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Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale - Guinness Ltd.

Kilkenny Irish Cream AleKilkenny Irish Cream Ale

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Ratings: 386
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 17.54%

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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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Alberta (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-06-2014 00:15:24 | More by biboergosum
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Ontario (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Out of a nitro-can this takes a couple minutes to settle. Leaves a soppy creamy thick head, very similar to Guinness. Colour is a dark chestnut red, no visible carbonation.

S - caramel, red fruits, with some plum/cherry. Biscuity malt and maybe some grassy bitterness. Doesn't smell like a whole lot though, grassy and slightly acidic maybe.

T - a malty start with a hit of sourness, big initial creaminess with the head. Some fruity and caramel biscuit notes, lemon, then it goes downhill. A tannic sourness and slight metallic flavour become really quite cloying. Ending is lacking in body and a metallic flavour is left on your lips. i found this faded after the beer had sat in the glass for awhile, or maybe I just got used to it and blocked it out...

M - refreshing light feel with an upfront creaminess. It is smooth with a lot of malts. Carbonation is there lightly with a coating presence. Fills your mouth and leaves a lingering creamy aftertaste with a sour bitterness note.

This beer has some features that are redeeming but in the end it just doesn't hold together well. The taste, aside from the metallic aspect, wasn't too bad, but there was not much depth or body to hold it together after the creaminess goes down. I would have this over a AAL and its an interesting style to try but I'd like to assume I can find more interesting examples.

Serving type: nitro-can

09-04-2013 22:37:19 | More by mick303
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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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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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3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Always helped by a proper pint glass, has a moderate brown color with reddish undertones. (Like most bars there wasn't an abundance of light) Its thick creamy nitrogen head did not diminish throughout my consumption. It was weird to have that much "cream" left at the tail end of the beer.

S- Moderate and almost muted. However the nitrous sensation was there along with the notes of malt.

T - A slight note of bitters(hops) but overwhelming malt taste. The nitrogen body was smooth and creamy. So I propose this beer be renamed a thick Irish Cream. Its is so thick that it seems to have a delay between when you tip the glass back to when it begins to pour, just kidding its a thicker beer than most of what I have encountered in the past.

M- A lingering bitterness that is floating on the nitro-body. Towards the end of the sitting, the head began to be repetitive and almost airy in relation to its initial character.

D- A refreshing change from Guinness and when the bar runs out of it then you shouldn't be disappointed. The body gets in the way of its endless drinkablity, however I enjoy the style and its certainly more friendly per pint then Guinness. If you like Guinness than revel in a new found beer.

Overall- I loved this beer from the tap and from the can. This might just be my favorite session beer that isn't a microbrew.

Serving type: nitro-can

07-13-2012 19:57:31 | More by TubaManJack
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Kilkenny "Irish Cream Ale" @ 4.3% served cold from a 4pack a 440ml nitro-can
A-from the crack of the can being opened to the initial pour starts off a milk white and cascades into a clear copper brown with a tan head with good retention leavin large lacing along the pint glass
S-toasted malts and a hint of earthy hops
T-lightly buttered toast with a sweet caramel finish
MF-smooth and creamy , medium to thick body ,
Ov-oh so easy to drink , feeling a little rough try a couple of Kilkenny's , your on your way

Cheers LampertLand

Serving type: nitro-can

06-22-2012 23:15:45 | More by LampertLand
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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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Alberta (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a semi-hazy copper brown with an extremely dense cream-coloured head, about 1-2 finger width (very milky and smooth, clings to the glass as you drink).

Smell - Condensed milk, vanilla, light sweet orange.

Taste - Very mild flavour with a creamy taste. Very light sweetness and bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with minimal carbonation. Very smooth and creamy texture, as the name suggests. A tad on the watery side.

Overall - One of the brews I like to revisit once in a while, when I'm looking for a mild brew. A decent cream ale, but could use a little work to avoid wateriness. Beautiful appearance is noteworthy.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-23-2012 04:30:24 | More by leaddog
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3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A clear cut head that is the softest, creamiest imaginable. The body is creamy to deep red in colour and darkens as the head settles. Consistent layer of lace envelopes the glass. Gorgeous.

S - Malt, caramel, grain.

T - Disappointingly plain and diluted. Not unpleasant but lacking in flavour. No hop bitterness at all and faint biscuit and caramel in the malt.

M - Beautifully velvety smooth and creamy.

O - Nothing big or complex about this but a real looker and ice-cream smooth for what that's worth and perfectly sessionable.

