presario (4521) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 17, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light malty nose. Dark amber. Big initial head. Some lacing. Moderate hop notes at the start which finish stroonger with some mouth dryness. Malt is stronger at the start than at the finish. A certain oakiness.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 16, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a nice big white head with decent lacing. Aroma is a mix of caramel, nuts and hops. Flavour didn't live up to the aroma as I found it a little weak. Finish was a little carbonated and acidic for my liking but still a decent beer.
rhowitt (1) - Long Island, New York, USA - FEB 14, 2003 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wonderful Ale that I experienced whilst in Dublin, but sadly can not find in the USA. Can anyone help!!!
49degrees (49) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 15, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Regularly sampled at both my local Irish and English styled pubs, this review is based on a traditional 330ml bottle. This one is as authentic as the name itself -- dubbed the Authentic Irish Ale here in Canada, this one lives up to the billing.
Brewed and bottled by Smithwick"s in Killkenny, Ireland, the version sold here in Canada is of the 5%abv variety. My understanding is that the version sold in the US is slightly different and does carry different packaging (black is the prominent color), but in Canada, we get the 3 lable, green foil label with strong accents in gold, white and red. Quite a nice, almost trendy (neveau) style package.
As for the important stuff -- the ale itself -- this one pours very well presenting a very large white foamy head which *slowly* disipates to a thin, but solid surface cover. Lacing is extensive (both from bottle and tap poured drinks).
The brew has a striking aroma blending hints of caramel and filbert (nuts) but with a very clean mix of malt and hops without going overboard in the hop department ... something too many ales fail to handle successfully.
Palette wise, the bottle version seems to have an extra carbination punch that the draught version doesn"t have, but that carbination hit turns what is very smooth from the tap to something a little more harsh. Not necessarily a bad thing, but just different and worth noting.
Out of the 2 traditional Irish ales I drink regularly -- Smithwicks and Killkenny -- the Smithwicks is one that can be had in larger quantities, but the creamy smoothness of Killkenny still calls my name more frequently than here. Having said that, don"t shy away from Smithwicks as it too is a very good ale. Make that great ale!!
markymark (82) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2002
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2003 A very good quality Irish beer. I know a lot of my friends who went on an Irish exchange would die for it...I wouldn't be one of them, but still, not bad.
fly (1393) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - DEC 5, 2002
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2004 I enjoyed this. A bit grainy. Rather Bass like and average. Receiving bonus points simply because I was in the company of good friends and in a good mood. Ha!
------ Ugh - not swill, but thr recent pint in Boston was slammed so I could forget it quickly. Yeesh
Crit (3209) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 4, 2002
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Brown with off white head.
Good malt profile with a mild hop finish
CapFlu (4311) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 2, 2002
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
A fine alternative should they be changing the kegs. A tad bitter but average overall
Cartoonkhaki (1220) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 30, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A dark brown ale and it has a really great flavour it is smooth. with a bite of bitter.
fraternie (804) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ireland’s New Castle. Dark brown ale with perfect flavor and carbonation worked well enough to bury any bite. One of my all time favorites of this style.