George Killian's Irish Stout - Coors Brewing Company

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George Killian's Irish StoutGeorge Killian's Irish Stout

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Ratings: 323
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 16.82%
Wants: 4
Gots: 39 | FT: 1
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: barczar on 12-30-2012

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Photo of chinchill
3.8/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle with BB date on neck of 28 July 2014.

Killians (Coors) origin leads me to expect a competent but probably mild stout. Well, surprise ... this stout is fairly robust and has some character. A wallop of dark chocolate and hint of coffee are in the mix with a moderate amount of dark roasted malts. The aroma is alos stronger than average for style.
Good balance and a fine lingering aftertaste.

Feel: Semi-dry; medium body and carbonation.

O: don't let the Coors affiliation steer you away from this fine Irish Stout.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours opaque black with a tan 2 finger head. Good retention. Leaves behind a thin layer of microbubbles on the surface. Lacing is spotty with fair stick.

Smell - Moderate chocolate tones. Mild roasty aroma.

Taste - Follows the nose. Moderate notes of chocolate and touches of coffee near the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with fair carbonation. Goes down easy, with a semi-dry finish.

Overall - Solid stout. Simple, but a nice, consistent flavor. Decent body. Nice sessionable stout.

Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - black with a soft cap of frothy, light brown head that fades to a thin lacing

S - initially burnt sugar and caramel followed by a grainy sweetness and some roasted malts

T - roasted malts, caramel, burnt sugar

M - medium bodied, a tad crisp for the style

This definitely exceeded my expectations. I wasn't expecting anything with a good deal of flavor. This definitely has it's merits. I would like a little less caramel presence and tad more roasted malts and perhaps coffee or charcoal notes. The burnt sugar presence was actually enjoyable for me. Overall, this isn't a bad beer. There are definitely "truer" Irish Dry Stouts available, but for an inexpensive beer with a decent flavor this will do.

Photo of UPBrewer92
4.17/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I was pleasantly surprised by this Coors product and its smoky, coffee character. For the price, very few match this for me

Photo of EagleTalon
3.94/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a ruby black color and off white permanent head and moderate lacing. Aroma is roasted barley/coffee, vanilla and toffee. Flavor is much of the same with a malty sweetness and a balancing bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium ad CO2 is just right. It is not exactly a dry stout but it is a good stout nonetheless.

Photo of StuartCarter
4.1/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lot of people reviewing this beer, I think, have missed out on what makes a Dry Irish Stout different from a "sweet" stout. A Dry Stout is very simple: 2-row barley, roasted barley, gently hopped. The flavour should be just the roasty coffee, not lots of fruit and caramel notes.

This beer hits the style square on. It's simple, easy to drink, with the dry roasty note on the nose and in the mouth, and with a subtle sweetness underlying the coffee roasty taste.

This is a great example of the style and, IMHO, a far better version of the style than Guinness. I will certainly get this beer again.

Photo of Ohiolager
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

George Killians Irish Stout 6pk bottles $6.99(OH)

12 oz brown bottle poured into a pint glass. freshness date is painted/stamped in yellow just below the bottle neck. lick you finger and it rubs off very easy.

pours almost black. the same color as Guinness. put some air between the bottle and your glass and it leaves two fingers of tan head. it don't last long and gives way to minimal but passable lacing.

i smell roasted malts, peanuts maybe, some hints of coffee and caramels. smells mellow but sweet.

it tastes better than Guinness. slightly sweet but still very toasted and mellow. of course you taste the roasted malts upfront, then a sweet blend of coffee, caramels and a hint of nuts. finishes sweet and not dry at all. nice carbonation in a stout too.

mouth feel is good. feels great. light to medium bodied. sweet and mellow. not dry or very bitter at all.

overall light years better than Killians Irish red, and in my opinion better than Guinness. not really a dry stout. its on the sweet side. but still good and a great price too. a good brew from miller-Coors. wow, never thought i would say that.

Photo of tone77
3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some roasted malts., not a lot of aroma.Taste is smokey, roasted malts, very light coffee. Feels light in the mouth and overall this is a decent beer but nothing special.

