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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: 561
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 17.2%
Wants: 35
Gots: 72 | FT: 0
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Ireland

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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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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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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Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale from Guinness Ltd.
78 out of 100 based on 561 ratings.