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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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483 Ratings
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Ratings: 483
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 18.02%
Wants: 27
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
An "Irish Cream Ale", though this style does not exist on BeerAdvocate.com, and the closest style is Irish Red Ale.

(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 08-23-2009)
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1/5  rDev -70.9%

Fusebuddy, Apr 22, 2013
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1/5  rDev -70.9%

Exaltedeyes, Feb 17, 2013
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1/5  rDev -70.9%

terence, Nov 17, 2012
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1/5  rDev -70.9%

catispoliceman, Aug 08, 2014
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1.25/5  rDev -63.7%

BGsWo22, Mar 21, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -56.4%

kristenrae8, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of GoodbyeElvin
1.78/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A - After a double pour, it looked like an anemic Guinness, which was actually kind of prophetic.

S - It smelled vaguely like beer: a minimal and generic hint of malt with the vaguest suggestion of hops.

T - Somewhat dry despite a malty presence, chalky, an unconvincing hop gesture. Very little real savor of anything. It tastes, again, vaguely like beer, but is utterly lacking in any particular character. It seems designed for those uninterested in the taste of an actual ale, which ought to assert SOMETHING tastewise

M - Watery, with very little actual carbonation following an initial gassy flush of nitrogen.


GoodbyeElvin, Mar 28, 2010
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2/5  rDev -41.9%
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.

matjack85, May 18, 2010
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2/5  rDev -41.9%

pin, May 21, 2013
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2/5  rDev -41.9%

erod61, Mar 08, 2012
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2/5  rDev -41.9%

stogirelli, Nov 24, 2013
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2/5  rDev -41.9%

Howlader, Jul 20, 2014
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2/5  rDev -41.9%

Argion, Oct 08, 2013
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2/5  rDev -41.9%

TrickkyGangsta, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of Wildeman
2.21/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.75

All I really have to say is this beer feels like a practical joke. It looked like it would be a decent beer since it was poured from a nitro tap and I had to wait 5 minutes for the head to settle to even taste the damn thing, but alas, a flavorless waste of time. Instead of straight up slamming this beer I'm just gonna say drink anything else that is available. You'll make the right decision.

Wildeman, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of Converge
2.38/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

440ml nitro-can poured into a 20oz nonic.

A - Pours thick and creamy, initially a glass full of cream colored foam, that slowly transforms into a simple rusty-copper hue. The head is a dense, thick, creamy cap of about an inch high. Looks damn impressive. Nice head retention, but minimal lacing.

S - Light and simple overall. Some toasty caramel malt and barley. There's also a strong underlying aroma of green apple, which probably isn't supposed to be there, but I actually enjoy it a lot. Not quite as rich and malty as I'd hoped, but still very nice.

T - The first sip is a massive disappointment. Initial maltiness hits the palate for a second of enjoyment before being blasted away by a harsh metallic flavor the dominates the finish ans only grows stronger in the aftertaste. It almost tastes sour. Subsequent sips see my palate become a bit more accustomed to the horrible metallic flavor; sensory adaptation kicks in and I taste it a little less. Underneath the terrible upfront flavor there's not much else going on. Some mild barley malt, a touch of crystal malt, and maybe, just maybe, a dash of hops. As it warms a herbal/vegetal quality makes itself apparent. Certainly not good.

M - Nice a creamy. Full bodied, but not too thick. Carbonation is kept super low, helping showcase the excellent viscosity here.

D - Definitely a big letdown for me. Maybe I got a bad can, maybe it's old, I don't know. I recall having this on tap a while back and I don't remember any terrible off flavors. Another one to re-review down the road I guess. Shame.

Converge, Oct 19, 2012
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2.38/5  rDev -30.8%
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?

ChainGangGuy, Mar 16, 2010
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2.4/5  rDev -30.2%

Kg0mz, Oct 01, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

traumaqueen, May 15, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

PaF, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of CrazyDavros
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%
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!

CrazyDavros, Oct 05, 2009
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2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

Bearman13, Mar 17, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Had this on tap at St James Gate in Amsterdam. Served on tap, cool in a pint glass.

A-brown red body and a thick off white head.

S-butter and caramel.

T-sweet and watery, some caramel and a light British hop finish.

M-medium to light and thin.

D-not robust at all. the light flavor is disappointing after an appealing aroma. I would not have this again.

jneiswender, Aug 11, 2010
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2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

the_danish_swede, Dec 13, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

Ivanhoes_Backpack, Mar 30, 2012
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Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale from Guinness Ltd.
79 out of 100 based on 483 ratings.