Photo of puboflyons
3.77/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped: SEP0913-810321337. Sampled on July 31, 2013.

It has a decent looking dark brown pour with a big, foamy beige head that lingers for awhile.

The aroma has a notable dark malt ester along with coffee and even a little smoke. It has some fascinating character.

The body is medium but it also has a pleasant creaminess.

The taste is not quite as forward as the aroma might suggest but I still get plenty of dark malts and coffee as well as a mild hop bitterness on the backside. Don't let the Coors/Miller name influence you. Check this beer out on it face value.

Photo of screamking
3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Pours lack with a small lightly colored chocolate head. Lots of chocolate and coffee in the aroma, also has a slight fig smell, very impressed with the aroma. The taste falls off for me after a stellar look and smell. The chocolate and coffee are there it's just on the much lighter side. Which is to be expected, this being less than 5% ABV. I haven't enjoyed many Irish dry stouts but this seems to be a slightly above average version of them.

Photo of dbraz45
4.24/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This Killian's brand extension pours a dark brown, with a cream colored head. There is a mildly complex roasted coffee flavor profile. A nice stream of lacing is left on the pint glass. This is a highly drinkable beer with a smooth finish. Give it a try.

Photo of papaglide
2.89/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured out of a 12 ounce bottle into a shaker glass while watching the Leafs-Lightning game.

A- pours a beautiful dark blackish amber with a nice thick 1/2 inch tan head.

S- nice coffee notes, sweet, roasted malt. The nose is appealing.

T- this is where the brew disappoints. Very small roast, tiny chocolate, dry and slightly bitter is where it's at. Add in a slight sour aspect in the finish, as a nod to Guinness perhaps? Low malt and low hop.

M- thin, watery and not as chewy as a top notch stout. Astringent in the finish.

For a massed produced "roasted" brew I would rather have a Stegmaier Porter. This is like a nice stout that was diluted to make it more appealing to a wider market that is used to drinking BMC...wait a minute.... Killians = Coors. A-Ha!

Photo of Amalak
3.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A. Pure black with a little light coming through at the very bottom. It has a two-finger tan head with a little bit of lacing.

S. It has a very small malty and metallic scent.

T/M. There is a smoky, carbonated maltiness at first. It is bubbly and medium to light bodied. It is a bland chocolate. Some grassy undertones.

O. Not great, not bad...much like a Killians Red, it does the job and not much else.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.53/5  rDev +36%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

George Killian’s Irish Stout has a thick, beige head, a dark brown appearance (almost black), and some nice, heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is of rich, dark-roasted malt and brown bread crust. Taste is of sweet, rich, brown bread and crust, some coffee, a shade of dark cherry, and pleasant, bitter hops. There might even be some cream or milkiness in the flavor. Mouthfeel is medium and edging on heavy, and the finish is dry, mellow, and delicious. Overall, this is another winner from Molson-Coors. You should try this one, for sure!

RJT

Photo of mfnmbvp
2.33/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle, with best by date of June 17, 2013. A little late on this one, but I'm assuming it hardly matters much. A friend got a case of this stuff for $7.99 on sale. So that's like 30 cents a beer if I'm doing that math correctly.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a dark opaque black, but a very dark transparent ruby color when held to the light. The head is about two fingers of chocolate milk colored head that fizzles away quickly. Thin tiny ring of lacing at the top but that's it.

S - Light coffee bean roast & some dried dark fruits like figs and plums is pleasant enough, but that's about as complex as it gets. Smells kind of artificially sweet.

T - Taste follows the nose, & falls short of anything good. Doesn't taste bad, by any means, but there is really nothing appealing here. Faint cold coffee and dark fruit, but entirely too thin and watery. Pretty much lacking in any real flavor that you would expect from a stout.

M - The beer is watery and smooth. Light-bodied with poor carbonation.

