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Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale - Guinness Ltd.

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506 Ratings
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Ratings: 506
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 17.78%
Wants: 30
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd. visit their website
Ireland

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 Murrhey
2.8/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured on-tap at the Auld Irisher in Orange, CA. Reviewed from notes.

A- Finger and a half foamy head. Reddish color. Decent carbonation. Great retention.

S- Golden bodied malts. Really subtle smell. I'll drink it down a tad and smell again. Has some skunky and darker hop notes. Not great.

T- Some lighter malts and nutty flavors. Ok tasting but not very good.

M- Creamy and thick bodied. Pretty good feel.

O- Passable beer. Might be a good standby when Guinness runs out.

Murrhey, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of aztraz
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

aztraz, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of ScottWestmaas
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

ScottWestmaas, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of Mick-e-d
4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

Mick-e-d, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

Ivanhoes_Backpack, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of BlottoOtto
3/5  rDev -12.5%

BlottoOtto, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of Nate
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

Nate, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of szmnnl99
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

szmnnl99, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of bluetrevian
3/5  rDev -12.5%

bluetrevian, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of thehyperduck
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

440 mL can picked up at the LCBO. Haven't had this since it was bought by Diageo - in fact it was one of my first reviews, back before it came under the Guinness umbrella.

Pours an amber-red colour; cloudy at first as the bubbles slowly settle out, but completely clear once this process is over. Beautiful light-beige head that reminds me of whipped cream, with great retention as it lasts for most of the drink. Malty aroma is quite faint like with many of these nitro ales, so it's hard to identify any specific qualities. If forced to be more detailed, I'd describe it as creamy and lightly toasted I guess.

The flavour is equally muted, or 'mild' if you prefer. Lightly toasted bready malts are pretty dominant, with a light toffee sweetness not far behind. Pleasant, leafy drying bitterness that comes through in the finish and aftertaste. Like most nitro ales the mouthfeel is creamy and smooth as silk. Still, the body is on the thin side of medium, and rather watery overall. Quite light and easy to knock back.

Inoffensive and straightforward. Optimists might call it mild, while pessimists would probably use a word like bland. Either way, I don't think either side would disagree that it's a smooth brew and not a chore to drink. Wouldn't recommend this to beer geeks, but if you're a fan of nitro beer in general this could be worth the time.

Final Grade: 3, a comfortable C. If I had to choose between this and Guinness it'd be a tossup; they're of comparable quality but I doubt I'd ever be in a situation where nothing better is available. Kilkenny is just more cream and less roast. I wouldn't turn this down, but it's not something I'd want to be a staple... at least it makes for a decent St. Patrick's Day session.

thehyperduck, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of BrewCityJeff
3.5/5  rDev +2%

BrewCityJeff, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of erod61
2/5  rDev -41.7%

erod61, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of eeggles
4.5/5  rDev +31.2%

eeggles, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of DexterP236
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Came out a cloudy amber - and the head dissipated all too fast.

S - A bit of a grainy aroma, maybe some maltiness, light hops

T - Caramel, a little fruity, but quite bitter too but not too heavy

M - Velvety, smooth, light carbonation

O - good beer, but not something I feel is worth having too often

DexterP236, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of bckayaalp
3.5/5  rDev +2%

bckayaalp, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of Homebrewjason
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Homebrewjason, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of djura
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear amber color,medium carbonation,nice sweet darker foam,lasting all the way.

S-Mostly sweet aromas with coffee,and roast cereals.

T/M-Refreshing bitterness,a bit watery taste,low carbonation. Usual average taste for red beers.

O-Very refreshing,but nothing 2 special about this beer.

djura, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of ehnesandrew
4/5  rDev +16.6%

ehnesandrew, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of Scottie22
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Scottie22, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of garyford
5/5  rDev +45.8%

garyford, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of EricMichael
2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

EricMichael, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of wizo
3.5/5  rDev +2%

wizo, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of rsant
3.5/5  rDev +2%

rsant, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of EddieG28
4.5/5  rDev +31.2%

EddieG28, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of leaddog
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a semi-hazy copper brown with an extremely dense cream-coloured head, about 1-2 finger width (very milky and smooth, clings to the glass as you drink).

Smell - Condensed milk, vanilla, light sweet orange.

Taste - Very mild flavour with a creamy taste. Very light sweetness and bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with minimal carbonation. Very smooth and creamy texture, as the name suggests. A tad on the watery side.

Overall - One of the brews I like to revisit once in a while, when I'm looking for a mild brew. A decent cream ale, but could use a little work to avoid wateriness. Beautiful appearance is noteworthy.

leaddog, Jan 23, 2012
Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale from Guinness Ltd.
79 out of 100 based on 506 ratings.