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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: 428
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 17.2%
Wants: 20
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
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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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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 23:17:36 | More by kojevergas
Photo of lespaulrocker


2.6/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served on tap at a Scottish style pub in Victoria, BC.

A: Amber, two fingers of white, creamy head. Very nice and inviting. Very heavy lacing.

S: Lots of malts. Not a lot else.

T: Watery. Malty. A little sweetness. Not impressed.

M: Creamy, light carbonation, light body.

It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't good either. I wish I'd gone with one of the local brews also served on-tap but I felt like I needed to try something from across the pond at a Scottish pub. I won't seek this out again.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-20-2011 16:43:31 | More by lespaulrocker
Photo of beertunes


3.18/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-05-2011 22:11:57 | More by beertunes
Photo of Otterburn

Quebec (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

440ml nitrocan
The serving opération is similar to a guinness
After a few minutes, we have the big white head that stick to the glass. The color is rousse/amber just like Maple sirup. No carbonation in the brew. All in the head.

It smell caramal and barley, but not very present and not that inviting.

Taste is good theres elements of caramal and Some cereals but its a bit weak.

This beer is watery flat and not that creamy like a guinness
It feels an average irish cream ale.

Overall its not bad, very easy to drink but not the most exciting!

Serving type: nitro-can

05-13-2011 01:19:13 | More by Otterburn
Photo of Knapp85


4.03/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-07-2011 23:16:02 | More by Knapp85
Photo of redsonja


2.75/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A; red brown nice white head

S; malt

T; bitter,malty,some caramel

M; the bitter stays in your mouth

O; malty ale not that exciting but a nice beer after work. a tipical irish red ale with low alocohol. i like the american styls better more taste.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 08:25:31 | More by redsonja
Photo of ghetto90007


3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on nitro-tap at a mediocre "Irish pub" in Long Beach. Served in a Kilkenny pint glass.

Pours a copper to red-brown color. I just love the look of the nitrogen working through a beer like this. Beautiful, silky off-white head, a finger and a half thick. Spectacular lacing on the glass. This beer looks so good.

Scents of malt, dry save a slight caramel aroma, mild bitterness. Fairly subdued aromas.

A malty sweetness mixed with caramel, which gives it a little bit of depth, but very soft flavors here. Some balancing from the bitter finish of the hops, but it's really gentle. The sweetness gently rises back to the surface in the follow.

Super-soft mouth feel, body is moderate, carbonation is there but gentle due to the nitro.

Fairly gentle, drinkable beer. I'm a sucker for just about anything decent on nitro-tap.

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-10-2011 01:32:19 | More by ghetto90007
Photo of marty21

Manitoba (Canada)

2.65/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear amber with golden hints with two fingers worth of white creamy head. Settles to a thick head and covers the whole glass with foam.

S: Not much for the aroma. A bit of malt but otherwise there's nothing there.

T: A light malty taste. The taste is quite watery. I find drinking faster you get a bit more taste otherwise there's not much there.

M: Light carbonation with a light watery body.

O: I just don't enjoy these nitro cans. Not that the nitro can had anything to do with the lack of aroma and taste. But they just seem to watery for me. Not something I'd recommend. The appearance is the only good part.

Serving type: nitro-can

04-04-2011 02:39:32 | More by marty21
Photo of tjsdomer2


2.98/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Cool color. Red in the light, dark brown out of it. Good foam.

Smell: Burnt caramel malt. Not sure if that is intentional...

Taste/Mouthfeel: This tastes too burnt. It has potential with the brown sugar and caramel flavor, but it's too much. Mouthfeel is good overall. Creamy!

Drinkability: Average by Irish standards.

Overall: I guess I just don't like this style.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2011 05:51:22 | More by tjsdomer2
Photo of Dawkfan

Alberta (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on St Patty's day.

I'll admit that I'm a fan of the nitro widget can, this is alright on tap as well and was one of the beers that got me into craft brews.

A- After the cascading effect clears I'm left with an amber colored ale with really good clarity. No carbonation visible. Extremly thick and creamy looking white head that never goes away.

S- Hard to get much aroma through the dense head. Some bready malt and faint hops. It smells kind of sweet too.

T- Muted flavors as well. Again bready malt and some sweetness, bit of spicy hops in the backend.

M- It feels exactly how it looks, CREAMY!! Medium bodied & low carbonation.

O- It is what it is, alright! It's St Patricks day afterall! Great appearance & mouthfeel is what this beer is all about, there's nothing off putting. I've got a soft spot for this one.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-19-2011 21:20:20 | More by Dawkfan
Photo of SebD

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice copper/amber colour to it. It has a nice creamy off-white head that dies down slowly and has nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of roasted malts, caramely notes and a bit of hops.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a roasted malt taste to it with slight caramely notes and some fruity notes. The hops also add a bit of bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation and has a slight watery taste.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavours and aromas. It's an overall worthy beer.

Happy St. Patty's Day everyone!

Serving type: nitro-can

03-18-2011 02:28:58 | More by SebD
Photo of JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This brew was a standard of mine for many years, but I have to admit it's been a while since I've had one. What better time than St. Practice Day?

