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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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Ratings: 429
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 17.25%
Wants: 21
Gots: 25 | 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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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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3.48/5  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...).

Serving type: nitro-tap

10-19-2012 20:09:22 | More by TMoney2591
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

10-16-2012 00:07:33 | More by alesaram
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -12.3%

10-07-2012 01:33:07 | More by bigox420
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4/5  rDev +17%

09-28-2012 20:07:33 | More by gregm957
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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

09-20-2012 00:59:23 | More by MrJolly
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

09-19-2012 02:07:22 | More by corneliustoad
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4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

09-17-2012 20:02:16 | More by NilocRellim
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Quebec (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -5%

09-13-2012 22:53:47 | More by Odri
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North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent copper colour with a huge wite foamy head which take a while to settle down.

Not much to smell, a little malt perhaps.

The taste is mostly malty, a little caramel with slight hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel is really smooth a creamy, it's easy to drink with low carbonation.

Overall I like to drink this when I'm having a few in an Irish pub, don't think I'd buy it to drink in the house though. The low abv and easy drinkability makes this excellent for long sessions.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2012 13:43:29 | More by Dave1999
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

09-09-2012 13:59:26 | More by HopHeadInOhio
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Quebec (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

08-31-2012 22:52:12 | More by jrempel
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

08-28-2012 18:55:45 | More by DioS
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3.25/5  rDev -5%

08-28-2012 11:51:38 | More by warpedrevolution
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North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-26-2012 11:40:43 | More by dbrauneis
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New Jersey

5/5  rDev +46.2%

08-10-2012 16:33:45 | More by Sovietfox
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2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

08-05-2012 18:15:45 | More by KVNBGRY
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Prince Edward Island (Canada)

4/5  rDev +17%

08-01-2012 15:54:18 | More by Thundermug
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3.25/5  rDev -5%

07-30-2012 11:36:04 | More by Jose9e
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -5%

07-30-2012 01:09:37 | More by demgoth
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3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. poured via nitro-tap in a clear plastic cup at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. From notes.

A: Pours a reddish copper color with the typically gorgeous waterfall effect from nitro-tap. The head is an (amazing) two finger offwhite color with near perfect retention and an incredible texture. Tons and tons of lacing are left on the glass. Exactly what I'd expect from a nitro-infused beer - truly stunning to look at, even in a dinky plastic cup.

S: ...and here's the bad part of the nitro-tap. There's very little in the way of aromatic qualities. Some caramel malts here, a little cream there, and that's about it. Nothing about it smells unpleasant, but there's so little aroma, that it's hard to give it a good score here.

T/M: It's weird, there isn't much flavor at all, but for some reason, this just works. It's milquetoast character means its hella drinkable, but uninspired. There's some caramel malt notes, cream, nuttiness, and the faintest touch of fruit; otherwise it's kind of bland. The feel is that of a typical nitro beer, very thin, watery texture (and even flavor), but with a subtle touch of dryness that aids drinkability without drying the tongue too much.

O: This is NOT a beer that will impress you through your tastebuds. Rather, it's the kind of beer - like draft Guinness - that only works in the right situation, but when it does, it inspires the ability to put down multiple pints of this in a single sitting. Accept it for what it is, and you might enjoy it a lot. It gets high marks here just because it's so easy to down.

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-29-2012 23:46:42 | More by ThisWangsChung
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3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes.

Pours a clear copper with dense white head. Takes a while for clarity to emerge after pour.

Subdues aromas due to serving temp

Toffee malts on nose, add in some caramel to taste

Mouthfeel very light.

Interesting to compare after a Guinness - much lighter all in all.

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-20-2012 06:01:35 | More by heygeebee
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3.25/5  rDev -5%

07-18-2012 20:38:41 | More by pappetros
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Manitoba (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

07-18-2012 01:24:40 | More by joefinnigan15
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Alberta (Canada)

5/5  rDev +46.2%

07-16-2012 00:35:49 | More by Alberta_Beer_Guy
Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale from Guinness Ltd.
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