Overall, this beer is pretty poor excuse for a stout, but take it with a grain of salt. I guess it's not bad for what it is. Not exactly breaking the bank with this one considering what we paid for it. A light stout, if there ever was one. If you're looking for an authentic stout, look elsewhere, away from this foul beverage.

George Killian's Irish Stout ---2.5/5

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle pours a near-black color with a thin, creamy tan head. Retention and lace are just average.

Nose is roasty, sweet and a little nutty. Sweeter than a Guinness for sure with less roast. Smells like it will be a little fuller bodied.

Taste is actually quite nice, I am a little surprised and impressed. Rich, roasty and sweet...not really to style for an Irish Dry Stout, its a bit on the sweet side, but it is tasty. Im still pretty shocked this Killian (Coors) product is this good. I would take this over a Guinness for sure, maybe even a Murphey's or Beamish too.

Photo of plaid75
3.67/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a dark brown hue with amber edges capped by a two finger foamy off white head. There was good retention and decent lacing.

The smell featured light roasted malts, a light caramel and some charcoal.

The taste consisted of a moderate roasted malt, dry coffee and clean charcoal. Decent residual roastiness.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of he style with a dry finish.

Overall better than I expected. A nice low cost alternative.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.41/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a six pack of Killian's Irish Stout last week for $6.79 at Meijers. A friend told me to give this a try so when I saw that it was on sale I figured I should give it a shot, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks pretty similar to Killian's Irish Red, it just had a darker look to it. It poured a very dark brown color that was on the verge of being black and it took on a dark ruby red hue when held to the light with two fingers worth of dark tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left some spotty lacing behind. This is a nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a good amount of malts that have a higher amount of sweetness to it and impart some lighter roasted aromas, along with some cocoa powder and just a hint of coffee. The cocoa powder sticks out the most and there's also a slight buttery aroma. This beer had an alright aroma, but I wish it it had some more roasted malt aromas to it with a little less sweetness.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it start off with some malts that have a higher amount of medium sweetness to it and imparted a medium amount of roasted malt flavors that were nicer than the aroma led to me to believe, the cocoa powder and a little bit of coffee still showed up with the cocoa powder not being as dominating as it was in the aroma. On the finish comes a lighter amount of earthy hops that made for a medium amount of bitterness and a roasted and chocolate like aftertaste. This beer tasted nice and better than I expected, it was much more balanced than the aroma and I liked that.

M- Pretty smooth, crisp, slightly prickly, medium bodied, with a higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty average, it was just a little on the light side with too much carbonation for the style.

Overall I thought this was decent beer and it was a slightly above average example of the style, it had most of what I look for in an Irish Dry Stout, but it ended up being just a little rough around the edges. This beer had pretty good drinkability, it was smooth, the flavor did an ok job at holding my attention and it isn't too filling, I could see drinking a few of these when in the mood especially on St. Patty's day. What I liked the most about this beer was the how balanced the taste was, it worked nicely with this beer and that aspect was pretty true to style, the appearance was also pretty nice. What I liked the least about this beer was the mouthfeel, it was just a little on the light side and I could have gone without the higher and slightly prickly carbonation. I don't think I would keep this stocked in my fridge, but I could see buying a few of these at the bar when the selection isn't that great, I think I would enjoy this a little more then a Guinness and I would recommend this to someone as a good starter Stout. All in all I didn't think this beer was that bad at all, I didn't have the highest expectations for this beer, but it did end up impressing me a little. If this show's up at most bars that mainly serve BMC, I would be pretty happy with that, good job guys, nice to Killian's venturing out from the typical Irish Red Ale.

Photo of yeagmeister1
3.06/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

not bad considering the price,twenty dollars for the case!Quite surprizing considering I can't stand the 'irish red'so overall it's worth the trouble! not quite a Guiness but if your in the market for a budget stout for entertaining for the St. Patrick"s day holiday this is a good selection!you could spend a whole lot more on an Irish stout that people would'nt appreciate anyway,so if your going to buy for a crowd just to make a point you might as well go cheap!If not just go and buy the best for yourself!

