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Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale - Guinness Ltd.

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Kilkenny Irish Cream AleKilkenny Irish Cream Ale

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576 Ratings
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Ratings: 576
Reviews: 150
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 17.15%
Wants: 40
Gots: 85 | FT: 0
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Ireland

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 08-23-2009

An "Irish Cream Ale", though this style does not exist on BeerAdvocate.com, and the closest style is Irish Red Ale.
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Ratings: 576 | Reviews: 150
Reviews by alleykatking:
Photo of alleykatking
2.71/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured off nitro-tap.

A- Poured a coppery amber color. Nitro pour gives a nice 2 finger cream colored head that shows good retention. The overall head looks a little fake like most nitro pours. There was a ton of sheet style lacing.

S- Light aroma of roasted malts in the front with hints of nuts as well. Caramel malts also play a part toward the middle to ending. Light alcohol aroma lingers with a very light hopping of Euro hops.

T- Roasted malts in the front of the beer gives way to light caramel malts right behind it. Middle of the beer shows off a darker fruit flavor that is light overall. The ending of the beer is more or less caramel malts blending with a nutty flavor. Ending of the beer shows a bitter hop bite and almost no alcohol at all.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Roasted malts and caramel malts are left on the palate. Aftertaste is caramel and roasted malts with light nutty flavors that blend with alcohol. Flavors overall were balanced well for the style. No off flavors were present while drinking this one. Light alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This beer is light everywhere except in the appearance. A interesting beer for the fact that I didn't expect much of this and it delivered a little more than I thought it would.

More User Reviews:
Photo of billybob
2.33/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

very poor not worth a review.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.4/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

16 ounce pint - $6.00 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up a see-through, dark copper-toned body with a finger of dense, ivory-hued foam.

Smell: n/a --no, really, there's nothing there! Frankly, I'm not sure what score to assign this. On one hand it didn't smell like anything, on the other hand it didn't smell bad.

Taste: Mind-bogglingly mild taste of toast and dry caramel with a bland hint of fruit. Thinnest touch of hop character and bitterness. Drying, empty finish. It's in and out in a flash. Some beers leave you wanting more, this one leaves me wanting anything, something.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Low carbonation. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Instantly forgettable. My goodness, was that ever a whole bunch of nothing, lacking entirely in the departments of aroma and flavor. Sure, it's smooth and easy-drinking, but if it isn't going to taste like anything, what's the point?

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This brew was a standard of mine for many years, but I have to admit it's been a while since I've had one. What better time than St. Practice Day?

Poured nitro-can style into a Guinness glass. Lovely cascading effect led to a striking clear amber brew. Thick, creamy head that remained throughout the pint, creating sheets of lacing down the glass.

Nose is caramel, bread, lightly toasted malt.

A mild, creamy ale, notes of caramel, bread, and toasted malt, finishing with a mild tea-hoppped bitterness. Nothing spectacular, but certainly pleasurable to drink. Tastes fine.

Creamy, but very watery mouthfeel. A trend I've found with most Guinness products. Still, easy to quaff.

A good standby around St. Patrick's Day or whenever I find myself in one of those pseudo-Irish chain bars Canada seems to have in spades. I can certainly have quite a few of these in a sitting - the light ABV and thin mouthfeel make for easy drinking.

Photo of glid02
3.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nitro-tap at Mac Mcgee's in Decatur, GA.

Pours a clear amber color with a fine-bubbled, one-finger white cap that slowly cascades before settling. The head slowly recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of muted toasted malts and not much else. As it warms hints of earthy hops waft out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The malt flavors consist of lightly toasted and lighter caramel, with a bit more depth than the nose suggests. Midway through the sip it gains a bit of bitterness and very light earthy and leafy hop flavors. The hops fade out before a mildly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is OK. It's a tad on the thin side with light carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall there's really nothing special about this beer but it is easy to drink. Not worth seeking out but also not worth turning down.