Serving type: nitro-can

09-27-2011 13:11:44 | More by dansmcd
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South Africa

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased in Durban South Africa. Tall nitro-can poured into a Guinness glass.

a - Pours a dark ruby/brown color with a lovely cream head.

s - Very muted smell but with hints of roasted malt and caramel.

t - Roasted malts and caramel. Mellow and creamy finish. Earthy notes but with a slightly metallic tinge that may be attributed to the can.

m - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very smooth.

o - Very pleasant and drinkable macro-beer. Definitely one of the best imports available in South Africa, and worth the price. This is the first time I've had it in the nitro-can, although it still came off rather well I would still prefer draught.

Serving type: nitro-can

09-18-2011 23:42:15 | More by NatalBrewingCo
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Manitoba (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

440 mL Nitro Can with an indecipherable canning date poured into a flared pint glass.

A: There is not too much better than a nitro'ed beer to look at. Thick, rich creamy white head with tons of lacing. The body is brownish red and clear, though without much carbonation left.
S: Fairly subdued nose, though with a bit of vegetal on it. This is the bane of nitro'ed beers. The thick head releases next to no aroma...
T: Surprisingly good. Light caramel notes with a hint of sweetness coupled with light earthy hop flavours that are well paired. A well balanced beer.
M: Creamy and smooth. Incredibly low carbonation. Light lingering sweetness.
O: Save the missing and vegetal nose a winner for what it is. I wasn't expecting much and it delivered above expectations.

Serving type: nitro-can

09-11-2011 01:17:36 | More by kjyost
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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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Quebec (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

440ml nitrocan
The serving opération is similar to a guinness
After a few minutes, we have the big white head that stick to the glass. The color is rousse/amber just like Maple sirup. No carbonation in the brew. All in the head.

It smell caramal and barley, but not very present and not that inviting.

Taste is good theres elements of caramal and Some cereals but its a bit weak.

This beer is watery flat and not that creamy like a guinness
It feels an average irish cream ale.

Overall its not bad, very easy to drink but not the most exciting!

Serving type: nitro-can

05-13-2011 01:19:13 | More by Otterburn
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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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Alberta (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on St Patty's day.

I'll admit that I'm a fan of the nitro widget can, this is alright on tap as well and was one of the beers that got me into craft brews.

A- After the cascading effect clears I'm left with an amber colored ale with really good clarity. No carbonation visible. Extremly thick and creamy looking white head that never goes away.

S- Hard to get much aroma through the dense head. Some bready malt and faint hops. It smells kind of sweet too.

T- Muted flavors as well. Again bready malt and some sweetness, bit of spicy hops in the backend.

M- It feels exactly how it looks, CREAMY!! Medium bodied & low carbonation.

O- It is what it is, alright! It's St Patricks day afterall! Great appearance & mouthfeel is what this beer is all about, there's nothing off putting. I've got a soft spot for this one.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-19-2011 21:20:20 | More by Dawkfan
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Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice copper/amber colour to it. It has a nice creamy off-white head that dies down slowly and has nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of roasted malts, caramely notes and a bit of hops.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a roasted malt taste to it with slight caramely notes and some fruity notes. The hops also add a bit of bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation and has a slight watery taste.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavours and aromas. It's an overall worthy beer.

Happy St. Patty's Day everyone!

Serving type: nitro-can

03-18-2011 02:28:58 | More by SebD
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Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-16-2011 02:00:22 | More by JohnnyBarman
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3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale - one would be correct in thinking that this is a classic Irish red ale, from none other than the classic stout makers Guinness.

Poured from the regular 440ml "widget" can into my Guinness pint glass.

A: The body presents an inviting deep red hue whilst the head is firm packed with an off white colour (I settled on "beige"). The head started out at about 3cm and left rings in the glass on the way down.

S: Rich caramel malts... you can smell a sweetness to it - very inviting. The hops also add a distant aroma. You know exactly what to expect from this ale from it's scent - strong malts, bitter back notes and a dry aftertaste. Let's see then.

T: Strong caramel malts: check. Slight bitter back notes from the hops: check. Dry aftertaste (most likely from the yeast used): check. But there is something else in there, a slight metallic tang (well we've all been there with a macro brew), but it's not that... it's like a mix of pecans and brown sugar, not full-on but it's there hovering around in the background (wishing to be invited in for tea and crumpets).

