908) - 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 (1837) - 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 (2027) - 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 (5360) - 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.