Photo of Auraan
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Poured an amber body with a nitro cascade that settled into a clear amber body with one finger of thick, creamy head. A very good looking pub ale, quite appealing. Scents of caramel, low toffee character and very light toasted malt and grassy hop aromas. Overall impression of aroma is of a clean, malty ale, true to style and pleasing. Flavor begins moderately sweet with notes of caramel and toast. Middle is medium dry, moving into flavors of lightly toasted bread and light toffee. Finish is medium-dry with a light roasted malt flavor, toffee, and toast. Aftertaste is lightly roasted malt and toasted, nutty malt. Overall impression is of a malt-forward ale that begins modestly sweet and finishes nicely dry. Very pleasant. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with medium body and light carbonation. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a good Irish Red Ale, very pleasing. Overall this is a nice Irish Red. It has a true to style aroma and flavor with a creamy good mouthfeel. A good, simple pub ale.

Photo of biboergosum
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

440ml nitro-widget thingy can. Long ago, this was a go-to pint upon finding myself in any and all manner of Irish or English-themed pub, yet it has indeed been a while, so time to get reacquainted, me old son.

This beer pours (eventually) a clear, medium copper amber colour, after that overwhelming, cascading off-white foam settles to a few fingers of perfectly creamy ecru head, with a touch of spectral webbed lace left around the glass. It is indeed always a pleasure to watch that particular trope of physics in action.

It smells of lightly fruity drupe esters, grainy caramel malt, wet toasted bread, a bit of earthy yeast, and rather faint earthy, weedy hops. The taste is quite malty and fruity, both measures indistinct and pleasant at the same rate - the thinly bready graininess, and stale apple and banana chips having to suffice - as the mild floral, leafy hops really have little to offer here.

The carbonation is very low-key and beyond innocuous, the body medium-light in weight, and smooth, smooth is the operative word, unless you're into creaminess, and well, it's got that in spades too. It finishes barely off-dry, the malt kind of bleeding out, while the seemingly manufactured fruit and hop esters stick around as if by court order.

I've always been content with this as a perfunctory default at that sort of bar, both here and even in Eire herself; but now, upon closer circumspection, a few blemishes become increasingly evident - a certain plainness all around, be it malt, hop, or well, overall flavour. Which, I suppose is this one's appeal at the pub - toss in the lower than average ABV, and this beer is sessionability, incarnate.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Cool color. Red in the light, dark brown out of it. Good foam.

Smell: Burnt caramel malt. Not sure if that is intentional...

Taste/Mouthfeel: This tastes too burnt. It has potential with the brown sugar and caramel flavor, but it's too much. Mouthfeel is good overall. Creamy!

Drinkability: Average by Irish standards.

Overall: I guess I just don't like this style.

Photo of Andrewziggy
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

some floral comes through on the finish along with some bitterness from the malts. Pretty water

Photo of Yoonisaykul
4.03/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I used to drink this all the time. Got kind of bored with it. I sometimes buy it again when I can't find anything special at the store. Decided to review it tonight.

440ml nitro-can poured into it's own Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale pint. One of the first glasses in my collection.

A-Beautiful clear red amber surgically topped with a thick dirty-white head (seriously, the head/liquid separation is perfect.) No bubbles in the liquid. Some decent lacing. Head stays until the last sip. This kind of appearance is part of what really makes me love beer.
S- Fresh Candied Malt. Acid Caramel. Sweet Hops. A little burnt honey.
T- Hazelnut. Almond. Light smooth malt. Hops.
M- Smooth and Creamy. Very tiny tingle. Less watery than I remembered (still a tiny bit watery).
D- High. I've demonstrated this many times. I usually want three at a a time. Great session beer.

Watch your pour and enjoy the beautiful cascade effect.

Photo of nickthetick
2.97/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours a copper, almost rusty amber color into a nonic pint with the pretty cascade of bubbles and nice hockey puck of creamy, khaki colored head. This is a pruddy beer.

S: some sweet caramel malt and a bit of wheat is about it.

T: it is creamy, there is almost a lactose taste to it in the beginning then a toffee note comes and chases it away before it is discernible. I don't know what keeps this beer from being too sweet but it defiantly walks that line.

MF: a bit heavy and chewy, but I suppose that's the point. Not dry but defiantly not refreshing.

