jennincincy (1) - Milford, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2005 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very tasty and refreshing as well. The color is good and the flavor is such that it mixes well with Guiness, which of course adds a bit of coffee flavor. All in all, my favorite beer at this time.
joshpiledean (316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On Tap. Light red color, clear, small head. Light aroma. Pretty bland and boring, but drinkable nontheless. Had sort of a sweetness to it.
raymow (1395) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good - highly drinkable. I only had a little sample but I’m looking forward to going back and getting a full pint. Had a nice dark copper color and slightly sweet aroma.
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 15, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
A little carmelly, and chewy. Not that good. A watery backbone. It was either this, regular guiness, or bud on tap. So, we went with this, not bad, not great.
jon112981 (327) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2005
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown Ale. Small White-brown head. Light tasting. Not a whole lot of flavor and almost nothing stays in your mouth.
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 8, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Last time I had a Smithwicks, the bottle was way past its "Best Before" date. So I approached this one with some trepidation.
Silly of me. This is a solid and easy drinking ale. Nice copper/red colour with surprisingly little carbonation for a macro. Little aroma - a faint hoppiness. Taste is good, lingering bitterness is good too.
Thing is, Smithwicks is a good light tasting ale. It’s almost really good, but there’s just not enough of the qualities that make it good to make it great.
Makes sense I hope.
shadey (2076) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 5, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2005 On tap at J.B. Quimby’s outside of Rochester. A malty irish red. midiocre but drinkable.
AAO (102) - Næstved, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tastet in Kilkenny. Redish kobber color. Middle head. Sweet hoppy aroma. The taste is nearly like a sweet chritsmasbeer, fresh and sweet. Ok ale.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 31, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2005 Ruby red color, clear with a off-white head and little lacing. Nose of malty dough, light fresh hops and tons of light caramel malts. The flavor is balanced, a bit too dry for my liking with just a touch of roasted barley in the tail and turbinado sweetness. Finishes dry, refreshing. Good Irish ale.
JMerritt (1940) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Claddagh’s Irish Pub in St. Charles, IL. The waiter told me that this is very rare stuff, and is only available in 12 places in the USA. Ha! Dark brown, small off-white head is totally diminishing. Malt dominated, and a touch peaty. Dry finish.