Poured nitro-can style into a Guinness glass. Lovely cascading effect led to a striking clear amber brew. Thick, creamy head that remained throughout the pint, creating sheets of lacing down the glass.

Nose is caramel, bread, lightly toasted malt.

A mild, creamy ale, notes of caramel, bread, and toasted malt, finishing with a mild tea-hoppped bitterness. Nothing spectacular, but certainly pleasurable to drink. Tastes fine.

Creamy, but very watery mouthfeel. A trend I've found with most Guinness products. Still, easy to quaff.

A good standby around St. Patrick's Day or whenever I find myself in one of those pseudo-Irish chain bars Canada seems to have in spades. I can certainly have quite a few of these in a sitting - the light ABV and thin mouthfeel make for easy drinking.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-16-2011 02:00:22 | More by JohnnyBarman
Photo of Erish


3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Tommy Nevin's pub in Naperville, IL.

A: brownish/red amber, a nice cascading, creamy head courtesy of the nitro-tap, the cap and lacing are good.

S: roasted malty backbone, earthy; reminds me of Guinness light.

T: dry, roasted malty backbone, some smokiness, a bit of chocolate, vanilla, oak.

M: light to medium-bodied, creamy texture, moderate carbonation.

D: not bad. Kind of reminds me of Smithwick's. Nothing earth shattering here.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-11-2011 03:43:02 | More by Erish
Photo of LazyL

British Columbia (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 440ml can the colour is dark amber with a creamy off white head. The nose is very sweet and malty. I get alot of sugary candy too. The taste is pretty much the same and the mouthfeel is flat and very creamy. Only the slighest amout of bitterness on the finish. Not a great beer, but there is enough here to keep you interested and its very easy to blow through quite a few in short order making this a great sports beer down at the local pub. Which I believe is what its supposed to be.

Serving type: can

03-08-2011 03:07:55 | More by LazyL
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New Brunswick (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the Pub can that contains a floating widget. One of the creamiest heads on a beer. Head lasts unti the bottom of the glass. Really sweet aroma of candy and caramel. I know beer is supposed to have hops but I would be surprised if this had any. Creamy, smooth, goes down easy. This is as just as drinkable as water.

Serving type: can

02-19-2011 05:32:37 | More by spree92
Photo of Everydayoff


3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On nitro-tap served in a Kilkenny pint glass at the Dubliner Irish Pub, Bangkok.

Reddish copper brown color with everlasting creamy thick head from nitro effect, the head recedes slightly and leaves good lacing all around. Carbonation is mild.

Rather mild aroma; touch of malt sweetness, caramel, honey, slight hop bitterness and subtle toasted character.

Malt sweet up front balance and finish by bitterness from hop. The taste is not complex but easy to pleasant. Rather thin body, smooth with light carbonation.

Easy drinkable, at least it has more characters than any nitro-tap beer that I ever had.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-16-2011 09:46:49 | More by Everydayoff
Photo of Rayek


3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Yard House in Denver, CO. Served in a shaker pint glass.

A: Red tinged amber with great clarity and a dense head from the nitro. Head retention is great and a fair amount of lace is left behind.

S: Fairly mild. Toasted grains dominate. A light amount of diacetyl adds a hint of butterscotch. Some black tea rounds things out.

T: Toffee and toasted bread hit first. Bitterness is well balanced and packs a black tea and pepper bite. The bitter flavors linger through the finish.

M: The light body has the silky mouthfeel that I expect from a nitro tap beer.

D: This is a nice session beer in the vain of Tetley's and Boddington's. It's not terribly complex, but does its job well enough.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-03-2011 02:17:36 | More by Rayek
Photo of mandolinhomebrew


3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33 cl bottle into my Hopus glass. Moderate pour produced a moderate head that was just shy of an inch.

A - Looks almost like Brandy.. a reddish amber/brown. Quite clear and transparent. -

S - Not a whole lot going on. You can tell it's an ale from the aroma at least. There is some malt there, maybe roasted & caramel. Maybe a hint of spicy hops. You really need a super strong sense of smell to get much more than that.

T - Malts up front. Some fruit-like flavors are there, maybe apples or pears, certainly not citrus fruits. There is this malty-alcohol flavor that you get in some Belgians, but much much much more subtle. Bitterness is very light, but it's still relatively balanced. Finishes on the dry side.

M - light to medium mouth-feel. moderately carbonated. smooth. when i had it on nitro-tap it was super light and smooth (but really lacked in aroma).

D - Goes down very easily. Flavorful enough (for a macro) that I could drink a couple before getting too bored.

Overall - For a macro that's readily available, it's pretty good. It's easy to drink, and has enough complexity and taste that it's a "go to" if only the typical macro line-up is available. It's hard to find ales here in Austria in general, so I'm glad this is around and easy to find.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 16:25:36 | More by mandolinhomebrew
Photo of LukeK1231

New York

3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Overall it was a good creamy beer. Obviously had the tight nitrogen head.

Very drinkable and nice finish however lacks some taste before swallowing. Appearance was dark reddish.