O: a good "irish red" from the nitro, but I'd take a Guinness for what I got for this and be happier.

Photo of kbeck001
4.03/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a variety pack of Guinness beers. Liked this one the least of the four, but it was still a good beer.

Photo of Treyliff
3.61/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

16oz nitro can, poured into a pint glass

A- pours a clear irish-red color with a two finger- thick & creamy white head that seems like it will retain for days, thick lacing left behind

S- toasted grains with a hint of caramel malt, some fruity esters and bread crust, cream soda

T- cream soda up front gives way to grainy malt & toasted bread, faint floral hop and some fruity notes on the close

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to silky and creamy mouthfeel that continues into a velvety finish, superior drinkability

O- nitro cream ales have their time and their place, and when I'm in the mood for one, they hit the spot perfectly

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Cook McDoogal's Irish Pub, Kokomo, IN:

The beer appeared a dark golden color with a nice one-finger, creamy, white head and a thin cap remained throughout the beer. No lacing to note.

The aroma was light and of roasted malted barley.

The taste was roasted malted barley sweet and was nicely balanced.

The beer had a light feel to it, as expected, but the beer was extremely drinkable, crisp, very smooth and very creamy. I could drink this beer all day every day.

Photo of DaveBar
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at the LCBO for $2.45 for a 440ml can. Served at 6deg C in a draught glass

A- Nitro can opens well and pours all head then filters down to a nice 1" high white creamy looking head

S- Not a malt bomb but good. Has a cinnamon hint.

T- Nice burnt nut flavor. Little else

M- Creamy but thin as water. Disappointing in a can.

O- Got to give this the rating it has due to being in a can. If you can get it out of a keg you can up the rating a half point more.

Food Pairing

This pretty good beer goes well with.... Fish and chips!

Enjoy

Photo of puboflyons
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

From the nitro can L4209GH006. Sampled on February 6, 2015.

The pour is an attractive looking mahogany amber with a huge nitro influenced, soft foamy cream head.

Toasted sweet toffee malts ion the aroma with a clean finish.

The body is on the thin side.

A biog sweet toasted malt flavor up front with a keen, crisp bitterness to finish. Tastes like a pub beer.

It has not been available in my area since back in the 20th Century. Out this year in a Guinness mixed 8 pack.

Photo of ChrisCage
4.34/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ahh, I finally review the beer that got me interested in drinking this fine beverage in the first place....it holds a special place in my heart :)

A- Well who can argue with the look of this brew? It is a reddish/brown color, is clear, and pours with a beautiful pillow like foam head, created of course by the nitro widget in the can....I wish it cascaded like Guinness does though...oh well. Fine carbonation clings to the side of the glass and gently rises to the top of the brew. the lacing is incredible! A thick foamy layer covers the side of my glass as I drink this down! A fine looking beer for sure!

S- Overall, the aroma is mild, but there are notes of sweet malt, unsalted butter, and just a hint of hop bitterness. Nothing else to report but just a pleasant aroma profile.

T- Starts out smooth and creamy....gentle caramel malts grace the palate, with mild burnt brown sugars and/or toffee. It finishes off with just a slightly bitter leafy hop note, yet creamy....overall just nicely balanced.

M- A solid medium bodied beer....leaning slightly towards full bodied. The carbonation is probably as fine as a person will find in a beer, but it's just enough for this style....closer to an English/Irish draft beer than anything canned.

D- Give this to me any time and I'm gonna enjoy it! With or without food, this is so easy to drink...low alcohol, creamy, sweet throughout, yet bittering enough to just balance the flavor profile. A great starter for anyone just discovering beer outside of BMC types, and just a great session beer!

Photo of CrazyDavros
2.52/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Ruby amber pour, with a white nitro head.
Very faint aroma, not much there at all! Some slightly toasty malt, metallic notes, faint caramel.
Toasty, nutty flavour with some caramel. Again, very weak. Grainy metallic finish.
Too watery! Waaay to watery!
Easy to drink, but almost tasteless. This would give American lagers a run for their money!

Photo of Erish
3.46/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Tommy Nevin's pub in Naperville, IL.