M: Small letdown here - this beer is just as watery in the mouthfeel as I found Murphy's (and I'm sure it's the same for Guinness too). Carbonation is fine (for the style).

D: It's a go to beer if you're looking for something you can take on in a session. I'm not as much a fan of this style as I am of the Irish Dry Stouts but come Saint Patrick's day I'll drink a couple pints of both.

Food match: Oysters or light game hen with a green salad (rocket) and mashed potato.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-25-2011 14:45:15 | More by doktorhops
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Alberta (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark ale with a red tinge to it. Thick creamy head, bubbles are almost non-visible.

S- Doesn't have much smell but you can definately smell hops

T- Tastes kind of metallic. Hop taste as well

M- Head is very creamy almost like melted ice cream. A little watery, feels just like a Guinness.

D- Could maybe drink 1 or 2 but no more than that in one sitting.

Serving Type: Nitro-can

Serving type: nitro-can

01-07-2011 04:52:19 | More by marcusR111
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Quebec (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

All hail the floating widget! I love the excitement of cracking one of these open.

The cascade in the glass is also part of the show. A goodly finger of head sits atop and remains till the end. The lacing is medium. It's a rusty penny-coloured dark copper ale. The mouthfeel is very creamy (thus the invented category of Irish Cream Ale). The first taste is sweet malts with a late bitter aftertaste.

The ABV is low at 4.3%--a perfect choice for session drinking. One of my early favourites.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-28-2010 02:25:47 | More by Matt1516
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Alberta (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +28.1%
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!

Serving type: nitro-can

12-01-2010 04:27:27 | More by ChrisCage
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3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another CAN from one of my solids, BigBry, who CAN certainly list himself as a member of The CANQuest (TM).

The Crack & Glug also included some odd noises as a result of the widget priming itself, I suppose. Man, I do love watching the cascade when pouring from an N2 CAN!It resulted in a finger of thick tawny head with great retention. Color was a deep-coppery orange with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a lightly malty sweetness which was okay with me. Mouthfeel was creamy, which is as it should be with this serving style. The taste was pleasantly mildly bitter with a hint of nuttiness on the tongue. Finish was slightly dry, pleasant, easily quaffable. This was a nice, simple beer, somewhat unobtrusive, but with such low alcohol that I could easily see having it in my cooler for a day out.

Serving type: nitro-can

10-30-2010 07:19:19 | More by woodychandler
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Manitoba (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pretty dark gold almost a light red. very nice creamy head. kinda smells and tastes like a guinness yet without the roasted notes but they are a bit noticeable in this one. aftertaste is just like a guinness imo. also tastes pretty watery but a good kind of watery.. not like light beer, but it actually tastes like this was brewed with good quality water.. and it goes down pretty good. not something i would drink too often as it isnt really my thing but its pretty good and i could see a few people really take a liking to it.

Serving type: nitro-can

10-13-2010 03:17:11 | More by A380
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Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass, medium reddish brown with a two-finger head and the classy-looking nitro-can mini bubbles throughout. I like the feathery look as these bubbles go up. Cool.

Smells good. Malty and caramelly but not overwhelmingly. Feels like it could be more complex, but it's fine.

Taste is okay, but doesn't live up to the way the beer looks or smells...the sweet caramel came out as expected and diminished to a dry finish, but it somehow feels again like it lacks some complexity or depth that it could have.

The mouthfeel is where this beer really let me down. It's been a long time since I had Kilkenny on tap, but maybe that would be better? It came off ultimately as a bit thin and flat.

In the end, a drinkable beer and mostly enjoyable, but a fuller mouthfeel would really help it. Not my favourite, but okay.

Serving type: nitro-can

08-26-2010 03:06:57 | More by nokes
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Obtained from liquor store - refrigerated section. Evaluated the next day.

A: Lovely ruddy amber and sparklingly clear after the nitro cascade settles. Head is a perfect high density foam typical of this serving type - very much like nitro guinness stout

S: Faint malty notes and faint hop aroma (difficult to characterize). This is not a big aroma beer

T: Mild malt, mild bitter. Well balanced but no overwhelming theme. mild bitter aftertaste that fades quickly.

Drinkability - a good session beer, very light and the typical low carb for this style does not "fill" you up.

Overall - A nice refreshing beer - perhaps more typical of an English Mild but not particularly malty.

Serving type: nitro-can

07-04-2010 00:31:56 | More by Apek
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Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale from Guinness Ltd.
78 out of 100 based on 386 ratings.