Photo of DrDemento456
2.9/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A - Has only light amber hues at the base and a 1/2 inch of mocha head with good lacing. Quite good for a Coors product.

S - Smell is kind of faint with cold coffee and mild roast highlighting. Maybe some chalky yeasts I am not sure.

T - Well it's pretty sub standard. Mild coffee notes like watered down day old Folgers comes to mind. The finish is "dry" with some yeast and bittering hops. No chocolate at all so I guess I hate it.

M - Light to medium not very chewy or full bodied.

Overall avoid if you can I expected something since it's still a craft brewery but it's very basic stout even in Guinness standards. In fact get Guinness this stout is less than adequate.

Photo of Pegasus
3.06/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep black with a large tan head, which retains quite well, the lacing is thick and glass-coating.

Aroma: A fairly strong presence of charcoal and burnt notes, as well as roasted malt. The aroma seems understated.

Taste: Opens with charcoal and dark roasted malt; these carry throughout the taste. As the taste progresses, there are hints of cold coffee. Finishes with a mild, earthy hop presence and a little bitter cocoa.

Mouth feel:Smooth and pleasant, with a hint of zesty carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Seems a bit watery and understated. I think it could have been much better if the brewer had upped the malt bill. As it is, it seems like "Stout light".

Presentation: Packaged in a custom twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Sourced: Purchased at HEB in Texas on February 2, 2013 for $6.99 for a a six-pack of twelve-ounce bottles.

Photo of Mumps
4.19/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

I was given this by a family member to try.

Poured into a pint glass. Good black color with no light penetration. One inch light tan head, decent lacing.

Very subdued smell, not muted, but not very strong. Pleasant malty smell, but not what you'd expect of a stout.

The taste blew me away. Initial taste was the malty sweetness and coffee overtones, but the aftertaste was like eating bakers semi-sweet chocolate. The chocolate lasts on your tongue well after you've swallowed.

Mouthfell was ok, not overly thin but not as thick and satisfying as I would have liked or expected.

Overall much better than I was expecting from a Killian's product. Although I've all but written off the Irish Red, I believe I will actually grab some more of these.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.72/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a shaker pint.

Look: Typical oily dark chocolate color. Cream colored head. Decent rings of lacing,

Aroma: Extremely metallic, roasted malts, and coffee.

Taste: Best feature. Chalky dark chocolate, burnt malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium weight, chalky.

Overall: Lots of chalk taste but it's chocolatey. Not bad but it has a stigma as a Coors product, and that's a shame.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.46/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear but opaque very dark brown in color with very light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some garnet red + dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall creamy light tan head that slowly reduces to a mottled large patch of very thin film with a couple of small to medium sized slightly thicker patches and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of roasted malts with some very light hints of chocolate and coffee.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of roasted malts with some light hints of bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee. Light amounts of lingering bitterness in the finish.

M: Slightly less than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Relatively smooth.

O: Better than I was expecting, not sure when this got introduced but since it was the first time I encountered it I thought I would pick it up... Not overly complex but easier enough to drink and enjoy. If I'm at another BMC bar around St.Paddy's Day, I know have something that I can drink besides just Guinness (and Killian's Irish Red).

Photo of woodychandler
3.01/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Yet another of my local, in-person trader's many drop-offs. Many thanks, tone77! I always marvel at what you manage to latch onto.

From the bottle: "Brewed in the Irish Tradition"; "Estd. 1864"; "Manufactured Under License from Brasseries Pelforth, S.A."

My pour resulted in just over a finger of foamy, deep-tan head with good retention that slllooowwly fell, leaving some nice lacing in its wake. Color was a deep, dark-brown, allowing zero light penetration. Nose had a smoky, chocolaty quality. Mouthfeel was medium, but the taste was tending towards sweet chocolate, which would be inappropriate for the style. I have a Sweet/Milk Stout on-deck and this was too close to that style for comfort. Finish remained sweet, very chocolaty, which was not bad in and of itself, but not what I want in an Irish DRY Stout.

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George Killian's Irish Stout from Coors Brewing Company
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