A good beer to have while in Ireland and different than anything I have ever tried before.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-27-2011 14:02:19 | More by LukeK1231
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3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale - one would be correct in thinking that this is a classic Irish red ale, from none other than the classic stout makers Guinness.

Poured from the regular 440ml "widget" can into my Guinness pint glass.

A: The body presents an inviting deep red hue whilst the head is firm packed with an off white colour (I settled on "beige"). The head started out at about 3cm and left rings in the glass on the way down.

S: Rich caramel malts... you can smell a sweetness to it - very inviting. The hops also add a distant aroma. You know exactly what to expect from this ale from it's scent - strong malts, bitter back notes and a dry aftertaste. Let's see then.

T: Strong caramel malts: check. Slight bitter back notes from the hops: check. Dry aftertaste (most likely from the yeast used): check. But there is something else in there, a slight metallic tang (well we've all been there with a macro brew), but it's not that... it's like a mix of pecans and brown sugar, not full-on but it's there hovering around in the background (wishing to be invited in for tea and crumpets).

M: Small letdown here - this beer is just as watery in the mouthfeel as I found Murphy's (and I'm sure it's the same for Guinness too). Carbonation is fine (for the style).

D: It's a go to beer if you're looking for something you can take on in a session. I'm not as much a fan of this style as I am of the Irish Dry Stouts but come Saint Patrick's day I'll drink a couple pints of both.

Food match: Oysters or light game hen with a green salad (rocket) and mashed potato.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-25-2011 14:45:15 | More by doktorhops
Photo of PhillyStyle


4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Cook McDoogal's Irish Pub, Kokomo, IN:

The beer appeared a dark golden color with a nice one-finger, creamy, white head and a thin cap remained throughout the beer. No lacing to note.

The aroma was light and of roasted malted barley.

The taste was roasted malted barley sweet and was nicely balanced.

The beer had a light feel to it, as expected, but the beer was extremely drinkable, crisp, very smooth and very creamy. I could drink this beer all day every day.

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2011 20:32:56 | More by PhillyStyle
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Alberta (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark ale with a red tinge to it. Thick creamy head, bubbles are almost non-visible.

S- Doesn't have much smell but you can definately smell hops

T- Tastes kind of metallic. Hop taste as well

M- Head is very creamy almost like melted ice cream. A little watery, feels just like a Guinness.

D- Could maybe drink 1 or 2 but no more than that in one sitting.

Serving Type: Nitro-can

Serving type: nitro-can

01-07-2011 04:52:19 | More by marcusR111
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3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When poured from the tap, there was not a ton of foam in the glass, but, two tons and after finishing off the pint, there was one ton of lace on the side of the glass. The color was a light hazy cream brown when served, but after a few minutes, the color was of a clear medium goledn brown. The smell of roasted malts and a hint of spice? or fruit? or whatever had a pleasant aroma. The taste was of the sweet/bitter roasted malts and a nice balance of, whatever the components were in the ale. I really enjoyed it, especially being in an Irish Bar in SF.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2010 01:30:48 | More by BeerManDan
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Quebec (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

All hail the floating widget! I love the excitement of cracking one of these open.

The cascade in the glass is also part of the show. A goodly finger of head sits atop and remains till the end. The lacing is medium. It's a rusty penny-coloured dark copper ale. The mouthfeel is very creamy (thus the invented category of Irish Cream Ale). The first taste is sweet malts with a late bitter aftertaste.

The ABV is low at 4.3%--a perfect choice for session drinking. One of my early favourites.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-28-2010 02:25:47 | More by Matt1516
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Alberta (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ahh, I finally review the beer that got me interested in drinking this fine beverage in the first place....it holds a special place in my heart :)

A- Well who can argue with the look of this brew? It is a reddish/brown color, is clear, and pours with a beautiful pillow like foam head, created of course by the nitro widget in the can....I wish it cascaded like Guinness does though...oh well. Fine carbonation clings to the side of the glass and gently rises to the top of the brew. the lacing is incredible! A thick foamy layer covers the side of my glass as I drink this down! A fine looking beer for sure!

S- Overall, the aroma is mild, but there are notes of sweet malt, unsalted butter, and just a hint of hop bitterness. Nothing else to report but just a pleasant aroma profile.

T- Starts out smooth and creamy....gentle caramel malts grace the palate, with mild burnt brown sugars and/or toffee. It finishes off with just a slightly bitter leafy hop note, yet creamy....overall just nicely balanced.

M- A solid medium bodied beer....leaning slightly towards full bodied. The carbonation is probably as fine as a person will find in a beer, but it's just enough for this style....closer to an English/Irish draft beer than anything canned.

D- Give this to me any time and I'm gonna enjoy it! With or without food, this is so easy to drink...low alcohol, creamy, sweet throughout, yet bittering enough to just balance the flavor profile. A great starter for anyone just discovering beer outside of BMC types, and just a great session beer!

Serving type: nitro-can

12-01-2010 04:27:27 | More by ChrisCage
Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale from Guinness Ltd.
78 out of 100 based on 428 ratings.