PorterPounder (5830) - 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.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Silky beige head and deep amber body. Rich caramel malts in the nose and flavor. Medium bitter finish. Nice medium malty body with considerable texture. A good Irish ale.
Ernest (6486) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 22, 2004
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2014 Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark amber. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted grain, cereal, caramel), lightly hoppy (flowers). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately bitter. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. The aroma is inoffensive but pretty simple (the malt is kinda raw/rough, but not too bad). In the mouth it’s rather sweet, thin, and watery, but again...nothing offensive. A mindless industrial quaffer for people who don’t like bitterness (or intrigue/enticement of any kind).
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 21, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Chestnut color with a dense beige head. Aromas of dough and roasted malts. Flavors of damp grain. Other flavors include mild roasted malt, peat and a light nuttiness. Drinkable, but nothing spectacular.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - APR 17, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Draught) Pretty good, Dark brown in color, light enough to see through. I would best equate it to a really creamy ale with malts reminiscent of Newcastle.....lots of sweet caramel Very easy to drink.....nice clean finish.
drugsbunny (3) - USA - APR 15, 2004 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This wonderful Irish beer is now available in some bars in the NY Metro area. Great beer, and a wonderful taste. Nice dark look, but a sweet hint of flavor. My favorite beer.
Boutip (4964) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 13, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 18, 2005 Bottle: Poured a brownish looking beer with a nice bubbly head with standard retention. some notes of creamy and caramely taste. Overall, this is a very decent session irish ale but nothing out of the ordinary or too complex.Aroma is a mix of hops and sweetness. Taste is quite bitter with a dry finish.
MMM...Beer (385) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 11, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This one kicks Killian's arse! Great deep ruby red color with a nice pearl head. Aroma is a little light with some hints of fruit, but the palate was just right: nice as soft with good balance of sweetness and tannins. I'd definitely pick up a six of this stuff.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 11, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap here in Tampa at the Dubliner.
Pours a robust dark maple colored body. A rather malty, nutty presence; and a fruity tartness that brings, pears and a slight balsamic vinegar an acidity in the palate. The viscosity of the palate was medium bodied…. A pretty decent offering… I had 3 of them so it was more enticing than the usual Stella!
fomentateur (110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2004
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smithwicks ale pours a mohagany deep amber color with a short thin head. The aroma hints at caramel malt. The flavor is caramely. It has a creamy mouthfeel with a smooth dry finsh. Slightly sweet. Overall well balanced. There is almost a slight oak flavor in the finish.