Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale | Guinness Ltd.

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Kilkenny Irish Cream AleKilkenny Irish Cream Ale
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Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd.
Ireland | website

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

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.

Added by UncleJimbo on 08-23-2009

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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 D-HopSupreme
3.54/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is really an alright ale for a pub night or something similar though I feel that it lacks the luxuries of many other beer in terms of taste, aroma, and general feel. It's pretty decent but I've certainly had better in this style, and certainly don't think nitro improves this beer.

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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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Photo of biboergosum
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.21/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Arrived in an official Kilkenny pint glass, deep reddish-brown with around two fingers of light tan foam. Kilkenny smells like faint caramel, with fruity notes and hints of floral hops. As is often the case, this example was served too cold but unfortunately the aroma remained subdued even after things warmed up. Taste is that of a classic mass-produced Irish red, with caramel/toffee the predominant malt flavor along with a little roasted barley and some red grape fruitiness. Body is rather thin and the beer comes off watery and on the bland side, but there is a tea-like tannic astringency that I like in this style and some earthy hops in what is a decent bitter finish. A bit of cardboard and metal make an unwelcome appearance but all in all I'd drink this before many other macro-brewed UK offerings. Its designed with "drinkability" in mind: Smooth creamy mouthfeel and few overtly loud or bombastic flavor elements to dissuade the average pubhound.

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Photo of SDVargo
4.5/5  rDev +32%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Was extremely happy with this beer. Had it while at an Irish pub in Canada. The taste was very good and the creamy head (which never dissipated) gave a sweet taste to counteract any bitterness. My first impression that it would be extremely heavy which at the time would be bad because I was about to enjoy a nice Irish meal, but the beer was much lighter than expected. If I could find this stuff in the US, I'd be getting some for the holidays!

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Photo of MDDMD
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

A-tan copper color with a light tan head and good lacing

S-light malt, toffee, hint of spice

T-light caramel malt, hint of toffee, and toast, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with light carbonation, very smooth and creamy

O-easy drinking, but not overly flavorful

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Photo of mick303
3.27/5  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.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.37/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on nitro-tap at the local pub on Christmas Eve. Served into a Kilkenny pint glass.

Appearance - Clear brown color at the bottom with reddish hues and becoming a muddier, murkier brown the closer to the top of the glass you get. About a finger and a half of dense nitro whipped head that is white in color and lasts fir the duration of the glass. Beer becomes more clear as it settles.

Smell - Not a ton, but some dry roasted grains come to the nose with not much else.

Taste - Pretty much like the nose, not terribly interesting and the only real flavor is again the roasted grain flavor. It's not a bad flavor, I just wasn't able to go much beyond that.

Mouthfeel - Any sip with head feels dense and heavy, any sip without feels a little on the thin side. Lowish carbonation. If you get a sip with a little head and mostly beer, its pretty good.

Overall - Not a bad beer in the style, not my favorite, but certainly tasty enough to quaff with lunch.

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Photo of soju6
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

On Tap.

A: Served a dark copper color with a good head that fades to nice lacing.

S: Aroma of Malt, caramel and a bit of spice.

T: Taste of Malt and caramel sweetness with a bit od toffee. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Fairly medium body, smooth and creamy. Has a nice rich texture.

O: Enjoyable beer, that goes down easy. Is best on tap.

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Photo of flyingpig
2.64/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

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Photo of Wildeman
2.22/5  rDev -34.9%
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.

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Photo of Converge
2.48/5  rDev -27.3%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.46/5  rDev +1.5%
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...).

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Photo of Dave1999
3.37/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.39/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
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. The milquetoast character means it's hella drinkable, albeit uninspired. There are some caramel malt notes, cream, nuttiness, and the faintest touch of fruit; otherwise it seems 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; yet 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.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.46/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of TubaManJack
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of hoserking
3.26/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On a nitro tap in Kilkenny.

Very reminiscent of Wexford Irish Cream (which I didn't see at all in Ireland or the UK). No real strong aroma, taste is very dry and bitter with a touch of malt sweetness.

I love this style, the beer isn't magnificent there is just something about it that I really enjoy. The mouthfeel ties the beer together and the off flavored bitterness is fixed by the super creamy mouthfeel.

Definitely worth trying on tap.

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Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale from Guinness Ltd.
78 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.