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Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale - Guinness Ltd.

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Reviews: 146
Hads: 597
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 42
Gots: 102 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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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 metter98
3.56/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (698 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.03/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like a red Guinness. The color was a very nice looking clear amber. The head was creamy thick and white from the nitro. The aroma had some sweet malts in there not a whole lot else going on in the way of smell. The taste was very smooth and had some hearty malts in there. The mouthfeel was light and had no carbonation. This beer went down like water to me. I could have drank several of these without any issue for sure. A very nice Irish Red here. Enjoyed it fully. (474 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.4/5  rDev 0%
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. (1,666 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.4/5  rDev -29.4%
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? (923 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured with a tiny, white head of thick, creamy foam. The head refuses to settle and leaves thick lace as the beer leaves the glass. The body is copper-brown with good clarity.

S - Light, toasted bread notes with some musty hops. Little else.

T - Dry bread up front with a surprisingly strong, musty hop character. Light bitterness creeps in towards the middle and grows stronger towards the finish. Hefty bitterness in the finish with very light bready malt.

M - Medium-light body, low carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Dry and bitter, this comes across more like an English bitter than an Irish red. Even so it would be a poor bitter with a weak malt profile that is not up to dealing with the strong hop character. A drinkable beer, and perhaps better than average as Irish beer goes, but not something to go for if you have access to any real beer. (861 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a shaker pint glass at McGonigal's.

A nice way to cap a train trip out of the City and as a prelude to a nice sushi dinner from down the street. This stuff pours a lightly hazy bronze topped by a nice finger of cream foam. The nose comprises light sweet malt and even lighter powdered sugar. I think some light sweet flowers may have wafted in there from time to time as well, but I could have been imagining things. The taste brings in more of the same, flowers and all, only stronger and with an addition of mild caramel and even milder grass. Th body is a light medium, with a firm nitrogenation and a subsequently silky-smooth feel. Overall, this stuff wasn't bad at all. I could easily see myself downing pints of this as a Guinness replacement at Irish-style pubs around here (if they carried it...). (817 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.93/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On nitro-tap 10/9/2010 at Mews Tavern in Wakefield, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright reddish brown color, with a large dense off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains caramelized malts, tea, some fruit and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and a little fruit. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and the nitro-tap brings some creaminess. The hops presence is mild and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: A little crisp and very smooth, medium body, light carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you're in the mood for the style. (838 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

.33cl bottle into an An Brainblasta goblet in Belfort, France. It's a bit strange reviewing here since Ireland's me home, but I never saw her out of the bottle back in the auld country. She was always nitro-can or draught. Reviewed live.

A: A biteen over two fingers of head, with light cream, fair thickness, and fair retention. Semitransparent gold colour. She's different than she is in the auld country.

Sm: Cream, caramel, amber hops, and even slight dark fringe esters I never quite picked up before. Doth mine broken nose deceive me?

T: Heavy creamed caramel, cream, amber hops, slight toffee (even!), and curbed dark fringe esters that are very subtle. Hard to place their particular nature, anyway. Complex for the style (WHICH IS IRISH CREAM ALE, YE BASTARDS!), and very well balanced and built.

Mf: Delightfully silky creamy smooth and wet. Extremely refreshing. Gloriously refreshing. Very complementary of the flavours of the body. Sadly, it does begin to approach the beginning of the realm of overly thick. Got to keep that in check, lads.

Dr: Average or below average ABV depending on your perspective, extremely drinkable, and a great price in France. You won't find it out of the bottle back home. Tastes a bit different (especially those damned esters!), but still of course a welcome beer anytime. You owe it to yourself to give it a go, especially if she's off the draught. (1,404 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.39/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on nitro-tap at The Lucky Shamrock at the airport (PEK) in Beijing, China

A: Pours an opaque creamy copper to clear garnet red in color as the nitro-pour settles out with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall creamy beige head that has very good retention properties, keeping a full finger of head in an even layer over the surface of the beer for the entire drinking of the beer. Huge amounts of lacing are observed, essentially coating the entire glass.

S: Mild in aroma with some notes of caramel malts, nuts, and floral hops.

T: Extremely mild in flavor but very enjoyable - there are some light hints of caramel and toffee malts. There is also a light hint of bitterness which does not linger from the floral hops and some nuttiness.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Very creamy.

