JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - MAY 29, 2004
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
On tap at Okra’s in Manassas, VA. Burguny-brown color with a small, unattractive white head. Not much of a smell just some sugars and skuny malt. Taste is equally as plain and boring. I have no clue how this beer is rated so well. I found it to be disappointing and below average.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 27, 2004
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
On tap at the Cricketeer’s Arms. Murky brown in color. Flat with no head. This ale has no taste. I would say that it was crap. I’m very underwhelmed with any sense of malt body or hops to this one. Better than corn-based macro swill, but not much.
irishjac (1) - Chicopee, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 26, 2004 does not count
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Best ale I ever tasted--no longer a need to travel to Ireland nor Canada to relish it--can’t wait till it is available for home consumption
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 24, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Pours an amberish colour with a thick creamy head. Malty, toffee nose. Tastes of caramel and mild hops with a bit of a metallic after taste. An O.K session beer but I would choose others.
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 (11898) - 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 (2990) - 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 (1892) - 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.