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Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale - Guinness Ltd.

Kilkenny Irish Cream AleKilkenny Irish Cream Ale

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388 Ratings
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Ratings: 388
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 17.54%


Brewed by:
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Ireland

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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GoodbyeElvin

New Hampshire

1.78/5  rDev -48%
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.

Disappointing.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-28-2010 13:55:16 | More by GoodbyeElvin
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matjack85

Illinois

2/5  rDev -41.5%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-18-2010 04:57:37 | More by matjack85
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Wildeman

Michigan

2.21/5  rDev -35.4%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-19-2013 06:27:50 | More by Wildeman
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.38/5  rDev -30.4%
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?

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-16-2010 22:30:05 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Converge

Alberta (Canada)

2.38/5  rDev -30.4%
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.

Serving type: nitro-can

10-19-2012 22:12:17 | More by Converge
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CrazyDavros

Australia

2.5/5  rDev -26.9%
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!

Serving type: nitro-can

10-05-2009 10:31:13 | More by CrazyDavros
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jneiswender

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -26.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2010 03:01:12 | More by jneiswender
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lespaulrocker

Tennessee

2.6/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served on tap at a Scottish style pub in Victoria, BC.

A: Amber, two fingers of white, creamy head. Very nice and inviting. Very heavy lacing.

S: Lots of malts. Not a lot else.

T: Watery. Malty. A little sweetness. Not impressed.

M: Creamy, light carbonation, light body.

It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't good either. I wish I'd gone with one of the local brews also served on-tap but I felt like I needed to try something from across the pond at a Scottish pub. I won't seek this out again.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-20-2011 16:43:31 | More by lespaulrocker
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

2.64/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

440ml Nitro Can from SuperValu (Ireland - £1.69):
Thick and quite creamy too before settling to a dark caramel brown colour with a very creamy, darkish white head on top that is about the width of a pinky and holds very well.

Bland malts and a little sweetness from some brown sugar, there is a very faint and almost water like smell with some bitterness at the end.

Bland with some malts and light caramel flavours and a sugary sweetness following this. There is a burnt toast and nutty flavour. The beer is quite bitter and very creamy.

Creamy with a medium to full body yet it still feels slightly watery. The beer seems quite bland and there is almost no carbonation with some small amounts of bitterness at the end.

Great looking beer when poured and settled but everything else about it was fairly average sadly. The aroma was bland and unexciting, definitely not an ale worth looking out for. I'm not sure if it would be better on draft and I'm not sure if I really want to find out either.It was drinkable and the nitro can was a plus.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-23-2013 15:56:38 | More by flyingpig
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marty21

Manitoba (Canada)

2.65/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear amber with golden hints with two fingers worth of white creamy head. Settles to a thick head and covers the whole glass with foam.

S: Not much for the aroma. A bit of malt but otherwise there's nothing there.

T: A light malty taste. The taste is quite watery. I find drinking faster you get a bit more taste otherwise there's not much there.

M: Light carbonation with a light watery body.

O: I just don't enjoy these nitro cans. Not that the nitro can had anything to do with the lack of aroma and taste. But they just seem to watery for me. Not something I'd recommend. The appearance is the only good part.

Serving type: nitro-can

04-04-2011 02:39:32 | More by marty21
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alleykatking

Indiana

2.7/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-28-2011 06:52:34 | More by alleykatking
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rangerred

Tennessee

2.7/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served from a nitro tap.

Poured with a large creamy head typical of beers served on nitro. The beer was a dark reddish brown.

Smelled of some caramel malt along with a sour smell that's typical of irish beers.

Taste was extremely sour/bitter. More than I was expecting. There is some caramel flavor in there but it is all overpowered by the bitterness.

Not a very well balanced beer and one that I would probably not seek out again.

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-26-2011 17:25:23 | More by rangerred
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fountainofyouth

District of Columbia

2.73/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On nitro-tap at a pub in Alexandria, VA.

A: Not great. Darkish amber. Two-finger head that leaves some lacing.

S: Light malty aroma with no hops.

T: Disappointingly little malt flavor. Hints of toffee and not much else. Light hops taste, and balanced overall.

M: Head is creamy and smooth, like nitro-poured stout should be. Medium-bodied with little carbonation.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-25-2011 01:50:46 | More by fountainofyouth
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airforbes1

New York

2.73/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes taken this morning.

"Oh my God, they imported Kilkenny!" This is the first time I've seen this beer in the US, so I had to try it, even though it's only 10:35 as I sit here at the airport. I just learned this pint will cost me $10.88, so it better be good!

It has the same cascade effect as Guinness Draught and even seems slower to settle. Pours a clear red-brown color and has a weak, toasty aroma.

The taste is pretty watery. In fact, the watery taste offsets the creamy head. The taste that's there is toasty and a little buttery. It's easy drinking, at least.

This was worth trying once, but I'd much rather have a Tetley's if I wanted a lighter ale on nitro.