A: brownish/red amber, a nice cascading, creamy head courtesy of the nitro-tap, the cap and lacing are good.

S: roasted malty backbone, earthy; reminds me of Guinness light.

T: dry, roasted malty backbone, some smokiness, a bit of chocolate, vanilla, oak.

M: light to medium-bodied, creamy texture, moderate carbonation.

D: not bad. Kind of reminds me of Smithwick's. Nothing earth shattering here.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Pounder Nitro can picked as part of the Guinness Winter 8-pack. Pours clear amber with creamy tannish head. English yeasty fruitiness with good dark toast. Okay... Just not my cup of tea.

All 3.5

Photo of Preismj
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

beautiful pour on this...nice brown amber body with minimal bubbles popping from the floor of the glass, but the head is rich and creamy. Looks like a frother took hold of some good heaving whipping cream and laid it on the top. Sits throughout the entire drink and even when it's gone. Beautiful look to it.

Smell is blocked slightly by the heavy head, but there are hints of mild roasted malt. Taste is low key. Barley, wheat, roasted smokey flavors pop hear and there. Hints remind of guiness...slightly coffee flavoring. The feel is what does it for this brew. Incredibly rich and creamy thick feel in the mouth. Little to no carb from the base of the beer, but my goodness every sip captures some of the huge head on top and it is like a nice iced coffee that has been frothed. Overall, a nice cream ale. Really lives up to in on the feel, but could certainly use a bit more in the flavor and smell department...especially with the lack of carbonation in the beer itself.

Photo of gtermi
3.56/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Had it in San Antonio and fell in love with it. It's not the greatest beer ever, but very smooth, has a Guinness type feel drinking it. It is very hard to find so when I find it again, I will def get it. I enjoyed this beer and wish they had it in cans or bottles around me.

Photo of matjack85
2.02/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

I had this nitro-tapped brew at Katie O'Connor's Pint House in Plainfield, IL. It was the special of the night at just $3.00 a pint, so I ordered it with my meal.

The pint glass arrived at my table with a 1½ finger creamy white head that lasted awhile but only left minimal lacing. It had a clear medium brown color but almost no smell to it at all. I wasn't picking up malt, hops, fruit, spices or anything. It might as well have been my water glass.

This is pretty close to being the blandest beer of all time. There is almost zero carbonation which helps give it a smooth, creamy, and full bodied mouthfeel, but as for taste, there isn't much to talk about. Lightly toasted malt is present but that's about it. The lack of carbonation is a serious fault and results in an extremely flat beer.

There are no bad tasting flavors in here, so in that regard it's drinkable, and at only 4.3% abv you don't have to worry about the alcohol, but if you're looking for something tasty, this isn't it. As another reviewer put it ... "it's good for washing down the pub food", but that's about it.

Photo of JTahoe
3.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours and settles just like Guinness, but a glowing amber color with a thick creamy head that lasts all the way to the bottom of the glass with thick lacing.

S - Very faint, almost indistinguishable.

T - Very smooth and almost light flavor, subtle malts and nutiness come through with a bit of minerals and a touch of mild, fruity English hops.

M - Fairly creamy up front, but settling out to a surprisingly light finish... you can see why the Irish refer to this as "the summer Guinness."

D - Super easy to drink, and one that I enjoy as a novelty when in Ireland since it is not so widely available. Nothing too special here, really, but it is one of the few Irish Cream Ales amongst Irish Reds, and it is probably the standard for the sub-style... bearing in mind that it is now a Diageo product and likely "improved" for mass market appeal.

I've had this in nitro-can as well, and would ding it down a couple of notches in that presentation.

Photo of SDVargo
4.5/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Was extremely happy with this beer. Had it while at an Irish pub in Canada. The taste was very good and the creamy head (which never dissipated) gave a sweet taste to counteract any bitterness. My first impression that it would be extremely heavy which at the time would be bad because I was about to enjoy a nice Irish meal, but the beer was much lighter than expected. If I could find this stuff in the US, I'd be getting some for the holidays!

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Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale from Guinness Ltd.
78 out of 100 based on 576 ratings.