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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: 538
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 17.49%
Wants: 33
Gots: 54 | FT: 0
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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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3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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3.46/5  rDev +0.9%
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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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
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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3.26/5  rDev -5%
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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3.89/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Kilkenny "Irish Cream Ale" @ 4.3% served cold from a 4pack a 440ml nitro-can
A-from the crack of the can being opened to the initial pour starts off a milk white and cascades into a clear copper brown with a tan head with good retention leavin large lacing along the pint glass
S-toasted malts and a hint of earthy hops
T-lightly buttered toast with a sweet caramel finish
MF-smooth and creamy , medium to thick body ,
Ov-oh so easy to drink , feeling a little rough try a couple of Kilkenny's , your on your way

Cheers LampertLand

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Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale from Guinness Ltd.
78 out of 100 based on 538 ratings.