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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: 433
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 17.25%
Wants: 21
Gots: 26 | 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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Photo of rvdoorn


3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: The beer pours a brown-orange color with a nice light-brown head
Smell: Malts, toffee, caramel and some nuts
Taste: malts, caramel, toffee, butter and toast. Dry and nutty aftertaste
Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, full bodied
Overall: Nice drink for pubquiz

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 14:38:08 | More by rvdoorn
Photo of Macca


3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This pours a dark mahogany red with a dense slightly off white head. Clear.

The nose is malty but certainly not as strong as I expected. I'm getting a confectionary note as well.

The malts are there on the palate but again lighter than expected. Slight sweetness but bitterness kicks in to balance it out.

Quite thin mouthfeel for what it is.

How disappointing. I drank a bit of this years ago and thought it was good but not anymore.

Serving type: nitro-can

07-22-2011 10:45:29 | More by Macca
Photo of alleykatking


2.7/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured off nitro-tap.

A- Poured a coppery amber color. Nitro pour gives a nice 2 finger cream colored head that shows good retention. The overall head looks a little fake like most nitro pours. There was a ton of sheet style lacing.

S- Light aroma of roasted malts in the front with hints of nuts as well. Caramel malts also play a part toward the middle to ending. Light alcohol aroma lingers with a very light hopping of Euro hops.

T- Roasted malts in the front of the beer gives way to light caramel malts right behind it. Middle of the beer shows off a darker fruit flavor that is light overall. The ending of the beer is more or less caramel malts blending with a nutty flavor. Ending of the beer shows a bitter hop bite and almost no alcohol at all.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Roasted malts and caramel malts are left on the palate. Aftertaste is caramel and roasted malts with light nutty flavors that blend with alcohol. Flavors overall were balanced well for the style. No off flavors were present while drinking this one. Light alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This beer is light everywhere except in the appearance. A interesting beer for the fact that I didn't expect much of this and it delivered a little more than I thought it would.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-28-2011 06:52:34 | More by alleykatking
Photo of DCon


3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap @ Johnny Haran's in Chicago, IL for $5. Tapped into a Miller Lite Pint Glass from a Kilkenny Tap Handle and enjoyed this only because I had to charge my phone and we were parked next to this venue! :)

Aroma- Huge malt aroma, fresh, and can smell the creamy attributes that will be taking place in the drink. Very mild and faint.

Appearance- Received with a 2 finger, creamy head that stays for a good time. The body is a reddish/amber color wit huge lace that coats the sides.

Flavor- Has a very sweet malt taste and is creamy all the way through the drink. A low bitterness finishes this drink off.

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Medium Carbonation, and leaves a sharp bite of malt on the palate.

Overall Impression- I wasn't ready for this Irish Red Ale to be so good! It was an easy drinking beer and almost felt like there should have been some futbol game in front of me while drinking it. Had good attributes all-around and since I had everything else on-tap, this was a fun one to go.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2011 20:51:48 | More by DCon
Photo of fountainofyouth

District of Columbia

2.73/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On nitro-tap at a pub in Alexandria, VA.

A: Not great. Darkish amber. Two-finger head that leaves some lacing.

S: Light malty aroma with no hops.

T: Disappointingly little malt flavor. Hints of toffee and not much else. Light hops taste, and balanced overall.

M: Head is creamy and smooth, like nitro-poured stout should be. Medium-bodied with little carbonation.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-25-2011 01:50:46 | More by fountainofyouth
Photo of kojevergas


3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
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%
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%
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 -5.6%
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 +17.8%
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 -19.6%
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 +3.8%
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 -22.5%
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 -12.9%
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 +0.3%
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 +1.8%
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 +4.7%
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 +1.8%
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 +9.1%
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 +10.5%
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%
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 +6.1%
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%
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 -0.6%
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
Photo of doktorhops


3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
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
Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale from Guinness Ltd.
78 out of 100 based on 433 ratings.