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-12-2011 03:08:09 | More by airforbes1
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ThaCreep

Belgium

2.75/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The nose is slightly malty but also offers the flavor of a roast, however slight. The palate is clean and smooth but also very watery and not have to be a genius to understand that this beer does not drink it, even if it is obviously regret a flagrant lack of taste. We emphasize, however, some hints of caramel in the finish with hop bitterness and bubbly.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2010 18:15:25 | More by ThaCreep
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redsonja

Netherlands

2.75/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A; red brown nice white head

S; malt

T; bitter,malty,some caramel

M; the bitter stays in your mouth

O; malty ale not that exciting but a nice beer after work. a tipical irish red ale with low alocohol. i like the american styls better more taste.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 08:25:31 | More by redsonja
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

2.8/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kilkenny pours a murky brown with a light tan head. Light aroma, hard to get anything but some mild malt. Flavor fails to impress, mild nutty malt and lactose are there but very light. The mouthfeel is so slick and dare I say too smooth, since it lacked any real body or substance. I'd stick to Smithwicks, Guinness or Harp over this one.

Serving type: nitro-tap

10-28-2010 18:14:55 | More by Stinkypuss
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Murrhey

Montana

2.8/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured on-tap at the Auld Irisher in Orange, CA. Reviewed from notes.

A- Finger and a half foamy head. Reddish color. Decent carbonation. Great retention.

S- Golden bodied malts. Really subtle smell. I'll drink it down a tad and smell again. Has some skunky and darker hop notes. Not great.

T- Some lighter malts and nutty flavors. Ok tasting but not very good.

M- Creamy and thick bodied. Pretty good feel.

O- Passable beer. Might be a good standby when Guinness runs out.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2012 04:36:18 | More by Murrhey
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

2.9/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pint at some Scottish pub. From notes.

A - Poured with one finger of creamy and pillowy white head. Dark copper colour. No visible carbonation. Cunky lace and good half finger of retention.

S - Malty. Really mild.

T - Earthy, a little sweet, musty, malty, some toffee.

M - Creamy, minimal carbonation. Medium body and a sweet finish.

O/D - Smooth. Extremely uncomplex. Simple and drinkable, yet in no way interesting.

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-16-2011 17:19:10 | More by tbeckett
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tjsdomer2

Illinois

2.98/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2011 05:51:22 | More by tjsdomer2
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nickthetick

Maryland

2.98/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

10-21-2011 02:43:11 | More by nickthetick
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Macca

Australia

3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This pours a dark mahogany red with a dense slightly off white head. Clear.

The nose is malty but certainly not as strong as I expected. I'm getting a confectionary note as well.

The malts are there on the palate but again lighter than expected. Slight sweetness but bitterness kicks in to balance it out.

Quite thin mouthfeel for what it is.

How disappointing. I drank a bit of this years ago and thought it was good but not anymore.

Serving type: nitro-can

07-22-2011 10:45:29 | More by Macca
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jsprain1

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a solidly red color with slightly brown note. Head is that nice nitro fine bubbled three finger froth.
S- Smell is pleasant, but virtually nonexistant. Earthy with a lightly caramalized presence.
T- The taste is lightly caramel, some earthyness nad a faint toast character.
M- The mouthfeel is that nice smooth creamyness that comes from a nitro tap. Light in body, smooth all the way.
O- It's easy drinking, but the depth and volume of flavor is not there.

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-16-2011 01:04:32 | More by jsprain1
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

440 mL can picked up at the LCBO. Haven't had this since it was bought by Diageo - in fact it was one of my first reviews, back before it came under the Guinness umbrella.

Pours an amber-red colour; cloudy at first as the bubbles slowly settle out, but completely clear once this process is over. Beautiful light-beige head that reminds me of whipped cream, with great retention as it lasts for most of the drink. Malty aroma is quite faint like with many of these nitro ales, so it's hard to identify any specific qualities. If forced to be more detailed, I'd describe it as creamy and lightly toasted I guess.

The flavour is equally muted, or 'mild' if you prefer. Lightly toasted bready malts are pretty dominant, with a light toffee sweetness not far behind. Pleasant, leafy drying bitterness that comes through in the finish and aftertaste. Like most nitro ales the mouthfeel is creamy and smooth as silk. Still, the body is on the thin side of medium, and rather watery overall. Quite light and easy to knock back.

Inoffensive and straightforward. Optimists might call it mild, while pessimists would probably use a word like bland. Either way, I don't think either side would disagree that it's a smooth brew and not a chore to drink. Wouldn't recommend this to beer geeks, but if you're a fan of nitro beer in general this could be worth the time.

Final Grade: 3, a comfortable C. If I had to choose between this and Guinness it'd be a tossup; they're of comparable quality but I doubt I'd ever be in a situation where nothing better is available. Kilkenny is just more cream and less roast. I wouldn't turn this down, but it's not something I'd want to be a staple... at least it makes for a decent St. Patrick's Day session.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-19-2012 03:55:49 | More by thehyperduck
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber colour with a finger of thick white head. Head doesn't dissipate at all and leaves nice rings of lacing on the glass. Smell is of sweet toasted malt with the slightest hint of floral hops. Flavour is balanced of sweet and bitter, but it is a bit lacking overall. Mouthfeel was very creamy. A nice beer to have sometimes, but it is just ok.

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-30-2010 02:47:31 | More by kwjd
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Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale from Guinness Ltd.
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