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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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150 Reviews
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Reviews: 150
Hads: 616
Avg: 3.41
pDev: 34.6%
Wants: 45
Gots: 117 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of jhartley
3.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one on draft at the 2015 EPCOT Food & Wine festival, Ireland kiosk.
A dark amber-red body with a thin bubbly head, on nitro.
Aromas of chocolate and some roasted malts.
Taste is much different than I expected; more like a Guinness than I thought it would be, especially on nitro it was really nice.
Medium mouth feel with a nice chocolate aftertaste.
Overall, a very tasty beer; not sure if I would have it again if it was not on draft; but it was still a nice surprise in a long day at EPCOT with some other sub standard beers.

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Photo of RickyS
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a transparent dark amber color liquid with little to no carbonation. Off-white head that dissipate fast but leaves a thin cover on the top. The aroma is something I did not expect. I get a certain grassiness and smell of cardboard which is not very pleasant. This is only supported faintly by roasted malts which I was expecting to be the main component. The taste is imprecise. This does reveal a roasted character but there is also something very bitter and cardboardy in the finish which lets you down! Not complex at all. The mouthfeel is creamy but supported by very little taste. I will try to avoid this in the future.

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Photo of Alexc11
4.35/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Kilkenny was the first beer I ever drank in an Irish pub. I enjoyed then and still enjoy it today. I particularly like the creamy, silky feel of the beer with little bitter after taste. The cream reminds me of the nice 'crema' (the thick golden cream in an espresso) after a properly brewed espresso. Nice deep golden color with thick cream. It may lack the 'kick' people may look for in a beer but great overall Irish cream ale.

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Photo of drmeto
3.05/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

-pours a clear amber-red with a big,frothy,offwhite head
-medium carbonation visible
-faint coffee,plums,raisins,breadys,nutty
-medium to high carbonation
-light, watery body
o.k. but nothing more

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
2.42/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Relatively bland beer, although it does have that lovely mouthfeel of a nitro beer. Nothing wrong with it, and probably easy to drink over the course of a long night; but not a lot off complexity either.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

440 ml can. Pours a reddish amber with a creamy, medium, long lasting, off-white, nitro head that laces. Sweet, roasted, caramel malt aroma. Flavour to match with a mildly bitter finish. Medium body with a creamy, oily texture and soft carbonation.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.92/5  rDev +44.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

12 oz can, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, clear, golden, amber color with a half of a finger of cascading white-colored head that once settled, formed a half of a finger of creamy, pillowy, head that completely covered the top of the beer. That head was retained throughout the drinking experience.

Aroma: Nice aromas of bready, biscuit-like toasted malt, imparting aromas of freshly baked French baguettes and English muffins, as well as aromas of caramel and toffee, a touch of black pepper and heather.

Taste: Ah, delicious and satisfying! Lots of bready, toasted malt up front, followed by lots of caramel and toffee-like sweetness, hits of black pepper, coriander and floral, grassy, heather and clover. No hops to speak of. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and extremely smooth and creamy, as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. In fact, this beer is nitrogenized with a nitro widget in the can so it’s an extremely smooth and creamy beer. With an ABV of 43.3%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: Kilkenny is one of my favorite Irish beers, one of my favorite beers, period! Malty, sweet, tasty, satisfying, crushable, session-able and delicious!

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Photo of t2thebro
4.51/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

16oz nitro can

A- pours typical of nitros lots of froth, tight little bubbles. crystal clear darkish red color.
S- clean pale malt, irish yeast. hints of spicey hops and sweet crystal malt.
T-super smooth. sweetness is light and refreshing. a very nice woodsy/ earthy hop flavor compliments the finish. finishes nice and with a slight dryness.
M- amazing. gotta love nitro
O- an easy drinking smooth beer with a great balance of mild flavors that beg you to take another drink!

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


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

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.57/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Veiled dark copper Extra persistent, thick and creamy, half a finger beige head, lasting more that 20 minutes! Strong legs and a gorgeous pouring with amazing activity slowly revealing the beer.

Faint aromas and flavors of toffee, grainy toasty bread, nuts and floral spices with a hint of fruits. Sweet smell but a sharper crisp taste.

Creamy medium body and weak carbonation. Short and faint and quite clean finish with a roasted slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall : Visually stunning and...poor in flavors. The craft is good with a nice freshness, but it's a very soft beer that is overly accessible.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
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!


