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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: 469
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 17.78%
Wants: 24
Gots: 30 | 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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3.5/5  rDev +2%

Harkrank, Dec 23, 2011
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3/5  rDev -12.5%

Gregwa, Dec 18, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

KuehneBe, Dec 18, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

fizzyted, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of tbeckett
2.9/5  rDev -15.5%

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.

tbeckett, Dec 16, 2011
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3/5  rDev -12.5%

Pamola, Dec 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +16.6%

nmann08, Dec 14, 2011
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2/5  rDev -41.7%

TrickkyGangsta, Dec 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev +16.6%

bluesplit63, Dec 05, 2011
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5/5  rDev +45.8%

papawu76, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of keeganfrank
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%

Poured from a nitro tap into a Smithwick's glass. Nice "raining" as the beer settles, leaving a thick, foamy head. Smells sweet and creamy. Flavor is creamy, roasted barley; mildly bitter with hints of black coffee. Unique and very tasty.

keeganfrank, Nov 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev +16.6%

akinsja, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of rangerred
2.7/5  rDev -21.3%

Served from a nitro tap.

Poured with a large creamy head typical of beers served on nitro. The beer was a dark reddish brown.

Smelled of some caramel malt along with a sour smell that's typical of irish beers.

Taste was extremely sour/bitter. More than I was expecting. There is some caramel flavor in there but it is all overpowered by the bitterness.

Not a very well balanced beer and one that I would probably not seek out again.

rangerred, Nov 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +16.6%

sveinungws, Nov 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev +16.6%

Vandelayindustri, Nov 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev +16.6%

rao2100, Nov 23, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

RedAleMan, Nov 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +16.6%

Rempo, Nov 20, 2011
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3/5  rDev -12.5%

codynevels, Nov 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +45.8%

jrutigs, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +16.6%

bmur112, Nov 15, 2011
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3/5  rDev -12.5%

Thehuntmaster, Nov 15, 2011
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2.73/5  rDev -20.4%

Reviewed from notes taken this morning.

"Oh my God, they imported Kilkenny!" This is the first time I've seen this beer in the US, so I had to try it, even though it's only 10:35 as I sit here at the airport. I just learned this pint will cost me $10.88, so it better be good!

It has the same cascade effect as Guinness Draught and even seems slower to settle. Pours a clear red-brown color and has a weak, toasty aroma.

The taste is pretty watery. In fact, the watery taste offsets the creamy head. The taste that's there is toasty and a little buttery. It's easy drinking, at least.

This was worth trying once, but I'd much rather have a Tetley's if I wanted a lighter ale on nitro.

airforbes1, Nov 12, 2011
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3.15/5  rDev -8.2%

Pours a dark copper with an inch foamy off-white head. Leaves a good amount of lacing along the glass. Smell is sweet and malty, but the taste is a little flat. It's smooth and creamy, but just not a lot of character to it. If you're looking for a smooth ale, I'd go with Tetley's or Boddington's Pub Ale. This one pales in comparison.

oldirtycaffrey, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of spinrsx
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%


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.

spinrsx, Nov 03, 2011
Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale from Guinness Ltd.
78 out of 100 based on 469 ratings.