O: Extremely easy to drink but not a lot of specialness in the taste or smell - this beer's best qualities are the appearance and the mouthfeel. Definitely enjoyable. (1,021 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (599 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (799 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
2.83/5  rDev -16.8%
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. (338 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.06/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a deep reddish color with excellent carbonation and a nice creamy white head. Nose is dry, caramel malt, but thats about it. Taste is grains, caramel and dry but creamy. Mouthfeel is sordove creamy but light on ABV for sure. Not much going on. (250 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.44/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On nitro at The Atlantic Chip Shop, Brooklyn, NYC.

Poured a medium copper hue with a two finger creamy white head. There was excellent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light noble hip and grainy malt.

The tasty consisted of an upfront noble hop mustiness with a thin grainy malt.

The mouthfeel was creamy and full.

Overall a decent ale on nitro. (364 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

rb

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 (200 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in bubble pint. The cascade took a good long while to settle, leaving over an inch of white head that had the expected retention and lacing of a nitro brew.

The aroma was a subdued grain malt scent and just a hint of yeast. The flavor was the same, pleasantly neutral. The body was nice, full and smooth. Drinkabilty was good, the went nicely enough. Overall, a decent, if unspectacular, beer. Worth trying if you see it, probably not worth seeking out. (461 characters)

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer comes in a brown long-necked 33 cl bottle. The red label got a picture of an irish-style church.

A: The beer pours dark amber with an airy off-white, rather large head that dissipates after a while, leaving rich lacings. The liquid holds rather large bubbles.

S: Caramell malt, even some butter to it. Faint hops. A bit fruity.

T: Sweet caramell malt (a bit roasted?). Buttery and bitter, from the hops. An "off-smell", maybe corn.

M: Long dry, bitter aftertaste. The body is creamy, medium and the carbonation is rich.

D: Goes down, almost to easy. You could call this a "beginners-ale" - many of the greatness from ales are present, but very mildly. (667 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.14/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

440ml can poured into Creemore glass on nov9

A crystal clear reddish amber with a crazy thick head with ridiculous retention and it just coats my glass with lace, this is looking good a little too good if you ask me

S smells sweet like candy corn and malt

T as it smells but with a little skunk

M creamy but flat, thick enough to save its cause but not enough to impress

D not bad but it looks better then it is

there are much worse beers out there that you can drink but this was a little boring (503 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.4/5  rDev 0%
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. (479 characters)

Photo of glid02
3.54/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (896 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nitro-Tap

Appearance - Light brown colour with a large size creamy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is a lot of lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, pears, tea, caramel

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a low amount of carbonation and it feels very creamy on the tongue. I can taste caramel mixed with notes of tea and a bit of a pear juice sweetness. It ends with a malty slightly sweet aftertaste.

Overall - This is the type of beer that I feel like I could drink a dozen of with no issues. It goes down way too easy and it has a fantastic appearance in the glass. The taste is pretty subtle, but that adds to the drinkability. (715 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
3.06/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a lovely two-finger frothy head that died ever so slow on top of a brownish body. Very mild aroma of citric, bitter hops and sweet malts, but almost non-existent. While it is somewhat smooth and creamy, it can also be said to be almost watery. Very little hop or sweet malt tastes; just kinda goes over the tongue w/ a little noise and finishes easy. It was an alright beer to sip on at the pub while playing darts w/ my buddies but nothing else to say other than an average beer at best. (495 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.61/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Comes out of the tap a clear, dark golden amber with a very fine-bubbled creamy-white head. Aroma is malty, slightly fruity and slightly hoppy, not all that strong but still appealing. Flavor is malty and somewhat, but not nastily, bitter, with a whisper of fruit. Texture is velvety smooth and slightly fizzy so it goes down the pipes nicely. (343 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nitro-tap at Five Roses Pub - Rosemont, IL
A - tall beige reverse cascading head gives way to a dark amber colored ale. Foam remains leaving a thick coating on the glass as the drink goes down.
S - malty with toasted grain, caramel, and toffee; some earthy hops in the background
T - milder flavors of toasted grain, earthy hops, caramel, fruit, faint tea and roasted barley
M - exceptionally smooth, light-medium body, finishes with modest bitterness and very dry.
O - good example of the style. The nitro tap helped out the scores for appearance and body, but overall I did enjoy it. (586 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
2.87/5  rDev -15.6%
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. (422 characters)

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Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale from Guinness Ltd.
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