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Photo of rjplumer
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

(Draught in can)Clear classic Irish Ale ruby red colored body. Has the classic "Guinness" style foam head that's a a good finger thick and appear to be staying for the duration. Creamy malt spice aroma. Low carbonation. Crisp light sweet malt taste. Smooth velvet mouth feel with a faint feel of carbonation on the tongue. Refreshing and wanting more already.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Tom_Vrchek
4.01/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look 2.2/3
- I like bottle design, it was 0.33L 4.3% ABV
- sediment in the bottle was minimal, barely noticeable
- in the glass it looked like standard red ale, color of the drink was darker shade of rust color,
the foam faded quickly and it wasn't strong.
Smell 2.6/4
-scent was weak at first, it takes some time to build up
-after a minute it smells really pleasent, great balance with hop fragrance
Taste 7.9/10
-density of the flavour was great
-aftertaste feels a bit too dry
-you can feel a nice malt
-achieved a balance of malt and alcohol
Overall 3/4
-this was my first red ale, usually I hate trying new things but this was surprisingly good
-after a tons of bad beers these was a quite refreshment
-very good beer I would really recommend it
-you can tell its Irish by its flavour

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Photo of AndrewMichael
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

14.9 oz can with a widget poured into and English pint. I love nitro beers, with the texture and
How smooth and creamy this ale is. I only had it one other time on tap. A similar cream ale to Boddingtons in my opinion. Easy, drinkable beer.

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Photo of loubar
3.69/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark red color with quickly dissipating creamy head, a bit of which stays to the end. Very faint grain and malt aroma. Flavor is light caramel, nuts, milky-smooth and pleasantly malty. Medium body with low carbonation leads to a silky and creamy mouth feel that continues into a velvety finish. Subtle, but enjoyable and super drinkable.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.61/5  rDev +5.9%
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

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Photo of Suds
3.14/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A beautiful chestnut color with a nitro-induced off-white head, this is otherwise an average and forgettable ale. Smells of malt (very distant) and not much else. Nit has little hop character, except for some small balancing bitterness. Smooth, but not a lot of flavor. Nothing offensive, but not really worth the time.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Format: a 440mL half brown-half white can. Kilkenny's same old label.

Appearance: poured into a schooner glass. An almost solid white and creamy pour, as the beer slowly appears from the bottom of the glass and rises up through the cream. The first is always the worst - waiting the two minutes for that fantastic, creamy head to slowly appear on top of a rich, golden-orange body. one of my favourite pours.

Aroma: a fairly light aroma as usual with Irish cream ales. What is there is a light fruit ester with a touch of earth and heavy breads.

Taste: bread malts and those orchard fruit esters. I wouldn't say it was a massively full-flavoured beer, but it is a lovely one to throw down.

Aftertaste: some floral comes through on the finish along with some bitterness from the malts. Plenty of sweetness from what seems like hopscotch.

Mouth feel: the body is medium with a lower to moderate carbonation. Incredibly creamy as expected with a touch of dryness on the finish.

Overall: a lovely Irish red cream ale. Definitely one of my favourites down at the pub. Well-rounded and easy to drink.

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Photo of Auraan
3.75/5  rDev +10%

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.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Served on Nitro, in a pint glass

Medium red in color, thick creamy foam from the nitro pour. Very mild in aroma and taste. Very easy drinking, smooth.

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Photo of Urk1127
3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My favorite beer by Guinness. Poured in tumbler. Ruby red with white finger and a half head. Smell is dry and malty, smells like a Guinness stout. Thick nitrogenated head to light syrup mouthfeel almost water like but slicker. Sweetish, dry.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

A – A reddish copper colour with a finger of white head that dies quickly to a thin covering with zero lacing left in the glass.

S – Some very mild apple notes along with a burnt sugar and alcohol solvent nose at the end.

T – Good roasted grain malts with a mild burnt sugar and apple character like a crumble. Nice malt hop balance with some prune and rum soaked raisin notes along with a very slight bitter kick deep in the back of the throat.

MF – Creamy moth feel even a little towards the thin end of things with a low carbon body and mild coating.

O – Goes down very easy leaving a nice coating at the start which gives way eventually to a dry feel. This beer is pretty well balanced. Not particularly exciting or pronounced on any element in the scale this beer is a good session beer pleasing but not really anything to write home about.

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Photo of metter98
3.56/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nitro-tap at The Norseman, Dublin, Ireland

A: The beer is clear amber yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high creamy off white head that died down but has excellent retention properties, consistently leaving a half finger high head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of pale malts are present in the smell.
T: Like the nose, the taste has light flavors of pale malts. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and is very creamy and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The nitro-tap makes this beer have an incredible mouthfeel that is both creamy and smooth.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nitro pour at Chesapeake Bay Beach Club last night. Ticking beers and gigging. Not so bad.

Initially, the beer displays a turbulent and hazy storm, with granular sandy liquid gradually settling to a pretty ruby hued body with a thick and pure tan collar. The aroma brings some sweet malt, lightly fruity, grain notes. Similar flavor. The nitro-tap really does wonders for beers of this ilk. Smooth and creamy. Easy to drink. No harsh flavors detectable. Simple and easy going. Nothing to wrote home about, but this is a solid beer to find when I thought perhaps there may be no decent beer options.

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Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale from Guinness Ltd.
78 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.